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The Manatee Hideaway-3 Bed-2 Bath-2 Decks-50' Dock-5 Kayak, 3Person Canoe 7 Bike

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Your Gateway to the Natural Wonders of Florida! Kayak or Bring your Boat!!

This is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Living room includes 40 inch flat screen LED TV, comfortable hide-a-bed queen couch that can sleep two, if necessary. There are also three recliners . Dining room has glass table with four chairs as well as a built in bar that has two chairs and three barstools. Kitchen is nice with a two bowl sink, dishwasher, two door refrigerator, microwave, toaster and coffee maker. Kitchen comes fully stocked with pots ,pans, dishes, outdoor cooking utensils, and much more! Washer and dryer available in 2nd bedroom of house with an additional front loading washer and dryer in the exterior bedroom. Each bedroom has 19" LED TV. Master bedroom with king bed, closet and private bathroom. Second bedroom has a full/twin bunk bed with pull out trundle twin bed. The second bedroom has a SEGA system with 80 games built in for the kids. The third exterior bedroom has a queen bed, microwave, small refrigerator, and two dressers. Please note that the exterior bedroom has a front entrance and a rear entrance by the upper deck. The exterior bedroom does not have a bathroom. The bathroom is inside about twenty feet from the front door of the bedroom. We also just added a two person Basketball Arcade game under the carport! You can enjoy your time lounging on either of the two decks under the gazebo on the upper deck or under the 8' x 20' covered section on the lower deck by the water. Outdoor chairs with firepit are located outside the exterior bedroom's rear french doors. Enjoy cooking out every night on the gas grill or dining out at local restaurants- Please note that there may or may not be gas for the grill. If there is no gas, you can get it filled locally. The Manatee Hideaway's canal has access to the main Weeki Wachee River and Gulf access. You can rent motor boats from the marina by Roger's park, or rent additional kayaks from the Kayak Shack located right next to the Upper Deck Bar & Grill. The Weeki Wachee State Park is only minutes away!! They have the famous live mermaid show, boat rides on the Weeki Wachee, and Water slides! FUN FOR ALL!! FREE WIFI and land line with FREE long distance calls for US- no international calls. Please contact me for further information. Check in at 4 PM, Check Out at 10 AM.

Aaron Hester
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 June, 2017

About Aaron Hester

We have been vacationing in Weeki Wachee for years. My wife grew up on Sebring Street and brought me down there to enjoy the Nature Coast. When I realized that I truly loved it here (after several years of vacations), we decided to purchase our own home here. In turn, we would like to share what we love with you and your family! We see manatees EVERY time we visit. Manatees are gentle and majestic creatures. Just watching them swim is quite relaxing. We love our experiences every time we come to Weeki Wachee.

Aaron Hester purchased this house in 2015

Why Aaron Hester chose Florida Central Gulf Coast

Alot of the reasons are listed in the "about you" paragraph, but I will elaborate further..... The neighborhood our house is in is quiet and relaxing. We really enjoy eating dinner right on the water courtesy of the glass table on the lower deck/dock as the sun sets and goes down. We get almost daily visits at our dock from the manatees. You can fish right from the dock, and bring your boat!

What makes this house unique

We chose this property because of the decks and the dock. Easy access to the gulf for some really good fishing! Another amenity was the exterior third bedroom with a front door and a rear entrance to the decks via french doors. The spacious living room was another thing that caught my attention. Our entire family could sit comfortably. Also the dining room has a built in bar....seating for all.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Weeki Wachee in Hernando County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Has mirrored cosmetics cabinet and vanity sink.
    Hall Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Has plenty of cabinets for storage, large mirror and vanity
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Has a Full/twin Bunk with pull out trundle- 19" LED
    Exterior Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Has 19" LED and extra Dryer. Front and Rear Entrances!
    Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master bathroom with reg. closet - 19" LED
  • Master Bedroom has a Bassett King size bed. The Master bathroom has only one entrance from the Master Bedroom. It has a regular closet. The second bedroom has a regular closet. Master and 2nd bedroom have built in dressers. 3rd Exterior Bedroom has a front loading washer and newer dryer, a small fridge and microwave as well, but bathroom is inside approximately 20' from the front door of the bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Barbecue
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • 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
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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The Manatee Hideaway-3 Bed-2 Bath-2 Decks-50' Dock-5 Kayak, 3Person Canoe 7 Bike
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 22 reviews

Great spot and lots to do!!

