Secluded Lakefront Mediterranean Style Cottage,Blue Lake,(Hawthorne)
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- Minimum stay:N/A
- Pets allowed:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Casa Paradisio, a waterfront property, sits on almost 2 acres. Available year round. It is new (8/2011) with satillo tile floors downstairs, and solid oak floors upstairs. Twelve feet of french doors face the lake for a beautiful view, and 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 is being added May 2013 which will have some very nice features (check for pictures as it develops!) Flat screen HDTV DVR with satellite on first floor and TV with satellite DVR connection and DVD player in bedroom. 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 only within 1-2 ft below it's normal level, and averages 18+ 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.
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. Turkeys are abundant, deer, sand hill cranes, and fox are all seen in the community. A beautiful English butterfly garden surrounds the front entrance.
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 and Girl Scout camps outside of Hawthorne.
Cyclists: The Gainesville/Hawthorne Bike Trail (Rails to Trails) is located a short 8 miles from the cottage.
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.
Monthly rental can begin any day of the month, provided it is available for 30 days from date of beginning of rental.
*Please note rates are subject to change.
January - February 2013 - Inquire about rental rate discount for more than a weeks' stay. Cottage may be available to rent for an extended amount of time for a reduced monthly rate with a 3 months or more contract. Please inquire. (Excludes January-March). Please email or call owner before making reservations.
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 )
1 hour to Ocala (Silver Springs)
1 hour Camp Blanding, Starke
Close to: Gainesville, Ocala, Melrose, Keystone Heights, Starke, Palatka, Interlachen, Lochloosa, Waldo, Citra
Dinnerware, glasses, wine glasses
Eating & cooking utensils
Coffee Maker, Blender, waffle iron, toaster
Baking dishes and bowls
TV & DishNet Satellite, DVD Player
Kitchen Table/chairs/bar stools
Plush King bed and bedding
Jon boat/paddles/life jackets
Patio with patio set
INTERNET SERVICE (via Verizon HotSpot 4G)
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
- 2 story
- 1040 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Considered:
- 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 2-6
- Bedroom 1
- 1.0 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathrooms
- Bathroom 1
- toilet, shower
- Bathroom 2
Kitchen & Dining
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....morecollapse
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Coffee Maker
- Ice Maker
- Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:
- Washing Machine:
- Linens Provided:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Towels Provided
- Clothes Dryer
- Air Conditioning
- Video Library:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
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....morecollapse
Lanai / Gazebo:
A screened and covered pergola is being added in May 2013. It will eventually feature a swing bed for enjoying a nap or reading a book on the attached patio outside of the french doors. ...morecollapse
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- Away From It All
Location & View
- Freshwater Fishing
- Water Tubing
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Wildlife Viewing
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Paddle Boating
Wildlife is abundant in this heavily wooded community. Bird watching is another exciting activity. Wild turkeys, Sand Hill Cranes, and a Blue Heron, not to mention the many hawks and eagles are common to the area. Stargazing and satellite spotting at night with the naked eye is a wonderful activity enjoyed by many, being far away from city lights. (Some people have the Google Sky app on their Android phones which identify the stars...just point the phone towards the sky....) Enjoy a campfire and roast marshmallows. A canoe, jon boat with paddles, and a paddle boat are available for your use at no charge. A very nice bike trail can be found in Hawthorne, it is part of the 'Rails to Trails' and the paved path goes all the way to Gainesville. 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) There are several places to stop for rest or a picnic on the trail....morecollapse
ReviewsWrite a review
This cottage is wonderful! It is located in an out of the way, beautiful place. We enjoyed the pretty blue lake by canoeing and fishing off the dock. The cottage is beautiful inside with any thing you may possibly need. Even though in a quiet area it wasn't far from Hawthorne where there is a grocery store and a nice church. We plan on trying to reserve again sometime this summer! Mary was great to work with!
- Guest Janie
- Date of stay 03/29/13
- Review Submitted 04/21/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
We stayed for one month at cottage and owner Mary had everything needed for a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Cottage is very clean and beautifully decorated. This cottage is secluded but this is what we wanted and loved hearing the frogs at the lake and wind through the pines. We visited nearby Gainesville and Ocala and loved the Hawthorne bike trail. The Corky Bell seafood restaurant at Palatka on St John's river and Cody's roadhouse in Gainesville were great to dine. We would definitly recommend for a quiet getaway.
- Guest Linda
- Date of stay 02/02/13
- Review Submitted 03/04/13
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway.
