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Private preferred up Rainbow river access. Peaceful home.5 min walk to access

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3BR/2BA (2343 sq ft) screened in back porch w/ lanai ,2 car indoor garage

Short 5 minute walk to private small beach access on the crystal clear five mile long Rainbow river which is popular with snorkelers. The Rainbow flows into the darker Withlacoochee river which has good bass fishing. Parking and restrooms available at our private access.

Country Club Estates at Rainbow Springs has private preferred up river access which has covered picnic areas, grills, a private kayak launching lagoon and a small beach/swimming area. Up river location gives the ability to do shorter kayak trips up to the head springs with less traffic then enjoy a peaceful drift back to the private access. Excellent snorkel spot right in front of the private access.

River temperature is 72 degrees year round (cool in Summer and warm in winter). Kayak/ canoe and tube rentals available at very close state park and the walkable KP hole facility.Tree shaded neighborhood. Neighbor's homes are well maintained.

Rainbow river is a clear river (only 5.7 miles long) and flows into the darker Withlacoochee River. The Withlacoochee river which flows into Lake Rousseau which is known as a top area for bass fishing. Inexpensive motor boat rentals are available at the Blue Gator restaurant.

Home has a screened in porch with a covered out door dining area. Fireplace. Peaceful street. 2 Riverside restaurants (among others) are in Dunnellon and the Front Porch restaurant has excellent breakfasts and excellent home made pies of all kinds. Ocala Fl (Horse country) is 30 minutes away with many good restaurants.

Winn Dixie and large Walmart are a short drive away. Dunnellon is a small town but has everything you need. Gainesville (43 miles away) is home of Univ. of FL and has museums and one of the best hospitals in the country.

Adjacent Rainbow Springs state park used to be a location for glass bottom boats and has beautiful azalea gardens and waterfalls. February and March feature bountiful blooming azaleas and is a popular time to visit the park. Otters swim playfully in the Rainbow river.

2 car garage, washer and dryer, dish washer, central air and heat. Glasses utensils and plates. Bath towels. Office desk and desk chair for your use..

More Details

Bill Byrd
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 March, 2017

About Bill Byrd

Family of 5 who fell in love with the clear Rainbow River. Love the snorkeling as the water is clear like the Bahamas. People snorkel year round due to the constant 72 degree water. Kayaking up stream to the bordering state park head waters (checking out the spring fed lagoons on the way) then drifting back to the private access is very easy.

Bill Byrd purchased this house in 2013

Why Bill Byrd chose Florida North Central Gulf Coast

We bought this home because the crystal clear Rainbow river is so beautiful. This home is a way to be close to nature with civilization close by. We border the State Park that used to be a theme park with glass bottom boats which still has waterfalls and beautiful gardens.

The Central FL location puts you within range of numerous top tier day trips such as the loaded Disney World area, Busch Gardens, Clearwater beach and Gainesville Univ of FL museums. Return to a peaceful town. Dunnellon is considered to be a part of the famous Nature Coast of Florida.

Take a relaxed tube ride down the Rainbow River. Rent a pontoon boat or a small boat for a very reasonable price at the Blue Gator restaurant which has excellent steamed shrimp and seafood and has outdoor dining with occasional bands and indoor dining.

What makes this house unique

The up river access we have has less traffic than the lower river. As you go further down the river is where more people get in the river (tubing down this cool clear slow moving river during the summer is popular). We are a short 20 minute drive to the city of Crystal River which is a popular scalloping spot for Floridians (scallop in Kings bay's shallow waters during July thru September). You can rent boats there. We also rent small or large motor boats at the Blue Gator Restaurant (for around 50 dollars for the smaller ones for a 1/2 day) and go up the river exploring. The gently winding Rainbow river is only 5.7 miles long and empties into the darker Withlaccooche river which has great fishing. The Rainbow River is an Aquatic Preserve with a first magnitude clear spring with numerous vents and sand boils.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Dunnellon in Levy County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2343 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , his and her vanities/ walk in shower with safety handles
  • 2 full baths Master bath has his/her sinks and walk in shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , walk in closet
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Bunk Bed
  • Master bedroom has queen size bed 2nd bedroom has queen size bed 3rd bedroom has 2 bunk beds
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Empty desk and office chair available for your use.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

Private preferred up Rainbow river access. Peaceful home.5 min walk to access
average rating of 4.428571 based on 7 reviews

Excellent place

  • 5 of 5

We love the place and the city. My family declared these vacation the better they have had. The house and the neigbor were so nice and quiet, that we could have stayed there for years. Tha Rainbown river , just one mile behind the house, is the most beatiful thing we have seen. Definitely I recommend the house to enjoy wonderful vacacions. Thankss to Bill Byrd for being so helpfull

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location! Close to Rainbow River & Dunnellon has all you can ask for.

