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Hawthorne-Blue Lake Cottage - Lakefront,Includes Kayaks,Canoe,Peddleboat,Jonboat

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,040 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Bath, (Sleeps 2-5)

(PLEASE NOTE: I will be away during 3/24/18-3/31/18 and will not have phone/internet service, most likely. Please inquire on 3/31/18 or after to avoid your request expiring. Thank you.) 'CASA PAPARADISO', a waterfront property, sits high on almost 2 acres. Available year round. It is an exceptionally clean home with satillo tile floors downstairs, and solid oak floors upstairs. Twelve feet of french doors face the lake for a beautiful view, and the first floor has a 9 ft ceiling. This 1040 sq ft cottage is secluded and comes fully furnished. Kitchen has stainless appliances and black marble tiled countertops and bar, with 4 bar stools. Plantation shutters cover the windows. Very comfortable plush king bed upstairs. Master bath has travertine floor, and a large walk in tiled shower with dark emperador marble. Beautiful Tiffany-style lighting over the bar and over the sink as well as a chandelier over the dining table adds to the ambiance. Open living area on first floor which includes a sofa bed, washer and dryer, and small desk. Facing lake, has a beautiful screened & covered pergola over patio with a beautiful and comfy swingbed. Flat screen HDTV DVR with satellite on first floor and TV with satellite DVR connection and DVD player in bedroom. Satellite internet for wifi throughout cottage. Vaulted ceiling in stairway with solid oak stairs. Hookup for motor home, extra charge (inquire). The lake is crystal clear spring fed and is good for swimming, fishing, canoeing and Kayaking. Unlike some lakes in the North Central FL area, this lake is at normal/average water level, and averages as much as 25+ ft deep. (Please note that after hurricanes, lake may be above normal level possibly affecting dock being covered with some water) Please, no gas motors in order to preserve the lake pristine. I receive many compliments on how the cottage is 'just like home' being very well appointed with furnishings that are consistent with home and is not only clean, but smells clean. The cottage is meticulously cleaned after each guest. The cottage comes equipped with 3 kayaks, 2 canoes, jon boat, and large 4 seater pontoon style peddle boat, and two newer bikes and several used bicycles. Lakeside near waters edge is a10x10 screened gazebo, and there is a firepit near the water as well with lawn chairs as well as 2 very nice cushioned lounge chairs. There is a dock that is approximately 130 ft. The beachfront does have some aquatic plants in the water that are weeded bi-monthly in the summer months.

Community Information

This lake is situated in a community of 3 lakes. The lake properties are heavily wooded and mostly secluded. It is a 'golf cart community' and ideal for riding bicycles or walking/jogging. There are a number of wild animals and birds in the area, and seeing eagles fishing in the lakes is a common sight. Eagles, ospreys, hawks, swallow-tailed kite birds, and turkeys are abundant, deer, sand hill cranes, and fox are all seen in the community. Looking out the window above the kitchen sink and surrounding the front entrance, is a beautiful English butterfly garden, which also attracts hummingbirds.

Thirty-five minutes from the University of Florida.

Reserve early for the UF Gator football home games or graduations in Gainesville, FL . It is sure to be an exciting season! Go Gators! Or, whichever team you are a fan of!

Close to Boy Scout, Girl Scout, Camp Shands, Camp Kateri, and many other summer camps near Hawthorne.

Cyclists: The Gainesville/Hawthorne Bike Trail (Rails to Trails) is located a short 8 miles from the cottage in Hawthorne.

Walking: The 3 lake community is great for walking or jogging. Another location for walking/hiking is the newly opened Little Orange Creek Nature Preserve. The bike trail will eventually border this wonderful preserve that has beautiful old live oaks. It will be available for various events such as weddings and family reunions.

Motorcycle Enthusiasts: The Starke FL area has several biker venues that are attracting a number of bikers and events. It is located approximately 40 minutes away.

Divers: The North Central Florida area has world renowned springs, which are great for diving, snorkeling and swimming. Some of them are within an hour's drive.

Nearby Areas of Interest and Attractions:

35 minutes to Gainesville (University of Florida, restaurants, theaters, shopping and Shands Hospital at UF)

10 minutes to Hawthorne (grocery store/post office/gas, bank, thrift shops, and bike trail)

15 minutes to Hawthorne (Dialysis)

45 minutes to the Gainesville Raceway, home of the GATORNATIONALS NHRA RACING

1.5 hours or less to beaches (St. Augustine/Crescent Beach)

1.75 hours to Daytona Beach

2 hours to Disney World

2.30 hours to Tampa/St.Pete (Busch Gardens)

2 hours to Jacksonville (more Beaches and Jacksonville Jaguar's Football )

45 minutes to Ocala (Silver Springs)

1 hour to Camp Blanding, Starke

Close to: Gainesville, Ocala, Melrose, Keystone Heights, Starke, Palatka, Cross Creek, Interlachen, Lochloosa, Waldo, Citra



Dinnerware, glasses, wine glasses, serving dishes

Baking dishes and bowls

Eating & cooking utensils

Coffee maker, coffee grinder, blender, waffle iron, toaster

Washer/Dryer/ironing board/iron

TV & DISH Satellite, DVD Player (upstairs & downstairs)

