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 2 elderly basset hounds 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 except for the last 150 yards.
No smoking, outside, please. No loud external generators. We would not like to hear your radio. If you have firearms, we do not wish to see them. Depending on your pet they may have the run of the property which is fenced. Quiet hours after 2100. We are Christian, civilized, gentlefolk. We ask you act accordingly while our guests. Guest party of one family preferred.
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). 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.
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.