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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: 07/01/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property 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

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

    No minimum, no maximum. ...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

  • Pets Considered:

    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:

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

  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

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. 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

Entertainment

  • Books:

    There are books, games and puzzles....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

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

    I have swimming rafts available....moreless

Theme

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

Attractions

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Oceanfront:

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

  • 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

  • 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

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heat/air is very efficiant. There are also ceiling fans....moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    All the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom linens are in the cottage. Along with quilts, pillows and many things to make you stay as comfortable as possible....moreless

  • Living Room:

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

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • 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. There is plenty of room for boat trailers & extra cars. ...moreless

  • Parking Off Street:

    All parking is off the street....moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of towels are provided. You may want to bring your own beach towels....moreless

  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker:

    New 12 cup coffee maker....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

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

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    I have provided plenty of dishes and bowls and utensils....moreless

  • Kitchen:

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

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

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

  • Refrigerator:

    A full sized refrigerator....moreless

  • Stove:

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

  • Toaster:

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

Outside

  • Balcony:

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

  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles:

    The road is great for riding bikes or taking a nice walk. There is very low traffic,shade, friendly neighbors and is safe to enjoy the day....moreless

  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio:

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

  • Golf:

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

  • Lawn / Garden:

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

  • Patio
  • Tennis:

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

  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Wood Deck
 

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $30
  • 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: 07/01/2015
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Location

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

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..

  • Sometimes a wind can churn up  some waves.

    Sometimes a wind can churn up some waves.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
  • Response time Within 24 hours
  • Response rate 90%
  • Calendar last updated 07/01/2015
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