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Charming, Fully Updated Lake Front Cottage Retreat"""

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Bunk Area, 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Come enjoy lakefront living at 'The Gator Nest', a charming waterfront cottage that was fully remodeled in 2011. Spend your day enjoying the fifty feet of white, sandy beach on the water or sunning on the sun deck. You might spend your evening relaxing on the dock, BBQing on the grilling porch, sitting around the fire pit or just chilling on the screened in porch. This property is perfect for swimming, fishing, boating or just enjoying the lake breeze. The cottage is 1300 square feet and was completely remodeled in summer 2011 to include new flooring, walls, all new furniture, a 50+ inch flat screen television, kitchen cabinets, granite counter tops, appliances, bedding, washer and dryer. Experience waking in the morning in the master bedroom with full views of the lake. Do you plan to have company? Your guests will enjoy our two additional full bedrooms (both with flat screen television). Full shower bath is centrally located off of the kitchen and near the master bedroom and there is a half bath off of the bunk room and in close proximity to the two guest bedrooms. Ideal for seniors looking for a Florida seasonal rental during the winter months or weekly rental. Our lakehouse has a NO PET policy due to family allergies.

Keywords: house, lake front, water front, lake, water, beach, dock, boat, fish, swim, remodeled, updated, porch, three bedroom, no pet

More Details

Wendi Jerald
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Wendi Jerald

My wife and I live and work in nearby Ocala, Florida, about 19 miles from Ocklawaha. I am a retired sheriff’s detective and my wife is a legal assistant. Since my parents owned a home in Ocklawaha for many years and I grew up around Lake Weir, I would often check out the old neighborhood when travelling out of county. One day I found a for sale sign on this cottage property that coincidentally is located very near my parents former home. We purchased the cottage in May 2011 and have spent the time since enjoying it with our adult children and their families and friends. We have also renovated and updated the entire cottage and continue to improve the property. Of course boating, jet skiing, kayaking and other water sports are happening on the lake during the day. Evenings are great, usually with a breeze blowing and you never know what kind of wild life will be coming along. It seems there is always something happening at the lake. Even so, there is a quiet tranquility about the area and it is a great place to get away and relax. The cottage sits among several lake side properties most of which are occupied by friendly, full time residents. Since we are located only about 7 miles from The Villages you can enjoy shopping and a variety of restaurants there. The Villages is a unique place and I recommend you check it out. For more local dining flavor, Gator Joe’s is located a stone’s throw away and is a unique wood floor restaurant, right on the water where you can get a variety of dishes including the famous “gator tail”. So, bring your boat, jet ski, kayak or if you just want to get away for a quiet, relaxing retreat we would love to have you come for a stay.

Wendi Jerald purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Wendi Jerald chose Ocklawaha

We purchased this cottage because we were familiar with the area and simply fell in love with it and the location including its proximity to Ocala, The Villages and Orlando.

What makes this cottage unique

While staying at this property us, our kids, and grand kids enjoy an array of activities including boating, swimming, fishing and just plain old relaxation. We recently added a 19'X32' porch on the lake side. Part of it is screened and the other part is a grilling porch where you can grill while being protected from the elements. We also just added a fire pit on the beach. Both features provide an opportunity to relax with friends and your favorite beverage and enjoy a full view of the lake and amazing sunsets. We prefer seniors for multi-month rental or weekly rentals.


Ocklawaha Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
  • 1.5 + outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (3)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Ample parking on the property for your boat and trailer. A large new boat ramp is located just a few minutes from the property. Fire pit on the beach. Two Kayaks available for use. Prefer Senior adults, no children.


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Charming, Fully Updated Lake Front Cottage Retreat
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Dayton, Ohio

the snowbirds

  • 5 of 5

we stayed 3 1/2 months and absolutely loved it. Wish we had a boat it would have been even better. It is conveniently located between the Villages and Ocala and plenty of activities to do. You are an hour from Disney and an hour from Daytona Beach and an hour and half from Clearwater Beach. We loved the relax atmosphere that the owners have given to the home. You do have several restaurants within minutes of the place but a wide variety within the Villages and Ocala. We also travelled around Florida to a lot the attraction sites of small cities for unique shopping to other attractions. Perfect location overall. Owners are very nice and always willing to help with whatever your needs. The place is very equipped with what you need. Overall I would definitely recommend it to my family and friends and would go back myself.

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2012
  • Stayed: December 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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About 10 miles from Ocala, Belleview and The Villages. The Villages is a unique community with various activities, shopping and numerous golf courses. Within The Villages are several themed communities with restaurants, shopping and town square activities. We are also 1 1/2 hours from Orlando where Disney World and Epcot are located. Drive another 1 and 1/2 hours east and you are on the Atlantic coast at Daytona Beach. About the same distance to the west brings you to the west coast of Florida at Tampa.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $200
Damage Insurance $59

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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