Turtle Palace, set amidst oaks and cypress on the Lazy Turtle Lodge estate,is a cozy, comfy fully equipped 28' Cardinal RV plus a large covered deck with picnic table, Weber charcoal grill, rocking chairs and hammock. A lovely 500 ft walk takes you to view and access the Santa Fe River. The perfect place to escape, float, kayak, canoe, cave dive, bird watch, explore springs or watch the river flow. "Glamping" and ecotourism at its best. There is NO WiFi at unit only at the lodge.
Turtle Palace, one of two rental units (other is Turtle Heaven), is a cozy, comfy, 28' Cardinal RV camper on the beautiful wooded Lazy Turtle Lodge, a 10 acre estate 15 minutes from Historic High Springs and 40 minutes from the Swamp in downtown Gainesville. A short 500 feet walk takes you to view and access the spring-fed Santa Fe River where you can sit on the dock or put in floats/kayaks. RV camper has a queen bed, full size pull out sofa, gas stove, fridge, microwave, shower and toilet. Weber grill on covered wood deck is perfect for barbecuing. No TV service or WIFI but there is a DVD player and Wi-Fi is available on the porch of the main Lodge.
Guests have access to a lovely wooden double outside shower (beautiful on moon lit nights), chairs on the dock, boat launch and river side hammock. A firepit is also available for a localized bonfire and there is plenty of kindling in the woods around the camper - just bring your starter. There is another fire pit at River’s edge that is available to guests. Special arrangements can be made for access to a separate trailer with cooking facilities for an additional clean up fee of $35. Wi-Fi is available to guests on the porch of the Lodge..
Interaction with guests
Pam and Lance, the hosts, are Gator Alums who reside full-time at the Lodge and are available to answer questions and assist guests any time as needed.
Other things to note
It is an easy, delightful float or paddle from the Lodge to Rum Island Park. Canoe, float and kayak rentals are available at Rum 138 on the corner of CR 138 and Rum Island Terrace. They will even deliver your rental on-site. Fish have been caught from the dock at the Lazy Turtle Lodge. Our neighbors' very friendly chocolate labs (Etta and Bruno) sometimes come over to jump in the River
No smoking in RV. No pets. No loud music or noise after 10 pm. No access to neighboring properties. Additional overnight guests $25/night and cleaning fee is $30. All guests will be asked to sign a General Accident and Release of Liability Form at check in. Check in time is 3:00 pm and check out is 11:00 AM.
Outgoing and adventurous. I love people and want to share our beautiful surroundings with people that love nature and need to get away from the every day stress. I love to spend time with my kids, cook, entertain, dance, read, travel, and be on the river.