We enjoyed our stay so much! It was just what we needed. The cottage was so comfortable and clean. It also had everything that we needed. Mary has furnished the cottage with just about anything you could possibly need. We really loved the plush king bed and again, how exceptionally clean the home is. We sat on the dock and fished, and my wife read a book. We also used the canoe and paddle boat... so relaxing to be on the water. What a perfect setting. The water level is close to normal and crystal clear! We could see the fish biting the hook! I also enjoyed how serene the area is and no traffic noise, just the birds. We will definitely return soon!
- Guest Nature Lover's
- Date of stay 12/19/12
- Review Submitted 12/31/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
Lovely cottage, Exceptional Host
Lovely cottage, Exceptional Host
The cottage was lovely. It was immaculately maintained and had all the details one would like; good linens, plenty of hot water, a complete kitchen, tv, and internet access. Mary is a tireless hostess and seemed undaunted by any question or request. The location is very quiet which we appreciated immensely. We had a lovely time and I will recommend it to friends. There are two caveats that I think it is fair that a guest might want to know: We were not aware that the area was under a drought, so we were surprised to find the area quite dry including the pond being very low. The other thing is that, you may want to bring bottled water since the well water there has it's own, very particular flavor.
- Guest Tori
- Date of stay 12/09/12
- Review Submitted 12/13/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
Perfect place for quiet and nature!
Perfect place for quiet and nature!
Mary & Ricky are wonderful people to meet and the cottage is quite spacious and very comfortable. My wife and I enjoyed our week there and love having such a great place close to Jacksonville. There is a ton of great places near by: Micanopy, Cross Creek, Paines Prairie Preserve, the Hawthorne Trail and Macintosh. I even lucked into a family cane grinding with Mary's Uncle Leroy at his local farm!! We'll be back for sure! One small item though....a king size bed in the master bed room would have been perfect...we're big people :) . I highly recommend this cottage to anyone needing to 'get away' in style in comfort!
- Guest Bubba-fied
- Date of stay 10/25/12
- Review Submitted 11/13/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Owner response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay, and the cane grinding experience. We will soon change out the bed for a king size, as I wholeheartedly agree with you ... I like the extra room too that a king has to offer! I will update the cottage details when this happens. Many thanks!
We enjoyed a quiet stay at this new well appointed cottage. The cottage was clean,cozy & comfy with EVERYTHING we could possibly need to feel at home. Mary, the owner, is so accommadating and friendly. The perfect host! I sat by the butterfly garden in the late afternoon, my husband enjoyed fishing in the lake, we made tasty steaks and fish (not from the lake) on the charcoal grill, enjoyed riding our bikes around the community and took a pleasant scenic drive to the quaint town of Miconopy for the fall festival. After the festival we had lunch at the historic Yearling restaurant to watch Willie Green play some classic blues. It was a fun long weekend in a great cottage!
- Guest BeTravlin'
- Date of stay 10/18/12
- Review Submitted 10/23/12
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
Owner response: Thank you so much! I am happy that you had a great time and enjoyed what North FL has to offer. I hope to see you both again, and Olive!
Beautiful Blue Pond Vacation
Beautiful Blue Pond Vacation
All I can say is WOW! What a great cottage and location. We enjoyed the peace and quiet, the beautiful view from the patio, a break from the city life of Port St. Lucie, Fla. Scotty and my Brother Tim fished, and took the boat out almost daily. My husband said the fish had beautiful color due to the fresh clean water. I enjoyed the window seat upstairs, curling up with my book :) . Everything is available that you could need, and the cottage is so charming it makes a great vacation. The very best about the cottage is the quiet, the only sounds are the birds and the breeze thru the trees No lawnmowers, sirens, motorcycles. Just enjoyable peace. We didn't want to leave, we find it hard being back on our busy street. I miss it already. It is everything its description says. I must add, My 3 Yorkies love the wide open space. I don't think I have ever seen them so happy to be outside running as fast as they could LOL. We will be back very soon, We loved it!!!! Thank you Mary for sharing this beautiful cottage and grounds with us. Jennifer & Scott Williamson - Dianna & Tim Jones
- Guest Jenn & Scotty
- Date of stay 08/10/12
- Review Submitted 08/20/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, pet owners, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Best of both worlds - lovely remote location with home from home facilities
Best of both worlds - lovely remote location with home from home facilities
The cottage was new, immaculate and luxurious, just like my own home. But unlike my own home it was in a deliciously remote and quiet location which is what I crave from time to time. And even though the location felt genuinely way out in the woods, Mary had installed a WiFi hotspot for the cottage and it was awesome! Mary was authentic and super helpful in every way. I enjoyed swimming and relaxing on the lake all day and my husband caught up on a lot of missed sleep. We visited a beautiful Spring in Ocala National Forest and explored old St Augustine and enjoyed absorbing the local culture around the cottage.. We had lunch in Micanopy on the way home and it was the prettiest US small town I've been too. I want to live there! There really is nothing to disappoint regarding the cottage and surrounding area. It was all delightful and a very relaxing experience. My only advice is, follow carefully Mary's instructions on which roads to take to get to the cottage and don't rely on your GPS device. I followed my IPad map to find the cottage and what seemed like the direct route was something of an adventure. Although we did see some terrific wildlife in the woods, I'm not sure my car appreciated it. I'm really hoping we can come back soon.
