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Lovely Upstairs Cottage with Private White Sand Beach on Huge Lake, W/Sunset

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The large open family room is comfortable and pretty.

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Last updated: 07/09/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-30 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Melrose cottage description

This lovely upstairs cottage is very pretty, quiet, peaceful, and clean. It is well stocked. It has wifi and satellite tv. It has a deck to enjoy the sunsets and a dock to tie up your boats. The white sand beach is great for swimming and relaxing. There is plenty of decks and shade. You can fish off the dock (I'll tell you the secret to fishing Santa Fe Lake) and enjoy motoring around this beautiful lake. Santa Fe Lake is 3 1/2 miles wide and seven miles long (6800 acres) and has a lot of character. It is a great place for a family vacation and make to childhood memories.I don't have a lot of rules and regulations and want you to come in and feel completely at home. There is an acre of land with room for games and plenty of parking for cars and boat trailers with easy in, easy out access. We are located 25 miles from Gainesville and the University of Florida. Theatres, sporting events, museums, and fine dining are all available. A fine golf course is within a couple of miles and PGA courses at Jacksonville are about a 50mile trip. A grocery store is within a mile. Two small towns are within 4 miles. Melrose is very artsy and there is a coffee talk every Wednesday with locals meeting to enjoy music, coffee, snacks and each other. Its delightful. Keystone Heights is friendly and safe and lots of little shops.. It is a peaceful country atmosphere with no traffic hassle. I am an artist and the place decorated with mosaics, yard art, plants and is interesting and pretty. Once you have been here you are like family and are always welcome. My home is also on the property but I am gone most of the time (My Mother is 100 yrs old) and the place is yours alone. I love for you to come in and be completely at home and I will help in any way I can to see that your time here is perfect. I even try to control the weather and the bugs but actually I am not to good at it. I love to share this beautiful place and would love to have you vacation here.


This is the only rental on the property and you are not sharing the white sand beach or dock. It is completely private and for you only while you are here. Below the upstairs cottage is a garage with nothing going on in there to disturbe you. My home is also on the property but I am gone most of the time. The 100 ft water front is for you and your family only. It is quiet, peaceful, private, clean, pretty and well stocked. And I am here to offer any help. I can to point you to the local grocery store, restaurants etc. and introduce to the lake and the area. This is an unfound area of Florida and there is no husstle and bustle or traffic. Santa Fe is a large lake and sometimes is slick as glass and then a breeze can churn up some waves. The sunsets are glorious. Usually a lake breeze keeps it cooler and there is shade to sit and read or relax.

AVAILABLE FOR WINTER MONTHS @$1,200.00mo: Get out of the cold and spend your winter here in sunny Florida. This is a beautiful place to spend the winter. It is quiet, peaceful ,and private but close to restaurants, shopping, entertainment. Fish off of the dock or take a day trip to the beach or Cedar Keys, or to Disney. Twice my winter renters have fallen in love with the area and bought a home nearby. I lost them as renters but have them as good neighbors and friends. Keystone Heights and Melrose are both 4 miles away and are friendly, lovely, laid back little towns. Lots of churches, beauty shops, a couple of grocery stores, and we even have fitness centers. There are trails for walking or biking. We have an ice cream shop and a golf course. Come and join us. November and/or December are available and so is January, March and/or April. Come for one month or most of the winter. You will fall in love with this area . It is an unfound lovely, safe area of Florida.

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Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome
              • Wheelchair Inaccessible
              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                No minimum, no maximum. ...moreless

              • Events Allowed
              • Smoking Allowed:

                There is a deck on the cottage with ash trays provided. Smokers are considerate about smoking outside or on the deck....moreless

              • Pets Considered:

                Lets talk about your pet. ...moreless

              • Children Welcome:

                This is a wonderful place for children. The swimming area has a clean white sand swimming area with a gradual slope to deeper water. There is a deck in the shade where you can sit and watch them play or of course get in and play with them. In past years we found arrow heads, marbles, jewelry, old bottles and I was wondering what future generations would find. So now I throw out hands full of shiny flat marbles so the children can find treasures to take home with them. This area is called Indian shores and years ago Indians camped on this land....moreless

              Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6

              • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 2 sleep sofa /futon

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              • The large open family room has two queensized pullout couches.

