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Country Living Safe, Cozy, & Private With Easy Access To Attractions

Eustis, FL, USA
  • Apartment900 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps3
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

2 bedrooms, 1 bath private apartment in country home, sleeps 3

This is the perfect destination for those vacationers who want easy access to all of Central Florida's attractions (both natural and manmade) plus the serenity and security of life in a country home. This is a daylight basement apartment with a private entrance and patio with dining table & chairs, custom rocking chairs, grill and extra storage. The setting is lovely, with a view of large oaks, pastures, and wild plum trees that bloom in the early spring. If you look closely you might see deer, quail and gopher turtles. The apartment is a well planned 900 square feet with fully equipped kitchen, dining area, two small bedrooms and a bathroom with shower and washer and dryer. The bedroom has a queen size bed and large closet. The second bedroom contains a daybed. Neither bedroom has a door. The living area has a comfortable couch, recliner and loaded bookcase plus flat screen TV, phone and wireless internet access. All linens are provided.. Professional house cleaning may be arranged at $20.00 per visit. This is a five acre property so there is ample room for RV and/or boat parking. RV hookup available for separate fee.

The home owners live on the property in a separate dwelling and are available to handle any requests or problems.

NOTE: We have had a very successful four years as a vacation rental and have made many new friends ..We have just added an additional rental, Sunrise Cottage in Eustis, listing #916032,check it out.. Don't forget us if you are planning a move to central Florida and need a comfortable convenient place to stay while searching for a new home.


Elizabeth Byrd

Member Since 2012
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within one day
Calendar last updated:
Mar 27, 2018
About Elizabeth Byrd

My name is Elizabeth Byrd. When people ask me how a 'girl' from Seattle ended up in Central Florida, I say, 'the usual reason..a man!' My husband, Jim, a Miami native, and I met in Seattle. When we decided to move to Florida, we chose Lake County for its beautiful lakes (I can live without mountains but not water), climate, and accessibility to large cities without having to live in one. I discovered right away that sunshine is addictive! Our children are all grown with their own families. Two live in Lake County and two out of state.

Elizabeth Byrd purchased this Apartment in 98

Why Elizabeth Byrd chose Lake County

When I first saw this property 27 years ago with its two old houses, I felt like I had come home --which is a pretty far stretch for a city girl! It was perfect for us with its front house for us, a shop for my husband, and the back house for my mother-in-law. After her death, we turned her home into a rental. The main part of the house has been rented by one person for many years. In 2013 we started renting the downstairs apartment as a furnished seasonal rental. It was a great decision! We have made many new friends. This summer and fall we have had two long term rentals to couples who were house hunting in Florida. We still live on the property in the front house, so we are here to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Come see us soon.

What makes this Apartment unique

Did you ever watch 'This Old House?' Well we have two of them. The front house was built in 1924 and the back (rental) house was built in 1936. Like many others in Lake County, the property was originally an orange grove. No orange trees left, but we have lots of beautiful old oaks. Living here keeps us in touch with times gone by when life moved at a slower pace and you took time to watch the breeze ruffle the ferns and smell the roses!


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


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 3
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        1 twin/ single, .
      • Queen size Beds (1) second bedroom is currently set up as an office with desk and chair. It can be turned back into a sleeping area with removal of office equipment and addition of day bed.


      • 1 Bathroom
        • shower, sink, toilet, washer and dryer

        Location Type

          • Rural
            quiet country location with quick and easy access to Orlando and points south without the congestion of the city.


              • Guests provide their own meals


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


                      • Microwave
                      • Coffee Maker
                        plus supplies
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                        the old fashioned kind--sink, dish pan, drainer & you!
                      • Kitchen
                        fully equipped
                      • Cooking Utensils
                        cooking pots, frying pans, casserole dishes, etc. If you need a large roasting pan just ask owner.
                      • Oven
                      • Pantry Items
                        some sasonings provided plus coffee, cream and sugar and sugar substitute.
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster


                          • Dining
                            dining area, table with four chairs plus porch table and chairs
                          • Dining Area
                          • comfy seating for 4 people


                              • Books
                                several and more available on request
                              • CD Player
                              • Music Library
                              • Satellite / Cable
                                Centrury Link Prism TV with DVR
                              • Stereo
                              • Television
                                32 inch flat screen
                              • Toys
                                available on request


                                  • Deck / Patio
                                    large private covered patio with table & 2 chairs and bench. Outdoor storage unit on patio also.
                                  • Golf
                                    several golf courses nearby.
                                  • Lawn / Garden
                                    five acre pasture separated from apartment by large oak and ferns. Great for walking.
                                  • Outdoor Grill


                                      • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                      • wheelchair inaccessible


                                          • marina
                                          • churches
                                          • festivals
                                          • health/beauty spa
                                          • library
                                          • live theater
                                          • cinemas
                                          • playground
                                          • recreation center
                                          • restaurants
                                          • synagogues
                                          • winery tours
                                          • zoo

