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Ada's Wabi Sabi Cottage - Circa 1919 Authentic Cracker Cottage - Pet Friendly!

Bedrooms 1
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

This Classic Cracker house - Wabi Sabi Cottage - was built in 1919 and completely and lovingly restored in 2004. I changed the exterior as little as possible but once you step inside no detail has been overlooked. I added central air conditioning, vintage reproduction lighting, outfitted the kitchen and bath with modern conveniences - all while keeping the cottage charm.

It is so special that Budget Travel magazine featured Wabi Sabi Cottage in their September 2011 issue of Top 10 Coolest towns in America and Cedar Key was number 8.

Vintage photos and a mix of antiques with new furnishings and some modern art complete the décor. There is off-street parking with room for a boat trailer and a fenced yard for your pooch to run around. It is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway or maybe just a solo hideaway? Oh heck, you can bring the kids, too. If you need to work, there is a desk area and Wi-Fi Internet service. I hope you will love the quiet, privacy, and charm as much as I, my friends and family do.

Historic Cedar Key is a nature lover's and artist's dream. It is one of the few remaining fishing villages (think mullet, redfish, grouper and trout) left in Florida. Oysters, crabs, stone crabs and farm-raised clams still being harvested the old-fashioned way - by hand.

We have several wonderful restaurants, fun shops, art galleries, (some) night life, two museums, a fishing pier, city park with swim beach and a library plus more.

Nearby are outer islands with historic ruins to explore, as well as Manatee Springs and the Lower Suwanee Wildlife Refuge. Within an hour's drive you can go to Gainesville, Micanopy and more.

We have two festivals a year - the Art's Festival in the Spring and the Seafood Festival in the Fall. You can also rent kayaks, paddle boards, canoes, boats, fishing guides, bikes or golf carts to get around but do not forget to bring a camera, that book you have been meaning to read and your fishing pole. You are in for a wonderful and relaxing time.

Only one hour from Gainesville, two hours from Tampa, and three from Orlando, Jacksonville, or Tallahassee airports.

Keywords: Cottage, Historic, Restored, romantic, private, nature, photography, art

More Details

Ada L.
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

About Ada L.

My background is in design and I love the historic and natural beauty of Cedar Key and really appreciate the visitors who feel the same way. Yep, that's me in the photo plus Frenchie, the Wonder Dog.

Ada L. purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Ada L. chose Cedar Key

Wabi Sabi because it was on 2 lots and there were people who wanted to buy it, tear it down and build a couple stilt houses. The decision to purchase was easy, as well as to restore and share it with guests who come to Cedar Key and want to stay in a one-of-a-kind historic property. The cottage was one of several that were built for the fiber factory workers and there is still a remnant of another building's foundation out in the yard.

What makes this cottage unique

When I travel, I prefer to stay in historic or funky and unique homes. When I out-fitted Wabi Sabi, I decided that if it was something I would want or need on vacation, it was going in. I think that my guests appreciate the attention to detail and extra amenities. Really, just about all you need to bring is your clothes and toiletry bag!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Ada - We will return! This cottage is so cute. Love all the lttle touches you have attention to detail was overlooked. Thank you!
Aug 2005
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Cedar Key Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom on first floor with walk in shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size bed in sleeping loft - accessed by circular stair and Sleeper Sofa (double) downstairs. Bathroom on first floor.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Answering Machine, Beach Towels, Queen bed in sleeping loft accessed by circular stair and pull out sofa in living area.


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Ada's Wabi Sabi Cottage - Circa 1919 Authentic Cracker Cottage - Pet Friendly!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 35 reviews

So in love with the cottage. It's comfortable, clean & unique !

  • 5 of 5

The "Wabi Sabi Cottage visit" was a great experience. The porch was so inviting. Swinging on the porch swing, laughing, and cutting up with family was wonderful.

The bed upstairs is Sooo comfortable and cozy. The cottage is a great place to escape your everyday issues and just relax.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Balm, Fla.

Warm & Inviting

  • 5 of 5

Very charming place, well maintained. Could use a more comfortable couch but everything else was perfect.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 star for me, no doubt about it.

  • 5 of 5

Rustic on the outside with a warming comfort when the door opened. All the modern conveniences, relaxing both inside and out

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palm city, florida

Rustic charm meets modern comfort and convenience

  • 5 of 5

I always get nervous when booking places online...that they won't be as good as the website shows. Well, Wabi Sabi is BETTER than it shows online. The pictures don't do it justice. It is so charming and rustic, yet comfortable and clean. It is perfect for a romantic getaway. Ada pays so much attention to detail, and the historical decor is such a cool touch. It is centrally located and a nice easy walk to the shops and restaurants. We rented a golf cart and highly recommend doing that as well. The only thing I'd change about it, is the length of our stay! Wish we could have stayed a few more days...but reality calls! This was truly the perfect little escape. Will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clearwater fl

So Relaxing.......

  • 5 of 5

What a delicious surprise. Its a hidden gem right in the middle of town. We passed by it twice before we found it. The foliage and the natural yard and the huge tree (adorned with fairy lights) are awesome. Little turtles often came to visit. The fenced in yard is great for it appears that it also keep the many local feral cats out!!!Privacy abounds,yet we loved being able to walk a few blocks to eat and have a brew or 2!! The dogs loved walking along the water ways....and through the enchanting neighborhoods. The inside of the cottage is rustic with updated amenities and many delightful touches. ( Loved the hanging shutter divider in the family room.)The cottage reminded me of my aunts much loved cottage on the river up North. The porch swing is perfect for reading a book and sipping a G+T. We plan to return when the weather turns cooler in the was in the high nineties while we were there, but that was the temp at home as well. Thoroughly loved our vacation!!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful cottage.

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect old Florida retreat!!

  • 5 of 5

We're old house, old Florida lovers and Wabi Sabi cottage was exactly what we expected!! Cedar Key is peaceful and relaxing in May and the weather was perfect. The cottage has everything we needed and was a quick walk to downtown and the waterfront. Lovely cottage!!!!!

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
63 Miles
Cedar Key Airport or Gainesville
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Island Hotel Bar & Restaurant
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Island Hotel Bar & Restaurant
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Cedar Key City Park or G Street
Car: recommended

Clam Farming Operations tour at Southern Cross & Marine Lab.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $15

No Cleaning Fee!
Pet Fee $15/nt.
January 1 - April 30: 1 week (7 nights) minimum stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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