Honey Lake Plantation
Honey Lake... Regarded as One of the Most Beautiful and Soul Inspiring Places in the Red Hills. Where passion for the Plantation Lifestyle is Available 365 days a year.
Overview & The Land
Honey Lake Plantation is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful and unique plantations in the Southeast. Because of the lake's natural beauty, the plantation was founded by Pansy Poe as an annex to Pebble Hill, itself one of the most notable of all plantations.
Today’s offering is broken into two parcels — Honey Lake Plantation at 2,850 acres and adjoining 1,070 acres called “Hooking Bull.” Previously, the property contained additional acreage and buildings to support a “four star” hunting resort. The “resort campus”of various buildings has been sold to a church group and is used for weddings and private events. Today, what is offered is the best of Honey Lake without the commercial aspects of the campus. Honey Lake Plantation controls all access to the lake.
The main Honey Lake Plantation encompasses some 2,850+/- acres, featuring its namesake Honey Lake, a spectacular 80-acre private lake that is one of the most gorgeous natural, spring-fed lakes in all of North Florida and South Georgia. It is truly an outstanding gem in the region. Unlike most lakes in this area, it is a clear, deep water lake directly connected to the Florida Aquifer. The lake is one of the top wonders of the region.
"We spend 100% of our time brokering plantation sales. Our specialty niche takes us across all seven plantation belts across four states. In my opinion, I would rank the lake as one of the top most beautiful and special places of any plantation. In terms of owning something special, this is about as good as it gets"
— Jon Kohler
An enormous variety of habitat and wildlife fills Honey Lake Plantation, giving it a diversity not often found on most plantations. Vast acres of classic red-clay quail country — with rolling hills, 45+-year old pines and sweeping native grasses — flows through the heart of the plantation. Currently, there are two very big riding courses on the 2,850 acres and another two very large courses on the Hooking Bull annex. There is a lot of additional habitat that is primarily in timber that with a little work could double the amount of quail courses. Throughout its thousands of unspoiled acres are hardwood bottoms, giant cypress trees, and numerous natural cypress duck ponds. Honey Lake is noted for its very high turkey population which is a cross between Eastern and Osceola. Because of high fence protections located in strategic areas, the landowner is able to manage, protect and hold more than its fair share of 5+ year old bucks with great consistency.
Honey Lake Plantation has very well-managed stands of timber with a value estimated at $2M per 2015 calculations. In addition to timber income, there is a 40-acre irrigation pivot and over 82 acres under perennial peanut hay production (“the alfalfa of the south”) which can net a landowner around $250 per acre per year.
"This is 2,850 acres of almost every habitat type found in the Red Hills on one diverse property and with one of the top natural features on any plantation ...a world-class natural lake. The plantation went through an amazing modernization of the hunting courses habitat and improvements. Almost anything one could do to improve habitat and hunting has been done here and if one wanted to double the quail courses this too would be easy to accomplish."
"Honey Lake is priced as one of the best bargains that we have seen in the Red Hills in a very long time. Other noted Plantations have recently traded in the high $4,000 to mid $5,000 per acre range and above. Honey Lake is priced at only $3,785 per acre and that includes the world-class lake and improvements. For just shy of $11M there is no way one would be able to make as much of an impression with the recreational dollar. We priced it take into account its only two weaknesses; the location is on the eastern (Aucilla) edge of the belt below Dixie Plantation, Four Oaks and others, and the drive from that side of the belt to Thomasville is a little over 40 minutes or so. That being said, it's also located on the more valuable Florida side of the Plantation belt. Honey Lake also has more wetlands than the typical Red Hills Plantation and we took that into account as well. However, that's also where it has earned its reputation for the amount of wildlife it controls and it's also boasting massive amounts of hardwood timber in those areas. Few realize hardwood timber oftentimes brings more than pine. What's not mentioned is the conservation easement potential because of the very valuable lake and other features. I am available to go over any of these issues in detail."
— Jon Kohler