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Relax on a Beautiful River in a Natural Florida Setting

Crawfordville, FL, USA
  • Cabin800 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Cabin, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Would you like to visit a place where you have the chance to observe otters, squirrels, alligators, deer, raccoons, woodpeckers, blue herons, hummingbirds, cormorants, fish, and many other species of Florida wildlife in their natural habitats? And, you can do this from the comfort and safety of an observation deck or dock over the river.

If you prefer, you can just sit on the screened porch overlooking the beautiful St. Marks River and soak up the peaceful solitude of a completely unspoiled environment. As the sun goes down, you will be captivated by the rhythmic melodies of the frogs and crickets, guaranteed to soothe your soul.

To find out how our guests who have been on the tours enjoyed their trip, please read about them in our guest comments. Hope you will give them a call and take advantage of this special opportunity while staying at the Retreat. Happy paddling!!

Guest Comments

This is our second stay here and we know we will be back again. We so appreciate the beauty and natural setting of this place. In our two visits here, we have enjoyed seeing deer, owls (right outside our windows) and numerous Florida birds hanging out on the river.

Our hosts Floyd and Carolyn were attentive and available to our needs. The Seinyard restaurant has definitely become one of our favorite places to eat (awesome food) and we make sure we visit it every time we are blessed enough to come back to visit.

Thank you Floyd and Carolyn for sharing your Retreat

Joe and Debra

Lutz, Florida

This place is amazing! We have fallen in love with the breathtaking and extremely relaxing environment.

The jumping fish were hysterical! However, the cows walking in the river topped the fish. The house was perfect and had every thing we needed.

Thank you so much for an amazing weekend. We will be back!

Cory & Amber

Well, what can we say except the location was superb. The interior design is a testament to all your hard work and imagination. Spotlessly clean. So tranquil and relaxing sitting on the dock in the morning.

The beds are some of the most comfortable we have had the pleasure to sleep in. The nighttime chorus (of the crickets and frogs) is something we will always remember. Great fun trying to catch the uncooperative mullet in the river, but we did catch one at the Seinyard restaurant and it was mind blowing.

So, Floyd and Carolyn, thank you very much for a wonderful Retreat.

“Haste ye back”

Martin & Julia

Edinburg, Scotland

What an awesome experience! Our accommodations were unsurpassable, and, to say the least, our trip was a success.

Now that we found you it goes without saying you’ll be stuck with us and our soon-to-be FSU student. We’ll be seeing you again.

Elise & Larry

Coral Springs, Florida

We really enjoyed our stay at the St. Marks Retreat. We paddled our canoes on the St. Marks, Sopchoppy, Wacissa and Aucilla rivers. All lovely. Tons of birds, otters, alligators and turtles. We also went hiking at Leon Sinks and biking on the St. Marks Trail.

This cabin is delightful- quiet, peaceful and very clean. There are more rivers and trails to enjoy, so we will be back.

Lois, John & Jocelyn

Traverse City, Michigan

Floyd, it has been a pleasure meeting you and staying at the St. Marks Retreat. After working 11 years in the hotel industry, I have to say this is the cleanest and one of the best decorated properties I have ever seen. The nature and river next to the Retreat is good for mind, soul and body.

The St. Marks Retreat is the Best!

Robert and Family

Jacksonville, Florida

This was our first sort of wilderness vacation, and the Retreat didn’t let us down. Very serene and relaxing. Spotted a very large owl outside the cabin (approximately 2 ½ feet tall)- very wild and scruffy looking. We saw many deer on the road coming in and more up close in the wildlife refuge. We also spotted a black bear in the Apalachicola National Forest.

We enjoyed the good fresh seafood at the Seinyard Restaurant. The cabin was indeed clean, quaint and comfortable. The location and atmosphere proved to be the natural and relaxing stetting we desired.

Ted & Cindy

Cape Coral, Florida

What a wonderful vacation! This cabin is so cozy. Everything was clean and comfortable. We had a great honeymoon here.

Thank you for the fruit, snacks, coffee and hot chocolate. That was a nice treat. We will be back.

Take care and God bless you both.

Dustin & Naomi

What a lovely place. Everything was very nice. You’ve taken the time to make this a truly neat visit. Our children enjoyed netting the fish and playing in the water. Saw lots of birds, spiders, fish, deer. I even got up extra early just to enjoy the peaceful setting.

Enjoyed the surrounding area, Wakulla Springs (saw a manatee), the lighthouse, the town of St. Marks.

Thanks again. We will recommend this place, and we will be back. Our son says this is our new Florida home.

Al, Marcy, Ally & Natalie

Harrison, MI

Thank you so much for this amazing experience. This was the best anniversary we have ever had. We saw all sorts of wildlife and relaxed more than we’ve been able to in a long time. We really look forward to coming back. We can’t thank you enough for everything.

