Private cottage, deck, boardwalk, dock, wooded, wildlife on Santa Fe River
Mike and Laura Null
About Mike and Laura Null
Mike and Laura are retired from Columbia County School District, Mike, (2016) was a business administrator and Laura, (2012) was K-12, National Board Certified Fine Arts Educator and Adjunt instructor for the local college in Lake City. They love spending our time on all three of the rivers in the area. They have covered many water miles in their kayaks; Mike fishes, catch and release, Laura takes photos of the rivers, limerock bluffs, animals, flora and fauna. Laura is 5th genration Floridian from Tampa, Hillsborough County. Mike is 3rd generation Floridian from Lake City, Columbia County. Laura and Mike have great knowledge of the area and all the nearby places you'll want to see.
Mike and Laura Null purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Mike and Laura Null chose Branford
We purchased this property after looking for a river place for 4+ years to spend our retirement. We split our time between Lake City and our river place due to our community volunteer projects with: the Lake City Columbia County Tennis Association The Orchard Community Church and the Olustee Festival-Blue/Gray Army. We love spending time on the river, swimming, kayaking, fishing, and boating. We fell in love the quiet of the natural, wooded, and secluded area. We enjoy watching wildlife, birds, turkey, hawks, and deer. It has been a dream come true to buy a place on the Santa Fe River, the home to many of Florida's most beautiful springs.
What makes this Cottage unique
You will enjoy the peace, and quite of the river, as well as the beauty of nature with amazing wildlife. Located in a rural farming community in Gilchrist County, home of three amazing rivers and 70+ gorgeous springs. The lot is 6 acres, with 300 feet on the Santa Fe surrounded by wooded privacy. Enjoy evening walks down the boardwalk to the floating dock, set out the chairs, share a refreshing snack or drink. We thank our Good Lord for the opportunity to enjoy and share this serene cottage with other river lovers.
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Over and above my expectations
Laura & Mikes place was so cozy & peaceful, I could have stayed forever. Nothing was needed, so many extra comforts of home were available. Thank you for treating us like family
It was a beautiful place, quite and peaceful. We enjoyed the time we spent there and Mike & Laura were the most wonderful people. The property was beautiful and right on the Santa Fe River in a woodsy setting. I would definitely recommend this hideaway cottage.
Thank you so much Mike & Laura for making this a wonderful vacation!
It was our pleasure to meet you both. We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at the cottage. It’s a perfect place for peace, quiet, seeing wildlife and so close to all the springs on all three rivers. Please come and see us again soon.
Visit with Old and New Friends
The property is beautiful! The cabin has many thoughtful touches to its decor and amenities. It was nice to be able to wash dirty clothes there. At the end of a sandy lane, well secluded from other properties, and a serene stroll to the dock on the river. Mike and Laura are gracious and friendly hosts, willing to assist for a delightful stay. You won't regret staying here!
We are so happy to have you here at the Hideaway cottage. Meeting new folks is a joy. We are happy to accommodate our guests in anyway possible. We enjoyed kayaking with you on the Santa Fe River. Hope you’ll be able to visit us again in the future. Blessings! Mike and Laura.
From the moment we drove in we were greeted by Mike took us through the cottage and explained everything. We can say that the cottage and surroundings were beautiful. Deer and turkeys and owls. The Santa Fe river in walking distance. Down a beautiful walkway. The cottage had everything we mean everything. And homemade 🍞� from Laura. We loved every minute and saw some of old Florida and the beautiful springs. Thank you so much. You are truly amazing hosts and people.
Sharing our love of the river, springs, property, and wildlife is a joy for us. We want our guest to enjoy the slower pace of life and to relax, enjoy the serenity of river life. We want all of our guests to feel at home during their time here. So glad you all did!
If you are in the mood to get away from it all and be close to the springs this is the place cute cottage beautiful area in the middle of nowhere. Right a the Santa Fe river. We sat and fished off the dock and hung out there. Was beautiful you could hear the wind from the trees it was awesome
We are so happy you enjoyed your stay with us at the Hideaway Cottage. Spring is a beautiful time to visit, gorgeous weather, spring colors, peaceful downtime, and the manatees are moving from the springs to the Gulf of Mexico. Great time to kayak the rivers.
The owners Mike and Laura met us at the cabin when we said we would arive. They gave us a tour of the property taking us to the boardwalk down by the river and then brought us up to the cabin. They walked us through everything in the cabin and made sure we had everything we needed. We brought our kayaks along as we planned on floating down the Itchentuckney river so Mike offered to drive us to where we can go in so that we didn't need to take our vehicle and they even loaned us life vests as we had forgotten ours. They made sure they had markers out at their dock so thst we could kayak all the way down to their property. When we got back to their property Mike came down to the river with the golf cart to give us a ride back up to the cabin. The cabin itself is very comfortable, clean, nicely decorated and very well stocked we had everything we could possibly need. It was very obvious that Laura had put a lot of her heart and soul into every detail of that cabin. Our time there was short but was a very much needed relaxing time away. Thanks Mike and Laura for everything.
Scott and Lisa are the kind of people you hope will come back again and again. They took great care of the cottage. We were pleased to be able to help them have a quiet, relaxing weekend on the Santa Fe River. Thank you for your kind review.
The property is located in the Suwannee River Valley region where hundreds of fresh water springs abound and three very beautiful and distinct rivers come together, Ichetucknee, Santa Fe, and the Suwannee. The Hideaway Cottage is close to several historic towns: White Springs, Lake City, Ft White, High Springs, Trenton, Bell, Branford, Live Oak (great resturants in each town).
*Local Dive Centers: Amigos Dive Center, Branford Dive Center, Dive OutPost, Cave Dive Camp, Cave Excursions, Sea Dog Dive Center
*Canoe/Kayak Rental Centers: Rum 138, Santa Fe Canoe Outpost, Santa Fe River Park, Ginnie Springs Outdoor Adventure, Suwannee River Canoe Rental, Adventure Outpost, Canoe Outpost, Anderson Outdoor Adventure, American Canoe Adventures, Ichnetucknee Family Canoe
*County Springs Parks: Branford Springs, Charles Springs, Dowling Park, Falmouth Springs, Hart Springs, Little River Springs, Royal Springs, Rum Island Springs, Suwannee Springs, Troy Springs,
*FL State Parks: Suwannee River SP., Peacock Springs SP., Ichetucknee River SP., O'Leno SP., Gilchrist Blue Springs SP., Big Shoals SP., Little Shoals SP., Fanning Springs SP., Madison Blue SP., Manatee SP., River Rise Preserve SP., Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center SP.,
*Private Springs: Devil's Den, Ginny Springs, Lily Springs, Otter Springs, Poe Springs,
*Hiking: State/County Parks, Florida Trail Springs of the Suwannee River Valley, (https://floridahikes.com/springs-of-the-suwannee-river-valley)