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Luxury Nature Retreat Big Cypress Preserve, Everglades Park

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Minimum Stay
7 nights

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

Newly remodeled home nestled on a quiet, peaceful nature preserve, located in the Big Cypress Preserve, on the Florida Panther Corridor, in the heart of Everglades National Park which encompasses over 700,000 acres. It's also located on the Florida Great Birding Trail! Join the few naturalists to experience pristine Florida at it's best. A large variety of flora and fauna in different sections of the park.

Literally step outside the home to hike and photograph in every direction!! You can hike through the grasses or hike on the old swamp buggy trails. The trails are rugged and used by the native critters in the area.

The property is a very spiritual place encouraging meditation.

The hard packed limestone rock road is great for biking. No threat of fast moving cars, just the wind in the trees. The area is very quiet and serene as the birds and critters move about. Kayaking, canoeing, paddle board, airboats and swamp buggy tours close by, within a few miles. The Turner River Road boat launch is very near. You may also be lucky enough to spot a panther from there.

Full screened in porches surround the house, a wonderful breeze generally rolls through the house with all the doors open or put on the central air or heat. Pond on the property generally full of resident wildlife: alligator, wading birds, turtles, deer, bobcat, panther, butterflies, wild turkey, bears and more. Spend days wilderness hiking, birding, photography, biking from the house. Exploring the Everglades is an endless journey with few humans in your path. You can also experience the area with world famous photographer, Clyde Butcher. He offers small tour groups. The park rangers also provide walks, maps, advice, etc.. Everglades City is the closest town, 11 miles away, famous for it's local crabs, fishing, nature guides and air boat tours. It is still a quaint village offering shopping for groceries, restaurants and excellent tour guides. Chokoloskee cemeteries and the Ted Smallwood Store are also worth a visit as well as the Ten Thousand Islands and Marco Island. These islands are salt water fishing destination: snook, grouper, tarpon, red fish and drum are generally caught.

This home is perfect for nature enthusiasts, artists,authors,etc...The tranquility will be stimulating. Transportation from either Naples Florida or Ft Lauderdale can be arranged, as well as stocking the refrigerator and other necessities.

Sleeping: It is a one bedroom with a brand new king size bed with 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, and comforter. There is also a comfortable futon in the living room, a full size sofa, and a roll away cot. Everything is comfortable, new, clean and fresh.

Amenities: It has a very well stocked kitchen of electronics and utensils: range, refrigerator with ice maker, separate deep freeze, microwave,rice cooker, electric tea kettle, electric coffee maker, french press, waffle maker, blender, toaster oven, and filtered well water.

Outside grill, 2 adult bicycles, clothing washer, stereo, satellite TV, internet, Samsung Galaxy 5 cell phone to use while visiting(signal 90%), dvds, pool table, telescope, binoculars, cards, dartboard, , ice cooler, backpack, benches around pond.

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Sue Nulman
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 February, 2017

About Sue Nulman

We've always had a great love for the outdoors, especially the Everglades, being such a unique ecosystem. It's the last 'frontier' in south Florida. It has always been a convenient place to visit since Tamiami Trail (US#41)cuts across the state. We've been enjoying the Everglades for 30 years it offers such great diversity in any given season. The flora and fauna change constantly and every day is a new surprise in the woods. Private homes are very seldom available for sale! Most are passed down to the next generation. We were so excited to buy a place right on the Fl Panther Corridor and the Fl Birding Trail. We knew the area must be full of wildlife.

Sue Nulman purchased this house in 2013

Why Sue Nulman chose Florida

I fell in love with this area and sought this property out for years. Only a select few people have the privilege to stay in such a unique area. The pristine ecosystem surrounding the home makes this one special place. It is also very close to the scenic Ten Thousand Isles,Friends of Fakahatchee Park, Collier Seminole State Park, Fl Panther National Wildlife Refuge, The original Skunk Ape Research Headquarters and Miccosukee Indian villages.

What makes this house unique

Privacy and serenity within a naturalist's paradise best describes the location. Luxury and comfort best describes the home. Should you desire upscale dining and shopping, Naples is about 40 mintes away. Miami is 1 hour away. The Keys is 2 hour away.

Owner /mgr may stop by for maintenance.

