Bushnell Bed and Breakfast , a recently constructed bed and breakfast, is located adjacent to the Croom area of the Withlacoochee State Forest just east of the entrance to the Hog Island Recreation Area. The twenty acre complex includes four generous six hundred square foot guest suites, the owners’ residence, a twelve stall barn, guest laundry and a recreation room with table tennis, pool table, games, books and movies. The main building has an enormous screened porch with hand made cypress rocking chairs that invite one to quietly read, relax, and enjoy the splendor of the forest and watch for wild turkeys and an occasional deer. Each of the non-smoking guest suites is decorated for down-home comfort as well as amenities, including a wet bar, pantry, refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, satellite TV, video/DVD and a welcome basket filled with snacks. Each morning guests enjoy a home-cooked hot country breakfast that may include fresh fruit, homemade bread or muffins, eggs, pancakes, sausage or bacon, and breakfast casseroles with all the fixin’s. Our Father’s Haven pampers equine guests by providing well ventilated stalls, large pastures with plenty of grazing, ample room for horse trailers and adjacent forest horse trails. “Our goal is to provide a haven where guests are able to relax and rest or enjoy the activities offered by the State Forest and surrounding area.” Guests are invited to make use of our complimentary canoe on the river and bicycles for nearby Rails for Trails.” The innkeepers ensure a quiet and peaceful atmosphere for guests by welcoming guests over 18 years of age. “Our guests leave refreshed and relaxed and make plans to visit again.”
5 on July 22, 2013
My husband and I NEEDED a getaway! And I don't just mean a hotel getaway. I mean away from the things of this life that consume us daily. I was looking for a secluded place of rest and peace for my body, mind, soul, and spirit. I didn't take my cell phone, lap top, or even turn on the t.v.! I was looking for a place of stillness and quite. I FOUND exactly what I was looking for in "Our Fathers Haven". As soon as I drove up the driveway I felt all worriess, anxiety, and confussion leave me! Peace flooded my heart and clearity came in. The rooms were so clean and perfectly made like "home". I have never ever stayed at such a clean place in my life. The breakfast they cook for you is amazing! This family really takes pride in what they do and the go over and beyond to make sure you are well taken care of during your stay. The nature that is attracted to this place is unbelievable. We saw 7 or more humming birds eating and playing as we rocked on the porch. We watched their horses graze in the fields and at night we watched about 4 deer come out and graze in the evening. We went on a canoe ride down the Withlacoochee River courtesy of "Our Fathers haven". So refreshing being in nature and relaxing the way God intended it be. I encourage everyone that is looking for a place of peace to rest your mind to PLEASE consider "Our Fathers Haven".
5 on April 16, 2013
My husband & I wanted to get away from our busy lives, get some R&R, and most importantly, spend time with the Lord and with each other. We got all that and more at Our Father's Haven B&B. Neither of us had ever stayed at a B&B, and in the past when we took a trip it was never in a remote area...so when we pulled up to OFH we really didn't know what to expect and honestly, we were kind of uncomfortable! Those uneasy feelings were immediately dismissed as we were greeted like old friends by Joanne. She welcomed us, gave us a tour and then took us to our room. We were pleasantly surprised at the large room and all the amenities. They have truly thought of everything. It was so clean, cozy & comfortable. After that we met Gary & daughter Melissa who were a delight. We spent a lot of time on the porch in the rocking chairs with a cup of coffee & our Bibles or a good book. Restaurants in the area were good but they had nothing on the delicious breakfast that was served each morning! From homemade blueberry pancakes to hashbrown casserole the food was great and the fellowship around the table was even more amazing. During the day, whether we wanted to hike, canoe, play ping-pong, ride horses or just sit and enjoy the wild deer, horses or cattle grazing in the field, we were never bored. The testimony that the MacIntosh family shares is an amazing testament to our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. He truly has anointed this family with the gift of Hospitality and has purposed Our Father's Haven to be a place of rejuvenation and nourishment for those who need to be filled. Thank you Gary & Joanne for following His call on your lives. You have blessed us tremendously and we pray many blessings on you, your family and your ministry! Love~ The Streckers
Thank you for taking the time to write your wonderful review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your visit and quiet time to spend together. We are honored to be able to provide a place of rest and refreshing. We enjoyed you visit, especially our time of fellowship and encouragement at the breakfast table. We are already looking forward to your next visit.
