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Grasshopper Lodge Rustic HandCrafted Cabin Florida

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Secluded, cozy, and romantic hand-crafted rustic cabin in the Ocala National Forest near Orlando
Open great room with high ceilings and wood-burning stove/fireplace
Hand-crafted cedar kitchen
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Overview
1 bedroom
1 bathroom
2 guests
3 nights minimum
Cabin
Secluded, cozy, and romantic hand-crafted rustic cabin rental in the Ocala National Forest near Orlando Florida An amazing retreat on Big Grasshopper Lake in the Ocala National Forest. Sit on the dock and watch amazing sunsets, then enjoy a cozy evening in front of the wood-burning fireplace. Go hiking, canoeing, fishing, birdwatching in the Ocala National Forest, and then have dinner prepared in the gorgeous, fully-equipped cedar kitchen. Crafted from all-local wood, the cabin features cypress floors, knotty sand-pine walls and ceilings, cedar doors and trim. Spacious great room and open kitchen facing Big Grasshopper Lake. Bedroom features Sealy Posturepedic King Size bed with rustic cedar headboard. Totally secluded - built on an old in-holding that was privately owned when the Ocala ...Secluded, cozy, and romantic hand-crafted rustic cabin rental in the Ocala National Forest near Orlando Florida An amazing retreat on Big Grasshopper Lake in the Ocala National Forest. Sit on the dock and watch amazing sunsets, then enjoy a cozy evening in front of the wood-burning fireplace. Go hiking, canoeing, fishing, birdwatching in the Ocala National Forest, and then have dinner prepared in the gorgeous, fully-equipped cedar kitchen. Crafted from all-local wood, the cabin features cypress floors, knotty sand-pine walls and ceilings, cedar doors and trim. Spacious great room and open kitchen facing Big Grasshopper Lake. Bedroom features Sealy Posturepedic King Size bed with rustic cedar headboard. Totally secluded - built on an old in-holding that was privately owned when the Ocala National Forest was created, this property is part of a 40 acre parcel that remained private when the ONF was created around it. Our cabin sits on a corner of the parcel, surrounded on two sides by the ONF. It is the ONLY house on an extensive chain of lakes that offer incredible recreation and wildlife viewing opportunities. Totally rustic, yet with all the amenities - fully equipped kitchen with microwave, dishwasher, disposal, washer and dryer, TV and home theater in living room and bedroom, ceiling fans, screened porch. Only 50 miles from Orlando, and 40 miles from Daytona Beach. Use it as your base to explore all that Central Florida has to offer, or come and recharge your batteries in the serene wilderness.More
House Rules
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bathrooms
1 Full bath
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David G
Hosting since March 2015
Response Rate: 80%
Response Time: Within a few hours
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Reviews (17)
Tony L
Tony L
Tarpon Springs, FL2 contributions
We loved the Grasshopper lodge. They had everything we needed and then some. The place was really clean for an 70 year old cabin, and the bed was very comfortable. Best bass fishing I’ve ever seen! Caught 7 fish the first afternoon we were there. The canoe and tandem kayak were very well maintained. Gas grill was almost new. The road in was very rough, but they warn you in advance. Our Dodge Journey has the same clearance as most minivans and it made it fine. Some sugar sand and some deep tire ruts so most cars would have trouble. We will definitely be back!
Visited March 2021
Written March 22, 2021. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

