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Private Island Retreat by the Intracoastal Waterway

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Fort George Island - Island Home - Jacksonville FL

Very spacious 4 bedroom 3.5 bath Low Country home, wrap around porches

This listing is for an entire home – the first and second floor of a well decorated charming country home in a rural, natural setting. There are three bedrooms: one very large bedroom is located downstairs overlooking the water with a king size select comfort bed and a private full bath which has been recently updated in travertine with a large walk in rainfall shower and a large soaking tub.

Two more large bedrooms are located upstairs with new queen size posteurpedic beds and a shared Jack and Jill full bath as well as another full bath.

A fourth bedroom is available upstairs for larger groups. It is a large room with 5 beds which can accommodate up 4 to 6 kids. There is a twin bunk bed, a twin single bed and 2 full bed plus room for air mattresses.

Please note: This is property is not suitable for events such birthday parties, showers, family reunions or weddings. Thank you for understanding that this is not possible due to insurance coverage rules.

Check in time begins at 3 pm. Check out is 10 am. These times are flexible so please ask you would like special consideration. We will do our best schedule permitting.

The house has a large open floor plan with a very large living room and adjacent dining room and kitchen downstairs and a sitting area upstairs. Plenty of windows provide beautiful views of the water from most rooms in the house. There is a TV and DVD players in the living room (sorry, only broadcast TV, no cable). Kitchen is available for food preparation- full fridge, stove, oven, microwave, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, etc. Rocking chairs and a hammock on the wrap around porches provide areas to sit or lie down and enjoy this uniquely wild setting with all the comforts of home.

Our low country home located adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway and in an amazing natural setting inside the Timucuan Historic and Ecological Preserve. You will feel as though you are traveling back in time as you follow a historic canopied road approaching this uniquely beautiful home site. If you seek privacy and tranquility you will find it here, but you are still just minutes away from Amelia Island and Jacksonville. Come enjoy a truly unique and pristine wilderness spot that is still convenient to city life. If you would love to intimately experience the outdoors but are not into sleeping bags and tents this is about as good as it gets. Hiking boots and daypacks or kayaks and paddles to start the day, a full day adventure, followed by a hot shower or a soak in the large soaking tub, AC/heat, TV and internet, and an adult beverage before hitting the hay in a clean soft bed. Rain on the tin roof just adds to the charm and ambiance. Gourmet dining a short drive away.

Adventure awaits:

-Our 3 acre home site is a refuge to some of the resident wildlife including white tail deer, sea otter, and American bald eagles, (and many other bird species located along the Eastern Flyway). Talbot I State Park is also the location of one of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trails ((website hidden)).

-Five miles of continuous beaches on Little Talbot Island State Park is a short 5 minute drive away. Hiking, kayaking, bicycling, fishing, bird watching, anything involving the outdoors is located right off the back porch. Ten miles of paved bike paths on the East Coast Greenway, hiking trails through pristine coastal hammock country, numerous historic sites including Kingsley Plantation, Fort Clinch, Amelia Island Museum, Fort Caroline, etc.

-Just a short 8 minute drive to Huguenot Memorial Park- one of the last beaches in Florida that allows beach driving. No need to carry loads of beach stuff. Just drive in, park, unload, have fun.

-Amelia Island State Park is also close by- a great beach that also allows beach driving. It’s also a great fishing spot.

-Bring your kayak or canoe (or rent one at Kayak Amelia just 5 minutes away) and paddle miles of remote tidal estuaries in the Timucuan Preserve.

-Bring your bike or rent one at Kayak Amelia and pedal along the miles of beaches or nearby East Coast Greenway dedicated paved bike paths.

-Like to golf? Amelia Island boasts 117 holes including a PGA tournament course (The Golf Club of Amelia I).

-Visit nearby Amelia Island where fine dining and shopping is located just minutes away.

Shops and restaurants at Amelia Island Plantation are just 7 miles away.

Shops and restaurants in downtown Fernandina Beach are just 17 miles away.

-Visit downtown Jacksonville, just 30 miles away.

Jacksonville Int'l Airport is 29 miles away.

- This is not a child proof home and may not be appropriate for very young children so please inquire before bringing children along.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

John Atchison
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
27 October, 2016

About John Atchison

Jacksonville is a great place and I've lived here for 30+ years. There's lots to do- boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, surfing, cycling and fishing. I've enjoyed all of these activities over the years but fishing has become my passion. And it is great to enjoy such great fishing in your own backyard. I also love to travel and have been all over for work and play.

John Atchison purchased this house in 1985

Why John Atchison chose Florida

This property fell into my lap when another house I was interested in buying nearby was sold before I could make an offer. It was my serendipitous good fortune because this was a haven for me for over 20 years until family needs required us to move closer to town. I'm happy that we can share the peace we have enjoyed here for years to adventurers from far and near.

