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Welcome To Floating Cottage . . . on Florida's scenic St. Johns River

Bedrooms 1
Space 550 sq ft
Property type boat
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Imagine Staying In A Small Cottage, Afloat On a Beautiful River. . .

Poised to delight, Floating Cottage provides a magical space to relax, replenish and explore. Relax on the front porch, enjoy the warm breeze while watching turtles swim to the porch to beg for a treat. Replenish in the peaceful comfort of the fully equipped small home.

The cathedral ceilinged living room is bathed in natural light, has hardwood floors, and embraces the outside. Its French doors expand the living area to include the protected front porch. A full size sofa bed, electric potbelly stove, TV and versatile work/dining table grace the homey Floating Cottage.

No ordinary boat galley, the fully equipped kitchen meets the needs of the casual to the gourmet chef with a five burner gas stove, full size side by side refrigerator with door ice dispenser, dishwasher, granite counter tops and tile back splashes. Microwave, toaster, utensils and dinnerware are included.

Walk up the stairs to the carpeted loft bedroom with queen size bed, walk-in closet and be surprised by the stained glass window. The loft is air-conditioned. Open the shades and screened windows to enjoy the gentle river breeze.

The cleverly outfitted bath has a full size shower, flush comfort toilet and storage space for linens and toiletries and a view-catching window.

The cottage is approached from the dock through the back porch. Notice the gas barbecue for outdoor cooking. The two kayaks affixed to the dock are for the exclusive use of guests of Floating Cottage. Life jackets and paddles are in the utility room of the porch.

The French doors to the front porch open the cottage to a full view of the marina surrounded by local forests. With four comfortable chairs, guests of the cottage may choose to sit for hours simply enjoying the quiet peace of the marina. Watch boaters come and go from trips up the lazy St. Johns River or to Lake Monroe to visit Sanford. Turtles swim to the cottage to greet the guests and to be treated to the dry kibbles of cat food stored in the pantry. Watch the catfish and turtles as they playfully spar for the food. An occasional manatee can be seen from the porch. Herons and egrets are common sights as guests share the lovely outdoors with feathered friends.

Floating Cottage is designed with comfort and efficiency built into the 550 square feet of living space. The movement of the water beneath the hull is barely perceptible while relaxing those who experience a stay in the cottage.

Floating Cottage is berthed in the rural Boat Tree Marina, just north of Lake Monroe on the scenic St. Johns River, a river of abundant wildlife and scenic vistas. The marina offers a casual deli and restaurant, bait shop, laundry and pool. There is a pool-side bar associated with the restaurant. Stroll to the deli for breakfast and lunch served by the friendly staff. Yes, beer is available for thirsty patrons. Guests of Floating Cottage enjoy a 15% discount on boat rentals for half and full days. The friendly staff at the office will assist with boat reservations as well as with local information on fishing.

Don't miss visiting quaint Old-town Sanford, home to cobblestone streets and brick-lined store fronts, restored nineteenth-century Victorian homes, lovely towering oaks draped with Spanish moss, numerous art galleries, unique shops, pubs and great restaurants. Catch the open market with crafts and produce at the square.

Follow Sanford365.com to explore local events and discover what is happening in the Sanford area.

The Riverwalk on Lake Monroe, a bit over a mile long, has shady places aplenty to watch lake activity or beautiful sunsets and sunrises.

Visitors will be greeted by phone, text or in person by the local host, a Sanford native who will answer any questions regarding the environment or the boat. The host and her husband designed and built the cottage.

This magical cottage will delight!

More Details

Kim Hadden
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

About Kim Hadden

Kim stayed in the cottage while enjoying a photography trek. She enjoyed it so much that she decided to purchase it and to make the cottage available to others as a vacation rental. A retired nurse and hospital executive, Kim enjoys sun and nature. Photographing wildlife and landscapes is a passion for her, a passion with infinite possibilities in the St. Johns River area. Kim encourages you to bring your camera! She is available to chat with guests via email or phone.

Kim Hadden purchased this boat in 2017

Why Kim Hadden chose Sanford

Floating Cottage is unique, charming, beautifully appointed and sits on one of the most beautiful rivers in the country. The marina where it is permanently berthed is small, quiet and offers full amenities, including pool, laundry and discounted boat rentals to cottage guests. A designated Clean Water Marina, it is surrounded by forests and is shared with abundant wildlife. The cottage offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in cozy comfort. Folks who want to hike, to bike, to boat up the river will enjoy returning to the cottage.

What makes this boat unique

The cottage has a unique attraction: when the turtles in the river sense that it is occupied, they swim up to the front porch to greet guests. They are encouraged by the cat kibble (from the pantry) that guests can offer them. This charming cottage has great curb appeal, has 550 square feet of living area, a full gourmet kitchen and lovely furnishings. Outdoor cooking is a breeze with the gas grill on the back porch. Being lulled to sleep by the barely perceptible movement of water beneath guarantees relaxation. Floating Cottage was featured on the HGTV program "Tiny House Hunters". Bathed in light, the cathedral ceilinged cottage feels spacious and comfortable. Two kayaks are available for guest use. Nearby Old Town Sanford offers night life, great restaurants and pubs, art galleries and a glimpse of history with its eighteenth century buildings, cobblestone streets and restored Victorian homes.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday boat in Sanford in Seminole County

Property Type:
  • boat
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Floating Cottage is a smoke free environment
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • One bath with full size shower, comfort flush toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Bedroom loft with queen bed, closet and Air Conditioning. Additionally, the living room sofa converts to a full size bed in order to accommodate up to four guests.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
The marina deli, restaurant and pool-side bar provide options for those who don't want to cook or to drive into town for meals.


