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Floating Bungalow - This is Boat Life with Luxury... Just relax and enjoy!

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Bedrooms 1
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Property type house boat

Overview

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4, fully equipped kitchen, on the water

This Floating Bungalow offers a unique vacation with all the amenities of a house - yet on a boat! The back porch with its’ overhead fans is perfect for fishing, reading or enjoying the sunrise/sunset. The Floating Bungalow has a full kitchen with granite counter top, tiled back splash, a five burner cook stove, full size refrigerator with ice-maker, and dishwasher. Cooking utilities, plates, glasses, etc. are provided as well as basic spices. Cook-in, eat-out, or use the gas grill on the back porch. The upstairs sleeping loft has a comfortable bed, cathedral ceiling, carpeting, reading light and walk-in closet. Wake up in a full loft with panoramic views of the water and a stained glass window. Relax in the stunning and functional living room with cathedral ceiling, stained glass window, electric fireplace, hardwood floors and eight full size windows featuring French doors opening onto a beautiful front porch. Living room includes a full size sleep sofa offering sleeping for another two people (this is a sleep sofa and therefore not as comfortable as a bed for adults). The flat screen TV offers major network stations with ROKU offering Netflix, History Channel, Pandora, and many others. The bathroom is not your typical boat bathroom, as it features a full size shower as well as a residential flush toilet. Family marina offers pontoon boat rentals, bait shop, deli, and pool. Paradise Cove is opening with a full restaurant and pool bar and live music at the Marina on July 1.

There is much to do in the area. The St. John's River is alive with wildlife and birds! Turtles, blue herons, and manatees come right up to the porch of the Floating Bungalow! Boat Tree Marina offers a pool, deli, bait, and rental boats (with a 15% discount to our guests for rental boats). On July 1st we will welcome the opening of Paradise Cove, the Marina’s new restaurant and Pool Bar offering live music. We provide two kayaks free of charge for your leisurely paddling down the river. The St. John’s River is a meandering waterway with cypress covered shoreline and great stands of oak hammocks. The river is full of nesting osprey, bald eagles, manatees and other wildlife. Nearby State Parks offer additional ways to enjoy nature including eco-tours, scuba diving, paddle boating, and swimming. Sanford is one of Central Florida’s oldest incorporated cities, is home to brick-lined streets, towering oaks, elegant store-fronts and large, nineteenth-century Victorian homes. The downtown Historic Sanford is less than five miles away and features events, art galleries, pubs, restaurants, Farmers Market, and a Riverwalk with gazebos and swinging benches and 1.2 miles of pedestrian walking paths. Along the way you can visit Veterans Memorial Park, Marina Island, Ft. Mellon Park, the Sanford Museum, or have lunch at one of the lakeside restaurants. Historic Sanford hosts many events including ArtWalks, Jazz concerts, Farmer's Market, Food Truck Bazaars, monthly “Alive After Five” celebrations, and more. Be sure to check out to see what's happening during your stay. Orlando is only 30 minutes away and offers live shows, culture, and a downtown scene. Daytona Beach and New Symrna Beach are also about 30 minutes away. We are 35-40 minutes away from the Theme Parks – allowing you to go play and come back to relax!

More Details

Owner
Cynthia Billings
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
21 March, 2017

About Cynthia Billings

In our early 50s Warren and I found ourselves in New Hampshire in a 5400 square foot house with our kids moving onto their adult lives. We also found all of our money and time was spent in cleaning and maintaining the house and "stuff" we had accumulated. There are times in everyone's lives when you need to sit back and think about what you want in life and tweak things to achieve this goal. For us, we did much more than tweak!

We decided to simplify life without compromising style, luxury, or beauty. We wanted to spend time "on" the water, move to a warmer climate, stop working full time, and enjoy a relaxed, fun, and joyful lifestyle. This was the beginning of Floating Bungalows.

After designing and building our first Floating Bungalow, we decided to rent out our home to vacationers. We love having vacationers come and find such enjoyment out of our Floating Bungalow!

Cynthia Billings purchased this house boat in 2014

Why Cynthia Billings chose Central Florida

The small house movement is taking shape all over the country as people realize they do not want to work in the rat race to support a huge home that they do not have time to enjoy.

Floating bungalows are designed to be low-maintenance homes allowing you to spend more time enjoying what you enjoy - and less time cleaning and maintaining your home.

My husband is native to New Hampshire and we spent 30 years of our life together there. We love having Northerners come stay in the cold months and take extra care that the sun and bungalow refuel them.

The combination of the luxurious space and vacation atmosphere of the Marina, along with the location of our Floating Bungalow make this a perfect vacation spot for people of all ages!

What makes this house boat unique

Face it, vacationing on a boat is just plain great! You’ll return from your vacation relaxed and rejuvenated. We have everything to provide you with a fast paced and exciting, laid back and quiet, or active with nature vacation! Come see for yourself why it’s great to be ON the water!