ScopeLookr
ScopeLookr
Lake Worth, FL1 contribution
Over many years, I've stayed in several cabins I would describe as "Charming", "delightful", "perfect", "romantic". Grasshopper Lodge just takes each adjective to it's next level. And David and Doris are both great people to work with. I booked this as a birthday getaway for my fiance and I wanted flowers on the table for her when we arrived. There is no florist in Astor and NOBODY would deliver to this location (see next paragraph). Through a truly heroic effort on the part of a flower shop in Pierson, the library in Astor and Doris' husband, a huge spectacular bouquet greeted her when we arrived. First you take a scenic drive through the Ocala Nat'l Forest, then down a country road. Next you're onto a long, narrow, rutted, un-maintained dirt road through dense vegetation. I expected to see the "T-Rex Paddock" on the right at any moment. I LOVED it, but you better bring a serious SUV or truck. Then we finally arrived at this perfect cabin deep in the woods to our right and the most picture-perfect lake on the left. There was the dock with two chairs so one could watch the sun both rise and set over the lake; both bolted to the dock I might add. There is no wifi, but there is cell service and this cabin really does have everything you need but clothes and food. And I do mean EVERYTHING. We explored the Ocala and hiked by day and stargazed at night under deep black skies (We brought a telescope specifically for this). The feel of the cabin and surrounding woods is more 'Maine' than 'Florida'. We loved it so much, we booked another stay before we even got home. I give it 5 Circles: O O O O O
Visited December 2020
Written December 23, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Heather P
Heather P
Tampa, FL1 contribution
What a wonderful stay our family had. The cabin was beautiful and clean and has everything you need other than groceries. Books, games, and an amazing movie selection are at the cabin for your enjoyment. We canoed a large portion of the lake and caught plenty of fish. There are lots of blue gill and bass! We never saw another person on the lake during our stay. Our family enjoyed going to Alexander springs to swim it is perfect for children. There are gas stations and a bait shop not too far. We cooked either on the stove or grill every day and never ate out. Also roasted s’mores on the fire outside and enjoyed a short hike. Be sure you have a four wheel drive truck as the driveway can be rough. Also be sure to check yourself for ticks each day. Thanks for an amazing time we will be back!
Visited July 2020
Written July 8, 2020. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Rallydan
Rallydan
Jacksonville, FL21 contributions
My favorite thing about this rental is the reflections on Grasshopper lake and the solitude. Sundown was the most picturesque. Daytime when the lake is calm, the mirror image is mesmerizing. Daybreak,hot coffee on the pier not a person for miles, only bird song and fish jumping.. soul refreshing. Cabin is beautiful, as described but the view has too be seen in person. Nice that the whole lodge including the bedroom, afford a great view of the lake. Road to cabin was rough but doable. A lot of unpaved but smooth roads in the area. Well worth exploring for lakes and wildlife. Astor is close by and has gas, groceries and a few restaurants. Springs, trails, parks, boating and anything to do with the outdoors abound in the area all year We will be back.
Visited October 2019
Written November 2, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Sightseer34061472935
Sightseer34061472935
1 contribution
Our stay at Grasshopper Lodge exceeded our expectations and is our favorite vacation ever!! The Lodge is pristine and the owners have thought of everything one might need. We enjoyed the bunnies, birds and wildlife as well as having a fire at night under the stars. The lake is great for catching wide mouth bass or kayaking and canoeing. Would highly recommend this for a quiet, serene getaway!
Visited May 2019
Written May 29, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
David G
David G
Thanks for your glowing review! So glad you had a great time at the Lodge. ---> David
Written May 31, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Felicity W
Felicity W
Colchester, United Kingdom65 contributions
Fantastic, secluded cabin in the middle of the forest. You’re greeted by Doris who is lovely and very knowledgeable of the local area, but other than that you’re on your own which is fantastic. The cabin is spacious and air conditioned. There is plenty to keep you amused even though there’s no phone coverage or WiFi, you can hike, play games or watch TV or DVDs or my personal favourite thing which was just watching the wildlife from the window. Really lovely place to get away for a few days. My only teensy thing is that I like white towels and linen just so you can immediately see it’s clean. I have no doubt the stuff here was clean but that’s just a personal thing to me. Bring bug spray as there are plenty of you plan on being outside and also you’ll need a big car or 4x4 as the track to get there is pretty bumpy! None of this takes away from the great stay though.
Visited May 2019
Written May 26, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
David G
David G
Thanks for choosing Grasshopper Lodge, and for sharing about your experience there. I hope it will remain a highlight of your 50-state expedition!
Written May 27, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Merlin B
Merlin B
43 contributions