What makes this house unique

This spacious home feels like it belongs in the natural setting it's located in. Our guests will feel a special peace and tranquility as soon as they turn down the canopied road with huge live oaks shading the way.


based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

Private Island Retreat by the Intracoastal Waterway
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews

secluded, yet close to beaches and Amelia Island

  • 5 of 5

My wife, four sisters and I wanted to get together for a family vacation near my brother. We decided to stay at this house instead of renting several hotel rooms on the beaches near Jacksonville. It was a great choice. We were able to go to wonderful beaches without crowds, visit the shops at Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach, and had plenty of room for the entire group to spread out around the house. There is a large kitchen, dining area and living room, plus a small sitting area on the second floor. The wrap-around porch is fantastic, and each bedroom is larger than many hotel rooms.

We each took responsibility to prepare one meal, and saved a lot of money compared to going to restaurants.

During our stay, we saw a gopher tortoise, a bald eagle competing with an osprey for a fish, a large owl, butterflies, small birds, and many other wild animals. But, we encountered no wild tourists.

The house was very comfortable and exceeded our needs. This is not a 5 star vacation destination; but, for a relaxing family vacation without the crowds, it was perfect.

If you want the party atmosphere of tourist beaches, stay away. If you desire a relaxing vacation with family and friends, this is the ideal place.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house...

  • 5 of 5

Spacious, peaceful, and private. We had a great weekend. If you want to get away and relax for a little while, this is the perfect place.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Beautiful property and home. Fantastic place for nature lovers. Would definately stay here again.

  • 5 of 5

Loved this place.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winter Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our stay was everything that we had hoped for and more. The highlight of every day was kicking back on the back porch and seeing the beautiful sunsets. A home away from home, to be sure.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
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Absolutely incredible! Would highly recommend.

  • 5 of 5

My family, (all adults), loved the property. The 1.3 mile drive down the gravel road was like driving through a hidden jungle of beautiful foliage. It made it seem very remote and added to the mystique. The house itself is like a southern plantation and exquisitely furnished. Everything was spacious and relaxing. The deck and access to it is very cool. We all enjoyed it and have nothing bad to comment on. It does not have WiFi however, the cell service is good and we have no problem using the personal hotspot.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Exactly what I wanted

  • 5 of 5

Location: Private, quiet, beautiful

House: Immaculate with a master bed/bath to die for. Kitchen with everything you need. Extremely comfortable furniture and beds.

Grounds: Lovely location down a canopied drive off the highway, situated to take advantage of sunset views

  • Review Submitted: Dec 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Fernandina Beach Municipal Airport
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
St Johns River Ferry
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Amelia Island
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Talbot Island State Park
Car: necessary

This is a perfect location to enjoy the outdoors and the natural beauty that surrounds Talbot Island State Park, Amelia Island State Park, and Fort George Island. Miles of deserted beaches are minutes from the house. Fishing is world class. There are kayak and bicycles available for rental at a nearby business that is five minutes away. Shopping, fine dining, golf, tennis, historical sites, museums are all very close even though you will enjoy quiet intimacy of your own natural paradise.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Fort George Island, North East Florida

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £247
Cleaning £144

Check in is 3pm. Check out is 10am. At times (when the booking schedule allows) these times are flexible. Please ask if you would like special consideration and we will do our best to accommodate you. Ask about couples discount and discounts for smaller groups below 7.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Fort George Island, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • 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 Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet
  • The master bath located downstairs is large and roomy with a large soaking tub and a rainwater shower. It has recently been updated in travertine. The shared bath upstairs is roomy and has a combination bath/shower, toilet and vanity. It is large and light with a nice view of the trees that surround the house. Bathroom Three is also located upstairs and has a nice large vanity and combination tub/shower. Bathroom four is located downstairs off the kitchen and is a half bath without tub or shower.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Double Bed , 3 Single Bed
  • The master bedroom (Bedroom one) is located on the main floor with a king bed and panoramic views of the water. The room is very large with room to relax. Rocking chair and casual chair located in two corners provide a nice place to sit and read or talk. The walk in closet is roomy as is the master bath. The bath has recently been updated in travertine and has a rainwater shower as well as a 6 foot soaking tub. The master suite opens directly onto the porches. Bedroom Two is upstairs and overlooks the water with views available through a large window. The room is decorated with antiques and a comfortable queen bed. Bedroom Three overlooks the heavily forested yard and shares a bath with Bedroom Two. It is decorated with antiques and has a comfortable queen bed. Bedroom 4 is a large room with 5 beds- a twin bunk bed, a twin bed, and 2 full (or double) beds.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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