Ideal for EXPLORERS! I'm excellent at Foodie referrals.
Humble, cozy, retro, artsy house w kitchen, *WIFI * great host/tour guide!
Centrally located 1 hr to Gainesville/St. Augustine/Jax/Daytona.
EPIC BIKE trails/historic homes. BIG parking. Private shower bathroom.
NO smoking * TV * pets.
I work from home Mon -Thurs.
Please leave the house at 10 am, return after 5 pm.
The neighborhood bookstore has a pleasant Wifi Workspace with 2 cafes next door.
I LOVE living in The First Coast area and I'm passionate about it.
I'm an artist and a fit lover of life.
My guests make my life interesting and fun.
The house is a 'fixer-upper', nothing fancy at all, but a comfortable place large enough to stretch out and relax in.
Homey because of my feminine decor. Lots of tea.
Tons of parking, front and back patio, outdoor laundry room, living room, your own shower and bathroom located beside the kitchen, on the patio ;) (Strange location, but it's nice.)
Interaction with guests
As much or as little as you want. I'm very text-friendly.
If you're a health-nut, ask me about a healthy breakfast and we can work something out for a small fee.
I highly recommend the maple bacon at Magnolia Cafe.
Other things to note
I'm weird about germs, smells and dirty things. But you like to stay in clean places, right?
If you need a bathtub versus a shower, just ask. I'll arrange for you to use my personal bathroom.
I'm easy to reach by text, but if it's urgent PLEASE CALL ME.
The only dumb question is the one you didn't ask.
1. CHECK-IN: Bags can be dropped off as early as 5 pm. Earlier bag drop-off only upon approval. I work in my home till at least 5pm most days, sometimes till 7, Monday -Thursday.
2. WIFI : WiFi code is on the fridge. Don't expect perfection because I have Comcast. (Need I say more?) Bring a laptop that you can hardwire into my modem if perfect connection is critical at night.
3. HOURS : I work from home Monday-Thursday, so please leave the house by 10 a.m. and return anytime after 5pm.
The neighborhood bookstore has a pleasant Wifi Workspace with 2 cafes next door. Lunch is served till 2.
***If you're wanting to lounge in bed all day and watch TV, I recommend BEST WESTERN INN OF PALATKA. They have a small pool, too.
Please observe 'quiet time' after 12 pm and before 8 am. This includes not using laundry facilities during quiet time.
4. FOOD: Feel free to put your food in the fridge. You can rearrange things so they fit, just like at your house.
NO FOOD IN THE BEDROOM.
Feel free to use the dining room table or back patio.
Be very careful about crumbs or spills because Florida has very BiG BUGS and they are scary.
Please use the trays if you carry your food out of the kitchen, even to the table. Helps keep my house clean and bug-free!
5: SMELLS : I'm a HIGHLY-sensitive healer-type person. I'm completely allergic to strong smells, especially chemicals, so you'll notice I try to have natural or organic products in my home.
Please DO NOT use HAIRSPRAY/COLOGNE/anything SMELLY before you come in or in my home. (You can do that in your car after you leave for the day. ) I'm allergic to chemicals and perfumes.
No SMELLY/CHEMICALS/PotPourri/CANDLES/INCENSE/WEED in the entire house, fish smells or non-natural candles - even if it's outside please. No candle lighting without my approval, for sure!
I can get a terrible headache from hugging someone with cologne or perfume on. And I will probably be forced to hug you because you are probably adorable.")
6. NO SMOKING : Guests may not smoke or 'vape' any substance in my home.
7. NO OTHER PEOPLE : Registered guests may not invite anyone into my home without making specific arrangements with me, in advance.
8. STUFF: Guests are responsible and liable for all of my possessions and belongings, inside and outside. If anything is broken or missing, PLEASE let me know IMMEDIATELY so I can do damage control. I will expect you to let me know and arrange for replacement or repair to my liking.
DIRTY STUFF: Please don't put ANYTHING DIRTY on the the furniture -including your butt if it's dirty or you are wearing dirty clothes. There's a hose on the carport for rinsing and an outdoor shower if you need it. Please don't drag anything dirty into the house.
NO KEY rings, CELL phones, wallets, laptops OR PURSES (which are usually super DIRTY & GERMY) on my COUCH or upholstered furniture.
Your bureau, counters, comforter and hard surfaces IN YOUR BEDROOM are fine.
I'd love for you to keep the top quilt as clean as you can, it's vintage.
I keep things nice and clean, so make sure you treat it the same way. Thank you.
9. SAFETY: LEAVE YOUR CAR KEYS AT THE KITCHEN DOOR on the hook and feel free to set down your stuff on the counter inside the door please, in case we would have to move your car or mine in an emergency.
10. KITCHEN STUFF: I will be happy for guests to use my kitchen, but do expect it to be left as clean as it was when they entered it ( or cleaner ~I'm cool with that. )
I have many artistic or one-of-a-kind items. Please use everything very kindly. Many items do need to be hand-washed and cannot be put in the dishwasher, like knives, which dulls them.
And WHO, my friend, likes dull knives?
PLEASE do not use scratching items with nonstick pans or cookware. If you scratch it, you'll need to replace it by the cost it would cost me to replace it new. I provide plenty of wooden stirrers to use safely with all my cookware.
Do not put any grease down the drain. Thanks!
Smelly/food garbage should be taken outside to the green dumpster.
11. SANITATION and BATHROOMS: Speaking of CLEAN, my rental house is old and retro-looking. Even if things look old, they are still as clean as I can get them! Your sheets and pillow cases have been washed in bleach. ;)
Your patio guest bathroom has been sanitized prior to your arrival and a clean hand towel provided in your room, with other clean, sanitized towels.
My bathroom in the hallway is for my use only, or in an emergency situation. If you have an emergency, please sanitize it!!
12. COMFINESS: I may be in my pajamas or yoga pants. A LOT. I'll try to be modest but comfy is welcome here. Please bring slippers or flip flops to wear as you go in and outdoors. No street shoes in the house. ;)
13. DRUNKS: No guest may be in my home in an intoxicated state, unless you want to find another place to stay immediately. I'm happy to call you a cab to stay at a local motel. No drunks or any drugs of any kind. We've got good juju and angels that hang out here, so you'll have a great night's sleep. :)
Please call or text with any questions! Thanks so much! Aretha
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund. Cancel within 5 days of your trip and the first night is non-refundable, but 50% of the cost for the remaining nights will be refunded.
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My place is best for people exploring the area, coming in after 5pm* leaving by 10 a.m. as I have clients Monday-Thursday in the main space during the day.
I'm super helpful with information. The updated Guest Shower Bathroom is past the kitchen out the door on the patio. I don't have a TV but I do have WiFi.
I'm happy to help with almost anything as long as you ask! This town is so small there is no Uber so byoTransportation!