Turtle Heaven on the Santa Fe River(13 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Mobile Home
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
"Shabby chic" 1 bedroom, 1 bath trailer - 400 ft. from the Santa Fe River
Located a short 500 feet walk (through wooded oaks and cypress) to the edge of the Santa Fe River and to the main Lodge, Turtle Heaven is the perfect place to escape, paddle, canoe, cave dive, float or birdwatch. Near Historic High Springs and 40 min. from Gainesville, Turtle Heaven is a cute, quaint trailer on the beautiful wooded Lazy Turtle Lodge estate (10 acres). Turtle Heaven has a queen bed, mini fridge, living area, microwave and large bathroom with a claw foot soaking tub and hand-held shower. An outdoor shower for two is also available and loved by all our guests especially on moonlit nights. Picnic table and weber charcoal grill are also available but NO kitchen. Turtle Heaven as a unit A/C, overhead fans and two plug in heaters for winter time. There are rocking chairs on the porch looking out over the woods. Cooking facilities, in a separate trailer, can be made available for $10/day plus an additional cleaning fee of $35. Limited local TV channels but there is a DVD player and VHS including DVD's and tapes. There is NO Internet at the unit but Wi-Fi is available on the porch of the Main Lodge at river's edge. Decorated in a "shabby chic" style, Turtle Heaven is a restful and happy place to be. All guests will be asked to sign a General Accident and Release of Liability Form at check in.
Member since: 2015
- Mobile Home
- 200 sq. ft.
- Children Welcome:
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- The property has a boat ramp for small fishing boats. Kayaks, canoes and paddle boats can be rented locally and will be delivered on site. Guests can float from the dock down to Rum Island Park (1 hr.) or from US 27 bridge to the dock (1.5 hrs.) Cave divers come from all over the world to the Santa Fe River which flows under the ground for 3 miles and comes up. Historic High Springs is 15 minutes away for good eating, antiquing and quaint shopping. ...moreless
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
Local Services & Businesses
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Wildlife Viewing
Amidst turtles, oaks and cypress, Turtle Heaven, on the Lazy Turtle Lodge estate, is the perfect place to visit springs, paddle or bird watch near Historic High Springs and 40 min. from Gainesville ...moreless
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Sports & Adventure Activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Water Tubing
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Hair Dryer
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Coffee Maker:
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- Kayak / Canoe:
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning Fee $35 + tax
- Tax Rate 7%
Children under 6 years of age (maximum two children) are free.
Owner's cancellation policy:
50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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The Lazy Turtle Lodge is a 10 acre estate, set in a quiet and beautiful oak, cypress and spanish moss hammock on the Santa Fe River, one of North Florida's most beautiful spring fed rivers. The estate includes two rental units and the Host's residence: Turtle Heaven (the trailer), Turtle Palace (the camper), and the main Lodge. Peace, tranquility, wildlife and beautiful sunsets are the norm. Turtle Heaven is also a 1.5 mile country walk to Rum Island Park and a short drive to Oleno St. Park. It is also across from Lily Springs, downriver from Poe Springs and upriver from Ginnie Springs. Guests can float/paddle directly from the dock at the Lazy Turtle Lodge to Rum Island Park or put in at US 441 or US 27 for a longer river ride to the Lodge. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at Rum 138 on the corner of CR 138 and Rum Island Terrace offers and can be delivered on-site. Whether you want to canoe, kayak, paddle board, float, fish or simple watch the river go by on the dock, Turtle Heaven is the place to completely get away from big city stress.
Year Purchased: 2007
About the owner: Pam is a retired commercial real estate broker and husband, Lance, is a retired Herff Jones executive. Having met at the University of Florida, they always wanted to move back to the Gainesville area. They bought the property from good friends and next door neighbors in 2007 and built the Main Lodge as a full time dream residence in 2011. They have enjoyed entertaining friends and family and decided to open the Lazy Turtle Lodge to guests who appreciate the simplicity and beauty of Mother Nature.
Why the Owner Chose Fort White, FL, USA:
The Lazy Turtle Lodge, appropriately named so because of the many sun loving, lazy turtles that make the Santa Fe River their home, is a 10 acre estate that housesTurtle Heaven - a shabby chic trailer and Turtle Palace, a cozy 28' Cardinal RV and the newly built full time residence of the owners, the Lodge. The beauty of this wooded oak, pine and cypress hammock on the edge of the Santa Fe River, a unique spring fed river captured the owners' heart and everyone that visits agrees that it is a little bit of heaven on earth.
The Unique Benefits at this Mobile Home:
Whether you like to paddle (kayak, canoe, paddleboard), float, fish, swim, cave dive, bird watch, or simply feast your eyes on Mother Nature's art, the Lazy Turtle Lodge is the plac to come. Tranquility, peace, birds, deer, otter, oak hammocks, cypresses, spanish moss, jumping fish and a beautiful flowing river make this a unique and special place to catch one's breath.
Looking up river toward Poe Springs from the Dock
Kayaking the Santa Fe on a beautiful day
Entrance to Turtle Heaven
Queen Bed of Turtle Heaven
Double outside shower especially wonderful on moon lit evenings.
Double swing chair perfect for sunsets on river's edge
Nature at its best - watching the river flow by from a hammock
Misty winter morning on the Santa Fe
Entrance to the Lazy Turtle Lodge estate which house Turtle Heaven
View of the Main Lodge from the river
Mr. and Mrs. Eagle - photo taken near Poe Springs
Hosts, Pam and Lance, on a fun summer float
Down River view toward Poe Springs, Ginnie and Blue Springs from the Dock
Rocking chairs on the front porch of Turtle Heaven
Living area of Turtle Heaven
Claw foot soaking tub in Turtle Heaven
Beautiful country walk from Turtle Heaven to river's edge 400 feet
Sitting on the dock of the river - a great happy hour place
Bonfire pit at river's edge - just go into the woods for kindling
Full moon visit to the springs
Main Lodge, full time residence for Pam and Lance at river's edge
Our lazy turtle neighbors
River Views - peace and tranquility at its best
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Monday, April 24, 2017
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