Heron Cay Lakeview Bed & Breakfast

495 West Old US Highway 441 , Mount Dora, FL 32757 USA (Show map)


Gracious 4 Star, 9000+ sq.ft. Victorian Mansion w/a Tropical Flair overlooking Lake Dora; just a short walk to town, recently created to reflect times from our glorious past. Offering the finest comforts of the modern world, surrounded w/ Family Antiques, Art, and Collectibles to stimulate nostalgic memories. ***45 short minutes to all the Disney attractions!!*** Guests enjoy a Relaxing 4+ Course Gourmet Breakfast by the Fireplace in our Grand Dining Room or Surrounding Terrace. Many rooms view Lake Dora, several have fireplaces, all have private baths, refrigerator & TV. For those who don’t do stairs, we offer Handicap Accommodations. AND ALL Pets are welcome in 2 of our Rooms! Escape the ordinary, visit Heron Cay INN B&B in Charming Mount Dora, create memories you will cherish forever.



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining5

FABULOUS! Original Art too!

5 on January 06, 2015

Margerie was so kind to my girls and I when we had our girls day out. We had a reasonable rate, the rooms had all original art, and decorated beautiful. The breakfast was scrumptious, and everything was terrific. I will definitely come back here again!


5 on February 26, 2014

My husband rented the entire home for my 50th birthday party and what a wonderful time we had! Randy and Margie, Innkeepers, are so personable and helpful. They really know what they're doing from start to finish. Their décor has been collected for years and years and every piece has a story. The food is fabulous. We thoroughly enjoyed our weekend with the family in this beautiful home and will definitely go again. You should too!!!

Dreamy Getaway

5 on December 23, 2013

We had a great time at Heron Cay! The house was amazing and our room had wonderful views from three sides of a lake and a beatiful garden. We couldn't get the chance to try the dinner but breakfast was delicious. We thank Heron Cay for a beutiful time! ASA

5 2 Birthday Scadoo

4.6 on February 15, 2012

We did not realize that my birthday coincided with the February art show in Mount Dora so we were glad to find there was 1 room left. Margie and Randy actually gave up there room so we could stay there. That in and of itself was a gift, but oh the beautiful china you get to use for your morning feast. We had such a great time talking with the owners and their pets are the best kind of ambassadors . They were gentle and quiet but smiled to see you there. The breakfast was one of the most inclusive spreads we have seen, sweet and savory offerings of fruit, a bread ring , breakfast casseroles and omelets that would even impress Paula Dean. We can't wait to return.

We are returning

5 on July 25, 2011

What a place - can not say enough about it - except that we just left and have made reservations for or second stay. The rooms, the food and the host and hostess were "A one" the whole way. Margie & Randy always have a smile on their faces. I can not say enough about the breakfasts (and Randy"s cooking). One night they made a great steak diner for my husband, myself and another couple staying at the inn. A most enjoyable evening. Roberta G

wonderful, wonderful

5 on February 11, 2010

The rooms and ambiance of the place is spectacular, the food was delicious and the area is a wonderful place to visit. There's so much more I want to say but the only thing I can think of is "you just have to visit this place!"

50th. Wedding Anniversary

5 on July 19, 2008

Beautiful old world charm. The entire experience was wonderful. The room,the food, the host n hostess. We can't recommend this enough. We took the tour on the Hitch N Time and highly recommend this as well. Thank you Margie The Rice's


5 on March 24, 2008

My wife and I had four beautiful days at the Heron Cay last year. Beautiful room, great host and hostess. Would highly recommend.

Mt. Dora's Best...

4.8 on February 07, 2007

We stayed here two nights...took a side trip to Orlando (close by) for a dinner show, the other night, we took the Orange Blossom Dinner train in Eustis...excellent! The inn is great...we got to tour the other non-rented rooms and will pick another room there to stay in the next visit. The breakfast was fabulous...fresh fruit, platters of eggs, sausage patties, bacon, nice assortment of breads. The only downside is that we missed the Inn's entrance ...it is a very small sign on a two lane road along the lake and once we backtracked, we found it. It was too cold to try the outdoor pool but it looked inviting.

