Just imagine waking up to this incredible view! Your most critical decision of the day is breakfast on the patio or fishing on the river! Life couldn't get any better than this. Both sunrise and sunset cast a rainbow of colors on the water. The house is situated on a grassy knoll overlooking the St Johns River. The dock is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset and, most unusual, no sharing required! The Ocala National Forest lies directly across the river. 300+ acres of pristine forests and trails provide another layer of privacy. Venture inside to find the house spacious and open with an abundance of windows and doors throughout to allow full and natural light to the interiors. A magnificent four poster mahogany bed anchors the master suite. The adjoining deck, sunroom/sitting room, luxury bath and large walk-in closet complete the master suite. The kitchen and living area overlook the river, as well as a patio with teak adirondack chairs, chaises lounges, and dining table. This 1600 sq ft home is fully furnished has a dining room, guest room, 2nd bath with jacuzzi tub, and laundry. Careful planning ensured that every room has a view! Experience the amenities of this special hideaway and you will be compelled to return again and again. The natural landscape is intertwined with live oak, cypress, cedar, palm, magnolia, citrus, all species of ferns.and other native plants. Fish from the dock, around the cove, bring or rent your own boat. Throw out a shrimp net, sink a crab trap and cook your own catch. Voila!, dinner on the river! Observe and enjoy an amazing array of wildlife; eagles, turkey, deer, hawks, woodpeckers, owls, alligators, sandhill cranes, egrets, herons, anhingas, kingfishers, seagulls, and the occasional pelican. The old outdoor brick fire pit is a great place for an oyster roast or clam bake. A little bit of history can add interest and allure. For many years this property was known as the 'home of Rosie Hilton, fiddler extraordinaire'. A musician/songwriter/performer, Rosie frequently held outdoor concerts on his wooden stage joined by other performers including his son, TK "Kim" Hilton. Guests would gather round to enjoy the show. Please come, enjoy your stay and we hope to see you again real soon!
- House2400 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Min. Stay3 nights
Perfect place for a perfect stay. The most beautiful property on the River.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- 21 Jul 2018
About Bonnie Peters
We bought this property in spring of 2014 and have completed renovations this year.
Bonnie Peters purchased this House in 2014
Why Bonnie Peters chose Welaka
We love it! My husband grew up in Palatka and fished this part of the river all his life! He has long admired this property, but we never dreamed we would ever own such a treasure. And now for a very limited time we will share it with you. An opportunity not to be missed!
Sports & Adventure Activities
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great lake house rental
Our vacation visit was in May 2018, during the new moon phase. The weather was rainy & the fishing was not great. We did not catch any of those BIG BREAM.
The secluded lake house was perfect & had everything you needed.
We had to reschedule our trip & Bonnie was able to accommodate us.
The gator was in the cove. 3 deer came to visit each day & a raccoon was in one of the trees.
We also saw a manatee eating while fishing close to dock.
The dock is a good football field away & it's up hill on the way back to the house.
I suggested to Bonnie to get a golf cart for the travelling back & forth to the dock.
The closest grocery store was 20 minutes away in Palatka.
I would highly recommend this as a quiet vacation spot.
Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your home away from home. The house is very clean and completely furnished. It is secluded enough for deer and turkeys to walk through the yard every couple of hours. I plan to return next spring!
Great spacious clean house
Love this place. Very private and serene on the river. Owner very very gracious and helpful. Will return!
Beautiful home. Beautiful yard.
Comfy bed, pillows, and sheets! Comfortable living room and dining room furniture. Huge bathroom, bedroom, and walk in closet. Beautifully decorated. Most rental houses we’ve stayed in leave you enough toilet paper and dish soap to last a day, not here. The owners of this home are so generous. All the little extras make you feel like you were staying at your grandmas home.
The yard is a nature lovers dream. Large, old trees line the property. So private, you can’t see another house, yet a short walk to shrimps-r-us for a delicious dinner. The back yard is open, with a beautiful view of the river and your own little cove. Great pier with great chairs awaiting. Wildlife everywhere! Only wish we could have stayed longer!
What started out as simply a fishing getaway over a long weekend, turned into a wonderful family vacation! We were delighted to find such a spectacular home when we arrived on Friday evening. The home is BEAUTIFUL and the view is gorgeous! Bonnie has done a great job with the home and has provided many of the necessities needed for a family getaway! We saw an array of wildlife while we were there and can't wait for another opportunity to visit!