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Cabin Located in a Birding and Fishing Paradise

Crawfordville, FL, USA
  • Cottage960 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-7)

Do you want to have your morning coffee and watch the sun come up while sitting on the front porch in the swing or the rockers or lounging on the large deck in the backyard listening to the birds sing; away from the noises of city life, traffic and stress? Then this is the place for you.


Our Wakulla Springs Retreat is located on 5 secluded acres of hardwood trees off the beaten track but close to the Tallahassee-St. Marks Historic Railroad State Trail (15 miles of a beautiful paved bicycle corridor), Wakulla Springs State Park, the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, the Apalachicola National Forest, the San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park in the town of St. Marks at the confluence of the beautiful St. Marks and Wakulla rivers, the Felburn Foundation Playground with covered picnic tables and a fabulous array of playground equipment. There are several excellent seafood restaurants close by so you don’t have to spend your time cooking. Only 3 miles from the Retreat is Savannah’s (home of the famous $2.00 breakfast and a great country buffet at lunch and dinner).

The fenced backyard is a perfect place for approved pets and the bike trail provides a great place to take your pet on a leisurely shaded stroll. Before we approve your pet, we must know your pet's breed, age and size and if he/she will be on good behavior if you have to leave him/her alone in the Retreat? Our concern is that your pet is safe and so is our Retreat.

There are many recreational opportunities abundantly throughout Florida's Forgotten Coast, known as the 'sportsman's paradise', including Salt & Freshwater fishing, hiking, bicycling, hunting and canoeing. Also, convenient access to the Gulf of Mexico is just minutes away in St. Marks.

No matter what your taste may be, whether it's flats fishing for trout, redfish, tarpon, or Spanish mackerel, or just a few miles out some of the finest grouper fishing in the Gulf of mexico, this is truly an angler's paradise, with every salt water activity you care to do, such as snorkeling for scallops, scuba diving to see some of the most beautiful natural reefs, or just a lazy day with the family at the coast.

We have plenty of room for boaters to bring their boats to the Retreat. There are several public and private boat ramps within 15 minutes of the Retreat, giving you access to the Gulf of Mexico and local rivers.

Downtown Tallahassee and Florida State University are only 15 miles from the Retreat and Wakulla Springs State Park (home of one of the largest and deepest freshwater springs in the world) is only 6 miles from the Retreat.

If the Wakulla Springs Retreat is booked during the dates you want it, please see our sister site, St. Marks Retreat, VRBO site #63806, on the St. Marks River.

Guest Testimonials

We celebrated the New Year with our family as the first guests at Wakulla Springs Retreat. We enjoyed the peace and quiet for the week. It certainly helps to remember what is really important in life when things slow down a bit.

Ashley, Jessie and family.

Sugar Land, TX

We had a wonderful experience exploring this section of “old Florida”.


Boat ride and Wakulla State Park – alligators, manatees, many birds. Highly recommend this tour

Captain Mike McNamara in the town of St. Marks will provide a comprehensive boat tour of the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. From his boat, we were able to photograph many birds, most notably, the Bald Eagle, both perched and in flight. Porpoises visited and followed the boat. Mike is also a fishing guide.

Walking path around the ponds at the light house in the Refuge:

Many waterfowl, most notably, Redheads and American Wigeon.

Posey’s Seafood Restaurant on the waterfront in Panacea-very good

Visitor’s Center in the Refuge has maps and books available.

We had a great stay- saw and photographed more than 45 different bird species.

Thanks for your hospitality!

Frank and Colleen

St. Helena, CA

Keywords: country cottage, secluded and private, natural setting, newly remodeled inside and out,



Member Since 2005
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Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 20, 2018
About Owner

We are a retired couple, one from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and one from 44 years of teaching elementary school. We have been breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels since 1998. We enjoy showing our dogs and meeting all the great people who come to stay at our Retreats.

Why Owner chose Wakulla County

This property is surrounded by all the sights and sounds of nature. The setting is one of quiet solitude. It is a place where one can just sit and enjoy all of the beauty of the trees but is close enough to all the area attractions. We find it to be a place we can totally unwind after a busy day.