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Rooms & Rates

Heavenly Master Suite

The former Owner's Master Suite located on the Second floor. Our 'Flagship' Room, has it ALL, and of course, a KING Sized Bed!! During the *Cooler Months, enjoy the Look, Feel and Romance of a Wood burning Fireplace... BUT with the Ease and Safety of Natural Gas! Relax in your Own Parlor overlooking Lake Dora!! The Master Bath, with Oversized Jacuzzi Tub, is large enough for another King sized bed...HUGE Walk-In Shower and LARGE 'Water Closet' are included !!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $225 - $295

Queen Victoria Suite

Enjoy awesome Views of Lake Dora from our Third Floor. King sized bed and your own fireplace, of course! An Alcove overlooking the Gardens and Borzoi Playground provides additional sleeping with its Full Size Bed. Enjoy the Beautiful Sunsets over Lake Dora from your Parlor. Private bathroom ensuite with shower and bathtub!

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $205 - $275

Highwaymen Sunsets

This is a Large, Beautiful Room on the second floor with a Fireplace...AND Overlooking Lake Dora, has one of the nicest views of the Lake! Queen sized bed and fireplace included, of course! This Room has many of OUR personal Antiques. Private bathroom ensuite with shower and bathtub!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $175 - $225

Vintage 356

A second Spacious room overlooking Zoi Garden... Has a Queen Sized Bed... AND a Full Sized Double! A Room richly colored in Blues and White. Parlor sitting area overlooking the 'Zoi Garden'' and Pool Area! Private bathroom ensuite with shower and bathtub!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $135 - $195

Zoi Garden

FULLY 'Handicapped' Compliant Room located on the Ground Floor... and Also PET FRIENDLY($25.00 TOTAL pet fee) !! Your own Outside Entrance! A Reserved parking space!! Your Own Private Outside Deck!! The French Doors open onto a Deck that overlooks 'Zoi Garden' and... The ''Honey Bell Orange Tree' that furnishes our Guests with Fresh JUICE during the Winter Season! Queen bed in room! Private bathroom has ALL the required Handicapped features (walk-in shower with ledge for sitting and hand-held shower head).

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $195


A Spacious room overlooking Zoi Garden... A Classic, Queen Size, '4 Poster' Bed!! A Very Open, Airy Room with Views of the Huge, Old Moss covered Oaks and ''Zoi Garden'' and Pool Area! Private bath ensuite with shower and bathtub! Comes with TV and refrigerator!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $125 - $195

Abaco Dreaming Suite

A Large, Elegant Suite with a Small Sitting Alcove overlooking Lake Dora and a Large Sitting Area viewing the Gardens from third floor! A Large, Quiet, Serene space of your Own with a King Sized Bed! Comes with TV and refrigerator! Private bathroom ensuite with shower and bathtub!

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $205 - $255


Location Type

**NOTE ***GPS and Map Quest May be WRONG!!***, Airport, Countryside, Downtown, Lakefront, Small town, Tropical, Village, Wine country


Orlando, FL (MCO) 30 miles

Directions to property:

LOCATED IN CENTRAL FLORIDA, EASILY REACHED FROM ~~ ~~Southeast FL via FL Turnpike to Toll Road 429, to US 441, then “Old” US 441 into Mt Dora; ~~From I-95 ~ take Route 44 West from New Smyrna or Route 46 West thru Sanford into Mt Dora; ~~From Southwest FL via I-75 to Rt 50, then east to Rt 19 at Groveland, or Take I-4 East to Polk City (MapQuest or your GPS w/send you into Orlando-way out of your way) In Polk City Take Route 33 North to Groveland, Take Route 19 North to “Old” US 441 in Tavares. Go East on “Old” US 441 approx 5 miles to my door. ~~From West and Northwest FL ~ I-75/FL Turnpike to Rt 44 to Wildwood / Leesburg, then South on US 441 ~ in Tavares take Old US Hwy 441 into Mt Dora. ~~Mount Dora is cute and quaint, the town center is Donnelly Street at N 5th Avenue ~ proceed West on 5th Avenue from this center, past one traffic light, curve right, we are the first driveway on right (Lake Dora is on your left).

