Sunrise Oasis Yurt -- A Step Above Camping
"Camp" a step above in Club Florida's unique yurt. Club Florida is the proud owner of a yurt, built by Patrick McKann in 2004. The yurt sits on the edge of a deep quarry, which fills and drains along with the Santa Fe River's level. The yurt is nestled in the midst of acres of Gilchrist's County's woodlands, rising 24 feet in the midst of swaying trees. Step up to view life among the trees, and step above primitive camping in this protected, screened woods-hut.
A yurt is an indigenous Mongolian dwelling, as seen in the film The Weeping Camel, comparable to an America's Indian teepee. Environmental Statistician, Biologist, and carpenter, Patrick built with the help of his brother, neighbors, and his mother our 20 sided, screened umbrella which opens as tree bows begin to taper in their last reach for the sky.
On the 16 x16 platform downstairs campers find a propane stove, fresh water, outhouse with compostng toilet, cooking gear, chairs and a table. Use dead wood on the ground for permitted campfire.
When the Santa Fe River floods, our quarry fills.
Climb the stairs to pop open the yurt door, rising to a leaf-green painted floor, easy to clean. Fourteen foot floor-to-ceiling screens and the umbrella top protect from insects and rain, while allowing you to meditate and sleep in cool ambient air. A translucent dome covering the circular rooftop emits moon and star light or the shadow of an owl or hawk who flies through the ever-turning night.
You can access the yurt by land, after a drive through rural Gilchrist County. Once your full payment is received, Virginia sends you directions to the yurt and to the hidden key. Or, You may peddle up the Santa Fe River on Club Florida's hydrobikes. The yurt is a 25 minute paddle/peddle upriver from the Ichetucknee confluence. We have marked trails through the Suwannee River Management Lands, if you prefer to hike from Club Florida's Historic Cabin to the yurt. On these lands you are guaranteed to scare up the resident turkey flock, who fly like W.W.II bombers back and forth across the river to feed in the woods and nest in the trees. You are welcome to enjoy the Santa Fe River on hydrobikes or bring your own canoe or kayak to the yurt. Take our cleared path through our expanse of untouched acres to our river lot to enter the river for swimming or boating. A community boat ramp is close by.
Hiking trails, Hydro Bikes, canoe, and bicycles available.
Watch deer dash through the quarry while owls alternate their mating calls through the silence of pristine lands. The Yurt lies a short distance from four miles of Ft. White Tortoise Mitigation Lands, where gopher tortoises dig their retreats and other wildlife take refuge. These seldom used public lands provide paths along the Santa Fe River above Ira Bea's private community, and we can guide you to interesting features such as the Sunshine Spring or the Black Pool.
Club Florida offers you a unique experience a step above. Indigenous Indians may not have camped as luxuriously as you will in our elevated, cushioned treehouse. Find here a complete diversion from life in the urban communities of the 21st century.
Although the yurt is now 10 years old, the misfortune of a tree falling on it caused us to rebuilt and renovate it. The lichen-covered dome is now as clear as air again, so you can watch the moon and stars. Leaks in roof and screen have been repaired, and our unique yurt is as lovely as it ever was.
What we have at the Yurt:
- 16x16 lower deck
- 2 captains chairs, side table, camping "sofa" on lower deck
- 3 wire chairs/cushions around fire pit
- plexiglass dining table, 4 chairs
- anti-raccoon cage on deck for food storage
- 2 burner Coleman propane stove
- coffee pot, 5 piece cooking kit
- bowls, plates, cups, flatware for 4 people, kept upstairs
- dishwashing tub, drainer
- 50 gallon rain barrel with water for dishwashing
- double sink for dishwashing
- 5 gallon unlocked cooler w/o ice
- 16 x 16 elevated 11 feet in trees, screened, sleeping yurt
- Queen futon matress w/ matress pad, plastic cover
- 4 2" foam sleeping mats stored
- outhouse w/ sink
- composting toilet
- sun shower
- fire ring
- burn only dead limbs found on the ground
- do not burn mossy, aesthetic logs
Boats on our private river lot
- complimentary use of 2 hydrobikes
- Ft. White Mitigation Lands Boat Ramp to launch canoes, kayaks (1 mile)
- Ira-Bea’s Boat Ramp (.4 mile)
- complimentary use of 2 wide tire bicycles
- bike pump in outhouse
You should bring:
- Bug spray
- Light: Flashlights, lanterns
- Matches for fire
- Propane for Coleman stove (Many bottles have accumulated; use these before yours)
- Sleeping bags or sheets
- Toilet Paper
- All groceries (nearest convenience store is 15 miles; nearest grocery, 20 miles)
- Avoid bring candles, especially upstairs. Citronella in bucket downstairs is OK.
