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Free Boats, Paddle Boards, Kayaks, Tubes, Bonfire, etc. 50% Off Season

Bedrooms 11
Space 15,000 sq ft
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Estate, 12 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 8 Baths, (Sleeps up to 60 with agreement)

You have just found one more great idea for your family reunion or Bucket List. Picture this, Your having coffee on one of our big decks over looking The beautiful Rainbow River, ( This vacation home is the largest 5 story 12 room 8 bathroom Vacation Home for 100s of miles with 5 star reviews. we are the only home on the river designed for very large groups)

Ok so Your lounging on a big comfy couch on one of our large porches overlooking the property and the river, your observing and listening to nature at it's finest. You see a big oak bonfire going near the shoreline and the smoke gently drifts your way opening memories of the good days gone by. You see that the kids and your family and friends are bonding and getting along in ways you don't get to see as often as you would like, some kids are snorkeling, some are swimming others are cooking marshmallows on the open pit bonfire and they are swinging on the rope swing having a ball. There is happy laughter all around because of the choice you made in selecting our vacation home. You hear many family members in our big fully equipped kitchen cooking and getting ready for a long overdue family reunion and you did it, you brought them all together. It's a family feast and everyone is enjoying being under one roof together with plenty of space to spread out. You turn to see some of the fathers and mothers launching the big pontoon boat, they are headed up river taking the kids with their masks, fins, snorkels and tubes for an adventure to remember..

No worries, no stress just happy thoughts and a lifetime of good memories for all that you invited. You can feel that your in a safe harmonious place and we the owners are near by ready to help in any way we can if needed. Many of our guest have found the perfect spot to sit and watch the crystal clear flowing river and all the native activities going on. Come and see our amazing variety of birds and animals. Bring you cameras, Otters are nesting right next door and thousands of fish are clearly seen off our dock. Come and find your spot, you will not be disappointed. Our Rainbow River is the clearest, cleanest, free flowing river in the world, with a several hundred thousand tubers, snorkelers and explorers gently floating by every year. There is just nothing like watching the kids, young and old swinging on our rope swing or hunting for dinosaur bones right off our own crystal clear shore. See your family launch their paddle boards and kayaks for an adventure up river. We have found Mastodon teeth and tusks, giant prehistoric shark teeth and human molars from our long gone distant relatives and they even found a T Rex tooth near by. Our Vacation Home is like no other in the world, just read our absolutely cherished 5 star reviews and you will see why our home has brought so many wonderful memories to so many great families that have been coming here for years..

As Empty Nester Parents of 8 children we felt the loss as the children grew up and moved on with their new families but then we realized that many of our wonderful client have come again and again with their families so we have unofficially adopted them and it has been very rewarding. It is always a pleasure helping our guest with everything they need. We can hold up to 60 guest with a special agreement but our normal is 20 to 40 guest.


We are The BIGGEST, Cleanest, most fully equipped AND clearly the only unique 5 story waterfront VACATION HOME ON THE ENTIRE RAINBOW RIVER.

PRICES: All HOLIDAYS are a minimum of up to 20 people at $2000.00. per day plus fees for a three day minimum stay. All published regular rates are based on up to ten people at $1000.00 per day for three day minimum plus fees. Each additional guest must pay $300.00 for the minimum three days. ABSOLUTELY NO DAY GUEST and no switching of guest, everyone must pay for a minimum of three days. Any violation subjects you and your guest to substantial $2000.00 fine and or immediate eviction (see Rules) No frat parties, big wedding parties or excessive drinking parties , no drunken loud or disruptive behavior. No kegs or open bars on the river. We don't mind a drink or two but abusive excessive drinking has caused way to much damage and disruption to our home and our neighbors so we have had to establish new rules. We are a family vacation home retreat where you can have the best that is offered anywhere and our home is big enough for everyone to be under one roof.

Please read our wonderful 5 star Reviews, they tell it better than we can. We specialize in Family and Friends reunions, birthdays special ceremonies and team events. We can handle you Special Waterfront Memorial and Bereavement Gatherings. We can help with all your needs including catering with really great food. We have a big comfortable grassy beach front with docks, bonfires pits and the best rope swing on the entire Rainbow River. We have a full game room and a basketball hoop. We light up the river and the waterfront at night. Our home is very very large, its clean, comfortable, well equipped and if we don't have it we will get it for you. We live close by to accommodate your every wish. You can do great all niters and campouts around the bonfire. Always call a day before your arrival. Our Check In is 5 PM and Check Out is 11 AM. Our neighborhood quiet outside time is from 10:00 PM to 9:30 AM. This is our whisper time where all outside beach front, upper deck loud talk, noise and loud activities must be lowered.

