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Turtle Heaven on the Santa Fe River

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Looking up river toward Poe Springs from the Dock

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Last updated: 12/02/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Sleeps:3
  • Bedrooms:1
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Mobile Home
  • Internet:Yes
  • 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 400 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. 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 at an additional cleaning fee. 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.

Owner

Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 12/02/2016

Property Type

  • Mobile Home
  • 200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    21 years of age...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Turtle Heaven has a full size sofa which could accommodate a child. ...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Queen size bed is available plus a full size living room sofa that may be used for a child. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1

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  • 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. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • 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

Entertainment

  • Television:

    Only a few local channels are provided but there are lots of DVD's ...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Festivals

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Rural:

    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

  • Waterfront:

    On the beautiful spring-fed Santa Fe River - the perfect place to escape, paddle, canoe, cave dive, float or bird watch near Historic High Springs, Fl. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Available in separate trailer as charge of $35/3 day stay. ...moreless

  • Dining Area

General

  • Internet:

    Wi-Fi is only available on the porch of the Main Lodge. Guests are welcome to come and visit and use the Wi-Fi. ...moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    Limited cell phone service is available. Main Lodge has land lines is guests have difficulty with their phone service. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    In separate trailer ...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Coffee, sweetener and creamers are provided ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Coffee cups and glasses are provided. ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    A microwave , small refrigerator and electric kettle provided. Full cooking facilities are available in a different trailer at a flat fee of $35 per 3 days....moreless

  • Microwave:

    Provided in Turtle Heaven ...moreless

  • Oven:

    Available in a separate cooking trailer ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    Small refrigerator available ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Available in a separate cooking trailer at additional cost...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Covered deck with two rocking chairs, picnic table and Weber charcoal grill....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Guests can bring or rent kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near by or request information prior to arrival so that these can be delivered to Turtle Heaven. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lots of oak, cypress, and magnolia trees. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

Reviews

Write a review 4.8
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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$85 $95
Fri, Sat
$510 $2,000

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning Fee $35 + tax
  • Tax Rate 7%

Notes:

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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Last updated: 12/02/2016
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Location

33 Miles
Nearest Airport
Gainesville, Fl.
15 Miles
Nearest Barpub
High Springs, Fl
15 Miles
Nearest Motorway
US 441
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
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.

 

Owner info

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.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 90%
Calendar last updated: 12/02/2016

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Photos

  • Looking up river toward Poe Springs from the Dock

    Looking up river toward Poe Springs from the Dock

  • Kayaking the Santa Fe on a beautiful day

    Kayaking the Santa Fe on a beautiful day

  • Entrance to Turtle Heaven

    Entrance to Turtle Heaven

  • Queen Bed of Turtle Heaven

    Queen Bed of Turtle Heaven

  • Double outside shower especially wonderful on moon lit evenings.

    Double outside shower especially wonderful on moon lit evenings.

  • Double swing chair perfect for sunsets on river's edge

    Double swing chair perfect for sunsets on river's edge

  • Nature at its best - watching the river flow by from a hammock

    Nature at its best - watching the river flow by from a hammock

  • Misty winter morning on the Santa Fe

    Misty winter morning on the Santa Fe

  • Entrance to the Lazy Turtle Lodge estate which house Turtle Heaven

    Entrance to the Lazy Turtle Lodge estate which house Turtle Heaven

  • View of the Main Lodge from the river

    View of the Main Lodge from the river

  • Mr. and Mrs. Eagle - photo taken near Poe Springs

    Mr. and Mrs. Eagle - photo taken near Poe Springs

  • Still beautiful on a grey day

    Still beautiful on a grey day

  • Down River view toward Poe Springs, Ginnie and Blue Springs from the Dock

    Down River view toward Poe Springs, Ginnie and Blue Springs from the Dock

  • Rocking chairs on the front porch of Turtle Heaven

    Rocking chairs on the front porch of Turtle Heaven

  • Living area of Turtle Heaven

    Living area of Turtle Heaven

  • Claw foot soaking tub in Turtle Heaven

    Claw foot soaking tub in Turtle Heaven

  • Beautiful country walk from Turtle Heaven to river's edge 400 feet

    Beautiful country walk from Turtle Heaven to river's edge 400 feet

  • Sitting on the dock of the river - a great happy hour place

    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

    Bonfire pit at river's edge - just go into the woods for kindling

  • Full moon visit to the springs

    Full moon visit to the springs

  • Main Lodge, full time residence for Pam and Lance at river's edge

    Main Lodge, full time residence for Pam and Lance at river's edge

  • Our lazy turtle neighbors

    Our lazy turtle neighbors

  • River Views - peace and tranquility at its best

    River Views - peace and tranquility at its best

  • Hosts, Pam and Lance, on a fun summer float

    Hosts, Pam and Lance, on a fun summer float

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This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

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