Jessica & Terry

Thanks for letting us stay here for our 25th anniversary. The house is just the right size for us, and the surroundings are fabulous. We love this area. We even caught and ate scallops. We saw an abundance of wildlife.


Liz, Mike & Jessica

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Calendar last updated:
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    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • Queen (1), Twin or Single Beds (2),


        • 1 Bathroom

            Location Type

              • Waterfront
                On the bank of the beautiful St. Marks River


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Family
                  • Historic
                  • Romantic
                  • Sports & Activities
                  • Tourist Attractions


                      • Guests provide their own meals


                          • Linens Provided
                          • Air Conditioning
                          • Hair Dryer
                          • Heating
                          • Internet
                            DSL with wifi
                          • Iron & Board
                          • Covered Parking
                          • Living Room
                          • Parking
                            Parking under the house
                          • Parking Off Street
                          • Telephone
                            Local calls only
                          • Towels Provided


                              • Coffee Maker
                              • Cooking Utensils
                              • Dishes & Utensils
                              • Kitchen
                              • Microwave
                              • Oven
                              • Pantry Items
                              • Refrigerator
                              • Stove
                              • Toaster


                                  • Dining
                                    Large table on screened porch facing the river seats 6
                                  • Dining Area
                                  • comfy seating for 3 people


                                      • Books
                                      • DVD Player
                                      • Satellite / Cable
                                      • Television
                                        flat screen 22 inches


                                          • Balcony
                                          • Deck / Patio
                                          • Outdoor Grill


                                              • botanical garden
                                              • churches
                                              • library
                                              • museums
                                              • playground
                                              • restaurants

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • boating
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • groceries

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • hunting
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • rafting
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • swimming


                                                              • Tallahassee to St. Marks Bike trail- A 15 mile long paved bike trail located within 10 minutes of the Retreat. Super playground on the bike trail.

                                                                32 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                A sweet riverside retreat

                                                                Rae K.

                                                                If you're looking for a place where you can totally relax and just watch whatever nature sends (swims, floats, or flies) down a beautiful river, without having to drive anywhere, then you needn't look any farther. Of course, if you want to see more, some of the best regional attractions are only a stone's throw away.

                                                                There are some good eateries close by as well. If you want to dine in, the kitchen is well appointed and can handle whatever you bring in from one of the nearby markets, or leftovers from last night's restaurant meal.

                                                                If you're not getting my drift, let me just say that we (a party of two couples) had a great time at this place.

                                                                Owner's Response:

                                                                What a pleasure it was for us to have you visit with us at the Retreat. The area as you said is perfect for relaxing in a natural setting. Hope, you will be able to return for another stay.

                                                                Up the Lazy River

                                                                ron m.

                                                                Hard to add to all the other reviews of this beautiful place. If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful setting with birds flying and mullet jumping as you gaze on the river from the screen porch, this is it. Don't forget to bring your kayak for river exploring.

                                                                Perfectly peaceful

                                                                Catherine S.Georgia

                                                                Arriving at St Marks Retreat was like arriving at the family cabin. So cute and homey and well kept. Has every thing you need including very comfortable beds. Never turned on the tv. The frogs chatter and watching jumping fish from the dock was plenty of evening entertainment. Location is convienient to many kayaking opportunities including the gulf. Highly recommend as the perfect place to unwind.

                                                                Perfect Escape

                                                                River Hideaway - Magic Mist Steampunk Cabin

                                                                My husband and I lead very busy lives and our weekend in this retreat was absolutely what we needed! The seclusion of being surrounded by the lush landscape of trees and vines , just steps from the water was nothing short of magical. The sounds of the river as we sat drinking coffee at sunrise was magnificent and mesmerizing watching the river flow by as fish jump.. We have traveled many places, but this was a unique a wonderful experience that we will most certainly revisit!

                                                                Floyd and Carol are very kind and we enjoyed speaking with Floyd when we arrived. What charming and l people.Thank you for sharing this jewel of a place with us! cant wait to return.

                                                                Beautiful Slice of the real Florida

                                                                Donna H.Orlando, Florida

                                                                What a beautiful retreat! A perfect beginning of the day to have your coffee on the river watching deer, woodpeckers, otters and the beautiful trees. Very comfortable and everything you need for a wonderful stay! Best of both worlds, the beauty and serenity and the modern convenience of wifi and direc t.v. for catching the football games. Carolyn and Floyd are just the best, and enjoyed our chats with Floyd!

                                                                Weekend getaway

                                                                Sue L.St. PEtersburg, FL

                                                                Idyllic weekend. The cabin is cozy, feels like you have left the 21st century behind (but not amenities like wifi, gas grill, or modern kitchen). We explored the Gulf coast and then returned to grill steaks and hang out on the porch. The flowing St. Mark's river, surrounding trees and wildlife were magical. Thank you for sharing,


                                                                Crawfordville, FL, USA

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                                                                32 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.9/5
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