You don't have to stand in long hot lines or travel two hours each day to pickup and return your boats, kayaks and equipment because we have it all and its free. We don't try to cram 20 to 60 guest in a small 3 or 4 bedroom home with two bathrooms. Our Giant 5 story multi decked waterfront home has 12 rooms and 8 bathrooms and there is no crowding. Our home was designed for your large family and friends making your stay the best gathering ever. We know that Large reunions need plenty of room for everyone to eat together in comfort and then guest want to spread out, we provide that with lots of comfortable areas inside and outside. PLEASE NOTE: All Our Summers and holidays book out very early, so if a date is important then book it as early as you can. We have an arrival time of 5 PM and departure time of 11 AM. These times cannot be changed unless additional fees are paid and agreed to by the owners.

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Property Manager
Dorothy or Ray
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About Dorothy or Ray

Nothing we say can top our guest 5 star reviews, please take the time to read all of them and you will see why our guest come back. WE ARE A PRIVATE GATE GUARDED WATERTFRONT VACATION RENTAL ESTATE.

Dorothy or Ray purchased this estate in 1999

Why Dorothy or Ray chose Dunnellon

There is nothing like our big comfortable 5 story home on the Rainbow River, we have the inside and outside space (Over 12,000 sq. ft) needed to make your stay very enjoyable. We are not a 3 or 4 bedroom home converted to handle large groups, our home was designed for very large groups that need lots of space for living and cooking. You won't feel crammed in or forced to share only two or three bathrooms. We have 11 well designed bedrooms and 8 bathrooms with lots of other space to put sleeping bags in for larger groups. Look at the price a realize that all the free boats kayaks paddle boards tubes etc save you almost $1000.00 per day in rental fees. But most important you don't have to spend two to three hours each day standing in line to fill out papers, pay and secure with a deposit then haul and return the rental items by 4 o'clock. We know you would rather be on the river having fun so we solved the problem. Everything you need is right on our shore line and its free. We enjoy sharing our home and we have met some very nice people who take the time to give us back our home the way they found it, in fact we are amazed at how some people clean up our home. We welcome all of you to our Vacation Rental, our mission is to make your stay one to remember for the rest of your life. Thank you, Dorothy and Ray Shelton Owners / Managers

What makes this estate unique

We now offer special Bereavement Gatherings discounts with your Accommodations so that families and friends can share special moments together. We are also kid friendly. Many large families come to our lodge who bring their friends who are involved in professional teams, churches, Corporations, youth and adult groups. However we are not a resort or commercial venture of any kind. We are simply a very large waterfront residential 5 story home for families and friends who want to stay together and not be crammed in to a small home. Our neighborhood Vacation Rental Home is allowed and governed by our state and county laws. Many of our guest spend all night just sitting on the dock or around the bonfire with family and friends. Morning and Evening paddle boarding and kayaking can center your life, body and soul as you interact with nature and the wildlife along the river.

We have a new whisper time where all outside and upper deck loud noise of any kind must be reduced, its from 10:00 PM to 9:30 AM. You can still enjoy the evening outside and our star gazing is the best, you can also enjoy great bonfire outside. But please lower the loud stuff and help us be good neighbors. This rule is strictly enforced and governed by our published rules. Please email for us for a copy. Only use VRBO for all other communication to us because Scammers and Spammers are everywhere. Do Not send any Money via western union or wire transfer(Use VRBO) and please make initial voice contact and you will maintain complete security for all of us.

Guestbook comments from the manager

------Original Message------

From: Kathleen Montemayor

Sender: Kathleen Montemayor

To: Ray Shelton

Subject: contact information

Sent: Sep 27, 2010 8:59 PM

Dear Ray,

Thank you for a great weekend! We have celebrated birthdays 3 times in the past few weeks at several places in Florida, but our weekend in your place was the best. I have friends and employees who are interested in such outings, so I shall recommend Rainbow River and your place.

