Lovely Upstairs Cottage with Private White Sand Beach on Huge Lake, W/Sunset
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
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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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
Lets talk about your pet. I find that when my guests want to bring their pet that the pet is always wall taken care of and is part of the family. I really appreciate you picking up after your pet out side and cleaning up after them inside. I want to be considerate to you and your pet but I also want to be considerate of the next guests coming in after you. Thank you so much for your cooperation....moreless
- Smoking Allowed:
- Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
- The large open family room has two queensized pullout couches.
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- 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. The sunsets are spectacular and Santa fe Lake is large and different every day. Some times slick as glass with diamonds aparkling across the water and some time there are breakers and waves. There is good fishing right off of the dock. It is quiet, peacefull and relaxing. If you have any questions please call....moreless
- Game Room:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Botanical Garden
- Coin Laundry
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Golf Course Front:
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
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
- Water View:
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
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Basketball Court
- Freshwater Fishing
- Golf Privileges Optional
- Jet Skiing
- Pier Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Air Conditioning
- Alarm Clock
- Basic Soaps
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
- Living Room:
- Local Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Mobile Phone
- Paper Towels
- 4 Ring Stove
- Coffee Maker:
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Beach Chairs
- Boat Dock
- Deck / Patio:
- Lawn / Garden:
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $30
- Tax Rate 7%
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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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.
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.
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.
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The large open family room is comfortable and pretty.
This lofty cottage is decorated with art.
The kitchen has plenty of pots, pans, dishes and appliances.
Brandon and Ashley enjoy the deck overlooking the lake.
Relax on the decks and docks to enjoy the view and the sunsets..
Sometimes a wind can churn up some waves.
A Dad and his son spend quality time together.
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.
You dont want to miss this, do you?
The lake is just beautiful.
There is a queen sized bed and art on the wall. It is comfy,pretty and clean
The kitchen and bathroom are well stocked..
Two pull out couches provide extra sleeping.
It is very clean and pretty and well stocked..
Great place to spend your vacation or honeymoon.
The walkway to the lake is lined with yard art.
The tea color of the water comes from the cypress trees along the shore.
Ski, wakeboard, fish, swim or just relax.
Santa Fe is a georgeous lake with lots of character.
Every day has its own beauty!
The sunsets are spectacular.
There is good fishing.
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