2 BR, 1 bath newly renovated cottage in lush old FL setting
About Rachel Thompson
I am a mixed media artist residing in Ormond Beach. I love the beach yet am also fascinated with inland, pristine Florida. I am a member of the Florida Women Artists Association and currently show my work at Arts on Granada in Ormond Beach as well as from my home/studio there. My paintings grace "Grace" as well.
Rachel Thompson purchased this House in 2017
Why Rachel Thompson chose De Leon Springs
"Grace" Cottage took me back to the nostalgia of old Florida. Offering the solace of solitude for the Creative, I knew this retreat setting would feed the souls of her guests. Great Creatives like Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Georgia O'Keefe set themselves apart to be at one with nature. I personally quest to spend time at this charming jewel nestled in De Leon Springs.
What makes this House unique
I love the canopied oaks on the street as well as the plentiful plants and trees on the property. The owner before me was an artist and a nurturer of the land. The home's exterior charm, with old metal roof beckons one to enjoy the sound of the rain from inside. I immediately pictured an easel and a swinging bed on the jalousied front porch and had a sink added. Even though it's a small house it lives big due to the graciously open living/dining & kitchen area. The old hardwood floors have character. There is a woodburning stove in the living room. The bedroom and den with TV are in the back of the house with completely remodeled bath with walk-in shower. There are lovely views of flowers and trees from all of the windows. I added a deck with seating on the front of the house and there is a back deck as well. Because I am a dog lover and traveler I am sensitive to the need for pet friendly accommodations that are enjoyable for the pet owner as well as the pet. The large fenced in back yard makes it easy for guests with pets to relax while knowing that their pets are safe.
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
-residential neighborhood. Lowkey events only!
Well behaved, respectful pets & guests welcome.
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Relaxing and Peaceful
The cottage is cute and comfortable. The area is quiet. There is a large, fenced backyard that was perfect for our dog. Great place to unwind.
Glad you enjoyed the energy at Grace and welcome back anytime. Thank you also for rallying to care for the injured bird that you discovered while there!
Everything was exactly as advertised. It was a peaceful stay
I am always satisfied when people who stay at Grace find respite there, as I do. Welcome back anytime.
Not for us.
Constant traffic traffic noise, dog barking down the street.
Neighbors trading substances in front of house. Ongoing
rumbling trains in back of property every few hours. No
privacy shades in front door windows (able to look through
front door window from street into bedroom). TV placed in back room, hottest place in the house. Poor lighting in backyard limiting
visibility through much tropical foliage,especially when taking your
dog out during dark hours
I regret that this guest had a bad experience and can only request that future guests take the other positive reviews into consideration.. This area has the lowest crime rate in Volusia County. I have never witnessed a "substance deal" but wish this guest had called the police, as I have done in response to this review, which is the first awareness I was offered.. I am reaching out to get more details so that something positive may come out of this. I edited my description to include the train, which most people enjoy. This is not something I hide. An article was written featuring Grace where this was highlighted. As far as dogs barking, there are dogs in the neighborhood and they do bark sometimes. As far as privacy there are shades on most windows except the front door. There are 2 front doors. I will post pics to show that you cannot see the bedroom from the exterior front door. I will add a shade to the interior front door to put this to rest.. There is a flashlight for guests to use at night in the back yard. Yet it is fenced so one can let their pet out without staying with them. As far as air temperature in the house I have covered that in my description. It is a small house w/ many ceiling fans, 2 portable fans and a powerful ac/heat unit. Air flow is good and Grace is generally comfortable.
Relaxing and Peaceful
The cottage is very clean and cute. The large, fenced backyard was perfect for our dog. It is a perfect place to get away and unwind.
Perfect getaway with vintage Florida vibe
Great reprieve from life's complexity. Walked to the springs and pancake restaurant. Enjoyed relaxing at the cottage and visiting Deland and Cassadaga
We were visiting for the annual truck meet in Daytona & we aren’t the party people. We wanted peace & quiet and that’s what we got!
De Leon Springs is fairly rural but does have a few restaurants, a grocery store & hardware store. Nearby Deland is 7 miles away and offers everything; more restaurants, banks, medical services, grocery stores, museums, bars, shopping and a YMCA.