Kitchen Table/chairs/bar stools

Plush King bed and bedding


Bath towels

3 Kayaks (2 sit on top, 1 sit inside)


Jon boat/paddles/life jackets

Peddle boat (4 seater pontoon style)


Patio with patio set

BBQ Combo Grill, gas & charcoal (bring charcoal if needed)

Bicycles (used)





INTERNET SERVICE: DISH Satellite with router for wifi throughout cottage

PETS: Clean & housetrained. (The cottage has tile and hardwood floors throughout. Cottage is meticulously cleaned after each guest, and air filters changed frequently) Yard is fully fenced EXCEPT for lakeside. Fencing extends to the water and dependent on lake levels, fence may or may not be in the water. Pet fee $15.

Keywords: cottage, bungalow, cabin, lakefront, waterfront, lake, secluded, wooded, quiet, relaxing, nature

More Details

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Mary

I am married, and retired from the University of Florida. I enjoy traveling, and would like to offer my guests the amenities in rental homes that I have enjoyed over the years in my travels, primarily snow skiing, and boating. I love the water and boating, and have spent my adult life on a lake close-by to the cottage. I enjoy meeting and talking to people, and try to offer my guests the best possible experience at the cottage.

Why Mary chose Hawthorne

We purchased 2 acres on this beautiful lake and built the cottage. The lake is crystal clear water and one of the top pristine lakes in Florida. I enjoy the gentle breezes that blow across the property and up to the patio. It is peaceful, tranquil, and secluded with lots of wildlife and birds. A very nice place to slow down and unwind.

What makes this cottage unique

The property is secluded and quiet. Most of my guest have commented on how quiet the area is with no traffic, which is a unique commodity not found in many parts of FL. The cottage is very well appointed, decorated and very clean. A nice place to 'get away from it all'. Swimming, kayaking and canoeing, or fishing is such a delight with the beautiful pristine water. You can see the fish swimming around the dock! Stargazing/meteor showers, full moon nights, campfires, or sitting on the dock provides great fun. The cottage sits far away from the city and its' lights... and noise. You may see one or 2 cars pass by in a days' time, if you happen to be looking!

Guestbook comments from the owner

(Reposted from my alternate website)

Reviewed by: Lobo2014 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Reviewed on: 01/02/2014 for their stay in 12/2013

- FL Lakefront Mediterranean Style Cottage, Ncentral

What an amazing place to get away from it all. Mary was like the neighbor you always wished to have-offering to bring over anything you may have forgotten! Beautiful home, gorgeous surroundings and the paddleboat was a huge hit. Thank you Mary and all good blessings to you and your family!
Dec 2013
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Hawthorne Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1040 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , sink/vanity
  • 1.5
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • King size Bed (1) Plush! With nice clean new bedding. Sleeper Sofa (1) Sofa hide-a-bed & 4 inch memory foam topper; a higher quality air mattress, provides bedding for 4 people. Memory foam toppers add comfort to the sofabed and air mattress. Maximum 4 adults/1child, or 2 adults and 3 children. Please inquire if you need additional info.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • 4 beach chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Cottage rental includes use of a canoe, 3 kayaks, jon boat, peddle boat, water floats, and several used bikes. Please let me know ahead of time if you would like to use the bikes so they can be mechanically checked out (tires etc). However there is no guarantee on the bikes as they are rarely used.


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Hawthorne-Blue Lake Cottage - Lakefront,Includes Kayaks,Canoe,Peddleboat,Jonboat
average rating of 4.9102564 based on 80 reviews

Ending the Old Year Quietly

  • 5 of 5

Our Family had a beautiful and relaxing experience at the cottage in between Christmas and New Years. The cottage was quaint and accommodating for the six of us. We enjoyed the kayaks on the lake and making s'mores by the fire. It was just the antidote after a busy holiday season, to unwind and reflect on all that we did in 2017. Thank you again, Mary, for sharing your home with us. God Bless!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Hidden Gem!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I stumbled upon this cottage by accident and honestly had never even heard of Hawthorne. I have to say it was exactly as described and even better in person! We traveled with our 2 dogs and they had a blast running the 2 acres! It was cooler weather so we didnt' get to enjoy the water toys, however, we are planning to go back this summer. Mary is very nice and always responsive to emails and texts. She even met us at the cottage for check-in even though we ran a couple hours later than expected due to heavy holiday traffic. If you are looking for a secluded and relaxing vacation, this is definately the place! It is very clean, well maintained, and nicely decorated.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of my property! I was happy that your dogs were able to run their hearts out on the spacious grounds of the fenced property! I hope to see you again in the summer and to take advantage of the lake. Many thanks! Mary
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Awesome vacation

  • 5 of 5

We all had such a great time relaxing out there at the house. There was so much to do for all the boys there was kayaking canoeing a Jon Boat. We all were able to ride the bikes around the dirt roads. It was just really relaxing we were able to cook all of our food and the house was so clean. I would definitely recommend this house to anyone who's looking for a quiet peaceful relaxation vacation!!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, Relaxing, and Peaceful setting.