  • 5 of 5

We have been taking Memorial trips for the past 10 yrs with friends and our children. This is by far the best one yet! There is so much to do in the area! We went to the water park one day, kayaked the river and swam with Manatees! Then one day we rented a pontoon from Sterling Marina and spent the day on the gulf sandbar. We had the best time!! The kids loved it too! There are plenty of restaurants very close. The Italian restaurant is literally right across the way. It was quiet and very peaceful! The home is a typical river cabin. It's been lived in, but it's comfortable and clean. We enjoyed playing cards on the dock and watching the wildlife. This a great place for the price!

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: April, THANK YOU for your Lovely review! Now you know why Crystal and I love it here and why we bought The Manatee Hideaway! Our kids always want to come to our home in Florida whenever we can! We are glad you enjoyed your vacation with us! Thanks Again, and we hope to see you again real soon! Take Care & God Bless! Aaron & Crystal Hester
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Outdoor lovers

  • 5 of 5

This home is clean and comfortable, with a well stocked kitchen. Though the house is a bit outdated, the outdoor space is wonderful. We spent hours on the back deck every day, enjoying the fish, turtles, shore birds, and of course, the manatees. We enjoyed kayaking the beautiful Weeki Watchee river. The neighborhood is very quiet and restful. The location is great, with plenty of shopping and restaurants within 5 miles. There is an excellent Italian restaurant within walking distance. Nearby parks: Pine Beach, Weeki Watchee, Bayport, Homasassa Springs are all worthy of a visit. We are returning next year, our best compliment!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello, Crystal and I are Very Happy you enjoyed your stay with us @ The Manatee Hideaway! We see you discovered our favorite place to relax, the decks! The decks is one of the main reason's we bought The Manatee Hideaway! I have not updated the house due to the original owner's wishes. He is the one who built the decks and did the tile work. He was an Army vet, as is my son. Thanks for your Lovely Review and we hope to see you again real soon! Take Care & God Bless! Aaron & Crystal Hester
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Great Vacation Stay - Coming Back!

  • 5 of 5

Crystal and Aaron, thank you so much for allowing you to use your wonderful home for the month of February!

We just returned last week after a very enjoyable stay for a month. Home has everything you need, and we spent hours out on the deck and gazebo area. At night, just relax, enjoy the quiet, and watch the stars. During the day, there are some great restaurants in the area (make sure you visit the Italian Restaurant which is literally a 3 min walk), and virtually everything is within a 10 minute drive. We saw approximately 18 manatees during our stay, including a mother and two calves right at the dock on day 3. On another day, while mom was eating just down the canal, two calves played for over 3 hours right in the middle of the canal not far from our dock. Incredible!

Aaron and Crystal, thanks for putting up with all my questions, you were very polite, informative, and extremely helpful.

We have already booked for next year, and are anxiously waiting to get back to explore more of the area by kayaks and land.

Thank you both so much!

Dave and Vicky.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dave & Vicki, Crystal & I were very happy to have you as our guests! Thank You very much for EVERYTHING! We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay @ our Manatee Hideaway! Crystal grew up a few streets over from Arbordale. I have her to thank for showing and sharing with me the inherent beauty of the Weeki Wachee River. There is nothing I like more than to cruise down the river on the clear blue water enjoying the majesty of The Nature Coast! I have always wondered if the manatees we have met on the river "remember" us the next time we see them! They do come to see us @ the house, so maybe? Thanks, Aaron & Crystal Hester
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Great house for vacation

