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Fantastic Waterfront Getaway, Heated Pool! Dock for boat.

44 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Old Homosassa - "The Sanctuary"

3 bedrooms, 2 baths (sleeps 8) Perfect Family Vacation Home

Super location to experience your next vacation adventure. READ OUR REVIEWS! This place is spectacular! Away from yet close to all the best of what Florida offers. This lovely Stilt Home (not a manufactured or double wide) situated on almost 4 acres of beautiful “Old Florida” landscape just north of the “Chassahowitzka National Park”. We call the property 'The Sanctuary' - here you can meander down 'Dream Trail' to 'Eagle Point' on the property. Eagles have been spotted flying over head. The screen enclosed pool is perfect!

Bring your own boat to use on Mason Creek, or to use on Petty Creek to head up to the Homosassa River. Both routes are a short very scenic ride to the Gulf of Mexico for renowned fishing and Seasonal Scalloping. Boat ramps are a short distance away and plenty of room to park your trailer at the house. A scenic 15 minute boat ride will take you into some of Florida's best fishing areas in the Gulf of Mexico or cruise up the Homosassa River toward Homosassa’s Wildlife Park where you can swim with manatees in crystal clear springs. It is also a 5 minute drive to the Homosassa Spring Park to see their exhibit up close.

Two bicycles are available. Two canoes and three kayaks are provided for our guests to enjoy right off the boat dock in our cove that leads to meandering and enjoyable leisure rowing . Or use one of the many professional fishing guides to take you for a fun filled day of catching redfish, trout, snook, grouper as well as many other of the gulf coast sport fish. Fish right off the dock! When we are down we park our two 21ft boats at the dock. Boat and Pontoon rentals are available in Old Homosassa for an exciting adventure on the River or Gulf. Our cove in cooler months is known to have several Manatee, last season again we had a mom and her new born living there. The list of birds and wildlife seen daily is too long to mention here. The sounds of nature are incredible. The house has a wrap around screened porch.

We are 65 minutes from Tampa and Busch Gardens and 1 hour and a half from Orlando, Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios. Clearwater and its beautiful beaches and Aquarium , home of “Winter” star of “Dolphin Tales' are an hour drive from the house. Sandy white beaches are located in Chrystal River, a 15 minute drive or 25 minutes south to Pine Island. Enjoy all the activities Florida has to offer in a short ride. This area is remote enough to take you away but close enough to major grocery chains & restaurants. At local establishments like the Riverside Crabhouse, Neon Leon's, MacRae's, the Old Mill Tavern and others, you will definitely experience true American small town friendliness teaming with local color. There are numerous quality golf courses within a short driving distance and many Florida Birding Trails.

The park-like property is very quiet and has complete seclusion and privacy. In season you can pick your very own oranges and grapefruits. There is parking for two cars out of direct sun. The rear of the house is south facing maximizing the amount of sun during the day on the fully screened large kidney shaped heated pool (heated in the cool months for an extra charge). There is an outdoor shower. The sunsets are glorious. A dining area with chairs and table are poolside. The large Florida room has cable TV, a three seat sofa, a two seat love sofa and a large single armchair. The kitchen has all needed appliances, dishes and utensils. There is an adjoining breakfast area with table and chairs for 6. The utility room has a washer, dryer and a large sink. All linen and towels (including beach towels) are provided.

A maximum number of 6 people are accepted on a rental for the given rate. There are comfortable beds for 6 people. Up to 2 additional people can be added at $25 each for each night. A cot, 2 twin air mattresses and a child's Pack & Play are available for use.

The master bedroom has a King-size bed, en-suite bathroom with tub/shower and a walk-in closet. There are two other bedrooms, one Queen and one with Twin beds, ample closet space, and they share a 2nd bathroom which has a bath/overhead shower, toilet and vanity unit. French doors lead out to the pool area and a door from the Master bedroom and the Queen Guestroom lead out to the pool. There is a barbecue grill provided for your use. Holiday weeks/weekends use the High Season Rate. Visit sassahouse.com for more information and Information on our other rental property.

WE ACCEPT CHECK, MONEY ORDER AND PAYPAL PAYMENTS. Or pay thru HomeAway.com using your credit card. Holiday weekends must adhere to a 7 day minimum Rental Rate.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish, Czech
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 October, 2016

About Owner/Manager

We have traveled many parts of Florida for many years and have always come back to Homosassa. We chose this home for its beautiful serenity and closeness to nature. When we don't have to work we will be spending many days here. We look forward to sharing this beautiful place.

