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Nature Lover's Paradise - Aucilla River in St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge

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Last updated: 01/16/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

The Moorings at Mandalay, Aucilla River Florida is ultimate and unique eco-tourist destination – a true nature lover’s paradise inside the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge -- birding, boating, sailing, canoeing, hiking, hunting, scalloping, fishing, artifact hunting, wildflower collecting, wildlife observation, nature photography, and painting. You can enjoy the pristine beauty of the Aucilla River. You’ll love the panoramic view of the refuge across the river through the 40 feet of sliding glass doors or from the dock.

This retreat is beautifully furnished with objects collected from around the world. The 2-bedroom, 1 ½ bath home has a queen-size bed, a comfortable double size futon, and a double Tempur-Pedic bed and plenty of floor space for inflatable mattresses. The home is fully furnished including linens, dishes, a dishwasher, a microwave, a washer, a dryer, a flat-screen TV, a VCR/DVD player, CD's, DVDs, games, books and more.

The rambling yard that has 160 front feet right along the riverbank. From the dock, you are just upstream about 10 minutes from the Gulf of Mexico with a public boat ramp nearby. The area has abundant wildlife. Seasonal sightings include ruby-throated hummingbirds, ospreys, bald eagles, pleated woodpeckers, swallow-tailed kites, great blue herons, white pelicans, turkeys, and flocks of iron head storks. In the river, teeming with fish, we've also seen manatees, otters, and porpoises. All around in the forest raccoon, deer, fox, coyotes, bobcats, and wild boar abound.

It’s a short hop up to Tallahassee, just 45 minutes; to Perry it’s 20 minutes. About 30 minutes away is the village of St. Marks, on the St. Marks River where it converges with the crystal clear Wakulla River. At the headwaters of the Wakulla River, twenty minutes away, is the Wakulla Springs Lodge State Park, a “river boat adventure” tour, swimming, dining, and lodging. For your convenience, JR’s Aucilla River Store is within 5 miles at the US 98 bridge. A guide service is available that provides licensed charter captains intimately familiar with the Big Bend waters.

This area has a rich archaeological history. You will walk the same trails of our ancestors from the Pleistocene era. For hiking, about three miles from the house, a segment of the Florida Trail runs east and west through the forest of the National Wildlife Refuge. It parallels US 98, then turns north up the Aucilla River basin through the many sinkholes to the upper run. That segment has white water rapid canoeing.

You can enjoy a half-day pristine canoe or fishing trip from the headwaters of the Wacissa River merging with the Aucilla River’s lower run ending at the house. Nearby recreational areas include Hickory Mound Impoundment, especially good for birding, Goose Pasture Recreational Area for canoeing and picnicking, and the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge for scenic beauty and abundant wildlife.

Like us on Facebook, The Moorings at Mandalay, for additional pictures and Map of Aucilla River channel, overlaid on a satellite photo.

Manager

Member since: 2015

Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/16/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 1350 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age for renters is 21....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    You are responsible for your childrens' safety and behavior. There is always risk involved near water. Please take every precaution - especially with toddlers!...moreless

  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only:

    DO NOT Smoke in the house - please go out on the deck. Others are allergic and you will be responsible for excess cleaning fees....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Pet fee is $50. You may bring dogs only if you use a modern flea treatment. Unfortunately too many people are allergic to cats. If you have other pets, please contact us....moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon

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  • Bedroom 2: 1 double

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  • The Master Bedroom is a very large open space with a sitting room that has a futon sofa/bed. There are screens that can be used to block off the spaces for privacy. The second bedroom has a TempurPedic mattress....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • NO CANDLES and NO OPEN FLAMES in the house! Please ensure that our home is safe from fire! Nearest fire department is 25 miles away. There are 3 fire extinguishers - on under the sink, and 2 in the pantry next to the kitchen trashcan....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Lots of books and magazines, especially on wildlife....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Piano with small instruments and music in the bench, 4 Decks of Cards, Trivial Pursuit, etc....moreless

  • Music Library:

    A variety of CDs....moreless

  • Stereo:

    A small boom box with CD player and radio....moreless

  • Television:

    Sony Flat Screen...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Lots of DVDs & VHS tapes for adults and children....moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic

Local Services & Businesses

  • Groceries

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    This is an idyllic spot for those who love nature! It is restful and relaxing, and very hard to leave once you are there!...moreless

  • Water View:

    There is 40 feet of glass on the river side of the house, so almost every where you are there is a stunning view of the river....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    Our home is right on the edge of the river....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Central Air Conditioning...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Sorry, NO fire please!...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    Local calls, no long distance except with calling card....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    Out on the deck. Must be monitored at all times....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Can use ground or beans. Uses filters....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Service for 12+....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen is fully equipped....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Starter amounts of paper goods, water, spices, shampoo and soap are supplied. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    There is an ice-maker using filtered water. To keep the pressure up so that the ice will continue to make, DO NOT use the filtered water on the refrigerator. Rather, use the dispenser at the sink....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Small toaster oven....moreless

Outside

  • Boat:

    If you want to arrange a sailing trip, we will see if we can find a captain for you....moreless

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden:

    A very large yard with flowers to attach hummingbirds and butterflies....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Must be monitored at all times....moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
1 night min stay
$135 $145
Fri, Sat, Sun
$945 $3,645
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Pet Fee $50 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $100
  • Cleaning Fee $75 + tax
  • Tax Rate 10%

Notes:

Any excess cleaning required or damage will be taken out of the deposit. This includes large quantities of dirty dishes and/or laundry, stains on the carpet, and damaged, broken or missing items etc. For a negotiated price, the sailboat with a captain can be hired. The house is only somewhat accessible to wheelchairs. There is no ramp, nor accessible shower/tub.


Manager's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Last updated: 01/16/2017
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Location

37 Miles
Nearest Airport
Tallahassee International Airport
18 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Ouzts Too Oyster Bar & Grill
27 Miles
Nearest Golf
Perry Golf & Country Club
51 Miles
Nearest Train
Tallahassee Amtrak Train Station
34 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Interstate 10
24 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Deals Famous Oyster House, Perry
33.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
Shell Point Beach, Crawfordville

Car: Necessary

We are located in the St. Mark’s Wildlife Refuge. The entry to the park itself is 21 miles away. For your convenience, JR’s Aucilla River Store is within 5 miles at the US 98 bridge. A guide service is available that provides licensed charter captains intimately familiar with the Big Bend waters.

About 30 minutes away is the village of St. Marks, on the St. Marks River where it converges with the crystal clear Wakulla River. At the headwaters of the Wakulla River, twenty minutes away, is the Wakulla Springs Lodge State Park, a “river boat adventure” tour, swimming, dining, and lodging.

For hiking, about three miles from the house, a segment of the Florida Trail runs east and west through the forest of the National Wildlife Refuge. It parallels US 98, then turns north up the Aucilla River basin through the many sinkholes to the upper run. That segment has white water rapid canoeing. You can enjoy a half-day pristine canoe or fishing trip from the headwaters of the Wacissa River merging with the Aucilla River’s lower run ending at the house.

Rent equipment from Wacissa River Canoe and Kayak Rentals take a trip through the historic "slave canal" to the Aucilla River, then wind up at our door!

Nearby recreational areas include Hickory Mound Impoundment, especially good for birding, Goose Pasture Recreational Area for canoeing and picnicking, and the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge for scenic beauty and abundant wildlife.

For shopping, golf, museums, and other attractions, It’s a short hop up to Tallahassee, just 37 miles; to Perry it’s 22 miles.

 

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 01/16/2017

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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