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Bring Mom & Entire Family-Mother's Day Weekend-Historic House, Walkable Downtown

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Great Value! 5 bdrms (8 beds) 3 baths-perfect for your large group!

Come enjoy a taste of Old Florida river charm in our spacious, historically restored 1925 home. Original heart pine floors throughout and beautiful original staircase with all the vintage interest and every modern convenience. This home is an elegant example of a bygone time in Manatee County’s past. Recently refurnished, painted and immaculately clean and ready for your visit!

Located in Bradenton’s quaint downtown on our mile wide Manatee River. This home is just steps from Old Main Street with it’s many restaurants, pubs, boutiques and shops. Do you like history & culture? The Manatee Art Center, the S. Florida Museum and Bishop Planetarium, the brand new Manatee Players Theater,and the Village of the Arts (shopping & dining in restored 1920's cottages where local artists reside and create) are just a short walk from our Riverhouse.

Downtown Bradenton also boasts a variety of festivals throughout the year such as Taste of Manatee, Bluesfest, lots of craft and art fairs, The Seafood Festival, Winter Wonderland, Fireworks, Annual World Class Regatta Races, Weekly concerts, and so much more! As if that is not enough Bradenton is home to local breweries: Motorworks Brewery, 3 Keys Brewery & Darwin's.

If you prefer simpler delights the Central Library, Farmers Market, massage therapists, salons, and the new Riverwalk with it’s children’s water park, fishing, swings and lounges to sit and watch the river boats and dolphins go by, as well as a skateboard park are all within easy walking and biking distance. And yes, we provide the bikes for you as well! If you decide to drive west on Manatee Ave about 8.5 miles you will end up at Holmes Beach. Turn north and travel another 2 miles and you will reach Anna Maria Island & Bean Point with all it’s beauty and fun in the sun.

If all this activity leaves you tired, simply return to your Riverhouse Retreat and relax on the hammock or rockers on our very Southern front porch and sip sweet tea while you enjoy people watching. Want to read, play a game or work a puzzle?Check out our game nook. Rather curl up in the spacious great room and watch a movie? That’s always an option. Ready for a swim or want to sunbathe? Enjoy the saltwater pool and screened deck complete with patio furniture and grill. If you’ve sampled enough of our local eateries and want to stay home then cook to your heart’s content in our well appointed kitchen and enjoy your family around our large farmhouse table.

We pride ourselves on offering you all the small touches that will make your stay effortless so don’t be surprised when you realize that our Riverhouse has a fully stocked coffee bar, a snack station, paper products and condiments, two sets of washer/dryer(one set upstairs and another downstairs-and yes, we’ll set out laundry detergent for you). We provide beach towels in addition to bath towels, complimentary soap and shampoo, paper products for the kitchen and so much more! All five of our bedrooms have the finest 100% cotton sheets and hypoallergenic pillows and bedding. You will love how we pamper you! And if you should still lack something we are always close by to help in any way we can.

We want your time at the Riverhouse Retreat to be a wonderful memory maker! Come enjoy all that Old Florida and New Florida have to offer in one vacation that we hope you’ll want to repeat again and again!

*Please let us know if you are active in or retired from the Fire Service, Military or Law Enforcement. We would like to honor you with a special welcome gift! From our family of career Firefighters to yours-thank you for your service!

More Details

Ed and Michele Shumaker
Member since: 2017
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2018

About Ed and Michele Shumaker

Ed and Michele Shumaker and their multi generational family of Bradenton natives are eager to share with you their love of Manatee County and all it has to offer. Ed grew up in Bradenton, graduated from a local high school and college, and spent 31 years as a Cedar Hammock Fire Captain. Michele has lived in Bradenton most of her life and together they have three grown children and lots of extended family in the area.

Why Ed and Michele Shumaker chose Bradenton

The Riverhouse Retreat was originally purchased in 1999 by Michele's parents and underwent a historically sensitive restoration. The extended family enjoyed 20 years of living on the same street while the Shumaker children grew. The Riverhouse has now been passed down and Ed and Michele still live just down the street and are available at a moment's notice to assist you while you are their guest.

