Choctaw Lodge Bed & Breakfast Retreat

781 Choctawhatchee River Road, Bruce, Florida 32455
Innkeeper(s): Ron & Kathryn Hardy

Chocktaw Lodge Accomodations

Choctaw Lodge consists of three houses, all of which offer an "up close and personal" view of the Choctawhatchee River. The lodge, located in the center of the property, is the main house. Short distances from the main house are the boat house and the guest house located on either side of the lodge. The boat house and guest house are open to our guests. Also available is the Choctaw Lady, a 48' houseboat. All houses and houseboat are completely furnished with fully equipped kitchens. Each house has its own unique blend of home and comfort and all are non-smoking. In the evenings, the properties are beautifully lit to accommodate walking from area to area.

The Lodge

The lodge is the property's main house. It is the place Ron and Kathryn call home. Although rooms are not available in the main house for overnight guests, it is the center of our gathering place for many lodge activities around the house. Breakfast is served daily at the main house on the beautiful 900 sq. ft. porch or the indoor dining room. The Jacuzzi which is available to our guests is also located on the main porch. In addition, and upon request, we offer yoga classes with a certified instructor and massage by our licensed massage therapist (both of which must be scheduled in advance). Our favorite fire pit is located on the deck attached to the main house. Many evenings are spent around this fire pit learning about the discoveries and experiences of the day. You will find hammocks and swings and the fish house for frying up the catch of the day. Should a land line phone be needed, we do provide a land line in the main house as well as internet service.

There is always a spot to relax outdoors or stroll through the paths from one house to the other. Throughout the property you will find many special places, with swings, picnic tables, hammocks, benches for river viewing or chairs around one of the three fire pits. One of Ron and Kathryn's favorite spots for enjoying the sunset or sunrise is their sundowner deck built over the river for special viewing. Our guests are also welcome to use the Jacuzzi located on the porch of the main house. For those with a bit of a competitive spirit, we offer horse shoes and bocce ball on property. Whichever house you choose to stay in, you will most certainly awake to Hawks soaring high in search of breakfast, house wrens bouncing back and forth to their nests and squirrels scurrying overhead in the trees with an early start to their day. Due to the flood plains, all three houses are built on stilts and are not wheel chair accessible.

The Boat House

$169.00 / $260.00 night

The boat house is located on the east side of the lodge. It is a captivating two bedroom, one bath house comfortably decorated in a fish camp style. At the right time of the season this house is showered with the fragrance of Wisteria growing wildly on the River Bank. The boat ramp used to launch our boats, canoes and kayaks is located on the side of this house. The Boat House includes a large screened in porch facing the river. It is cooled in the summertime by fans and window air conditioners and heated in the winter time with a choice of individual oil heaters, a centralized gas heater or an actual wood burning fireplace in the living room. One bedroom has a double bed and the other a queen bed. Both bedrooms share a common closet. The couch also makes out into a comfortable queen size bed. All linens and towels are provided. A digital TV in the living room offers twelve local channels with a built in DVD and VCR player for viewing movies. We have a small library of movies in the boat house or you may bring your own. No satellite or cable services are available in this house. We also have a wonderful library with many different types of books for your reading pleasures during your visit. The kitchen is fully equipped with dishes, cooking utensils, pot and pans, microwave, coffee pot, refrigerator, gas stove and oven. Near the boat house you will find our lower deck built over the river with a fire pit. It is a great spot for relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet of the river. You may also want to lounge in one of our hammocks. The boat house is a delightful and comfortable house that many of our guests prefer. (Sorry, no Land Line phones in either the boat house or guest house).

Pricing

Daily:

  • $169 + Tax per night for two people
  • $260 + Tax per night for up to 4 people
  • ($50 for each additional person up to 6)

Minimum Stay of Two Nights Required. Price includes breakfast at the Lodge every morning and daily access to canoes and kayaks at no extra charge.

Weekly:

  • $850 for two people, 6 nights
  • ($45 for each additional person up to 6)

Price includes breakfast at the Lodge every morning and daily access to canoes and kayaks at no extra charge.

The Guest House

$199.00 / $360.00 night

Just a short stroll west off the lodge, through the small garden path and past the gazebo is the enchanting cottage style house we call the guest house. Laced in jasmine, the charming nature of the guest house is alluring to those who wish to enjoy the tranquility the river offers. The guest house has two bedrooms, (one queen size, one double), two baths, kitchen, living room, dining room, laundry room and a sweet little screened porch facing the river. The delightful antique swing on the porch is a favorite place for guests to relax. The dining room is surrounded by windows and built in window seats to relax and read while enjoying the view of the river. The living room couch makes into a comfortable queen size bed. The fully equipped kitchen includes oven, stove, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, cooking utensils, pots, pans and dishes. This house also includes a laundry room with a washer and dryer, central heat and air, and a satellite dish TV with DVD and VCR player. (Sorry no land line phones in either the boat house or guest house). Just down the steps towards the river is another fire pit for those who wish to sit around and enjoy the outdoors and a fire. In the evenings you will enjoy the sounds of the swamps as they come alive with crickets, frogs, locusts, owls and other nature sounds you can only hear at night. Next to the fire pit is our gazebo surrounded by the sweet scent of jasmine growing up the sides. It is another favorite spot for our guests, especially in the mornings for coffee and tea.

Pricing

Daily:

  • $199 + Tax per night for two people
  • $360 + Tax per night for up to 4 people
  • ($50 for each additional person up to 6)

Minimum Stay of Two Nights Required. Price includes breakfast at the Lodge every morning and daily access to canoes and kayaks at no extra charge.

Weekly:

  • $1,020 for two people, 6 nights
  • ($45 for each additional person up to 6)

Price includes breakfast at the Lodge every morning and daily access to canoes and kayaks at no extra charge.

The Choctaw Lady

For those interested in an ultimate adventure, you may want to consider spending the night on the Choctawhatchee River aboard The Choctaw Lady, our 48' house boat. The Choctaw Lady is especially suited for birders, photographers and naturalists who wish to explore the river in a more intimate environment. Experiencing the swamps and the river at night can be exciting and challenging for those who are adventuresome at heart. The Choctaw Lady is powered by generator. It has a Master bedroom with a queen size bed in the aft of the boat. Forward and below deck is an additional bedroom with two double beds. The galley is fully equipped with a gas stove, microwave, coffee pot, dishes, pots and pans. It is also equipped with central heat and air, and the head (bathroom) includes a toilet, sink and shower. The couch in the living room makes into a comfortable queen size bed. The main deck offers room for your kayak or canoes which you may launch in the mornings at you leisure to further explore what the river offers. There is an upper deck with table and chairs for outside dining. Our licensed Captain will take you and The Choctaw Lady to a designated area removed from day to day civilization where you will spend the night. Our staff will check on you in the evening before dark and in the morning after sunrise. For your safety, the house boat may only be moved by one of our licensed captains. For emergency purposes and safety precautions the houseboat is tied to the river bank where cell phone service is available. The Choctaw Lady is available for overnight trips only when the weather and river conditions permit.

Pricing

Daily:

  • $299 + Tax per night for two people
  • $450 + Tax per night for up to 4 people
  • ($75 each additional person up to 6)

Includes securing boat, Captain boat checks in morning and evening and breakfast groceries in refrigerator for you to prepare.

Weekly:

  • $1,800 for two people, 6 nights
  • ($75 for each additional person up to 6)

Includes securing boat, Captain boat checks in morning and evening and breakfast groceries in refrigerator for you to prepare.