Private lake, pets OK, fenced yard, Wi Fi, 2 HD TV

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My place located far leftPaddle boat race anyone?The water is so clear you can go snorkelingMy pet fish that swim around the dock.  Bass are frequently seen with breamBack yard view of lake.Fire pit. Wood for burning offered upon request.Game roomComputer with fast internet service and Wi FiMaster bedroomOne of the three bedroomsThere are miles of scenic places to go bike ridingMaster bath with huge garden tub. Shower not shown
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From $55 / night

Private lake, pets OK, fenced yard, Wi Fi, 2 HD TV
3 bedrooms
6 guests
2 night min

Overview Description


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Sleeps: 6
Type: Home
Per night: $125
Per week: $600 - $650
Pets allowed: Yes
Internet: Yes
Description of the Gainesville vacation home rental
Get away from it all and enjoy the crystal clear blue waters of this spring fed lake nestled among pine trees on a 1.5-acre lot. This is a very quiet and secluded place.

Enjoy swimming, fishing, and riding the paddle boats on this peaceful and pristine body of water. This is a nature lover's paradise! There is a variety of wild life to observe such as birds of prey, otter, deer, turtles and fish that swim around the dock.

Relax and float on a raft, or partake in games such as badminton, volleyball, or ping-pong.
Roast marshmallows over a camp fire and star gaze upon the night sky. Camp outside, or sleep inside this 1680 sq. ft. home, with living room, kitchen, dining room,den, three bedrooms, and 2.5 bathrooms. Enjoy relaxing in front of an Amish electric fireplace all year round. Watch many high definition television stations or surf the internet. Water purification system provides excellent drinking water.

Cathy R.

Area Information
Bring your own boat and take advantage of a huge private lake in the neighborhood that has a picnic area and motor boat ramp. This is a golf cart community and there are many miles of great scenic bike riding opportunities.This home is a 35 minute drive to the University of Florida campus. Go Gators! 10 minutes from the nearby town of Hawthorne, which has a grocery store, CVS, Subway, Family Dollar, live bait store, Diane's BBQ, public library , post office, churches and thrift stores. There is a state managed bike trail head in Hawthorne. It is a beautiful and scenic paved trail (a converted rail road track) that leads to Gainesville. 45 minute drive to the Millhopper sink hole with breathtaking views of miniature water falls from the sides of the sink and magnificent flora. 30 minute drive to the La Chua trail which leads into Paynes Prairie. You can walk the trail and see wild bison and horses. There is a wide creek filled with many species of water birds and alligators to view in the distance.

Nearby Attractions

40 minute drive to Silver Springs and Wild Waters in Ocala
2 hour drive to Disney World in Orlando
40 minute drive to the St. John's River Front Park & Ravine Gardens in Palatka
1.5 minute hour drive to St. Augustine
1 hour drive to Crescent Beach
45 minute drive to Gainesville Raceway, home of the Gatornationals
45 minute drive to the University of Florida home of the fighting Gators!
1.75 hour drive to Daytona Beach
2 hour drive to Jacksonville Zoo and more beaches
2.30 hour drive to Tampa / St. Pete (Busch Gardens)

About the owner

Owner Profile

Cathy R.

Cathy R.

Cathy R.



Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Feb 26 2015 Feb 25 2017 - - $650 $1,850 2 Nights
May 23 2017 Jan 01 2018 $125 $125 $600 $1,650 2 Nights
Check In: 11 a.m. Check Out: 12 p.m.
Lodging tax: 11%
Deposits: $100 deposit on a credit card to reserve desired dates which will be credited to the final total amount, due upon arrival.
Payment Options: American Express, Cashier's Check, Discover, Mastercard, Money Order, Personal Check, Visa
Other Fees: Below rates do not include taxes (11% owed to county and state) $125.00 per night $600.00 per week $1650.00 per month Plus 11% lodging tax One time cleaning fee $50.00

Reviews (1)

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Gainesville, Florida

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1 review
Jane Vereen


Jane Vereen

Jupiter, Florida


July 11, 2013

In between activities of paddle boating, walking the dog, and fishing...the conversation that we had went something like this: "this is absolutely the exact getaway we were looking for" no noise (we went after July 4th)...not a hotel, not a continental breakfast...just a simple, laid back setting where we didn't worry about a thing. We had cocktails on the dock, in the screen porch...we looked at the STARS we couldn't see from our home...our dog swam in the lake and zipped around the front yard wanting us to chase him more often than was wonderful. It's also "All we need" Cathy has taken loving care with this older manufactured exhibits an era is truly ALL we NEED. See you soon Lake Escape!!!

