(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). Wifi via Verizon hotspot is available by request for a fee. 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|
The best way to describe this property is a "little slice of paradise". If you like private properties, really, really, really off the beaten path, this is the rental for you. I really don't know where to begin... the house was so roomy and spacious, the surrounding property was so lush and tranquil but at the same time vibrant with energy and life, the close proximity to all the breathtaking state parks was a bonus. You easily can spend a week here and not run out of things to do...especially since once you start enjoying the cool breeze (yes! Cool breeze in June!!!) and watching the hummingbirds from the hammock on the porch you do not want to go anywhere else. We spent most of our time at Little Talbot Island's south beach area. Not to be missed, especially at low tide. John did not steer us wrong with his recommendations and he is great with last minute directions!! Truly a gracious host!! This was our first rental with airbnb and John set the bar pretty high!! What are you waiting for... stop reading this and make your reservations today! You wont be disappointed!!
Our stay with John was everything we anticipated when we booked his lovely place. It's been a long time since we slept past 9am and we were sleeping in until 10:30! The place is uber relaxing and secluded. John met us when we checked in and gave us a nice tour of the property. The decor is flawless and there's wildlife all around--a really nice place to spend a few days relaxing. We'll definitely stay here again! I encourage any AirBnB'er staying in Jacksonville to give the Atchison place serious consideration...YOU WON'T REGRET IT!
John was a great host! His place was just as described and was even better in person than the photos. His local guides were invaluable. I'm glad John's place was our first AirBnB experience. It probably spoiled us though, as it will be hard to top!
Awesome place, very welcoming. I will absolutely use it again. Clean as it could be, super comfy bed, lovely house.
John was great: he greeted us when we arrived, showed us around, and gave us plenty of helpful info about local activities, dining, etc. The house was beautiful and just what I expected. Especially loved the wrap-around porch, quiet surrounds, and the very comfy bed. My husband and I had never visited the Amelia Island area before but fell in love with it. We rode bikes on the East Coast Greenway, took a long walk on the beach at Little Talbot Island State Park, and spent some time at the Shops at Omni Resort, Amelia Island. Can't wait to visit again.
This house is a spectacular find for nature lovers - truly a very special place.
The location provided us with a perfect balance of activity, culture, and relaxation. Hiking trails, kayaking, and historical sites were literally a few minutes’ drive away in neighboring state parks. Our favorite hike was a 4-mile walk on Little Talbot Island, half through hammock, the rest on a pristine beach. We were the only hikers on the trail. There are many other trails to choose from in the area.
For a break from beach and trees, we drove the half hour to Fernandina Beach, enjoyed the lovely Victorian architecture, and learned about the town’s unusual history. Coming home to rest, we completely relaxed on the wraparound porch, reading or watching the sun set on the Intracoastal Waterway. For me, the serene walks along the road leading to the house were the most restful thing of all - like having your own private park. And it was lovely to have the option to eat at home when muscles were sore from hiking and kayaking. The soaker tub was an obvious benefit!
We especially enjoyed meeting John, who obviously put much of himself into creating this splendid house, the furniture, and setting. He was very quick to communicate, gave lots of food suggestions, and helped us accommodate a one-night visit from my sister-in-law, always checking in to ensure we were having a great time. It doesn’t get much better than this!
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 (email hidden) 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.
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