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house boat in Sanford in Seminole County

Property Type:
  • house boat
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 550 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom has full size shower and traditional house flush toilet.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Sleep sofa offers additional sleeping for two (this is a sleep sofa and does not sleep as comfortably as a full bed for adults).
Entertainment:
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • Shopping
  • 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
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Things to do: The Marina: Rent a deck and pontoon boat (15% off to guests). Take our kayaks down the St. John’s River. Enjoy the live music, food, drinks, and pool at the Marina Restaurant. Sanford has rivership lunch/dinner cruise, sailing lessons, airboat rides, and eco-tours. Blue Springs State Park covers more than 2600 acres. It is a designated manatee refuge and a great place to watch manatees. De Leon Springs State Park is on the Great Florida Birding Trail. Both parks offer birding, hiking/nature trails, scuba diving, snorkeling, tubing, swimming, canoe & kayak rentals, and wildlife viewing. Sanford is home to brick-lined streets, towering oaks, art galleries, pubs, restaurants, Farmers Market, and a Riverwalk. Historic Sanford hosts many events including ArtWalks, Jazz concerts, Food Truck Bazaars, and more. Orlando is 30 min away offering live shows and a downtown scene. Daytona and New Symrna Beach are also about 30 min away. We are 35-40 min away from the Theme Parks.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

Floating Bungalow - This is Boat Life with Luxury... Just relax and enjoy!
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews
Taylorsville
5

Something Different

  • 5 of 5

We were a little apprehensive about staying in a small house but it was such fun! The marina setting was perfect for us as we are also cruisers. There was plenty of wildlife to be seen while sitting on the front porch. The houseboat itself was nicely stocked and the owner offered lots of ideas for the area. We used the kayaks to tour a little of the river and were able to rent a pontoon. We did watch a little bit of tv (dish) but mostly just relaxed and watched the peaceful world go by. Close enough to several springs, Disney, Universal, etc to easily day trip to. A great little get away.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Most Amazing Floating House Bungalow!!!! We Loved our Vacation!!! And You Will TOO!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the most relaxing, fun vacations we have had. You have the experience of a great small house for 2 and also being on a "boat". We had turtles and fish swimming up to our deck off the back of the house, they ate cat food kibbles! Everyone at the marina were most friendly and welcoming. You have all the conveniences of home. The kitchen is Great, stainless steel appliances, gas stove. Just terrific. Extremely comfortable living area, you can entertain 6 people for dinner, sofa,chairs and flat screen TV. You might think the bathroom is small but it is not! Nice big shower! Upstairs loft is the bedroom with a Queen size bed. Don't know how Cynthia and Warren got these big pieces of furniture in there but they did. Decorated beautifully. We had a lot of visitors and they all fell in love with our little get away. We plan on coming back. You need to do the same!!! Thank You Cynthia and Warren! See you soon! P.S. You need to experience a martini on the back deck!!!!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
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Love!

  • 5 of 5

Loved this special place. My son and I spent a long weekend on the Floating Bungalow and enjoyed every minute! He liked it so much he said he wants to buy the place when he is older! LOL Thank you for sharing your floating home with us!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Old Charm

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at the floating bungalow it was clean which is a plus for me.

this bungalow has, an old charm to it, as well as the city, it is a very quaint, and relaxing.

get away. the owner's, was always a phone call away if I had a question

my husband an I really enjoyed our stay.my husband and I love fishing

we caught twenty brims on our three day stay right off the back porch. I give the Floating Bungalow an A+ five stars.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Unusual and Fun Experience

  • 5 of 5

Staying in a houseboat is a wonderful and private experience, much better than a hotel room! We enjoyed feeding the turtles and the boat has everything you need, full kitchen, living room...all nicely decorated. It worked well for having family over before going to dinner. They were all impressed!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved our stay (our2nd) in the Floating Bungalow - everything you could want or need was there

  • 5 of 5

It's cozy, comfy & clean & terribly romantic ... with a fireplace in main room

& front porch to enjoy morning coffee ..

  • Review Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house boat in Sanford, Florida

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£221
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£922
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £80
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Location

Jeanine Taylor Folk Art
Hollerbach's
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Outback Steakhouse
The Breezeway Restaurant & Bar
"Great downtown restaurant with outdoor seating and live music!"
Donuts To Go II
"Don't miss these donuts! The best in the state!"
The Imperial at Washburn Imports - Sanford
The Corner Cafe
"Best Cuban around. Great little cafe with outdoor seating."
Boat Tree Marina
"Boat rentals with 15% discount to Floating Bungalow guests. Pool. Deli. "
St John's Rivership Co Llc
"Lunch and Dinner cruises on the Barbara Lee Paddle Boat take you up and down the St. John's ..."
St. John's River Eco Tours
"Guided sight-seeing tours on the St. John's River."
Black Hammock Airboat Rides
Blue Springs State Park
"2600 acres including the largest spring on the St. John's River. This is a designated manate..."
De Leon Springs State Park
"This park is on the Great Florida Birding Trail. It has a 50-minute eco/history boat tour, c..."
Wop's Hops Brewing Company
Shantells Cafe
Riverwalk Pizzeria
"They will deliver to the Marina!"
Zoom Air Orlando, LLC
"100 tree top challenges for exhilarating rides on the zip lines. Located at the Central Flor..."
Nearest Airport
9 Miles
Sanford International Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Downtown Bars
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Magnolia Plantation Golf Club
Nearest Train
3 Miles
SunRail
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
I-4
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Downtown Many Options
Nearest Beach
36 Miles
New Symrna
Car: recommended

The St. John's River is alive with wildlife and birds! Turtles, blue herons, and manatees come right up to the porch! Boat Tree Marina offers a pool, deli, bait, and rental boats (with a 15% discount to our guests for rental boats). We provide two kayaks free of charge for your leisurely paddling down the river. Nearby State Parks offer additional ways to enjoy nature including eco-tours, scuba diving, paddle boating, and swimming. Historic Sanford is less than five miles away and features events, art galleries, pubs, restaurants, Farmers Market, and a Riverwalk. Historic Sanford hosts many events including ArtWalks, Farmer's Market, Food Truck Bazaars, Alive After Five, etc. Orlando is only 30 minutes away and offers live shows, culture, and a downtown scene. Daytona Beach and new Symrna Beach are also about 30 minutes away.

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