We just experienced our 10 year anniversary at this awesome cabin for another amazing week. It was magical ten years ago and it was magical again for our return visit. If you are looking for peaceful, secluded privacy: this is as good as it gets. We saw only a half-dozen or so other people during our week there. David, the owner, and Doris, the caretaker make a great team in managing the cabin. Doris was very respectful and considerate of our privacy but yet she was ready and available whenever we had a question or needed something. The cabin furnishings have a nice international flare, tastefully done, perhaps by a professional interior decorator. It is well-stocked with cookware, blender, toaster, toaster oven, microwave, coffee maker, even a burr coffee grinder. There is a first-rate leather couch and chair, 2 big flat-screens, and furnished screened-in porch facing the lake at the foot of the front yard. It has central heat & air and a wood-burning fireplace with ample supply of split oak. The firm Sealy Posturepedic Mattress is excellent. I caught large blue-gill in the lake and my partner spent hours and hours wandering around the area, enjoying the many birds with binoculars and camera. We love this cabin and we look forward to another future anniversary week.
Visited March 2019
Written March 15, 2019. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
David G
David G
Thanks for that great review, and so glad you had a great stay. In particular, I'm glad that returning after 10 years still fulfilled your expectations! And thanks for the huge compliment on my interior decorating - not a professional, but definitely a travel collector! Hope to have you back for the next big anniversary. All the best, David
Written March 17, 2019. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Scarlett L
Scarlett L
West Palm Beach, FL2 contributions
Just returned from my 9th stay at Grasshopper Lake Lodge! As always, I return restored & renewed. The peace & quiet & nature all around the cabin, just can't be beat! My husband compares it to the float plane fly-in trip we took to Ontario 13 years ago, & we sure had to go A LOT farther and spend A LOT more $$ to get there!! David keeps upgrading the comforts at the cabin & makes it the most welcoming & well appointed cabin in the woods! Up each morning before dawn with the bird's song...then a hike or canoe/kayak trip....bit of fishing ( don't worry, if you don't wish to go out on the lake, the bluegill & catfish will happily visit you at the dock! A nice lunch on the deck...then perhaps a nap...you want to be rested for the firefly show after dark...or to roast marshmallows by the fire & watch for the gray fox to visit! We always have the BEST & most relaxing time here! We have never returned so many times to the same vacation spot! So it HAS to be VERY SPECIAL!! Thanks, David! We are planning our 10th visit very soon....
Visited April 2018
Written April 13, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
David G
David G
Thanks Scarlett! It is so rewarding to hear that Grasshopper continues to make you happy. I hope to be able to continue making it your getaway for many years to come!
Written April 15, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Joanne J
Joanne J
23 contributions
one foot inside the door, and you know you have arrived in a cherished dwelling. peace is all around. watching the sunset, or the occasional kayak or fisherman cruise by on the lake is so sweet. within a couple of days you sync with natures time-clock, and rise for coffee and daybreak. after the sunset, you can hear the old wood cabin creak a little as it cools in the night air, then you know its time to get comfy for the night. The cabin has every amenity, and all in good working order. Books games movies, cards, a couple of good "old movie" channels on TV take you back in time a little. when I am here I dont think about much, when I am back at work, I think about Grasshopper lodge!
Visited March 2018
Written April 2, 2018. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
David G
David G
Thanks Joanne! Always good to have you back. I will continue to keep the place as pristine as possible for you. See you next year! ---> David
Written April 3, 2018. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Navigate717535
Navigate717535
1 contribution
Amazing secluded little cabin. The owner makes you feel like you're staying at a friends home, Stocked better than my own home, with things to do (i.e. kayak , canoe, movies, games, etc). My wife is already planning another trip to this cabin.
Visited July 2017
Written July 26, 2017. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
David G
David G
So glad you enjoyed your stay, and thanks for the nice comments. Looking forward to your return to Grasshopper!
Written July 28, 2017. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
DVD Player
Air Conditioning
Balcony
Grill
Boat Available
Ceiling Fans
Central Heating
Deck
Dishwasher
Dryer
Fireplace
Freezer
Refrigerator
Internet Access
Business Travel
Kettle
Business Travel
Microwave
Parking
Private Yard
Stove
Terrace
Toaster
Towels Provided
TV
Washer
Water Views
Waterfront
Wi-Fi
Fishing Nearby
Horse Riding Nearby
Watersports Nearby
Beach Or Lakeside Relaxation
Hiking Trips
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About the neighborhood
Rustic Cabin Rental near Orlando Florida The Great Florida Outdoors is At Your Doorstep In the Ocala National Forest: •Hiking, Fishing, Canoeing/Kayaking, Birdwatching, Horseback Riding •Alexander Springs Recreation Area nature trails and spring-fed swimming area •Juniper Springs Recreation Area nature trails and 7-mile canoe/kayak run
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Car required
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Cancellation Policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • 25% refund* if you cancel at least 2 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

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Frequently Asked Questions about Grasshopper Lodge Rustic HandCrafted Cabin Florida

Grasshopper Lodge Rustic HandCrafted Cabin Florida is able to accommodate up to 2 guests. See all property details.

Grasshopper Lodge Rustic HandCrafted Cabin Florida has one bathroom available. See all property details.

Grasshopper Lodge Rustic HandCrafted Cabin Florida has one bedroom available. See all property details.

Stays at Grasshopper Lodge Rustic HandCrafted Cabin Florida must last at least 3 nights. See all property details.