£81 / night
Price for guests, Nights

Lazy Turtle Lodge Turtle Palace RV – Home 6354608 Camper van

  • 1 bedroom
  • 3 sleeps
  • 2 nights min stay

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 150 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner


Set amidst oaks and cypress on the beautiful Lazy Turtle Lodge, our 10 acre estate, Turtle Palace is the perfect place to escape, float, kayak, canoe, cave dive, bird watch, explore springs or watch the river flow. We consider this our little piece of "heaven on earth". This unit (we also have Turtle Heaven) is a cozy, comfy, 28' Cardinal RV camper located 15 minutes from Historic High Springs and 40 minutes from the Swamp in downtown Gainesville. The camper has a queen bed, full size pull out sofa, gas stove, fridge, microwave, shower and toilet. All linens, towels, shampoo, and complimentary coffee and tea are provided. Weber grill is available on the large covered wood deck and is perfect for barbecuing after a day on the River. Wonderful double outside showers are the guests' favorites and shower wraps/robes are also provided.

A firepit is available for localized bonfires. and there is plenty of kindling - just bring cut firewood or an axe. A short 500 foot walk or drive gets you to the banks of the Santa Fe River. There is No TV but there is a DVD player and DVD's. There is NO Internet but Wi-Fi is available around the main Lodge which is the owner's resident. Guests have access to a communal hot double outside shower (beautiful on moon lit nights), chairs on the dock, and kayak/canoe launch. Special arrangements can be made for access to a separate trailer with cooking facilities for an additional clean up fee of $35. The Lazy Turtle Lodge is a 10 acre estate, set in a quiet and beautiful oak, cypress and spanish moss hammock on the banks of the Santa Fe River, one of North Florida's most beautiful spring fed rivers. The estate includes Turtle Heaven (the trailer also on FlipKey), Turtle Palace (the camper), and the main Lodge. Peace, tranquility, wildlife and beautiful sunsets are the norm. Turtle Palace is also a 1.5 mile country walk to Rum Island Park and a short drive to Oleno St. Park. It is also across from Lily Springs, downriver from Poe Springs and upriver from Ginnie Springs. Guests can float/paddle directly from the dock at the Lazy Turtle Lodge to Rum Island Park or put in at US 441 or US 27 for a longer river ride to the Lodge. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at Rum 138 on the corner of CR 138 and Rum Island Terrace and can be delivered on-site. Whether you want to canoe, kayak, paddle board, float, fish or simple watch the river go by on the dock, Turtle Palace is the place to completely get away from big city stress. "Glamping" and ecotourism at its best. All guests will be asked to sign a General Accident and Release of Liability Form at check in.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: King Bed
    Beds in other rooms: Single Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Air conditioning
  • Shared garden
  • BBQ
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • DVD player
  • Stereo system
  • Hair dryer
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Interaction with guest

Pam and Lance live in the Main Lodge by the river and love to see their guests enjoy all that is to offer. The Lodge's "back yard" is made available to all guests during their stay and the Hosts are available only as needed preferring to give our guests total privacy.


Check in time: 15:00, Check out time: 11:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through HouseTrip using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

50% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 4 weeks before check-in.

4 weeks before

25% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least 2 weeks before check-in.

2 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.

Check-in date

* The booking fee is stated in the cancellation policy information on the payment page. This fee helps us run our secure platform and enables us to provide 24/7 customer support

House rules

No loud music after 10 pm. We ask guests to recycle plastic, glass and aluminum and to check out by 11 am. Have fun.


About the owner

Pamela / Lance Scott S.
Average reply time:
24 minutes
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Calendar updated:
09 May 2020
Years listed:
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Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese


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Guest reviews

13 reviews

Very Good

“Awesome place for relaxing weekend!”

Reviewed 29 Oct 2018

Pam and Lance have gone out of their way to make sure you have everything you need. You only need to bring food, clothes, charcoal and firewood Beautiful and relaxing surroundings!! Nearby Rum138 brou… More

Owner's reply: Thanks for choosing the Lazy Turtle Lodge! It was lovely to have your whole beautiful family here and we would love to have you all again.

“Fun Find”

Reviewed 8 Sep 2018

My spouse and I were looking for lodging for a relaxing weekend near the river. This was a unique find that fit the bill perfectly. Cell service was a bit of an issue, but otherwise we had everything … More

“Excellent vacation! Clean, comfortable, and beautiful!”

