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If you're looking for real country.. this is it. In the Osceola National Forest

Bedrooms 2
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 bath cottage on edge of Osceola Forest, FREE ATV Trails closeby!

Dove Cottage invites you to the forest, and to a time of good neighbors, country roads and peace and quiet.

Located in the Mt. Carrie area, just east of Lake City, Dove Cottage is about 8 miles from Lake City Airport, 11 miles from Olustee Battlefield, ten miles from the VA and downtown, about 60 miles from the Jacksonville Beach, and 100 miles from St. Augustine. Oh, yes... bout 200 miles from Orlando.

This delightful cottage is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath, A-Frame home that sleeps up to 8, with additional sleeping areas available, if needed. Since its' back yard is the Osceola Forest, deer and wild turkey are frequently seen, and trails behind the house wind for miles into the forest, complete with many small lakes and one large one, Ocean Pond closeby.

It comes fully furnished, including; all furniture, kitchen pots, pans, dishes, linens, sheets, towels. All you need to bring is your clothes. It also has satellite TV and Internet and a 50 inch flat screen TV and a 32 inch in the upstairs bedroom. There's also a propane fireplace inside, as well as a firepit and grill outside.

Osceola Estates, a small country community of about 45 homes that sit in a niche that is carved out of the Osceola National Forest. Hunting, fishing, hiking, birding and ATVing are very popular.

Downstairs is a living, dining, kitchen, a front and back deck (screened in), one bedroom and bath. Upstairs is one bedroom and bath, and has a screened in deck on the front.

The downstairs bedroom has a queen size bed, and bath has a tub/shower combo, and the upstairs bedroom has six twins that can be setup as a twins or three California kings. Upstairs has a walk-in shower. There is also a mother-in-law cottage that if you would like to rent it for a larger group, can be setup for extra sleeping.

You will have a full kitchen, with a propane stove, microwave, coffeepot, and such, with seating for up to 4, plus extra dishes if you want to setup a picnic outside and such. The upstairs bedroom has a 32 inch flat screen TV. The living room has a 48 inch flat screen TV.

It's very peaceful and quiet out here. I love it, particularly in the fall and winter. Summer brings lots of mosquitoes and is not the perfect time unless you plan on staying inside a lot, that's why I charge less then.

We have central air and heat, but also have the propane fireplace, if you'd like to have a fire. There's also lots of bird seed here if you'd like to put it out for the birds. We frequently have the Palliated woodpecker in the yard as well as the occasional hawk and egret. Once in a while there will be rabbits, possum and raccoon. And, if you are an early riser, the deer are in the yard pretty much everyday about 5am.

Dove Cottage also has 4 bikes for guests use. They are simple Huffy 26 inch bikes, specially selected for dirt roads, and few mechanics, so that most anyone can ride them. If you are larger, or smaller framed, you might want to bring your own.

Pets are welcome for 10 per night fee. We provide a welcome kit for our furry guests that includes treats, toy and poop bags.

More Details

Sharon Romine
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2017

About Sharon Romine

About The Owners; Hi Folks, This is Sharon Romine, and husband, Cecil Romine. This is Dove Cottage, our cabin at the Edge of the Woods We love the fall and winter here in the forest. We spend our days gardening, watching the birds and flowers. I love the morning mist through the forest, the deer, the birds. Love to have you as a neighbor. Our house is right down the road, so we look forward to having you!

Sharon Romine purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Sharon Romine chose Florida North Central Gulf Coast

If you are looking to get away to peace and quiet, this is it. Deer visit daily, and frequently wild turkey come trotting across the lawn. This is real country..

The Osceola forest has many ATV trails, free for using. Hunting and fishing are very popular and we frequently see deer and turkey in our yard.

What makes this cottage unique

Get away to the forest. Daily walks in the forest, atv trails to ride, horseback riding is welcome, too. Great neighbors, real country folks.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Lake City in Columbia County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Upstairs bath
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Bedroom can be setup with a king and two twins, or four twin
  • Lower level bedroom has a queen bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • caving
  • swimming
Daily housekeeping is available @ a charge of $25 per hour, so depends on what all you would like to have done; Dishes washed, beds made, etc.


