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St Johns River Front Home Huge Deck, Dock & Boathouse & Wifi

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

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Come experience a different part of Florida from the very large deck of this great river house. Bring your boat, fishing poles, the kids, and grandma. You will enjoy the large dock, complete with covered boat house, running water, fish cleaning station, lights, and floating dock perfectly suited for tying up your boat. Remember there are alligators in Florida. This house has an open floor plan with split bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms open to the covered deck and have views of the river. The deck and dock are great spots for watching the boats go by. The river is 310 miles long and occasionally will host smaller cruise ships bringing their passengers to tour the scenic and historic St Johns River. This was a popular destination during the Gilded Age. The vacation this home makes possible should not be considered 'luxurious' but instead enjoyed as a return to nature.

This home is clean and spacious with fantastic views and is located very close to the boat ramp, grocery and drug stores and restaurants. You will feel very secluded but can still walk to the market. Wild turkeys, alligators, and fish are very common. Manatees, otters and other wildlife are often seen in and around the river. We have provided 2 kayaks and paddles. You will find an assortment of life and ski vest as well as several floats for your enjoyment. You will need to bring most other fishing and boating items with you.

We have a large dining room table in the 'River Room' which can easily seat 8, with views through the 5 sliding glass doors. Located off the kitchen is a breakfast table that can seat 6.

Palatka is known as the' Bass Capital of the World'. The fishing is great and shrimping is possible in August and September.

This home has been our family retreat for over 15 years. We have decided to share our home with others starting in late May 2011. It is located only 30 miles from St. Augustine and the St. Johns County beaches. We hope you enjoy your stay in our River House.

Keywords: river, fishing, skiing, saint johns river

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David Powell
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
22 February, 2017

About David Powell

My wife and I have lived in St. Augustine since 1981. We have always enjoyed traveling, and have made many friends along the way.

Our two children are now off to school, which leaves us more time to enjoy our favorite activities.

David Powell purchased this house in 1996

Why David Powell chose Florida

We bought this property because we love the river. It was close to everything but it is very private.

What makes this house unique

We bought this river home in 1996 when our kids were very young and spent many weekends and a large portion of the summers and holidays here. This house is so perfect for casual entertaining.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in East Palatka, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Daybed with trundle, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen size sofa bed, Bunk Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • sailing
  • ski
  • surfing
Large covered decks overlooking St Johns River. Large glassed room for dining while enjoying the river view and lots of wildlife such as wild turkeys, alligators, manatees, and eagles.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(46 traveller reviews)

St Johns River Front Home Huge Deck, Dock & Boathouse & Wifi
average rating of 4.847826 based on 46 reviews

Perfect vacation get away!

  • 5 of 5

My family has stayed at the river house for 3 years now....It is a beautiful and peaceful place to stay...We always catch plenty of fish. Mr. Powell is great to work with. He is always available if you need him for something. I cant wait to plan another trip in the summer. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you had another great time at the river house. Thank you for the great review and am looking forward to your next stay. Libby Powell
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Perfect Get Away on The River!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for peaceful. We were needing to relax. WE wanted a place where our young teen boys could throw a line out and be able to run barefoot. WE wanted a lazy old rocker on a big porch in old Florida. We wanted the peace of a lazy river. We found PERFECT at The River House on The St. Johns River in Palatka Florida!! From the minute we opened the front door, and we could see out through the house to the big river, we began to forget all the stresses of South Florida and all deadlines and worries. The house is laid out wonderfully with the Master Bedroom and main guest bedroom and the living/ family areas all looking out at the most beautiful long green lawn down to the river! There is a very large well laid out kitchen with all the appliances and set ups that you could possibly need. There is a split bedroom plan so the parents had one side and our kids the other! The living/family area had the most wonderful big comfy recliners, sofas and easy chairs. Everything about The River House is about comfort, and relaxing!! Every morning, we woke up to beautiful views of the river while we drank our morning coffee!! Outside the entire back of the house is a huge walk around porch with old rockers and chairs. I loved sitting in the rocker and reading and watching the boys fish off of the big dock! WE were so content at the The River House, we never went out to eat! I couldn't get the boys to leave the dock!! WE ordered out from the Restaurant down the street our first night and cooked on the grill every meal after that. It was just to heavenly where we were to go anywhere else!! We did enjoy a beautiful day on the river by renting a boat and taking it down to Dunn's Creek. The weather could not have been more perfect. All in all, the entire four day visit was a home run!! We highly recommend The River House! WE hope to return many times in the future!!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great review. Sounds like you enjoyed the river and the house as much as we do. We hope you return and thank you for the wonderful review. Libby and David
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Perfect Location for Birthday Celebration with Family!