What makes this house unique

All that downtown living offers within walking and biking distance-a car is not necessary. The beauty of staying in a vintage property that has been meticulously updated to include all modern amenities. The unique small town flavor of Old Florida amidst a bustling, culturally rich downtown, still close to world class beaches.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Simply put, the Riverhouse Retreat is a fantastic place to stay! The home is beautiful, clean, and located in a great part of town. Michele is a superb host. She is easy to communicate with and responds to messages promptly. She goes the extra mile to make you feel welcome-small touches like coffee and fruit in the kitchen, towels and sunscreen for the beach, and even a personalized greeting on the welcome instructions! I give the Riverhouse Retreat my highest recommendation!
Jan 2018
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Bradenton in the Manatee County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Absolutely NO Smoking on the property! We are a historic neighborhood so respect for neighbors and property must be maintained.
  • There is room in drive for a trailered boat. No on road parking-house can easily park 3 cars in front driveway and if needed, a 4th behind the house.
  • Help us conserve energy by turning off lights when not in use-especially exterior lights during the day!
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Water View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Jack & Jill - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Very large bathroom downstairs between the Catamaran & Ketch
    Guest/pool Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Downstairs pool/guest bath off the laundry area.
    Upstairs Large Bath - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Has huge double vanity for Trimaran, Skiff & Schooner
  • Bathrooms are spotless & spacious. Downstairs Jack and Jill is handicap accessible with hand grips, handicap height toilet and walk in shower with built in bench. Upstairs bath has a double vanity, tub/shower combo, toilet and it's own washer/dryer for the upstairs guests. Kitchen bath doubles as a guest bath/pool bath with shower, washbasin and toilet and the downstairs washer/dryer/laundry sink is just outside the bathroom door-great for wet and sandy stuff after pool or beach.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • The Ketch (downstairs) - 1 Single Bed , Perfect for grandma or nanny!
    The Catamaran (downstairs) - 2 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Downstairs Master with TV and sitting area
    The Skiff (upstairs-double murphy bed) - 2 Murphy Bed
    The Schooner (upstairs bunk room) - 1 Double Bed , 2 Bunk Bed , A great bunk room for the kids with TV and DVDs
    The Trimaran (upstairs) - 2 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Upstairs Master-very large with TV and sitting area
  • All bedrooms have doors and are private. The downstairs Catamaran(master) and Ketch share a very large jack and jill bath. The downstairs rooms have their own washer/dryer located off the kitchen with an additional private bath. The upstairs Trimaran(master) shares a very large bath complete with it's own washer/dryer with the Skiff and the Schooner. This makes for a perfect 2 family set-up or multi-generational family, while still allowing all rooms to have completely private access.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Ours is a lovely, historic family home-our kids' love this house and yours will too! High chair, portable crib and stroller provided upon request. Children's books, movies, puzzles, Lincoln Logs and Legos are in the game/reading nook off the living room. A well behaved, small dog will be considered-call us and let's discuss it. You will find a complete guestbook listing all information about the systems of the home as well as the activities in the historic downtown. Also notice that we provide a couple of USB charging converters for your cell phones-just in case you forget.


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Bring Mom & Entire Family-Mother's Day Weekend-Historic House, Walkable Downtown
average rating of 4.857143 based on 8 reviews

Perfect location and home

  • 5 of 5

The home was perfect for our family of 9 that came in for a destination wedding. The home was beautifully decorated and newly redone. The home is very clean, all the beds and pillows were so comfortable, and there were plenty of fresh towels. They had so many nice touches to really feel like home. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend this home to our friends and family!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased your family enjoyed our house and all it's amenities. Your visit was special to us since you were the very first person to ever book our home when we initially listed it! Thanks again for being our guests!
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Great house!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family vacation. Very nicely decorated with many amenities. We loved lounging by the pool and having coffee on the front porch!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased to have hosted you and your family for your birthday celebrations! So happy you enjoyed the house and all it offers. Come again anytime-you were great guests! Sincerely, Ed and Michele
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Saint Marys GA

Really nice restored house downtown Bradenton

  • 4 of 5

We were a group of six semi aged men from St Marys GA on a bicycling outing to the area.

