Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Bath, (Sleeps 2-5)
I am married, and retired from the University of Florida. I enjoy traveling, and would like to offer my guests the amenities in rental homes that I have enjoyed over the years in my travels, primarily snow skiing, and boating. I love the water and boating, and have spent my adult life on a lake close-by to the cottage. I love animals, and currently have only birds (cockatiels, sun conure, & zebra finches). I enjoy meeting and talking to people, and try to offer my guests the best possible experience at the cottage.
Why Mary chose Hawthorne
We purchased the 1.7 acres on this beautiful lake and built the cottage. The lake is crystal clear water and one of the top pristine lakes in Florida. I enjoy the gentle breezes that blow across the property and up to the patio. It is peaceful, tranquil, and secluded with lots of wildlife and birds. A very nice place to slow down and unwind.
What makes this Cottage unique
The property is secluded and quiet. Most of my guest have commented on how quiet the area is with no traffic, which is a unique commodity not found in many parts of FL. The cottage is very well appointed, decorated and very clean. A nice place to 'get away from it all'. Swimming, kayaking and canoeing, or fishing is such a delight in the beautiful pristine water. You can see the fish swimming around the dock! Stargazing/meteor showers, full moon nights, campfires, or sitting on the dock provides great fun. The cottage sits far away from the city and its' lights... and noise. You may see one or 2 cars pass by in a days' time, if you happen to be looking!
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
It’s our third stay. Beautiful wildness with all convenience ! Great place to relax !
Beautiful peaceful home
Loved staying here! Usually I’m ready to get home but found myself wanting to stay .
Great place to unplug and relax. Parked the car and never left .
Lotus flowers in the lake were beautiful, kayaked every day . And enjoyed the butterflies and hummingbirds out front.
Hope to come back !
A true escape for a busy lifestyle. If you are interested in going as close to off the grid in comfort, this is the place to be. Wish there were more bedrooms though. Owner is very friendly and accommodating. Felt very taken care of.
Wonderful place to get away and relax.
Nice little cottage on a beautiful little lake.
Fantastic quiet vacation
My sister, mom and I went to stay here for a 4 day get away. I knew it would be pretty from the pictures but I fell in love the moment we arrived! It’s stunning! Quiet! Cozy! I didn’t know what I liked better the indoors or outdoors!! Best of all, our dogs loved it! Swimming, running, playing and the property is entirely fenced! They will be tired for days!! Thanks Mary for letting us use your home and thank you for your kindness and hospitality!! We'll definitely try and come back!
I am elated that you ladies had such a great time as well as the doggies! I love to see them when they get out of the car and are able to run and stretch their legs! arf we there yet, arf we there yet! :)
A piece of paradise on earth!
There are no words to really explain how wonderful and perfect both Mary and the Cottage are. This is definitely the best place I have rented through HomeAway and I have rented several. Mary was always kind and responded immediately each and every time I contacted her. The Cottage is not only beautiful but also equipped like no other place I’ve stayed. Just sitting by the lake while the boys were in the kayaks and jonboat was so relaxing. At nights you could see the stars so bright that is was incredible. We loved it so much that as we drove away we decided to book again for this year. Can’t wait to return. Thanks Mary for everything.
Thank you so much for your lovely comments on your stay at the cottage! I appreciate it so much. I was so happy to hear that the boys enjoyed their time on the lake and thrilled to receive your request for another stay later this year. Looking forward to your next visit! My best, Mary
Wildlife is abundant in this heavily wooded community. Bird watching is another exciting activity. Wild Turkeys, Sand Hill Cranes, Blue Herons, Eagles, Hawks, Ospreys, and Swallow-Tailed Kites are seen regularly around the lake.
Stargazing and satellite spotting at night with the naked eye is a wonderful activity enjoyed by many, being far away from city lights. The stars are so vibrant in the night sky. (Some people have the Google Sky app on their Android/IPhone phones/tablets which identify the stars...just point it towards the sky....) Enjoy a campfire and roast marshmallows.
A canoe, jon boat with paddles, and a peddle boat are available for your use at no charge. A very nice bike trail can be found in Hawthorne and is part of the 'Rails to Trails'. The paved path goes all the way to Gainesville. There are several places to stop for rest or a picnic on the trail. There are a few used bikes at the cottage for your use (please inquire when you make your reservation if you'd like to use them, for use around the lake only)
I would like to highlight a true jewel of this part of the earth, which is, North Central Florida, known for it’s beautiful natural springs. Spring water is a natural discharge from the ‘Floridan aquifer system’, the state's primary aquifer. The water temp is 72 degrees year round, which makes swimming on a warm winter Florida day very nice, not to mention on hot days. Three of my favorite springs are Silver Glen Springs and Salt Springs in the Ocala National Forest, and Ichetucknee Springs near High Springs/Ft White area, north of Gainesville. Tubing down the Ichetucknee River is a favorite for so many. It generally takes several hours, but be sure to look at the websites to get info as the number of people that can tube down is limited (you may visit the north or south end). If visiting there on the weekend in summer months, be sure to get there VERY EARLY as they generally max out and reach capacity number of people they allow each day, in order to preserve the spring and "human footprint". There are rentals in that area for tubes etc. Visiting these State Park springs on weekdays, will be less crowded, but be sure to call for hours etc. before visiting and check pet policies.
Saint Augustine has a full day of activities to offer and is located approx 1 1/4 hours from the cottage. Spend some time at the beach, The Old Fort, and the many shops and restaurants on St. George’s Street. There is a winery in the area, as well as the Alligator Farm along with ziplines and other activities. Ride the trolley around St. Augustine, or take a day trip on the many different options to get out on the water.
Orlando theme parks are south of the cottage, approx 2 hours away.
I keep brochures and other information at the cottage with information on many other things to do in the surrounding areas.