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

People4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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.


Owner
Karen Hoff
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
23 July, 2017

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.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house boat in Apalachicola in Franklin County

Property Type:
  • house boat
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathrooms share the same shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
Attractions:
  • 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

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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An Upscale Houseboat Offering The Visitor A Once In A Lifetime Experience
average rating of 4.8055553 based on 36 reviews
5

Thoroughly relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We could not have had a more relaxing vacation. The houseboat was very nice inside and the back porch was great. There was a nice view of the river and we were able to fish off the back porch. We cannot say enough about Appalachicola. Please don't change!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you had a relaxing stay aboard the Southern Comfort. I am glad that you chose to stay at Houseboats at River Watch. Thank you.
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Fun and convenient location, but really just for one couple.

  • 4 of 5

My wife and I celebrated our 38th anniversary here and we really enjoyed it. The houseboat is only two blocks from town center, and Apalachicola is a fun little town. We really loved the mornings and evenings on the back deck watching the shrimp and fishing boats coming and going. There is excellent fishing in the area, and numerous beautiful beaches to explore. Several of the bars provided live entertainment every night, which was a pleasant surprise.

I give the houseboat 4 out of 5 stars only because it really is only capable of housing one couple comfortably. The second bedroom is barely big enough to hold the bed. We used it for our suitcases, which was fine. There is also only one shower shared between two small baths. Again, no problem for one couple, butbit would be very "cozy" for any more. The final issue is that you are on a boat with fixed water tanks, so you have to be somewhat careful about water consumption (although Karen will refill them when needed).

Overall we really enjoyed it and would do it again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed on the houseboat over the Memorial Day weekend. The views from the porch to the river/marsh were phenomenal. Lots of birds and even a manatee Also the houseboat location couldn't be better. It's walking distance to everything in town but you still feel like you are in the middle of the marsh. Plus it's next door to a great casual restaurant. We have stayed at other places in Apalachicola but will choose to stay here on our next trip to Apalachicola.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you had a wonderful staying aboard the Southern Comfort. I hope that you will consider a return stay when you are in town. Thank you. Karen
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5

Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Town and river - the best of both

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have enjoyed our stay more. It was perfect - so convenient to everything in town and so 'away from it all' when we were on the back deck. It was hard to get any reading done because there was always something to look at - shrimp boats, osprey, bald eagles, pelicans, dolphins and even an alligator. It was just wonderful. The houseboat was clean and comfortable and has everything you need.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was so glad to have you both choose to stay aboard the Southern Comfort. You were wonderful guests. I hope to see you again. Karen
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5

Very beautiful, relaxing, quiet location.

  • 5 of 5

Even though it was cold, all of us enjoyed sitting outside watching the sunrises. Being on a floating home was fabulous. Hope to return some day!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house boat in Apalachicola, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Peak
17 Apr 2017 - 4 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£731
for 3 nights
From
£218
£1,545
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £42 per night, per additional guest
 
Off Peak
5 Sep 2017 - 28 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
£681
for 3 nights
From
£201
£1,335
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £42 per night, per additional guest
 
Florida Seafood Festival
2 Nov 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,083
 
 
Peak
1 Mar 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
£731
for 3 nights
From
£218
£1,545
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £42 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £76.94
Tax Rate 9.0%

RATES ARE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
$50/additional guest per night
Maximum: 4 guests
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
There are no monthly rate options on this property
10% Military Discounts available with ID.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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