CASA ENCANTADA, THE ESTATE ON THE MANATEE RIVER! Spend your vacation at a private estate on 200' of open water with tropical landscaping and a beautiful lagoon pool!
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There is so much to do at Casa Encantada that some guests choose to never leave. Fishing, kayaking, biking, swimming, sunbathing...do all of it or simply relax to music that can be heard via the speakers throughout the house. Choose the Boater's Package option for exclusive, unlimited daytime use of Slow Dancer, Casa Encantada's 22 ft pontoon boat. Slow Dancer is great for trips to local waterfront bars and restaurants, nearby beaches, islands, fishing spots and uninhabited coves. In the town of Palmetto, a virtually undiscovered "old Florida" historic town, the locals are warm and friendly. Casa Encantada is gated and fenced, with the exception of the waterfront, for your privacy. There is a totally fenced and tropically landscaped area near the herb garden just for your dogs, complete with a warm water shower...also with a waterfront view.The tropical lagoon pool has a beach entry, waterfall, baja ledge and swim up cocktail table with relaxing jets. You'll enjoy sunbathing on the spacious pool deck, relaxing in a hammock or sitting under the fan in the shade of your own private tiki hut. The tiki hut's bar is cleverly designed from an old ship's rudder.
Facing due West on secluded Hooker Bay, just 5 minutes by boat to Tampa Bay, the sunsets are unsurpassed and are a daily main event. The waterfront deck under the huge banyan tree is perfect for watching the sunset, dolphins and manatees. Every evening, thousands of birds fly by at the first hint of dusk, heading home to Emerson Point, a bird sanctuary just 2 miles north. Great blue herons, spoonbill rosettes, sea gulls, cormorants, night herons, skimmers, ospreys, egrets, pelicans often stop by for a snack of bait fish right on your beach, just feet away. Hookers Bay is known as the best fishing spot between the Manatee River and Tampa Bay. Snook, redfish, trout, flounder, mangrove snapper, even tarpon are plentiful. Your 'front yard' is a legally protected manatee feeding area. You can wade or kayak out and watch from as close as a few feet away. Or you can see them from shore as they come up for air. And don't forget to keep the tradition of ringing the bell at the last glimpse of the setting sun.
The home is large with an amazing cook's kitchen with two refrigerators, granite counter tops and three sinks. The family room, kitchen and wet bar are all in one open room with expansive views of the water, wildlife and sunsets. The dining room seats 12 overlooking Hooker Bay.. Open the doors for true waterfront dining. The adjacent living room has a working wood burning fireplace and water view.There are three large, comfortable bedrooms, all with water views and flat screen TV's. The first master is large with a king size bed and a view of Hooker Bay.. The bath has a walk in shower. All linens are top quality. It has a large dresser, dressing table and walk in closet. The second master also has a king bed, walk in closet and view of Hooker Bay and the lagoon pool. It shares a bath with a tub and shower with the third bedroom, which has over sized twin beds, large closet and a view of the lagoon pool. This entire end of the house can be closed off with a pocket door creating a private suite. This feature makes Casa Encantada the perfect home for 2 or 3 couples. There are no stairs - one story only.
Nearby Casa Encantada are numerous state parks, golf courses, beaches and fine dining.
This home is easy to reach with reasonably priced flights from just about anywhere to Sarasota or Tampa. As cliché as it sounds, this is truly paradise in your own private waterfront home! Discover the 'real' Florida!