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Historic Strong Haven a Southern Gem on Indian River -DISCOUNT FOR OCT.

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 bedroom, 3 bathroom with Indian River view & dock

Relax on the front porch swing while enjoying the view of the beautiful Indian River. Enjoy the river breeze while sipping your morning coffee & watching the sun rise over the river and birds catching their morning fish or sip a glass of wine on the veranda as the Riverboat Queen goes by in the evening. Fish from the river deck or watch missles go up from Cape Canaveral situated right across the river. Enjoy the short stroll or bike along the river road to historic Cocoa Village. In the village enjoy boutiques, restaurants, outdoor jazz, and special events. Only 8 miles or about 15 minutes from world famous Cocoa Beach, Canaveral Pier & Ron Jon Surf shop. 45 minutes along the Beach Line HWY 528 to Orlando tourist attractions yet away from the crowds and traffic. Spend a day farther north in historic St Augustine or Daytona Beach. This historic Craftsman style home has all the southern charm of days gone by yet all the conveniences you will need to have a wonderful vacation. If you are looking for somewhere to make memories with your family and feel the blessings of a peaceful and relaxed atmosphere yet minutes away from sunshine activites, then Strong Haven is for you. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, front veranda and screened porch, deck over the river, fully equipped kitchen, large dining room as well as breakfast room gives everyone room to enjoy their vacation. Watch dolphins or manatees swim the river or listen to the cries of the osprey as they catch fish and eat in the tall pine tree right in front on the river. This is Florida at its natural best.

More Details

Vivian Klebs
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 March, 2017

Why Vivian Klebs chose Cocoa

This property has been a family home for several generations. The beauty of the area and breezes from the river always call one home and you cant help but feel blessed to be alive.

What makes this house unique

Swinging on the front porch while watching the many bikes and boats go by is always so enjoyable. The home is always a welcoming place to family and friends and a blessing to many. Memories are made here as new adventures are discovered.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for working with us on the check in time, that was helpful. The

house is wonderful. Our home in Norfolk was built in the 1920s so we feel right at home and you've done a great job with the place. We are looking forward to an enjoyable stay.

Thank you for helping make our stay so enjoyable. The house was perfect for us. We wound up with 5 adults and no children and had a great time. I hope we left everything in a acceptable manner. We look forward to visiting again.
Mar 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Highland Park in Cocoa

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Upstairs bathroom with soaking tub & separate shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , downstairs bathroom with shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , New downstairs 3rd bathroom addition
  • Relax in soaking tub or shower away cares in upstairs bathroom- downstairs bathroom off of living room in downstairs bedroom & new 3rd bathroom addition
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , downstairs bedroom with full bath & screened porch
  • #1 upstairs BR with queen & double bed, #2 upstairs with queen, #3 upstairs with 2 twins, #4 downstairs with queen & full bath & screened porch
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Delightful escape away from tourist crowds & best of historic Indian River yet 45 min. from tourist attractions & 10 min to Cocoa Beach- Best of both worlds


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(29 traveller reviews)

Historic Strong Haven a Southern Gem on Indian River -DISCOUNT FOR OCT.
average rating of 4.586207 based on 30 reviews
Saint Paul, MN, USA

Safe Haven Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Safe Haven. The house is so full of quaint southern charm. Every need we had was gracefully met here from the large amount of space available, to the comfortable beds, well accommodated kitchen, lovely front porch overlooking the Indian River to the proximity to everything Florida we desired. A true hidden Gem! You will find everything you need at Safe Haven and your stay will be one for the memory books...one that you can add onto every chance you get to come back to this beautiful home.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Jen & family. We love that you are one of several of our returning guests who continue to come to Strong Haven each year. We hope you will continue to come make family memories for years to come.
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Oklahoma City ,Oklahoma

The picture and the house look a little different

  • 3 of 5

I needed a little cosmetic surgery but not bad we had a great time we enjoyed my husband and I enjoyed it my daughters allergies acting up and said my grandchildren's need to be dusted

