Set amidst oaks and cypress on the Lazy Turtle Lodge estate, Turtle Palace is a cozy, comfy fully equipped 28' Cardinal RV with large covered deck, picnic table, Weber charcoal grill, rocking chairs and wonderful hammock. All linens, towels, shampoo, and complimentary coffee and tea are provided. Hot outdoor showers for two (common to both units) are also available (as well as shower wraps/robes) and loved by all our guests especially on moonlit nights. lovely 500 ft walk or drive takes you to view and access the beautiful Santa Fe River where you can float, kayak, paddle, swim, fish or sit on the dock and watch the river flow by. A perfect place to escape, float, kayak, canoe, cave dive, explore springs or just watch the river flow. "Glamping" and ecotourism at its best where time is slow and easy. NO Internet at unit - only around Lodge. The pull out could accommodate a child or two. Additional guests, over two, are $25/person/night. Children under 6 are free (two children max). There is an outside (common to both rental units) hot water shower for two that is every guest's favorite. The main Lodge (owner's residence) is at the river. The Lazy Turtle Lodge is a 10 acre estate, set in a quiet and beautiful oak, cypress and spanish moss hammock on the banks of the Santa Fe River, one of North Florida's most beautiful spring fed rivers. The estate includes Turtle Heaven (the trailer also on FlipKey), Turtle Palace (the camper), and the main Lodge. Peace, tranquility, wildlife and beautiful sunsets are the norm. Turtle Palace is also a 1.5 mile country walk to Rum Island Park and a short drive to Oleno St. Park. It is also across from Lily Springs, downriver from Poe Springs and upriver from Ginnie Springs. Guests can float/paddle directly from the dock at the Lazy Turtle Lodge to Rum Island Park or put in at US 441 or US 27 for a longer river ride to the Lodge. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at Rum 138 on the corner of CR 138 and Rum Island Terrace and can be delivered on-site. Whether you want to canoe, kayak, paddle board, float, fish or simple watch the river go by on the dock, Turtle Palace is the place to completely get away from big city stress. "Glamping" and ecotourism at its best. All guests will be asked to sign a General Accident and Release of Liability Form at check in.
- Recreational Vehicle450 sq. ft.
- Separate WCs0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Cozy fully equipped 28' RV, 500 foot country walk to Santa Fe River
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
- Calendar last updated:
- 18 Jul 2018
About Pam Smith
Pam is a retired commercial real estate broker and husband, Lance, is a retired Herff Jones executive. Having met at the University of Florida (Go Gators!), they always wanted to move back to the Gainesville area. They bought the property from good friends and next door neighbors in 2007 and built the Main Lodge as a full time dream residence in 2011. They have enjoyed entertaining friends and family and decided to open the Lazy Turtle Lodge to guests who appreciate the simplicity and beauty of Mother Nature.
Pam Smith purchased this Recreational Vehicle in 2007
Why Pam Smith chose Fort White
Pam and Lance had been coming to the Santa Fe to visit friends, now neighbors, since 1997 and fell in love with the natural beauty and serenity of the area. When the property became available, they decided to make it their future home. The property already had three trailers and an RV (now named Turtle Heaven, Turtle Club, Turtle Nest and Turtle Palace) which Pam and Lance began turning into sleep accommodations for their 6 kids. In 2011 they build the Lodge and moved it full time.
What makes this Recreational Vehicle unique
The beauty and serenity of the area provide a unique setting for both relaxation and river fun. In all seasons the river flows amidst cypress and oak hammocks and can be enjoyed in so many ways. Whether floating, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, cave diving, paddle boarding, fishing or simply sitting on the dock and watching the is slow and easy at the Lazy Turtle Lodge.
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100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Do it because you can-
I recently spent 2 nights in the Turtle Palace and it was amazing. Pam and Lance were extremely helpful and accommodating. The Santa Fe River is beautiful and staying on this property is well worth it. Do yourself a favor and hit the water. One of the best kayaking adventures I've had to date. If you're thinking maybe I should rent this... totally do it, treat yourself! I can't wait to return.
We are so so happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to hosting you again soon. Thanks for the great note! Pam and Lance
Lazy Turtle Palace, and the entire property, was perfect!
First of all, Pam and Lance are wonderful hosts. They made sure that we had everything we needed (and more) for our stay. Secondly, the RV was absolutely perfect for the two of us. Pam and Lance have anticipated every possible need their guests might have, and the RV has everything to meet those needs. We loved the outdoor showers (and the shower wraps/sarongs), and spent a lot of our time on the lovely deck area rocking and watching the hummingbirds, deer, and even an armadillo (late one evening). Rum 138 was a fantastic outfitter that we used twice for our canoe/kayak needs. They even dropped off/picked up our kayak at the property which was wonderful. The closest grocery store is about 16 minutes away (a Winn Dixie), but we went an extra 5 minutes to Alachua to the Publix. We grilled one night, and ate in High Springs for dinner two other evenings (Great Outdoors is a great restaurant). Drinking coffee on the dock in the mornings was absolutely lovely, and we also loved sitting on it after dark and watching SO many stars emerge (and listening to frog sounds we have never heard before). We absolutely recommend staying at Turtle Palace for anyone, and we will definitely be back.
Beautiful place, quiet, quaint,
Loved it, will go back again for longer stay
Thanks guys. See you back soon!
I was in need of a totally relaxing experience. This filled every aspect of my need.
The accommodations were private and perfect for me. Very bad cell service but that was not what I went there for. Enjoyed it tremendously. Planning on returning great place to kick back and relax.
Peace At Last
Quiet and Peace are missing in my life but I found them at the Lazy Turtle! Pam and Lance were so nice, the accommodations were perfect and the area was heavenly.
Beautiful property on an beautiful river. Pam and Lance are great hosts and make you feel welcome to their piece of heaven. The Turtle Palace “camper” was well appointed with everything we needed for a perfect weekend. Our first time glamping but won’t be our last. Hope to come back here again soon and may even try staying inTurtle Heaven next time. Brought my 17’ bass tracker and was able to explore much of the Santa Fe river. Kayaks or canoes seem to be the boat of choice though on this river. Highly recommend this place for a relaxing getaway.
Turtle Palace is located 15 minutes from Historic High Springs' antique and craft stores and 40 minutes from the University of Florida in Gainesville on a private 10 acre estate - the Lazy Turtle Lodge. The Lazy Turtle Lodge is directly on the Santa Fe River where guests can float, tube, kayak, canoe, swim, fish, bird watch or watch the river flow by among cypress, oak hammocks and spanish moss. Wildlife includes lots of turtles, birds, otters, deer, and wild turkeys. A stress free beautiful natural setting.