Beautifully renovated 1930's cottage is only a 10 minute walk from the University of Florida. This gorgeous 1 bedroom cottage has it all: cathedral ceilings, large flatscreen HDTVs, WiFi, new appliances and furnishings, & a full size washer & dryer.
The cottage is a perfect combination of a vintage brick building with all the modern amenities and conveniences. It is conveniently located, and it is an easy walk to the University of Florida, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, the O'Connell Center, Shands, or the VA Hospital. Because we are next door, we can help you with directions, restaurant recommendations (if you choose not to cook in your beautiful kitchen!), sightseeing options, etc.
Guests will have free parking in the area inside the gate right in front of the cottage.
Interaction with Guests
We live in the house nearest the cottage, and we share the parking area. We meet our guests personally, and we make sure you have everything you need for a comfortable stay. We respect your privacy, but we are friendly and here to help when needed.
The cottage is in a quiet, safe residential neighborhood 5 blocks north of the University of Florida and its sports venues, including the football stadium ("The Swamp") and the basketball arena (The O'Connell Center).
The cottage is a 10 minute walk to the University of Florida and to a bus stop on University Avenue.
Other Things to Note
This is the best place to stay when visiting UF!
Sorry, but we don't allow pets or smoking.
Like a five star hotel. I was lucky to find this place.
I was looking for a good place to stay. What I found was much much more. Centrally located, charming indeed, nice welcoming presents, cottage hidden away from the street, nice garden and play area - all exceeded expectations.
I have gotten to know Rich ans his family and our friendship will last beyond my return. They are all very friendly and helped my family and I during our stay in Gainesville.
When I will come back to Gainesville I know where to stay.
I can strongly recommend Rich and the cottage. Both are great.
Best personal regards
Thanks for the terrific stay at your cottage! Everything was perfect. The place was spotless, well-appointed, comfortable, quiet and a great size and layout. Your hospitality was felt from beginning to end. You made sure I had everything I needed, from food and beverages in the kitchen (especially some coffee for the morning) to bath and laundry items. I walked in and felt at home right away.
Thanks, also, for being open to family and friends dropping by. I hope we didn't inconvenience you and your family with our cars coming in and out. Everyone had compliments for the place.
Great to talk with you about family, work and life, too!
I will definitely be recommending your cottage to anyone I know coming to town ... and count on me coming back to stay for my next trip.
All was terrific!!!
Rich is an incredible host. I have never experienced such a warm and inviting welcome. The cottage is actually nicer then in the photo. It is like a 5 star apartment hotel and more.
PERFECT TEMPORARY HOME! I could not have felt more comfortable staying at Rich's cottage. The ad does not do it justice. The "cottage" is quite luxurious. We stayed a month for a rotation in Gainesville. Our arrival was easily coordinated with Rich. We met him a week after our arrival, as they were on vacation. The host was pleasant and welcoming. We shared a driveway, but had completely privacy. It felt as if we were living in our own apartment. Every once in a while, we would run into his son, who was polite and charming.
The home on arrival was immaculately clean and Rich was even nice enough to have basic home necessities (eggs, fruit, granola bars, beer, soap, & detergent) upon our arrival. The home was exactly as advertised and close to campus/shopping areas. Conveniently, the kitchen was equipped with all the essentials you would need - pots & pans, wine glasses, spatula, can opener, coffee maker, etc. Also, we felt safe enough to go for a jog around the neighborhood. The gate between the main road and the lot also added a sense of security. I would have loved to stay longer, but the cottage was booked after I realized I would need to stay another month in the area. Never had an issue with anything in the home. We couldn't have booked a better find and would stay again in a heart beat! Thank you, Rich, for everything!
The cottage is indeed charming! A beautiful well laid out and well furnished place to relax in, use as a base and sleep deeply and peacefully in. The kitchen had everything I needed to make good meals and the beer and other items provided were very welcome! Rich was the perfect host, available if needed for queries about rental cars and so forth. I would highly recommend the cottage to anyone who wants to stay in a place that feels like home, it's well located, cosy and comfy.
The Place was great. The cottage was Clean, quiet, comfortable, and a short walk to campus. The place is set up private from the main house with its own entrance off of the driveway which made coming and going easy and not awkward. There were drinks in the fridge and snacks which was great after a long day of traveling . Rich was super helpful during the stay with directions and recommendations. I will definitlely be returning here for future trips. Way better then a hotel.
Really enjoyed staying at Rich's backyard cottage on our quick visit to Gainesville. The neighborhood is leafy and calm and the basketball hoop was a great 'Welcome!' My co-travelers liked their beds and the cute long-and-thin kitchen. The place was outfitted for both short and long stays, the NatGeos and the Moran book provided us with morning reading to accompany the great coffee. Our schedules didn't match, so we didn't get to meet Rich, but he had everything set up seamlessly for us. Thanks!
I live in a house on the same property with my wife and two sons. Our beautifully renovated cottage is partly a result of my wife's love of HGTV! We have leased it long-term for several years to an employee of nearby Shands Hospital, and we now have furnished and equipped it as a short term rental. We are new to Airbnb, but we have been leasing it to visitors to the University of Florida Physics Department.
We're laid back, friendly folks who like to meet new people. You may see us coming or going, or walking our golden doodle "Buddy". My wife and I met in graduate school at UF, and we love the Florida Gators!