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Bedrooms 4
Space 2,649 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2,649 sf modern accommodations w/ game room, bar, and water toys.

The Rainbow River is the most beautiful sight in Florida. Its crystal clear water is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. Chimera is modern, comfortable, and completely outfitted for worry-free vacationing. Sandy's special decorative flair warms your surroundings and makes you feel at home. The game room keeps the kids entertained for hours, while you enjoy the bar for drinks, cards, or board games. Chimera has four bedrooms, including two master bedrooms w/ high quality comfortable mattresses. Two night minimum stay - rate is discounted for 3 or more night stays. Inquire for Multiple Night Discounts.

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Hal Rogers
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
16 March, 2018

About Hal Rogers

Sandy and I own a client-centered financial planning practice - focused on avoiding probate and preventing unintended heirs. I play competitive billiards; Sandy sings in the church choir and plays in the bell choir. We are both members of the East Arlington Rotary Club in Jacksonville. We have eight children and five grandchildren.

Hal Rogers purchased this house in 2015

Why Hal Rogers chose Dunnellon

Chimera (Kim'-er-a) - something that exists only in the imagination and is not possible in reality; something unattainable. Sandy says we should have named the house "Chimera No More". Buying Chimera fulfilled a 20+ year dream of owning a house on the Rainbow River. It is warm and luxurious, but comfortable for vacationing. The first time we walked into the house it just felt right and we knew it was the house we wanted as our vacation home. Since then we have learned the incredible joy of sharing it. Chimera will be our legacy to our eight children and (so far) five grandchildren, and we hope it will be yours as well. That's just the history - It takes a stay at Chimera to really understand "why this property".

What makes this house unique

There are several nice places to stay on the Rainbow River, but there is nothing else like Chimera. The canoe, paddleboat, 4 Kayaks, snorkels & fins, tubes, and floats are there, but they aren't unique; there the similarities disappear. Your favorite drink will be on the bar or in the fridge; a selection of miniature chocolates await you. Nothing keeps the kids occupied at night like the game room. A 60 game arcade game machine, including Pac Man, Wurlitzer Juke Box with hits from the 40's, 50's, 60's, and 70's, arcade basketball net, shuffleboard table, and Super Nintendo with lots of games, leave the adults playing poker and having drinks at the custom bar, with the kids seen but not heard! One modern master bedroom plus another more traditional master bedroom provide exceptional accommodations for your family members or other guests. You won't need to bring extra kitchen utensils, or laundry detergent, or dish washing soap; they're all there. Coffee, spices, flour, sugar, and cereal, they're there, too. Sandy and I remember the places we have rented - just the essentials. Not at your new river house. We have done everything we could think of to make this the best vacation you ever had. If there is anything we overlooked, let us know after your vacation and the next time you come, if we can correct it, we will.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2649 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No pets.
  • No smoking, inside the house or on the property. (Guests can smoke across the street.)
  • No late check-out w/o authorization.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Master Bathroom with double sinks - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Second Master Bedroom Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Guest Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Upstairs with balcony overlooking the river
    Second Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Private Master Bathroom
    Guest Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Children's Bedroom - 2 Bunk Bed , Two sets of bunk beds - Sleeps 4
  • All bedrooms have high quality comfortable mattresses.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
On the beautiful crystal clear Rainbow River. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, Kayaking, paddleboating, and tubing. Game room w/ pinball machine, Wurlitzer Juke box, arcade basketball, and table shuffleboard. Custom bar - drinks, board games, or cards.


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average rating of 4.974684 based on 79 reviews

Wonderfully relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

Unpretentious neighborhood. Casually elegant inside. Loved the lights and charging station for each bed. Layout has a good variety if areas for small to large groupings and activities. A great home away from home feeling!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birthday Bash on The Rainbow River

  • 5 of 5

AWESOME!!!! Beyond our expectations!!!

  • Review Submitted: 22-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hornbæk, Denmark

Beautiful spot on the river

  • 5 of 5

Really accommodating owner and lovely house.

The best thing was the perfect dock. Here we spend many hours fishing and bird and animal watching. Even people watching too :-)

The house is spacious and has many things to offer.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cape Coral, Fl

Perfect house!

  • 5 of 5

We have a great time at this house, it is in a beautiful location, nice, shady back yard over looking the rainbow river. The house is very well equipped and very clean and neat.

It truly surpassed our expectations, we are hoping to go back soon.

Thank you Hal + Sally we appreciate your hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything was just right.

  • 5 of 5

It was very comfortable. We spent a lot of time on the deck. It was very roomy. The river was perfect. We got a little canoeing and kayaking time as well. Lots of space for grandparents and grandchildren and teenagers. Thank you Hal!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
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St. Petersburg, FL

Another perfect stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Chimera. We stayed for 8 days over Thanksgiving. We enjoyed the house and dock immensely again. We really love Chimera's location on the river and the house amenities. Lots of places to sit, lots of beds, lots of kayaks, a well-equipped Kitchen and a Game Room that we get some serious you from. It amazes me how big of a hit that Game Room is. This is the house that all other RR rentals should emulate. Thanks, Chimera!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20.6 Miles
Ocala International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Numerous - all within...
Nearest Golf
5.8 Miles
Juliette Falls Golf and Spa Club
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Many within...
Car: necessary

The Rainbow River is the primary place you will want to spend time, but water sports aren't the only thing to do in Dunnellon. Bikers will enjoy the Withlacoochee State Trail, the largest paved rail trail in Florida. For birdwatchers, four of the Great Florida Birding Trails are close by. Hikers will want to try the Dunnellon trail and Blue Run Park. While our house is fully equipped for the family chef, sometimes you just want to go out to eat. Dunnellon has many excellent restaurants, including the Citrus Grill for breakfast, the Blue Gator for lunch, and the Purple Sage for dinner. For ethnic fare, there is Don Pepe, Carmela's, and China Wok. Seafood lovers will like Simply Seafood. For down home cooking, you can't beat The Front Porch Restaurant & Pie Shop (also great for breakfast). Music lovers will want to take a Singing River Tour. While dad is playing poker at the bar in our house, and the kids are in the game room listening to hits from the 50's, 60's, and 70's on the Wurlitzer Juke Box, mom can save dad some money at The Historic Village Shops of Dunnellon. You won't lack for something to do in Dunnellon!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Dunnellon, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £28 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

One-time Cleaning Fee £144.42 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £216.63
Tax Rate 11.0%

2 Nights: $350/night
3-4 Nights: $300/night
5-6 Nights: $275/night
7 Nights & +: $250/night
Monthly: $4,000: Only when available January 2 - February 28
Holiday Rates: Unlike with some vacation rentals, we do not charge more for holidays. Minimum four night stay; multi-night discounts apply like any other rental. Holidays are Rental Dates that include any of the following holidays, or any day immediately before or after one of these days: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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