Why Owner/Manager chose Homosassa

This area means a lot to us, especially for all it offers to the nature lover and the sportsmen. We have always spent many vacations with our children and exposed them to the value of nature and helped develop their appreciation for nature and healthy activities. This area continues to offer wonderful things for any family!

What makes this house unique

Outdoor activities galour!! Fun times and many unique experiences for couples or families with children. Birds, animals, fishing, snorkling, exploring and a very close proximity to all the great theme parks of Florida!! The pool is incredible and the property and entire area is very beautiful. Serenity and privacy and lots of fun! We accept US Check, Money Order or PayPal Payments. Or pay thru HomeAway.com


based on 44 holidaymaker reviews

Fantastic Waterfront Getaway, Heated Pool! Dock for boat.
average rating of 5.0 based on 44 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We come every year to Homosassa to go scalloping. This is our second time staying in the Svoboda's lovely home. It's private, peaceful and just the perfect place to relax! Every morning we decided to just take the 3 minute drive to McRae's & launch the boat rather than try to navigate through the creek. That worked out really nicely. We appreciated staying on the creek and having the dock because we brought crab traps. Everyday we found more crabs- wahoo!!

This is the vacation we look forward to All year long. Scalloping in the morning and then chilling by the pool with a cocktail is the perfect combination of playing and relaxing! We love it here! Oh.. and its right around the corner from the Freezer (the other reason we love coming to Homosassa!). Thank you Svoboda's!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like our kind of vacation! You guys love the place for some of the same reasons that we do! We don't usually crab. We see plenty of crabs - next time we are down we will be dropping the crab traps also! We love the short trip to Shelly's Seafood, in case we are unlucky when we fish. It's never a long trip to great seafood. We also love our return visitors! Please return again! Thank you!
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Awesome house!! Perfect for our family vacation!!

  • 5 of 5

We were delighted to stay a week at The Sanctuary house. The grounds were very well maintained and landscaped beautifully. The screened in pool in the back of the house was super clean and awesome, especially after a day of sightseeing. The inside of the house was very clean, very roomy and well supplied with everything you could need, including modern appliances which saves so much time when you are traveling with children. There was plenty of room for everyone to spread out and various activities to enjoy just hanging around the house for a day.We enjoyed taking the kids out in the canoes and caught several blue crabs off the dock with a crab trap.The owners were very pleasant and did provide excellent customer service.We found plenty to do around Homosassa and greatly enjoyed an afternoon with manatees at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. We would totally recommend this property and would love to revisit some day.Seafood Seller and Cafe--BEST seafood by far!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that you and your family had such a pleasant experience. Everything about our "Sanctuary" and the Homosassa area is truly wonderful and our visitors make their vacation what they want it to be! It can be restful and relaxing as well as high energy and exciting. It seems like you and your family covered all the bases! I do hope that you can come back and enjoy our little slice of heaven once again!
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The Sanctury was awesome stay for our family.

  • 5 of 5

Everything was perfect as advertised. We used everything you had except the bicycles. The view the wildlife the serenity was exceptional. The fishing was great caught 50 keeper trout 10 keeper redfish and 36 blue crabs. We have been staying up and mason creek for the the last couple years your place was the best that we have stayed at. Awesome Awesome Awesome

  • Review Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW! That sounds like you had some Bonanza days on the water! We have decided we have to work on our skills a bit to top that! Trout and Redfish are so incredibly delicious! And... you can't beat fresh caught crabs! Please come stay at our place again! We love return visitors, especially ones that have a great time!
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Peaceful vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed our week there. The place was very clean and tastefully decorated. The pool was great as were the views of nature. It was nice to feel so secluded yet so conveniently located. We would recommend this place to anyone and look forward to returning. Thank you for sharing your beautiful house with us.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We also love returning to our Florida Vacation spot for peace and relaxation. It is especially fun when the grand kids visit and enjoy all that is offered in this safe and exciting place. Thanks for staying at our place and please visit again.
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Nice stay away from the world

  • 5 of 5

My boyfriend and I, with his 5 kids, stayed here for a week. We absolutely loved our time here. The home felt like an actual home, with everything we needed for the family.

