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Lakefront Country Haven near Ocala & Forest -

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 2-7

Absolutely stunning lakefront home (one of my 3 available to you) sits on 300 feet of shoreline on Miles Kale Lake in northeast Marion County (between Ocala, Gainesville, & Palatka) near Orange Springs, FL. Incredible renovations were recently completed including a fantastic addition. The Great Room of the house, built in 1949, sports beautiful tongue and groove wood paneling and a beamed ceiling. The new addition includes a convenient large gourmet, dine-in kitchen, a spacious laundry/pantry, a new full bath, and a fabulous screened porch overlooking the lake. Large Pella picture windows allow viewing the lake while cooking, dining, and relaxing. This tranquil lake retreat is minutes from the Ocala National Forest, numerous springs, the Ocklawaha River, and the charming towns of McIntosh and Micanopy. The dock is great for fishing and the lake for swimming. Miles Kale Lake is about 40 acres. Check out my other homeaway lake places -- listings 117133 and 910353.

Activities & Attractions: Tranquility, views, relaxation; swimming, fishing, boating -- sandy bottom, spring-fed lake; snorkeling in the springs; using nearby rivers (Oklawaha, St. John's); Silver Springs Amusement Center; University of Florida & Central Florida Community College; Ocala Horse Farms; McIntosh 1890's Days; Micanopy artist town; easy drive to either coast (Daytona or Cedar Key); Disney - 2 hours.

The house has new, outstanding mattresses in the bedrooms: a Supplepedic Memory Foam mattress, and a new Serta Pillow-top comfort mattress. The trundle bed in the sleeping alcove makes two twin beds and has two new single regular mattresses.

To accommodate a seventh person, there is a twin mattress under the queen bed in the master BR. It can be moved to the living room.

Other Lake Options: I have two other lake cottages. One is next door on its own acre. It is homeaway listing/Property ID 117133. This allows guests the option of having large groups or reunions close by to enjoy being with one another. I have rented both cottages for this type of gathering many times. Then, on the next lake over, big Island Lake, I have another fabulous home in the woods: homeaway listing/property ID 910353. It is a fantastic 2BR/2BA large redwood cottage with the option of a guest house on the same property. This retreat sleeps up to 9 comfortably. It too has a dock and boat house.

More Details

Edward Wynne
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 14, 2018

About Edward Wynne

A native Floridian, this lake property was owned by my grandparents and my parents. The lake was one of our vacation homes where we spent time as a family and enjoyed being with our cousins who owned the cottage next door. The ten of kids had a blast and were always challenging one another on water skis, swimming, and many other activities.

Edward Wynne purchased this house in 1955

Why Edward Wynne chose Fort McCoy

It has been in the family for over 60 years. The cottage was extensively renovated and upgraded recently. It is rural, quiet, and beautiful.

What makes this house unique


Spectacular views

Close to Ocala National Forest, natural springs, and Atlantic beaches


Fort McCoy House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:30 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 7 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Master Bath has tub/shower combination. Second Bath has Walk-in Shower fully tiled with non-slip textured tile.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Master Bedroom: Queen-Size pillow top Bed w/ quality sheets and furnishings. Guest BR: Supplepedic Mattress. Trundle Bed: 2 new mattresses. Extra: One Twin Bed Mattress under queen bed in MBR -- Can be used in living room
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • forests
  • museums
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Comfortable beds with quality sheets and furnishings Incredible new kitchen with stainless steel gas range, side by side SS refrigerator, dishwasher, cookware, etc. Beautiful oak trees and lake setting Central air & heat (zoned) Pella windows with beautiful views Screened porch with lake views Webber charcoal grill, picnic table, lakeside bench, and fishing dock 32' flat screen LCD TV with built-in DVD and cable service, high speed Internet and WiFi throughout, etc. Wonderful stackable washer & Dryer in private laundry room Canoe with paddles


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

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Lakefront Country Haven near Ocala & Forest -
average rating of 4.8285713 based on 35 reviews

A House as lovely as it's owner

  • 5 of 5

This house, and it's owner made my 10th trip to Florida the only one I have EVER enjoyed. The house is wonderful. The kitchen has everything you need.

Ed makes the experience that much more wonderful for you. He is a true, honest, gentleman.

If you value a vacation at your owe pace. Lot's of privacy. Nature all around-yet close to the city, this is the best of the best.

I can't praise Ed enough!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2009
  • Stayed: January 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I had so much fun! We all had a great time fishing and swimming in the lake. The kids loved taking the boat out and the house had everything we needed and more! Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience and the most amazing memories! We will definitely we coming back soon!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Much appreciation for your thoughtful comments. We want all guests to enjoy natural Florida and the great outdoors!!
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Thanks for the beautiful get away!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our recent visit to Hypo Haven! The house is charming, very clean ( thanks, Wanda) and well appointed. We enjoyed the fire pit and the beautiful sunrises over the lake. Ed emailed very detailed directions to access the property as well as useful information regarding nearby attractions. Make sure you print the directions or save them on your cell phone prior to coming since cell GPS is sporadic out there. Once you get to the house there is WIFI which worked great. There were many conservation areas and parks nearby. We enjoyed short trips to Micanopy and Ocala too. If you would like to experience "old Florida", nature and peace and quiet, Hypo Haven is the place for you. The owner takes great care to maintain this property in excellent condition. Thanks, Ed!

The Sanders

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful thanksgiving!

  • 4 of 5

This house was perfect! It had EVERYTHING needed to make thanksgiving dinner. It was super clean! Actually it was immaculate! It was spacious and our family of 7 was very comfortable. The kids had a great time fishing from the dock and going out in the lake in the canoes. Thanks Ed for a memorable Thanksgiving weekend!!

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean. Had everything we needed for a relaxing couple of days

  • 5 of 5

great stay

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Great updated property in a quiet setting.

  • 5 of 5

The house was a pleasant surprise. Nicely updated on the inside. Had access to a canoe which was great. The biggest thing for us was dog friendly. Very nice relaxing weekend which was exactly what we were looking for!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words and for being guests. Come and visit again!
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville, Gainesville
Nearest Motorway
21 Miles
Interstate 75 & County Rd 318 -- (Exit 368)
Nearest Beach
59 Miles
Daytona, St. Augustine, Crescent, Ormand

Two of my 3 homeaway listings are on Miles Kale Lake next door to each other. Miles Kale is a quiet small lake. On the next lake over is Island Lake on which I have my biggest lake home. See the map. They are within several 'blocks' of one another. Each home has a wooded acre associated with it. Two cottages share 300 feet of shoreline, an excellent dock, and a boat ramp. Miles Kale Lake is about 2 miles from the intersection of Marion County Roads 318 & 315 in Orange Springs, Fl, 32182. This unincorporated community sits on the northwestern edge of the Ocala National Forest and Lake Ocklawaha. The Island Lake house has a gorgeous lot, dock, and shoreline as well.

Other Activities: river kayaking, snorkeling in springs

Golf: There are public golf courses in the three surrounding cities: Ocala, Palatka, and Gainesville.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $22

The platform allows for discounts for 7 nights or more and again at 28 nights or more.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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