  • Review Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The pictures do need to be updated as we have added new & comfortable porch furniture, a new bathroom, dock and replaced twin beds with a queen & bunk beds. I will update pictures . So glad you enjoyed your stay at Strong Haven.
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Incredible sunsets

  • 5 of 5

Large, vintage house with the charm of yesteryear . All the convenience of modern times. Eating breakfast on the front porch watching the river go by was wonderful.. This house could host several generations with a bedroom and bath on first floor and several bedrooms and bath on the second floor. Hope to come back again

  • Review Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for visiting Strong Haven. I hope you and your family made many pleasant memories along the beautiful Indian River and will come again soon.
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Phenix City

A great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

If you like the things of past you will be very please with this home. It has everything you need. My family and I were there for a funeral and I can tell you it felt like home. The best part about this place was the space because we had people coming by and bring food and trying to comfort us in this most difficult of our lives. The owner was very accommodating she allowed us to check in early. We got there around 12:00 noon or so and it was go go.... The view of Indian River is a sight to behold. You can not go wrong with this rental. Love it!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that Strong Haven felt like home to you as it is meant to be a blessing & comfort to those who stay. There is a peace about watching the river that soothes the soul. Thanks again.
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Authentic Old Florida Charm

  • 5 of 5

This is more than a vacation house. From the architecture to the furnishings and even some of the dishes, Strong Haven is a piece of history and a cozy Home at the same time. The owners have done great job preserving the charm of this home. Being a Florida native, it reminded me of so many homes I have lived in and many great childhood memories from Grandma's, Great Grandma's, Aunts etc. in lovely Old Florida homes in Tampa and Miami. There was plenty of room to spread out with good size bedrooms and large living and dining areas. So many possibilities for napping or just laying back and thinking of all the lucky people who got to hear a hymn played on the piano or the organ. This place is very homey and relaxing. Can I say Grand without being Pretentious? That's how I felt about it. Private dock is worth braving the steps! We had fun catching catfish, a stingray, a couple trout?. We also saw a manatee. The house is pretty much stocked, kitchen/ tons of towels and bedding/ laundry soap and dryer sheets in the adorable laundry room. I would suggest bringing water and ice (Fl tap water is not too tasty). As everyone has stated, the porch and view of Indian River is Awesome. This time of year you can open the front and back doors and let the breeze flow through. We loved our stay. We thought it was a great value and we hope we get to stay again soon. Kudos to the Owners!! Thank you for sharing Strong Haven with all of us.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted that you & your family enjoyed making memories at Strong Haven. As native Floridians, I feel like we are kindred hearts in appreciating the charm of years gone by yet loving modern conveniences. I hope you will come again soon.
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Great place to stay in Cocoa!

  • 5 of 5

I rented this house for me and some fellow runners who were running the Space Coast Marathon on Nov 27, 2016 and it was the perfect location! We were able to walk to the start and our families were able to see us at mile 12 since we actually ran by the house! Cocoa Village is a cool little area to enjoy. The house itself is an older home but it had all the amenities you could ask for. We were a little disappointed that the bikes weren't available but the owner, Vivian, apologized and told us she was working on getting them replaced. Seems a previous tenant rode them into town and left them there and they were stolen! Who does that? The fishing poles provided are very old but we managed to get one to work and fishing off of the dock was a lot of fun! Overall, the place was awesome and perfect for our needs and we would definitely stay again!!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
41 Miles
Orlando International Airport (MCO)
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Cocoa Village
Nearest Beach
8 Miles
Cocoa Beach
Car: necessary

Watch space shuttle launches & visit Cape Kennedy Space museum, deep sea fishing boats at Cape Canaveral, short drive to theme parks in Orlando or relax on the beautiful beach & let the waves wash your cares away. Bike the scenic Indian River Drive or walk to historic Cocoa Village and the cute shops or catch a live play at the Village theatre. Dine out at the many nearby restaurants or cook fresh seafood from Canaveral fishing boats. Best of all, relax on the veranda and enjoy the view.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Highland Park, Florida Central Atlantic Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Jan 2017 - 31 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £63
Cleaning fee £120 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Holidays require a 7 night stay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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