Owner Supplied Testimonials

Setting is priceless!

Guest D & T
Date of stay 04/26/14 Review Submitted 05/01/14

We planned some day-trips, but couldn't bring ourselves to leave the property. I didn't think it was possible to find such a beautiful, peaceful, quiet place in Florida. Felt safe and comfortable. Loved the fenced yard and the spacious interior of the house. Spent every evening on the porch watching fireflies and listening to the woods! Manage your expectations and you will not be disappointed! The house is nothing fancy, and everything is as described. Cathy was fantastic to work with and spent a generous amount of time making us feel welcome! The whole place really grows on you! Can't wait to find time to return!

Great place, We loved it!

Guest RedHeadTigress
Date of stay 04/18/14 Review Submitted 05/01/14

We had a wonderful time and would definitely stay again. Nice size house and great price, especially if you decide to stay a week. Plenty of rooms, lots of amenities, there are other houses nearby but definitely enough privacy (hidden drive way, good distance between homes, fence, and trees in-between). We personal could of stay at the lake house the whole time and enjoyed our vacation but there are plenty of places to visit just 30 to 60 minutes away. (dudly farms state park, SF teaching Zoo,Micanopy Museum, Payne state park,Florida Museum of Natural History,Butterfly Rainforest @ natural history museum, majorie kinnan rawlings park, longleaf flatwoods preserve) and that's just the places we went. There are plenty of more places nearby and this lake house is the perfect resting spot after a day of activities.

Exactly what we needed to kick back, relax, and escape...

Guest Romeo (Candia, NH (now Englewood,FL))
Date of stay 04/11/14 Review Submitted 04/16/14

My husband and I stayed here with my aging parents, and we all thoroughly enjoyed our time here. This was not a fancy home by any means....but it was clean and well kept, just as described and just as we expected except the view and peace and quiet here could not be captured with a camera or in writing. We ate our meals on the screened in porch, sat outside in lawn chairs and relaxed, and even roasted marshmallows at the fire pit at night. We also brought our small dog who loved the large yard, and the whole yard was fenced in with a gate in the front and the back yard right at the dock. My husband enjoyed playing ping pong. There were paddle boats available, but we did not get a chat to use them. Even though there was a tv and we had internet access, we found more enjoyment simply enjoying the outdoors, the scenery with water view, cooking a meal, relaxing and spending time together. The linens were provided, the kitchen was well equipped, and the owner, Cathy, was just wonderful. We actually forgot our phone charger in the livingroom and she sent it to us and wouldn't even let us pay for the postage.

Great Family Reunion

Guest Bruce (Cape Coral, FL)
Date of stay 08/04/13 Review Submitted 04/02/14

We were looking for a place where our three young adult children, all around the globe within the last five years, could get together and spend a week secluded from noise and enjoy one another. This was a perfect place for that family time. We spent about half of our time in the lake...swimming, paddle-boating, fishing, or a combination of the three. There was plenty of space for the six of us.
Cathy is a gem. She was helpful, clear, kind, considerate, and accommodating.

I would highly recommend this lakeside beauty for a quiet, simple, lakefront getaway.

Great Place!

Guest Bill
Date of stay 03/23/14 Review Submitted 04/02/14

It's a great place to go and relax, very quiet. I took my 2kids and even though we didn't do a whole lot, we really enjoyed being here. It was a wonderful time of year to be here, few bugs during the day and the house has all the comforts of home, maybe more. We actually lucked out with the weather and we did go swimming. Feeding the fish is fun too.

Cathy is just great, very friendly and helpful! I can't say enough about her and how easy it was to deal with her.

