(PLEASE NOTE: This home can accommodate up to 8 people. We have another listing- "Island Home 2- Jacksonville, FL" which is the same house with the upstairs area opened up for groups larger than 2 or 4 people. Our other listing includes the downstairs master bedroom and bath (just like this listing) and also includes upstairs - 2 more large bedrooms, sitting room, and two more full baths. Please see our other listing - "Island Home 2- Jacksonville, FL" - if you need more room).
This listing is for an entire home – a well decorated charming country home in a rural, natural setting. There is one bedroom: a very large bedroom overlooking the water with a king size bed and select comfort mattress and a private full bath which has been recently updated in travertine with a large walk in rainfall shower and a large soaking tub.
The house has a large open floor plan with a large living room and adjacent dining room and kitchen. Plenty of windows provide beautiful views of the water from all rooms in the house. There is a TV and DVD players in the living room (sorry, only broadcast TV, no cable). Internet available by wifi. Kitchen is available for food preparation- full fridge, stove, oven, microwave, pots, pans, dishes, cutlery, etc. Rocking chairs and a hammock on the wrap around porch provide areas to sit or lie down and enjoy this uniquely wild setting with all the comforts of home.
For up to two additional guests there is a queen size air mattress available which can be set up in the living rooms. Charge is the same ($40) for 1 or 2 additional guests. (Or see our other listing for the additional space available upstairs which includes two large bedrooms and two bathroom as well as a spacious sitting area.)
Our low country home is located adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway and in an amazing natural setting inside the Timucuan Historic and Ecological Preserve. You will feel as though you are traveling back in time as you follow a historic canopied road approaching this uniquely beautiful home site. If you seek privacy and tranquility you will find it here, but you are still just minutes away from Amelia Island and Jacksonville. Come enjoy a truly unique and pristine wilderness spot that is still convenient to city life. If you would love to intimately experience the outdoors but are not into sleeping bags and tents this is about as good as it gets. Hiking boots and daypacks or kayaks and paddles to start the day, a full day adventure, followed by a hot shower or a soak in the large soaking tub, AC/heat, TV and internet, and an adult beverage before hitting the hay in a clean soft bed. Rain on the tin roof just adds to the charm and ambiance. Gourmet dining is just a short drive away.
-Our 3 acre home site is a refuge to some of the resident wildlife including white tail deer, sea otter, and American bald eagles, (and many other bird species located along the Eastern Flyway). Talbot I State Park is also the location of one of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trails ((website hidden)).
-Five miles of continuous beaches on Little Talbot Island State Park is a short 5 minute drive away. Hiking, kayaking, bicycling, fishing, bird watching, anything involving the outdoors is located right off the back porch. Ten miles of paved bike paths on the East Coast Greenway, hiking trails through pristine coastal hammock country, numerous historic sites including Kingsley Plantation, Fort Clinch, Amelia Island Museum, Fort Caroline, etc.
-Just a short 8 minute drive to Huguenot Memorial Park- one of the last beaches in Florida that allows beach driving. No need to carry loads of beach stuff. Just drive in, park, unload, have fun.
-Amelia Island State Park is also close by- a great beach that also allows beach driving. It’s also a great fishing spot.
-Bring your kayak or canoe (or rent one at Kayak Amelia just 5 minutes away) and paddle miles of remote tidal estuaries in the Timucuan Preserve.
-Bring your bike or rent one at Kayak Amelia and pedal along the miles of beaches or nearby East Coast Greenway dedicated paved bike paths.
-Like to golf? Amelia Island boasts 117 holes including a PGA tournament course (The Golf Club of Amelia I).
-Visit nearby Amelia Island where fine dining and shopping is located just minutes away.
Shops and restaurants at Omni Resort at Amelia Island are just 7 miles away.
Shops and restaurants in downtown Fernandina Beach are just 17 miles away.
-Visit downtown Jacksonville, just 30 miles away.
Jacksonville Int'l Airport is 29 miles away.
This is not a childproof home and is not appropriate for very young children so please inquire before bringing children along.
|Room type:||Entire home/apt|
|Bed type:||Real Bed|
|Extra people:||$40 / night after 2 guests|
|Minimum Stay:||2 nights|
|Check In:||3:00 PM|
|Check Out:||11:00 AM|
Sue and I are from Chicago. We like to fish, golf, eat, the usual stuff you'd leave Chicago in the wintertime to find. Also, our first consideration was warmer weather, and our original concept was to go to Myrtle Beach. Forget it, too chilly up north. Jacksonville here we come.
We really like the northeast Jax area. Out of city life, state parks
offer so much, and fishing is key. We have so much to learn, and
our host, John (CapnAtch) helped us find the best spots and gave us the best tackle suggestions. Great chat sessions, and fishing
stories (we believe him!)
