Scenic Floating Cottage for a Weekend Getaway near Orlando, Florida
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- Private Barbecue
The cathedral ceilinged living room has hardwood floors and embraces the outside. Its French doors expand the living area to include the protected front porch. A double sofa bed, electric potbelly stove, TV, and versatile work/dining table grace the charming cottage too.
No ordinary boat galley, the fully equipped kitchen meets the needs of the casual to the gourmet chef with a five-burner gas stove, a full-size side-by-side refrigerator with door ice dispenser, dishwasher, granite counter tops, and tile back splashes. A microwave, toaster, utensils and dinnerware are included. A gas grill on the back porch provides glampers an outdoor cooking option.
Walking up the stairs leads guests to the carpeted loft bedroom with a queen-size bed, walk-in closet and stained glass window. The loft is air-conditioned. Guests need only open the shades and screened windows to enjoy the gentle river breeze. The cleverly outfitted bath has a full-size shower, flush comfort toilet, and storage space for linens and toiletries, as well as a view-catching window.
The French doors to the front porch open the cottage to a full view of the marina surrounded by local forests. With four comfortable chairs, guests of the cottage may choose to sit for hours simply enjoying the quiet peace of the marina. Guests can watch boaters come and go from trips up the lazy St. Johns River or to Lake Monroe to visit Sanford.
Turtles swim to the cottage to greet the guests and to be treated to the dry kibbles of cat food stored in the pantry. Catfish and turtles playfully spar for the food. An occasional manatee can be seen from the porch. Herons and egrets are common sights as glampers share the lovely outdoors with feathered friends.
- Hot water
- 1 Bathroom
- Cell service
- Private Lounge/Living room
- Running water
- 1 Queen-size bed
- Outdoor furniture
- Private Kitchen
- 1 Sofa bed
- Dining table
- Linens and pillows
- Tea kettle
- Cooking basics
- Outdoor pool
- Private Barbecue
- Air conditioning
- Kayak/Canoe rental
Location + Surroundings
- National Park
- Movie theater
Old Town Sanford with its historic 19th-century buildings and cobblestone streets is close by. Stroll down the streets to enjoy unique restaurants, art galleries, unique shops, and pubs. Lovely towering oaks draped with Spanish moss surround the restored Victorian homes. Trek a couple of blocks to Riverwalk, Sanford’s lakeside promenade with gazebos, benches, and shade aplenty to watch the boat activity, the sunrise, or the sunset.
Nearby beaches, such as Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach on the Atlantic Ocean are less than an hour away by car. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey are not to be missed and are within an hour's drive. Merritt Island, near Titusville, is a gateway site for the Great Florida Birding Trail and sits adjacent to the Canaveral National Seashore. Located in the city of Maitland, the urban environmental Audubon Center focuses on the rescue, medical treatment, and rehabilitation of Florida’s raptors with the goal of returning them to the wild. For those seeking major urban influences, the city of Orlando, Orlando International Airport, and Disney World are within an hour's drive from the marina.
- Wildlife watching
Adventures and sports
- Water sports
- Stand-up paddleboarding
Glampers can relax on the porch while watching marina activity, or venture out by kayak or boat to observe the richly scenic views and wildlife of the St. Johns and Wekiva Rivers. Guests of this cottage receive a 15% discount on boat rentals. In Old Town Sanford, guests will find a medley of great restaurants, shops, and art galleries, with a monthly "Alive After Five" event with music, food trucks, and art walks. Sanford also has the picturesque, mile-long Riverwalk, lined with shade trees, gazebos, and swinging benches where visitors can relax on the grass under the sun.
The area is a delight for bird-watchers with a plethora of varieties in beautiful surroundings. Nearby Merritt Island National Refuge and the Audubon Raptor Center are each within a 90-minute drive from the cottage and offer a world of wildlife observations. Boating upriver or driving to the Blue Springs and Crystal Springs areas offer unique opportunities to see and swim with manatees.
While the peace, wildlife, and beauty of the river location are the major draw to the cottage, those who covet a metropolitan excursion can motor to the greater Orlando area, with large tourist attractions like Universal Studios and Disney World in just an hour. The metropolitan Orlando area is extensive, with hundreds of restaurants, music venues, museums, art galleries, and sponsored city events to choose from. Guests of the bungalow can also venture into the Black Bear Wilderness Area or take advantage of the many foot and bike trails nearby.
Guests have full access to the marina swimming pool and coin-operated laundry facility.
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
Infants allowed Under 2 years old
Children allowed 2-12 years old
- No events
- Fire extinguisher
- First aid kit
- Smoke detector
- Alarm system
As this is a floating cottage, parents of toddlers should contact the host prior to booking.
There are stairs with a sturdy handrail to the loft bedroom. The cottage is not suitable for guests with mobility limitations.
The cottage is strictly a non-smoking environment, indoors or on the porches.