                                            Leisure Activities

                                              • scenic drives
                                              • antiquing
                                              • boating
                                              • eco tourism
                                              • miniature golf
                                              • bird watching
                                              • shopping
                                              • shuffleboard
                                              • sight seeing
                                              • walking
                                              • wildlife viewing

                                                Local Services & Businesses

                                                  • ATM/bank
                                                  • fitness center
                                                  • groceries
                                                  • hospital
                                                  • massage therapist
                                                  • medical services

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • cycling
                                                      • fishing
                                                      • freshwater fishing
                                                      • golf
                                                      • hot air ballooning
                                                      • kayaking
                                                      • pier fishing
                                                      • tennis

                                                        15 Reviews


                                                        Latest reviews

                                                        A wonderful "get away" to a home away from home.

                                                        Steve U.

                                                        We were in dire need of a base in Central Florida to be able to closely follow our new home during construction. We found the best apartment in Eustis/Mount Dora with absolutely wonderful landlords. Beth and Jim are fantastic, committed to making your stay comfortable and "worry free".

                                                        We spent two great months with them through the Christmas season and they welcomed us to their family. They have become close friends and we feel blessed to have had the opportunity to spend time with them.

                                                        Should you ever have the need to travel to the Mount Dora/Eustis are you should take the opportunity to stay with Beth and Jim Byrd, you will leave with great memories. However, you should contact them soon because they are in demand.

                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                        Thanks for the nice review, Steve. It was a pleasure to have you and Carolyn as our guests. The best thing about the short term rental business is all the wonderful new friends we have made.

                                                        Lovely, comfortable accomondations

                                                        JAYNE S.

                                                        We would be delighted to stay in this property anytime we are in the area. Lovely furnishings and every household equipment needed was provided. Mr and Mrs Byrd were friendly and helpful with our needs.

                                                        Wonderful Private, Pet-friendly retreat!

                                                        Kathleen M.

                                                        Great country place to come home to after busy days of exploring Lake County and environs! The Atlantic ocean beaches and the Gulf were both only about an hour away! Ocala National Forest?...just under a half hour. Peaceful yard outside the door, room enough for your dog to play frisbie. Beth & Jim are wonderful, and made sure our 3 month stay was comfortable. Great people & great place!

                                                        County Living

                                                        Debbie C.

                                                        Elizabeth and Jim were wonderful hosts. They both made my husband and I feel very welcome, along with our two dogs. The apartment was exactly as described on the web site, clean, nicely furnished with a very homey feel. The property was very peaceful and private. We felt at home as soon as we arrived. We would have booked for next year, but it was already taken. We give this rental property and our hosts 5 stars.

                                                        Couldn't Have Asked For More!!!

                                                        Rebecca M.

                                                        My husband and I visited Florida to decide whether we wanted to become snow birds or find a permanent home to buy. We were very fortunate to find this listing in Eustis. From the time of our arrival to the time of our departure we were made to feel at home. The apartment was very clean and neat and had everything needed to make our stay enjoyable. Beth and Jim treated us like family, making sure all our needs were met while maintaining our privacy. We enjoyed setting on the porch, on rocking chairs drinking our morning coffee while enjoying the peaceful country scenery. We couldn't have been more satisfied with our stay. If we could give more than 5 stars we would. We highly recommend this rental. We did find a home to buy in Eustis.

                                                        AS CLOSE TO HOME AS ONE CAN GET 2BR 1BA SLEEPS 3 EUSTIS

                                                        Doug and Sally r.

                                                        MY wife And I give high marks to the landlords of this rental property. Their concerns went way beyond any business relationship. We left feeling we have met new friends. We highly recommend them. Doug and Sally R.


                                                        Eustis, FL, USA

                                                        10 minutes to either Mount Dora or Eustis, both lakeside communities with restaurants, shopping, lakeside parks and walks Lakeridge Winery in Clermont is only 40 minutes away. They have great tours and other events. Leesberg is a convient 20 minutes away, Tavares, 15 minutes, the Villages is about 45 minutes away. The area is host to several excellent art and craft shows, both spring and fall.. Mt. Dora is the 'antique capital' of the area. Easy .access to beaches (60 min.) Disney & other Orlando attractions (50 min.) Tampa & gulf (2 hours) and our favorite, Cedar Key (two hrs). Several of Lake County's famous natural springs are within 30 to 50 minutes away. You can take your pick of golf courses--Black Bear, Eagle Dunes, Mt. Dora Country Club, Mission Inn, to name a few.


                                                        Additional information about rental rates

                                                        A non-refundable downpayment of $250.00 will hold your reservation. The balance of the first month to be paid one month prior to arrival. Any additional amounts to be paid after arrival.

                                                        15 Reviews
                                                        Exceptional 5/5
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