Rural north central Florida half way between Gainesville and Palatka, We live in a lakeside community . We have a 1 acre lakeside lot/home. The property is surrounded by a 4' chain link fence. There are 2 50x70 areas on either side of the driveway to park. Water and 15 amp electric are available on one side. We have an elderly basset hound who have the run of the property. Your dog is welcome to have the run of the property as long as it gets along with ours. *WiFi is definitely available on the veranda overlooking the lake, at all times. You are welcome to use the veranda at any time. The further you get from the house the weaker the signal.
Ashley Lake Drive is now paved.
After hosting about 40 times and being guests 8 times, the caliber of Boondocker's Welcome folks we have encountered warrant little need for house rules. We are Christian, civilized, gentlefolk. We only ask you act accordingly while our guests. In the last few months I have seen more Boondockers Welcome hosts asking for unreasonable money for hook ups. I find this a commercialization of our club and find it unsettling. We do not. So, in lieu of money we will graciously accept wine if you are so inclined but it is by no means a must. At any rate, we will probably end up drinking it on the lake veranda, together, engaging in witty repartee while enjoying the sunset.
Newly paved (whoppe!) except the last 150 yards sand/gravel.
There is plenty of room on our fenced property to park your towed vehicle or the vehicle towing your trailer.
St. Augustine (50 miles, a must if you have not been there). Gainesville, University of Florida (20 miles). Cedar Key (75 miles). The Villages (75 miles). 2 paved bike trails in the area. Keystone Heights to Palatka (25 miles long) 5 miles away . Hawthorne to Gainesville & Paynes Prairie (20 miles long) 8 miles away. Ravine Gardens State Park, Palatka. Our lakeside veranda in the evening. Gorgeous sunsets with wine and Sandhill Cranes.
Our hosts were absolutely wonderful and made our first boondockers welcome stay more than we ever expected. They have a beautiful piece of property and a beautiful home that is unique and welcoming. Thank you again for sharing it with us!
We stayed last year and loved it so much we came back this year. A beautiful place with such acomdating host's. We had great conversation. As a plus there are some very interesting birds to see. Thank you for sharing your place with us.
What a beautiful location and warm and welcoming hosts. The sunset over the lake was spectacular. I only stayed one night with my newly adopted greyhound, who learned to the climb stairs to the veranda for the first time in his life. I hope to get back there someday. Thank you Hal and Cecile.
We enjoyed our stay at Melrose. Their place is quite and relaxing, it was just what we needed. The sunsets on the varanda were spectacular. Our 3 dogs loved the fenced in area and Right turn Clyde was sweet and gentle.
We would highly recommend this place to stay.
This was our first stay with BW. We loved it! Our hosts were very gracious and kind. Would love to stay again when we come back through.
These folks are wonderful and the site was wonderful. Most accommodating, intelligent, interesting and informative. AMAZING bike trails in the area... Sure hope to stay here again!
We had a great evening with our host . He and his wife are lovely people and the place was very easy to find, the access is also very easy. We were able to plug our 30 A and water .
These host are very helpful and generous.
We stayed here 3 nights here and loved it! This sweet couple allowed us to stay even during the coronavirus concerns getting more serious. My boys loved taking the kayak out every day to fish, it is a beautiful area! I was working a lot, I wish I could have spent more time with the hosts, but hopefully we will be passing through again and spend more time with them.
Had a absolutely awesome time. Loved our evening conversations and view. Hope to return in the future. Thank You for being great hosts.
What a great place ! Little paradise on earth. We enjoyed beautiful sunsets on the porch. Lots of birds including a pair of sandhill cranes with chicks. Quiet area for good night sleep. Our dog, Marvin, enjoyed the open space to run and play. Host is very generous and knowledgeable. Thank you. We'll stay more than 2 nights next time.
We had a very nice stay with Mabuhay! Having arrived on Saturday, we joined them for church on Sunday morning. We enjoyed good conversation over a couple of meals and loved watching the sunset with them over the lake from their veranda.A beautiful spot in a quiet area!
Thank you for your generous hospitality!
We will certainly stop by to visit again when our travels take us this way.
Our one day extended into five. Spent the evenings on the deck watching the sun set over the peaceful lake. Our hosts were most gracious and we had good conversations that often extended way after the sun had gone to sleep. We felt safe and the nights were quiet and we rate this Boondocker host as a 5/5. Highly recommended.
Our stay with Mabuhay was fantastic! Our hosts went above and beyond to make our experience
so enjoyable. We had beautiful sunsets on the veranda, great conversations, and excellent food!
We felt very welcomed by the lovely hosts and their two beautiful Basset hounds!
We look forward to our return visit with them! P.S. thank you for introducing us to the low-country
We highly recommend this BW. Mabuhay was very helpful upon our arrival, helping us to get settled. He provides free electricity and water as well. We really enjoyed talking to him and his wife. They even gave us a glimpse into their very interesting octagonal house.
We cannot thank Hal and Cecille enough for their kind hospitality. We thoroughly enjoyed sitting on their veranda last evening with them. We visited and got to know each other. They are just the sweetest couple. We had a beautiful quiet spot to park our 31' motorhome. Our only regret is that we couldn't stay longer. We hope to spend time with them again soon.
