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Secluded Lakefront Mediterranean Style Cottage ,Hawthorne (Blue Lake)

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The new pergola! Covered and screened. (Picture is before screened)

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Last updated: 11/14/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-30 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Gainesville cottage description

'Casa Paradiso', a waterfront property, sits on almost 2 acres. Available year round. Completed in late 2011, it is an exceptionally clean home with satillo tile floors downstairs, and solid oak floors upstairs. Twelve feet of french doors face the lake for a beautiful view, and the first floor has a 9 ft ceiling. This 1040 sq ft cottage is secluded and comes fully furnished. Large kitchen has stainless appliances and black marble tiled countertops and bar, with 4 bar stools. Plantation shutters cover the windows. Very comfortable plush king bed upstairs. Master bath has travertine floor, and a large walk in tiled shower with dark emperador marble. Beautiful Tiffany-style lighting over the bar and over the sink as well as a chandelier over the dining table adds to the ambiance. Open living area on first floor which includes a sofa bed, washer and dryer, and small desk. A beautiful screened & covered pergola over patio with a beautiful and comfy swingbed, on the lakeside. Flat screen HDTV DVR with satellite on first floor and TV with satellite DVR connection and DVD player in bedroom. Satellite internet for wifi throughout cottage. Vaulted ceiling in stairway with solid oak stairs. Hookup for motor home, extra charge (inquire). The lake is crystal clear spring fed and is good for swimming, fishing, canoeing and Kayaking. Unlike some lakes in the North Central FL area, this lake is at normal/average water level, and averages as much as 25+ ft deep. Please, no gas motors in order to preserve the lake pristine. I receive many compliments on how the cottage is 'just like home' being very well appointed with furnishings that are consistent with home and is not only clean, but smells clean. The cottage is meticulously cleaned after each guest. The cottage comes equipped with a kayak, canoe, jon boat, and large 4 seater pontoon style peddle boat, and several used bicycles. Patio by the lake and dock has a fire pit and outdoor sofa and chairs.

Community Information
This lake is situated in a community of 3 lakes. It is a 'golf cart community' and ideal for riding bicycles or walking/jogging. There are a number of wild animals and birds in the area, and seeing eagles fishing in the lakes is a common sight. Ospreys, hawks, turkeys are abundant, deer, sand hill cranes, and fox are all seen in the community. Looking out the window above the kitchen sink and surrounding the front entrance, is a beautiful English butterfly garden, which also attracts hummingbirds.

Thirty-five minutes from the University of Florida.

Reserve early for the UF Gator football home games in Gainesville, FL. It is sure to be an exciting season! Go Gators! Or, whichever team you are a fan of!

Close to Boy Scout, Girl Scout, and many other summer camps near Hawthorne.

Cyclists: The Gainesville/Hawthorne Bike Trail (Rails to Trails) is located a short 8 miles from the cottage in Hawthorne.

Motorcycle Enthusiasts: The Starke FL area has several biker venues that are attracting a number of bikers and events. It is located approximately 40 minutes away.

Divers: There are many springs in the North Central Florida area. Some of them are within an hour's drive.

Nearby Areas of Interest and Attractions:
35 minutes to Gainesville (University of Florida, restaurants, theaters, shopping and Shands Hospital at UF)
10 minutes to Hawthorne (grocery store/post office/gas, bank, thrift shops, and bike trail)
15 minutes to Hawthorne (Dialysis)
45 minutes to the Gainesville Raceway, home of the GATORNATIONALS NHRA RACING
1.5 hours to beaches (St. Augustine/Crescent Beach)
1.75 hours to Daytona Beach
2 hours to Disney World
2.30 hours to Tampa/St.Pete (Busch Gardens)
2 hours to Jacksonville (more Beaches and Jacksonville Jaguar's Football )
50 minutes to Ocala (Silver Springs)
1 hour to Camp Blanding, Starke
Close to: Gainesville, Ocala, Melrose, Keystone Heights, Starke, Palatka, Cross Creek, Interlachen, Lochloosa, Waldo, Citra

Furnishings:
Pots/pans
Dinnerware, glasses, wine glasses
Eating & cooking utensils
Coffee Maker, Blender, waffle iron, toaster
Baking dishes and bowls
Washer/Dryer/ironing board/iron
TV & DirecTV Satellite, DVD Player (upstairs & downstairs)
Kitchen Table/chairs/bar stools
AC/heat
Plush King bed and bedding
Dresser
Bath towels
Kayak (10 ft)
Canoe
Jon boat/paddles/life jackets
Peddle boat (4 seater pontoon style)
Dock
Patio with patio set
Bicycles
Decorations/pictures
Games
Books
Puzzles

