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Superb Location! River & Lakefront, Wooded & Private. Canoes and Kayaks!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom Cottage located on 2 wooded acres w/ a private lake & on the River

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Riverlake Cottage is located on 2 acres of wooded property with a private lake and on the the pristine spring-fed waters of the Halls River in Homosassa. Yet, it is only 1 mile into town for shopping, minutes away from the state's most popular wildlife park, and only an hour's drive to some of Florida's best theme parks, zoo, museums and attractions!

RIVERLAKE COTTAGE - 2 Bedroom/1Bath, newly remodeled 1000 sq ft cottage.

RIVERFRONT - The Pristine spring-fed Halls River (The Halls River is a beautiful meandering spring-fed river which merges into the Homosassa River 2 1/2 miles from the cottage. Very little motorboat traffic makes it perfect for kayaks, canoes, fishing and birding)



YOUR OWN PRIVATE 1/2 ACRE LAKE IN THE BACKYARD (Great fishing in the lake too!)






A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. All of the nature photos on this page were taken either in the yard or from a kayak only a few feet from shore.

We await your call or email and if there is anything we can do to make your stay more memorable just let us know and we will try to accommodate you.

More Details

Gary and Joanne Bartell
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 April, 2017

About Gary and Joanne Bartell

We'd like to introduce ourselves. We are Gary and Joanne Bartell. We moved to Homosassa in 1988 to raise our family and quickly got involved with local politics to help shape the future of our community. Gary served as a County Commissioner from 1990 to 2010 and was chairman of the Tourist Development Council for 14 years. Joanne was a founding board member of the Nature Coast Envirothon, a high school environmental education and scholarship program. We both enjoyed spending countless hours over the years educating the youth of the community about the rare and precious natural resources found in this area. Our vision has always been to protect and preserve these amazing natural resources for generations to come.

Gary and Joanne Bartell purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Gary and Joanne Bartell chose Florida Central Gulf Coast

The Riverlake Cottage property was originally owned by Dazzy Vance, the Hall of Fame major league baseball player (1915 - 1935) who once told a New York Times reporter that all he wanted to do in life is 'to play baseball and fish in Homosassa'. In 1995 we had the opportunity to purchase part of Vance's original land holdings but the Lakefront property was tied up in an estate until November 2012 when a for sale sign appeared on the front lawn - we bought it that same day. With only 10 private property owners along the entire Halls River, Riverlake Cottage is our opportunity to share a rare piece of Old Florida with you.

What makes this cottage unique

The Halls River is a rare piece of Old Florida. Largely undeveloped the river is a birder's paradise a fisherman's delight, and a photographer's dream. Blue Crab, Bass, Bream, Sunfish, Redfish, Snook, Ladyfish, Mullet, and various other species of fish can all be seen swimming about in the Halls River. In the sky above you will find Bald Eagles, Green Herons, White Pelicans, Wood Storks, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbills and many more species of fabulous waterbirds. Along the river you may find dolphin chasing mullet or experience a manatee giving birth. Most days the morning sunrises and evening sunsets are aglow with brilliant colors that will take your breath away. For the adventurous, nightime kayaking or canoeing reveals brilliant stars and planets above - and - with a flashlight shone on the water the surface appears as a sheet of glass and you can see fish, turtles, and other creatures underwater as if you are watching them through a window. Amazing, breathtaking, and captivating moments and memories await you at Riverlake Cottage in Homosassa Florida.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Homosassa in Citrus County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Decorated with pictures of waterbirds taken on the river
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Second Bedroom - 2 Single Bed , Trundle bed (can be used as 2 twin or 1 king bed)
    *Living Room Pull-Out Beds - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 3' GEL FOAM TOPPERS FOR EXTRA COMFORT
    Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , California Queen with 3" gel foam topper for extra comfort
  • ***All beds have new mattresses with mattress covers. ***All beddings, including bed spreads, comforters, duvet covers, and pillow shams, are freshly laundered prior to guest arrival.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • caving
  • swimming
Please visit our website for more photos and information: www.suncoastkeys.com. Thank you!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(44 traveller reviews)

Superb Location! River & Lakefront, Wooded & Private. Canoes and Kayaks!
average rating of 4.840909 based on 44 reviews

A kayakers paradise! Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

The listing for the cottage was very accurate. We loved the layout of the house. The living space was very large and the kitchen was both spacious and well equipped. One thing I did notice was that there was NEVER a shortage of hot water! Which makes it very nice when traveling with more adults. With only one bathroom there is always a fear of running out of hot water. No worries here!! The bedroom was a nice size and the bed was extremely comfortable! The home was very clean and well taken care of.

The central location of the cottage was great! We were never more than a 20-30 minute car ride from any of the locations we paddled. We were able to paddle the Halls River from the cottage the first night we arrived, it was breath taking! The following day we met my parents at the Chassahowitzka River where we met the resident manatee Rachel and her two babies! We explored the many springs with the caves and even found "The Crack"!

We were able to take a short ride North to Dunnellon to explore the Rainbow River which was completely stunning!

Locally we explored the Homosassa River, Monkey Island, Crystal River and Three Sisters springs area. The highlight of the trip for me was kayaking on the Weeki Wachee River.

We can not wait to come back with our kids!

