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Experience Million Dollar Water Front Views - Nature at its best year round!!

People14
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Space 4,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

AWESOME WATERFRONT VIEWS!! Renovated in Fall 2014 5 BR/3 Ba, Large Pool. Hot Tub

Don't settle for a canal view when you can have mile wide views and true water front beauty. This house was built to entertain both upstairs and down, inside and out, and with significant renovations in the fall of 2014 this 4400 square foot vacation home is sure to not disappoint you or your guests.

Two tandem sit-on ocean kayaks come with the property (see picture), which is situated just a short float (approx 1 Mile) to Three Sisters Springs where the manatees gather. The pool is heated by a brand new heat pump and solar pool cover. As long as the outdoor temps don't stay below 45 degrees, the pool can stay above 80 degrees.

The basement entertainment and game room provides something for everyone. Including a 12' Shuffle Board Table, full size bubble hockey, 2 x 50' TVs, PS3, Nintendo WII and more.

With 1 x King, 3 x queens, 2 x Twin over Full (bunk room), a pull out queen sleeper futon as well as ample space for additional air mattresses upstairs or down the house can bed up to 14.

Whether a couple looking for a romantic get away, a family, or large group, this house will handle your needs. Sit 8-14 for meals upstairs (taking advantage of provided second dining room table and folding chairs) with room for six more diners in the downstairs kitchenette. Two floors of comfortable living space make full use of Manatee Manor's 4400 square feet and can easily accommodate multiple families or large groups.

To make your big group events that much easier, we have installed a 2nd full size refrigerator in the downstairs kitchenette.

The reverse floor plan is perfect for providing great second story views over Crystal River into King's Bay. Entertain in style with new furnishings upstairs and down. Relax on the second story deck, or entertain your guests around the heated pool (heat pump) and hot tub on on the 1100 sq ft patio.

Tie your boat up or inquire about using the homes one available hydraulic lift.

Fisherman and Scallopers will appreciate easy access (~13 minutes) to the Gulf of Mexico, as well as the dock's clean up table and hose. Others may enjoy peacefully sitting on the docks built in bench seats overlooking one of the widest views on the river. (BOOK NOW for scallop season, which has been extended by three weeks this year, starting July 1st going through Sept 25th)

Divers, Snorklers, Kayakers, and nature enthusiasts will enjoy the close proximity to the wealth of sea life, especially the manatees and waterfowl provided in Crystal River's nature rich waters. The house is just about 1 Mile to Three Sisters Springs where the Manatees gather.

In the down hours younger guests and families can keep themselves happily busy in the first floor entertainment center and game room featuring two flat panel televisions, surround sound, and two gaming systems, PS3 and Nintendo Wii with controllers and games provided. Enjoy a fun night of video bowling or tennis with the family without leaving the house.

Guests looking for a more refined experience will enjoy the 180 degree water front views from an upscale living room featuring large picture windows, ample seating, and 60' flat screen panel television with wall mounted surround sound.

The kitchen is well appointed with newly upgraded stainless steel appliances, back splash, and boasts an array of amenities including pots, pans, baking sheets, measuring cups, utensils, flatware, serving trays, blender, coffee machine, toaster, griddle, and a large pantry, all meant to give you the comforts of home while sharing our wonderful family vacation property.

The two main upstairs baths are completely remodeled to showroom quality with upscale travertine shower tile on the walls, custom inlay, and porcelain flooring with gorgeous new finishings and shower doors. (See pictures)

The master bedroom is built for relaxation away from the crowd, featuring the same 180 degree water front views as the living room as well as a new hard wood king bed, upscale custom closet, new window treatments, and 40 inch flatscreen wall mounted television.

The home's basic DirecTV package, 4 x DVD players (some DVDs included), and small reading selection will offer something for everyone for downtime or rainy days.

Other amenities include access to the owners Celestron telescope which you can use to explore the night sky and all it's wonders or sit comfortably in the ground floor screened in porch while watching guests and kids enjoy the hot tub and pool.