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

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              Other Amenities

                  • I tried to provide everything that I could think of to make your stay here as pleasant as possible. But if you need anything at all please just ask. I'll help out any way that I can. My home is also on the property but I live here alone and am gone most of the time and while you are here the place is yours. You are not sharing the beachfront with anyone else. It is quiet, peaceful, private and very relaxing here. And beautiful. I have lived here since 1972 and everytime I look out at Lake Santa Fe it is beautiful to me. If you have any questions please call....moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Television
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Radio
                  • Books
                  • Games
                  • Toys:

                    I have swimming rafts available....moreless

                  • Game Room:

                    There are board games and cards and puzzles and books in the living room to spend some quiet hours or incase of a rainy day....moreless

                  Theme

                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Family
                  • Away From It All

                  Attractions

                  • Botanical Garden
                  • Churches
                  • Cinemas
                  • Forests
                  • Library
                  • Museums
                  • Playground
                  • Winery Tours
                  • Zoo
                  • Festivals
                  • Coin Laundry
                  • Restaurants

                  Leisure Activities

                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Photography
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Antiquing
                  • Walking
                  • Horseback Riding

                  local services and businesses

                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Groceries
                  • Hospital
                  • Laundromat
                  • Babysitter
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Medical Services

                  Location Type

                  • Downtown:

                    Don't blink your eyes or you will miss Melrose or Keystone but Gainesville, Palatka, Jacksonville, Ocala, are big cities close by. ...moreless

                  • Oceanfront:

                    I am centrally located with the ocean and the gulf with in an easy hour drive....moreless

                  • Lake View:

                    I have lived her since 1972 and every time I look our it is beautiful. Sometimes sunnyy and bright with diamonds glistening on the water or sometimes, breakers, mist, or glorious sunsets. Beautiful!...moreless

                  • Lakefront:

                    My lake front is 100 ft of clean white sand swimming area. It has a nice safe gradual slope a great area for children to play. There are beach chairs to sun in or shade to relax in. ...moreless

                  • Waterfront:

                    My water front is a beautiful beach where sometimes we find relics from the past. It is called Indian Shores and we have found arrowheads, antique bottles, marbles. Indians once camped right here. ...moreless

                  • Water View:

                    The lake is 7 miles wide and 3 1/2 miles across. It is beautiful to see nature. Birds, otters, sea gulls, and the sail boats add to the picture....moreless

                  • Golf Course Front:

                    Keystone Gold and Country Club is about 3 miles away. It is very popular. There are larger golf courses in Gainesville and Jacksonville....moreless

                  • Rural:

                    This is a beautiful unfound area of Florida. We are nestled between 2 small towns. Melrose has 1 red light is the heart of the art and music community. Frendly, lovely Keystone has 2 red lights. ...moreless

                  sports and adventure activities

                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Basketball Court
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Golf Privileges Optional
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Golf
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Roller Blading
                  • Hunting
                  • Sailing
                  • Cycling
                  • Fishing
                  • Swimming
                  • Tennis

                  catering options

                      • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

                      Dining

                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 6 people

                      General

                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Local Activities Guide
                      • Local Maps
                      • Paper Towels
                      • Local Restaurant Guide
                      • Shampoo
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Heating
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Sofa Bed
                      • Internet
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Mobile Phone
                      • Wireless Internet
                      • Parking Off Street:

                        All parking is off the street....moreless

                      • Living Room:

                        There is a large open living room/dining room with 2 pullout queen sized couches. All the cottage is done in cedar walls and art. The large windows have great views....moreless

                      • Iron & Board
                      • Parking:

                        There is plenty of parking. I have a large yard with a circular driveway which makes for easy in and out with boat trailers. Plenty of room for boat trailers & extra carscars...moreless

                      Kitchen

                      • 4 Ring Stove
                      • Microwave
                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Refrigerator:

                        A full sized refrigerator....moreless

                      • Kitchen:

