The Hideaway Cottage is located on the Santa Fe River, surrounded by hundreds of natural fresh water springs, off of SR 138 between Fort White and Branford, Florida on a beautiful wooded 6 acre lot with a winding boardwalk to the dock on the Santa Fe River. Enjoy sitting around the fire-pit in the evenings, on the cottage’s deck, or the floating dock, while watching wildlife; including deer, turkeys, hawks, rabbits, raccoons, otters, manatees, beaver, and other wildlife feed near the cottage.
Upriver just minutes from the cottage; is the mouth of the beautiful, crystal clear, Ichetucknee River and the Hwy 47 public boat ramp. Down-river just minutes are three very popular boat camps/boat ramps on the Santa Fe River; SR 129 Bridge public boat ramp, Sandy Point Private boat ramp, and Ella Ray's private boat ramp, where many amateur and professional anglers put in the river then head just a few miles downstream to the Suwannee.
If you are a Gator Fan and interested in attending UF Gators games the cottage is approximately 45 minutes away from the stadium, enjoy a special retreat at the Hideaway Cottage on the Gator football weekends. Autumn is a perfect time of year to enjoy the Springs and the Rivers.
The cottage is 12 miles from the well know diving capital of Branford, Florida on the beautiful Suwannee River. Alachua, Columbia, Gilchrist, and Suwannee counties boast of all the beautiful clear blue-green springs that emerge from the limestone karst throughout the area. Free diving, cave diving, and snorkling in our springs are a popular year round activity.
Several beautiful Florida State Parks are just a short drive of the Hideaway Cottage; Ichetucknee Springs State Park/North and South entrances, O'Leno State Park, & River Rise State Park. Many local county parks feature natural springs in the area. Also there numberous biking trails in the area, paved and natural located within miles of us for the cyclists.
We also have one of the only natural waterparks in North Florida, Bob's waterpark on the Suwannee River near Branford, Florida
The historic towns of Fort White, (13 miles) and High Springs, (19 miles) are on HWY 27 to the east of the cottage. The Ichetucknee Springs State Park is just a few minutes north of us. Kayakers, paddle boarders, canoeist, tubers, snorkelers and divers enjoy this section of the Santa Fe where small boats and fishermen abound. Many private natural game hunting camps populate the area for the avid hunter.
The cottage sleeps 4 comfortably, in the studio space, with one Queen bed, a full size, fold out Clack Clak sofa and a fold away cot. Cooking is easy in a fully equipped kitchen containing a coffeepot, microwave, electric stove, oven, and refrigerator in an open dining area with a table and 4 chairs.
A ROKU TV, DVD player and WIFI are available. Enjoy the wide front deck area morning and night nestled into the edges of the natural woods teaming with humming birds, butterflies, owls, deer and wild turkeys.
Be sure to check out the excellent restaurants and live entertainment that are near the cottage and also located in Lake City, Branford, High Springs, Trenton, and Bell, all of these towns are within a short diving distance of the cottage.