INTERNET SERVICE: HughesNet Satellite with router for wifi throughout cottage

PETS: Clean & housetrained. (The cottage has tile and hardwood floors throughout. Cottage is meticulously cleaned after each guest, and air filters changed regularly)

Keywords: cottage, bungalow, cabin, lakefront, waterfront, lake, secluded, wooded, quiet, relaxing, nature

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1040 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

            26 (Please, no loud parties, as this is a quiet community)...moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Cottage is equipped with games, puzzles, books and limited video's...moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            Smoking allowed outside only....moreless

          • Pets Considered:

            Clean and well behaved, house-trained pet(s) are allowed and welcomed, please mention in your inquiry. Cottage floors are tile and wood, and are easy to be well cleaned between each guest. ...moreless

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 2-6

          • Bedroom 1

            ...moreless

          • Convertible bed(s)

            ...moreless

          • King size Bed (1) Plush! With nice clean new bedding. Sleeper Sofa (1) Sofa hide-a-bed & 4 inch memory foam topper; a higher quality air mattress, provides bedding for 4 people. Memory foam toppers add comfort to the sofabed and air mattress. Maximum 4 adults & 2 children....moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

          Other Amenities

              • Cottage rental includes use of a canoe, 2 kayaks, jon boat, peddle boat, water floats, and several used bikes. Please let me know ahead of time if you would like to use the bikes so they can be mechanically checked out (tires etc). However there is no guarantee on the bikes as they are rarely used. If you bring a pet and need a 'pet sitter', someone to walk your dog if you have a long day away from the cottage planned, my daughter-in-law may be available to walk your dog and/or feed them for a small charge. She is just 3 minutes from the cottage....moreless

              Entertainment

              • Books
              • CD Player
              • Satellite / Cable:

                DirecTV...moreless

              • Television:

                (2) Flat screen in living room, and additional TV with DVR/satellite connection and DVD player in bedroom....moreless

              • Video Library:

                Some DVD's movies...moreless

              Theme

              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic

              Attractions

              • Churches
              • Cinemas
              • Library
              • Museums
              • Restaurants

              Local Services & Businesses

              • ATM/Bank
              • Fitness Center
              • Groceries
              • Medical Services

              Leisure Activities

              • Antiquing
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Horseshoes
              • Paddle Boating
              • Scenic Drives
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Wildlife Viewing

              Location Type

              • Lakefront
              • Waterfront

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Freshwater Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Swimming
              • Water Tubing

              Dining

              • Dining:

                Table with 4 chairs, and bar has 4 bar stools...moreless

              • Dining Area
              • Seating for 8 people

              General

              • Air Conditioning
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Hair Dryer
              • Heating:

                Central heat...moreless

              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided:

                Nice sheets and linens. Laundered in clear/free detergent and non-scented fabric sheets...moreless

              • Living Room:

                Sofa sleeper, comfy chair and ottoman ...moreless

              • Parking:

                Plenty of open parking on this 2 acre lot....moreless

              • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

                RV hookup available. Please inquire. Must be added to cottage rental, for an add'l charge ....moreless

              • Telephone:

                Phone: Upstairs and downstairs. Long distance calls are an extra charge. Please inquire. I ask that guest call with cell phones and have their family/friends call them back on the house phone if they wish....moreless

              • Towels Provided
              • Washing Machine:

                Laundry detergent provided for short term guests...moreless

              • Wireless Internet:

                HughesNet Satellite: with router (wireless throughout cottage)...moreless

              Kitchen

              • Coffee Maker
              • Cooking Utensils:

                Lot's of cooking utensils!...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                Pots, Pans, and Bakeware, wine glasses, serving dishes/platters...moreless

              • Dishwasher:

                Stainless Jenn-Aire...moreless

              • Ice Maker
              • Kitchen:

                Well appointed kitchen with plates, glasses, silverware, cookware, pots/pans, bowls, wine glasses, small appliances, and some spices. Kitchen is fully supplied with most common items, and entertaining platters. I also keep a supply of various candles to add to the ambiance of dining at this cozy cottage....moreless

              • Microwave:

