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Stay on the Rainbow River in the Fall - You'll never go back to the mountains!

43 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights

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Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday home in Dunnellon - Chimera on the Rainbow

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. The 2,649 sf house is modern and completely outfitted for vacationers with Sandy's decorative flair reaching out to you from everything. The game room will keep the kids entertained for hours, while you enjoy the bar for drinks, cards, or board games. Four bedrooms (two master bedrooms) w/ high quality comfortable mattresses. Two night minimum stay - rate is discounted for 3 or more night stays: See Rates - Notes or Rental Contract.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Hal Rogers
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2016
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About Hal Rogers

Sandy and I recently sold our successful financial planning practice - my expertise was keeping family estates out of 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 Florida North Central Gulf Coast

Chimera (Kim-er-a") - something that exists only in the imagination and is not possible in reality. It actually would have been more appropriate to name it "Chimera No More". Purchasing 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 to enjoy and enjoy sharing. 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 understand "why this property".

What makes this house unique

There are several nice places to stay on the Rainbow River, but nothing else like Chimera. The water toys aren't unique canoe, 4 Kayaks, snorkels & fins, tubes, and floats), but there the similarities disappear. Nothing keeps the kids occupied at night like the game room. The Laser War pinball machine, Wurlitzer Juke Box with hits from the 40's forward, 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! Two master bedrooms 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; it's all there. You'll find that cooking is just like at home - spices, flour, sugar, all the essentials. As we got Chimera ready to rent, we remembered the places we had rented, and how bare they were. You won't find this to be the case at our house. We want this to be the best vacation you ever had and we have done everything we could think of to make it happen. If there is anything we overlooked, let us know after your vacation and the next time you come, if it is plausible to have it there, it will be.


based on 43 holidaymaker reviews

Stay on the Rainbow River in the Fall - You'll never go back to the mountains!
average rating of 4.9534883 based on 43 reviews

Best house I've rented on VRBO

  • 5 of 5

We've rented plenty of houses on VRBO over the years, and this one tops the list. The house was clean, large, and well appointed. The kitchen was fully stocked and the owner provided many "extras" in the frig, which was greatly appreciated. We spent a lot of time on the river, and the 5 of us had no problem using the kayaks and canoe provided, which really enhanced the richness of our experience. My kids (and husband) spent lots of time in the game room, playing the pinball machine. The owner was also super-responsive and helpful to us. We will be back!!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoying the Rainbow River from "The Perfect Place"

  • 5 of 5

Hal & Sandy have the perfect home on Rainbow River. They have furnished everything you could possibly want

for a vacation. We took our four grandchildren ages 14, 13, 11 and 6, plus our daughter and they all said they enjoyed

it more than any of the beach vacations we have taken them to. The only complaint was it was only for a weekend

and no one wanted to leave. There was so much to do on the water and the game room. Not once did we hear

"I'm bored. "Plenty of sleeping beds and everything needed in the kitchen plus three bathrooms.There was a great jukebox with all the "oldies" which brought back memories from our high school days. We can't thank Hal & Sandy enough for the fantastic mini vacation. We look forward to returning for a longer period next summer.

You'll have to see this great place to see how incredible it is.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What more could you ask for?!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Chimera was wonderful. It was perfect!

First I have to say that Hal (and Sandy -- I only ever spoke with Hal though) were amazing! They did everything just right to make sure that our stay was memorable! Hal even called the first night we were there to make sure that everything was ok. :) There was 14 of us in total, we filled the house! :) We were celebrating our dads 60th birthday and it was the first time all of us siblings have been together since childhood, two came in from out of state and the other 3 of us are here in Fl. There was plenty of space in the house for all of us and our kids, we never once fell over each-other. The bedrooms were spacious and the beds were comfortable. The house was fully stocked, there was even some food in the cupboards! We all loved the game room and us adults loved the bar and living room area--what a great space for us all to sit and catch-up with each-other! Of course the spot on the river is perfect! It was just past the pick-up spot from kp hole (which is a 2 hour float from the top) and it is a 2 hour float to the bottom which is where Swampy's Bar & Grill is (have a car parked there already or have your phone to call someone). Either float you decide to do, 2 hours is the perfect float. Hal and Sandy also had 4 kayaks and a canoe to use which was great. I had never been kayaking before so it was fun to learn and couldn't have been in a better place. We love the rainbow river and the swimming hole at the head springs! Hal and Sandy had a shed full of toys for us to play with including floats, fishing gear, flippers, goggles, and too much more for me to name! The fire pit was perfect with plenty of seating, it was nice to roast marshmallows and make smores on a warm summer evening. There are just too many positive things to list. Our stay was just perfect! If we stay on the Rainbow river again we will only stay at Hal and Sandy's house!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Villages, FL