  • 4 of 5

We stayed the end of December and entire month of January at Manatee Hideaway. The comfortable house had everything we needed and being able to bring our cat who travels with us was a real plus. The kitchen was well stocked with so many items from a Keurig, bacon cooker for the microwave to teapot. There were also plenty of serving trays for bringing snacks and such out to the gazebo and deck area; we spent a lot of time there. So nice to have use of kayaks and canoe as we were able to paddle around the canal areas and to see a good sized grouping of manatees at one deep water area which was a delight. Crystal stayed in contact to make sure we had everything to make our stay enjoyable and when there was need for a charcoal grill provided that, too. As it turned out, we were also able to assist her with an issue she had to take care of from a distance. We would definitely stay at Crystal and Aaron's home when in the Weeki Wachee area again. Also, would most certainly highly recommend the La Bella Napoli Restaurant that is a short walk from the house--had many enjoyable meals there.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Margo, It was absolutely our pleasure having you stay at the Manatee Hideaway! We appreciate your kind review! We are VERY HAPPY that you were able to take the canoe out and run into a group of my favorite marine creatures. Closest thing to a mermaid we will ever see! We are glad you enjoyed your stay at our Manatee Hideaway! Take Care & God Bless, Aaron & Crystal Hester
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Great time with the Family

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our week at the Manatee Hideaway. We spent most of the day either on the river in the kayaks or on the beautiful decks of the house. Very relaxing and enjoyable. Was a great time with our family of 7.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Tim, Crystal and I are Super Happy you enjoyed your stay at the Manatee Hideaway! Kayaking in our Natural Spring River is one of the BEST activities we have to offer at our home in Florida's Nature Coast!! About the decks... This is the exact reason I bought the house! We had Thanksgiving there with ALL of our family! It was GREAT having Thanksgiving dinner right by the water! We hope you come back again in 2017 for your next adventure! Take Care & God Bless, Aaron & Crystal Hester
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Homey and comfortable, well worth the cost. Many things available to use. Would recommend.

  • 4 of 5

Overall nice and homey with a few quarks. Great location. Many items to use for kids and adults. Owners are very helpful and take recommendations. The owners have done a good job making it a home away from home.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joseph, We appreciate your lovely review. We hope you enjoyed the Manatee presence in the river and around the dock! They are such gentle, loving creatures. We cherish them and their presence. Florida's Nature Coast at its finest! We hope you come back to visit us next year! Take Care and God Bless!! Aaron & Crystal Hester
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Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
"This park is TOP NOTCH for families! Take a boat ride and check out the Mermaid Show!"
BeckyJack's Food Shack
Nearest Airport
56 Miles
Tampa International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Upper Deck
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Heather Golf Course
Nearest Train
52 Miles
Amtrak Clearwater, FL
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
A Bella Napoli Italian Restaurant
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Pine Island

Pine Island is a really nice family friendly beach that is only five miles away. We are only an hour and a half from Disney World and an hour from Busch Gardens. We went to the aquarium in Tampa as well as the Lowry Zoo, also in Tampa. Both were GREAT! We also enjoy kayaking/boating/snorkeling in the Weeki Wachee river. Crystal clear water!!! If you like to fish, you can be in the Gulf reeling them in within 25-30 minutes! Homosassa State Park is a lot of fun as well! Check it out! Also, MY favorite restaurant in the area is Crackers in Crystal River, FL. They have live classic rock bands at the outside bar, great food, and you can dine by the water. Need I say more?


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Weeki Wachee, Florida

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
13 Feb 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £77.3 + Tax
Cleaning Fee £61.84 + Tax
Property Damage Protection £45.61
Refundable Damage Deposit £193.26
Tax Rate 11.5%

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed. The unit is for up to eight people. If there are more than eight people, the rate is $10 per person, per day. If there is more than eight people staying in the unit with out informing the owner, your rental agreement is no longer viable and you may be asked to leave. We do not allow students and persons under the age of twenty five to rent the unit. Check in time is 4 PM, Checkout at 10 AM.
We only rent the unit weekly during holidays- We prefer Saturday to Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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