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Turtle Palace - Santa Fe River

Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type recreational vehicle
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Cozy 28' RV, 500 foot walk from the edge of beautiful spring fed Santa Fe River

Located a short 500 feet walk (through wooded oaks and cypress) to the edge of the Santa Fe, Turtle Palace is a cozy 28' RV trailer nestled amidst oaks and cypress on the beautifully wooded private Lazy Turtle Lodge estate (10 acres) on the banks of the Santa Fe River 15 minutes from Historic High Springs. There is a kitchen with gas stove, toaster oven and microwave. Cute living area with two rocking chairs, pull out sofa and dining table for four and a queen size bed, shower and bath in the sleeping area. The pull out could accommodate a child or two. Additional guests, over two, are $25/person/night. Children under 6 are free (two children max). Turtle Palace has a large covered deck, picnic table, rocking chairs, Weber grill and Enos hammock. There is an outside hot water shower for two that is every guest favorite. A lovely 400 ft walk through the trees takes you to the river's edge and to the main Lodge, where you can float, kayak, paddle, swim, fish or sit on the dock and watch the river flow by. Time is slow and easy. There is NO Internet at the unit only down at the Lodge. All guests will be asked to sign a General Accident and Release of Liability Form at check in.


Owner
Pam Smith
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 27, 2017

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 (Go Gators!), 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 recreational vehicle in 2007

Why Pam Smith chose Florida North Central

Pam and Lance had been coming to the Santa Fe to visit friends, now neighbors, since 1997 and fell in love with the natural beauty and serenity of the area. When the property became available, they decided to make it their future home. The property already had three trailers and an RV (now named Turtle Heaven, Turtle Club, Turtle Nest and Turtle Palace) which Pam and Lance began turning into sleep accommodations for their 6 kids. In 2011 they build the Lodge and moved it full time.

What makes this recreational vehicle unique

The beauty and serenity of the area provide a unique setting for both relaxation and river fun. In all seasons the river flows amidst cypress and oak hammocks and can be enjoyed in so many ways. Whether floating, tubing, kayaking, canoeing, cave diving, paddle boarding, fishing or simply sitting on the dock and watching the is slow and easy at the Lazy Turtle Lodge.

Amenities

Fort White Recreational Vehicle Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • recreational vehicle
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Stand Up Shower, Sink and Toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen Size Bed - Full Closet
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • festivals
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Notes:
This is a place to enjoy nature, tranquility and river activities.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Turtle Palace - Santa Fe River
average rating of 4.964286 based on 28 reviews
5

Do it because you can-

  • 5 of 5

I recently spent 2 nights in the Turtle Palace and it was amazing. Pam and Lance were extremely helpful and accommodating. The Santa Fe River is beautiful and staying on this property is well worth it. Do yourself a favor and hit the water. One of the best kayaking adventures I've had to date. If you're thinking maybe I should rent this... totally do it, treat yourself! I can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so so happy you enjoyed your stay and look forward to hosting you again soon. Thanks for the great note! Pam and Lance
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5

Great experience!!!

  • 5 of 5

What a great experience and we can't wait to return very soon!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: And we look forward to seeing you again soon. Loved seeing you enjoy the river as it should be enjoyed!
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5

Turtle Yay!

  • 5 of 5

Pam & lance are the most welcoming hosts. The property is beautiful, and the camper is clean & oh so comfortable! This is the second time I have stayed with them, and it never disappoints!

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

My friend & I had the best time. The Palace was clean & so comfy! We spent the day on the river & "beach", and the night sitting on the deck listening to the birds & the rain. My husband & I are returning next week, and I expect to make Turtle Palace our "homeaway", each time we visit the area. Thank you Pam & Lance for letting be your guests!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Look forward to seeing you again next week. Thanks for joining Our Santa Fe River!!
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5

Quiet Escape

  • 5 of 5

The Turtle Palace met our expectations for a quiet and relaxed getaway. We were greeted warmly at the Lodge by the owners Pam and Lance. The Palace was well equipped and the bed was very comfortable. Our hosts thought of everything with wraps supplied for the walk to the outside shower and helpful labels placed throughout the camper. We used the Palace as our base camp for 4 days of touring Florida's State Parks and small towns. High Springs is just a few miles away and offered may options for breakfast and dinner. We were greeted each morning by deer along the roadway out. The best place to destress and disconnect for a few days.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property on the Santa Fe River!!

  • 5 of 5

Kayaking (all set up by local shops or bring your own) was awesome as well as free diving/snorkeling in adjoining springs. 72 degree year round water temp !! Sunsets /sunrises on the dock are magnificent!! Pam and Lance are way cool and easy to work with-we will return!! Soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for choosing to spend time with us. We look forward to having you back soon!
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Map

Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Gainesville Regional Airport, Gainesville, Fl.
Nearest Restaurant
7.4 Miles
Great Outdoors
Nearest Beach
98 Miles
Crescent Beach
Car: necessary

Turtle Palace is located 15 minutes from Historic High Springs' antique and craft stores and 40 minutes from the University of Florida in Gainesville on a private 10 acre estate - the Lazy Turtle Lodge. The Lazy Turtle Lodge is directly on the Santa Fe River where guests can float, tube, kayak, canoe, swim, fish, bird watch or watch the river flow by among cypress, oak hammocks and spanish moss. Wildlife includes lots of turtles, birds, otters, deer, and wild turkeys. A stress free beautiful natural setting.

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Rates & Availability

Fort White Recreational Vehicle Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$85
From
$95
Fri,Sat
$510
$1,800
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $35 + Tax
Tax Rate 7.0%

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.
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