  • 5 of 5

WOW! Greater than expected! After long researching for a home on the river to unite with our grown children and enjoy some boating to celebrate 'dad's big 6-0', we decided with this beautiful home. It was much larger than expected from the photos and nested privately yet very close to town, restaurants and boat ramps. Extremely cleaned, well equipped and comfortable. The huge deck was perfect for the entire family (and grand-dog) to party! Enjoyed the kayaks, fishing, and sunsets from the swing on the dock. Our youngest entertained us with flying a helicopter and 2 seaplane RC models off the water, along with a wake-skate water ski show. Had a total of 3 boats with plenty of parking along the dock. We enjoyed boating south to the unique train bridge then through the beautiful channel to Crescent Lake and discovered a cool 'Key's style' restaurant, "3 Bananas". The only downside was not long enough stay! There is plenty more to explore along the St Johns North to Jacksonville, and south to the Silver Glenn and towards Orlando, so we plan to be back! Can't thank the owners enough for sharing their home with our family that made some wonderful memories!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes you have to come back. It seems you enjoy the river as much as we do. Salt Springs and Silver Glen are an easy boat trips that you must do. Thank you for the great review. Libby and David.
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Millville, New Jersey

The Gilliard's

  • 5 of 5

The River house was amazing. Super clean, we'll organized and we'll equipped, couldn't of asked for anything different. With the marina close by it made it very easy to get the boat to the house. Fishing was great and the wild life is everywhere. Thank you for sharing this home away from home. I didn't get a chance to the owner but when I spoke to him with a question I got the feeling that he would of done what ever it would of took to make our stay more pleasurable.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Jacksonville, FL

Relaxing family vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at the River House! We fished and crabbed from the dock, and rented a pontoon boat from McGhee's and explored the St. Johns River both north and south of the house. The house was perfect for our family -- lots of room and the little ones loved the bunk room. Thanks for sharing this beautiful spot with us!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sounds like your family enjoyed the river and house as much as our family does. We hope you return. Thank you for the great review. Libby and David
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Cottonwood Arizona

Florida family vacation - July 1 - 9, 2015

  • 5 of 5

Due to a slight change and our flight agendo we had came in 5 hours earlier than expected. Communication via email with Amy and David allowed us to check in early with no hassle. Upon arriving the house was breathtaking in its own little cove. Every morning we was able to sit out on the dock, relax and look at the beautiful St. Johns River with all its wildlife, such as alligators, manatees, fish of all kinds and beautiful black birds at our fingertips. The house was fully stocked with everything we needed including kayaks to experience the river. It felt as we walked into our 2nd home. We are internally grateful this house was available to us and will definitely stay again hopefully in two years! David was a delightful person and we want to thank him for opening up his rental to us.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy that enjoyed the river house as a much as we do. It is fun seeing all the wildlife. We hope you come and stay again and thank you for the great review. Libby and David
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30 minutes from beach,


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in East Palatka, Florida North Central Gulf Coast

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Pet Fee £40 + Tax
cleaning £120 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £239
Tax Rate 11.0%

Stays longer than 2 nights are discounted. Year round weekly rates $1140.00 + $150.00 cleaning fee and 11% tax * 5 nights $975.00 + $150.00 cleaning fee and 11% tax * 4 nights $850.00 + $150.00 cleaning fee and 11% tax * 3 nights $695.00 + $150.00 cleaning fee and 11% tax * 2 nights $550.00 + $150.00 cleaning fee and 11% tax * $50 per person per stay for more than 6 people.

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