                        The kitchen is fully equipped with every thing I can think of that you may need. ...moreless

                      • Stove:

                        There is a 4 burner counter top stove....moreless

                      • Oven:

                        There is no full sized oven but there is a large toaster oven, microwave, crock pot and electric roaster....moreless

                      • Dishes & Utensils:

                        I have tried to provide plenty of dishes and bowls and utensils....moreless

                      • Cooking Utensils:

                        I have put plenty of pots and pans with a good variety. There is a blender....moreless

                      • Toaster:

                        There is a toaster and a toaster oven....moreless

                      Outside

                      • Beach Chairs
                      • Binoculars
                      • Wood Deck
                      • Boat Dock
                      • Patio
                      • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
                      • Walkway To Water
                      • Canoe
                      • Bicycles
                      • Deck / Patio:

                        There are decks all around the swimming area. They are shaded and a greatplace to relax...moreless

                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        I am an artist and the whole place is done in yard are and plants and mosaic benches and birdbaths. My garage is my workshop and there is always something interesting going on. ...moreless

                      • Tennis:

                        There is a tennis court in Keystone Heights, 4 miles away....moreless

                      • Golf:

                        There is a golf course with in 4 miles and bigger courses with in 25 miles....moreless

                      • Balcony:

                        The balcony on the cottage has a place to enjoy a meal or for smokers there are ash trays available....moreless

                       

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                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Summer
                      May 1 - Oct 30, 2014
                      2 night min stay
                      $120
                      $750
                      Winter
                      Dec 1 - Apr 1, 2015
                      30 night min stay

                      $1,200
                      My Standard Rate
                      2 night min stay
                      $120
                      $750
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Fees:

                      • Tax Rate 7%

                      Notes:

                      Summer vacation weekly rate is $750.00 + sales tax. Summer time weeks go from Friday to Friday There are no other charges or fees. Summer time weeks go from Friday to Friday

                      Winter Months are available for $1,200.00 + sales tax.

                      When available....... daily rate is $120.00. Call any time to check with me about available days and rates.

                      I accept a deposit to hold the time for you and the you pay the remainder when you come in.


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                      Last updated: 07/09/2014
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                      Location

                      20 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Gainesville Regional Airport
                      25 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Amtrak in Palatka, Florida
                      4 Miles
                      Nearest Motorway
                      Hwy 21 is 1/2 mile away & Hwy 26 &Hwy 100
                      45 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      St. Augustine and Daytona and Jacksonville Beach
                      4 Miles
                      Nearest Barpub
                      Blue water Bay in Melrose and others in Keystone
                      2 Miles
                      Nearest Golf
                      Keystone Heights Golf and country club
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Restaurant
                      several GREAT local estaurants near by

                      Car: Necessary

                      Santa Fe Lake is a huge, beautiful lake perfect for boating, skiing, sailing, and my place has a great white sand beach for swimming. There is a dock for fishing and relaxing and boat tie offs. Fishing is great right off of the dock It is a private beach for the rental only. It is located nestled between two small towns. Four miles south is Melrose, a one redlight town known for its art galleries and restaurants. Four miles north is the two red light town of Keystone Heights. A beautiful, friendly place to shop and enjoy small town life. It is a quiet, peaceful, frendly area away from traffic, and big city bustle. We are located about and hour from either coast with plenty of recreation and entertainment close by. This is the only rental on this property and you have the full run of the place to yourselves. There is a large yard with a big circular driveway. Plenty of room for parking and boat trailer storage. I like for you to come in and feel completely at home here. I am happy to share this beautiful lake and the spectacular sunsets.

                      History[edit]

                      Melrose was settled in the second half of the 19th century at the crossing of the Bellamy Road (now State Road 26) and the Starke-Orange Springs Road (now State Road 21), near the Eliam Church and Shakerag race course, and about one mile from the older settlement of Banana. The new town was named Melrose after Melrose Abbey in Melrose, Scotland. It was reported that the ladies of the town did not want it to be known as Shakerag. The town of Melrose included part of the Shakerag race course, but there was no settlement at the Shakerag race course before Melrose was settled, and Tolles states that '[t]o say Melrose used to be called Shake Rag is poetic license.'