Relaxing stay-cation

Guest Stephanie Fraize (Orlando, FL)
Date of stay 10/24/13 Review Submitted 10/29/13

This was the perfect get-away for our group for 3 nights. We wanted something lakefront, kid friendly (we had 4 boys), dog friendly (we had 2 dogs), could sleep 7 of us and was affordable. This had everything on our checklist and it didn't disappoint. The high-lights were catching fish every day, taking out the paddle boats, sitting around the fire pit, playing ping pong and still having the comforts of wi-fi, a computer and satellite TV. We would definitely recommend to anyone and plan on coming back again in the future.

What a Place!
Guest Happy in Hawthorne (Jacksonville, Florida)
Date of stay 08/04/12 Review Submitted 09/18/12

If you're looking for a place to go camping that's very private, spacious, and allows pets, then look no further! My family, and I fell in love with this place from the moment we arrived! This property has it all: private beach, HUGE firepit, very large fully fenced yard, and even a full size ping pong table (which got a lot of use). The mobile home itself is in very nice condition, and includes cable tv, internet service, a large screened porch, and Cathy the owner is wonderful! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, and plan to make yearly visits to this awesome getaway! Come here for a stay, and you won't be disappointed!!!

Great alternative to hotel for UF parents!

Guest GatorMom (Whitefield, NH)
Date of stay 08/16/12 Review Submitted 07/24/12

This property was accurately described and Cathy was pleasant and easy to work with. When she met us at the house, it was like she was an old friend we hadn't seen in a long time. We felt completely comfortable as she showed us around and explained what was available to us. The property is private and there is plenty to do (lake with paddle boat, bicycles, outdoor games, etc...) We really enjoyed playing ping pong, especially on the day that it rained all afternoon. These activities make it a great place for teenagers. The house is also set up with the master bedroom on one end and two bedrooms on the other end, so there is plenty of room to spread out. We rented this house because we were bringing our daughter to UF and were staying to help her set up her apartment. This was the perfect alternative to staying in a hotel in Gainesville (which cost twice as much and didn't have all the amenities). The drive into Gainesville is very easy and takes about 35 minutes (as long as you rely on Cathy's directions and not your GPS). I would definitely recommend this property to other parents of UF students. Go Gators!

What great holiday!!!

Guest Susan (Covington, Va.)
Date of stay 07/16/12 Review Submitted 07/24/12

Kathy greeted us and was warm,cheerful,, answered all questions, showed us how to use everything. The listing was true to all it said and more. The property was beautiful, excellent for family and pet friendly. The property was fenced in so you can watch your children play and dogs not be leashed. Everything was very cleann, she provided allot of nessicties that places do not. We stayed mostly on the property enjoying the peace and quiet the birth of our new grandson. Using the paddle boat and swimming was great. I can not say anything bad about the rental property. It fit our budget, it was all that we wanted and more. In the town there is a playground for children, a very friendly Methodist church that we enjoyed. We shoppd in the nearby town of Gainsville. We plan on making this a family retreat. Activities you do not need to leave the property because there is swimming, fishing, the paddle boat, the children can play at the rivers edge as you enjoy playing beside them. There are bikes on the property if you choose to take a ride , the property as some tubes so you can go tubing in the lake as well. I would recomend it.


Guest: Denny (usa)
Date of Stay: 06/28/10 Review Submitted: 07/01/10

Had a wonderful time. Property exactly as advertised....peaceful, secluded, quiet. Would definitely visit again. Thank you so much, Cathy!

Had a great time =)

Guest: lila (swfl)
Date of Stay: 07/16/10 Review Submitted: 07/19/10

My family spent the weekend there for my husbands birthday weekend. Cathy was there to greet us when we arrived to show us around and make sure we arrived okay. Her place is REALLY private, any directions she gives you FOLLOW THEM lol. Once we got our bearings this place was wonderful, quiet, and refreshing. There is no cable or internet, but she is working on it and it's almost a shame she is doing so. I work from home so I am always "plugged in" it was sooooo nice to get away and not worry about emails, returning phone calls, or my child watching to much television. We filled our time checking out local state spring sites, swimming in the lake, playing ping pong and badminton, grilling, fishing, and enjoy the outdoors. At night we cuddled up as a family to watch a movie. We will definitley be returning and hopefully it'll be a little longer next time. Thank you soooo much Cathy for allowing us into your home

Great Place

Guest: Tina (Jacksonville, Fl)
Date of Stay: 07/30/10 Review Submitted: 08/02/10

We made last minute plans for my birthday, and Cathy was able to help with opening her place up to us last minute. The place is wonderful, private and a great get away from the city life. We did not catch but a few small fish, but it was fun trying. It was nice to have the paddle boat to go out and explore the lake. We will be going back again. Thanks Cathy for all your help...