What makes this Cottage unique

We have built a large deck in the fenced backyard which is perfect for cooking out. It is perfect for sitting in the evening while the lightenbugs come out to play.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 twin/ single
      • Queen size Bed (1), queen Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Living room has a double sleeper sofa


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • 2

      Location Type

        • Rural
          Quiet country setting with privacy near the Tallahassee to St Marks bike trail


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                    • Parking Off Street
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Drip Coffee PotToaster, Blender, Crock Pot, Pots and Pans, Can opener
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                          Most everything you will need in a modern kitchen is provided
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 6 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  40' Flat Screen High DefinitionTV with Dish Satelite Service
                                • Television
                                • Toys


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • marina
                                        • museums
                                        • playground
                                        • restaurants

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • scenic drives
                                            • antiquing
                                            • boating
                                            • horseback riding
                                            • photography
                                            • bird watching
                                            • shelling
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • sledding
                                            • walking
                                            • wildlife viewing

                                              Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                • rafting
                                                • cycling
                                                • fishing
                                                • fly fishing
                                                • freshwater fishing
                                                • hiking
                                                • hunting
                                                • jet skiing
                                                • kayaking
                                                • deepsea fishing
                                                • roller blading
                                                • sailing
                                                • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                • snorkeling/diving
                                                • swimming
                                                • water skiing
                                                • water tubing
                                                • wind-surfing


                                                    • natural wooded setting, fenced back yard, pet friendly on a case by case basis, playground and 15 mile paved bike trail within .2 miles 6 miles from Wakulla State Park

                                                      27 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

                                                      Great clean property. Great deck.Very private

                                                      William E.

                                                      It was perfect for our needs. We visited my son at FSU. We only got to spend very little time at the property but when we did it was very relaxing and private. Would recommend to anyone to stay here.


                                                      A delightful place to stay.

                                                      Elaine H.

                                                      A delightful little place to stay. We enjoyed being back off the road. There is a great front porch and deck in the back. And our small dogs enjoyed the fenced in backyard. Hope to go back next year.

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      We look forward to having you back with us. The back fenced yard and deck are great for our four legged visitors.. I love the quietness of the property.

                                                      Very good house. It was clean and well maintained.

                                                      Santiago B.

                                                      We went to Tallahassee to visit our daughter. She is attending FSU and we wanted to bring her dog. Hotels were not an option because of the dog, so this house was a very good call. The dog loved the outdoors around the house and we had a very good stay. Very quiet surroundings, close to the St Marks lighthouse and close to Tallahassee

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      Yes. the Retreat is wonderful for visitors who wish to bring their approved dog. The backyard with the large deck is perfect for their animal friends, too.

                                                      Cozy and Quaint

                                                      Layla D.

                                                      The retreat was perfect for us and our dog for the week. We were in the area doing volunteer construction and it was so nice to come home to this cozy place rather than a hotel. The owners were very good with communicating about anything we asked. And this was one of the best stocked rentals we have ever had! We also loved that the yard was big and private, had a large fenced in area, big deck and plenty of outdoor lighting. We are planning to stay again while volunteering in the area next month!

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      We enjoyed having you stay with us and look forward to your stay in December.

                                                      Great girls weekend

                                                      Susan D.

                                                      We booked this place so 5 of us could stay in one place vs. 2 hotel rooms. Besides the fact that it was a lot less expensive, It was great to have 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and plenty of room for all of us. It is a quick drive to campus for the game and other activities. We enjoyed being able to sit around the table with coffee in the morning and shared pizza in the eve. For those that wanted to do a quick run in the morning the St. Marks trail is just down the road and a great place to run or bike. We will be back again next year!

                                                      Old Timer

                                                      Henry B.

                                                      We enjoyed the privacy and natural rural setting. This is a well furnished house with very comfortable beds and furniture. All appliances work and the kitchen items are well supplied. Nice thick towels in both bathrooms. The large deck in back was a great place to spend time. This is a good location for day tripping to the many attractions in the area. Floyd and Carol were always available to help even though we did not have any problems. We hope to spend a week here again in the future.


                                                      Crawfordville, FL, USA

                                                      Wakulla SPrings News and Notes Park Ranger Patty Wilbur conducts the research which keeps track of the manatees within the park. She has been following a new baby manatee born in the part about a month ago. The youngster is the offspring of a manatee believed to have been born in Sally Ward Spring (a spring just before reaching the park entrance station) in July of 2007. With much excitement, Patty relayed the moment she saw the mother and her new baby feeding alongside grandma just behind the boat dock. It is unexpected and special moments such as this that keep the magic alive at Wakulla Springs. Ooooooh! Aaaaah! Wheeeee! Make it a point to visit Wakulla Springs in September to experience it all! By: Jeff Hugo

                                                      Rates & Availability

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                                                      Payment can be made via major credit cards through PayPal. If you want to pay via PayPal, we will send you an invoice. Pets will be accepted on a case by case basis based on breed, size, temperament, and age. There may be a pet fee if your pets are approved.

                                                      27 Reviews
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                                                      Property # 393806