                      In the late 1800s, the citrus industry thrived in the area. Local growers would bring their yearly harvest to Melrose, where it was loaded onto steam ships in lake Santa Fe. The ships would then steam from lake Santa Fe to Lake Alto, and then Lake Alto to the town of Waldo using man made canals. The citrus was then taken by rail across the United States. Unfortunately, in 1894 two devastating freezes hit the Melrose area and destroyed local groves. Growers then relocated to warmer areas in the central and southern parts of Florida.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 1972

                      About the owner: My home is also on this property and I have enjoyed living here since 1972. My kids grew up here. I am an artist and the whole place is decorated with my mosaics, and yard art. The garage is my work shop and I really enjoy creating new pieces.

                      Why the Owner Chose Melrose:
                      This property is set on a bank and the lake has a beautiful white sand bottom. Perfect for swimming and a safe place for children. The sun sets are glorious. The lake is so large that a storm can whip up huge breakers. The lake has so much character. Every day beautiful and different.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                      The setting just brings piece to your soul. Vacationers come in all exhausted and keyed up and every day you can see them relax more and more. It is quiet and peaceful and soothing here. A perfect get-a-way from lifes hustle and bustle.


                      Contact us

                      Speaks: english

                       

                      Photos

                      • The large open family room is comfortable and pretty.

                        The large open family room is comfortable and pretty.

                      • This lofty cottage is decorated with art.

                        This lofty cottage is decorated with art.

                      • The kitchen has plenty of pots, pans, dishes and appliances.

                        The kitchen has plenty of pots, pans, dishes and appliances.

                      • Brandon and Ashley enjoy the deck overlooking the lake.

                        Brandon and Ashley enjoy the deck overlooking the lake.

                      • Relax on the decks and docks to enjoy the view and the sunsets..

                        Relax on the decks and docks to enjoy the view and the sunsets..

                      • Perfect place for little ones to swim while the adults relax in the shade.

                        Perfect place for little ones to swim while the adults relax in the shade.

                      • Due to rainfall this beautiful white sand beach is covered with water.

                        Due to rainfall this beautiful white sand beach is covered with water.

                      • A Dad and his son spend quality time together.

                        A Dad and his son spend quality time together.

                      • The cottage pictured from roadside.This is the only rental on the property.

                        The cottage pictured from roadside.This is the only rental on the property.

                      • The sunsets are beautiful. A lovely way to end a perfect day.

                        The sunsets are beautiful. A lovely way to end a perfect day.

                      • You dont want to miss this, do you?

                        You dont want to miss this, do you?

                      • The lake is just beautiful.

                        The lake is just beautiful.

                      • The kitchen and bathroom are well stocked..

                        The kitchen and bathroom are well stocked..

                      • Two pull out couches provide extra sleeping.

                        Two pull out couches provide extra sleeping.

                      • It is very clean and pretty and well stocked..

                        It is very clean and pretty and well stocked..

                      • Great place to spend your vacation or honeymoon.

                        Great place to spend your vacation or honeymoon.

                      • The walkway to the lake is lined with yard art.

                        The walkway to the lake is lined with yard art.

                      • Sometimes a wind can churn up  some waves.

                        Sometimes a wind can churn up some waves.

                      • The tea color of the water comes from the cypress trees along the shore.

                        The tea color of the water comes from the cypress trees along the shore.

                      • Ski, wakeboard, fish, swim or just relax.

                        Ski, wakeboard, fish, swim or just relax.

                      • Santa Fe is a georgeous lake with lots of character.

                        Santa Fe is a georgeous lake with lots of character.

                      • Every day has its own beauty!

                        Every day has its own beauty!

                      • The sunsets are spectacular.

                        The sunsets are spectacular.

                      • There is good fishing.

                        There is good fishing.

                      $40 - $120 per night (USD)
                      6

                      1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 6

                      View calendar: Updated 07/09/14
                      Minimum stay: 2-30 nights
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