Our rustic-style cabin is set on a beautifully treed double lot with the Steinhatchee River its main attraction. Upstairs balcony is built right over the river, for enjoyable views of the river, along with the conservation area across from the home, which makes for a relaxing and enjoyable vacation.
Bring a small fishing boat, kayak or canoe, or rent one from the many marinas in the area, and spend some hours on the Steinhatchee River. Upstream is Steinhatchee Falls, a historic sight, and downstream is the Gulf of Mexico, known for its off-shore fishing and scalloping. We are located on the upper section of the river, where small boats are fine, but it is not deep water all the way to the Gulf.
We call our cabin 'The Riverfront Rustic'. It has solid wood walls and flooring, plain wood furniture, a great bar area with bar stools. It sits on the most lovely wooded lot overlooking the river. It is not fancy or elegant, just plain and simple with ordinary but comfortable furnishings. It is a old cabin, nothing fancy at all, but has all the basics.
'Old Florida' Getaway!: The entire setting reminds one of 'Old Florida'. The lot is a located on a dead-end road, several miles from town. With no-thru traffic, you have the peace and quiet of nature. The cabin used to be an old hunting camp, so it has several kennels located on the property. And it is up on stilts, so under the cabin is a concrete pad great for grilling, relaxing, sitting and looking at the River. Great spot for getting away from the hectic grind of regular life!
The cabin set-up: The cabin has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed, and the other with double-double bunks (kids can use the top, but adults not so good). Living room has a fireplace, and LOTS of windows viewing the River. Across the River is a nature conservation, with lots of wildlife--deer, wild pigs, turkeys, owls, eagles, etc. Also the River is full of life--otters, manatees have been scene, as well as a great spot for fishing.
The cabin is fully furnished, with all kitchen equipment and utensils, linens and bedding. Nothing fancy, just plain simple accommodations.
Location - Location - Location: Cabin located off Highway 51, down dead-end dirt road, which is perfect for a quiet and peaceful vacation. There is a small camp located on the property next to ours, but it is vacant about 95% of the time.
Main features of the cabin are the fireplaces. One fireplace upstairs in the living room, for an enjoyable and cozy evening. A second fireplace is downstairs in the large concrete area open to outdoors, great for cooking marshmallows and watching the wildlife and River.
Our little cabin is old, but our family loves the peace and quiet and nature of this area. If you don’t mind an old rustic cabin, and want some quiet time in the woods, this might be what you are looking for.
Please read my description of our property closely, as I try to describe it exactly as it is so people can decide if this is the right vacation cabin for them. We are a cabin in the woods in Florida, so be prepared for nature up close--including, unfortunately, bugs and creepy crawlers. We try our best to keep everything out of the cabin, but sometimes they come in :/.
Also, we are not deep water all the way to the Gulf. We are about 4-5 miles up river. Kayaks, canoes, and small fishing boats are great!
Larger boats need to dock in town to have close access to the Gulf. The marinas in town are clean, and safe and secure places to dock your boat, and much closer to the Gulf for getting out on the water faster for more Fun in the Sun!!
The River is regulated by the tides and it is not guaranteed a boat can make it to the cabin in low tides. And also the River can flood over the banks. It is rare but it does happen during periods of intense rain that falls in a short period of time. If flooding happens, the road may be impassible, and if this happens I do refund, reschedule or work with you on the reservation.
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Note: Explanation of Rates/Fees/Extra guest charges:Cleaning fee $50.00Refundable Security Deposit $100.00 (less than 30 day rental); $250.00 (30 days or longer rental)Required FL/Local Lodging Tax Rate 12% on all collected feesRates based on Guests from 1-5 people; Additional Extra Guest person of 1 (Total of 6 guests) Maximum. Extra guest fees apply.Rates subject to change at any time.NO PETS inside. NO EXCEPTIONS. Security deposit forfeited if pets have been allowed inside cabin.
We chose this area for our winter vacation because we wanted a rural experience away from the crowds. During the winter, southern Florida is rife with snowbirds and the coastal areas have row after row of high-rise condos. But the central region is the old/forgotten Florida and it truly is a nature lover's paradise. If you're looking for a wilderness adventure, this is a good place to be.
A labyrinth of paths snake through the ten acre property/jungle with a surprise around each corner - towering bamboo trees, huge bird-of-paradise plants with leaves/fronds as big as a man, ancient live oaks draped in Spanish moss, palmettos, vines, tall pines, magnolias, and many strange flowers that defied our identification. Wild citrus trees were laden with ripe grapefruit and oranges. A gurgling creek bisects the property and from a wooden bridge we watched a river otter disappear into his den. There is also a natural pond with a large alligator in residence.
Just as advertised, cozy and clean cabin. The facilities are not fancy, but more than comfortable. Everything you need is provided. When we stayed, the river was high and swift so didn't get to fish BUT watching the deer across the river made up for that. Very relaxing. Hope to return often.
We stayed at the "Rustic" for the coldest week of the year in November 2014 and had the best time of our lives. The cabin is awesome! If you are looking for luxury you should move on to one of the more expensive and populated areas of Florida. If you are looking for super clean lodging, comfort and peace and quiet, this is the spot! The cabin was spotlessly clean, very comfortable bed, every single item you need for cooking and the surroundings are incredible. We will be back for a week in the summer! I would highly recommend this cabin to anyone! The owners are friendly as well as what few neighbors you may or may not come in contact with. Wildlife is abundant, just watching the river flow is an awesome experience.
This cabin is a hidden treasure. From the moment my family arrived until the moment we left The Rustic offered us peace, quiet and complete relaxation. Together with my husband, a 6 year old and an 11 year old, we took nature walks, fished from the floating dock, used both fireplaces, played catch with football and baseball in front yard, sat on a log by the river, shopped garage sales...we even brought our hanging hammock that worked perfectly on the upstairs deck. I was thrilled to see my busy kids relax and take it all in. My daughter became one with her camera...not her iPad/phone. Every meal was cooked at home with the exception of lunch at Roy's, the local better dining establishment. The process of renting this property was quick and easy. The owner was very friendly and a pleasure to work with. I was very pleased with the abundance of linens and cookware. The rant and rave over this experience hasn't ended. This will be an annual trip for my family and we're considering visits to other properties by same owners. The Rustic is my hidden treasure.