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Nature Lover's Paradise - Aucilla River In St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome

Overview

About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

The Moorings at Mandalay, Aucilla River Florida is ultimate and unique eco-tourist destination – a true nature lover’s paradise inside the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge -- birding, boating, sailing, canoeing, hiking, hunting, scalloping, fishing, artifact hunting, wildflower collecting, wildlife observation, nature photography, and painting. You can enjoy the pristine beauty of the Aucilla River. You’ll love the panoramic view of the refuge across the river through the 40 feet of sliding glass doors or from the dock.

This retreat is beautifully furnished with objects collected from around the world. The 2-bedroom, 1 ½ bath home has a queen-size bed, a comfortable double size futon, and a double Tempur-Pedic bed and plenty of floor space for inflatable mattresses. The home is fully furnished including linens, dishes, a dishwasher, a microwave, a washer, a dryer, a flat-screen TV, a VCR/DVD player, CD's, DVDs, games, books and more.

The rambling yard that has 160 front feet right along the riverbank. From the dock, you are just upstream about 10 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico with a public boat ramp nearby. The area has abundant wildlife. Seasonal sightings include ruby-throated hummingbirds, ospreys, bald eagles, pleated woodpeckers, swallow-tailed kites, great blue herons, white pelicans, turkeys, and flocks of iron head storks. In the river, teeming with fish, we've also seen manatees, otters, and porpoises. All around in the forest raccoon, deer, fox, coyotes, bobcats, and wild boar abound.

It’s a short hop up to Tallahassee, just 45 minutes; to Perry it’s 20 minutes. About 30 minutes away is the village of St. Marks, on the St. Marks River where it converges with the crystal clear Wakulla River. At the headwaters of the Wakulla River, twenty minutes away, is the Wakulla Springs Lodge State Park, a “river boat adventure” tour, swimming, dining, and lodging. For your convenience, JR’s Aucilla River Store is within 5 miles at the US 98 bridge. A guide service is available that provides licensed charter captains intimately familiar with the Big Bend waters.

This area has a rich archaeological history. You will walk the same trails of our ancestors from the Pleistocene era. For hiking, about three miles from the house, a segment of the Florida Trail runs east and west through the forest of the National Wildlife Refuge. It parallels US 98, then turns north up the Aucilla River basin through the many sinkholes to the upper run. That segment has white water rapid canoeing.

You can enjoy a half-day pristine canoe or fishing trip from the headwaters of the Wacissa River merging with the Aucilla River’s lower run ending at the house. Nearby recreational areas include Hickory Mound Impoundment, especially good for birding, Goose Pasture Recreational Area for canoeing and picnicking, and the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge for scenic beauty and abundant wildlife.

Like us on Facebook, The Moorings at Mandalay, for additional pictures and Map of Aucilla River channel, overlaid on a satellite photo.

More Details

Property Manager
Bob & Betsy Fulford
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
15 March, 2017

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Lamont, USA

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
  • The full bath has a tub/shower combo.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • The Master Bedroom is a very large open space with a sitting room that has a futon sofa/bed. There are screens that can be used to block off the spaces for privacy. The second bedroom has a TempurPedic mattress.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
Notes:
NO CANDLES and NO OPEN FLAMES in the house! Please ensure that our home is safe from fire! Nearest fire department is 25 miles away. There are 3 fire extinguishers - on under the sink, and 2 in the pantry next to the kitchen trashcan.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)

Nature Lover's Paradise - Aucilla River In St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 24 reviews
4

Had a wonderful trip.

  • 4 of 5

Very beautiful riverfront views and plenty of wildlife sightings to enjoy. Very cozy home with everything you needed on hand. Wished we could of stayed longer. Had a few minor issues, outside grill & fire burning kettle, was not cleaned and ready for use, (even though there is a $75.00 cleaning fee charged) and had a repair technician during our stay that we felt could of been scheduled at a different time frame when we were not on our vacation stay. Overall, we would like to return for a longer stay and enjoy more of the areas surrounding the property. Had a lot of enjoyable evenings sitting out on the dock and star gazing. Very breathtaking!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments!! I am so glad you enjoyed your stay. I apologize that the grill wasn't clean. We will add that to our cleaner's list. We had wrongly assumed that guest would clean after themselves. And also, so sorry for the repair person. It is very hard to get them down to a rural area we generally have to take them when they will come. And our rental calendar is so full. We will try to do better next time. Aloha!
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5

Love our stay there every year

  • 5 of 5

Everything was awesome . Kids love it . Husband loves the fishing .

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Great vacation site!

  • 4 of 5

Rented this home for a weekend family get together. The home was very clean and well equipped. I brought two kayaks and we used the owners canoe to explore the river. We hung out on the dock fishing and watching the wildlife. While there we watched a couple of dolphins swim up and down the river and spotted a pod of manatees. My wife and I watched a bear walking down Mandalay Road. Very nice stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely property with AMAZING location on river!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved, loved this little house... nestled in the wood with sweet little wooden swings up front, we were in aww right away!

