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Lovely home on Suwanee River perfect for families, reunions and retreats

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

This lovely house is more than a house; it’s a family vacation home. The minute you walk in, you will feel it. This home has more accommodations then you are used to seeing in a rental. We want you to have the same experience as we do each and every time we spend time there.

The downstairs has beautiful wood floors with the exception of the bedrooms, those rooms are carpeted. There are 2 air conditioners; one for upstairs and one downstairs, this helps keep the house very comfortable. Ceiling fans are in every room, 3 in the vaulted ceiling living area. We have overhead lighting in all the rooms along with lamps. House has a water softener along with filtration system.

The heart of the home seems to be the kitchen and dining area. This kitchen has everything you could possibly need including; food processor, blender, mixer, several electric skillets and many gadgets to help make food prep easy, so you’ll have more time to play. The kitchen is equipped with a trash compactor that can hold several days’ worth of trash. This helps with the trash emptying chore. There is a large ice maker built into the center island which helps when you’re packing those coolers to spend the day down on the dock or out on the river. When you return from your day at play, your ice is replenished. This is truly one of the favorites of the home.

The dining room has a large wooden table that seats up to 8 and additional 4 can sit at the bar. This table has hosted many meals, conversations and game nights with friends and family. This is the center of the home and the heart of it too.

The living room has leather sofas and a couple chairs along with 2 bean bags for lounging around. For your entertainment pleasure there is a wide screen TV, satellite dish, DVD player, stereo with surround sound and internet. There is a landline phone. There is an extra-large DVD library. The center of the living area has a beautiful wood burning fireplace which is special during those cold winter nights.

There is a guest bath off the living room and it’s equipped with an “old fashioned claw foot tub”, sink and toilet.

The two downstairs bedrooms have king size beds with extra linens, pillows and blankets. Each bedroom has a TV and the “blue” room has a gaming system along with games. There are 3 air mattresses and the rooms provide plenty of floor space to use them. The two bedrooms share a fully equipped bathroom that has a bathtub/shower combo, large vanity, sink and toilet. There are plenty of towels and wash cloths and a blow dryer. In the closet you’ll find plenty of family fun board games to entertain the entire family.

The Master suite upstairs is exactly that, a SUITE. This is one of those “must see to believe rooms” This room has a king size bed that looks small in comparison to the size of the room. There is a sitting area that includes a couch and three recliners. There is a large screen TV with DVD player. This room has plenty of floor space to sleep several people comfortably on air mattresses. The master bath is elegant for a house in the middle of the woods. It has an extra-large walk in shower, large garden tub, large vanity and a separate toilet room. Several people can be getting ready in this large bathroom and have plenty of space. . When you wake up in the morning and walk through those double doors to head down stairs, you have a beautiful view from the extra-large windows; of the river and the tops of the trees. It’s truly amazing. It’s a beautiful way to start your day.

The outside of the house has a breathtaking view of the river and trees. Underneath the house is a concrete slab with a extra large picnic table, wooden swing and patio chairs. A sidewalk leads to the outdoor shower that is a "favorite" by ALL guests. It's totally private and large enough to hang your towel and clothes without getting wet. There is a bench in it as well. There's something about showering and looking up at the beautiful sky and trees. The sidewalk also leads down to the dock where the real fun begins. Whether you plan to play around in the water or take your water craft out, there is plenty of room for it all. Kids have been running and jumping from this dock for 27 years (not really , this dock was rebuilt and made bigger about 7 years ago) you get my point. Plenty of room to tie up several water crafts. Depending on the river height sometimes we even have a beach.

Their is plenty of yard to get a family softball game going or a number of other lawn games that are available on site. Or, you may just want to lay in the hammock and soak in the beauty and listen to the occasional boat go by. There is something for everyone. For the furry family members there is plenty of nice maintained dirt roads to walk and explore. Our house is in a nice friendly neighborhood where you don't have to see anyone if you don't want or you can stroll the roads and pick up a friendly conversation with some of the locals. The boat ramp is a 1/2 mile down the road and makes for an enjoyable stroll.

I hope I have painted an image in your mind that you find too irresistible to pass up, you won't be disappointed, I guarantee it!

