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Rainbow River's Best Location: Riverfront & All Your Water Toys

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Amazing! I sure wish we had a gorgeous view like this back home.

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Last updated: 08/21/2015
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
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Property description

Feel like you’re living in a National Park.

Welcome to the Lodge at Wood Duck Crossing directly on Florida's awe-inspiring Rainbow River.

Nestled in a two-acre grove of pines, cypress and majestic oaks, this recently remodeled and redecorated four bedroom, two bath lodge sits on a gently-sloping knoll overlooking the pristine, spring-fed waters of the Rainbow River, a hidden treasure designated as a Florida Outstanding Waterway and Aquatic Preserve. The original owner selected the property over 40 years ago as among the most picturesque on the Rainbow, offering a sweeping view of the riverfront. Little has changed today.

Acquired by its current owners in 2010, the lodge underwent an extensive transformation in 2011 with continuing upgrades each season since then. Both baths were completely replaced, and the spacious kitchen was redesigned and updated with new appliances. You'll find a large breakfast bar with seating for four, a walk-in pantry, and just about any accessory you'll need to exercise your culinary skills.

The great room together with the adjoining dining area features a vaulted ceiling, new laminate flooring, carpets and furnishings. Both connect through sliding glass doors to a spacious wrap-around outside deck area offering sweeping views of the gently-rolling property down to the riverfront. After sunset you you'll be entertained by 140 channels of DirecTV on a 37” flat screen TV, with an integrated 100-watt stereo system with iPod/iTouch connectivity, plus a DVD/CD player.

The ground floor also features the master suite with an adjoining full bath. Just outside the back door you’ll find a roomy two-car carport flanked by the utility room housing many of your water toys, plus a full-sized Samsung washer & dryer. And just around the corner: your own private, outdoor garden rainshower.

Head upstairs to find three additional bedrooms – each with expansive river views -- plus another full-size bath with a large cultured marble shower. All of the bedrooms offer brand-new, top-of-line Stearns & Foster bedding sets; three feature queens, the other a twin bed with a separate trundle twin.

Be as adventuresome as you like...

Love wilderness and water? Then welcome to paradise. Enjoy kayaking, tubing, paddleboarding, birding, swimming, hiking, snorkeling, diving and exploring … all in your own backyard with all of your gear included! The quaint Dunnellon area also offers amazing fishing opportunities, dozens of world-class golf courses within minutes, several of Florida’s most renowned state parks, and much, much more.

Wildlife abounds -- especially of the non-human variety. At Wood Duck Crossing you’ll not only discover our beloved namesake, but likely a playful family of otters who call the other side of our river home. Turtles, foxes, largemouth bass, and whitetail deer are easily discovered. And then there’s Dixie, our neighbor’s gentle, loveable black Lab. Dixie’s never met anyone she didn’t love.

Or do nothing at all...

Close to everything yet far from the madding crowd, Wood Duck Crossing is the perfect place for respite and retreat. Relax on the oversized deck – or perhaps stretch out and sway in our riverside hammock -- as you watch and listen to the Rainbow River flow gently by. Later settle in to an Adirondack next to a crackling fire in the dockside fire pit just around sunset. Whether you’re an artist, painter, writer, or just a dreamer, the natural beauty of the surroundings are sure to inspire.

No matter what your speed, and whether you stay with us for a long weekend, a week or even a month, we know you will fall in love with Wood Duck Crossing on the peaceful, pristine Rainbow River -- 'Where Life Flows Down.' Aren’t you ready to make your reservation?


