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Enjoy your Own Guest House on 5 Acres - Just 2 miles from UF Stadium

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, 3 Sofa-Sleepers, Deck, BBQ Grill, Wi-Fi, Sleeps up to 8

* Designed w/emphasis on Common Area

* 2 Small Bedrooms Only, with Double & Twins Beds Respectively

* Spiral Staircase may Not Be Suitable for Some (Young Children & Older Individuals)

* Ceiling Height in Kitchen and Bedrooms Not the Standard 8 Feet

* Shower very Small

This 1300 sq ft guest house is on five wooded acres, just over two miles from the University of Florida Football Stadium. Highlighted by a 40 foot pond in the front, and featuring great room with 14 foot high ceiling, skylights, a balcony seating area that overlooks this room, and a 500 sq. foot deck... and of course, central air conditioning / heat , and cable wi-fi and two flat screen televisions. If you enjoy space and light, this is the perfect setting for you.

Completely furnished, there are three couches that double as pull out sleepers, a 48-inch flat screen TV downstairs, and a 32" TV upstairs, a dining table for 6. There's also a complete, modern kitchen with all new stainless steel appliances, with everything you'd need to prepare and serve a meal, either inside, or outside on the grill.. A spiral staircase leads to the upstairs seating area which overlooks the great room from a 30 foot wide balcony, and bedroom with a Double Size Bed. A second bedroom with a Twin Bed is located downstairs, as is the laundry / bathroom.

Perfect for family reunions, or a weekend of football, when you're ready to get away from the crowd and just enjoy family and friends, this can be your own private space, with plenty of room, where everyone can get together to enjoy the weather outside on the deck, or inside sitting on the couches or around the dinning table.


Built with an emphasis on the common area, which is very, very large, the bedrooms, on the other hand, are very small. It should also be noted that until you become accustomed to them, spiral staircases can be tricky to navigate, so this setting may not be suitable for very active young children, who if careless could fall. It should also be noted the despite the fact the the main area of the building has a 14 foot ceiling, the ceiling height of the other rooms is less than eight feet, which very tall individuals may find disconcerting. It should also be noted that the shower is very small.

More Details

Steven Shafer
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, Mandarin
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 September, 2017

About Steven Shafer

We moved to Gainesville from Fort Lauderdale Florida in 1979 looking for a quieter community, to escape the craziness of South Florida. Soon after doing so, we started an alteration / tailoring business near UF which has since become a household name in Gainesville, and which we continue to operate to this day.

Steven Shafer purchased this house in 1999

Why Steven Shafer chose Florida North Central Gulf Coast

This property is a bit of a paradox in the sense that it's over five wooded acres almost in the center of Gainesville. It's totally unexpected and most Gainesville residents don't even know it's here. When they do discover it, most individuals find the space exhilarating, Here you can enjoy the quiet of the country, with all the conveniences of being almost in the center town.

What makes this house unique

Like spending your day in a park.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Gainesville in Alachua County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Single Bed
  • Sleeping accommodations possible for up to (8) because there are also (3) sofa / sleepers, (2) Queen and (1) Twin.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • Racquetball
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Enjoy the cool Fall and Winter evenings around a fire pit stocked with plenty of firewood.


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Enjoy your Own Guest House on 5 Acres - Just 2 miles from UF Stadium
average rating of 4.75 based on 60 reviews
Naples, Florida

Wonderful! The cabin is well stock with everything needed for a comfortable stay.

  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful. Lots of oak trees! Really enjoyed drinking our coffee in the morning while sitting outside. The property is large enough to fit a large group. We will definitely come back and visit!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great property, plenty of space!

  • 5 of 5

I hosted a small slumber bachelorette party and this rental was the perfect space for it. The property is beautiful. Plenty of places to sleep with extra bedding, etc. The owner lives next door and was very helpful. Highly recommended!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We loved the house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a really good time at the house, it is fully equipped and very well mantain and clean.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful place in a great location in Gainesville

  • 5 of 5

This property worked well for our purpose. The living space is great, well equipped kitchen, plenty of seating. The loft area is also a very nice space. The bedrooms are a bit on the small side but quite managable. Nice and quiet with lots of beautiful trees. We wished we had more time to be able to hang out on the patio in the back and maybe throw some food on the grill but it wasn't meant to be this trip. We would definately stay here again. Convenient to UF and surrounding amenities.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place

  • 4 of 5

The house was extremely clean and well maintained. It would be nice to have had a larger upstairs bedroom and a bathroom upstairs would be an added plus. With the sleeper sofas there is room for many more people than we needed but it was in a nice quiet area with amenities just a few minutes away. University of Florida is just 5-10 minutes away as well.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

really good place to stay, big outdoors and indoors spaces, and very good attention.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6.96 Miles
Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV)
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Beef 'O' Brady's
Nearest Golf
5.64 Miles
Ironwood Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Flying Biscuit Cafe
Nearest Beach
75.2 Miles
Crescent Beach, FL
Car: necessary

Located just 2.35 from the University of Florida Ben Hill Griffin Stadium and .7 of a mile from Westside Recreation Center on over 5 acres, the Guest House is in an ideal location for those who want access to outdoor activities, the University, or Downtown Gainesville.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Gainesville, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Tennessee Volunteers
16 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
Vanderbilt Commodores
30 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
LSU Tigers
7 Oct 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
Texas A&M Aggies
14 Oct 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
UAB Blazers
18 Nov 2017 - 18 Nov 2017
1 night minimum stay
Florida State Seminoles
25 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £24 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £22.21
Additional Guest Fee £22.21 per person per night
Damage Deposit £43.69


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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