Our guest house in the Springfield National Historic District, is surrounded by a beautiful professionally designed pool and garden. It is close to downtown Jacksonville, including Everbank Field, Daily's Place amphitheater, Baseball grounds & Veterans Memorial Arena. We accommodate adults only.
The Gardeners Cottage/Orchid House is a beautiful Oasis that will make you feel as if you are in a private pool garden in Key West. The guest house is a 400 square foot space with a bedroom and an adjoining bathroom. It is simply decorated in a garden designer's motif and was built in 2010 at the same time as the main house. It is built to historic standards of the District and is a Craftsman style dwelling. The cottage is quiet and guests enjoy great privacy.
Please note that we are unable to accommodate early arrivals due to our work schedules. Guests have access to our Pool and Garden . There may be access to the hot tub in the cooler months upon request.There is free roadside parking. Access to the cottage is through a side garden gate. It is worth noting that the pool is usually serviced weekly on Monday mornings. It may require chemical treatments which prohibit swimming for a few hours. Please be aware of this when you book.
Interaction with guests
As hosts we live in the main house on the property. We are new empty nesters with two children now away at college. We both work full time, are devoted members of our community and look forward to hosting you and being of assistance. We love our Urban Core neighborhood and are happy to refer you to it's wonderful restaurants and culture.
Other things to note
The TV service is not cable or satellite but a digital antennae. We have Wifi but it can be spotty. Let us know and we can help you .
We have two kitties .The Cats will lurk around the pool area. Please do not allow them inside.
It is important in any area to lock all doors and gates. Be sure to do this and to lock your car.
The keys can be left in the white storage box outside the room upon leaving. Please note that we CANNOT accommodate early arrivals.
The rules are simple. No early check in as we both work full time. No smoking inside, no pets. Check in time is 6:00p.m. No parties. Room rate is for two people. No excessive noise after 10p.m. Check out time is 2:00p.m. so you can enjoy the pool before you leave.
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My husband and I are avid Travelers. My husband is British. We met in Fiji when I was in the Peace Corp and he was working for a British Aid Agency . We have two teenagers and love our neighborhood and our life in Springfield. We built our house 5 years ago and the Guest House 4 years ago. I am a retired Landscape Designer and my husband is a College Professor. Our guest house reflects my love of gardens and design. It was designed by a firm in Seattle in a simple, contemporary craftsman style . It has high ceilings and lots of light and is fronted by a pool and surrounded by a beautiful garden I designed myself.