Nearby vendors will be happy to take you on nature tours or rent you fishing boats, pontoons, kayaks, or bikes. Travel just a few miles up Fort Island Trail to Crystal River's beach front or just two miles to the Plantation SPA and Resort for golf, SPA, or local watering holes and restaurants.

Crystal River is located just 90 minutes from Orlando (Disney World & Epcot).

Set just outsite the Crystal River Perserve State Park, there is boundless natural activities to enjoy year round at this fabulous location. From late fall until late spring Crystal River is the #1 spot in America to view and interact with Manatees. Crystal River is at the heart of the Nature Coast of Florida. The city is situated around the magnificent Kings Bay, which is spring-fed and so keeps a constant 72 °F (22 °C) temperature year round. A cluster of 50 springs pump 64 million gallons of water per day into the Cystal River. Because of this discharge amount, the Crystal River Springs group is the second largest springs group in Florida. Kings Bay is home to over 400 manatees during the winter when the water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico cools, and is the only place in the United States where people can legally interact with them in their natural conditions without that interaction being viewed as harassment by law enforcement agencies. Tourism based on watching and swimming with manatee is the fastest growing contribution to the local economy.

More Details

Owner
Heather or Brian
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
12 December, 2017

About Heather or Brian

Our family bought this home as a vacation property back in 2005. For the past nine years our parents have enjoyed living, entertaining, and caring for this family jewel but now we have choose to open it up to share with others. The house is owned by us and our parents. We live in Raleigh, NC, while our parents live just a few miles inland in the Black Diamond Golf community. My wife grew up in the Tampa area so the house gives us a central place for everyone to meet and spend the holidays and a few weeks a year. We can't wait for our little girl and boy to grow up learning about all that nature has to offer in the Crystal River area.

Heather or Brian purchased this house in 2005

Why Heather or Brian chose Crystal Shores

This property has something for everyone. Nature seekers, fisherman, scallopers, divers, or just those looking to enjoy a great view and front row seats for natures glory during a relaxing weekend, week, or months away. Not many homes can boast comfortable seating for 14-20 for meals making this home a unique find for entertaining groups of multiple families, friends, or corporate getaways. Headed to Florida to see Mickey? Stay here in natures cradle and drive just 90 minutes to Sea World, Disney, Epcot, etc. Head to Tampa just 74 miles south to see the aquarium or take in a Tampa Lighting NHL game.

What makes this house unique

Minutes from the Gulf of Mexico, minutes from some of the best springs and eco-tourism in the world. Two open floors of living area make this home very special for large groups or cozy couples. Our kids love to hang out in the basement or around the pool while my we enjoy adult time in the very well done, calming second story living room. The house faces due east so every day you get awesome sunrises, moon views, and exceptional star gazing. Having nothing to block your view you'll see these events in ways you haven't before while relaxing on the patio, deck, or screened in porch. Open the downstairs triple wide sliding doors to experience indoor/outdoor living in the fall and spring.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Crystal Shores in Crystal River

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathrooms 1 & 2, upscale, high end tile, flooring, and glass doors. Bathrrom 3, functional but more rudimentary, toilet, sink, shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Bunk Bed , Twin over Full size beds
  • Five Bedrooms. 1 King. 3 Queens. 2 x Twin over Full Bunks. Sleeps 12-14* 14 assumes four in bunk rooms, and 2 on queen Futon. With air mattresses you could sleep more.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Notes:
We love this house and this location. There is so much nature to explore both inland and out to the Gulf of Mexico. The manatees often come right up to our private dock. The wild birds visit the house daily. One of our favorite things to do is have coffee on the 2nd story balcony and watch the sun come up over the eastern horizon. The beds in the house sleep between 10 and 12 depending on how many kids and adults you have, but there are also three full length couches as well as ample floor space should you have air mattresses to lay out. Sleeping 14 would not be a problem.