I told you that I would send contact information, so here it is:
Sep 2010
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Dunnellon Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 15000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 40
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • River ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Ducted Cooling
  • Ducted Heating
  • Elevator ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Rumpus Room
  • Secure Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Study Room
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Tank
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 40 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 5 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 7 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • There are 8 bathrooms, All bathrooms have new toilets tubs/showers and sinks
  • 11 Bedrooms, Sleeps 40
  • The Duck Room - 1 queen , This is a small cozy room for two off the Cantina area
    The Mardi Gras Room - 2 queen , large room for 4 guest in the decor of new Orleans
    The Living Room - 5 sleep sofa /futon , There are six nice lazyboys and couchs for sleeping if neede
    The Game Room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , There are two castro Convertables for your overflow guest
    The Marlin Room - This room has a King bed with its own bathroom
    Sleeping Porch - 5 sleep sofa /futon , outside second story covered deck over looking the river
    bedroom #2 Master Bedroom suite - 2 king , This is the largest bedroom with two new private bathrooms
    The Waterside Oak Room - 1 queen , This is a nature room with private bath and river view .
    bedroom #3 The Texas Room - 2 queen , Room for four guest with attached bathroom
    bedroom #4 The End of Hall Room - 1 queen , This room has a Oueen bed with bathroom attached
    The Reading Room - 2 sleep sofa /futon , The Reading Room, Open with a big couch and a convertable
    The Bunk Room - 4 bunk bed , This is a Western Style Bunk room for ten or more kids
  • Please note that we are adding another bunk room with 8 beds. For our very large groups we can hold up to 60 guest with special restrictions and added rules: There are many other open places for guest to sleep, bring extra pillows, sleeping bags and towels for very large families all our beds have linens and pillows. Some of our guest campout on our decks, the trampoline or on the sandy area around the all nite bond fire. We have 4 Kings, 7 queens, 9 Twins or Single Beds, Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (4). and lots of couches and lazyboys. We can not provide enough beds for very large groups. Most of our larger groups bring blow ups or matts with sleeping bags. Check out our reviews from others families and large groups who have had a ball...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Gated Community
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Motorboat
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
RULES: We don't allow beer kegs or frat parties. This is a residential neighborhood Absolutely no screaming or yelling. We now have outside porch and deck quiet hours between 10:00 PM and 9:30 AM where all loud noises must end. We are the only private vacation rental on the entire Rainbow River that can handle very large groups but this is for peaceful family and friends gatherings only. We have a free 24 ft Pontoon Boat, We also have new stand up paddle boards 10 sit on top Kayaks ( more avail to rent if needed) Our tubes are free. Cost of renting these items somewhere else can exceed $1000.00 dollars per day plus you have to wait in line to get them. We can handle up to 70 guest for church and youth groups with special permission and rules. Some of our clients are booking up to two years in advance, please read our reviews and see for yourself. Check out is 11 AM and check in is 5 PM.there is a substaintial additional charge for any changes due to arriving guest cleaning crews.


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Free Boats, Paddle Boards, Kayaks, Tubes, Bonfire, etc. 50% Off Season
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 60 reviews
Dade City

Great stay

  • 5 of 5

We had our third family reunion there. Everyone had a great time. Lots to do. Fantastic stay. We will be back. Ander

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: One thing for sure was that your family had a great time, I can always tell. 30 family members enjoying a bonfire on the river and kids using the rope swing is what we love to see. You have a great family that traveled a long way to be together. Hope we see you all again. Dorothy and Ray
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Property was clean and ready to go.

  • 5 of 5

We had multiple families and everyone had there own bedroom and bathroom. The kitchen was perfect for our huge meals. The toys and extras were above and beyond. We wanted to stay longer. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always nice to see everyone having a good time. Thanks for doing a great job on return of vaca rental. See you next year. Ray and Dorothy
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Mom's Birthday

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time staying at this property. It was non-stop fun! I would recommend staying here for any family events.

Ray Shelton was accommodating and wonderful person to rent from.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always a pleasure to have you and your family and Thank you for the kind words. Please do come again. Dorothy and Ray
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Great space for larger groups, Home with unique character

  • 4 of 5


Thanks so much for your grace and hospitality as we gathered family for the funeral of my dear mother. We wanted to have a place where we could gather as an extended family to share time together and remember our sweet, mother, wife, aunt, sister, grandmother, and friend. The large sitting areas and tables was super.

Thanks again.


  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that we were able to accommodate all of you during your time of need. Hope to see you again when you can really enjoy the river. Ray and family.
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The best Vacation ever

  • 5 of 5

Peaceful and fun for the entire family. Plenty of room for a big family.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great vacation spot for the family.

  • 5 of 5

We try to do an annual trip to the river. We used to rent a home without the pontoon boat then rent one. It is nice to have one already at the property. This house is amazing and great for the kids.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
99 Miles
Tampa and Orlando Florida are great
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Bentleys, Blue Gator, Swampy's. (Go for donuts)
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Rainbow Springs Country Club, Black Diamond,
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
I -75
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Bentleys, Blue Gator, Swampys, Gruffs
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Right out our door steps on Rainbow River
Car: necessary

The following rules and agreements are strictly enforced:

This notice also insures that your payment is your acceptance of our agreement and liability below.