  • 5 of 5

House is large but homey. Neighbors are very nice, gave us great suggestions on places to eat (Stumpknockers is worth the short drive). Rainbow River Canoe & Kayak does a great job if you're hitting the water. Nice vegetable & fruit stand across from Walmart in Dunnellon has the best navel oranges.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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West Palm Beach

Easy access to the Rainbow River

  • 5 of 5

Nice, large, clean home in a well kept subdivision. Easy access to the Rainbow River. Exactly what we wanted.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house is beautiful and we absolutely loved the proximity and access to the river.

  • 5 of 5

The pictures of the house does not do it justice. There is everything you need to enjoy your stay at the house. Not having TV or Wifi was also awesome. Got to spend more time talking and playing games as a family, instead of glued to the TV. we even got to rent a movie and watch that as well. The backyard is so tranquil and soft. Very meditative and relaxing. Loved every minute of the stay. Rainbow Rover is less than 5minute slow drive from the front door of the property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very poor

  • 1 of 5

Large house with a lot of storage but poorly maintained. No hot water. No microwave. No vacuum cleaner. Cheap non working kitchen wares. Lanai is very dirty. My husband bought a garage door opener. Door knobs on hall bath and small bedroom did not work. Overall rating for this house is 1 out of 5.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Issues that were true were addressed. Patricia arrived asking for wifi eventhough it had never been offered before. To be fair we never have had wifi listed as an amenity and she was the first person who incorrectly assumed we had it. Please make sure our amenity list fits your needs. We don't want anyone to be upset. Our winter renter the prior year was very satisfied. She put in temporary wifi. To be fair the only non working kitchen ware was the old microwave which has been replaced by the microwave my mother in law offered to us. Felt bad I could not get the newer microwave to Patricia sooner. My wife's mother could no longer walk and we were going through the long process of fixing her home for sale and letting her interview nursing homes. My local housekeeper was there for problems if needed. -Our house is maintained by a very prideful young woman who is a proud neat freak to put it lightly who all my prior tenants have loved and she consistently gets thank you notes. There is hot water. That statement is not true. -We brought up a newer microwave to Patricia (the only non working kitchen ware ). We put in a new dishwasher which Patricia could use. New dishwasher is in pictures. We are replacing things if they break. There is a vacuum cleaner. My housekeeper brought Patricia another vacuum cleaner. We have recently brought in more kitchen wares from my mother in law's house. -the backyard lanai was left clean by my local house keeper. The outside lanai patio furniture is outside so dust can get on it but my housekeeper had wiped it off before Patricia arrived. Monthly renters need to wipe off the lanai patio furniture if needed. Eventhough it is covered it is outside and has normal dust. -the new garage door opener now works well. The doorknob state is misleading. We had a family member lock all their crucial timely medicines in the guest bathroom being referred to so we replaced that locking door nob with a non locking door nob so that does not happen again. The nob works it just doesn't lock. Same with the kid's bedroom so they don't lock it. Our housekeeper goes above and beyond what she has to do as you can see from all the other satisfied guests.
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Martinez trip

  • 5 of 5

The Byrd home was fantastic! Great location with close, easy access to Rainbow Springs where we enjoyed kayaking and snorkeling (river to slow for tubing). Easy to get in at private river access and get out at KP Hole. The house was very clean and spacious. More importantly the home is dog friendly with a great mud room for the dogs to stay at when they weren't with us. Neighborhood great for walking dogs. Close to town and to grocery store. We will definitely consider staying hear again if we return to Dunnellon.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
48 Miles
Gainesville FL
Nearest Barpub
4.5 Miles
Blue Gator Tiki Bar and Restaurant
Nearest Golf
2.43 Miles
Rainbow's End golf and country club
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 41
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Miles
Simply Seafood
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Crystal River (Gulf of Mexico)
Car: necessary

Peaceful street in peaceful neighborhood.

Disney World (one hour 52 minutes away).

Beautiful Clearwater beach (2.2 hours away)

Tampa international airport (1 hour 54 minutes away)

Famous theme park Busch Gardens in Tampa (1 hour 54 minutes away)

Gainesville (Univ of FL) has art and natural history museums (43 miles away)

Crystal river on the Gulf of Mexico is famous for summer scalloping (20 miles away) rental boats available there


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Dunnellon, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £80 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £160
Property Damage Protection £63
cleaning fees £80 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Monthly renters need to transport your garbage to the local drive through recycling center
275$ monthly cap on electric bill ( renter pays excess amount)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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