What Our Visitors Say About Their Stay

The beauty in this cabin and the grounds brings such peace in a chaotic world.  We have enjoyed every inch of the land and cabin.  This had introduced us to a while new way of spending time together and to relax.  You really provide every possible comfort one would need and more.  The beds were so comfortable, the sheets so soft.  The kids loved running the woods and the stairs!  🙂

Thank you!  Thank you!
The Briscoes
Jodi, Adam, Samantha, Ty, Abby

We will be back!  🙂

Thank you so much for sharing your home with us.  It was the perfect place to spend our time while exploring the local springs.  We hope to be back for another visit some time soon.

Ann Marie, Brooke and Connor

P.S. The kids said they loved the sheet on the beds – so comfortable!

What a great escape from the maddening world.  Love your bath house!  The retreat fits perfectly with all of natural beauty around us, God’s gift, one of many, to mankind.

A great place – the guys loved it.  Will be back with another crew….

Many Thanks!
The Crew of Setsharp

Our stay here has been absolutely fantastic!  We leave so much more relaxed than we came.  We appreciate you opening your home to us and can’t wait to come back!

Najilah and Crew

Thank you!!  Amazing time and can’t wait to come back!!


Thank you so much for the opportunity to restore and relax at your beautiful rental.  The property is truly healing and I know my students absolutely adored the property and YOU!  You are a special lady, and I hope you continue to share your blessings for visitors to come!

Mindy and Friends

We had a wonderful stay at Rum Island Retreat.  Thank you so much for everything you did to help make this a perfect vacation.  Hope to stay at your beautiful home again some day!

Chris and Keith Yancy and Family

We had a wonderful time in this place.  Thank you for having us here and also for making us feel like at home.  It was a pleasure meeting you.  We look forward to come back soon.

Brazilian Group
by Gabriela

We had a blast!  This place was perfect for a girls weekend away.  People…the tubing at Itchetucknee park was so worth it.  Do the long ride from the north end.

We grilled and took full advantage of the back deck.  Just perfect!

Thanks for your hospitality and generosity, Wanda.

Much happiness,
Patty Reece and the Patty Reece Gang – Seena, Kim, Deb and Jere

Thank you so much for the relaxing, quiet respite for my family!  We needed it and our family time.  The house has everything: bed, sheets, comfy.  Love the sitting area upstairs, patio, the massage chaire and the quiet!

The Hanbarg Family

Thank you very much for accommodating us this past weekend! Everyone was so pleased with the property and couldn’t give enough compliments about you and your hospitable nature. The jazz music by the fire pit was such a wonderful combination. You truly are a fantastic host and person and anyone would be lucky to stay at the Rum Island Retreat in the future.


p3aJust a quick note to let you know what a nice time we had at Rum Island retreat. You have done such a great job there! It was very cozy and it seems as if you have thought of e very detail. The outside kitchen and sitting area was awesome! While at the house we spent nearly all of our time out there and despite some leaks in the overhang, we even sat though a couple of major thunderstorms. Wow! So many little amenities…the extra fridge, the crock pot, cushions on the outside chairs, an outside shower, a great grill with all the utensils, all the different little sitting areas, hammock, screen room…REALLY COOL PLACE. Thanks for sharing it with us, we’ll be back for sure!


P.S. We saw multiple deer everyday on the property including a doe with two spotted fawns…beautiful!

Few words are descriptive enough to tell you what a great time we had at your retreat. It was so peaceful and relaxing. We were blessed with many of God’s creatures, including a doe and her little Bambi, coons, hummingbirds, cardinals and several other birds and bugs we had never met before. I very much enjoyed puttering around. We did several excursions to local parks and a short canoe ride around Rum Island. We even saw some HUGE catlike prints on the road, a Florida panther perhaps. I sure would like to have seen it, whatever it was. I think most of all I enjoyed the quiet (even at night when we were treated to a serenade). One of the best parts was the fact that our Metro PCS phones did not work up here–ah, such is bliss! Oh, and so many stars. Thank you very much.

Hernando Caratin

p1aWe are packed and ready to leave, but we will take with us the beauty of God’s creation, the trees, the animals, the river, the springs, the quiet. Thank you for allowing us to share your home away from home. It is so warm and inviting. I will tell others of the great time! I apologize for anything out of sorts. I look forward to speaking with you soon.

In Jesus’ name, I ask God to bless your family and your sweet spirit of sharing.

Phyllis and Steve Sharp

Thank you, this was an amazing experience.  Our troop of Girl Scouts had a great time.  Quiet and science, yet exciting. Thank you.

Girl Scout Troop #60 of South Florida

We had a wonderful time. Your place is so cute and you have all the accommodation anyone could need. Kayaking was awesome, we love the back yard. My children Jacob, Carter and Sonny love it here. We will be back.

Thank you,
Mike and Dahlene Wilson

Each time we stay here, it keeps on getting better! We love it and enjoy it so much. The house is a retreat for us. Dad actually took a bath outside. Where else could you do something like that? Thanks so much.