  • 5 of 5

Cass Paradiso is a Beautiful and we'll cared for cottage. Mary did a beautiful job constructing and decoratin the cottage. It was very clean and comfortable. Loved the bed swing on the porch! Our little pup loved playing outside and we enjoyed all the butterflies in the butterfly garden. We also had a cool little visitor I hear it is called a oak lizard, almost look like a bearded dragon. He hangs out by the front (wood) door. We tried to the peddle boat but it didn't steer very well and honestly that was our first time on a peddle boat so maybe we would doing something wrong but take a paddle or two just in case. The walkway and the dock into the lake was underwater, not Mary's fault, Can't Help Mother Nature! I left my charger for my flashlight / stun gun and Mary sent it back to us, thank you Mary! We got lost getting to the cottage only because we missed a street our own fault but Mary met us at the beginning of the subdivision and we followed her in. Mary is very welcoming and sweet. It was a very special treat to stay at Mary's cottage! It will not disappoint.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, clean cottage on the water with so many little touches that made our stay comfortable. The full kitchen and outside grill allowed delicious meal preparation. The owner, Mary, is an absolute sweetheart and provided lots of material for relaxing quiet time: books, videos, games, attraction/trail maps, and watercraft. Cozy furniture and lovely decor contributed to this peaceful, romantic retreat.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Lake Cottage Location!

  • 5 of 5

What a great cottage that is very unique and comfortable! The house is very new and decorated in the Mediterranean Style. We really enjoyed taking walks around the lake and kayaking in the lake. Really a great spot and I would recommend!

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Gainesville FL (GNV)
Nearest Barpub
25 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Gainesville and Ocala have several golf courses
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
US 301
Nearest Restaurant
20 Miles
The Yearling,Cross Creek(Hawthorne Restaurants 8mi
Nearest Beach
59 Miles
Crescent Beach
Car: necessary

Wildlife is abundant in this heavily wooded community. Bird watching is another exciting activity. Wild Turkeys, Sand Hill Cranes, Blue Herons, Eagles, Hawks, Ospreys, and Swallow-Tailed Kites are seen regularly around the lake.

Stargazing and satellite spotting at night with the naked eye is a wonderful activity enjoyed by many, being far away from city lights. The stars are so vibrant in the night sky. (Some people have the Google Sky app on their Android/IPhone phones/tablets which identify the stars...just point it towards the sky....) Enjoy a campfire and roast marshmallows.

A canoe, jon boat with paddles, and a peddle boat are available for your use at no charge. A very nice bike trail can be found in Hawthorne and is part of the 'Rails to Trails'. The paved path goes all the way to Gainesville. There are several places to stop for rest or a picnic on the trail. There are a few used bikes at the cottage for your use (please inquire when you make your reservation if you'd like to use them, for use around the lake only)

I would like to highlight a true jewel of this part of the earth, which is, North Central Florida, known for it’s beautiful natural springs. Spring water is a natural discharge from the ‘Floridan aquifer system’, the state's primary aquifer. The water temp is 72 degrees year round, which makes swimming on a warm winter Florida day very nice, not to mention on hot days. Three of my favorite springs are Silver Glen Springs and Salt Springs in the Ocala National Forest, and Ichetucknee Springs near High Springs/Ft White area, north of Gainesville. Tubing down the Ichetucknee River is a favorite for so many. It generally takes several hours, but be sure to look at the websites to get info as the number of people that can tube down is limited (you may visit the north or south end). If visiting there on the weekend in summer months, be sure to get there VERY EARLY as they generally max out and reach capacity number of people they allow each day, in order to preserve the spring and "human footprint". There are rentals in that area for tubes etc. Visiting these State Park springs on weekdays, will be less crowded, but be sure to call for hours etc. before visiting and check pet policies.

Saint Augustine has a full day of activities to offer and is located approx 1 1/4 hours from the cottage. Spend some time at the beach, The Old Fort, and the many shops and restaurants on St. George’s Street. There is a winery in the area, as well as the Alligator Farm along with ziplines and other activities. Ride the trolley around St. Augustine, or take a day trip on the many different options to get out on the water.

Orlando theme parks are south of the cottage, approx 2 hours away.

I keep brochures and other information at the cottage with information on many other things to do in the surrounding areas.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $15
Tax Rate 11.0%

For reservations made 45 days or less, 100% of payment is due immediately.
WEEKEND RATE IS $320 (Friday-Sunday) The cleaning fee is included.
Reduced rate for 2 weeks stay. Inquire. (There may be an add'l small cleaning fee added to stays over 1 week)
Rates are subject to change until reservation is made. Please contact owner for availability, confirm rate, and payment details.
Payments can be split (please inquire)
Cleaning fee rate: Included in rental fee for 1 week or less. Two weeks add $25; 3 weeks add $50; 1 or more months add $100
Winter monthly rentals (Jan-March) can be split in 4 payments if reserved at least 8 months in advance.
*Please inquire about monthly rates. Cottage is available year-round for rent.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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