Keywords: riverfront, waterfront, lodge, springs, spring-fed river, Rainbow River, Blue Run, Rainbow Springs, golf, tubing, scuba, diving, fishing, kayaking, canoing, hiking, updated, riverside, deck, boat dock, dock, firepit, boating, paddleboard, SUP, birding, Dunnellon, Florida vacation, wildlife, WiFi

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • Lodge
  • 1850 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    25 years old or older...moreless

  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    No extra charge for one,well-behaved adult dog; Addendum to Rental Agreement required...moreless

Bedrooms: 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 8

  • Bedroom 3

    Upstairs, new Stearns & Foster set in 2014...moreless

  • Bedroom 4: 2 twin/ single

    Upstairs, Twin bed with twin trundle...moreless

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    Downstairs master, new Stearns & Foster in 2014; TV...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Upstairs: New Stearns & Foster in 2014; TV...moreless

  • Queen size Beds (3) In three bedrooms (Master downstairs and two upstairs), Twin or Single Beds (2) Two twins (one trundle) in fourth bedroom - upstairs...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Your rental includes complimentary use of all of the recreational gear you will need for your adventures. Our flotilla currently includes, two 8' Emotion single kayaks, one Wilderness Tarpon 130 tandem 13' kayak, a 15' aluminum canoe, an Emotion-Traverse 10' SUP (stand up paddleboard) all paddles, inner tubes and assortment of snorkle gear and life vests in varying adult, youth and children sizes; Private lighted dock; dockside firepit with Adirondack seating group; Shaded hammock riverside...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television:

    All flat screens: 37' in living/dining area; 32' in downstairs master bedroom; 19' in largest upstairs bedroom...moreless

  • Video Library:

    50+ selections...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Paddle Boating
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Waterfront:

    Directly on the Rainbow River across from the southern end of the State Park; 100' frontage with large, lighted private dock with fresh water supply...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining:

    Kitchen breakfast bar seats 4; Outdoor dining on deck seats 6; New commercial KitchenAid LP gas grill (2013)...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Central HVAC reverse cycle; ceiling fans in all bedrooms...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Samsung, New in 2014...moreless

  • Covered Parking:

    2-Car Carport...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Complimentary high speed DSL with WiFi...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street:

    Up to 3 vehicles and/or boat trailer...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Samsung, New in 2014...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Secured network - complimentary high speed DSL...moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    New Circulon Cookware (2013)...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Large, updated (2011) and fully-equipped...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Large wrap-around deck overlooking the river...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Complimentary use of two - 8' kayaks, one - 13' tandem sit-on kayak, 15' aluminum canoe, & 10' stand up paddleboard...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Private outdoor garden rainshower...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    KitchenAid - New in 2013...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:

    Tubes (4) snorkel gear and life vests in adult, youth and child sizes...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2015-16 Off Season
Oct 1 - Feb 29, 2016
3 night min stay
$245
$1,195 $3,395

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $171 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $113 Nightly

2016 In Season
Mar 1 - Sep 30, 2016
7 night min stay

$1,495 $3,995

Changeover Day: Saturday


Discounts: 7 nights or more: $214 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $133 Nightly

2016-17 Off Season
Oct 1 - Feb 28, 2017
3 night min stay
$245
$1,495 $3,395

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $214 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $113 Nightly

My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$245
$1,495 $3,995

Discounts: 7 nights or more: $214 Nightly; 30 nights or more: $133 Nightly

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning Fee $95 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 8%

Notes:

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations made more than sixty (60) days prior to your arrival date are subject to a 5% cancellation fee or $50 fee, whichever is greater. Cancellations or changes resulting in a shortened stay, or that are made within 60 days of the arrival date, forfeit the full advance payment. Cancellation or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent. Exceptions are at the Homeowner’s discretion and a credit for the forfeited rental fees may be granted and used toward a future reservation booking, subject to the then current availability and rates.

PAYMENTS: A $250.00 reservation deposit holds your dates and converts to a refundable security deposit upon your arrival. Refunds are normally sent with 14 days of your check-out date, provided the terms and conditions of your Rental Agreement are met. One-half of your rental payment is due 60 days, the second half 30 days in advance of your visit.


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Location

Directly on Florida's famous Rainbow River about two miles downstream from the headsprings, just across from the southernmost point of the State Park -- less than a mile downstream from the KP Hole County Park. We're part of a peaceful, serene residential neighborhood, In respect for our neighbors we observe an ABSOLUTE EIGHT-GUEST LIMIT at all times for those staying and/or visting the property. The property is not avaiblable or suitable for larger groups, wild partying or late night noise.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2010

About the owner: We're two busy professionals, with two grown children, two mischevious dogs in two different sizes, but unfortunately too little time right now to enjoy the luxury of kicking-back and unwinding on the beautiful Rainbow. That's where you come in!

