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Nature Lovers Paradise

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Last updated: 04/08/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

This bright, sunny, and nicely furnished two bedroom, one bath house is well located on ten acres, boarding the Ocala National Forest - the largest national forest east of the Mississippi! The cottage has lovely views of Liddy Pond and classic Florida marsh where wildlife is abundant!

Trails lead directly off the property for guests to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, and the beauty of natural Florida! This is an eco-tourist's dream and is only a short drive to the World Famous Silver Springs State Park, Alexander Springs, and Juniper Springs! Canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling, hiking, swimming, and much more can all be enjoyed at one of the many State Springs nearby!

Located in the center of the State of Florida, day trips to Daytona Beach, Walt Disney World, Busch Gardens, and many other attractions are easy! Guests can also take a short drive into Ocala and enjoy the Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala's Civics Theater, many fine restaurants, and much more!

If you're looking for a quiet, rural cottage and you don't mind a rooster for an alarm clock, then you're sure to enjoy your stay! We usually have fresh, free-range eggs and fresh herbs for those that enjoy cooking!


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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 840 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 years old ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    large walk in closet....moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom One: Queen Bed, Walk-In Closet Bedroom Two: Twin Beds (2)

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    Has large shower with low front apron to facilitate handicap...moreless

  • The house has larger than standard doors and the front door is built near grade to help with handicap access....moreless

Other Amenities

  • This is a natural, tranquil, eco-tourists' dream! Step off the property into the Ocala National Forest and enjoy the real beauty of Florida! Minutes away from the famous Florida Springs including Silver Springs State Park, Juniper Springs, Alexander Springs! Only a day trip to enjoy the many tourist attractions like Daytona Beach, St Augustine, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and many more! Accommodations for a motor home or travel trailer can be made available, as well as power and water for an additional fee. Home owners are always near-by to meet the needs of guests! ...moreless


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:


  • Television:

    30' Flat-screen. Dish network top 250 with local channels...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Lake View:

    Property borders small pond with lots of resident wildlife....moreless

  • Lakefront:

    Property sits on small pothole lake with wetlands for wildlife. Lots of waterfowl including Bald Eagles and resident Sandhill Cranes....moreless

  • Rural:

    This cottage is located in the Ocala National Forest with direct access to forest trails....moreless

  • Water View:

    Cottage has frontage on National Forest wetlands....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Cottage has frontage on National Forest wetlands....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Jet Skiing
  • Mountain Biking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Wall unit....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    No indoor fireplace but there is a fire pit in front of deck, I'll get you some wood....moreless

  • Garage:


  • Parking:

    It's a farm, I can make room in a barn if you need to keep something dry. Plenty of room....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Cellular Service available, no land line. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of nice clean towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for 4 or more...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Full kitchen, no dishwasher...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Electric, Clean....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Basic with condiments and seasonings. Fresh herbs, eggs, and organic veggies may be available at times....moreless


House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.9
from 15 traveler reviews
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My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$450 $1,500
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Property Damage Protection $99
  • Taxes Not included


50% of total rental fee (up to $300.00) required at time of booking - remaining balance required at check-in. Rentals longer than one month, contact owner. Initial deposit is refundable up to one week prior to check-in. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me or e-mail. I love cash but I also take checks! :)

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Last updated: 04/08/2015
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Gainesville Regional -or- Orlando International
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Back 40 Lounge
20 Miles
Nearest Ferry
St. Johns River
23 Miles
Nearest Golf
Ocala Municipal Golf Course
20 Miles
Nearest Train
7 Miles
Nearest Motorway
State Road 40 East
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Dam Diner Restaurant
8 Miles
Nearest Ski
Lake Weir (water ski)
60 Miles
Nearest Beach
Daytona Beach

Car: Necessary

This cottage boarders the west side of the Ocala National Forest just East of Ocala, Florida. Situated on a ten acre horse farm in the geographical center of Florida, it is convenient to the attractions at Silver Springs, Daytona Beach, and Walt Disney World. This is an eco-tourism paradise where guests can enjoy the tranquility of nature and partake in activities such as bird watching, fishing, wildlife watching, photography, hiking, mountain biking, and much more in the convenience of their own back yard! Within just a 20 minute drive, guests can also enjoy the natural beauty of the World Famous Silver Springs State Park, where kayaking, swimming, canoeing, and other eco-tourism is abundant! Ocala's Appleton Museum of Art, Ocala's Civic Theater, and many restaurants are also just a short drive into town!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1975

About the owner: Hi, I'm Rusty! My wife Teri and I bought this little farm thirty years ago and built these cute houses together. Once a fully-functioning horse farm, we now just have two horses and enjoy gardening, raising chickens, boat building, and the quiet, rural life. We live next door to the Forest Cottage - fifty or so yards away so you'll have the privacy and security missing from the major touristy areas.

Why the Owner Chose Ocklawaha:
As a kid, my family would vacation in this area during the 1960's and my parents moved here when they retired. I soon followed them and bought additional land nearby. My wife and I love the country lifestyle and we love our farm!. We have laying hens, horses, little dogs, and a cat - and this property is perfect for spreading out and enjoying the quiet side of Florida!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The property has paved road frontage but the house sits well back off the road down a nice driveway to provide lots of privacy. The Ocala National Forest boarders one side of the farm and allows for instant access to trails for bike riding, hiking, and wildlife watching! The cottage also has picturesque views of Liddy Pond and the Florida marsh that acts as a wildlife sanctuary.

Contact us

Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • Cute Cottage!

    Cute Cottage!

  • Our driveway, when you see this you're 'home'.

    Our driveway, when you see this you're 'home'.

  • Cozy Kitchen.

    Cozy Kitchen.

  • Front Porch, great views!

    Front Porch, great views!

  • Wetlands with Ocala National Forest.

    Wetlands with Ocala National Forest.

  • First Bedroom, Queen Bed.

    First Bedroom, Queen Bed.

  • Bath.


  • Ocala National Forest and Wetlands.

    Ocala National Forest and Wetlands.

  • Bo-Bo, one of your hosts!

    Bo-Bo, one of your hosts!

  • Cozy, comfy, and clean!

    Cozy, comfy, and clean!

  • Ocala National Forest Trail.

    Ocala National Forest Trail.

  • Kitchen!


  • Front Deck overlooking Ocala National Forest!

    Front Deck overlooking Ocala National Forest!

  • Sandhill Crane family.

    Sandhill Crane family.

  • Second Bedroom, Twin Beds.

    Second Bedroom, Twin Beds.

  • Second Bedroom - 2 Twin Beds.

    Second Bedroom - 2 Twin Beds.

  • View from Cottage Deck.

    View from Cottage Deck.

  • Livvy, another resident!

    Livvy, another resident!

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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within 24 hours
  • Response rate 90%
  • Calendar last updated 04/08/2015
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