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An Upscale Houseboat Offering The Visitor A Once In A Lifetime Experience

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday house boat in Apalachicola - Southern Comfort

A Floating Home On The River With A Variety Of Activities To Observe

This property is a unique and well appointed floating condo with all updated features. It has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with a double bed. There is 1.5 bathrooms which share a shower but still retain complete privacy for each bedroom's occupants. The kitchen has all of the features of a modern home such as a full size refrigerator, new stove and microwave. Small appliances include a coffee maker (coffee provided), blender, toaster, electric can opener along with dishes and glasses and more. The kitchen surfaces are solid Corian with indoor dining seating available for 4. All furnishings are very upscale. The art features a local artist, Tom Tiffin, who has captured a very authentic portrayal of a local shrimp fishing boat. The best feature is the large front porch which offers a spectacular views of both sunrises by looking to the right and sunsets on your left. There are always either boats, fish or birds to view from your porch. Today, I saw 2 dolphins swim by. This area includes seating for 6.. The all electric 950 sq. ft. houseboat offers all of the modern systems including an easily controlled air conditioner/heating system It has an aluminum hull and is surrounded by a new floating dock system which makes getting off and on a breeze. A comfortable temperature can be maintained at all times of the year by merely opening the front and back doors to the river breezes. This is indeed a wonderful way to spend a relaxing and comfortable vacation.

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

Karen Hoff
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2016
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About Karen Hoff

My husband and I fell in love with Apalachicola a couple of years ago and decided to make it our home. We have spent the last 20 years renovating our 1850s Victorian home along with raising our 2 sons. We are avid history buffs and have only begun to research the historical importance of the Florida panhandle. While my husband is still working full time as a Construction Official for a town of 65,000, I am spending much of my time in Apalachicola after retiring from a 30 year banking career as a Commercial Lending Officer.

Karen Hoff purchased this house boat in 2013

Why Karen Hoff chose North West Florida

After renting the Reelaxation (the sister houseboat to the Southern Comfort), I found that staying aboard a houseboat was so relaxing that I wanted to spend more time. The amount of activity going by on the water was so interesting from the commercial fishing boats going out for a successful trip to luxury yachts just out for fun. Watching the dolphins swim by, the pelicans perching on the nearby posts and birds of all varieties diving for their food, it is truly a never ending experience.

What makes this house boat unique

We chose this property for its sensational views of the sunrises and sunsets from the front porch. A relaxing afternoon floating on the houseboat while watching all of the activity or just enjoying the cool breezes with a good book. The location is ideal with easy walking to the area shops which feature local artists' work and a wonderful variety of local restaurants. The sandy beaches of St. George Island are only minutes away by car. There are several golf courses located in the area as well. But, of course, the best fishing is in Apalachicola with a variety of fishing guides such as Capt. Jimmy Maxwell, a fifth generation resident who offers a variety of tour options.


based on 24 holidaymaker reviews

An Upscale Houseboat Offering The Visitor A Once In A Lifetime Experience
average rating of 4.875 based on 24 reviews
Titusville, PA

Unique spacious rental with view.

  • 5 of 5

Karen's Houseboat was a wonderful fun experience with all the utility's and features you would expect with a home on land. Nicely furnished, very clean with 3 tvs, hbo stations, great kitchen well furnished. Right in the middle of the downtown activity with just a couple of blocks to great shopping and restaurants. Karen was very attentive and available during our stay. Nicely decorated and great for the three of us. Two nice bedrooms, two baths and a shared shower space in between. We loved it. Apalachiacola was a real gem to fine. We rented a boat, did a little fishing and a great tour up the river.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Waterfront at a Whole New Level!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in Apalach before at what we thought was "the" place to stay, very nice place, great time, but this houseboat of Karen's takes accommodations in Apalach to a whole new level! We celebrated my wife's double 30 birthday with friends and we had a great time!

The houseboat "Southern Comfort" was very will appointed, kitchen had everything we needed and more, TV's in each bedroom and great room (for those that want to watch them) wifi, etc., but many hours were spent on the Poarch watching the shrimp boats, pass by and activity on the river! Beautiful sunrises to start the day and sunsets to close the day out! Very little movement was noticed at all on the houseboat during our stay, so don't let that be a concern for you landlubbers out there, you cannot get a better view anywhere else . . . The towns hussle-bustle is behind you and tranquility in front of you as you sit on the poach enjoying your coffee in the morning and beverages in the evening!

