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Rum Island Cabin on the Santa Fe River

Bedrooms 1
Space 240 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, 2 Sleeps

The beautiful Santa Fe River and its many pristine springs are at your doorstep from this tiny, well equipped cabin in the woods. Relax in a peaceful, private, low tech environment surrounded by Mother Nature. The town of High Springs with antiques, gift shops, and restaurants is 6 miles away; Gainesville (and the UF Gators) is 30 miles away. Beautiful parks and spring fed rivers and hiking / biking trails are close by. Cave divers and snorkeling at world renowned Ginnie Springs is 1 mile upriver. Canoe/kayak/float/swim/relax in the river and springs 100 feet from the cabin door.

The cabin is fully equipped with AC/heat, fridge, microwave and hotplate, all utensils and linens provided. The bathroom has toilet and shower. We have a comfy full size bed, DVD player, dvd's, games and books. Outside you will find a screened porch to watch the wildlife and birds. We have a bar-b-que and a fire pit. The hammock swings between two shady trees.

The gate from the cabin leads to a small, pristine spring right on the Santa Fe River.

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Member since: 2015
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Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 June, 2018

About Owner/Manager

We are both retired and love where we live and love to share it with others. The cabin is private, in a clearing in the woods. Our house is on the other end of the property.

We are from St. Louis, but have lived in Florida for over 40 years.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin in Fort White in Columbia County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 240 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • rural ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • water tubing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Rum Island Cabin on the Santa Fe River
average rating of 4.9454546 based on 55 reviews
United States

A Real Gem

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at the property not really knowing what to expect, but were put right at ease by the friendly and accommodating Maryann and Dave. They led us down the winding drive, surrounded by trees, to the cabin. Already we were amazed at the seclusion and natural beauty of the spot. The fire ring was already loaded with kindling, thanks to Dave, and Maryann led us into the adorable cabin, pointing out everything we would need. We were so excited to see the spring, called Mermaid Spring, we put off unpacking, and walked the minute-long path down to the spring. We decided immediately we had to get our kayaks and check out the river. As it was our first night we only got to explore a bit of the Santa Fe River, but it was so peaceful. The next morning we took a longer trip, kayaking past Rum Island Park (a 2-3 minute walk down another path and has a large swimming area) and into a cut-off for Blue Springs. Again we were amazed by the beauty of the water. The plants under the water were so unbelievably visible they looked fake. We've been many times to Weeki Wachee Springs in our neck-of-the-woods, but the springs here were just breathtaking and so clean; you can tell the people that use the river take pride in its beauty. After our extended kayaking trip we decided to bring our camp chairs down to Mermaid Spring and read. Soon we had company, as it really is an amazing little spot, but everyone was friendly and courteous. We were even treated to some live music by a couple of young men that brought their guitar and banjo with them. That night we took a ride into downtown High Springs (less than 10 minutes away) to have dinner at The Great Outdoors, and were again treated to live music and some of the best food we've had dining out. Two nights were not nearly enough to explore all that this area has to offer, but we thoroughly enjoyed ever minute of our trip. Thank you again, Maryann and Dave for sharing your my husband said repeatedly this place is a real gem!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your great review. We really enjoyed having you and hope to see you back again. PS-you have an amazing way with words!
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St pete, FL


  • 5 of 5

Mary Ann was wonderful! The place was so peaceful and amazing with the walk to the spring! The cabin had everything you needed. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing paradise cabin

  • 5 of 5

Went for a anniversary trip, the cabin is very nice with everything you need and lots of privacy, just down a trail a small but refreshing spring on the Sante Fe River, excellent hosts, hope to return every chance we have.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Clearwater, Fl / Morganton N.C.

A perfect place to unwind, breathe, heal and be most grateful!

  • 5 of 5

A 4 Day Retreat to the beautiful Santa Fe (Holy Faith) and Ichetucknee River for simple pleasures and quiet time! Could not have been more perfect! Wish I could scoop everyone up in my arms and carry you there ❤️

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful view in a secluded clearing. Peaceful location not far from a river and the smiths were so friendly that we can't wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your great review-looking forward to seeing you again. MaryAnn and Dave
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Fort Myers

Such an amazing week!

  • 5 of 5

This property was amazing. The hosts were incredibly welcoming, the cabin perfect, and the peacefulness spot on. I traveled north about 5 hours from Fort Myers with my pup to escape my incredibly crazy work life, to relax, work on my doctoral dissertation, and find some hiking spots for the pup and I. The cabin was literally next to one park, and within 10 minutes of two other state parks, giving me plenty to do. The cabin was simple, but had everything I needed. Thank you again for such an awesome week. I hated having to head home back to reality.

  • Review Submitted: 14-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Gainesville Regional
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Great Outdoors
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Great Outdoors
Nearest Beach
65 Miles
St, Augustine
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cabin in Fort White, USA

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

cleaning £22.65
Refundable Damage Deposit £75.5

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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