Feel free to stroll through the woods to view large variety of critters in their natural habitat.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Big Cypress, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • 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
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Custom bathroom is all green onyx glass tiles on the floor and walls. This is a spa shower and a SunMar Electric toilet. The double sink area in the bathroom is separate from the shower and toilet, and opens up outside to the west patio.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • The bedroom is light and bright, there is a door to the screened atrium with an additional window behind the bed. All tile floors, a walk-in cedar closet, and full opening sliding door to the bathroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Please note: No camp fires, no wood grills,no candles,no incense, no firearms, no fireworks, no atv's , no trouble!


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

Luxury Nature Retreat Big Cypress Preserve, Everglades Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
Owosso Michigan

Outstanding !

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful place, Will come back next year

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Always relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our third stay at the Old Cypress Cottage. The deer, turkeys, and fox squirrel greeted us every morning. Sue has done a marvelous job making the landscape inviting to birds and butterflies, and the home is always immaculate. We love the space and being surrounded by the natural beauty of the Big Cypress Preserve and Everglades National Park. Also just a stone's throw away from Everglades City and our annual fix of fresh stone crab at City Seafood. Thanks Sue!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful secluded getaway with tons of natural attractions

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent almost 2 weeks here for our honeymoon, and we didn't want to leave!! The house itself is clean and pretty, with plenty of space and character. It has a nice layout, and the screened-in porch is just perfect. The local animals were a constant delight, as were the star-gazing opportunities at night. Being located in a nature preserve gives it such an amazing secluded feel - we felt so privileged to be able to stay here. Plus, it's location is convenient to Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, as well as 2 visitor's centers for the Big Cypress Reserve. It's also only 40 minutes from Naples, and less than that to the amazing Havana Cafe on Chokoloskee. We never lacked things to do, and hope to return so we can enjoy this gem again.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Hi Sue:

The cottage has been completely renovated. The renovation was carefully planned and very well executed.

Everything that you might need is there and anything that you don't isn't. The cottage was very clean and

well maintained.

The surroundings are as close to the original of Big Cypress environment as you can get.

The critters who visit are interesting and entertaining. The profusion of orchids inside and outside and all the

other colourful and natural vegetation is beautiful.

It was a relaxing and enjoyable three weeks in a beautiful, peaceful location. And it was close enough to many

nature preserves such as Six Mile Cypress and Corkscrew Swamp and shopping in Fort Myers, if so desired.

We would definitely recommend this home to friends and relatives who enjoy the natural world.

Many thanks, Sue.


Harold & Marilyn Osborne

  • Review Submitted: Mar 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Close to paradise

  • 5 of 5

Dear Sue, your home is a jewel! Furnished with everything one could possibly need, plus many artistic details. Books and Games kept us busy in the evening and the bicycles provided gave us the opportunity to move around this wonderful Preserve. Mind you, we found it hard to leave this peaceful and tranquil place. Why should we, wildlife came to us: deers, turkeys, foxsquirrels, songbirds, egrets, ibis ...... not to forget the numerous fruittrees, colourful flowers and orchids abound. Regretably we stayed only for one week but look forward to a much longer stay next time. Best regards Christa and Dieter

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eau Claire, WI

Relaxing! Relaxing! Relaxing!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our second stay here and will definitely come back. We enjoy the extremely quiet location with abundance of Florida wildlife. Home is well equipped and very clean and comfortable. Took a few day trips, but spent most of the three weeks relaxing on site. Thank you Sue!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Naples International
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Everglades Rod and Gun Club
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Sea Key West Express
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Links of Naples
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US #41 / Tamiami Trail
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Joanie's Blue Crab Cafe
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Tigertail Beach Park
Car: necessary

Please note this luxury cottage is located in Ochopee, NOT Everglades City, it is approximately a 15 minute drive from Everglades City.

This property is suited for nature lovers only!

Luckily, there are no box stores, shopping malls or chain owned restaurants nearby. This location is pristine, just like it was back in the 1970's when the park service acquired most properties to form the park. If you need to have a shopping afternoon, head west into Naples about 40 miles for your fix.

Out here you will find only the wilds of South Florida. You can easily take day trips or half day trips to attractions or beaches in Naples or Miami. All photos included in my site are real, no photo shop or other devices were used. Real animals playing, eating and co- existing together, for real!!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Big Cypress, Florida South Gulf Coast

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Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Tax Rate 4.0%

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