Tom & Holly’s Santa Fe River House
Located at 2239 NE 120 Loop, Branford, Florida, this beautiful riverfront home is situated on the banks of the Santa Fe River with gorgeous views of the river. The property is located in a wooded waterfront community with its own boat ramp. This particular area of the Santa Fe River is perfect for swimming, tubing, canoeing, kayaking, diving, snorkeling, fishing and boating. Yes! Bring your boat! Launch at the private boat ramp and tie-up on the floating dock.
This house is a "bed & breakfast" without the breakfast! But you will find coffee, cream and sweeteners in the upgraded kitchen which features granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.
The house is a two story loft home with knotty cypress interior, central heat/AC, wall to wall carpeting and ceramic tile in kitchen and bathrooms. The house is completely furnished and accessorized with every convenience you may need during your stay. Ceiling fans are throughout on both floors. The covered wrap-around porch on the first floor provides additional seating and dining space. A boardwalk stretches out from the house to a large wooden deck and floating dock.
The master bedroom has a spectacular view of the river and features a big king-size bed with Serta pillow top mattress.
Free long-distance phone calls from the land line.
No smoking in the house, but smoking is allowed outside on the porch.
Wonderful End of Summer Trip
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5 based on 6 traveler reviews
Wonderful End of Summer Trip
This was a perfect vacation. Three teenage boys were entertained by the rope swing, the short tube trip to the house, the long trip by canoe. We got a boat ride to Ginnie Springs, Blue Springs, and Ichetucknee. We went about 15 miles to Bob's River House only $20 car and bring your own food and drinks. Lots more rope swings, log roll and swimming. We had company stop by and were able to sleep 9 very comfortably. The house has lots of bedding, pots, pans, towels, Grill etc. Extremely clean. relaxing on bottom deck with you feet up or on top deck enjoying the view. Lots of bird watching, and even an owl comes out at night. Description and pictures of the house very accurate and well maintained.
Get Wet and Cave Dive!
Once again, tom and holly come through again with this wonderful property and incredible location for the best Cave Diving in North America! the location near all the best dive sights is great.
The lower end of the property is set up for diving equipment, from hanging, organizing, drying, cleaning etc. Well lit and great storage to spread out.
The property is very secure with great neighbors and built in security dogs every watchful and fun to play with.
the design of the patios, walkways and docks (including rope swing) is totally fun and relaxing. Would suggest bringing jet skis. Canoes and kayaks are available and great fun.
One of the most relaxing places to read a book on the river.
Wifi provided, great BBQ, fun firepit, relaxing porch river views and you feel you are in a wildlife refuge between the squirrels and birds.
Cell phone coverage is sometimes iffy, but a stroll out by the river usually works fine for me.
Everything necessary is provided as well as multiple knick knacks and cave diving articles to make you feel at home.
Great job, our second but definitely not our last time for sure. Brought people from around the world for diving.
We had a great stay! In fact, we're returning in a few months. Our kids (11,7,6) enjoyed it more than the theme parks. It's an ideal escape for fun and relaxation. The house is in great shape and the outdoor areas (dock, eating areas, patio, fire pit, porch swings) far exceeded our expectations. They have the greatest rope swing we've ever seen. The river is perfect for swimming, tubing and canoeing. The owners are accessible if anything needs attention.
Our Best Family Vacation Yet
This Vacation exceeded our expectations above & beyond. I just searched cabins in Florida on the internet and was lucky enough to stumble upon this one. We had great communication with the owners right from the start. When we arrived Holly met us and gave us the tour of the property.Let me just say that you can't really see how awesome this place is just from pictures. Take my word its so beautiful in person. Tom & Holly had everything set up perfectly. We bought so many things that we didnt even end up needing to use. Our kids had so much fun swimming in the river, jumping from the rope, roasting marshmellows and playing board games at night. We cant wait to come again and we are hoping to make it our family tradition!
What Hospitality A ++++++++++++
Excellent place to stay. Tom did everything imaginable to make sure we had a great stay. Everything you could possibly need is at this home. Everything from lighter fluid to life vests to canoes to rafts..... The list goes on and on. If you need it, its there.
The home was very clean both inside and out. They even left extra beach towels and blankets for us.
We went out the first night to light a fire in the fire ring, and it was already set up for us w logs and sticks. All we had to do was light the moss on top. To me that is putting in the extra effort that is very seldom seen these days.
To top it off, we called just the night before our arrival. It was a last minute vacation decision for Easter weekend. They said no problem and had the place ready for us early the next day.
