Cottage: two bedroom, two bath luxury living in the swamp ~ available year round Located behind Big Cypress Gallery, in the center of over a million acres of wilderness, Clyde and Niki’s home of 20 years “The Swamp Cottage” allows you to escape to the Florida Everglades in comfort while exploring this one-of-a-kind Eco-system. Their charming cottage offers you all the comforts of home, yet is a hideaway, nestled within the cypress swamp; Adventure, enchantment and seclusion await you! The Swamp Cottage is nestled on 13 peaceful and beautiful lush subtropical acres. This spacious cottage has 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. Amenities include: glassed in viewing room, sleeper sofa in the viewing room and in the living room, full kitchen, with dishwasher and washer and dryer, satellite TV, air conditioning, and incredible views of the nature that surrounds you! Be sure to bring your own groceries – there are no grocery stores or restaurants in our immediate area. Enjoy all that we offer on the property. Explore the Everglades behind your cottage with a guided Swamp Walk Eco-tour or a Photo Swamp Safari. After your tour, relax in a hammock under the cypress trees and listen to the sounds of nature. Or, visit Clyde Butcher’s gallery and view his photography. Behind the gallery is a groomed nature trail that you can explore. At night, enjoy a campfire near the chickee, watch in wonder the splendor of the stars in a sky with no light pollution. Plan a 3 night stay – there’s lots to do and see! Located just 17 miles to the east in the Everglades National Park is Shark Valley. Ride the tram, bike or walk up the tower ramp for great viewing of the swamp. During the winter months, birds are in abundance and identifying them is a fun activity. Everglades City is located 25 miles to the west. This is a great location for kayaking through mangroves, fishing, air boat tours, and dining. If you want to stay close by, the Big Cypress National Preserve Oasis Visitor Center is just a few miles west of us. Park Rangers are happy to inform you of the activities in the park including; guided canoe rides down Turner River – where you can explore mangrove tunnels, guided hikes, viewing the night sky and much more. Also close by, just 8.5 miles to the east, is Kirby Storter Roadside Park. There you can enjoy a 1 mile round trip boardwalk stroll through a mature cypress strand. Only six miles from our location, is Loop Road. As you travel down Loop Road you’ll come to Gator Hook trail where there are pic-nic tables and a restroom. Gator Hook Trail is where Clyde took one of his well-known photographs. Further along the road is Sweet Water, a creek that flows under the road and a great spot for early morning bird watching. RATES: (minimum stay 3 nights) October-April (season) is $350 per night (up to four guests) additional guest $50 pp. May-September (summer) stay 2 nights $350 per night and get one night free. THE SEASONS ~ Fall, Winter, & Spring – The weather always seems to be perfect this time of the year to enjoy all the outdoor activities. Fall you still have the green lushness of summer foliage, winter the Cypress Needles fall and the winter birds arrive, spring the waters levels lower and you may even see animal tracks.Please remember that our autumn/winter season is popular and books quickly. Summer– The forested canopy of our cypress swamp offers a welcome shaded reprieve from the hot glare of city life. Feel the cooling effects of the abundant plant life, as you enter into this tranquil and tropical haven. Our large view windows situated on the second floor offer a panorama of swamp activity while enjoying the cool breeze of ceiling fans and A/C. Cancellations will be accepted up to 14 days prior to your date of arrival. All cancellations are subject to a $75 dollar administrative charge. If you wish to reschedule, there will be a $40 dollar rescheduling fee. If you choose to cancel or reschedule without providing at least 14 days notice, you will be responsible for the full reservation amount. SWAMP WALK TOUR DISCOUNT FOR GUESTS Taking a guided eco-tour or photo swamp safari excursion allows guests to explore one of the worlds most threatened and beautiful wilds places. After you book your stay in cottage book your swamp walk tour and you will receive 20% off tour at check out. If you experience any difficulties with your reservation process, please call our office to reserve: 239-695-2428 Our normal hours of operation are 10am to 5pm. If you require a late check in, please call our gallery prior to 5pm the day of your arrival. If you require a late check in, please call our gallery before 5pm to allow our staff to assist you. If we have not been contacted by the end of the business day, unfortunately, your 1st nights reservation will be forfeited.