Pretty much as described on VRBO. Really nice extra touches like a Kuerig coffee station, fresh fruit, and lots of local information. Also it was the first time that we had the hosts greet us and show us around and give us a heads up.

Nicely restored period house ; very attractively decorated.

One negative was the awkward bed/bath situation up stairs. There was a Jack and Jill bath off 2 of the bedrooms which required the folks in the third bedroom to go through one of those J and J rooms to get to the bath room upstairs.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review, Peter. We are glad that your group enjoyed our Riverhouse Retreat and our vibrant downtown. It is our pleasure to add the extra touches to our historic home that make your visit a pleasure. We will continue to do just that. We are currently researching the possibility of adding a bathroom to the bunk room upstairs sometime in the future. Although this is the bedroom that many of our groups use for their children, we understand that if it had it's own bath it would be more convenient for groups of friends such as yours who are traveling together. Thanks for the input-it helps us to place this construction possibility at the top of our property improvement list for the future. Best regards, Ed and Michele
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Chicago, IL

Great Experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 7 and the house was perfect for us. To begin, the house is beautiful. Plenty of room and convenient location. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Mark-so glad you all enjoyed our Riverhouse Retreat and Downtown Bradenton! It was a pleasure to host you and your group of Spring Training aficionados! Many thanks, Ed and Michele
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West Harrison


  • 5 of 5

It was everything we hoped for and more. The owners are readily available if needed. Hanging out on the front porch in that quiet neighborhood every evening was very relaxing. We'll be back.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that you enjoyed our historic Old FL home and the vibrant Bradenton downtown area! Agreed, our front porch is super relaxing-we plan on investing in a few more rockers this year. We look forward to hosting you and your guests again in 2019! Best Regards, Ed and Michele Shumaker, Owners The Riverhouse Retreat
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Spacious for Family Get Away!

  • 5 of 5

This property accommodated 8 Adults and 2 Babies perfectly. Home is comfy and inviting. We used everything provided; Pool, Bikes, Grill, Kitchen (we did a lot of cooking) was well equipped. We also took advantage of the River Walk. It's beautiful and the activities that surrounds it are so much fun. Great Restaurants close by for morning coffees, afternoon happy hours, or relaxing dinners. My favorite happy hours were spent around the Pool! Temperature is spot on and steps from the refrigerator.

Location, Location, Location so much to do without getting in a car.

We all loved it!!!

  • Review Submitted: 27-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10.5 Miles
Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
McCabe's, Lost Kangaroo, Old Main St. Pub
Nearest Golf
1.9 Miles
Bradenton Country Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Bradenton Amtrak
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.4 Miles
Pier 22, Fav's Italian Cuisine, Sage Biscuit
Nearest Beach
8.5 Miles
Holmes Beach/Manatee Public Beach
Car: not necessary

Must visit the S. Fl Museum for local history and to visit the manatees and the adjoining Bishop Planetarium for laser light shows. Every Saturday Morning from Oct-April walk the Farmer's Market on Old Main St. for crafts, great food, fresh produce, local artisans, dog friendly. Walk to Corwin's (at the marina) after dinner for great ice cream while you sit overlooking the river and watch the sunset. Must have dinner at Pier 22 and sit outside-the breeze, the lights and the river are divine! Walk the entire length of the Riverwalk at least once during your stay (all the way to Manatee Memorial Hospital-your dog and kids will love it! Rent a car or Uber and go to Palma Sola Causeway and ride the horses in the bay at sunset. Have breakfast at Robin's, the Sage Biscuit, and Lou's Diner (order their french toast). Lunch at Fav's, Birdrock Taco Shack (Village of the Arts) Eat dinner at least once at O'Bricks and sit outside on Old Main St. or stroll down to the Mattison's Grille and enjoy outdoor dining along the river. See a Spring Training game at McKechnie Field the southern home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Slow down and enjoy the gentle river breeze, the warm Fl sun, and the beauty all around.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £178.58
Pet Fee £71.43
Damage Insurance £70.72

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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