                Stainless LG...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                Some spices and coffee filters...moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                Large Stainless LG 27 cu ft with water filter and icemaker (water filter changed regularly)...moreless

              • Stove:

                Stainless glasstop LG stove with oven...moreless

              • Toaster

              Outside

              • Bicycles:

                Used bikes for local use ...moreless

              • Boat:

                Jon boat and paddles with some life jackets, adult and children. Dock....moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                A second patio with outdoor metal sofa with cushions, lawn chairs, and metal firepit, is near the waters edge....moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                2 Kayaks, Canoe (with paddles), & large 4-seater peddle boat, some life jackets, adult and children...moreless

              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                A screened & covered pergola with a beautiful & comfy swing bed for enjoying a nap or reading a book is outside of the french doors, lakeside.Includes patio set consisting of table/4 chairs w/cushions...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Butterfly & hummingbird garden...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Charcoal grill, electric wand for lighting charcoal (please bring your own charcoal)...moreless

              • Water Sports Gear:

                boogie boards/kick boards, floats...moreless

              Payment Type

              • Amex
              • Discover
              • Mastercard
              • Visa
               

              Reviews

              Write a review 4.9
              from 32 traveler reviews
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              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              January 2016
              Jan 1 - Jan 31, 2016
              30 night min stay

              $2,000
              February 2016
              Feb 1 - Feb 29, 2016
              28 night min stay

              $1,925
              March 2016
              Mar 1 - Mar 31, 2016
              30 night min stay

              $2,000
              My Standard Rate
              2 night min stay
              $125 $155
              Fri, Sat
              $710
              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees:

              • cleaning $25 + tax
              • Tax Rate 11%

              Notes:

              WEEKEND RATE IS $300 (Friday-Sunday)

              Reduced rate for 2 weeks stay. Inquire.

              Rates are subject to change until reservation is made. Please contact owner for availability, confirm rate, and payment details.

              Cleaning fee rate: 5 days or less $25; 1 week $50; 2 weeks $75; 1-2 months $100

              *Please inquire about monthly rates. Cottage is available year-round for rent.


              Cancellation policy:

              Policy available by contacting owner when booking.


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              Last updated: 11/14/2014
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              Location

              26 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Gainesville FL (GNV)
              25 Miles
              Nearest Barpub
              Gainesville
              30 Miles
              Nearest Golf
              Gainesville and Ocala have several golf courses
              7 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              US 301
              20 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              The Yearling,Cross Creek(Hawthorne Restaurants 8mi
              59 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              Crescent Beach

              Car: Necessary

              Wildlife is abundant in this heavily wooded community. Bird watching is another exciting activity. Wild Turkeys, Sand Hill Cranes, Blue Herons, Eagles, Hawks, and Swallow-Tailed Kites are seen regularly around the lake.

              Stargazing and satellite spotting at night with the naked eye is a wonderful activity enjoyed by many, being far away from city lights. The stars are so vibrant in the night sky. (Some people have the Google Sky app on their Android phones/tablets which identify the stars...just point it towards the sky....) Enjoy a campfire and roast marshmallows.

              A canoe, jon boat with paddles, and a peddle boat are available for your use at no charge. A very nice bike trail can be found in Hawthorne and is part of the 'Rails to Trails'. The paved path goes all the way to Gainesville. There are several places to stop for rest or a picnic on the trail. There are a few used bikes at the cottage for your use (please inquire when you make your reservation if you'd like to use them, for use around the lake only)

              I would like to highlight a true jewel of this part of the earth, which is, North Central Florida is known for it’s beautiful natural springs. Spring water is a natural discharge from the ‘Floridan aquifer system’, the state's primary aquifer. The water temp is 72 degrees year round, which makes swimming on a warm winter Florida day very nice, not to mention on hot days. Two of my favorite springs are Silver Glen Springs in the Ocala National Forest, and Ichetucknee Springs near High Springs/Ft White area, north of Gainesville. Tubing down the Ichetucknee River is a favorite for so many. It generally takes several hours, but be sure to look at the websites to get info as the number of people that can tube down is limited (you may visit the north or south end). There are rentals in that area for tubes etc. Visiting these State Park springs on weekdays, will be less crowded, but be sure to call for hours etc. before visiting.

              Saint Augustine has a full day of activities to offer and is located approx 1.25 hours from the cottage. Spend some time at the beach, The Old Fort, and the many shops and restaurants on St. George’s Street. There is a winery in the area, as well as the Alligator Farm along with ziplines and other activities. Ride the trolley around St. Augustine, or take a day trip on

              the many different options to get out on the water.

