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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 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. 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.

More Details


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 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
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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The Real Florida Vacation
average rating of 4.7586207 based on 29 reviews

A Real Florida Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking to get away from the beaches and all of the people this is a great little place to stay. Conveniently located to the Ocala National Forest with Juniper Springs, Silver Springs and even Rainbow Springs within a reasonable driving distance. We loved the convenience of being close to all the springs that we wanted to see and even got to see the rare sight of black bears on our way to the house.

It is located outside of a small-town Lynn Florida. With one gas station a Winn-Dixie and a couple of Dollar Tree kind of stores there's not much more. But again if you're looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy the Springs it's a great little town. We had everything we needed.

The house is in a rural neighborhood with houses close by. However it was absolutely one of the quietest places that we have ever stayed. What used to be a lake is now a beautiful Meadow that makes a beautiful view out of the back window. If you love the shade of oak trees then this house is definitely for you.

The home was completely furnished with everything we needed for our stay. Everything was easy to find and use. One thing to keep in mind is that this is a home in a rural setting so bugs, especially mosquitoes outside, are an issue during the summer time. And the only other small issue was the channels on the Dish Network were very limited in nature.

Luke, one of the owners of the property, was extremely involved in our whole stay. Any question or concern that I had for him, he immediately returned my texts. He is very serious about providing the people who rent his home with a quality stay.

If we go back and visit the Springs we would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Eric, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay in the forest. I also wanted to thank you for tagging the black bear pictures #therealfloridavacation so all the future guests can see them on instagram, that was a real treat. We enjoyed having your family as our guests and hope you tell your friends about the forest so they too can come and check it out. Best Regards, Luke
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Great Stay

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay immensely. The house was very clean and well maintained.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ashley, it was a pleasure having you stay at our home. I look forward to your next visit, and any pictures you can post to #therealfloridavacation. Best regards, Luke
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Peaceful, Tranquil, clean, comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

I was a guest of Mr. Lukes. He told me how relaxing the place was and that I would want to go back. Boy was he right! We filled everyday with fun and games. fooseball, puzzles, board and card games to name a few. The weather cooled off just enough to enjoy the fire pit in the large back yard. We took his advice and went canoeing at Juniper springs, and Silver springs and loved every minute. Easy paddling and very relaxing, Juniper springs even picks you up 7 miles down river. plenty of room for everyone. Next time we'll bring the bikes for the mountain bike trails.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ms. Cindy, I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit, when you come back, don't forget the horse back riding and hiking. The canoeing is my favorite so I'm glad you got to do that. Luke
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  • 5 of 5

Very cute, well maintained. Will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brook, I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. I wish you luck on your house hunting. Please call on us if you need a place to stay during your transition. Luke
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Nice and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

We are a family of 4, so the house had plenty of room and the rooms are spacious. The house was clean, and the beds were comfortable and had plenty of hot water. Just be aware that there is no cell phone signal or internet in the area. There was a storm the day we arrived so I'm not sure if that affected cell phone services, but we had no signal the entire time we were there. That was fine for us except when we needed to use google maps to find our way around.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ligia, Thank you for spending your vacation with us. I hope you had time and the proper weather to check out the springs while you were here.We do advertise the Real Florida Vacation as an unplug from everything vacation, We realize the lack of cell service is a problem for navigation. I apologize if this caused you trouble. Knowing this, Please tell your friends about us and to be sure to print the directions before they come. Thanks so much, Luke
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Nice Rustic, clean, roomy, "summer house feel"

  • 4 of 5

House in the suburbs of the Ocala National Forest. Lots of turns to get to main road. GPS took us to a closed road coming in from North West of the address. We had to go around to the East to access the place. Luke was amazing with emails keeping me informed, answering questions quickly. I liked the artwork. Only flaws were a broken washer (biggy), broken blind in the back bedroom (not a big deal) and when we arrived (late evening) one of the chairs in the living room was wet (as if cleaning crew had just left after cleaning something big).The Air conditioning was on but the place smelled musty. Reminded me of the closed up smell our vacation place had when we first opened it up after the winter. Mustiness did dissipate after a day and the chair did dry eventually.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Erica, I'm so glad you chose our home to house your guests for your sons Wedding. You are right, the broken washer was a big deal, the hospitality crew had to take all the linens and towels home to launder which took them longer to clean the house. I'm so glad they were able to finish before you arrived. Thank you so much for your understanding. Please think of us in the future. Congratulations to the Bride and Groom! Best Regards, Luke
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Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
22 February, 2018

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 Ocklawaha

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.


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 forest and don't forget the never ending hiking trails for every caliber hiker.

Please make a note to print directions to your destinations before coming. Cell phone coverage is spotty at best and you might lose your GPS signal if relying on it for directions.


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 £12 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £12 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning £46.6 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £42.3
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Travelers might consider printing directions to the house and functions prior to arrival. There is no internet access and cell phone coverage is limited.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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