Thank you so much Gary & Joanne for sharing your beautiful cottage with us!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Volusia county, Florida

Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I stayed here for a girls weekend, exploring rainbow springs, and three sisters springs. The house in close proximity to lots of water activities. I highly reccomend hunter springs kayaks which is where we rented out stand up paddle boards and went to three sisters springs. It was magical!! This property has a small pond which is viewable form the front bedroom and the sound of the water lulled me right to sleep. The beds have a very thick egg crate top and the owners were very thoughtful in having LOTS of pillows to choose from and extra blankets for added comfort. Kids toys, horseshoes, games and books are all there. Lots of information about the surrounding area including places to eat and things to do are provided. We went to an amazing Thai restaurant called Thai Phoon that I HIGHLY reccomend! Also, check out the biscuit barn! The kitchen is fully stocked with cookware and utensils. Joanne and Gary are very thoughtful hosts and provide all that you can think of in the event that you forget something. The view of the river from the dock is amazing. We sat for a few hours and saw otters, dolphin, jumping fish and the neighbors pig. I highly reccomend this family friendly property.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We spent a month at this cottage and loved the peace and quiet of the property. The location of the property was perfect and we could easily and quickly find great places to eat, shop and explore. We saw the manatee which was a huge reason for coming to this part of Florida.

We could walk our furbaby and often met other people in the area walking too. We met and talked with some of the same neighbors several times and felt we had made new friends.

We met the neighborhood "pet", a Great Blue Heron, who stopped by often to see what we were up to and hope for a handout. We miss seeing him peek in our window to get our attention.

The cottage was decorated so cute and was clean and roomy. We found the owners to be so friendly and willing to do what they could to help with our stay.

We had many friends in nearby communities who came to see our "home away from home" and all were impressed. When our four weeks came to an end, we only wished we could stay longer.

Thank you Joanne and Gary for making us feel at home.

Tom, Pat and Mandy too!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Ideally located for a long weekend or week getaway with the family. Perfect location with easy access to State Parks, hiking and on property river access. We took out the canoe and had a great day with a local who was diving and checking out a manatee. Great Weekend, we will be back. Owners are experts on the area and a great resource for the best places to go, the informational packet in the home had everything we needed.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful place, a piece of paradise.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was clean, very comfortable, and very well equipped. There are lots of windows for views of nature in every direction. I will always remember my bedroom with view of the lake outside the window. I love seeing that view every time I walk into my bedroom. The owner was very nice and helpful. When we checked in, we asked for blender for making smoothies, within an hour, a new blender was delivered to us. The river access and the kayaks and canoes provided was great, easily accessible. The cottage is so comfortable, yet there is so much nature of old Florida as soon as you look or step outside the cottage, it feels as though you are living in a time machine.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice little cottage on about 2 acers of land. Recently updated, clean and homey.

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for the 4th of July weekend. It was great to get somewhere and have this cottagweek exceed our expectations. New floors, and new paint make a place feel much nicer and clean. We cooked at the home every night, and all utensils, pots and pans we needed were there. Owners live next door and are very helpful if you need anything. Super quiet, away from all the hotels, but less than 10 minutes to launch your boat. We will be going back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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"Explore Old Homosassa with the #1 most visited state park in Florida, the Homosassa Springs ..."
Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Lowry Park Zoo
"Lowry Park is a 5-Star Zoo. "
Busch Gardens - Tampa
Walt Disney World Resort
"It doesn't matter how old we get, Walt Disney World is truly the Magic Kingdom and will alwa..."
SeaWorld Orlando
"SeaWorld is a great day trip for lovers of marine life."
Seagrass Resort
Riverside Crab House
Crackers Bar & Grill
Pecks Old Port Cove
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
Rainbow Springs State Park
Publix Super Market at Springs Plaza
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
Car: recommended

EXPLORE the unspoiled shores of the Halls River and the Homosassa River.

SWIM WITH THE MANATEE - Watch, get up-close, and swim with the 'Gentle Giants' Did you know that Citrus County is the only place in the United States where you can legally swim with the manatee in the wild?

WORLD CLASS FISHING opportunities for over 20+ different fish species year round. Redfish, Speckled Trout, Shark, Grouper, Tarpon, Tripletail, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Pompano, Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, and Bonita are just a few of the species of fish that offer anglers unique fishing opportunities.

TRAVEL BY WATER OR CAR TO THESE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: Gator Cove, Ale House, Seagrass Waterfront Restaurant, Marker 7 Tiki Bar, Riverside Crab House, Yardarm Lounge, Monkey Bar, The Shed at MacRae's, and the Freezer Tiki Bar ('The Freezer').

DOCK YOUR BOAT IN OLD HOMOSASSA AND WALK TO: The Historic Sugar Mill Ruins, the Old Mill House Gallery and Printing Museum, and the Old Mill Tavern - or enjoy cajun and jazz at Neon Leon's Zydeco Steak House.



Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Homosassa, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Scallop Season
1 Jul 2017 - 24 Sep 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £57.98 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

1) *We offer special rates for stays of 4 weeks & longer. Please contact us!
2) Rates based on 2 adults, 2 children.
3) Cottage is to be left in the same clean condition as the time of check-in (grill, oven, stove top, dishes, countertops etc must all be cleaned if used).
3) Pet Fees $75.00 Nonrefundable Pet Cleaning Fee.
4) Refundable Security Deposit for pet guests. Please contact us for details.

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