(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.
Relaxation is mandatory. Fun is mandatory.
Please no smoking inside.
This is not a party venue- overnight guest only. Any additional non paying, non overnight guests- please request permission first.
Try to leave the house as you found it.
Most of the framed photos on the walls are original and for sale if you just have to have one of them. Let me know and we can strike a deal.
Since we had been at John's house last year, we exchanged emails and texts as we got close to the area. John was so helpful with almost last-minute changes in our length of stay. It was raining when we arrived, and he was there waiting for us, with a big smile.
The home is beautiful and was clean and ready for our stay. It is located about a mile down a beautiful unpaved road shaded by live oaks draped in Spanish moss, and there are several state parks on the island. There is a state beach almost across the street from this road. John is a gracious and helpful host, readily accessible via text.
Am almost reluctant to leave a review about the Island Home as would like to keep it a secret so we can return again soon.....it is a truly magical place in a stunning location - great walks, superb sunsets, abundant wildlife, peaceful, tranquil, spotlessly clean, comfortably furnished & equipped. Perfect location for birdwatchers, hikers, cyclists, keen fishermen or paddlers....we fell in love with it instantly & did not venture too far. The boneyard beach is nearby & you can walk miles at low tide. We also visited the Kingsley Plantation & Catty Shack plus other locations our host told us about. The Safe harbour seafood restaurant is well worth a visit - take the ferry as a foot passenger & either eat there or bring back fresh fish for dinner. John made a reservation for us at BarZin for Valentines night. As a host he could not be nicer, we wish we could have spent more time talking to him, but sadly his family was struck by the flu virus so he kept his distance. The property is well maintained & the photos do not do it justice........a truly perfect spot to relax & unwind. There are racoons, armadillos, pelicans, a horned owl & if you are lucky a peacock or maybe 2 & beautiful very friendly deer will pay you a visit. We have happy memories of our last night sitting on the porch watching the deer & several armadillos patrolling the grounds with the prefect sunset as backdrop..... we will definitely be returning. Thank you John for offering your beautiful property for others to enjoy........
This was our first Airbnb experience (we had done several (website hidden)s prior) and it could not have been better. John was a very gracious host, very responsive and his place was just what we had been looking for, set in the real Florida, tucked away, very relaxing, clean with a great set up to cook your own meals. Thank you John - back here in Vermont with winds howling and temperatures dipping below Zero in the coming days - we are already dreaming of visiting your place again....
This was the most welcoming vacation home away from home that we have ever experienced! After visiting the big city, the property was the perfect place to relax! Wow, the vista cannot be described with words alone! Plus, we always bring our single serve coffee pot along on trips but that was not even necessary at this lovely home. . . since one was already provided! We loved the decor, the woods, the water . . . even the slow moving Gopher Tortoise, who "said his name was "Gimble" and asked us to promise take it easy and to return again soon! What a Blessing!
Great first Airbnb experience! This home is a treasure! It is surrounded by the peaceful nature of Big Talbot Island. The decor is very tasteful and comfortable. Large windows are everywhere so you are completely immersed in the beautiful setting. The porch wraps around three sides and is equipped with a hammock, rocking chairs, and cushioned seats. The sunsets were lovely. It's a great place to rest as it is amazingly quiet and the bedding is really comfortable. The dirt road is a bit rough, but it is only a mile long and actually added to the experience as it made us feel like we were somewhere very remote. We enjoyed great restaurants, kayaking, and biking just a short drive away, but the best part of the weekend was just hanging out at "home".
John was a wonderful host. He gave us perfect instructions prior to the trip. We exchanged a few texts during our stay. He seemed to truly care that we had an enjoyable time.
I am grateful that John opened his home to Airbnb. I highly recommend taking advantage of this very special opportunity.
My husband and I spent a week at this house. We arrived in the evening. It's really easy to get to but it is down a long (and gorgeous) old FL dirt road w huge mossy oak trees kind of in the middle of nowhere.
We pulled up to the beautiful house, walked in the house and were greeted by lovely hardwood floors, open floor plan, great windows and a huge master bedroom with great walk in closet and wonderful shower and bathroom. There was a funky dog/ animal smell when we first walked into the house but once we kicked on the AC the smell went away and wasn't an issue the rest of our stay.
We would definitely return to this house. It was my first AirBnB experience and it went great! John was a great host, very accommodating and helpful w lots of recs for the area and for restaurants.
This a great house for a beach getaway/retreat for a couple and could also work to bring a few friends (there's an upstairs w more bedrooms that we didn't use/need/have access to)
The bathroom was great and there were plush clean wonderful smelling towels waiting for us in there (with plenty of extras)
The area has several great state beach parks. We brought our bikes and enjoyed the paved biking paths. I would recommend going to Black Rock beach at least once at low tide (go to the left when you get on the beach) It's a wonderful driftwood/old tree graveyard that's worthy of a walk.
We took the ferry to Safe Harbour and ate lunch there before we picked up some fresh local shrimp for dinner. Lunch was delicious and the seafood we bought was delicious.
This is a great house to have a beach vacation and the area offers gorgeous beaches and great biking and other activities. We also drove into Jax 5 points area several times and hit up the Mall during our stay.
John is a great accommodating host and he really cares about his guests having a nice enjoyable stay.
We really enjoyed our stay in John's home. Light-filled, airy, spacious, comfortable and well-appointed - this place has a lot going for it. Great local wildlife, awesome views. Very happy we stayed here!
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Jacksonville is a great place and I've lived here for 30 years. There's lots to do- boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, surfing, cycling and fishing. I've enjoyed all of these activities over the years but fishing has become my passion. And it is great to enjoy such great fishing in your own backyard. I also love to travel and have been all over for work and play.