|Property type||Recreational Vehicle|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Set back 400 ft from the Santa Fe River, Turtle Palace is a cozy 28' RV trailer nestled amidst oaks and cypress on the beautifully wooded private Lazy Turtle Lodge estate (10 acres) on the banks of the Santa Fe River 15 minutes from Historic High Springs. There is a kitchen with gas stove, toaster oven and microwave. Cute living area with two rocking chairs, pull out sofa and dining table for four and a queen size bed, shower and bath in the sleeping area. 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). Turtle Palace has a large covered deck, picnic table, rocking chairs, Weber grill and Enos hammock. There is an outside hot water shower for two that is every guest favorite. A lovely 400 ft walk through the trees takes you to the river's edge and to the main Lodge, where you can float, kayak, paddle, swim, fish or sit on the dock and watch the river flow by. Time is slow and easy. There is NO Internet at the unit only down at the Lodge. All guests will be asked to sign a General Accident and Release of Liability Form at check in.
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
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.
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.
Great base camp for tubing and kayaking on the Santa Fe River. I was pleasantly surprise by the size and the amenities within Turtle Palace. It's much larger inside than I expected, having never been in an RV before. I stayed there with a friend over a weekend, and we were both delighted by the amenities inside and out. The deck is wonderful, and the outdoor fire pit was prepped and ready for us when we arrived. Turtle Palace was very clean. The owners are kind and fun to talk to. There is a binder inside with all the info you need on local food and river activity rentals.
Perfect location. Close drive to town for dinner and ice cream. Close to a great swimming spot.
I definitely recommend Turtle Palace. I'll be back!
This place was so quaint and quiet. Nestled in some trees, and steps from Santa Fe River, this provided a much needed relaxed atmosphere for my husband and I to unwind while celebrating our 3rd anniversary. The RV had everything we needed and the outdoor shower was amazing! Wildlife abounds. A float down the river to rum island springs is a must! We'll be back. 😊
I've never reviewed anything ever but felt compelled to do so. I would start off by saying this is definitely not the Hilton but if you've made it this far you're probably looking for something different. Just the great clean little place to stay out in the woods off the beaten path deer in the yard. It almost feels like visiting relatives and staying in the mother in law Suite, Pam and Lance are around and available but certainly not intrusive. My daughter who first cried when she heard about the outdoor shower and it up being the one that loved it the most. I really can't say enough good things about the location the atmosphere and the vibe the whole experience is great I'm already thinking about when I can come back
The hosts were very welcoming when we arrived and made us feel comfortable. We stayed in Turltle Palace an adoreable little camper rv, Very cozy and clean. The bed was so comfortable to sleep in at night. Outside
big deck with firepit and everything was perfect . Highly would recommend to anyone looking for a perfect getaway on the Santa Fe River.
Enjoyed our 2 nights and will be back.
I came for the Rum138/Spring Hunters photography show but also to kayak, which is so convenient to launch on the Santa Fe right there.
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.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest|
|Cleaning Fee||£29 + Tax|
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.