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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Riverlake Cottage is located on 2 acres of wooded property with a private lake and on the the pristine spring-fed waters of the Halls River in Homosassa. Yet, it is only 1 mile into town for shopping, minutes away from the state's most popular wildlife park, and only an hour's drive to some of Florida's best theme parks, zoo, museums and attractions!
Pandora Radio and music library in living room....moreless
55' Internet enabled 'smart' television in living room. Unlimited free Netflix movies, Youtube, Facebook, Pandora, and more.
32' television and DVD player in master bedroom with a basket of movies....moreless
Basketful of movies. Also, there are 11 Redbox DVD rental stations within 10 minutes of the cottage where you can rent movies for only $1.20 a day. ...moreless
Away From It All
Sports & Activities
Sports & Adventure Activities
Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
Custom nautical decor high top table made with quality cypress, forged steel, and ship rope. Comfort swivel chairs with backs and arms....moreless
High Speed Wi-Fi service throughout the cottage and property....moreless
Iron & Board
All linens are freshly laundered prior to guest arrival...moreless
Spacious living room with comfortable (new) furniture. Special features include a beautiful cypress coffee table, a rustic wood burning fireplace, & a 55' television w/ unlimited free Netflix movies....moreless
Plenty of room available for an RV, boat or trailer....moreless
All towels are freshly laundered prior to guest arrival...moreless
The living room features a romantic rustic wood burning fireplace....moreless
Dishes & Utensils
Stocked with essential utensils, dinnerware, appliances, and accessories for indoor and outdoor cooking....moreless
In addition to the kayaks and canoe, there is an 8' x 10' floating dock can be paddled, push-poled, or towed out on river for sunbathing, to have a picnic, or to use as a fishing platform....moreless
Deck / Patio:
Tables and chairs set up lakeside and riverside. Also table and bench on floating dock. Tiki torches & subtle outdoor lighting throughout property provide a special ambiance for all ages & occassions....moreless
Kayak / Canoe:
Kayaks & Canoe including a Hobie Fishing Kayak & a *Clear Bottom Kayak* for guests to explore the pristine springfed waters of the Halls River.(Variety of life vests available. No infant or XL sizes.)...moreless
Lawn / Garden:
Riverfront with 2 acres of wooded property and a private 1/2 acre lake...moreless
Gas BBQ grill available for guest use on the screened porch...moreless
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
1) *We offer special rates for stays of 10 days & longer*Please contact us!
2) Rates based on 2 adults/1 family & may be adjusted for larger group.
3) Pet Fees $75.00 Nonrefundable Pet Cleaning Fee. In addition Pet owners can opt to make a $200.00 pet deposit (refundable if no damages) or purchase a Damages Protection Ins policy thru VRBO; a policy with $1500 worth of protection costs only $49.00.
Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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EXPLORE the unspoiled shores of the Halls River and the Homosassa River.
SWIM WITH THE MANATEE - Watch, get up-close, and swim with the 'Gentle Giants' Did you know that Citrus County is the only place in the United States where you can legally swim with the manatee in the wild?
WORLD CLASS FISHING opportunities for over 20+ different fish species year round. Redfish, Speckled Trout, Shark, Grouper, Tarpon, Tripletail, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Pompano, Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, and Bonita are just a few of the species of fish that offer anglers unique fishing opportunities.
TRAVEL BY WATER OR CAR TO THESE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: Seagrass Waterfront Restaurant, Marker 7 Tiki Bar, Riverside Crab House, Yardarm Lounge, Monkey Bar, The Shed at MacRae's, and the Freezer Tiki Bar ('The Freezer').
DOCK YOUR BOAT IN OLD HOMOSASSA AND WALK TO: The Historic Sugar Mill Ruins, the Old Mill House Gallery and Printing Museum, and the Old Mill Tavern - or enjoy cajun and jazz at Neon Leon's Zydeco Steak House.
Or spend the day at the HOMOSASSA SPRINGS WILDLIFE PARK or the HOMOSASSA BUTTERFLY ATTRACTION.
To order a free 80-page Visitor's Guide go the VISIT CITRUS website (http://visitcitrus.com/contact-us/visitors-guide) and one will be mailed to you - free of cost!
For more information visit our website at: www.riverlakecottage.com
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: We'd like to introduce ourselves. We are Gary and Joanne Bartell. We moved to Homosassa in 1988 to raise our family and quickly got involved with local politics to help shape the future of our community. Gary served as a County Commissioner from 1990 to 2010 and was chairman of the Tourist Development Council for 14 years. Joanne was a founding board member of the Nature Coast Envirothon, a high school environmental education and scholarship program. We both enjoyed spending countless hours over the years educating the youth of the community about the rare and precious natural resources found in this area. Our vision has always been to protect and preserve these amazing natural resources for generations to come.
Why the Owner Chose Homosassa: The Riverlake Cottage property was originally owned by Dazzy Vance, the Hall of Fame major league baseball player (1915 - 1935) who once told a New York Times reporter that all he wanted to do in life is 'to play baseball and fish in Homosassa'. In 1995 we had the opportunity to purchase part of Vance's original land holdings but the Lakefront property was tied up in an estate until November 2012 when a for sale sign appeared on the front lawn - we bought it that same day. With only 10 private property owners along the entire Halls River, Riverlake Cottage is our opportunity to share a rare piece of Old Florida with you.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: The Halls River is a rare piece of Old Florida. Largely undeveloped the river is a birder's paradise a fisherman's delight, and a photographer's dream. Blue Crab, Bass, Bream, Sunfish, Redfish, Snook, Ladyfish, Mullet, and various other species of fish can all be seen swimming about in the Halls River. In the sky above you will find Bald Eagles, Green Herons, White Pelicans, Wood Storks, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbills and many more species of fabulous waterbirds. Along the river you may find dolphin chasing mullet or experience a manatee giving birth. Most days the morning sunrises and evening sunsets are aglow with brilliant colors that will take your breath away. For the adventurous, nightime kayaking or canoeing reveals brilliant stars and planets above - and - with a flashlight shone on the water the surface appears as a sheet of glass and you can see fish, turtles, and other creatures underwater as if you are watching them through a window. Amazing, breathtaking, and captivating moments and memories await you at Riverlake Cottage in Homosassa Florida.