Personally I like staying in places that are open and expansive. This home wasn’t far off of a more developed community but it had a real spacious feel to it.
I had a short conversation with my host I wish we could’ve had more time to talk. Sky would’ve been dark if not for the moon but lots of stars out anyway. very quiet and peace peaceful
We had a short 1 night stopover at/with Mabuhay and really enjoyed our time there. We hope to get back that way and maybe spent a bit more time at this quiet serene location on the lake! Great hosts and we welcome them to stay with us at our BDW site if the ever make up to neck of the world!
A nice and safe place with nice peole. A beautiful view on a small lake. Generous people
Very quiet area super nice couple they fixed dinner for me it was delicious! What an amazing cook! They invited me to their back porch every night to watch the sunset over the lake. Got lots of hugs and would like to see them again one day.
Nice place, completely fenced with a locked electric gate. Hal helped us get our 32’ class A in and parked. We actually met Hal and his wife last Spring at another BW place in Michigan. They invited us to look them up the next time we were in Florida. They have two nice older Basset Hounds
Thank you guys so much . Very easy to find (especially with the paved road!) . Hal was helpful when we were setting up and even provided his set of blocks for us to use. Then they provided a lovely happy hour on the veranda complete with wine. We were only there for one night but hope to return and explore the area. Maybe the sand cranes will be there next time!
Mabuhay is the perfect getaway, Hal and Cecille are simply a joy to talk to.
We were welcomed as guests and left as friends!
The location is super quiet, and gorgeous views. We sat both nights on the veranda and enjoyed the glorious sunsets over the lake and spotting wildlife.
We both urge anyone that's passing to stop by and visit the friendliest and most welcoming people in Florida!
If you get the chance, Hal's pate and salsa are legendary!
We wanted to stay longer with this amazing couple, unfortunately our itinerary calls!
Thank you both so very much for your hospitality and friendship!
Our hosts were the perfect hosts for not only our first time boondocking, but our first time camping. They have a lovely property on a lake and invited us to watch the sunset over the lake with them. We were invited to hook into their water and electric and allowed us to use our Predator generator. Their Bassett hounds were very friendly to us. We were made to feel very welcomed.
Enjoyed our stay with two very nice people who went out of their way to make us comfortable . A beautiful place to see birds and other wildlife. Made new friends. Will be going back. Thank you!
Hal and Cecille are terrific hosts and incredible accommodating. We'll plan to see then 2X each year.
It was very nice to watch the sunset from the porch and talk about the days events with Hal , a kind considerate host thanks Hal for the security of your home hope to meet again .
We had a wonderful visit and stay with our host. We stayed two nights giving us time to visit St Augustine and then continue our journey. Both evenings we enjoyed seeing sunset over the lake and conversations with our great hosts
A big shout out and thank you to Fitz and his wife. We enjoyed our time at this lovely location. Friz’s and Tony shared lots of great stories about their adventures. We will be back to visit our new friends.
H and C were again very kind to us and we thoroughly enjoyed the conversations we had on their deck watching the sunsets. We will definitely return if we head back up this way. Thanks again folks :)
We had a great time here, excellent conversation, generous hosts, will return again!
We stayed here on our first night in Florida and now again on our last night. We thoroughly enjoyed the time we spent with the hosts and their 2 dogs. From all the boondocking spots we stayed this one is definitely in the top 3!
Hal was an amazing host providing all the comforts, with beautiful sunsets!!!
A beautiful property on a lake, but what made our stay special, was the friendliness and gracious attitudes of our hosts and our small beagle enjoyed playing with Darley and Clydesdale, the resident Bassett Hounds. At sunset we relaxed on their raised back porch watching the sun set over the lake.
We travel every year a few months and do a lot of boondocking. On that way we hope to learn more about the USA and hope to met nice people. We had so a fantastic stay by Celline and Hal. Feel likes we knew them a long time. Had nice talkings on their great terras with wonderful view. Join them to church and had a meal together. Wish we could stay longer but wants to see more in the area. Hope to see these great hosts a next time when we come in USA. God bless!
Wonderful Boondockers Welcome new hosts. Our group is lucky that such an hospitable couple will share their quiet rural lakeside home with those of us travelling in Florida. We asked to arrive a day early but a flat tire had us arriving the next day. We were invited to share their sunset view from the deck then moved indoors as it got later. We asked to stay an extra night - and they let us. This led to us going out for dinner together to see a neighbouring town.
If you love nature and friendly folks, you should visit Melrose!
Host were extremely hospitality! Great place to spend a night and day. They shared their home and beautiful sunset over lake with me, as well as wine, and even homemade guacamole. And their two Basset Hounds were friendly and majestic.
I couldn’t have ask for more. Great spot and wonderful host!
Our host was in touch with us in a very timely fashion and greeted us upon our arrival. We had fun sharing rv stories. What a beautiful spot complete with dancing sand hill cranes!
The hosts were extremely hospitable, even sharing a glass of wine with me while we sat on their deck and watched the sand hill cranes dance about and the sun set.
We stayed here one night and wished we stayed longer. After staying at several boondocking places we have to say that this was the best one. Beautiful property, wonderful welcoming hosts and lovely dogs. On our way back we will try staying here again.