Extraordinary Vacation Home
We had the good fortune and incredible opportunity to stay at Tom & Holly's Santa Fe River House in July of 2011. What a beautiful home and accomodating hosts. The house is right on the water with one of the most impressive decks that we have seen on the Santa Fe. The home is conveniently located to all of the premier dive sites in the area and especially equipped to meet the needs of a diving/snorkeling family. The open porch under the home has plenty of room for cleaning/hanging & drying all of your wet gear. Ginnie Springs is a short 15 minutes away and should not be missed. Tom & Holly provided access to their entire inventory of canoes, kayaks, rafts and all manner and size of PFD's and floats. The entire family explored the Santa Fe every day. We were amused and entertained by a couple of otters that reside just down the bend. We have four very active children (boys & girls) ages 16, 15, 7 & 6 and we struggled to get them to get off of the rope swing and out of the water to come in for dinner every evening. They did not want to leave. Literally! Yesterday, my seven-year old son (four months after our vacation) asked when can we go back to the Santa Fe house because he wants us to live there forever. You cannot put a price on providing memories like that for your children. We caught, boiled and ate delicious crawfish right out of the river behind the house. The children caught fish everyday. We rafted/snorkeled down the Itcheetucknee River. We grilled our meals outdoors. We made a fire in the fire pit in the back yard and enjoyed smores and scary stories. The home is perfect for the outdoors, active family that enjoys nature and adventure. The accomdations were perfect. Two open bedrooms on the top loft and a small bedroom downstairs. A full bathroom upstairs and half bath downstairs met our needs adequately and the kids took advantage of an open downstairs shower by the stairs when we were able to pull them out of the water. The kitchen is situated in the center of this lovely home and provided for all of our cooking and entertainment needs. Our entire family would rank this as one of our best vacations ever and Tom & Holly's home was an integral reason why. Don't miss an opportunity to enjoy this home with your family.
Activity and Interests
This area of North Central Florida is well known for its crystal clear springs that offer a wide variety of recreational opportunities, scuba diving in particular. There are several full service dive shops within a few miles of the river house.
River Recreation and Diving
Ginnie Springs Dive Resort (only a 10 minute drive!)
Little River Springs in Branford
Ichetucknee Springs State Park in Ft. White
Adventure Outpost in High Springs (canoe/kayak rentals)
Canoe Outpost in High Springs (canoe/kayak rentals)
Rum 138 (canoe/kayak rentals)
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Additional information about rental rates
To reserve the River House, guests must send a $300 refundable security deposit (cash, check or money order) to Tom & Holly directly. Contact them for the address where to mail the deposit. Tom & Holly do not take credit cards. The deposit will be held until satisfactory inspection of the house and premises following your stay.
Tom & Holly will meet you at the house on the day of your arrival. You'll sign the rental agreement/liability waiver and pay the total amount due for renting the house.
Tom & Holly's river house sleeps a maximum of seven total guests with a maximum of five adults during any stay (16 years and up). There is one king bed, one full bed, one twin bed, and a full-size inflatable bed.
Minimum stays of 2 nights is $500 for up to 5 guests; $600 up to 7 total guests.
Stays of 3 or more nights for only 2 adults and up to 4 children: $200 per night
Stays of 3 or more nights for 3 to 5 adults : $225 per night
Minimum stays of 3 nights for Memorial Day & Labor Day $700
Please contact Tom & Holly regarding an additional fee for one-day events.
All rates are subject to 9% tax.
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- children welcome
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- Water View
- bird watching
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- scuba diving or snorkeling
- water tubing
- Bathroom 1
- Half Bathroom
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
- Bedroom 1 - 1 king
- Bedroom 2 - 1 double
- Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single
- Deck / Patio
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- Outdoor Grill
- Guests provide their own meals
- THE HOUSE: Inside 1st Floor – completely furnished Fully equipped kitchen with brand new Whirlpool stainless steel appliances (side-by-side refrigerator, double oven with ceramic cook-top, microwave and dishwasher). Everything little thing you might need to cook and entertain is available in this kitchen! Center kitchen island with 3 bar stools and dining table (seats up to six) In the living room: leather couch, loveseat and Lazy-Boy rocker/recliner, 47 Inch HD flat screen TV with Dish Network satellite, and Wi-Fi Twin bed in separate small bedroom with sheets, blankets, extra pillows Half bath Washing machine and dryer Inside 2nd Floor Loft – completely furnished All beds include sheets, blankets, and extra pillows. Plush king-size bed in master bedroom overlooking the Santa Fe River Full bed in secondary bedroom Full bath with tub/shower and stocked with lots of towels Outdoor and River Front Spaces Wrap-around porch with table and chairs Weber Gas Grill with grill utensils (2) Picnic Tables and (2) Outdoor dining sets Extra high rack to hang wet suits and dive equipment (2) Porch swings Fire Pit Boardwalk to river Large “double-decker” customized deck with seating and large floating dock on river (2) Canoes with paddles, cushions, and life preservers (adult and child sizes) Fenced yard with access gates to decks and river