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The Real Florida Vacation

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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. 40 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

Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 February, 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 Florida North Central Gulf Coast

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
  • 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 Mattress for extra guests
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • 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 -
(15 traveller reviews)

The Real Florida Vacation
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews

Confortable and clean accommodations, and quiet neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay very much. The house has plenty of room and it's well equiped with all that's needed.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Raul, Thank you for your review on our home. We are glad you chose us and hope you think of us when you come back to the area in the future. Best Regards, Luke
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Fun Adventure

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Ocklawaha property. The house was clean, beds comfortable and the board games and foosball table were big hits!! My 6 yr old grandson played so many board games with us, he loved it!

We stayed in the Ocala area so we could enjoy our National park Silver Springs and the glass bottom boat, but the better park was Ocala National Park Juniper Springs. They had a beautiful spring pond for swimming in "cold" water, probably about 75 degrees. The kids stepped in and giggled with delight. The walking trails were great with more clear water Rushing by. The spring head with the water boiling up out of the ground, was really cool.

The only down side was my AT&T phone did not work in the house, but if I stepped out on the side deck, I was able to make a call and send a text. Being unplugged was not a terrible thing!

Sprint service worked best, although the internet did not work for either.

Luckily I had a GPS in my car so I was able to find a grocery store. Winn Dixie is about 5 miles away.

And having a legend for the stations available for Dish would have been a big plus as well as a couple of little kid movies. We forgot to bring any.

All in all, we had a great time in the area and the house was a BIG part of our fun. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Patricia, Thank you so much for your review. One of my favorite spots is Juniper springs also. We go kayaking several times a year on Juniper run and enjoy the clear cool water and occasional alligator on shore. I'll have to get some kiddie dvd's, we made sure all the movies were family friendly but seem to have overlooked the little ones. Thank you for your input. The Home away has a great phone app. that would of had all the information of what to do in the area and where the shopping is. However; useless if you don't have phone service. I'm sure things will change as the area grows and becomes more popular. Thanks again for your visit and send your friends our way. Best Regards, Luke
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Comfortable cottage

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in Ocklawaha. The house, while it didn't look as great on the outside, was nicely renovated on the inside and very comfortable. The kitchen was quite functional, the bathrooms and bedrooms clean for the most part, and the kids loved the foosball table. The only critique I have is that there was sand/dirt in the blow-up-mattress, so we had to clear that off before using it, and there was some "evidence" of life in the linen closet. But you are in the national forest here, so we half expected to find traces of nature. :-) It really was overall quite clean and comfortable, though perhaps a little overpriced. We weren't sure how to check-in, but the host responded quickly to my email about this, so there were no problems. There is no WiFi, so be prepared for that (this was disclosed up front).

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Katherine, Thank you for your helpful review of our home. VRBO sends out a welcome e mail with the check in information, unfortunately, most people are already on the road by then and without the wifi at the house, I can see that being a problem. I will speak to the hospitality crew regarding the sand in the blow up, I assume they don't check that unless they know that it had been used which obviously is not a good practice. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. Best wishes to you and your family in 2017. Luke
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Lifetime memories……

  • 5 of 5

Memorable. Amazing. Peaceful. Fulfilling. Relaxing. Those are just a few words to express what a wonderful time we had at this rental. My family loved the large windows that gave us such beautiful views, spending every night by the fire pit roasting marshmallows, playing all the board games provided, playing ball and enjoying the huge yard! We connected and made unforgettable memories!!! Thank you for sharing your perfectly clean and cozy spot filled with everything we needed! We didn't want to leave.....

  • Review Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tania and Shawn, Thank you so much for spending your Thanksgiving with your family at our home. I am so glad you enjoyed your time and enjoyed all the things that my family have enjoyed in the past. I hope you come back again, there is so much more that you need to discover in the area. Next time take some time to explore the fresh water springs, the mountain bike trails and bring your four wheelers for the hundreds of miles of ATV trails in the forest. If you come in May, bring some buckets and fill up on the wild blackberries which is always a hit with the little ones. It's been a pleasure having your family as our guest. Best Regards, Luke
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It was the best vacation we've ever had :-)

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in ocklawaha and it was a very short drive to silver springs/Ocala...the house we stayed at was beautiful and very well kept! When we go on vacation next year we will definitely try to rent this house again! It was so peaceful and quiet there and every night we watched a movie (provided) and played board games...it was the best vacation rental we've ever stayed at!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: John and crew, I was so glad to hear that you had a great time at the house. You are more than welcome to visit us again, any time you like. Please tell all your friends about us. we would love to have them as guests. Best Regards, Luke
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Plantation FL

Great place to get away for m the hustle and bustle of city life.

  • 5 of 5

A great place to relax and unwind, so peaceful. The house has everything you need for a relaxing stay, plenty of beds, a well equipped kitchen and plenty to do. I spent one afternoon at Silver Springs which is just a short ride away. We went mountain biking, Scalloping at Chrystal River and then just chilled for a while. One of the most relaxing vacations I've had in a while, can't wait to go back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Peter, WOW, It sounds like you did it all! I heard you had someones birthday party there, That must have been fun. Maybe next time you can do the kayaks at Juniper run. That is one of the areas must beautiful attractions. Come back and see us soon.We totally enjoyed haveing you as a guest. Luke
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Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Ocklawaha, Lake Weir

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
15 Dec 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
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

cleaning £44 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £47
Tax Rate 10.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Portable wifi hotspot

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