Short Walking distance to town, restaurants, and shopping and almost in the shadows of "Up the Creek" a fun place to grab a dozen of oysters and other specialities.

Karen Hoff offers a one of a kind experience with her houseboats and we will be talking about our quick 4 days of fun until our next visit . . . Book-it, experience it and you will do the same!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quiet and very peaceful along with relaxation

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay. Mrs Karen was very nice and informational on the area. Fireworks show was awesome to watch from the porch. Caught few catfish off the porch and even seen a Gator swim by Monday evening. Will most certainly make it back to stay again. Perfect place to relax and watch the boats go by and the sunrise is spectacular with a cup of joe. We really enjoyed it.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Fantastic and unique experience. Beautifully furnished very comfortable. Just what my wife and I needed to decompress. Walking distance from bars and restaurants. One of the best lodging options I have ever experienced. Thanks!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for visiting me in Apalachicola. I hope to see you again. Karen
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Even better than we imagined!

  • 5 of 5

Our time in Apalachicola was so relaxing and enjoyable!

We stayed 6 nights and it went by so quickly--

We loved the location- within walking distance of the quaint little town

with great shops and restaurants and fresh seafood shops .

Since we're not really beach people we liked this location better. So peaceful.....

We did go to the state park a couple of times and to the public beach in

St. George Island which is about a 15 minute drive,

We fished off the boat, watched the shrimp boats and fishing boats go by.

My friend enjoyed going fishing with Capt. Jimmy--caught some really good fish!

The owner, Karen was so helpful and her attention to detail made our stay a great time!

We want to go back!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I so glad that you chose to stay aboard the Southern Comfort. I hope to see you again. Thank you. Karen
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Ideal Location

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed on Blue House boat the weekend of the Oyster City Challenge. It was a perfect location to walk to the park, in town to wonder around and visit local restaurants. We also walked to the one grocery store in town, Piggly Wiggly. The boat house was nice, very clean and had a great view. The bedrooms are a bit small, but you aren't spending a lot of time in those two rooms. The living area and kitchen are very spacious. The boat did have some movement but very minimal. You are in the channel where the fishing boats come in and out, they always came in and out at low speeds. When we first arrived the fish odor was very strong for a day and half. It was raining and overcast those days. Once the sun came out the smell mostly went away.

We saw gators and a herd of manatee from the boat that was really need and had a beautiful rainbow one day. They have just added a kayak launch, that was nice since we did bring our boats there for the Paddle Fest that weekend. The kitchen is well stocked, the preparing a salad was would have gone smoother if the knives we sharper. We purchased fish from 13 Mile twice and really enjoyed the Scampi Fish and Flounder, we highly recommend 13 Mile.. Overall it lovely weekend and we enjoyed our time on the houseboat.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you enjoyed your stay. I hope to see again. Karen
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Tallahassee Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Bowery Station
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
St. Joseph's Bay Country Club
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Route 98
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Up The Creek Raw Bar Restaurant
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
St. George Island
Car: recommended

Apalachicola is a historic town dating back to the 1700s when it was one of the most active ports for the cotton trade behind New Orleans and Mobile. It has retained the historic homes and museums and many offer tours at various times during the year. My favorite is the Historic Homes Tour which is put on by Trinity Episcopal Church during the first weekend in May. In fact, Trinity has a long history and an interesting story. Apalachicola is world famous for their oysters and provides almost all of the oysters served in Florida. They are served in all local restaurants with the freshest being served right next door at Up The Creek Raw Bar Restaurant. Fishing is most desirable in the waters around Apalachicola. One of the best fishing guides is Capt. Jimmy Maxwell of Backwater Guide Services who also offers wonderful tours of the area and may pick you up right from your houseboat. Within the last several years, the town has developed into an active artistic community with a variety of styles offered around town. The local restaurants offer a variety of the freshest fish that I have ever tasted - often right off the local shrimp boats. The shopping options include resort clothing and antique shops. If the beach is your passion, then St. George Island is only 10 minutes away and has some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the state. In fact, it has recently been rated by Dr. Beach as the third best beach in the nation.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house boat in Apalachicola, North West Florida

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6 Sep 2016 - 30 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
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4 Nov 2016 - 6 Nov 2016
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1 Dec 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
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1 Mar 2017 - 29 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
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30 May 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £82
Tax Rate 9.0%

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house boat in Apalachicola in Florida

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathrooms share the same shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming

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