Floating Cottage - Sweet River Retreat in Florida

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Houseboat hosted by Kim

  1. 4 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 2 beds
  4. 1 bath
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Welcome to FLOATING COTTAGE . . .

Imagine staying in a small cottage, gently afloat on the beautiful St. Johns River in Sanford, Florida.

Perfect for social distancing! Sanitized between guests. Contactless check-in.

Floating Cottage provides a magical space to relax, refresh and explore. Relax on the front porch; enjoy the warm breeze while watching turtles swim to the porch to beg for a treat. Enjoy the peaceful comfort of the fully equipped small home.

The space
The cathedral ceilinged living room is bathed in natural light, has hardwood floors, and embraces the outside. Its French doors expand the living area to include the protected front porch. Furnishings include a versatile work or dining table, full size sofa bed, electric fireplace heats to take the chill off a cool morning, and TV with basic channels. Equipped with Roku to enable guests to select their favorite streaming channels.

No ordinary boat galley, the fully equipped kitchen meets the needs of the casual to the gourmet chef with a five burner gas stove, full size side-by-side refrigerator with door ice dispenser, dishwasher, granite counter tops and tile back splashes. Microwave, toaster, utensils and dinnerware are included. Paper products are supplied for guests not wanting to wash any dishes.

Walk up the stairs to the carpeted loft bedroom with queen size bed, walk-in closet and be surprised by the stained glass window. The loft is air-conditioned. Open the shades and screened windows to enjoy the gentle river breeze.

The cleverly outfitted small boat bath has a full size shower, flush comfort toilet, storage space for linens and toiletries, and a view-catching window.

The cottage is approached from the dock through the back porch. Notice the gas barbecue for outdoor cooking. The two kayaks affixed to the dock are for the exclusive use of guests of Floating Cottage. Life jackets and paddles are in the utility room on the porch.

The French doors to the front porch open the cottage to a full view of the marina and its enveloping forests. With four comfortable chairs, guests of the cottage may choose to sit for hours simply enjoying the quiet peace of the marina. 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 guests share the lovely outdoors with feathered friends.

Floating Cottage is designed with comfort and efficiency built into the 550 square feet of living space. The gentle movement of the water beneath relaxes cottage guests and assures a great night's sleep.

Floating Cottage is berthed in the Boat Tree Marina, just north of Lake Monroe on the scenic St. Johns River, a river of abundant wildlife and scenic vistas. The marina offers a casual deli and restaurant, bait shop, laundry and pool. There is a pool-side bar associated with the restaurant. Stroll to the deli for breakfast and lunch or ask them to deliver to the cottage. Yes, beer is available for thirsty patrons. Guests of Floating Cottage enjoy a 15% discount on boat rentals for half and full days. The friendly staff at the office will assist with boat reservations as well as with local information on fishing.

Don't miss visiting quaint downtown Sanford, home to cobblestone streets and brick-lined store fronts, restored nineteenth-century Victorian homes, lovely towering oaks draped with Spanish moss, numerous art galleries, unique shops, pubs and great restaurants. Catch the open market with crafts and produce at the square.

Follow Sanford 360 to explore local events and discover what is happening in the Sanford area.

The Riverwalk on Lake Monroe has shady places aplenty to watch lake activity or beautiful sunsets and sunrises.

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What this place offers

Harbor view
River view
Kitchen
Wifi
Free parking on premises
Shared pool
TV with standard cable
Washer
Dryer
Security cameras on property

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Where you’ll be

Sanford, Florida, United States

The marina is certified by the State of Florida as a Clean Water Marina. Your neighbors will be turtles, herons, egrets, an occasional manatee and other boaters. The marina is in a rural cove surrounded by forest on two sides and the river ahead. Old-Town Sanford has great restaurants, pubs and art galleries and there is a large mall anchored by Macy's and Walmart Superstore about four miles away.

Hosted by Kim

  1. Joined in April 2017
  • 154 Reviews
  • Superhost
I am a retired nurse and hospital executive with a healthy passion for nature and photography. With the surrounding scenic beauty of the marina, the St. Johns and Wekiva Rivers and the wildlife, purchasing Floating Cottage and making it available to travelers for vacation use was an easy decision for me. Sun makes me happy!
I am a retired nurse and hospital executive with a healthy passion for nature and photography. With the surrounding scenic beauty of the marina, the St. Johns and Wekiva Rivers an…

During your stay

Our cottage elder who lives in Sanford will be able to greet you by phone, by text, or in person, and is available to answer any questions about the boat and the surrounding area. The owner is always available to you via email, text or phone and will respond promptly, assuring that the guest experience exceeds expectations.

You will be greeted by the turtles, the official greeting party, who sense when someone is aboard the boat. Open the French doors to the front porch to see them as they swim up to the boat. They'll want some dry cat kibble that is stocked in the pantry closet...toss them a few and sense their delight!

Guests receive an email with access information about two weeks prior to the stay, and another, short reminder list two days prior to the stay, one that can simply be scrolled through on your phone. Another email will be sent on the day prior to departure with simple check-out hints.
Our cottage elder who lives in Sanford will be able to greet you by phone, by text, or in person, and is available to answer any questions about the boat and the surrounding area.…

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House rules

Check-in: After 4:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with smart lock
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Pool/hot tub without a gate or lock
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm

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