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Turtle Palace - Santa Fe River

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type Recreational Vehicle
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cozy 28' RV, 500 foot walk from the edge of beautiful spring fed Santa Fe River

Located a short 500 feet walk (through wooded oaks and cypress) to the edge of the Santa Fe, 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 Smith
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 April, 2017

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 Florida

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday recreational vehicle in Fort White in Columbia County

Property Type:
  • Recreational Vehicle
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Stand Up Shower, Sink and Toilet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen Size Bed - Full Closet
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • Kayaking
  • rafting
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
This is a place to enjoy nature, tranquility and river activities.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)

Turtle Palace - Santa Fe River
average rating of 4.9583335 based on 24 reviews

Do it because you can-

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Beautiful property on the Santa Fe River!!

  • 5 of 5

Kayaking (all set up by local shops or bring your own) was awesome as well as free diving/snorkeling in adjoining springs. 72 degree year round water temp !! Sunsets /sunrises on the dock are magnificent!! Pam and Lance are way cool and easy to work with-we will return!! Soon.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for choosing to spend time with us. We look forward to having you back soon!
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Quiet, comfortable and economical lodging in a beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed two days (April 14-16) and were very busy elsewhere all day each day and into the evening, so we didn't have any time to enjoy the location. The retired trailer on blocks with a large, surrounding wood deck with outdoor furniture and picnic table was spacious, clean and comfortable. A nearby fire pit and an abundance of outdoor chairs make it an attractive gathering place for a cook out. At the urging of our hosts we tried the outdoor shower and it was very good. They live on the site in a large, attractive, elevated (the river must have impressive flood stages) Lodge and were very friendly, welcoming and helpful. The Lodge grounds fronting the river are available for canoe/kayak launch and relaxing. The rental description didn't clearly mention that the trailer was a short walk (several hundred feet) along the driveway from the river but this was no problem. Good place; we would return.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laurens, SC

Turtle Palace Revisited

  • 5 of 5

I recently stayed at the Turtle Palace for the second time. As expected, the visit, the facilities, and the host's services were outstanding. Each visit to the Santa Fe area has been fantastic and the Turtle Palace has been a great base of operations. I fully intend to make future visits to the area and the Turtle Palace. Thank you Pam and Lance for providing such wonderful facilities.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Likewise, we have great guests and you are certainly among them! Until soon. Pam and Lance.
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Laurens, SC

Turtle Palace- Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

We just returned home from a great 4 days of kayaking, resting, and thoroughly enjoying the "great life" at The Turtle Palace. We kayaked from the 441 bridge to River Rise and back downstream to Hwy 27 bridge. The 2nd day was spent boating the Ichetucknee River, where we saw manatees, to the Santa Fe and the Hwy 129 bridge. After this awesome trip we relaxed on the dock following a nice hot outdoors shower (in February no less). The 3rd day, we kayaked from Hwy 27 bridge to Rum Island Park and stopped en route at Poe Springs Park and Lily Springs. That afternoon, we hiked to the sink at O'Leno State Park. Thursday morning we hiked at River Rise Park to the Rise. Jim already plans to revisit in two weeks. Pam and Lance do a tremendous job in making your trip a remarkable journey.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

Me and a friend shared the RV at Turtle Palace for a quick girl trip. We had a great time! We kayaked down the river and checked out all the springs. Truly a memorable time! The house was well stocked with everything you could possibly need! Fire wood is free, but bring your own bag if it looks like rain. The grill is super nice and easy to use. The covered porch area is huge and has tons of seating. They stocked extra towels, linens, and pillows. The queen bedroom is cozy and the bed 5 star hotel comfortable! This RV is nestled in the woods behind the main house less than a quarter mile from the water. If you are not a woodsy camping kind of person you may not be able to appreciate this place fully, but will still be very comfortable. The view from the dock at night or a cold morning is amazing enough to please anyone! We ate at The Great Outdoors restaurant in High Springs and it was fantastic! They had a great band and the food was terrific, I was truly impressed for the area. I have camped at Ginnie Springs with family and friends for years and wanted to avoid the loud crazy college kids this go round, but noticed as we passed that Ginnie was relatively empty, as was Blue Springs. It was probably exam week and we stayed during the week, so that was probably why. I was super excited about this because we were able to get great photos of the springs when the water and area were undisturbed and the water clarity was better than usual even in the river areas. Pam and Lance were extremely friendly and right there if we needed anything, but kept their distance as not to disturb us. Great stay all the way around! I recommend this place to anyone, but this is ideal for quiet adults and small families wanting to join a group who is camping in the area but do not want to rough it!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Gainesville Regional Airport, Gainesville, Fl.
Nearest Restaurant
7.4 Miles
Great Outdoors
Nearest Beach
98 Miles
Crescent Beach
Car: necessary

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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday recreational vehicle in Fort White, USA

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £27.16 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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