Chimera a great experience!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Those of you reviewing this web-site considering Chimera for a vacation, a reunion, or a place to just kick back and relax, you have found the right place. My wife and I spent the week of our wedding anniversary at Chimera on the Rainbow River with two of our very best friends, who also happened to be the best man and maid of honor at the blessing or our marriage 20 years ago. We hadn't seen our friends in quite awhile and Chimera was perfect. Hal and Sandy's home has 2 master bedrooms with baths (very private), plus 2 other bedrooms, one with bunk beds if children are along. The home is spacious, very clean and includes everything needed for a home away from home. (Even has salt and pepper). We canoed and kayaked on the river (wow) and the ladies visited the shops and had lunch in Dunnellon and the guys played golf at Juliette Falls ( great golf course) What a week !!! It rained on and off during the week, however, the home provided a very comfortable and aesthetic atmosphere for catching up and just relaxing . Chimera is a great experience, don't miss it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jacksonville, Florida. Southeast U.S.A.

Vacation at Chimera

  • 5 of 5

My husband, best friends and I spent three glorious days at Chimera. Our activities ranged from kayaking, canoeing, swimming to sipping summer drinks on the dock and watching the full harvest moon emerge over the river and trees. We also enjoyed the game room.

When we first walked into the house, our our comments were, "wow", "beautiful", and "magnificent view!" The pictures cannot do it justice.

The house is large enough to easily accommodate 10 people. There are two living areas; one

has a view of the deck and river, adjacent is the area for watching television (which was never turned on.) The common area is all open, with the kitchen and dining area on the street side of the house. Did I mention there's a very well-equipped bar, complete with bar stools, glasses and basic bar set ups?

Then, there is the game room which is a mini arcade with: pinball, shuffleboard table, basketball goal/throw and a lot of board games.

The owners have written very explicit instructions which keeps guests from needing to figure out everything.

The kitchen is equipped with everything you need for regular family meal prep and cooking. No need to even think about bringing anything for the kitchen.

From the deck we saw anhingas, some large black birds of prey, a multitude of fish, a small gator across Rainbow River and most fun of all, we watched an otter catching and eating fish around the time of dusk. Most entertaining.

We enjoyed a couple of local restaurants and purchased food from a nearby Winn Dixie. The kitchen and grill were so convenient we didn't eat out as much as expected because we were so enjoying our time on the river and dock....one of the nicer docks in the area. There are also rafts...it's a great place for gentle rafting on the river.

I have been more explicit than expected as we have looked at rentals in other areas and would have liked more information about what the places are really like.

If I still need to say this, we would wholeheartedly endorse Chimera as a lovely place for a wonderful getaway!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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WOW !!!!! Best family vacation!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had 4 generations of our family together for our summer vacation. What a wonderful time we had at Hal & Sandy's home. It is beautiful and spacious. There was something for everyone to do, and more than enough space to spread out. Our favorite thing was to go kayaking. We did this daily, and all 4 generations went out on the kayaks!! We enjoyed spending time in the game room also! The owners really go the extra mile to make sure your vacation is everything you expected. The neighborhood is well maintained and very safe. We have booked many times through VRBO, but this was by far our favorite! Hal, we'll be contacting you soon to book again. Thanks for everything!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • 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 North Central Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Year Round...
24 Apr 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £32 per night, per additional guest
2 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
30 night minimum stay
for 30 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £246
One-time Cleaning Fee £164 + Tax
Tax Rate 10.0%

2 Nights: $350/night
3-4 Nights: $300/night
5-6 Nights: $275/night
7 Nights & +: $250/night
Monthly: $4,000: Only available January 2 - February 28
Holiday Rates: Unlike with some vacation rentals, we do not charge more for holidays. Holidays require a minimum four night stay, but qualify for the multi-night discounts shown above, depending on the number of nights you stay. 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.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Dunnellon in Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2649 sq. ft.
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
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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, and tubing. Game room w/ pinball machine, juke box, arcade basketball, and table shuffleboard. Custom bar - drinks, board games, or cards.

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