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lakeside retreat in the woods. Enjoy peace, quiet, fishing, hiking ,campfires

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Family vacation or romantic getaway, the lake will work it's magic. Pet Friendly

A comfortable cabin on Lake Catherine in the Ocala National Forest. Full kitchnen, central heat and air with sleeping for eight. Curtained bedrooms accommodate six with one queen size bed and two bunk beds, plus one private bedroom with a king size bed. There is a large open room with a wood burning fireplace and TV on an antenna. A large screened porch faces the lake. Included are all linens and a fully equipped kitchen. Also use of a canoe, picnic tables, hammocks,and a bar-b-q grill. The lake abounds with fish.

Enjoy the peace and quiet of the deep woods. Walk the labyrinth by the waters edge. Rest and meditate in the small chapel. Read books from the extensive library. We have a no return policy. If you want to take a book, you do not have to return it.

Dogs are welcome.

The water problem was temporary and has been fixed.

More Details

Barbara Mars
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
11 December, 2017

About Barbara Mars

We are both retired. My husband from NASA and launching rockets and I am retired from Interior design.

Barbara Mars purchased this lodge in 2007

Why Barbara Mars chose Ocklawaha

We wanted a tranquil retreat on a lake that was less than two hours from our home. A place we could share with our children and grand children. For several years we hosted a summer camp for the grand kids and friends. They are all too grownup now so no more summer camp. We still love the peace and quiet and sitting by the camp fire with friends.

What makes this lodge unique

While we enjoy the benefits of the deep woods and love the idea of camping, we still have all the comforts of home.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge in Ocklawaha in Marion County

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • The main bath has a large walk in shower and a large vanity sink. The toilet is in the middle of the room with a fancy enclosure. This is why it is called the Throne Room. The second bath is a half bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
There is a 55 foot diameter Labyrinth by the waters edge. Also a small private chapel.


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lakeside retreat in the woods. Enjoy peace, quiet, fishing, hiking ,campfires
average rating of 4.6 based on 5 reviews

Beaytiful place, comfortable house.

  • 5 of 5

Peace, quiet and tranquility. The lake is clean and sparkling. Lots of wildlife spotted and good hiking trails.

The house has all the comforts of home with plenty of books to read or the choice of watching TV or walking the labyrinth.

  • Review Submitted: 16-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very nice cottage, water taste like sulfer.

  • 3 of 5

One of two rentals at site.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: There is a water treatment system and it simply needed an additional jug of chlorine. We always keep a supply in the pump house. I will add tis information to our guest book. I wish you had told us. Sometimes it pays to complain. I am glad you enjoyed the cottage.
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Mid Atlantic

Wonderful, relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

We can't thank Barb enough for her hospitality and our stay at this relaxing, peaceful cabin. The property is very private, on a small lake and surrounded by nature. Inside is everything you could wish for: comfortable beds, clean spacious bathrooms, and a kitchen with all amenities. Our cell phones workd well as did our ipad. And the tv antenna provided entertainment. Barb welcomed our dogs, who thought they were in heaven. We were in the mudst of moving to Florida and this lovely cabin was a godsend. Thanks so much!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sanford, Florida

Peace and good vibes a plenty!!!!

  • 5 of 5

What an amazing stay we had in this beautiful cabin and its property! They had everything we needed for the week we were there. We enjoyed several movies we hadn't seen in a while and also got to read a book each under the shaded oak hammock with the breeze coming up from the lake. It was nice to open all of the blinds and bring the outside in each day! We canoed and watched the sunsets and sat on the screened porch and watched lightning bugs dance around at night. It was joyous!!!! We became one with the natural, tranquil setting and left feeling refreshed and well rested! Exactly what we were looking for!! Thank you!! We already plan to return!

  • Review Submitted: 13-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

The dogs and people all enjoyed the stay. The cabin is just perfect as is the land, setting and the owners. You can't do better.

Blessings Georgia Salva

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. It does my heart good to know you have enjoyed a place that is special to us. Blessings to all.
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Orlando I
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
The Villages
Nearest Restaurant
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
New Smyrna Beach

While the location is very private and seems remote, it is only one half hour to restaurants, antiquing, and major shopping, depending which direction you go.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday lodge in Ocklawaha, Florida North Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £17 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £56.2
Tax Rate 11.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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