I will say it is important to manage the AC at the house... I think our little ones left it open and we were in & out a lot, so the temp shot up, but it recovered in the night.

This is a great rental!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The Moorings at Mandelay

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd visit to this property. We will be back! The house is beautiful, comfortable, clean, and extremely well organized. The beds are comfortable. The view is even better than the pictures show. If the weather is keeping you inside, don't fret, the entire river-facing side of the house is glass doors or full length windows. You can stay inside with air conditioned comfort and see the view from any room. The peace and quiet is delightful. There are hiking trails and excellent restaurants nearby. You can rent a sailboat from the owners or use their canoe free of extra charge. Owners are easily accessible if a problem arises, but the property is so well maintained you shouldn't experience any. We love it!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Alachua, FL
1

Dirty bathroom, dirty kitchen, dirty floors and roaches

  • 1 of 5

We arrived to an empty vodka bottle clearly visible under the front steps. The house had not been vacuumed, cleaned or dusted. Dead cockroaches on the sliding glass door tracts and on the carpet and cobwebs on the glass. The toaster oven had food remains that kept the roaches happy in the kitchen. When we moved the coffee maker, three live roaches came out. The bathroom and kitchen sinks were dirty and the floors were "crunchy" with debris. The nicest word for the bathroom rug is "unsanitary". We only stayed one night of our planned two day weekend because of the dirty conditions. Before leaving we called the owner, who indicated surprise and said that he would refund our stay. We said we were fine with paying for the one night we stayed. Nothing happened; then I emailed the owner about the status. No response. Ultimately all we received was our refundable damage deposit.

This is the first VRBO review we have submitted, but have used VRBO repeatedly (and will again in 2 weeks). In this case, we feel compelled to submit this review for others.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When I received the phone call from the guest, the report she made was so astonishing that I was taken aback. We have never had such a complaint before. After a few minutes of consideration, I decided I needed to verify the truthfulness of this phone call. I drove 3 hours to visually inspect the house itself and met my housekeeper and handy man there as witnesses. The house was completely clean. There was no evidence of the condition described. This review was a complete fabrication. For example, the stair steps are almost completely closed in and there is no way to see a bottle underneath. Perhaps this was a mistake and the guest thought they were reviewing another property. As you can see from other reviews, our place is highly recommended.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Lamont, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£185
for 1 night
From
£119
From
£128
Fri,Sat,Sun
£899
£3,280
 

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £40 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £80
Cleaning Fee £60 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

Any excess cleaning required or damage will be taken out of the deposit. This includes large quantities of dirty dishes and/or laundry, stains on the carpet, and damaged, broken or missing items etc. For a negotiated price, the sailboat with a captain can be hired. The house is only somewhat accessible to wheelchairs. There is no ramp, nor accessible shower/tub.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Location

Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Tallahassee International Airport
Nearest Barpub
18 Miles
Ouzts Too Oyster Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
27 Miles
Perry Golf & Country Club
Nearest Train
51 Miles
Tallahassee Amtrak Train Station
Nearest Motorway
34 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Restaurant
24 Miles
Deals Famous Oyster House, Perry
Nearest Beach
33.5 Miles
Shell Point Beach, Crawfordville
Car: necessary

We are located in the St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge. The entry to the park itself is 21 miles away. For your convenience, JR’s Aucilla River Store is within 5 miles at the US 98 bridge. A guide service is available that provides licensed charter captains intimately familiar with the Big Bend waters.

About 30 minutes away is the village of St. Marks, on the St. Marks River where it converges with the crystal clear Wakulla River. At the headwaters of the Wakulla River, twenty minutes away, is the Wakulla Springs Lodge State Park, a “river boat adventure” tour, swimming, dining, and lodging.

For hiking, about three miles from the house, a segment of the Florida Trail runs east and west through the forest of the National Wildlife Refuge. It parallels US 98, then turns north up the Aucilla River basin through the many sinkholes to the upper run. That segment has white water rapid canoeing. You can enjoy a half-day pristine canoe or fishing trip from the headwaters of the Wacissa River merging with the Aucilla River’s lower run ending at the house.

Rent equipment from Wacissa River Canoe and Kayak Rentals take a trip through the historic "slave canal" to the Aucilla River, then wind up at our door!

Nearby recreational areas include Hickory Mound Impoundment, especially good for birding, Goose Pasture Recreational Area for canoeing and picnicking, and the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge for scenic beauty and abundant wildlife.

For shopping, golf, museums, and other attractions, It’s a short hop up to Tallahassee, just 37 miles; to Perry it’s 22 miles.

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