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

People14
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Details
Property
house
People
14
Bedrooms
5
Bathrooms
3
Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

Description

Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Crystal Shores - Crystal River Manatee Manor

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 (arrives Feb 1st) as well as ample space for additional air mattresses upstairs or down the house can bed up to 14, while comfortably holding several more. (in a pinch, the laundry room can fit a queen air mattress)

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.

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

Owner
Heather or Brian
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
8 December, 2016

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 River

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.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(27 traveller reviews)

Experience Million Dollar Water Front Views - Nature at its best year round!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews
5

The house was perfect!!

  • 5 of 5

It is exactly what the pictures depict...stunning. The sunrise alone was worth the rental. We stayed a week with a good size group of friends, did some excellent fishing and sightseeing. Just a great place that can easily accommodate a larger group without anyone feeling crowded at all. Heather and Brian were very helpful throughout our stay and Crystal River is a truly beautiful place to visit. A very laid back town with great food and tons of activities for adults and kids. We definitely recommend this house for the area, the owners and the house and location.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

The property was perfect for our group.

  • 5 of 5

We had a group of 7 people including 2 children. Overall the place was perfect for us and I'd certainly recommend it for other large family groups.

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

Great Accomodations!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this property for 5 days and had a great time. House has tons of space for entertaining and is well maintained. Great place to bring a boat for fishing and scalloping.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Family reunion

  • 5 of 5

This home and decor is absolutely beautiful and spacious. We were here with our adult children and our grandchildren, and there was plenty of room to spread out and enjoy. The kids had a great time in the game room downstairs, and everyone enjoyed the pool. The kitchen has everything you could need, and both living areas, upstairs and downstairs, were very comfortable. The dock space was great with the perfect location on the river. Thank you for sharing your house with us. We will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great place for big family.

  • 5 of 5

Great for kids and adults!!! Kids have the downstairs with the game room and adults have the upstairs where it's quiet looking out onto the river!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year we have spent a week at Manatee Manor and we cannot say enough about this wonderful property. An amazing home with so many extras. Even if the weather is lousy, entertainment is available within the house provided by the game room which our grandchildren especially loved enjoying their foosball and table shuffleboard games so much that they never turned on a TV even though they also had a huge collection of video games. They also provide numerous board games which were enjoyed by all. Between those and the pool, hot tub and kayaks as well as a beautiful backyard with a dock and gorgeous view, no one should be bored! Fantastic week!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • 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 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.

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Crystal Shores, Florida Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Fall
22 Sep 2016 - 20 Dec 2016
5 night minimum stay
£2,434
for 5 nights
From
£455
 
 
Winter 2017
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
5 night minimum stay
£2,543
for 5 nights
From
£477
 
 
Spring 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 24 May 2017
5 night minimum stay
£2,543
for 5 nights
From
£477
 
 
Memorial Day
25 May 2017 - 30 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
£2,239
for 4 nights
From
£520
 
 
Summer 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,800
for 7 nights
From
£520
 
 
4th of July
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,800
for 7 nights
£3,800
 
 
Summer II 2017
9 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,800
for 7 nights
From
£520
 
 
Labor Day
1 Sep 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
£2,239
for 4 nights
From
£520
 
 
Thanksgiving weekend
22 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
£2,239
for 4 nights
From
£520
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£2,759
for 5 nights
From
£520
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £159
Refundable Damage Deposit £398
Tax Rate 9.0%

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

The outer hydraulic lift (13,000lbs) may be rented for a small additional fee and also must be covered under liability waiver.

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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Crystal Shores in Florida Central Gulf Coast

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4400 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • 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 pull out sleeper sofa. 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 ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
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.

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