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

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,350 sq ft
Property type house

Overview

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. Pets are allowed with a $50 pet fee and modern flea protection.

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Bob & Betsy Fulford
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 23, 2018

Amenities

Lamont House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
  • The full bath has a tub/shower combo.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
Notes:
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.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

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Nature Lover's Paradise - Aucilla River In St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
average rating of 4.5675673 based on 37 reviews
5

Great. Better than I expected.

  • 5 of 5

Very pleased. Owner very willing to be of assistance. Great hiking and sightseeing nearby. A very unique experience.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great weekend getaway!

  • 5 of 5

This place is a perfect getaway from everyday life. My family throughlly enjoyed an entire weekend of the good life. Great place for a couples retreat also . I definitely intend on returning.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

We enjoyed the fishing. Sitting in the large living room watching all the differt animals.

  • 5 of 5

Thus is my 3rd visit to this property and has been just fantastic every time.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We went to Fla. to get away from the northeast winter. This home was perfect. It was quiet and clean . The home is in a great location. We wanted to bike ride and there were 3 Rail Trails nearby. We went to all three and had a great ride. We ate at the local restaurants and enjoyed the fresh seafood. Will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Everything we needed was on the property and ready for us. Location was seclided and quiet.

  • 5 of 5

Very nice and close to hiking horseback riding kayaking but it was also just nice to sit on the lovely deck and read or meditate. Loved it.

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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5

Very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking for a place to get away in the middle of no where that is the quietest place you have ever been to consider this home. We are going back in April!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Map

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

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $100

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 if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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