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SPECIAL LONG TERM RATES Available for January and February 2019

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


About the property

Large 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, Plus Bunk House with Private Dock on the River

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!

More Details

Julie Malecot
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 July, 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Branford in Lafayette 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
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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SPECIAL LONG TERM RATES Available for January and February 2019
average rating of 4.892857 based on 58 reviews

Malecot House Heaven

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the Malecot House on the Suwannee River. What a beautiful spot. The mist on the river at dawn, beautiful sunsets, fishing on the dock during the day. Side trips to Cedar Key and Itchetucknee park for kayaking. The house is beautiful, expansive and the kitchen is fully equipped. We cooked every day. Morning coffee on the deck is a great way to start the day. Quiet and private, it was a perfect week to relax and recharge. Thanks to the Malecots for sharing their home with us and to Russ and Yvette the caretakers who insure that everything is in working order and are available to meet any needs. Highly recommend as a place to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just as we did last year, we welcome you to come back anytime. We were both thrilled and impressed that you chose our family home to visit a second time, all the way from Pennsylvania. People don't know what they are missing if they have not visited the wooded nature part part of Florida. I'm so happy your stay was as pleasant as last year. I'll miss seeing your beautiful daily photo posts. Its always nice to see what others are seeing. Julie
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Beautiful home and a perfect location on the river!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our days on the river and coming back at the end of the day to this lovely home. Relaxing and so nice to be able to have our dogs with us on vacation. The dock is nice and the ice machine was a plus!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay at our home. Nice that you had your boat and were able to experience the river, its so beautiful. we hope to see you again. Julie
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Beautiful and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Malecot River House for my husband's birthday and loved it! It was a beautiful place with an incredible view! Very peaceful and serene. There was another family who stayed with us and there was plenty of room with all king beds. The kitchen had everything we needed, including an awesome ice maker! I need one for my own home! I highly recommend this house. We will be sure to stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We will be thrilled to have you visit again. We appreciate the care and kindness you gave our home. You got great a great review from our property manager. We are glad your group had a nice stay. We hope to see you again in the near future. Just to let you know, it's just as nice in the fall and winter with different activities to enjoy. Julie
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Highly recommend

  • 5 of 5

This is our 3rd year in a row staying here and as always, our church group has thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house is always well stocked with towels, linens, kitchen items and utensils for cooking with an outside grill. Highly recommend this quite and out of the way place.

Terry B.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy you and your group enjoyed the serenity of the home and property. What's nice about the home is, you can be as active or non active as you like and be happy. Works for all kinds of people. I understand the 12 year old had a great time playing off the dock. We are proud that you have chosen our property 3 years in a row to have your get away. Julie
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So Beautiful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Property was exactly as described. Home was immaculate. It was just what we needed to wind down and relax! My wife loved the icemaker!! Beds were very comfy! I will be staying here again!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Awe, I'm very happy you got that "relaxation" that the house and property provides. We are so lucky to have such great caretakers, Russ and Yvette look after our home as if it were theirs. They had great things to say about your group too. Please DO come back! Julie
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Family Gathering

  • 5 of 5

Staying here guarantees good times for everyone! It’s an incredible location, tucked away on the Suwannee River. The home is comfortable, cozy, perfect layout with all the needed amenities. A very personal touch with the decorating, large windows with great views, beautiful wood, and a fireplace. The outdoor shower was a hit! Very convenient Hurst boat launch nearby and the Malecot dock we used often. Loads of wildlife everywhere. The Suwannee River is awesome, swift current and beautiful natural lighting at different times of the day. We explored several Springs, fished, took journeys up & down the Suwannee & Santa Fe rivers. Enjoyed the fire pit at night and spent a lot of time on the upper deck overlooking the river. This was a relaxing & peaceful time for our family & I suspect this home has a long history of wonderful memories! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Pat Branch

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are exactly right, lots of special family and friend memories have been made there. We believe it's a beautiful river and area too. When you leave you feel a little sad but very refreshed. Your family were great guests and we would love to see you again. Julie
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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 £384.15

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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