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Branford in Suwannee County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 13:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Guest Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Towels, wash cloths and blow dryer provided
    Guest Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower)
    Master Bath - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Large dressing area with vanity and seperate toilet room
    Outside Shower - Shower Enclosure , Soft water with filtration, Large & private
  • Towels are provided throughout along with blow dryers.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Plenty of floor space for additional air mattress's
    Pink Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Blue Room - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • Linens, blankets and pillows provided. There is floor space in all bedrooms for air mattresses Ceiling fan and overhead lighting. Shades on all the windows to create a very dark sleeping area.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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(44 traveller reviews)

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Lovely home on Suwanee River perfect for families, reunions and retreats
average rating of 4.8863635 based on 46 reviews

Awesome property for a family Christmas

  • 4 of 5

This home was the setting for our family Christmas. The fully equipped kitchen was perfect for preparing meals for the nine of us. There were even metal pronged "sticks" for roasting hot dogs and marshmallows. The younger members enjoyed the kayaks and fishing from the dock. We all enjoyed games in the large living area on Christmas Eve. A Christmas tree was provided to add to the delight of the season. Arrival and departure was quick and easy. I can't imagine a better place for our group to enjoy time together. We would definitely recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy your family enjoyed your stay at our home. Lots of memories have been shared throughout the years. It's a special place. We hope you'll visit again. Julie
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Very much enjoyed this house. It’s off the beaten path but to be expected near the Suwannee River.

  • 4 of 5

Would like to see the interior decor updated.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great fun

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home! Loved being on the river!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed your stay. We are here for the Thanksgiving holiday and we are having a great time. We love to get the family together and enjoy games, talks around the dinner table and camp fire as well as all the laughs and bonding while enjoying delicious family favorite meals.
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  • 5 of 5

The property was well kept and the caretaker was extremely helpful.had everything we needed and more. Did bobs river place and and a few springs. Perfect location and peaceful .thanks for everything.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you and your guests enjoyed themselves, you have been planning this trip for a while . You are welcome to come back for a visit anytime. Julie
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Great house on beautiful property

  • 4 of 5

Large house on beautiful land right on the swannee river. Would stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy your group ha nice vacation. You visited a lot of springs in the area and that's a great experience in its self. Come back for more fun.
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Beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd time we have stayed at this lovely house on the Suwanee River. It was clean and stocked with all the things we needed such as towels, linens, dishes and kitchen utensils etc.....Very quite and peaceful. Russ and Yvette who are the managers are always helpful. Highly recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy you were as pleased with the second visit as you were the first visit. We love our repeat guests, they are a blessing. It shows we are providing what guest's are looking for. Your group is always welcome. Thanks, Julie
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Julie Malecot
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 February, 2018

Why Julie Malecot chose Branford

We brought our children to the Suwanee River year after year while they were growing up. It became a favorite. When our children grew and started having families of their own we wanted the tradition to continue. We have a place that has kept our family connected through the years. We have spent many holidays and long weekends here. Our grandchildren are now becoming adults and still want to come and share time with their families here. This house has provided many memories for so many people. We can only hope that you and your guests will get the same joy that we have experienced all these years. You will feel and see the love that has nurtured this property.

Guestbook comments from the owner

LOVED the house. We had a great time! The two boys slept out in a tent a couple of nights, one night it got down to 26 degrees! The fireplace was perfect for such a cold week and made our stay very comfortable. We loved reading about the history of the house and “Poppy” –I think it was? He sounds like he was a very special and loved man. We definitely will want to go back in the near future and even talked about possibly this summer for a few nights so we could enjoy the springs around the area. We did go up to Little River Springs, but my son was the only one brave enough to jump in since it was about 58 degrees out. We kayaked the river, which is beautiful.
Mar 2017
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Car: necessary

Directions and location can easily be found on Google Maps by searching Malecot River House

As strange as it may sound the address that comes up on Google is 1968 Vicki Guynn Way, Bell, FL 32619

10 minute car or boat ride to Bob's River Place, a water park open to the public. Check out the FB page. Several springs are within minutes of the house. Ichetucknee River is about 15 minutes by boat.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £357.2
Tax Rate 7.0%

Booking made less than 2 months before use pay in full.
Cleaning Fee $150.00 should be paid in Cash upon check in to the property manager.
Bunk House Cleaning Fee (if applicable) $50.00 should be paid in cash upon check in to the property manager.
Pet fee $75 (if applicable) will be due at time of check in to the property manager. Limit 2 pets under 40 lbs.

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

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