Perfect Hideaway

Guest: Lori (Tampa)
Date of Stay: 08/28/10 Review Submitted: 08/31/10

This property was more than expected even after reading the reviews. It's everything and more than advertised and a perfect family getaway. The kids explored, swam, played volleyball, and painted while watching the sunset. AWESOME for everyone to enjoy!

4.5 Stars of Peace and Wildlife!

Guest: Mark (California)
Date of Stay: 10/03/10 Review Submitted: 10/18/10

In town for a week, this is a great alternative to typical hotel living. Lots of room, fully appointed house with entertainment included. I spent peaceful mornings listening to early bird calls, saw deer and even a black bear during my stay! Convenient to Gainesville and Payne's Prairie. I would certainly recommend it to co-workers looking for an alternative to the Archer Road hotel strip, and the drive into town is not bad at all. Dinner at the Blue Water Cafe in nearby Melrose was a treat. All in all an excellent time, thank you Cathy for sharing your place and your hospitality!

"Camp Hawthorne"...a restful retreat!

Guest: PandB (Cornish NH/Palmetto FL)
Date of Stay: 03/01/11 Review Submitted: 03/25/11

We are reaching the end of our stay on Blue Lake. It has been a relaxing and restful retreat from winter, and we especially enjoyed seeing a variety of birds - Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites, a Bald Eagle, Hummingbirds, Cardnials & Herons. We have been lulled to sleep by the sounds of the distant train and greeted in the a.m. with a rooster call. It is just 2 of us, so we had more space than we needed, but it was nice to be able to "spread out". Dish TV, Hughes Net for internet and Cell coverage... all fine. We have enjoyed the screen deck facing Blue Lake, and most of our evening meals have been enjoyed there. Charcoal grill available as is a fire pit. Cathy has been very attentive, was easy to work with to arrange this stay, and quick to respond. Easy access to Gainesville, Ocala, Jacksonville...etc. Would make a great place for University student parents to stay to visit their student children and take them away from campus too!

Perfect Place AND Our Pet's Were Welcome!

Guest: Perksclan (Largo, FL )
Date of Stay: 04/01/11 Review Submitted: 04/04/11

Just a quick 8 miles off 301 and you are in HEAVEN! Was greeted by Cathy, one of the nicest people on Earth. She just made you feel instantly welcome. She showed me how to work everything and told us to call if we needed anything. I could tell she would really take care of anything we needed right away. The peacefulness is just beyond words. There is a house on either side but you can't really see them and the neighbors were not noisy at all. You didn't even know they were there. We slept so well we even decided to sleep in till 10:30am instead of heading out early to hike in nearby Devil's Millhopper. It was so neat to hear the distant rooster call (but don't worry the rooster seems to be a late sleeper too as it was not at the crack of dawn and unless you were outside or the windows open you might have missed it). The house is very roomy and I love that it is a split plan so if you have kids you can put them on the other side of the house and have some peace of your own LOL. The Dish TV, Internet and cell coverage... all worked great but we spent most of our time on the porch enjoying the outside and tried to stay away from technology for a change as much as we could. We brought our 3 dogs and they couldn't have been happier. LOTS of room to run in the FULLY FENCED IN YARD! Even across the back by the lake it is fenced in so no worries of the pets or little kids getting into the lake by accident. Went out on the paddle boat Cathy has there for use and that was so fun (and a good little workout). Fed the tons of Blue Gill fish that swim below the dock. Part of the drive back to house is on paved road and part on good hard dirt road so no worries that a car can't get back there. My car did just great. No 4x4 needed. Dirt is as solid as a paved road. I can't stop telling my family and friends how wonderful this place is and at what a great price. Don't let distance to any places around Gainesville and Ocala make you feel like it is too far from this house as with hardly any street lights you get EVERYWHERE FAST! We are definitely going to return over and over and plan to bring our mother, siblings and nephews out on a visit or two as we know they would love it. It is a great place for family time and plenty of room for all or a great place to "get away from it all" for an escape for 2. There are about 4 steps to get in the home and a large step down to the patio if problems walking. Thank you Cathy for such a wonderful place for people to stay.

