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BEAUTIFUL WATERFRONT, Wooded & Private. Kayaks included! Superb Location!

People6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Waterfront Cottage located on 2 wooded acres w/ private lake and on Halls River!

WATERFRONT VACATION RENTAL.

RIVERFRONT & LAKEFRONT.

UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL.

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

Riverlake Cottage is located on 2 acres of wooded property with a private lake on one side of the house and on the other is the Halls River, part of the Homosassa River system. Centrally located, the cottage is only 1 mile from town for shopping, and is minutes away from the state's most popular wildlife park. It is only an hour's drive to some of Florida's best theme parks, zoo, museums and attractions!

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)

QUALITY KAYAKS AVAILABLE FOR GUEST USE.

INCREDIBLE FISHING AND A NATURE LOVER'S PARADISE!

FLOATING DOCK, KAYAK LAUNCH, & SITTING AREA BY RIVER. AMAZING SUNSETS!

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

SPACIOUS SCREENED PORCH OVERLOOKING LAKE

FOUNTAIN & FLOATING DOCK ON PRIVATE LAKE.

LARGE LAKESIDE FIRE PIT

GAS BBQ GRILL

FREE WI-FI

55" INTERNET ENABLED (SMART) TV - UNLIMITED FREE NETFLIX MOVIES, PANDORA'S EXTENSIVE MUSIC LIBRARY, AND MORE

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

Owner
Gary and Joanne Bartell
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
9 December, 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 Homosassa Springs

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 nursing a newborn calf. Along the shore you will enjoy the antics of a family of emus and a flock of Welsh Harlequin ducks that free range along the shoreline and swim in the river. Most days the morning sunrises and evening sunsets are aglow with brilliant colors that will take your breath away. For the adventurous, night time 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.

Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , California Queen with 3" gel foam topper for extra comfort
    Second Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Captivating view of lake and fountain from bedroom window.
  • ***Third Bedroom: There is a small bedroom/den connected to the Master Bedroom (see listing pictures for photographs of the room). There is a pocket door between the rooms. This 3rd bedroom/den is a quiet and cozy space mentioned in many of the reviews as a treasured space. Recent comment include: "The little den next to the Master Bedroom was a nice, welcomed surprise that my eight year old loved as he made it his own little space" - "The small bedroom next to the master bedroom was perfect for our little ones" - and "the extra room was a perfect place to escape from my husband's snoring!" ***All beds have mattress covers. ***All beddings, including bed spreads, comforters, duvet covers, and pillow shams, are freshly laundered prior to guest arrival.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Notes:
Please visit our website for more photos and information: www.suncoastkeys.com. Thank you!

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(72 traveller reviews)

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BEAUTIFUL WATERFRONT, Wooded & Private. Kayaks included! Superb Location!
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 72 reviews
5

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: 03-Jan-2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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5

The Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This property was absolutely what we needed but Joanne and Gary made it perfect. We could not have asked for better hosts or a better site. The weather didn't quite line up for all of the fishing that we were planning but we went ahead and brought a boat and stayed in the Homosassa area for a few extra days. Joanne had the property rented on the backside of our stay but offered to help us not only find a place for our added day but to allow us to store the boat while we continued our stay at another location. It was like staying at a long term friends house. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Quiet Country

  • 5 of 5

We booked this cottage for a weekend of horseback riding and zip lining. The home is very private, yet convenient to anything one may need. The fountain on the pond was most relaxing, especially at bed time. The home was very clean and had everything imaginable to make our stay easy and fun. The porch at cocktail hour was our favorite destination.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Relaxing and well equipped!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the cottage, the water and the hospitality! Very private. Great screened porch and fire pit! This is one to come back to!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful location - very peaceful

  • 4 of 5

Beautifully presented property which the owners obviously take a lot of pride in. The attention to detail, with little tea light candles lit and the aroma diffuser on when we arrived, made us feel welcome as soon as we opened the door. We wanted a week of relaxation and that is exactly what we got. The house had everything we needed, comfy beds, well equipped kitchen and the screened dining area which we used for all our meals.

We spent a lot of time out on the kayaks on the river, looking for manatee (although we only saw two all week!) and watching the wildlife. The lake with the fountain was also great for enjoying the wildlife. There is a resident alligator that sunbathes on the opposite bank and lots of turtles to watch.

Overall this is a fabulous property and the owners are very helpful and friendly. Our only minor criticism would be that the water around the kayak launch is very smelly and getting in and out of the kayaks needs to be done with care so as not to fall in it!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Riverfront Location

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The river was peaceful and a joy to kayak. The cottage was just right. Not to big, not to small. Easy to keep clean and we very much appreciated the owners did not force a cleaning fee on us. This was the deciding reason for us in choosing Riverlake Cottage and we are so glad we did! (More vacation rental owners should take note and do the same.) We will definitely be back and we plan a much longer stay next time.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Tampa or Orlando International Airport
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
World Famous Black Diamond Ranch & World Woods
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Marguerita Grill, Seafood Seller, Riverside Crab
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Fort Island Gulf Beach and Pine Island Beach Park
Car: recommended

WATERFRONT

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.

RIVER ADVENTURE TOURS (833-468-8687) for FISHING CHARTERS, MANATEE SWIMS, MANATEE TOURS, SCALLOP TRIPS, BACKWATER TOURS, ECO TOURS, AIRBOAT ADVENTURES

TRAVEL BY WATER OR CAR TO THESE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: Marguerita Grill, Seafood Seller, Gator Cove, Seagrass Waterfront Restaurant, Marker 7 Tiki Bar, Riverside Crab House, Yardarm Lounge, Monkey Bar, The Shed at MacRae's, Old Mill Tavern, 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 quaint art shops and galleries in the art district.

Or spend the day at the HOMOSASSA SPRINGS WILDLIFE PARK - Florida's #1 State Wildlife Park!

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Homosassa Springs, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£240
for 2 nights
From
£120
From
£128
Fri,Sat
£756
£1,979
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £67.01 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

1) We do not charge a cleaning fee. Cottage is to be left in the same clean condition as the time of check-in. BBQ grill, oven, stove top, dishes, counter tops etc must all be cleaned if used. Owner responsible for laundering towels and linens.
2) Guest may opt for cleaning service. Please inquire for rates.
3) Pets: Must read and agree to pet policy prior to making reservation.
4) Security deposit may be required for pet guests and reservations of more than 2 guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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