The Grady House Bed & Breakfast consists of two separate houses and a very large private garden on two-thirds of an acre, all within 4 easy walking blocks of downtown High Springs and restaurants and shopping. The Grady House itself [the main house] is a large, two-story, circa 1917 Craftsman-style property and has 5 guest rooms [three of them two-room suites and one other with an extra-large bathroom]. In addition, the Grady House has a large 2 bedroom, 2 bath, owner’s quarters in the rear with a dining room, kitchen, foyer, and living room. The Easterlin House – known as Skeet’s Cottage – is immediately next door, across a small patio and garden. It is a full-size Victorian house built in 1896, with a kitchen, living room, television room, two bedrooms and one full bath. Both properties are enclosed within a privacy fence creating a lovely private compound in the middle of the quaint historic North Florida town of High Springs.
The Grady House and The Easterlin House have been lovingly restored and furnished with beautiful antiques, furnishings, comfortable-plus bedding, towels, amenities and attention to every detail. The houses and rooms are warm and romantic with a pleasant, relaxing but luxurious atmosphere. Each has a broad front porch spanning the front of the house that cries out for a book and a gin and tonic.
The Grady House has one first floor guest room with a queen-size bed and walk-in shower. (The Yellow Room). The rest of the first floor is taken up by a comfortable parlor, a large dining room, and an intimate coffee room for guests. On the second floor, three of the guest rooms are suites with adjoining sitting rooms. The Green Room which is located in the back of the house, has a king-size bed and adjoining sitting room with a single daybed. The bathroom has a claw foot tub and shower. The Red Room is the romantic room. It has a king-size bed and a large adjoining bathroom with a two-person garden tub. The Navy and Peach Rooms have queen-size beds and adjoining sitting rooms with a single daybed. The Peach Room also has an additional trundle bed, making it possible to sleep 4 guests. The bathrooms in those rooms have a claw foot tub and shower.
A major attraction for guests and owners alike is the sprawling 2/3 acre yard, a veritable tree-covered Eden of interconnecting pathways, a gazebo, fishpond, fountains and sitting areas for intimate and relaxing getaways. The garden is entirely enclosed, allowing the four current resident Dalmatians a playground of their own and charming guests as they first view the unexpected lush greenery hidden so close to High Springs’ downtown.
High Springs is, among many things, an ecotourism center in North Central Florida. Known for its unparalleled collection of first magnitude Springs and beautiful Rivers, visitors travel from all over the world to experience kayaking, canoeing, tubing, diving and swimming, as well as hiking, camping, and biking at Ginnie Springs, Blue Springs, Poe Springs, Ichetucknee and Oleno State Parks and on the Santa Fe River. It’s a great place to visit, and an even better place to live.
Why do guests visit the Grady House? For a wide variety of reasons. First, High Springs is 2 hours or less from Orlando, Tallahassee, Tampa/St Petersburg and Jacksonville, making it the perfect getaway for a short overnight, a long weekend, or a luxurious longer stay. This allows guests to play or work all day at home, drive to High Springs and the Grady House, and still arrive in time for dinner. Second, other guests arrive for a rest as they travel to and from their homes to the south and north [or east and west] on their way to families and vacations beyond. High Springs is at or near the crossroads of virtually all roads to and from this part of the world. Third, Ginnie Springs is the international home to cave diving [and other scuba diving] certifications which attracts guests from all over the world. Other water and outdoor sports abound. Fourth, The University of Florida, which is only about 20 minutes away, attracts Gator Football [and other sports] fans, families for parent’s weekends and graduation, and even race fans for the Gator Nationals. Visitors can look forward to enjoying several fine local restaurants, including The Great Outdoors Restaurant, which is just 4 short blocks from Grady House. This is an award-winning dining establishment with a broad menu and a great regional reputation. They also offer interesting weekend music on their outdoor patio.
High Springs also has the oldest continuously running movie theater in Florida. The Priest Theater offers first-run movies on Friday, Saturday and Monday nights. The High Springs Community Playhouse offers a great variety of high-quality plays on the weekend. About 8 miles away, High Springs’ sister-city Alachua also has fine restaurants and shopping. Gainesville, with its large university population, has a wide variety of restaurants, as well as a great diversity of cultural activities ranging from Broadway Shows, to top-entertainer concerts, to the many varied experiences that a world-class University offers.
In short, High Springs is not only a wonderful small town that attracts guests from a wide area, it is also a part of a larger community that provides a rewarding life style for the B&B owners and their guests alike.Marketing & Financial Package
Zoning: Commercial/ Motel C2
4178 Square Feet Living
Alachua County, High Springs, Florida
Beautiful outdoor patios and porches.
Year Built 1917 & 1896
0.68 Acres of Land
Yearly Average Occupancy: 45%
Average Gross Revenue 2014 -