Extremely Wonderful

Guest: Dana (Obion, Tennessee)
Date of Stay: 05/28/11 Review Submitted: 06/22/11

My family and I were so pleased to have found this place on short notice. The property was as described, clean, and well maintained. And Cathy is one of the best hostesses you could ever hope to have and so easy to work with. She went above and beyond when I had to be hospitalized during our stay. She spent time looking for and finding a babysitter for our 4 year old. That meant so much to us. We had an overall wonderful stay. We had plenty of room for our family of 4. Enjoyed being able to cook full meals instead of having to eat out daily. Its a very relaxing and serene place to stay. Loved sitting on the screened in back porch and having coffee in the mornings while listening to the birds and stuff come to life. If your looking for a private country setting thats close to several sightseeing places such as Gainesville, St. Augustine, etc then this is definately a place you want to check in too.

last min getaway

Guest: lcribbs (edinburgh, United Kingdom)
Date of Stay: 05/21/11 Review Submitted: 09/13/11

Booked this home as a spur of the moment visit to the husband. The owners are lovely and booking and paying was nice and easy, even from the UK. The home has everything you could want and we had an amazing time. We would stay here again in a heartbeat. The house is clean, the grounds are clean, beds are comfy, the house is in a great secluded location but easy to get to. In a nutshell the the house is more than we expected and the owners were great. Stay here if you can.

Lake rental

Guest: WTG (Tampa)
Date of Stay: 08/08/11 Review Submitted: 09/27/11

We rented this property for our field employees working at a nearby jobsite. What a very pleasant experience we had. Cathy is a sweet heart to work with and was such a help with everything. Our employees loved the property. I would highly recommend this rental property.

Great family reunion

Guest: JenB (Orlando Fl)
Date of Stay: 10/14/11 Review Submitted: 10/17/11
The lake front home at Blue Lake was a great spot for our family reunion! We even had a family ping pong tournament! I highly recommend it! It was serene, fun, and peaceful all at the same time! And not far from UF. We did some campus touring as well! Cathy is great and awesome to work with!

We'll be back! Thank you, Cathy!!

Guest: Gatorgal (Port Charlotte, FL)
Date of Stay: 11/23/11 Review Submitted: 12/04/11

My family and I needed a break from our traditional Thanksgiving after the passing of my father. We could not have found a better place! The home on Blue Lake was spacious, comfortable, and peaceful. All seven of us (with our 4 small dogs) were able to spread out and relax. We spent time on the screened porch, fishing and nature watching on the dock and in the pedal boat, and reminiscing around the campfire. The completely fenced-in yard was a plus for the dogs to roam and explore. We even got up earlier one morning and hiked around the lake, noting deer and hog footprints on the grated road. Some of us went kayaking in Ocklawaha, and others went antiquing in Micanopy. We traveled in to Gainesville, about a 40 minute drive, for the Gator football game. Although the game did not go as we had hoped, our weekend was fantastic thanks to the home on Blue Lake!

Wonderful Lake house!!!

Guest: Julie & Barb (Friendship NY)
Date of Stay: 03/10/12 Review Submitted: 04/27/12

We loved the lake house, it's a perfect winter getaway for us!! We just spent 7 weeks there and enjoyed every bit of it. The privacy of the lot is spectacular, you can't see the road or the neighbors as well as lots of peace and quiet. The screened in porch was wonderful to hang out and play cards. The lake was awesome with a wonderful sand beach that is perfect for small children, dogs, and going for a nice swim. We have loved the paddle boat rides we have taken every evening. We also really enjoyed sharpening our ping pong skills. The house has most anything you might need and there is a small town close by for shopping. Cathy and Dan were a joy to work with, we've already booked our next stay. This will be our home away from home for years to come:)

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