Winter Escape for Equestrian Snowbirds
Live Oak, Florida  
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Treat yourselves and your horses to winter in Florida at our private horse farm near Lake City. Centrally located two miles from the junction of Interstate-75 and I-10, Winter Retreat is minutes from some of the best riding trails in Florida. It is just four miles from the crown jewel -- Steven Foster State Park, with its famous horse trail along the Suwannee River, an important link in the Florida Statewide Trail System.

For the horses: 28 tranquil acres with 9 pastures secured by "horse friendly" Centaur fencing, a small arena and a huge 10-stall concrete block barn with automatic waterers, tack room, feed room and wash rack with hot and cold water.

For their people: A cozy and spacious Palm Harbor home with lake view on one side and a large screened lanai overlooking the barn and paddocks on the other. The 3/2 home is fully furnished and equipped with linens, towels, dishes, cookware and all appliances, large and small, including clothes washer and dryer. Come home from a day of riding to a hot bath in the garden tub, then sink into the goose down comforter.

Spend the day close to home, riding or strolling the pecan and magnolia-lined lanes on the farm, or take a day trip to one of the many attractions -- antiquing in historic Micanopy or wildlife-watching in Paynes Prairie, home to Florida's only herd of wild horses. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' historic Cross Creek, the 16th century city of St. Augustine, tubing on the Ichetucknee River and the tree-canopied byways of Thomasville, Ga. are all within easy striking distance of Winter Retreat.

Visit friends and travel with ease and peace of mind, knowing your horses are warm, secure and as well-tended as our own little family herd. For more information, email , or call .

Rates (one month minimum)

$2500 per month + 12 percent tax for two people and two horses includes all utilities, high-speed Internet and satellite TV. Full board for horses includes pine shavings and quality grain and hay. (We feed Nutrena Safe Choice, timothy, T/A and alfalfa), as well as, as much turnout as desired.

Bring a Friend!

The rate structure can be customized for additional guests and horses, and discounts are available for multiple months, partial board and other considerations.