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Guest Apartment on 80 acres

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

Sitting atop an artist studio, the second floor is a private guest room with a private entrance and a porch with a view of the woods and fields. The room has a queen bed, bathroom with a shower, microwave, coffee maker and a mini fridge. An outdoor grill can be made available.

The apartment is one of many buildings on an 80 acre private residence. Guests have access to over 2 miles of walking trails. A tributary of the Suwannee River (Robinson Branch) running thru its middle has a bridge connecting to another part of the property and is a short walk down a nature trail.

Foxes, hawks, deer and nesting eagles are your neighbors. Deer ofter ramble around the fields and are reminders that you are in the country.

We offer sattelite tv service but no internet. Remember, you want that country living experience.

The house is 6 miles from the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park... ideal for those wanting to experience the Folk Festival.

Its very private and very much in the country. Peace and quiet are the main attractions. No traffic noise here as we are 1/2 mile down a dirt road. The moon and the stars are our best neighbors.

More Details

Melissa Russell
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Hospitality
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
7 February, 2017

About Melissa Russell

Randy and Melissa love the great outdoors. Both are avid woodworkers. Randy is currently working on his second timber frame building, while his wife turns the leftover wood into bowls. Melissa also welds funky sculptures from found parts, old wrenches and tools take on a new life as yard art.

Randy built all the buildings on this property with an eye towards the Florida Cracker style.

Melissa Russell purchased this apartment in 1990

Why Melissa Russell chose Florida

Why not? Its beautiful! 80 acres to meander in private. We can bird watch, catch foxes on our game camera and keep an eye on Monroe the gator who has taken up residence in our pond. A leisurely walk before breakfast is a must.

What makes this apartment unique

Privacy! Quiet! Peaceful! Getting away from it all is its most precious feature.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)

Guest Apartment on 80 acres
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Cozy find in the woods

  • 5 of 5
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We loved everything about this property--our private, comfortable space, the peaceful paths in the woods, the wonderful art scattered about, and especially the warm and accomodating hosts. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orford, New Hampshire


  • 5 of 5
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Melissa and Randy were warm and gracious hosts. I arrived in the evening, tired and hungry after a long day of traveling and they invited me in for a fabulous supper! The cottage is absolutely lovely! Well decorated, nice natural light, comfortable and quiet. I left very well rested! Would love to come again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pompano Beach

Was the Best time we have

  • 5 of 5
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We were very impressed!! What a great find! The perfect place for relaxing.. The apartment is very comfy, cozy, we have everything we asked for!! The owners Melissa and Randy are very nice. They are wondeful, friendly and make you fell part of their family. Thank you so much!! We will return soon!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
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  • 5 of 5
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This property is awesome! We stayed for a weekend get-a-way and could not have been happier. We are already talking about a return. Michelle and Randy could not have been more friendly and accommodating. The location is great and a short distance to all the local things to do. We highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
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Relaxing Private Retreat

  • 5 of 5
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What a great find!!! I needed a long relaxing weekend away and this was the perfect place. The apartment is very comfy and cozy. The property even has a nice private hiking trail which joins the Florida trail. The owners Melissa and Randy are very nice. I Loved seeing Melissa's artwork as well as Randy's sawmill. The blueberry muffins Melissa made were to die for. Next time I need a long get-a-way I will return to this special apartment in the woods.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
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Welcoming and Peaceful North Florida Country Retreat

  • 5 of 5
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Step away from stress and decompress at this charming country setting. Experiences include:

1. Clean, private guest room located away from main house is constructed new but with old-Florida charm;

2. Opportunity to reconnect with nature and enjoy nearby wildlife by walking the many paths/trails on site, or take in nearby parks. Canoe down the Suwanee River, just minutes away;

3. Enjoy owner's pampering - from gourmet treats to fresh coffee and milk supplied in your room, added touches abound;

4. Tasteful decor ranging from whimsy to artisan and includes handcrafted quilts, artwork, soaps -- even your guest house is custom constructed by owners;

5. Respectful property owners available to answer questions and offer exceptional hospitality -- and privacy and solitude as well.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Jacksonville , fl or Valdosta, ga
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Billy bons
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Lake city country club
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
I-10 & I-75
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Milton's (gas station & grill)
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Jacksonville, fl
Car: necessary

Close to Suwannee River as well as the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park.

The park is home to the Florida Folk Festival is held every year over the Memorial Day weekend featuring a famous headliner as well as local talent. The park is open to tourists with live demonstrations and a pretty nifty gift shop. Canoeing access is available at many locations along the Suwannee and Withlacoothie rivers. Itcetucknee Springs is a short drive and a great tubing and snorkeling experience. The Florida Trail runs right thru our property and is a marvelous hiking opportunity.

The North Florida bicycle association holds its ididaride event just 6 miles away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in White Springs, Florida North Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Florida Folk Festival
25 May 2017 - 27 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £80
Tax Rate 7.0%

Our property is our home. We respect the woods and the rivers and hope that any guests who stay with us will do the same. It is a quiet, peaceful place and our guests should expect that life on the farm is a serene experience. Not much excitement here, but you will sleep peacefully. Walking is a must as the property is expansive and beautiful.
We respectfully request no firearms.
Melissa fancies herself as a good cook, and we offer breakfast upon request at an additional $7 per person, and dinner at $18 per person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in White Springs, USA

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 320 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Full size shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size bed, mini fridge and microwave. TV with cable . But who wants to watch TV when the deer are walking by. There is an 8 x 16 private porch
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
We are 1 mile from the Suwannee River and owners will be glad to run shuttles for those wishing to canoe or kayak. We are 6 miles from the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park available for the Folk Festival Memorial Weekend. Cycling is a big draw to this area as well... local race is the Ididaride. We are on the Florida Trail system and thru hikers from as far away as Vermont are often camping in our shelter on the banks of Robinson Branch Creek.

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