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Private Island Retreat by the Intracoastal Waterway

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 5 nights

About the property

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

John Atchison
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
13 January, 2017

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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

Private Island Retreat by the Intracoastal Waterway
average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews

Awesome location and home

  • 4 of 5

I was meeting with my college friend after a long time and we decided to meet somewhere in florida. We found this home and we spent 3 nights and 2 days.

The place and location are awesome. We spent our Christmas vacation there. John was so helpful and he provided us Christmas tree with lot of ornaments. Kids had lot of fun and we enjoyed a lot too. Reaching to this location was quite easy with directions provided. I would definitely recommend this property if you want to spent some quiet time within nature.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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The house is as good as the pictures

  • 5 of 5

We were celebrating my in-laws 55th anniversary and this was the perfect place. It's off the beaten path and we had an amazing time just being together. The master bedroom is spacious and the view is awesome. All of the upstairs bedrooms were comfortable and the two full bathrooms prevented logjams in the mornings and evenings. The home gets its water from a well so it does have a slight sulfur smell. Recommend you bring your own ice if you think this will be a problem for you. We highly recommend this house and are talking about a return in the future. The owner was very easy to work with throughout the entire process and made the experience that much more enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A fabulous place!

  • 5 of 5

So much room and a great location for some R&R. Lots to do within a short distance...recommend Kayak Amelia...or do nothing at all and enjoy the location.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice experience

  • 5 of 5

Nice home. Lots of space and the porch was great! Bring mosquito repellant if you are going to be in the grass, but they were not bad at all on the porch level. Bring your required potts and pans. I would stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Spring 2017
9 Jan 2017 - 19 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Summer 2017
20 May 2017 - 20 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Fall 2017
21 Aug 2017 - 26 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
FL GA weekend
27 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Thanksgiving 2017
22 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas 2017
22 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £244
Cleaning £142
Tax Rate 13.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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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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