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Museum, Nature area, Horse & Buggy-Historic Downtown, Guided & Narrated Pontoon Boat rides, Nearby - Seaplane Rides!, Springs and Lakes, Sightseeing on Lakes via your own Boat, Hot Air Ballon Rides, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Ski area, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Board games, Computer, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Telephone, Wedding Facilities , Snacks & Beverages Available, Swimming Pool, Common Sitting / Reading Room Available 24/7, On Site Boat / Cycle / Etc. Trailer Parking

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Horseback riding, Kayaking, Antiquing, 30 Minutes to Disney, Hot Air Ballooning, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming pool

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  • Check In:: 3 - 6 pm
  • Check Out:: by 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking outside / away from the House
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Well behaved children w/responsible adults are welcome
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Two rooms are Pet Friendly - Outside Entrance
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Holiday and Special Events 2-3 nights / Summer no minimum
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's lodging or 50% of total lodging for advance reservation
  • Cancellations: In the unfortunate event that you must cancel, with Reasonable notice, we prefer to Reschedule your visit to a more convenient date. However, deposits are refundable in the form of a Gift Certificate for future redemption if you cancel at least 15 days prior to your arrival date (*30 days prior to Festival/Holiday weekends)and cancellations must be in writing, eMail is FINE! If cancellation is less than 15/30* days, and your room is Not Re-Rented, the FULL Amount will be charged to your credit card.



Margie & Randy

Languages spoken

Bahamian, Abaconian, 'Hopetownian', English

Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

Margie and Randy have spent most of their lives in Florida enjoying Boating, Travel, Antiquing, Real Estate, Vintage Cars and our pets (who do not mingle w/guests unless invited). We Owned and Perfected Heron Cay InTRAcoastal B&B for 11 years on the InTRAcoastal in Jupiter until 2002 before moving to Mount Dora and buying the Darst Victorian Manor in 2005.

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FULL, 4+ Course Hot Gourmet Buffet

  • Time Served: 8-10am
  • Serving Location: Terrace, Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , at lease 6 Guests, * Dinner requires

Signature Dish

: Heron Cay's 4+ Course Gourmet Breakfast Buffet
Our Breakfast offers Wide Selections: Beginning with one of Margie's HOME Baked Breads - Pumpkin, Banana, Cranberry, Etc. and NUTS!! FRESH 6+ Fruit Platter (in season - 'Golden Pineapple' often grown ON SITE); Assorted Juices (from December to JULY!! Oranges from our trees - Squeezed Daily); then EGGS - Randy does Margie's 'Moms Eggs' (REB's 'Fried Poached') or his Special GIANT Omelets. Or he might do HIS Fresh FRUIT PANCAKES... simmered in Butter, these are more like a Dessert!! Margie the Baker; doing one of her Special 'Egg Casseroles - with various combinations of Breads, Potatoes, Cheese, Sausage, Ham, Bacon, Spinach, Tomato, Mushroom, MORE - ALL DELICIOUS!! And always a Side of MEAT; Sausage Patties, Links, Bacon, Ham, 'Little' Smokeys, Canadian Bacon, Sliced 'Special Gourmet Sausages', OR?? And Finally, Margie does something Sweet; her 'French Toast' (not like ANY French Toast you have, unless you have been our Guest BEFORE!!) or maybe her 'Sinful Buns' made with butter, cinnamon, sugar, more!! With this all said, Breakfasts with Special diet restrictions are available... Just Please let us Know at CHECK-IN!!