5 on March 20, 2013
I do. I've been back multiple times. So relaxing. Such nice owners. Everything about it just as good as it gets. Well actually better.
Thank you for your kind review. We always enjoy your visits and are encouraged when guests frequently bring new friends to enjoy Our Father's Haven. We hope to see you soon.
5 on April 04, 2012
Stayed for a night in early April. What a relaxing place! Very quiet, off the traffic ways. Spacious room with an excellent bed. Very nice amenities, GREAT omlet for breakfast and muffins that taste like donuts (this is good by the way!). The screened porch is an added benefit. I travel for business and the paperwork was perfect for expense processing. Had a super night's sleep and got the day started in excellent fashion. The proprietors are friendly, helpful, and excellent cooks. Hoping to bring my wife for a couple of days of serenity and relaxation.
5 on January 28, 2012
We had a wonderful, but all too brief stay at OFH to celebrate our anniversary. Gary and Joanne were excellent hosts and made our visit very special. We had originally been drawn to the area for the State Bike trail, but when we read that OFH had a canoe for use, we knew that's what we wanted to do. The river was beautiful, and Gary was so kind to provide transport and make the canoe trip hassle-free. In the afternoon, we enjoyed some of the many hiking trails nearby, with the forest conveniently located right across the street. So much to do, so little time. The rooms were clean and spacious, the food and amenities were plentiful, the area was quiet and beautiful and we hope to return one day. Thanks for a memorable anniversary. :) Heather and Cam
5 on May 11, 2011
I took my Arabian mare Rain to OFH B&B for a couple day get away. The property is gorgeous and very private & quiet, being on a dead end dirt road with the Withlacoochee State Forest right across the road for direct trail access. Rain had her own 2 acre pasture! The fence was safe horse fence and in good repair and I could watch Rain in her pasture from my suite. My suite, which was the Happy Trails suite, also exceeded my expectations. It was spotless, well laid out, and big! I rode down to the Withlacoochee River the first afternoon, which is a 6 rile round trip ride. The river is beautiful. The next day, I rode 13 miles in the forest. Very pretty, well marked trails with good footing throughout most of it. Some deep sand and a few roots in a couple of areas, but all and all, nice footing for a fast trot. Most of the trail is shaded with some sections of dry sandhill areas where the prickly pear cacti was in bloom. I saw white tailed deer, wild turkey, bob white quails, gopher tortoise, and a pine snake sunny itself in the middle of the trail. The Withlacoochee State Forest has several other trial heads within a 20-30 minute drive from OFH B&B. The breakfast was outstanding! Everything made from scratch and delicious! Make sure to bring your appetite as Gary & Joanne prepare scrumptous meals and plentiful portions. I especially loved the blueberry pancakes and Joane also sent me home with half-dozen home made muffins so I could share them with my husband who wasn't able to join me. So nice! Gary & Joanne Macintosh are wonderful, Christian inn keepers who really strive to offer a relaxing and resfreshing vacation, no matter how long or short your stay is. I will definately be returning this fall and maybe winter, too, with my husband and his Arab mare Opal. Thanks Gary & Joanne for a much needed get away!
5 on April 21, 2011
My friends and I were the very first guests when Our Father's Haven opened. We go back every year and it just keeps getting better. It is impeccably maintained and we feel like Gary and Joanne are family. It truly is a home away from home and the breakfasts are delicious. Our horses have large paddocks to graze in and their stalls are safe and clean. Trail riding opportunites are endless and every year more are added. I don't think it could get any better! Diana-Naples
5 on April 21, 2011
My sister and I take our horses to OFH and Gary and Joanne treat us and the horses to the best care and relaxation you could imagine. The pastures are lush and the stalls are excellent. Joanne and Gary make the best and most filling breakfasts, the blueberry pancakes are to die for. The rooms are immaculate. There isn't anything they wouldn't do to make your stay as comfortable and safe as possible. They are gems!!!