#1.This is a quiet peaceful river front neighborhood and we must insist that our guest not have loud abusive noise at any time that would disturb our neighbors. IT'S WISPER TIME ON ALL OUTSIDE DECKS docks AND BACKYARD STARTING AT 10:00 PM TILL 9:30 AM. Please No nudity, outside urinating, or drunken behavior of any kind.

#2. Some Floaters from the river will try to use the rope swing, do not let them come on the property for any reason. There is a lock on the rope swing. ROPE SWING MUST BE KEPT LOCKED AT ALL TIMES WHEN NOT BEING USED BY YOU OR YOUR GUEST.

#2.a All Paddle Boards, Kayaks, Paddles, and tubes must be pulled away from river and shore after each use. Lost Paddles are $100.00 Lost kayaks are $600.00 Lost Paddle Boards are $500.00. Lost Tubes are $30.00.

#3. We don't mind a drink or two but a few guest have ruined it for all the rest so no more keg or frat type parties and absolutely no DRUNKEN BEHAVIOR permitted for any reason. Music TVs and or radios are not permitted outside our home or on our decks or docks. At all times: You must not let children Jump over our neighbor fence. You must also prevent your children from abusive screaming, yelling, or fighting that would cause our neighbors to call with complaints. Our Primary Mission is to bring large groups together especially families where everyone can enjoy the peaceful nature of our Crystal Clear Clean Rainbow River and residential community. Please read our reviews, many of our guest return year after year.

#4. Marion county laws: Absolutely No alcohol or drugs on the River or our boats.

#5. No Drunken Loud or Abusive Behavior.

#6. No fighting, no pushing or shoving guest off docks, boats etc.

#7. No drug ( pot use ) or any illegal activities of any kind.

#8. No Dogs, birds, reptiles or animals of any kind.

#9. WARNING: There is a $2000.00 fine for smoking in the home

and also for allowing NON PAYING day or overnight guest.

#10 There is also a $2000.00 fine for Bringing Dogs, birds, reptiles or animals of any kind to our property or home. Fines must be paid immediately or you will be asked to leave.

Arrival time is 5 PM and departure time is 11 AM.

This will be our busiest year ever and we can not alter these times without an agreement and extra fees.

Please note: No visitors or day guest are allowed who haven't paid a three day minimum unless a flat fee has been paid for an entire group. New rule: All guest must be registered. You may not give out our gate code to any guest who has not paid for a three day stay.

Home must be returned the way you found it.

#1 Pull all used sheets pillow cases and used towels (not the comforters) and put them in stacks near white laundry room door down stairs.

#2. Empty trash containers from all 8 bathrooms and kitchen. Place in big trash bins outside.

Wash and dry all used pans, dishes, utensils and return to proper place. Please empty and clean refrigerator. same for stove tops and ovens.

#3. We do not wash or dry your personal laundry or your towels. There are laundry facilities near by.

#4. Bring your own towels for the outside river and yard use. Our towels are very limited, only one per guest for your stay. Hang them up to dry for later use. Have your guest bring additional towels.

RELEASE OF LIABILITY: When you make the payment you and your party agree to follow all the rules and you also agree to hold harmless the Shelton's or their vacation rental from any and all accidents or injuries of you or your guests from the use of our vacation rental home Boats or any equipment that we provide. This type of waterfront vacation rental has many inherent risk that can cause serious injury or even death and you and your guest accept this as a release of any and all liability that we or our vacation rental may have. You also agree to a binding arbitration clause where no trial will be allowed by either party. You also agree to cover all attorneys fees in the event that you decide to file any action against us or our vacation rental in any way. Any questions please contact us through VRBO.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning, boat fuel, propane $300
Property Damage Protection $99


These rates are subject to change, no substitutions or switching out guest. Everyone must pay for a three day minimum. Your basic rate of $999.00 per day is for up to 10 guest. Additional guest must pay a minimum of $300.00 for 3 days. Extra days are at $99.00 per person per day. All holidays are reserved for up to 20 guest at $2000.00 per day, 3 day minimum. Extra persons above 20 pay $300.00. 3 days minimum, Extra guest are at $99.00 per person per day. You can bring less but you still pay for 20 guest. Big Fines and or entire parties eviction for an unpaid ($2000.00 fine) guest and bringing animals ($3000.00 fine) brought onto property. No Smoking in home ($2000.00 fine) Check in time is 5 PM and check out is 11 AM. PLEASE NOTE: It is near impossible to give late check out and or early arrivals due to Contracts with cleaning crews and it disrupts arriving and departing guest. You may have to book additional day or days to accommodate your needs. Can hold up to 60 with special approval and additional rules. There are no refunds. Please use renters insurance.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Canceled bookings will not receive a refund