              Orlando theme parks are south of the cottage, approx 2 hours away.

              I keep brochures and other information at the cottage with information on many other things to do in the surrounding areas.

               

              Owner info

              About the owner: I am married, and retired from the University of Florida. I enjoy traveling, and would like to offer my guests the amenities in rental homes that I have enjoyed over the years in my travels, primarily snow skiing, and boating. I love the water and boating, and have spent my adult life on a lake close-by to the cottage. I enjoy meeting and talking to people, and try to offer my guests the best possible experience at the cottage.

              Why the Owner Chose Gainesville:
              We purchased 2 acres on this beautiful lake and built the cottage. The lake is crystal clear water and one of the top pristine lakes in Florida. I enjoy the gentle breezes that blow across the property and up to the patio. It is peaceful, tranquil, and secluded with lots of wildlife and birds. A very nice place to slow down and unwind.

              The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
              The property is secluded and quiet. Most of my guest have commented on how quiet the area is with no traffic, which is a unique commodity not found in many parts of FL. The cottage is very well appointed, decorated and very clean. A nice place to 'get away from it all'. Swimming, kayaking and canoeing, or fishing is such a delight with the beautiful pristine water. You can see the fish swimming around the dock! Stargazing/meteor showers, full moon nights, campfires, or sitting on the dock provides great fun. The cottage sits far away from the city and its' lights... and noise. You may see one or 2 cars pass by in a days' time, if you happen to be looking!


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              Speaks: english

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              Photos

              • The new pergola!  Covered and screened. (Picture is before screened)

                The new pergola! Covered and screened. (Picture is before screened)

              • Screened and covered pergola looking out to the lake

                Screened and covered pergola looking out to the lake

              • The plush swingbed.  All you need to say is ahhhhhhh......

                The plush swingbed. All you need to say is ahhhhhhh......

              • Open floor plan.

                Open floor plan.

              • Stainless steel appliances, large fridge

                Stainless steel appliances, large fridge

              • Beautiful Mexican satilla tile floors with talavera accent tiles

                Beautiful Mexican satilla tile floors with talavera accent tiles

              • Marble tiled vanity in Master bath

                Marble tiled vanity in Master bath

              • An island cabinet has just been added for guests' food storage.

                An island cabinet has just been added for guests' food storage.

              • Castle-like door under covered front entrance with slate tile

                Castle-like door under covered front entrance with slate tile

              • Blue Lake, crystal clear spring fed water. Great for swimming or canoeing!

                Blue Lake, crystal clear spring fed water. Great for swimming or canoeing!

              • A beautiful local Blue Heron

                A beautiful local Blue Heron

              • Headspring of beautiful Ichetucknee Springs located appox 63 miles from cottage

                Headspring of beautiful Ichetucknee Springs located appox 63 miles from cottage

              • Entry with butterfly & hummingbird garden in foreground.

                Entry with butterfly & hummingbird garden in foreground.

              • Kitchen area

                Kitchen area

              • Master suite has a plush king bed, solid oak floors, tv, and tiffany-style light

                Master suite has a plush king bed, solid oak floors, tv, and tiffany-style light

              • Looking towards the lake at dusk.

                Looking towards the lake at dusk.

              • Sit under a tree and watch the birds or read a book, or just reminisce....

                Sit under a tree and watch the birds or read a book, or just reminisce....

              • Large shower tiled with emperador marble.

                Large shower tiled with emperador marble.

              • Dine under the beautiful chandelier, or by candlelight

                Dine under the beautiful chandelier, or by candlelight

              • Black marble tiled bar w/4 chairs,large black dentil molding in living/dining rm

                Black marble tiled bar w/4 chairs,large black dentil molding in living/dining rm

              • Vaulted stairway with wrought iron chandelier and wood plantation shutters

                Vaulted stairway with wrought iron chandelier and wood plantation shutters

              • Washer & Dryer

                Washer & Dryer

              • Silver Glen Springs,approx 1 hour away.One of many N Central FL natural springs

                Silver Glen Springs,approx 1 hour away.One of many N Central FL natural springs

              • Tube from headspring down the famous Itchetucknee Springs loc'd approx 63mi away

                Tube from headspring down the famous Itchetucknee Springs loc'd approx 63mi away

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              1 Bedroom / 1.5 Bathroom
              Sleeps 6

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