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The Real Florida Vacation

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom, Sleeps 8

Peaceful living in the Ocala National Forest, a perfect place to relax from the craziness of everyday life. Plenty of room for the whole family. Three large bedrooms with queen sized beds, plus a wheel away cot and blow up mattress for extra guests.

Newly remodeled home with attractive colors and furnishings. Geared toward family fun; a game table with puzzles, board games, and card games. Foosball table for the competitive ones and a DVD player and 45 inch TV with Dish network for those relaxing nights. Fully equipped kitchen with service for 8; with a three seat counter as well as two tables, there is plenty of room to seat the whole family. Roast marshmallows at the fire pit and tell your best scary story.

Central A/C and heat will keep you cool in the summer months and cozy in the winter months. Plenty of yard for outdoor sports (family game of two hand touch football is fun!)

Although you are in the forest, local attractions such as Disney World and other attractions are a short hour and a half ride away. Several natural springs are with in a thirty minute drive. Other activities such as horseback riding, zip lining, mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, and hiking are located a reasonable distance away. Grocery shopping is 15 minutes away, as well as a well stocked public library that has free WiFi. 20-30 minutes will get you into Ocala/Silver Springs where you will find ample dining and shopping for your pleasure.

Winter activities include hunting, fishing, Christmas tree cutting, ATV riding-all of which require permits, but are minutes away.

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Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 June, 2017

About Luke

I moved to S. Florida from Up state NY way back in 1979. There was a shortage of work up there so I came down in pursuit of a new life in the tropics. I got involved buying and selling realestate with my neighbor Jim back in the early 80's and have been at it ever since. I always went camping with my wife and 4 children during breaks from school and got to know the entire state of Florida very well. The beauty of the fresh water springs was like a magnet to me. So when this home came on the market I couldn't ignore it. we never did a vacation rental before so we gave it a try and loved it. We met so many awesome guests that were as curious about the area as we were and enjoyed directing them to memorable vacations.

Luke purchased this house in 2012

Why Luke chose Lake Weir

I along with my business partner Jim have been managing rental properties in S. Florida since 1985. We stumbled uponThis home in Ocklawaha and fell in love with the area. There is so much to do and it is so peaceful compared to where we live in South Florida. We wanted to share that tranquility with all the travelers out there who wanted some down time from the normal Disney type of vacation.

What makes this house unique

If you read some of the reviews from the guests that have visited us, you'll find some of the same things that interested them interested us. We love seeing all the stars in the sky that you don't see when you come from a big city. The peace of just sitting and listening to nothing or just frogs in the pond. The crackeling of fire wood burning in the fire pit. The laughter of children playing tag in the yard while Mom reads a book or Dad watches the game. Playing that board game with the kids that no one has time for at home. Or watching one of the 34 family friendly movies together as a family while eating popcorn and snacks. gazing out the back porch windows at the acres and acres of brush and wild black berry bushes with out a house in site.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Ocklawaha in Marion County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Please always use the fan while showering. This will remove the steam, so you can see in the mirror and also prevent mold and mildew to form.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Dresser, Large closet, bathroom
    Blue Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Dresser and large closet
    Gray Room - 1 Large Double Bed , Blow up Bed, dresser w/mirror, closet, door onto deck
  • Inflatable Queen Mattress for extra guests
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(23 traveller reviews)

The Real Florida Vacation
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 23 reviews
Fort Pierce Florida

Exceptionally fun,relaxing, and absolutely amazing experience!

  • 5 of 5

4 of us stayed here for the weekend. The cabin is beautiful, property is well kept and gorgeous, very clean, beds were very comfortable,  and it has a awesome fire pit! This home definitely exceeded our expectations.  I would definitely stay here again. Luke was always phenomenally fast with his response time to any questions we had and exceptionally helpful. We had a great weekend ziplining the canyons , kayaking Silver Springs, and taking a dip at the Juniper Spring's swimming hole. All were located within 15 to 25 minutes away. Each night we sat around the fire pit and relaxed. Very quiet area. The view of the stars was amazing. Everyone in our group says thank you Luke! We all loved our experience staying here! 10 stars for your property.

