Historic Cabin on Santa Fe River near Ichetucknee Confluence
Available for rent by the weekend or week is our charming, historic cabin which sits on stilts overlooking the Santa Fe River. The Cabin has access to an owners-only beach on the Ichetucknee River, only a five minute walk away. The Cabin is located ideally for a float or paddle downstream from the headsprings of the Ichetucknee River, through the entire Florida State Park, careening through the US 27 Bridge tunnel, floating past the houses on the private section of the Ichetucknee River to our private park.
Our rustic Cabin was the first to be built on the Santa Fe River at the confluence of the Ichetucknee River. It was built in the flood plain. It began as a one room cabin in the 1960s. The first owner built the entire cabin from found materials, with the kitchen/bedroom upstairs, but the bathroom downstairs, sometimes flooded. Next he added a small bedroom and a half bath upstairs, above the floods.
In 1995 Virginia Seacrist bought the rustic cabin, adding our first porch and balcony which face the Santa Fe River. This room is screened on three sides with opening windows on the fourth side; the Santa Fe bedroom sits in the middle of the property, attached to the old house through the balcony. This room can be rented separately or with other parts of the house.
The next addition included a front face lift, changing the cabin’s peaked roof to match the shed roof of the Santa Fe Room. The addition is made of recycled cypress wood and provides the new kitchen.
A new side deck offers open exposure to the rising sun and moon and a private outside jet bathtub room. Shutters can be easily opened to the starlit night sky as two people soak in the jet tub, or the shutters can be closed for privacy. A new outside shower has been added.
Large oak trees surround the entire house, with woods across the road and across the river. The stilt house perches mid canopy, where Cardinals and Wrens twitter and hummingbirds lite at the feeder.
A four hour paddle downstream from the US 47 Bridge over the Santa Fe River takes you to our Cabin. Leaving our cabin, you can paddle downstream to the US 129 Bridge over the Santa Fe River in four hours. The Santa Fe flows into the Suwannee River about five paddling hours from our Cabin, or one hour with small motor boat.
Our large riverfront shaded yard has tables, chairs, and a small grill is available.
Enjoy the Real Florida in one of Santa Fe River's original cabins!
Summer rainstorms on metal roofs deafen conversation, as you may be awed at the amount of water falling from the skies.
There's no better place to be than near the 68-72 degree springs in summer. No matter how cross or hot you feel, all troubles vanish when bathing in the springs only steps away from the cabin. Listen to others mummer, "Paradise," as you let the heat drain from your body.
Guest report seeing manatee pods with babies every month of the year. It is unlawful to harass them, but sometimes babies caress your legs while you stand in shallow Ichetucknee waters. Pods have been seen sleeping on our river bank.
Wake up on a Santa Fe River screened porch. Open your eyes amid the tree tops when the rosy glow of sunrise coincides with the chirps of red cardinals. Listen to the morning rooster crow, the turkeys gobble, the mullet splash.
Winter is best for seeing wildlife on the rivers and in the woods. Saunter the five minute walk, with your towel draped over your shoulders and coffee cup in hand, to sit silently on the limerocks watching an otter glide down the Ichetucknee River at our own private Ichetucknee beach. Take a refreshing dip yourself.
As the weather cools, you enjoy watching sunlight eat up the lingering twirls of mist hovering over the river from our own Santa Fe River bank . Read, converse, watch the hawks circle, and the woodpeckers hammer. Use the well- equiped kitchen to serve your riverside breakfast.
Hop on a Hydro-Bike to peddle up river, then drift down, or peddle downstream to challenge the Ichetucknee River upstream, right around the corner.
Drive 7 miles to the head springs of Ichetucknee State Park to hike beside the river, swim and snorkel in the headsprings, or drift downstream in a tube or boat.
Activities and Attractions Nearby:
Ichetucknee State Park: tubing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, head springs and Blue Hole cave
Troy Springs State Park: translucent green spring empties into Suwannee River; sunken boat at confluence; swimming, snorkeling, cave
Oleno State Park: suspension bridge provides circle hike along Santa Fe River to sink; river disappears to reappear miles later; swimming, hiking
Fishing: fishermen catch bass, pan fish on the Santa Fe and Suwannee Rivers
Suwannee River Water Management Lands: directly across from Historic River House lie over 2 shore miles of management lands for hiking
High Springs: antique shops, farmers' market Tues/Thurs, music
Great Outdoors Cafe: Fashionable indoor and outdoor dining at less than big city prices; 15 miles in High Springs
Springs Diner: Moderately priced American cuisine in classic diner style; 15 miles in High Springs with indoor/outdoor seating; music groups outside
Convenience Stores and $ General: Ft. White, include wine/beer store, ice, gas, fishing bait and supplies; 9 miles
Subway, also Pizza Place: Ft. White
Schrafts Grocery Store: supplies Branford families; county is dry; 15 miles
Winn Dixie: supplies High Springs families; on US 441 in High Springs; 15 miles
Accommodations and Rates:
Two screened sleeping porches, one with queen futon, one with queen bed.
Two air conditioned rooms, one with bunk beds, one queen sofa bed.
Six adults and two children stay comfortably upstairs.
Each Sleeping room has a sink, with one toilet in bathroom. Shuttered outside jet tub and shower on deck provide bathing, soaking upstairs.
Rent: $200/night for two adults; $250/night/4 adults; $300/night 6 adults. $250/night/family up to 3 children under 12. Two night minimum.
Limit 6 adults, 2 children, no more than 8 people. $250 refundable deposit.
This fee includes towels and sheets. A $100 reduction is given if you bring your linens.
House will be professionally cleaned before your arrival. Guests must leave house clean, follow instructions for full refund... or
Subtract $75 from refund to engage cleaning service.
Included in your rental are use of two hydrobikes and a rowboat at no extra charge.
Two rivers provide delightful swimming:
Three Rivers Estates private Ichetucknee River Beach is four houses downriver. Delightful swimming and floating right off bank of river house in Santa Fe River.
To reserve, call Virginia to check on dates available. Payment in advance by Google Wallet or PayPal is required. Disclaimer must be signed and sent with payment. Refund of deposit after inspection of cabin by owner within two weeks.
Three week notice of cancellation for refund, 4 week notice for holidays.
No refunds for cancellation, disappointment, or weather after arrival. Make sure this rustic experience is for you and for your family.
- Take I-75 past Gainesville's four exits to the first exit to High Springs/Alachua.
- Turn onto US 441 towards High Springs, passing Santa Fe High School.
- Just outside of High Springs, notice the brown Ichetucknee State Park sign on the right.
- Turn left across opposite bound 441 lanes to US 27.
- Pass through High Springs. Drive about 15 miles on US 27.
- Pass through Ft. White. Drive about 11 miles on US 27 before turning.
- Pass the South Entrance to Ichetucknee State Park towards Branford.
- Turn left before crossing Ichetucknee River into Three Rivers Estates on Riverside Drive.
- At end, bend left with Riverside Drive then right at tree on Santa Fe Drive.
- Snake, then sharp right with Santa Fe Drive
- 2766 on mailbox