Why the Owner Chose Dunnellon:
Visiting the Rainbow for over 30 years, we have found each visit more amazing than the last. When this most unique property became available, we siezed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own, preserve and share this special place with others who would also come to appreciate its natural beauty. Wood Duck Crossing offers the ultimate get-away experience -- close to everything, yet far removed from the noise, hustle and hectic pace of urban life.

The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
Few area vacation rentals offer such a scenic and serene location directly on the crystal-clear Rainbow River. You might find some further down on the Withalacoochee, or others over in Blue Cove, but none of those duplicate the wide-eyed wonder of staying directly on the Rainbow -- especially at this value. Your own private dock is your personal lauchpad to over five miles of Florida's most remarkable spring-fed river.


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  • Amazing! I sure wish we had a gorgeous view like this back home.

    Amazing! I sure wish we had a gorgeous view like this back home.

  • Really like the newly-decorated great room. Spacious with an amazing river view

    Really like the newly-decorated great room. Spacious with an amazing river view

  • Now, really... who has time for TV with a gorgeous view like that?

    Now, really... who has time for TV with a gorgeous view like that?

  • Yes, thank you very much. I'll have that morning coffee now.

    Yes, thank you very much. I'll have that morning coffee now.

  • Ready, set: One, two, three... jump!

    Ready, set: One, two, three... jump!

  • Okay, so I quietly disappear upstairs for a short nap. Won't be missed.

    Okay, so I quietly disappear upstairs for a short nap. Won't be missed.

  • Just figured out where they got their slogan -- 'Where life flows down.'

    Just figured out where they got their slogan -- 'Where life flows down.'

  • Ahhhhh.  Perfect ending to my perfect day:  outside in my private rainshower.

    Ahhhhh. Perfect ending to my perfect day: outside in my private rainshower.

  • There's even a little mint on my nightstand. Sweet!

    There's even a little mint on my nightstand. Sweet!

  • Sure loving these new queen Stearns & Foster bedding sets.

    Sure loving these new queen Stearns & Foster bedding sets.

  • Really enjoy having our own dock -- a brand new one at that.

    Really enjoy having our own dock -- a brand new one at that.

  • Less than a two-mile paddle and I'm at the famous headsprings.  Awesomeness!

    Less than a two-mile paddle and I'm at the famous headsprings. Awesomeness!

  • The Lodge's namesake greeted us on arrival.  Love those wood duck guys.

    The Lodge's namesake greeted us on arrival. Love those wood duck guys.

  • Pretty much everything I need -- that is, when I have to cook.

    Pretty much everything I need -- that is, when I have to cook.

  • Choices, choices: Shall we dine inside or out tonight?

    Choices, choices: Shall we dine inside or out tonight?

  • Big decision again today: Shall I kayak, tube, canoe or stand-up paddleboard?

    Big decision again today: Shall I kayak, tube, canoe or stand-up paddleboard?

  • Guessing a cozy fire might take the chill out of the evening air.

    Guessing a cozy fire might take the chill out of the evening air.

  • This paddelboarding stuff is a whole lot of fun - and not that hard at all.

    This paddelboarding stuff is a whole lot of fun - and not that hard at all.

  • Looks like time for the otters' evening show. Meet me down on the dock.

    Looks like time for the otters' evening show. Meet me down on the dock.

  • Super idea! Count me in for a seafood feast on the deck tonight.

    Super idea! Count me in for a seafood feast on the deck tonight.

  • Custom-designed soap in our shower? Really? What didn't our hosts think of?

    Custom-designed soap in our shower? Really? What didn't our hosts think of?

  • And the place is a gallery of Rainbow Spring's history as well. Very cool.

    And the place is a gallery of Rainbow Spring's history as well. Very cool.

  • Tough to tell who's having a better time: the kids or the dog?

    Tough to tell who's having a better time: the kids or the dog?

  • Couldn't say it any better: Cheers!

    Couldn't say it any better: Cheers!

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