5 on November 12, 2010
I just want to say that last weekend was our third time at the B&B and it was wonderful! Gary and Joanne are the best. It was my dad's 70th b-day and we had a blast. Our horses know when we pack them up to ride for awhile we are heading towards Bushnell! The trails in Bushnell are just beautiful! Thank you Gary and Joanne for having a place to feel at home when you are away from home. love ya guys. God Bless
5 on May 25, 2010
If your looking for a no agenda and quiet spot to just be, then this is the place. Even though there are plenty of things that one can choose to do there is no pressure except your own. Sometimes the greatest gift in a busy world is the unhurried, the no agenda, the sound of nothing. We were blessed to have a little part of that peace for our 30th . Thank you to our hosts for a happy anniversary!
The Sunshine Suite has a large sitting room, with a pantry, wet bar, refrigerator, coffee pot, coffee supplies, complementary snack basket, satellite TV, DVD/VCR, table and chairs and a queen sleeper sofa. The bedroom is furnished with two full beds and has a private bath equipped with a shower/tub and vanity. The private entrance is from the screened porch.
Nightly Rate: $99 - $149
The Withlacoochee Suite has a large sitting room, with a pantry, wet bar, refrigerator, coffee pot, coffee supplies, complementary snack basket, satellite TV, DVD/VCR, table and chairs and a queen sleeper sofa. The bedroom is furnished with a king bed and has a private bath equipped with a shower/tub and vanity. The private entrance is from the screened porch.
Nightly Rate: $99 - $149
The Croom Suite has a large sitting room, with a pantry, wet bar, refrigerator, coffee pot, coffee supplies, complementary snack basket, satellite TV, DVD/VCR, table and chairs and a queen sleeper sofa. The bedroom is furnished with two queen beds and has a private bath equipped with a shower/tub and vanity. The private entrance is from the screened porch.
Nightly Rate: $99 - $149
The Happy Trails Suite has a large sitting room, with a pantry, wet bar, refrigerator, coffee pot, coffee supplies, complementary snack basket, satellite TV, DVD/VCR, wireless Internet, table and chairs and a queen sleeper sofa. The bedroom is furnished with two full beds and has a private bath equipped with a shower/tub and vanity. The private entrance is from the screened porch.
Nightly Rate: $99 - $149
Forest, Countryside, Ranch, Small town
Tampa, FL (TPA) 50 miles
10 Minutes From I-75 Exit 309 45 Minutes north of Tampa. 30 minutes from Florida's Turnpike Exit 296 1 hour from Orlando
Amusement Park, Aquarium, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, National/State parks, Nature area, Orlando Attractions, Tampa Attractions, Horse Shows, Dade Battlefield, Florida National Cemetery, Picnic area, River, Rodeo, Winery
Other, Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Guest Ranch
BBQ grill, Board games, Fax Machine, Library, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer , Complementary canoe, Complementary bicycles with helmets
Air conditioning, Alarm clock, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fridge, Hairdryer, Internet Service, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wet bar, Wi-Fi
Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Equestrian Trails, Guided equestrian trail rides nearby, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Table Tennis
Gary and Joanne Macintosh
Dogs , 5 horses
We stay busy keeping our bed and breakfast in impeccable condition as well as keeping our horses and dogs in the manner to which they have become accustomed. We awaken each day feeling blessed to live in this amazing place and being able to serve others.
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , As required
Home-made Buttermilk Blueberry Pancakes
This is our most requested breakfast. These delicious, light, fluffy pancakes are served fresh off the griddle with butter and a choice of warm real 100% pure Vermont maple syrup or warm blueberry syrup. The panckes are usually accompanied by piping hot coffee or tea, orange juice, fruit, scrambled eggs, crisp bacon or turkey sausage. We have never had a guest leave or breakfast table hungry!