Phone or text me at 352 275 3833 to determine available dates; or click "contact me" (firstname.lastname@example.org) on the website to check availability. I prefer not to use a website calendar.
Providing more than one date offers a better chance of being booked.
The yurt is most desirable for couples. The queen bed, two sling chairs, rug create a comfortable setting for two.
Four adults can be accommodated with two single mats stored in a "loft" upstairs. Please replace them as you find them. . The yurt is one open room with no privacy for two couples.
A family of two adults and up to four small children can be accommodated.
The ladder to the upper deck holds only 250 pounds. Only one person on the ladder @ a time is safe.
Supervise children on ladder.
For your comfort and safety, the maximum weight upstairs is not more than six 180 pound people.
Others may pitch a tent beside the yurt or elsewhere on the 4 acres, but each individual pays the fee.
$200 per couple for two nights; two nights are preferred.
$50 per adult per night: you bring water, light, sheets or sleeping bags
$125 minimum: Single night stays, 2 campers. We reserve the right to exclude single night stays on popular and holiday weekends.
$100 per night for single camper.
$35 per child under 12 per night.
+ $50 refundable deposit
Deposit and Reservations
Only full payment reserves your dates. No reservation is complete without your agreeing/signing the Disclaimer.
Copy and paste the Disclaimer into an email, agreeing to it.
The prefered method of payment is Google Wallet, next is Paypal. Google Wallet requires a few steps and days to enroll, but it is completely free and safe. Ask for more information from Virginia.
Paypal is efficient as well, but a 3% fee is subtracted from your deposit for use of Paypal.
Send payment to email@example.com. It is easy to return your deposit via Internet.
No credit cards are accepted.
No-shows will not be refunded.
Please ask about sending a check if you are not computer friendly. More time is required to receive payments and refunds through U.S. mail. I travel much and may not have an address where checks can be sent efficiently.
After you have a pleasant stay at the yurt, I want to return your deposit.
To receive the complete deposit back, please take photos as instructed on the attachment sent when you receive directions.
Carry away all trash: do not leave recyclables or trash; take away your water bottles; take away your propane bottles. Use ones left at the yurt, but bring a spare to make sure propane is available.
Empty your body waste into red barrel behind outhouse. Clorox is also under sink. Swish waste water collected in bucket behind outhouse; replace two scoops of saw dust in fresh bucket; place it under toilet.
Paper: You may leave paper in the first bin, so others can start fires.
Sweep: upstairs, lower deck, the outhouse
Replace cookware and plates in blue bin AND carry to upper deck. Rain and roaches get in bin if left downstairs.
Wipe: clean the "kitchen counters" on the deck.
Lock: bikes, hydrobikes, and trap door
Return: key to hidden spot where you found it. Photo that key is HIDDEN.
Do not disturb fire circle. Make sure your fire is out.
Lean the chairs around the table to keep the seats clean.
When you do these things, you are leaving the yurt the way you find it. Thank you so very much for your cooperation.
We love your comments in the red book upstairs.
For you benefit, print the conditions for deposit return, take them with you.
The yurt is in high demand. Your dates are confirmed only after full payment of fee plus deposit. Because of high volume of requests, if you have paid in full, but you cancel, I must charge you $25 booking fee. Refunds will be given if cancellation is no less than three weeks in advance of your reserved date.
IMPORTANT FOR HOLIDAY WEEKENDS: If you reserve a holiday weekend or day and you have RECEIVED directions from me, NO REFUND IS GIVEN FOR CANCELLATION, REGARDLESS OF TIME BEFORE SET DATE. Once I reserve a holiday for you, others will be turned away. You are obligated to pay for the reservation if you cannot attend. Make sure of your plans before you reserve.
In certain cases, at slack times, I am willing to move your date to another vacant time.
Refunds are given if a hurricane, tornado, flood, or extreme long-term freeze occurs unexpectedly on your dates.
No refunds are given for rainy, hot, or cold weather.
No refunds are given when you see mosquitoes, roaches, spiders, chirping insects, wildlife or if the woods experience is not what you envisioned. If you leave before your paid time expires, we are sorry we cannot refund your money. Others are waiting to enjoy the treehouse experience.
Check in at least 2 hours before sunset; check out 12 noon; check in is 2 PM, unless by special arrangement. It is easy to become lost in the woods on the lime rock roads and lanes in the dark. Also, with only your car headlights and light you bring, it is difficult to set up in the dark. For your convenience, arrive in daylight.
Click here for Instructions for Self Sign InClick here to read the Disclaimer For a more pampered stay, see our original Santa Fe River cabin. For accommodations in Gainesville, check out Grace's Place