Stunning Country Retreat Close to University of Florida
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Gainesville chateau / country house description
Enjoy true Southern comfort at the beautiful LD Ranch. The ledgendary LD Ranch has hosted celebrities, visiting dignitaries and average folk from all over the world......
Weekends $400 total cost (excludes holidays).....
Add any extra week nights for $100 more.
Weekly rate is $750
Well behaved pets are welcome = $50 pet fee
Escape to the peace, rolling hills and stunning beauty of North Florida's pristine Lake Country!
With beautiful lakes in every direction, the 'LD' RANCH is located in one of Florida's most charming small towns, Melrose which has great shopping, art galleries, awesome resturants and boutiques.
We are longstanding VRBO owners (please see listing #421191) and we have a great reputation among our guests.
The LD RANCH is the Perfect Headquarters For UF, Football Weekends, and Romantic Weekends of fun and luxury in the country!!! The LD Ranch has hosted UF Sorority Retreats, Family Reunions and every other gathering or get-a-way imaginable.
Early Season Rates:
Fall Weekends = $450
Add any Extra Nights For $75
As you drive down the mile long, red clay entry road you will know that you are going someplace special. You will pass rolling green fields dotted with horses. You will pass towering pine forest and see a sky so big and blue that you will think you are in Montana.
Imagine a weekend or longer with your family and friends at your own country ranch, but close to everything! Privacy, peace, beauty and tranquility are yours, yet you are an easy drive from entertainment, shopping, dining and everything that North Florida has to offer.
LD RANCH is twenty five minutes from Gainseville and UF (a bit more on game days); an hour from historic St. Augustine and the best beaches on the east coast of the United States.
St. Augustine, America's oldest city, feels like a thriving old world city combined with the energy, excitement and entertainment of New Orleans.
Jacksonville, one of America's hottest and most vibrant cities, is also just one hour away. The world famous attractions in Orlando at Disney and Universal are less than two hours.
Closer to home at the LD Ranch are the historic and fun Florida towns of Keystone Heights and Melrose offering great dining, hip boutiques and are a mecca for artists and creators of all kinds. In terms of easy access to so many key areas from Orlando to Gainesville to St. Augustine and Jacksonville, there is no better location in Florida.
The LD Ranch makes the perfect headquarteres for just about every indoor and outdoor activity Florida has to offer. For great memories with family and friends, the LD Ranch just can't be beat. For a romantic country get-a-way, the Gator Ranch is the best couples therapy there is!
We have been VRBO owners for six years. We have an excellent track record because we make sure our guests have a great experience. Give us a call and we will be glad to answer any questions you might have.
- 2200 sq. ft.
- Chateau / Country House
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 8-11
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Video Library
- Video Games
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
- Lawn / Garden
Location & View
- Water Tubing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hunting Small Game
- Surf Fishing
- Mountain Biking
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Horseback Riding
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Beautiful, private ranch situated 5 miles from the charming towns of Melrose and Keystone Heights. Both towns offer great restaurants and shopping!! Also, just 30 minutes from Gainesville and the University of Florida. The LD Ranch is the perfect headquarters for UF events or the perfect country get-a-way for couples and families....moreless
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This was a wonderful place to stay for a Gator football game weekend. We stayed there during the final stages of renovation but when the house is completely finished its going to be absolutly gorgeous. The kitchen was great for entertaining and location was great. It took us about 35 minutes to get into Gainsville but it was a very easy drive so dont let location keep you away. Overall, I would highly recommend. I will definitly be staying here again in the future. I am currently planning my next stay at this property.
- Guest Courtney M.
- Date of stay 09/21/13
- Review Submitted 10/15/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, age 55+, families with teenagers.
WONDERFUL FAMILY REUNION AND WE WILL DEFINITELY STAY AGAIN!!
WONDERFUL FAMILY REUNION AND WE WILL DEFINITELY STAY AGAIN!!
We had such a nice time here! The house is so well laid out and very open and offers so much comfortability! We had our family reunion here this past weekend and this is the perfect place to stay! Relatives from all over the United States came and we had a family reunion and an 80th birthday party for my uncle. My family from Washington State, Texas, South Carolina and Georgia were here and fell in love with LD Ranch! Great screened porch and fenced yard in the back that we spent hours sitting in and the weather was perfect! The open kitchen and den accommodated everyone single one of us! We had a large crowd during the day with the relatives that actually live in Gainesville but the house was not crowded at all. Half of us went into the small town of Melrose to an Art exhibit and ended up buying too much, of course, but everything was handmade and beautiful. We even had our picture made at the bottom of this incredible old tree and the woman that owned the gallery came out to take our picture so everyone could be in the tree! The house is decorated in the Florida style and we were not afraid that we might "break" something; everyone felt at home. The owners were perfect! Great air conditioning in the house; we were worried about the humidity and my uncle's age, but he was very comfortable and the AC did not seem to be overworked! Huge garage that you could park 2 cars in, plus a great driveway. So quiet out there too! The neighbors are far, far away and you feel like you are on your own "little island"! The layout of the kitchen worked well with all the food that we had prepared and there was so much room on the counters! We could not have asked for anything more perfect for our weekend than the LD Ranch!! Thank you both!
- Guest SisterNumber5 (Atlanta, GA)
- Date of stay 10/04/13
- Review Submitted 10/10/13
Recommended for: Girls getaway, adventure seekers, age 55+, people with disabilities, families with young children, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Thank you so much for this wonderful review!! You guys were awesome and we are thrilled that your family reunion was a success and that everyone enjoyed being together at the LD Ranch. We wish you and your family peace, health and happiness and hope you will come back again!!
Great location for all of our activities!!Guest comment entered by owner
Great location for all of our activities!!
My husband, daughter and I along with four other friends of ours stayed at the LD Ranch the week of Fourth of July. Our daughter, a senior in high school, is interested in attending UF so we decided to combine her college visit with our Fourth of July vacation to Florida. We chose the LD Ranch because of its central location and spaciousness. It was an excellent choice! We had no idea that the north Florida country side was so magnificient! Not only were we a short (and very beautiful) drive from UF in Gainesville, but we were able to visit historic St. Augustine, Jacksonville, and spend time at the nicest beach (Crescent Beach) that I've ever seen. The large ranch house is beautiful and comfortable. The LD Ranch was the perfect headquarters for all of our activities!!
- Guest Shannon
- Date of stay 07/04/13
- Review Submitted 07/20/13
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2 night min stay
|UF Football Season!!!!
Sep 14 - Jan 20
2 night min stay
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- Nearest Airport: Gainesville, Florida at 30 Miles
- Nearest Motorway: Route 100 at 2 Miles
- Nearest Beach: Crescent Beach at 50 Miles
- Nearest Barpub: Many great options in Melrose and Keystone Heights at 5 Miles
Year Purchased: 2002
About the owner: We've been VRBO owners for more than six years (see our other property, Casa Adore - VRBO Listing #421191). We provide a great experience for our guests and we get only excellent feedback. We provide everything you need when you stay as our guests. All liens, towels, everything. It is just like checking into a hotel; only much nicer!
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The gorgeous Country Road leading to the LD Ranch
Entry Driveway through the woods.
Lots of comfy seating in the beautiful open living room.
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Date last modified - Wednesday, December 04, 2013
4 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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