The rental surpassed our expectations. Really don't want to share
this secret, but........it's a fantastic spot, large rooms with hardwood floors, beautiful bedroom with handmade bed (J A), bath
with custom fixtures (shower kills.) Huge wraparound deck and a
sunset that is hard to beat, with a peacock that stops by! Pretty
John was an unbelievable host, and I think we're all pals now. What a great trip. Rick and Sue (website hidden) That night at Chowder Ted's with my visiting sister and her
hub was awesome. Blackened Mahi-Mahi in Lemon-Butter sauce
with asparagus spears and their own "pot of chowder" (olives in it!)
blew all our minds. Thanks Capn
We stayed at John's house for a week in mid-Feb. 2014. It is gorgeous, spacious, comfortable and has every convenience except streaming video and cable TV, but if you are looking for a place on 3 acres almost a mile down a tree-canopied road, you probably enjoy getting away. The listing photos are absolutely accurate. the king bed is pillow-soft, the ensuite has the biggest soaker tub I've ever seen, and there are large, modern washer and dryer in the laundry room. I dare you to bring enough clothes to fill the enormous walk-in closet. You can sit on the deck (which wraps around 3 sides of the house) and watch moonset with morning coffee or sunset (with evening libation) over the marsh and intracoastal waterway. 7 state parks are in the immediate area for strolling through the hammock (FL woods) or on soft, white sand or for touring a restored plantation and learning about the living/working conditions. Depending on your definition of "close," restaurants are/aren't, but there's good food to be had between Fernandina Beach to the north and the house. John is congenial and most helpful and provides brochures and a printed guide to local activities and eateries. We absolutely loved our stay and plan to return, perhaps for 10 days next time. A week just wasn't enough.
Enjoyed a wonderful family reunion at John's house. The home is very secluded and quiet. The house was very clean and the beds, comfortable. Especially enjoyed the wildlife including the neighborhood cats and a peacock that showed up every day and hung out on the porch. The last day (we were there for 9 days) he gave us the full show..beautiful! Got lots of great photos. Thanks John.
Wow, what a home! If you are looking for "Old Florida", this is the place! Wonderfully remote amid palms and oaks laden with Spanish Moss with unparalleled sunset views across the marsh. Home has everything for a place where you want to do nothing, which is why it's called a vacation.
My husband and I met up with our two adult daughters in Florida. We chose John's house because it was remote and the wonderful wrap around porch. We all had a wonderful time. The house was very spacious. We interacted with the local wildlife (the peacock watched us play cards through the windows). We wandered through the shops in historic Fernandina beach, toured ft clinch and the Budweiser bottling plant. It was close enough for our daughters to spend NYE at Disney. We look forward to a return trip.
My wife and I had a wonderful time staying at John's home for our first anniversary. The property was idyllic and the sunsets were beautiful! John's guidebook was full of great recommendations for the surrounding area. We were elated to try the local restaurants and John's guide was spot on about them!
Anyone looking to have a relaxing visit to this historical and scenic part of Florida should look no further. It is a wonderful place to escape.
We visited John's home to celebrate our 1st Wedding Anniversary and "Everyone's" Birthday. From the moment we arrived we were very excited, as the home was exactly how it looked in the photos. We were even more delighted when we went inside. What a lovely home!! We enjoyed every moment as the home is comfortable and enviting and the setting is outstanding. Thank you John for all the information you provided about restaurants and shopping. You are an excellent host and we will gladly recommend your home to anyone who wishes to visit Amelia Island, Jacksonville or just a relaxing stay in Big Talbot Island. Thanks again from Angela & Chip and our friend Debbie
What a treat. This is definitely the host with the most! A fabulous place to get away from it all with a host who double checks to make sure you are having a great time. John was great and especially kind regarding our delayed arrival. I will be dreaming of our great time and the beautiful peacock who strolled through the front yard for a long time to come! What a special memory that is! Thank you again John for sharing your unique property.
We had a great time at this home, since there was only two of us John had the upstairs locked up which was a bit disappointing but understandable since I believe he does the cleaning himself. The TV has an HDMI port so we were able to watch movies that we had brought on our iPad. The place was clean and well kept and the downstairs area looks exactly like the pictures. The only real downside is that the WiFi is through a Verizon 4G Router which kept us from streaming any video media due to bandwidth restrictions (understandable since John doesn't live here full time). Other then that you get exactly what the description and pictures show and we enjoyed ourselves very much.
Our stay at John and Leslie's house was wonderful! The house is beautiful with a wrap around porch and perfect for a relaxing stay with beautiful views.
It's just a short drive to town or 30 minutes to downtown Jacksonville. We cooked every night in the well equipped kitchen. There's a nice Harris Teeter only 10 minutes away on a quiet drive.
We rented kayaks Right down the road and enjoyed the beautiful marshy waters.
John was very accommodating and helped with everything we needed on our visit. Overall, it was a very relaxing and wonderful trip! Thank you, John for letting us stay at your beautiful house!