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Turtle Heaven on the Santa Fe River

Bedrooms 1
Space 200 sq. ft.
Property type mobile home
Minimum Stay 2 nights


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.

Pam Smith
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About Pam Smith

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.

Pam Smith purchased this mobile home in 2007

Why Pam Smith chose Fort White

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.

What makes this mobile home unique

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.


Fort White Mobile Home Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • mobile home
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM / Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Bathroom has a claw foot soaking tub with a spray hose but no stand up shower. Property has two outside showers for guests to use which are especially wonderful on moon lit evenings.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size bed is available plus a full size living room sofa that may be used for a child.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
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.


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Turtle Heaven on the Santa Fe River
average rating of 4.8 based on 15 reviews

Very clean, accomodating, everything you could ask for and then some.

  • 5 of 5

The atmosphere was delightful and we will definitely go back again. The entire river was ours for the day of which we enjoyed hours of kayaking and enjoying nature. We can’t wait to go back again as it is a perfect place for anyone who enjoys a getaway in the woods with access to the beautiful Sante Fe River right there

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Pinehurst, Ga.

Cute cabin with outdoor showers.

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed the stay. Owners were very nice. We love the area around High Springs.

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the RV and our friends stayed in the cottage over New Years. Amazing! The RV was so cozy, we were able to prepare dinner to enjoy on the covered porch, fires every night, and paddling every day. We were able to paddle the Santa Fe in both directions, the water level was fairly low and paddling against the current was no problem, so no need to even leave the property it you have your own canoes or kayaks. We highly recommend Turtle Heaven and plan to return for another stay. Such a wonderful, relaxing, and private experience. Took as many outdoor showers as possible! Do not hesitate to book this place if you are a lover of paddling, nature, and the outdoors. Pam and Lance were lovely hosts as well, very welcoming and accommodating. Five star experience for sure.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Safe Haven!

  • 5 of 5

My husband, daughter, and I had to evacuate Jacksonville during Hurricane Matthew and Pam and Lance were so accommodating! Staying at turtle heaven helped all of us to relax as much as during this unknown outcome of Hurricane Matthew.

We will definitely be back for a relaxing weekend!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My getaway place for quiet and relaxation

  • 5 of 5

This place is so relaxing for me, a quiet setting on the woods and just a short walk to the river. I was close to meet up with other kayakers and then dinner later.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect getaway for nature lovers !!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay with Pam and Lance!! We love the outdoors and This rental gave us the perfect mix of the river and the woods! During the day we kayaked the river, and spent our evenings sitting on our porch or taking a walk on and around the property. We lost count of the deer..Very quiet and peaceful! The outdoor shower is a must !!! We highly recommend Alice's Diner for breakfast and The Great Outdoors for dinner. Have to give a shout out to Doug and Chris at Rum 138. They were extremely accommodating with our kayak rentals. They dropped them off at the house for us, picked us up when we needed a ride, and were very knowledgeable about the river and the surrounding area. We would rate this experience a 10 !!! Can't wait to go back!! Joe and Holly

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
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Nearest Airport
33 Miles
Gainesville, Fl.
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
High Springs, Fl
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
US 441
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
High Springs
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $35 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

Children under 6 years of age (maximum two children) are free.

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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