Reviewed 3 Jul 2018

We were so blessed to be able to stay with Pam and Lance! The RV was beautifully decorated and incredibly clean and comfortable! Being right on the river was fantastic! The outdoor showers were ama… More

“Perfect quiet get away.”

Reviewed 22 Aug 2017

We are two seniors who have vacationed in this area of Florida before. The travel trailer was meticulous and had more than enough room .The bed was delightful with fine sheets , quilt, and plenty of … More

Owner's reply: Thank you for your kind words. Nothing makes us happier than happy guests. We look forward to your next visit.


Reviewed 9 Jul 2017

This was the greatest hidden spot ever! We grilled, cooked, floated down the river, escaped from the world and showered outside. I will be returning again. This place is worth every penny.

Owner's reply: Thanks so much for your review. We would be delighted to three to have you as return guests!!

“"Just Us Girls" Retreat”

Reviewed 25 May 2017

Look no further! This is an absolute jewel right on the Santa Fe River. This place was just perfect for us girls. It's the best of both worlds for any skeptics and to appeal to the glitz side of you ladies, where you are in close proximity (about 20 minutes) to some of the best shopping in Gainesville and the elegant and cute feminine touches inside your "cabin or camper," while maintaining that outdoorsy appeal for your more laid back, adventureous side. The owners are friendly and have thought of absolutely everything to make your stay comfortable. Towels, linens, well stocked with kitchen utensils, pots, pans, spices... Amazing! There was even a coffee pot for that morning cup of brew to enjoy "slow and easy" on the patio, while enjoying deer grazing nearby or watch the place's namesake, a cute river turtle, make it's way from the flower garden to the river ever so slowly with, seemingly no worries. Thus the name, Lazy Turtle Inn. You will, in fact, have no worries. There is a well-maintained path leading from the inn to the river, a very brief walk where you can enjoy a nice sandy beach for lawn chairs or take advantage of the dock where you can watch the lazy river go by and even socialize with occasional kayake or fishing enthusiasts. We were entertained by two friendly labs coming to cool off in the river. They kept to themselves and we're quite humorous to watch. The gorgeous Rum Island Springs is a short 10 min. drive. It is also about an hour float from the dock. As luck would have it, the rain came, but it didn't dampen our spirits with so much to do in the area. For nightlife, a locally popular Jamey Michael King Band was playing at Ellie Ray's [outdoor] "concert" patio on the Suwannee, which is about a 15 minute drive from the Lazy Turtle. There is an outdoor grill for you barbeque experts to enjoy a family picnic or ride into High Springs to the The Outdoors diner for a nice meal, enjoy music or an adult beverage. It's also a short drive, maybe 15 mins. I could go on and on. Loved this place! Thank you Pam and Lance.

Owner's reply: What a fun review. So glad you had a good time and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

“Cozy, very welcoming, everything we needed in one spot! :)”

Reviewed 7 Mar 2017

Exactly what we were looking for in our weekend getaway! The "Palace" was perfect for us. All the amenities were right there and the owners couldnt be more welcoming! A must-see property and… More

Owner's reply: Thanks! Come see us again soon.

“Peaceful and comfortable”

Reviewed 3 Jul 2016

I stayed with my 14 yr old and 10 yr old. It was comfortable for the 3 of us. We took recommendations for kayak rental and had a blast. Would definitely stay again

Owner's reply: Glad you had a good time. We would enjo having you as guests again.

“Luxury RV Camping Near the Santa Fe River”

Reviewed 18 May 2016

We wanted a short get away from our day to day business life and we found this little gem only a few hours drive from the Tampa area. We are old school campers at heart and our stay in the Turtle Pala… More

Owner's reply: You were wonderful guests and we would love to have you come back again.

“Florida's best kept secret.”

Reviewed 12 Apr 2016

Within days of our arrival, we both said that we would definitely consider a return visit to this special part of Florida. Our lovely hosts, Pam and Lance, the owners of this ten acres on the Santa Fe… More

Owner's reply: We honestly can't wait to have you visit again. It was wonderful to meet you and to have you with us for three weeks. You are the type of guests that we would like to clone! Thanks for the review!

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In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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How can I retract my booking request?

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Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send Pamela / lance scott (the owner) a message.

If Pamela / lance scott (the owner) agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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