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Spectacular Waterfront with Dock & Pool! FALL Discount Dates Available

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

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

Exceptional location to experience your next vacation adventure. READ OUR REVIEWS! This place is spectacular! VISIT SASSAHOUSE.COM FOR MORE INFO. 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

Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Spanish, Czech
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
17 May, 2018

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.

Our grand kids love the place and get a first hand experience with the fabulously beautiful "Nature Coast" and all the it has to offer! We look forward to sharing this beautiful place.

Owner/Manager purchased this house in 2011

Why Owner/Manager chose Old 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! It is especially wonderful that the property is waterfront. Our dock has room for two boats, a place to put the Kayaks in to the water and still plenty of room for off the dock fishing. During the winter months Manatee and Babies usually swim up for a visit.

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

Guestbook comments from the manager

The Sanctuary is truly that. From our turn into the driveway life's worries melted away for our week at this home. Check-in couldn't be easier. The location is only a few miles from anything you might want but feels very private and secluded. We swam, we kayaked, we played games, we went exploring, watched wildlife, we relaxed, and at the end of each day melted into the comfortable bed! We hope to return to do it all over again!
Mar 2018
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Old Homosassa in Homosassa

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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 ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • 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.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • Kayaking
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
We accept Checks, Money Orders and PAYPAL payments. Or book thru VRBO/HomeAway by credit card. House comfortably sleeps 8. Parking for Boat Trailers. Dock is able to provide space for one or two boats.


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average rating of 4.981818 based on 59 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We spent a week here and found the home and it's spectacular location to be just as described and very consistent with the previous reviews. The pictures do not do the property true justice. The location is quiet and peaceful with beautiful views of the marsh from the screened pool and deck.

The property is beautifully landscaped and blends well with the surrounding areas. Whether you're relaxing on the pool deck or in the heated pool, the serenity of the home and it's perfect location is remarkable.

We shared the home for 3 nights with some very elderly friends of ours. While there are steps to climb, there is a landing half way up to provide a resting spot. Once you get to the top of the stairs, the rest of the house is all on the same level including the pool and the marsh views.

The owner's were very pleasant and easy to work with and we had no issues to deal with during our stay.

We highly recommend this home and look forward to returning again.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes, it's really wonderful that all living spaces are on one level and up high to provide a super advantage for viewing the area and the grounds. One day we will probably put a lift in! We plan on spending a lot of our retirement days there! We are so thrill that you enjoyed your stay. It is always a pleasure when our visitors enjoy the place as much as we do! We hope that you will be able to visit again! We love being able to share "The Sanctuary"!
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This house was lovely, relaxing and truly enjoyable.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for a month and enjoyed our time in Homosassa and Crystal River. The property is lovely and well maintained. The inside, wrap around porch and pool are very clean. We did find the gas grill too dirty to use and the washing machine hadn't been cleaned after apparent dirty use. There is lots of water and it's good quality. The beds are very comfortable and there are plenty of towels, though few washcloths. Some of the bed pillows need replacing but there are lots of them so they can be switched out. The kitchen is very well supplied. Renters need to bring paper supplies as few were left. The upholstered furniture could use a cleaning as so many heads have touched the arms. We really enjoyed the pool, deck and wonderful view over the tidal canals. There is so much to see and do in this area. The Pottery Shop and Glass Garage owners are great sources of information. Boe at The Print Shop is very informative and accommodating. Thank you for sharing your neat property and Nature Coast area!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your visit.
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  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed for a week at this home views were amazing,pictures are right on detail..and the owners are very pleasant and answered any of our questions,we had 4 kids that enjoyed the pool even in January the heat was enough for them to swim 5 days..I highly recommend this place !!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review and recommendation. We hope that you guys return! We also think that the place is lovely. a We love that children truly enjoy themselves. Parents find that relaxing for themselves! We were glad that the pool stayed mostly warm for you. Some of your days had some pretty frigid cold temps! Please come again!
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Great secluded home surrounded by nature but still close to activities and restaurants and supplies

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place to stay for our family’s holiday gathering. Although the weather wasn’t as warm as it usually is we were still able to use the heated pool.a few times. There are great natural views from the screened in pool and large surrounding patio so just being out there was a treat. The house had everything we needed including the high chair and porta crib for our grandchild. The suggestions from the host regarding restaurants and things to do close by were spot on. We rented a pontoon boat and spent half a day on the river, went on an amazing air boat ride, went to the Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, kayaked off the dock to explore the surrounding waters even as far into town to get lunch, and many other adventures. The host is very good about answering questions and wants their guests to truly enjoy their stay. Would stay there again if we decided to return to the Crystal River area of Florida again.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the lovely review! The place is especially nice during the holiday season! And the area is just wonderful for a family vacation. A trip out on a Pontoon is so wonderful! We do it every chance that we get and we always see something new and fascination each time! We are so pleased that you and your family were able to enjoy the house, the property and the area to it's fullest! Please come again!
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Nice and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We had a nice and relaxing stay at the Sanctuary. The home had everything we needed. It's located on a beautiful private lot surrounded by trees, birds and wildlife but has plenty to do close by. We would definitely stay again in the future!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would love for you guys to stay with us once again. So many of our guests are repeaters. We also the love the place for it's piece and tranquility. When the grandkids visit - it gets a bit crazy because they love the excitement that the natural habitat and all of the area's activities. Every one has a fun time!!
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Saylorsburg Pa. USA

The Sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time visiting this section of Florida. A laid back area not commercialized like the rest of Florida's coast. Lovely property with total privacy. The screened in wrap a round porch allows you to sit in the shade any time of the day with the pool and patio steps away. I would recommend this home if you are looking to spend some time in the Homosassa area

  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love the Gulf side of the State. Especially the area north of Tampa. Eventually we will retire here. It is beautiful and not as rushed as other parts of Florida but yet there is plenty to do and see! The area has something for everyone - peace and quiet or excitement - your choice. Thanks for visiting!!
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River Safaris & Gulf Charters Inc.
Did the Air Boat Tour on two occasions!! Funtastic!
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Visited this park several times! Beautiful!
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:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Spring - Off Season '18
28 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Scallop Season 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Fall - Off Season 2018
29 Sep 2018 - 16 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter Season '18 - '19
17 Nov 2018 - 26 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring Off Season '19
27 Apr 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Scallop Season 2019
29 Jun 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
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 £21 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pool Heat - per week £74.26
Refundable Damage Deposit £185.65
Cleaning Fee £74.26

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. Long term rental fees are discounted.

Manager'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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