Thank you,


  • Review Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Barbara, I am so envious of your mini vacation, all the things I love and more. I never made the trip over to the zip lines but now I think I have to go. I'm so glad for the fire pit, you know I never had someone say I'm so glad I watched movies every night. The camp fire and the stars is a real treat. Come back in May and enjoy the black Berry picking. Regards, Luke
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  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable for our family of 7. Well equipped. Nice beds. We used the grill and the kitchen had everything we needed to cook with. The kids enjoyed the games and movies. We were able to pick blackberries amd there were birds, bunnies and sqirrels in the yard each morning. Good location in Ocala National Forest area. Very relaxing and quiet.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa, It was our pleasure having you stay with us memorial day weekend. I'm so glad there were some berries still on the bushes for you. we never know when they will be ripe each year because it depends so much on the weather and last year was dry as can be. I hope you look us up again next time you want to get away. The fresh water springs in the area offer great kayaking and canoeing and are great just to cool off in the hot summer days. Best regards, Luke
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Extremely pleasant.

  • 5 of 5

The overall property was amazing. Luke was was extremely communicative. The group and I are already planning our trip again next year. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Eric and crew, It was Great having you guys as our guests. I'm glad the house served your needs for your reunion. We'd love to have you back again next year. If you'd like to share any pictures in instagram add #therealfloridavacation so we can all see them. Best Regards, Luke
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Great getaway for kayaking in the local area

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay. The house was clean, comfortable, and well supplied. The 4 of us enjoyed coffee and breakfast and an afternoon drinks and snacks on the back porch. The natural setting was full of life and activity. Rabbits, hawks, woodpeckers and sandhill cranes provided great entertainment. The location is perfect for visiting/kayaking Juniper and Silver Springs. The owner was helpful before the trip which always makes things better.

We agreed we would stay again. Thanks for making our trip enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Liz, I was excited for your trip knowing that you were kayaking. We have had so much fun kayaking in the area and love to share with our guests. We would love to see pics of your trip if you care to share on instagram #therealfloridavacation there are so many more springs to kayak please come back I hear Silver Glen springs run flows into lake George and is a great trip. Thanks for staying with us, we look forward to your next visit. Best Regards, Luke
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I expected more for the money

  • 3 of 5

Property and house were barely average. The lake was almost gone completely. This property is close to Juniper Springs and it's crystal clear pool and kayak run. It's also near Silver Springs State Park and the memorable glass bottom boat tours, kayaking, board wall and beautiful gardens.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rod, Thank you for your review. I hope you had a wonderful time with your grand kids. You mentioned some of the great sights in the area, I hope you got to see all you wanted to see. Thanks again for staying with us. Best regards, Luke
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The property was amazing. Quiet great landscaping fire pit and multiple decks!

  • 5 of 5

First timers at renting a place. Everything was great! Definitely would book again and will recommend to friends looking to vacation in the area.... Luke your the man 😃

  • Review Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ilona and Jeffrey, I was so glad that we were able to accommodate you so you could visit with your son. I hope you keep us in mind next time you come to visit. The Blackberries are ripe in May, maybe that would be a fun outing for you. Best Regards, Luke
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Car: necessary

This property is not located on a lake! The old map that shows location is incorrect. There is no water on this property. There are However; several fresh water springs in the area that are great to visit. be it for kayaking, canoeing or just cooling off.

Ocala offers Zip the Canyons which is great fun for the whole family. Local trail rides are a must if you enjoy horse back riding, and Santos Mountain bike trails are one of the states finest. Hundreds of miles of ATV trails can be found in the forrest and don't forget the never ending hiking trails for every calibre hiker.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ocklawaha, Florida North Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
15 Dec 2017 - 31 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £45.61
cleaning £50.25 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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