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Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

More spacious and comfortable than any hotel.

Luxurious 60-foot, 2-story moored houseboat. Accommodates up to 4 people. Flat screen TVs throughout, WiFi, comfy queen-sized beds, and a kitchen with residential appliances and all the tools you need. Permanently docked in a safe, secure marina on scenic Lake Monroe, part of the St. John's River system. Just a short walk to funky art galleries, retail/antique/resale shops, microbreweries, a Belgium beer bar, wine bar, and great restaurants. Take a 5-minute car ride to the Central Florida Zoo and zip line. In 15 minutes you can be at the crystal-clear Blue Springs State Park. You are 45 minutes from Disney and the theme parks. Or just relax up top! PLEASE NOTE: The boat must stay docked. Guests are NOT permitted to drive the boat. Think of it as a floating/water-top condo. Under no circumstances may guests drive the boat.

Rebecca and Michael Verrastro
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2018

About Rebecca and Michael Verrastro

Mother and Son team. We purchased this vessel to move to south Florida where we were living at the time. Before we could, we fell in love with the city of Sanford and central Florida and decided to keep the vessel at Monroe Harbour Marina as a weekend getaway. After many enjoyable stays with friends we took their advice and starting renting the Why Knot so that others could enjoy it too.

Rebecca and Michael Verrastro purchased this house boat in 2012

Why Rebecca and Michael Verrastro chose Sanford

Hotels are a dime a dozen. If you are looking for a vacation you won't soon forget, with lasting memories, stay with us. Our vessel offers everything you would find at home and then some.

What makes this house boat unique

Great View. Privacy and safety. You have the entire boat to yourself. No strangers roaming around like you have in a hotel. Gate to dock remains locked at all times. The kitchen contains full-size residential appliances, dishes, glasses, utensils, etc. There is a grill up top for cooking out. Two beach-cruisers are provided to tour the town. Walk or bike to Historic Sanford. Flatscreen TV in every room (3) and up top (1). Comfy queen-size beds (2) and 1 sofa bed. Iron, blow dryers, etc. Just bring your clothes.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house boat in Sanford in Seminole County

Property Type:
  • house boat
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No swimming in the marina. Boat does not leave dock. No smoking anywhere on boat.
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 3 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • One full (with garden tub) and one half-bathroom downstairs. Bathroom up top with toilet and shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • Shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • Kayaking
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 4.6666665 based on 15 reviews

Just about as expected. On the water

  • 1 of 5

An older boat well maintained in a great location

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful stay !!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Every thing you needed was right there !!!! We will be back for a longer stay, five days was just not enough !!!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 Star Floating Hotel

  • 5 of 5

The Owners were great, met us there at check-in and went over everything. The upper deck is great, we went to the local Farmers Market on Saturday mid morning then relaxed on the upper deck all afternoon, very beautiful, and peaceful on the water. The boat had everything you could think of. Would do this again with out hesitation. Cameron T

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Love the top deck!

  • 5 of 5

Great time on the boat! So relaxing, so close to quaint restaurants and shops! Great shower and bathroom facilities on the boat. Grill was fantastic and the top deck made for great outdoor living! Thanks so much the owners are just amazing, helpful, and friendly!

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

I would not consider this property deluxe. But no matter, very well equipped and the hospitable owners made up for any shortcomings.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rent this boat!

  • 5 of 5

I thought it might be a different experience to rent a houseboat while staying in Sanford for a wedding. The boat was very comfortable and equipped with everything you need for a short stay. My one concern when booking was that the beds would be 'boat beds." In reality they were real beds and amazingly comfortable. A few words of advise for the first time boater...make sure all doors and blinds are secured when you go to bed unless you want to wake up to them clanging if the water gets rocky. Also, as much as we loved to open the windows and enjoy the breeze, we slept much better with the air on. The boat masts, sails, birds and docks can make a surprising amount of noise early in the morning. The location of the boat is walking distance to downtown Sanford with awesome shopping and pubs. The Smiling Bison and The Imperial are not to be missed. Thanks for a great vacation!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Orlando Sanford Inernational Airport
Nearest Barpub
Wolfy's and many more including microbreweries
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Mayfair Country Club
Nearest Train
2.5 Miles
Sunrail, Amtrak, Autotrain
Nearest Motorway
30 Miles
Daytona Speedway, New Smyrna Raceway
Nearest Restaurant
Riverwalk Pizzeria and lots more downtown.
Nearest Beach
31 Miles
New Smyrna Beach, Daytona Beach
Car: recommended

Zip line at the zoo. Segway rentals.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £71.43
Damage Deposit £214.29

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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