Ed, Kelsey, & Morgan Papworth

Thank you so much for helping us remember how beautiful Florida is and all it has to offer. We are renewed for the experience of nature, the magnificent springs and the reunion of spirit. We had a wonderful time and are anxious to start planning a continuation next summer. We are grateful for the use of your warm comfortable home.

Jo, Morgan, Wayne & PaPa

P.S. This was a treat for Papa – he is 94 years old and really enjoyed the experience.

Thank you for another awesome stay for we Mind Walkers. I wrote just a couple of instances of my experiences communing with nature during my stay.

The gift of the sinkhole to me this year was the little rusty red frogs, so tiny and delicate that when I saw the first one I thought that a leaf had moved, even though there was no breeze. When I bent down to look I saw two tiny red frogs that were no bigger than my fingernail. They were perfectly camouflaged on the leaves in the woods and I was thankful that I was able to see them before I stepped on them. I squatted down and talked to them and wondered at their color and their tiny-ness and their perfect ability to blend with their environment. I never cease to be amazed at what can be seen in nature if I just take the time to quiet myself and move slowly and ask to actually see the creatures that share their space with me.

p10aI also love the magic of the many different kinds of mushrooms that I saw that are so varied in size, shape and color and they sprang up over night in places that were vacant the day before. Some look like delicate umbrellas for faeries, some look like gnarled pieces of wood, some look like moonlight is shining on them even in the bright sunlight, some are red, some are gold, and some look like pieces of coral from under the sea. I am amazed by their beauty and their variety and by the stories each of them tells.

My experience at High Place is one of coming home. I do so dearly love the trees and all of the blessings of nature and the earth and the critters and the wonders of being on earth and enjoying the art of God.

Thank you, Wanda, for sharing your wonderful High Place with us. It is THE perfect place for a Spiritual Retreat. Love to you always,

Thea from the Melbourne, Florida, Mind Walk Group

We came for a girls getaway only to find your cabin exceeded our expectations! The design and all the cabins extras made this getaway very special. We kept saying, ”we love this place!” Everything exceeded our expectations! We all loved your décor and the quaint touches in every vignette. The outdoor living area was so relaxing and the outdoor kitchen made it so we had no need to be inside! Hummingbirds visited in the morning and evenings! A huge but sweet dog visited one night. I’ll be booking again and have passed your card on to a couple of friends! Thanks for making it a true retreat!
Teena Bryan
St Petersburg, FL

p8aThank you so very much for allowing us to come and enjoy your home this past week. We were in much need of some rest and relaxation. We just enjoyed our time together. We got to experience seeing deer and some river animals too. Our meals we prepared were better here than at home. It was a a bonus for us to meet the neighbor dog Ivan, and watching him jump into the river. We hope to return someday.

Have a blessed year,
Chuck & Shelia G.
Port St Lucie, FL

We loved it, the wildlife the comfortable home, the decorating. You are very artistic and creative. This place is wonderful and we all want to come back soon. All the comforts of home and then some.

Trudi Smith

We had a wonderful Florida experience with our kids, Alessandra, and Miguel, and their cousins, Claudia and Daniela. We believe that they will remember our beautiful place and it’s surroundings for the rest of their lives. We also very much enjoyed the Ichetucknee tubing experience with our families. Our wives, two very close sisters separated by an ocean, very much enjoyed sharing their homemaking experience in your cozy country house. Thanks for the opportunity to be here this weekend.

Miguel Zaldivar
Coral Gables, FL

p7aMy family had a fabulous reunion at your beautiful retreat this weekend. What a perfect setting for sharing meals, stories, games, walks, paddles down the river, and just being together. My daughter was in heaven. She waded in the springs, pretended among the cypress knees, collected “families” of twigs, paddled up close to turtle families and delighted in their “plop plop plopping” into the water, swung on the hammock, and designated the gazebo as her “friend” Sara’s house. Every time we headed back to your home she said, “We’re going back to Wanda’s house!” And she was delighted to discover the thoughtfully placed surprises to play with when indoors. She, like we, were sorry to leave yesterday. Thank you so much for sharing your “labor of love” with all of us, as it is truly a little piece of paradise. On behalf of my parents, my in-laws, and my own family, thank you for a lovely little vacation.

Boynton Beach, FL

What a beautiful place! I found this “oasis” when looking for a place to stay while diving Ginnie Springs. When we travel, I have a few “musts.” I’m not a camper. I want the outdoor rustic feeling with all the amenities. We found it at Rum Island Retreat. We loved the outdoor kitchen, the decor of the house and the secluded location. All in all, it fit our needs to a tee.

We surely hope to return for a repeat visit. Wanda, you are a wonderful hostess. You made us feel that we were very welcome in your home away from home. I’m so glad that we had the opportunity to meet you. We could tell that you had a great love for the house, and that made it all the more enjoyable. Thanks for a great stay.

Mac, Beth and Graham McWilliams

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