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Not like a rental house... Like your vacation home

People14
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Space 2,649 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

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. The 2,649 sf house is modern and completely outfitted for vacationers with Sandy's special decorative flair welcoming you from everywhere. 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. Contact Owner for Multiple Night Discounts.

More Details

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

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, paddleboat, 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 are there. 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.

Facilities

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

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2649 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 14
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(51 traveller reviews)

Not like a rental house... Like your vacation home
average rating of 4.9607844 based on 51 reviews
Tampa, Florida
5

Beautiful home!!

  • 5 of 5

Hal and sandy really thought of everything you may need at a vacation home. The only thing I would recommend is getting some outdoor games to play in the backyard (can jam, cornhole, etc.) overall a great experience and I will be back every year

  • Review Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Best spot on Rainbow River!

  • 5 of 5

Hal & Sandy have everything taken care of. Family, Kids, Fun. Chimera has it all! Discovering Chimera, after going to Rainbow for close to 40 years, was like finding a pot of gold. All Amenities are taken care of. I highly recommend this spot for any family vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Location and view is mesmering, definitely feels like heaven on earth!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing. Thank you Hal & Sandy you guys have thought of all the comfort and convenience for your guest. We are extremely greatful for having the opportunity to stay here. It's a very cozy house with a mesmering view. Best part is the deck with the breathtaking view. My 6 yr old did not want to leave, she said "can we stay here forever".....thank you again, we had the best time of our life!!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Amazing - would give this 6 stars if we could.

  • 5 of 5

Brilliant week at this rainbow river home - thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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6 Stars!

  • 5 of 5

A 5-star rating does not do this home justice! Seven women spent the weekend at Chimera to celebrate a friend's birthday, and we all agreed this was the PERFECT setting. Incredibly spacious home, with every possible need taken care of in advance -- from our favorite beverages, to plenty of extra pillows, to wood for the fire pit, to nightlights in every room, and more. The beds were super-comfortable, and the paddleboat and kayaks were a blast. Even on a cold January weekend, the river was gorgeous, and we were visited by hawks, anhingas, cormorants, herons, wood ducks, and otters. We can't say enough wonderful things about the owners, who were extremely easy to work with and highly responsive to all of our questions. We all hope to be back again, with our families in tow!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The perfect spot!!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful time had it this house, right on the river. The location is perfect and the house comes with lots of things for the kids. We will definitely be coming back!! Thank you Hal for the wonderful accommodations.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Blue Gator Tiki Bar & Restaurant
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!

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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
 
Year Round...
24 Mar 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£799
for 2 nights
From
£311
£1,731
£3,729
 
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add £31 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
1 Jan 2018 - 31 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
£799
for 2 nights
From
£311
£1,731
£3,729
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
£799
for 2 nights
From
£311
£1,731
£3,729
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £240
One-time Cleaning Fee £160 + Tax
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 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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