The pool was clean and well maintained as well as heated. We walked down to the dock and saw a

Manatee with the kids. We also loved the property so much we used it as a backdrop for a family photo. From the patio, you can look out and see families of otters and birds swimming.

The only minor things were that one screen door wouldn't stay shut, and we would have fixed it ourselves if we had the tools it was such a minor thing, and the pool thermometer was broken but we think the pool maintenece person came while we were there and took note of that - neither of these things impeded with our stay whatso ever.

The nature surrounding us was perfect. With 5 kids under 10 it's totally normal to get noise complaints from neighbors, but we were so far away from other homes that the kids could truly enjoy the pool and the home.

The refrigerator, bathrooms and bedrooms were very clean. There was no need for us to run out of the house to buy things we may have forgotten (such as a pencil for math homework) because they had it all. The appliances were all in working order, beds were made nicely and lots of extra linens and towels. We used the roll out cot and pack and play that were in th closet for the one boy and the youngest child, which was awesome to have there because it's rare that a vacation home offer things like that for large families.

We spent Easter morning here and the kids enjoyed a little Easter egg hunt as well as new pool toys that the Easter bunny left in the pool (whoever stays next will have some extra beach balls to play with).

It was a wonderful stay and the owners were more than accommodating, extending their gratitude for our stay and ensuring our comfort. We were talking about our next stay before we even left!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you all had a great time. The location and the property are so special for young and old alike! You can't beat all the wonders of nature in the area. That screen door is already fixed. We like to keep the place safe especially for kids. Spending a week in Paradise is so good for the soul.
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Great week of relaxation

  • 5 of 5

This is one of my favorite VRBO places to stay. This was my second time at this house. It is very private and off the beaten path. I seen deer on the property this time. Love going to the local restaurants and bars that are close to the house. I had bad luck with rain every day I was there but plenty of movies are in house to watch, if you get tired of watching the rain! I will definitely return in the future and recommend this place to all. Thank you Joan for opening up your house for me to enjoy!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So sorry about the rain because I know how you love the pool! Glad that your stay was good for you anyway! The variety of eateries is awesome each time we are down we find a new place. We just heard that Shelly's Fish Market is now serving food riverside! Can't wait to get there. Don't forget to rent our place again! We love return guests!! The location of the house is great. Private but yet so close to so many activities!
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Car: necessary

We are 65 minutes from Tampa and Busch Gardens and 1 hour and a half from Orlando, Disney World, Seaworld and Universal Studios. Clearwater and its beautiful beaches and Aquarium , home of “Winter” star of “Dolphin Tales are an hour drive from the house. Sandy white beaches are located in Chrystal River, a 15 minute drive or 25 minutes south to Pine Island. Enjoy all the activities Florida has to offer in a short ride. This area is remote enough to take you away but close enough to major grocery chains & restaurants.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Old Homosassa, Florida Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Fall - Off Season
1 Oct 2016 - 19 Nov 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
Winter High Season
20 Nov 2016 - 29 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest
Spring - Off Season
30 Apr 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Scallop Season 2017
25 Jun 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £22 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pool Heat - per week £82
Cleaning Fee £82
Refundable Damage Deposit £205
Tax Rate 9.0%

7 night minimum stay Sat. to Sat., except July, Aug & Sept. All Holiday (Christmas, New Years, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day) weekends adhere to 7 day minimum Rental Rate, No Discounts.
6 person maximum occupancy - 1 or 2 additional guests will pay $25 each for each night.
The required $250 Property Damage Deposit will be refunded 14 days after Check-out if no damage.
$500 will hold dates. 100% Refunded if cancelled 45 days prior to check-in. Our preferred Method of Payment is PayPal or a Mailed Check. If Cancelled later and we re-rent... all money paid less a $100 process fee will be gladly be returned. All International Bank Fees are paid by Renter. Returned Check Fee is $35.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Old Homosassa in Florida Central Gulf Coast

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • village
  • Water View
  • waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Outdoor Shower - Outdoor Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Additional Cot, 2 Air Mattresses and Pack & Play available
  • Bed sleeping for 6, additional Cot or 2 air mattresses. We have a child's Pack & Play. There is a $50 charge for the 7th and 8th person each.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • Kayaking
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
We accept Checks, Money Orders and PAYPAL payments. House comfortably sleeps 6 - one or two additional guests are $50 for each.

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