6.1 miles from Orange Lake
MARCH 2021 - Available by month only.
(April - December - 2 night minimum stay)
'CASA PAPARADISO', a waterfront property, sits on almost 2 acres. Available year round. The cottage is an exceptionally clean home with satillo tile floors downstairs, and solid oak floors upstairs. Twelve feet of french doors face the lake for a beautiful view, and the first floor has a 9 ft ceiling. This 1040 sq ft cottage is secluded and comes fully furnished. Kitchen has stainless appliances and black marble tiled countertops and bar, with 4 bar stools. Plantation shutters cover the windows. Very comfortable plush king bed upstairs. Master bath has travertine floor, and a large walk in tiled shower with dark emperador marble. Beautiful Tiffany-style lighting over the bar and over the sink as well as a chandelier over the dining table adds to the ambiance. Open living area on first floor which includes a queen sofa bed, washer and dryer, and a small desk. Facing the lake, is a beautiful screened & covered pergola over patio with a beautiful and comfy swingbed. Flat screen HDTV DVR with satellite on first floor and flat screen TV with satellite DVR connection and DVD player in bedroom. AT&T Fixed Wireless for 250GB wifi throughout cottage. Vaulted ceiling in stairway with solid oak stairs.
The lake is spring fed and is good for swimming, fishing, canoeing and Kayaking. Unlike some lakes in the North Central FL area, this lake is at normal/average water level, and averages as much as 25+ ft deep. Please, no gas motors in order to preserve the lake pristine. The cottage comes equipped with 3 kayaks, canoe, jon boat, and large 4 seater pontoon style peddle boat, and two newer bikes and several used bicycles, and bicycle helmets. Lakeside near waters edge there is a 10x10 screened gazebo, and a firepit near the water, lawn chairs as well as 2 very nice cushioned lounge chairs. Two large umbrellas on dock. There is a newer dock that is approximately 80 ft., plus an additional dock extending it out another 50+ feet.
I receive many compliments on how the cottage is 'just like home' being very well appointed with furnishings that are consistent with home and is not only clean, but smells clean. The cottage is meticulously cleaned after each guest.
*COVID-19 Cleaning Procedures: We take the cleaning of the cottage very seriously and want to provide our guests with a safe environment. We wash ALL linens and towels at our home in a larger washer with extra hot water in a 2 hour cycle. I have always done this as it is the only way to thoroughly clean linens and towels, using detergent and some bleach. All rugs are washed, and clean rugs are put out for new guests. Area rug in living room is cleaned with a carpet cleaner between guests.
After each guest, extensive cleaning with disinfectants (CDC guidelines) of ALL Door handles, controls and switches (e.g. light switches, cooking controls, television controls, remote, fan pull chains, washer/dryer controls), Stair Handrail, Bathroom: toilet flush handles, toilet seats, sinks, sink and shower levers. Pump soap and shampoo bottles, Utensils, house keys
Furniture such as chairs, tables, and parts of the bed frames
Cleaning equipment handles such as vacuum cleaner and broom/mop
Guest information, brochures
Clean sponge for kitchen use for each new guest
Safe distancing between owner and guests
This lake is situated in a community of 3 lakes. The lake properties are heavily wooded and mostly secluded. There is an abundance of oak tree's, many 'dripping' with spanish moss. It is a 'golf cart community' and ideal for riding bicycles or walking/jogging. There are a number of wild animals and birds in the area, and seeing eagles fishing in the lakes is a common sight. Eagles, ospreys, hawks, swallow-tailed kite birds, and turkeys are abundant, deer, sand hill cranes, and fox are all seen in the community. Looking out the window above the kitchen sink and surrounding the front entrance, is a beautiful English butterfly garden, which also attracts hummingbirds. (Hummingbirds are typically here between March and early September)
Thirty-five minutes from the University of Florida.
Reserve early for the UF Gator football home games or graduations in Gainesville, FL . It is sure to be an exciting season! Go Gators! Or, whichever team you are a fan of!
Close to Boy Scout, Girl Scout, Camp Shands, Camp Kateri, and many other summer camps near Hawthorne.
Cyclists: The Gainesville/Hawthorne Bike Trail (Rails to Trails) is located a short 8 miles from the cottage in Hawthorne.
Walking: The 3 lake community is great for walking or jogging. Another location for walking/hiking is the newly opened Little Orange Creek Nature Preserve. The bike trail will eventually border this wonderful preserve that has beautiful old live oaks. It will be available for various events such as weddings and family reunions.
Divers: The North Central Florida area has world renowned springs, which are great for diving, snorkeling and swimming. Some of them are within an hour's drive.
Nearby Areas of Interest and Attractions:
35 minutes to Gainesville (University of Florida, restaurants, theaters, shopping and Shands Hospital at UF)
8 minutes to Hawthorne (grocery store/post office/gas, bank, thrift shops, and bike trail)
40 minutes to the Gainesville Raceway, home of the GATORNATIONALS NHRA RACING
1.25 hours or less to beaches (St. Augustine/Crescent Beach)
1.75 hours to Daytona Beach
2 hours to Disney World
2.30 hours to Tampa/St.Pete (Busch Gardens)
1.75 hours to Jacksonville (more Beaches and Jacksonville Jaguar's Football )
40 minutes to Ocala (Silver Springs)
1 hour to Camp Blanding, Starke
Close to: Gainesville, Ocala, Melrose, Keystone Heights, Micanopy, McIntosh, Starke, Palatka, Cross Creek, Interlachen, Lochloosa, Waldo, Citra
Dinnerware, glasses, wine glasses, serving dishes
Baking dishes and bowls
Eating & cooking utensils
Coffee maker, coffee grinder, blender, waffle iron, toaster
TV & DirecTV Satellite, DVD Player (upstairs & downstairs)
Kitchen Table/chairs/bar stools
Plush King bed and bedding
Bath towels /wash cloths
3 Kayaks (2 sit on top, 1 sit inside)
Jon boat/paddles/life jackets
Peddle boat (4 seater pontoon style)
Patio with patio set
BBQ Combo Grill, gas & charcoal (bring charcoal if needed)
INTERNET SERVICE: AT&T Fixed Wireless with router for wifi throughout cottage
PETS: Clean & house-trained. (The cottage has tile and hardwood floors throughout. Cottage is meticulously cleaned after each guest, and air filters changed frequently) Yard is fully fenced EXCEPT for lakeside. Fencing extends to the water and dependent on lake levels, fence may or may not be in the water. Pet fee $30.
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