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Enjoy your Own Guest House on 5 Acres - Just 2 miles from U.F. Stadium

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Air Conditioning
  • Barbecue


About the property

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


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

* Shower is Very Small

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

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

This 1300 sq ft guest house is on five wooded acres, just over two miles from the University of Florida's Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Highlighted by a 40 foot pond in the front, and features a 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, and of course, wi-fi. 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 is 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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2017

About Steven Shafer

We moved to Gainesville from south 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • 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.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(53 traveller reviews)

Enjoy your Own Guest House on 5 Acres - Just 2 miles from U.F. Stadium
average rating of 4.735849 based on 53 reviews

Beautiful property, nicely kept up home

  • 4 of 5

House and area were very clean with house having good amenities. You should be aware that one bedroom has full-size bed and the other standard size. The rest of sleep set-up is with pull-out couches. Also, there is one bathroom. Definitely liked the house.

  • Review Submitted: May 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful stay ,short distance from the hype.Close enough if thats what you want.

  • 4 of 5

Perfect location!Yard amazing!Hassle free check in and out.Stairs a little sketchy if you have small children but it was perfect for our graduation weekend stay. :)

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean close to everything couldn't have asked for more

  • 5 of 5

Practically perfect our stay was phenomenal the restroom was small and the toilet was loose but other wise perfect. The owner was super nice

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful respite!

  • 5 of 5

Spacious living areas, very clean, nicely appointed, beautiful/private grounds. A unique oasis consistent with photos. Owner attentive to details; communications were stellar.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, clean, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

It was a great weekend, it was clean and well stocked.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Florida living

  • 4 of 5

Great place to stay. Very quiet neighborhood. The guest house is located behind the main house which is very cute. Nice open layout ... good for family. Was in town for an athletic event at the University of Florida.... so not much time to hang out in the house.. the winding stairs had a nice touch...one bedroom upstairs.. the house had a full kitchen... also a washer & dryer.. the owner provided a few extra supplies... Nice touch.... A very good step up from a hotel. The only not so good thing is the shower was small and no tub.. But all in all very very nice and clean... I would recommend this place...

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: 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
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Colorado Bears
8 Sep 2017 - 9 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
Tennessee Volunteers
15 Sep 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
Vanderbilt Commodores
29 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
LSU Tigers
6 Oct 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
Texas A&M Aggies
13 Oct 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
UAB Blazers
17 Nov 2017 - 18 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
Florida State Seminoles
24 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £23.19 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £45.61
Tax Rate 6.5%


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.
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