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Welcome To Floating Cottage . . . on Florida's scenic St. Johns River
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

A perfect week stay!

  • 5 of 5

The "Floating Cottage" is a wonderful place to stay! The property is beautiful inside and out and well maintained and clean. Surprisingly roomy and open air for a small place. Everything you could need is there. Kim made sure we knew everything before our arrival so there were no surprises. The Deli behind the cottage was awesome for a great sandwich, the BoatTree Marina people were great to deal with for a boat rental. This is a great place to stay - quiet (even though being in a marina), beautiful, and relaxing. Turtles, fish, manatees and gators right outside the door - what more could you ask for? We will be coming back again! Thanks Kim and team for a beautiful week!

  • Review Submitted: 12-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it, was a great experience

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the floating cottage was great, we enjoyed every minute of it, and really liked where it was located

We will probably do it again in the future

  • Review Submitted: 18-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Idyllic, peaceful, immaculate, and super-comfy

  • 5 of 5

Every detail has been taken care of at this property - clean, quiet, well equipped, thorough communication and instructions from the owner, and the cottage is really spacious and comfortable. Kitchen has all you need, loft bedroom is large for a tiny home, and bed was great - linens are good quality. We enjoyed the living room, and the front porch.

We will return again - next time for more than 2 nights! I can't recommend this property more - we loved it.

Be mindful of the cleaning fee, and the booking fee - it's more budget friendly if you book a longer stay!

  • Review Submitted: 15-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I truly appreciate your glowing review of the sweet yellow cottage! You will be warmly welcomed when you return to this special place on the river. Thank you.
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Floating Home Away from Home

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful tiny house built on a barge. High-end features throughout. Don''t miss out on this experience.

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place was just perfect! I took my daughter and grandsons, Lucas (6) and Landen (3) to the Floating Cottage so we could have a unique experience. This was beyond what we anticipated.

The owner Kim - was truly amazing. Her and I communicated often, I feel as if we are great friends. She was so patient with my questions and concerns, she was very interested in our trip.

The Cottage- this is just a perfect tiny house. It had every thing we needed to stay - just add our clothes and groceries. It was very bright and cheery, very roomy for the 4 of us. It is so darn adorable. The area is pretty quiet. We did visit the Deli once and went swimming in the pool. But we wanted to spend most the time at the cottage. I had the great privilege of meeting Julian and the builder Warren.

The magic- within the first hour Lucas says "this is just beautiful, these are beautiful creatures". He of course was talking about our welcoming committee of Turtles. We were entertained non-stop with the turtles, fish and even a visit from Mr. Gator.

I took tons of pictures, we laughed so much, talked to the Turtles alot!, just enjoyed every second of this magic.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alisa, Thank you for this wonderful review of your Floating Cottage experience and of the relationship we formed in helping this happen for your family. Please come visit again. Kim
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Floating relaxation!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I arrived at the cottage and were immediately greeted by Julian, the cottage elder. He was so nice and made sure we were ok. From the second we entered the cottage, we were so awed! Everything was perfect. So comfy and cozy! The bed was so comfortable. The kitchen has everything you would need We were also immediately greeted by the friendly turtles off the front porch. The cottage has cat kibbles to feed them...we also discovered that they love Honey Nut Cheerios! Kim was a pleasure to deal with. Checking in on us and sending us all the info and more that we needed to know. The Deli behind the cottage is also very convenient and good for breakfast and lunch. Connie, who owns it is a hoot! On our last day we were treated with a manatee a bit off the front porch!!

Loved our stay! Thank you Kim!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Debbie, It was a pleasure to have you aboard the floating cottage. Thank you for being able to relax and enjoy the comfort of being in the cottage and the joy in being surrounded by nature. We'd love to host you should you return to this unique spot in the sun. Kim
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Orlando International Airport
Nearest Train
8 Miles
Amtrak Sanford
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
New Smryna and Daytona Beaches
Car: recommended

Guests can choose to never leave the marina while kicking-back and enjoying the cottage. The options of cooking in the full kitchen, using the outdoor grill, or simply strolling to Connie's Deli or Otters Restaurant and Bar are immediately available . The marina pool is adjacent to the restaurant and is always available for guests to enjoy.

Additionally, the cottage can provide a comfortable, efficient and cozy home base for relaxation and being on the river, while at the same time being close enough, about an hour away from the metropolitan scene of Orlando, as well as Disney World, and Universal Studios.

For the nature lover, renting a marina boat (15% discount to guests) to tour the St. Johns and Wekiva Rivers is a must. Bird lovers should bring a camera to capture unforgettable, abundant and unique birds. There is also the option to drive to Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge, just about an hour away and tour Black Point Drive to enjoy wetland birds and animals. Also in the Refuge, manatees may be seen at Haulover Canal.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £74.45

Monthly stays considered. Contact owner for information. For safety considerations, please contact owner if traveling with small children.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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