Reviews

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Experience Million Dollar Water Front Views - Nature at its best year round!!
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Great Family Reunion 4.5*

  • 4 of 5

Our extended family of 8 adults and 2 children enjoyed a wonderful family reunion at this well equipped home. Owners responded to our needs. The dining table and living room were large enough for all of us. The pool and hot tub were fun, we loved kayaking around the area--so easy when the tide was high. The grandkids liked getting up early, watching sunrise and having breakfast on the dock, getting Dad to help them with fishing after that. We rented a pontoon boat from the Plantation resort nearby and took our boat across to where they were planting grass for the manatees, and we saw some swimming there. We also boated over to 3 Sisters Spring and all enjoyed that with snorkel masks and a paddle board our son brought along. The green roof of the house made it easy for us to set our course back home. On our last day, since check out is early, we went to Homosassa Nature Park and saw the flamingos and many kinds of water birds, eagles,crocs and gators, otters, fox, etc.--nice kids' activity room there too. Lunch afterwards at the Green House (a little pricey but good). We had a nice drive up to Ozello for a meal at Peck's, but BBQ dinners at the house were the best. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great Setup For Three Generations Of Family

  • 5 of 5

The other reviews do a good a job of articulating why the house works, and they are all spot on. For us however, it was owner engagement that made the difference. On a 95 degree day in August the upstairs air conditioning went out. Not only did the owners take our calls at 7pm on a Thursday, they texted back and forth with us into late evening to ensure that what turned out to be a major repair was done quickly. Their approach to dealing with the local AC guy showed a great commitment to us as guests. We couldn't have been happier with their handling of the situation.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic home with a great view as well as a pool, a spa and a game room!

  • 5 of 5

Easy access to the scallop beds and great when it rains because it is loaded with games and plenty of space. It was our third year there for a week and I don't think my family would speak to me if we didn't go again! Just a great house with ice owners;)

  • Review Submitted: 07-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful home, very clean. We were very pleaded.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Manatee Manor! The house was beautiful, the views were spectacular! Great vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding Property and amenities

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for an annual family reunion. Three families with adult children all met and stayed for 3 nights. The layout of the home was perfect and we took full advantage of the property. The kayaks are a nice bonus we took advantage of and the pool during the hot days was just what the doctor ordered.

We stay at a different property each year, all around the state. Everyone commented that this was definitely the best and nicest home to suit our needs.

There was a potential complication with the AC needing to be replaced, prior to our arrival, the owners could have easily put us out to find a place at the last minute. They pushed hard and had the replacement done in time which was a blessing.

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place if you have a large family or families of if you just want a lot of space to stretch out and enjoy the sites.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great VRBO in Crystal River Fla.

  • 5 of 5

House ,pool ,dock and hot tub were great and enjoyed by all /kayaks also, The house is lovely and fully equiped with everything you could need. Kids and men loved the shuffle board and hockey games!View is fantastic!!We had a great time and would rent again.A

5star rental for sure!!!!! L. Hopkins ,South Georgia

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

Nearest Airport
74 Miles
Tampa International
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
West 82 Bar and Grill
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Plantation Resort (Golf and SPA)
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
US 19
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Plantation Resort (Restaurant)
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Crystal River State Preserve Beach
Car: recommended

Set just outsite the Crystal River Perserve State Park, there is boundless natural activities to enjoy year round at this fabulous location. From late fall until late spring Crystal River is the #1 spot in America to view and interact with Manatees. Crystal River is at the heart of the Nature Coast of Florida. The city is situated around the magnificent Kings Bay, which is spring-fed and so keeps a constant 72 °F (22 °C) temperature year round. A cluster of 50 springs pump 64 million gallons of water per day into the Crystal River. Because of this discharge amount, the Crystal River Springs group is the second largest springs group in Florida. Kings Bay is home to over 400 manatees during the winter when the water temperature in the Gulf of Mexico cools, and is the only place in the United States where people can legally interact with them in their natural conditions without that interaction being viewed as harassment by law enforcement agencies. Tourism based on watching and swimming with manatee is the fastest growing contribution to the local economy.

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £262.78
Damage Deposit £375.4

Rates are subject to change until dates are confirmed with deposit.

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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