5/5 -
(5 traveller reviews)

If you're looking for real country.. this is it. In the Osceola National Forest
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Dove Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This property met our expectations. We wanted a central location in northern Florida that we could use as a home base to explore that area. It is out of town and very quiet. The home included everything we needed. We had a sweet treat waiting for us when we got there. We met Sharon, her husband CH, and Linda who takes care of any problems. We enjoyed visiting with all of them. There were deer and turkeys roaming through the property. The beds were especially comfortable and we enjoyed good nights of sleep. We will use this home again if we return to northern Florida.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a great visit! The house was very comfortable, and had everything we could have possibly needed. We had fun hiking the trails out back with our dogs, as well as driving to some of the nearby portions of the Florida Trail. The peace and quiet out in the woods was fantastic, and the number of stars visible on a clear night is incredible. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loved having you guys!
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Lake house

  • 5 of 5


  • Review Submitted: Jan 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Christmas Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay Christmas week. The house had Christmas decorations and a nice Christmas tree. Everything you could need was made available in the kitchen and throughout the house. Really felt like home. Sharon left us freshly baked muffins and sent us candied popcorn and homemade candy during our stay. Very attentive and kind owners. Lake City was 30 minutes away and had decent restaurants and supermarkets for all your needs.

Enjoyed some hiking and biking in nearby parks. Also lit up the camp fire and enjoyed one of the cool nights outdoors. The trails behind house were a little wet because of a couple days rain but they must be great to hike or ride ATV's. I'm Sure I'll enjoy next time.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rey, thank you so much for the great review- We really enjoyed having you and your family and look forward to having you back. Be sure to enter the returning guest coupon code for your discount. Here's to a great year for you and family! Sharon and CH
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Tampa, FL

PERFECT HOLIDAY!! Peaceful & Family Pleasing - ATV Trails, Fishing, Shooting, Nature and Stargazing

  • 5 of 5

We'd been looking for a place where ATV trails were close by. We found it - the secret is out! Dove Cottage is smack dab in the middle of the forest. Everything we wanted was right there, (and we didn't have to rough it in a tent). Upon our arrival we were greeted by the neighbor and made to feel like family. The cottage was cozy & clean with plenty of room for the whole family. We fished, rode our ATV's, shot the guns and enjoyed an unspoiled starry sky. The forest has tons of ponds full of hungry fish, a free outdoor gun range that was great for practice and we had a blast driving through the forest trails. The kids loved the visit to the battlefield. There were so many things to do and see, I wish we could have stayed longer. We will definitely be going back to this peaceful and private patch of nature at its finest.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Athena! We loved having you and your family and look forward to having you again!
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Lake City, Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Winter High Season
1 Oct 2016 - 31 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £24
Departure Cleaning Fee £81
Property Damage Protection £48
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rate shown includes up to 4, $10 per night extra for each person or child 12 or older.

CANCELLATION: You may cancel your reservation up to 24 hours after booking with no cancellation charge. After this, stays cancelled 60 days or greater before arrival will incur a 10% cancellation or change fee. There are no refunds for stays cancelled 59 days or less prior to arrival. You may purchase Trip insurance, either from your preferred agent or Sharon Romine, owner/travel agent.

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Cracker Barrel
Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park
Stephen Foster
Nearest Airport
8 Miles
Lake City Airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Hanger 7
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Gumswamp HIghtway 315
Nearest Ski
5 Miles
Ocean Pond
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Jacksonville Beach
Car: necessary

Lake City, Florida Lodging, For Rent: 2 Bedroom 2 bath Cabin in the Osceola Forest, ten miles outside Lake City, Florida Short-term Vacation Rental located in the middle of the Osceola National Forest, great place for; great hiking, camping, horseback riding, Olustee Battlefield Historical Reenactment!1 hour to Jacksonville and less than 40 miles from the Gator Bowl (NFL Football), 25 minutes – Gainesville – (University of Florida and Gator National Speedway),1-1/2 hours to St. Augustine,2 hours to Daytona Beach,1 hour to Silver Springs/Ocala,3 hours to Tampa/St. Petersburg,2-1/2 hours to Orlando/Disney World, 25 minutes Gainesville Airport,1-1/2 hours Jacksonville Airport

Fishing the old time way... There's several small lakes back in the forest, about a five minute's walk away, and we have a reel and rod as well as several cane poles for fishing. You'll just have to dig worms or buy bait and line. We have a hoe waiting for you... :-)

Many people come for the ATVing, as the Osceola Forest has many marked ATV trails that are free to ride.

Hunting in Osceola forest is popular, too, deer, turkey. We have a freezer for your use and an outside cleaning table.


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