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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 (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.

More Details

Owner
Heather or Brian
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
27 March, 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 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.

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:
  • Max. occupancy 14
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
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 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

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(30 traveller reviews)

Experience Million Dollar Water Front Views - Nature at its best year round!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews
5

Best Vacation Ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time I am writing a review for the wonderful Manatee Manor. We had such a great time last year that we came back again in 2017. You cannot go wrong with renting this house. It is beautiful inside and out. The pool and the hot tub are top notch! You will sleep well in the comfortable beds! The house is extremely clean too! Just perfect in every way! You will LOVE this house! The owners are great to deal with too! Trust me! Thanks Heather!!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful, Spacious house in perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful experience for scalloping season. Owners are responsive and thought of all the little details. Beautiful house, pool, and living space! The view is priceless!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Best Rental EVER

  • 5 of 5

We stayed during Thanksgiving vacation and had the best time ever!! Did not feel like we were @ a rental at all. Felt more like a family members home that we were staying at. Saw manatees and dolphins while sitting on the balcony and the dock drinking coffee in the mornings. The house is fantastic and very well kept. Has everything you need as far as kitchen supplies. Very quiet and safe neighborhood. Kids stayed in pool almost the entire time. If not the pool, they were downstairs playing all the games. Only disappointment we had was that due to Hurricane Matthew the dock had enough damage that we were unable to use the floating dock to put the kayaks in. Not something the owner could foresee or fix before we arrived. Totally understandable. We were able however to drive a very short distance to rent kayaks as well as rent a boat to go out on the water. Would highly recommend this home. You will not regret it for a second!!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review. The dock workers finally made their way to our property and everything is now back up and running. We hope to host you again in the future. Happy Holidays! Regards, Brian and Heather.
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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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Location

Florida Manatee Tours
"Just minutes from the house, take the family to see Manatees in a way that you'll remember f..."
Crystal River Preserve State Park
"Take a right turn out of Crystal Shores and you are literally just minutes to Crystal River ..."
Three Sisters Springs
"Come see why Crystal River is rated the #1 spot in the world for Manatee Eco-Tourism. Dive,..."
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.

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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
 
Winter 2017
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,615
for 3 nights
From
£485
 
 
Spring 2017
1 May 2017 - 24 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,747
for 3 nights
From
£529
 
 
Memorial Day
25 May 2017 - 30 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
£2,276
for 4 nights
From
£529
 
 
Summer 2017
1 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,864
for 7 nights
From
£529
 
 
4th of July
1 Jul 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,864
for 7 nights
£3,864
 
 
Summer II 2017
9 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
£3,864
for 7 nights
From
£529
 
 
Labor Day
1 Sep 2017 - 5 Sep 2017
4 night minimum stay
£2,276
for 4 nights
From
£529
 
 
Fall
1 Oct 2017 - 21 Nov 2017
3 night minimum stay
£1,747
for 3 nights
From
£529
 
 
Thanksgiving weekend
22 Nov 2017 - 26 Nov 2017
4 night minimum stay
£2,276
for 4 nights
From
£529
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
£2,806
for 5 nights
From
£529
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £397
Cleaning Fee £159
Tax Rate 11.0%

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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