- Guest Rachelle
- Date of stay 07/15/12
- Review Submitted 07/23/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, families with young children.
Owner response: Rachelle, Thank you so much for your lovely review. You did have quite an adventure in the shortcut route you took, and glad it turned out well. I was really impressed that you arrived at the cottage with no problem taking that route and was able to see so much wildlife. It definitely makes reminiscing and telling your vacation story more exciting. We do a lot of boating, and those are the best stories, the adventures. I am happy you enjoyed Micanopy, Silver Glen Springs, and St. Augustine. There is an Indian mound at the spring covered with a lot of dirt to protect it, and I am sure you can see why Indians lived there. Hawthorne had a lot of Indian tribes living in the area, and with so many lakes in the area, it is easy to understand why. I am so happy you and your husband were able to find the needed relaxation at the cottage. Mary
Couldn't recommend more. Excellent and comfortable. Perfect location. Amazingly helpful owners. We loved it and will definitely return.
- Guest Needed a break!
- Date of stay 07/03/12
- Review Submitted 07/21/12
Recommended for: Sightseeing, adventure seekers, age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, girls getaway.
Owner response: Thank you so much Sarah. It was a delight to have you both as guests at the cottage. I hope you will be able to return someday.
When we arrived at the cottage we were pleasantly surprised how accurate the description was. The listing photos captured everything about the cottage perfectly. The cottage on the lake was peaceful, clean, well stocked, beautiful inside and very comfortable for 3 adults and 2 children. We had a short weekend stay which was not long enough. I communicated via email and telephone with Mary the owner, who was very friendly and helpful. Her husband Ricky was a wealth of information and friendly as well. We did see a family of wild turkeys crossing the road and fish jumping in the lake! Loved it! Kay and family Central Florida area
- Guest Kay H.
- Date of stay 06/29/12
- Review Submitted 07/12/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thank you for your kind words. Hopefully I will be home if you visit in the future. Rickie enjoyed talking to you all so much!
$125.00 per weekday night $300.00 per weekend (Friday-Sunday) 700.00 per week (2 or 3 wks--receive discount)(Add'l nites to week's stay-$100/nt) January or February 2014 -- $1800.00 per month Apr-Dec (please inquire for whole month rates if interested) Cleaning....$25.00/2-5 nites; $50.00 6-7 nites; $100.00/1-2 month(s)
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- Nearest Airport: Gainesville FL (GNV) at 26 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: US 301 at 7 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Crescent Beach at 59 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Gainesville at 25 Miles
- Nearest Golf: Gainesville and Ocala have several golf courses at 30 Miles
- Nearest Restaurant: The Yearling,Cross Creek(Hawthorne Restaurants 8mi at 20 Miles
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 talking to people.
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 of 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.
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 in FL. The cottage is very well appointed and decorated. A nice place to 'get away from it all'. Swimming and canoeing, or fishing is such a delight with the beautiful pristine water. You can see the fish biting the hook! Stargazing/meteor showers, campfires, or sitting on the dock provides much fun. The cottage sits far away from cities and their 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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Inviting patio, lakeside, with patio set and charcoal barbq grill
New screened-in pergola under construction! Should be completed by June 1, 2013
Stainless steel appliances, large fridge
Covered front entrance with slate tile
Blue Lake, crystal clear spring fed water. Great for swimming or canoeing!
Large shower tiled with emperador marble.
View from back yard/lakeside
Enjoy the ambiance of the low lighting
Marble tiled vanity in Master bath
A beautiful local Blue Heron
Entry with butterfly garden in foreground.
Open floor plan.
Looking towards the lake at dusk.
Dentil moulding adds style to living and dining area.
Sit under a tree and watch the birds or read a book, or just reminisce....
Beautiful Mexican satilla tile floors with talavera accent tiles
Barrell ceiling leads to the first fl bathroom and staircase
Washer & Dryer
Dinner under the chandelier...
Vaulted stairway with wrought iron chandelier and wood plantation shutters
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