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The Bonaire House~Fun Waterfront Cottage with Private Dock!!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Relax and enjoy this great 2 bedroom, 1 bath waterfront home in historic Cedar Key, Florida. The house has a large shaded yard with private boat dock. The Bonaire House has the original hardwood floors and native unpainted knotty pine walls that add warmth to this unique original Florida home. The Master bedroom has a Queen bed and the second bedroom has 2 twin beds. Some of the original owners dishes, decoration and art work are still displayed, adding much charm to this 'Florida Cracker House'

Watch the abundant wildlife and beautiful sunrises from the back porch or from the dock's deck. There are beautiful cranes that perch on the dock almost daily. Enjoy a cup of coffee or have your breakfast on the back porch which has a great swing and outdoor seating and overlooks the Gulf's eastern bayou. On low tide see the Pink Spoon Bill's snooping around for minnows that were left behind.

Park your boat, catch crabs and catch redfish off your private dock. Or throw a cast net if you have one! Grill your catch of the day and have a picnic or maybe an just have an old fashion weiner roast in the large shaded back yard. Maybe have a game of Horseshoes! In the fall, enjoy an outdoor fire or oyster roast. The new deck addition at end of dock is equipped with a convenient fish cleaning station. Access to the deep water channel #2 is approximately 250 feet away. No need to get in your car...boat rentals and fishing supplies are available across the street at the Cedar Key Marina.

The high school's tennis courts are open to the public, you don't even need a reservation! A basketball court is located at the beach downtown, just go join in a pick up game!

If you are looking for a fancy, high-end house, this isn't the place for you. But if you are looking for a relaxing, fun, interesting, old fashion vacation with your family or friends then Cedar Key and the Bonaire House would be a perfect fit!

The Bonaire House will make your vacation stay in Cedar Key charming in every way.

Keywords: waterfront cottage, Cedar Key house rental, island house rental, waterfront house rental

More Details

Property Manager
Rosemary Cooke
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About Rosemary Cooke

I was born and raised in Cedar Key, I met Dave there in 1977. We got married in the Cedar Key Episcopal Church in 1989. We reside in Austin Texas, and own and run a automotive repair shop and a body shop. We have two children that are almost adults that love to come to Cedar Key and bring their friends. Their friends usually plan to only stay one week but end up staying 3 or 4 weeks because they are having such a great time!

Rosemary Cooke purchased this house in 1995

Why Rosemary Cooke chose Cedar Key

We chose to buy a house in Cedar Key because we love the gulf coast, with all of its wildlife, great fishing, good seafood, and all the wonderful places to go that are nearby. The people there are so friendly. We have a lot of friends and family there. It is so different from our hectic lives in Austin. Once we get to Cedar Key, we turn off the computers, phones and any other high tech gadget we have, and start relaxing and trying to really reconnect with one another. The wonderful thing about being in Cedar Key is the time we really spend together there, the kids walk down to the City Park at the beach at night and play basketball, then come home and play board games for can hear their laughter next door. We sit out on the back porch and just swing and talk...sometime we build a fire in the fire pit and have a wiener roast. We even catch crabs off the boat dock! Over the years as I have traveled I have met so many people that have been to Cedar Key and fell in love with the area and way of life. Everyone that vacationed in Cedar Key as children told me that their fondest memories of growing up or vacationing were from when they traveled to Cedar Key. We LOVE it too!!! And can't wait to retire in Cedar Key.

What makes this house unique

It is a short walk to downtown Cedar Key's restaurants, shopping and fishing pier. We are directly across from the Cedar Key Marina where you can get all of your boating and fishing supplies. Enjoy the boat dock behind the house, it has a deck area that is great for watching the eastern sunrises. Bikes, kayaks, golf cart rentals, boat tours are all within walking distant. The fishing is terrific and so is the bird watching!! You can fish right behind our house and catch redfish. It is so beautiful out around the other islands. We go almost every year and tour the Old Lighthouse on Seahorse Key. The pelicans are nesting then and when you go up in the light house you can see hundreds of momma pelicans feeding their babies. We see manatees every year out around North Key, they are fascinating whether its your first time or 10th time to see them. When we are coming in from fishing there are always dozens of porpoises that are feeding we stop and are amazed how close they will come up to the boat. You can almost touch them! You won't find a better place than Cedar Key for spectacular sunsets or sunrises!! Be sure to bring your camera! Also bring your water shoes...during the full moon when there is the Spring tide, the tide goes REALLY low, which make is perfect for walking out on the Sand Spit and collecting sand dollars. (Try not to step on them!) There are so many day trips to take near Cedar Key: Manatee and Fanning Springs, Suwanee River, Ichetucknee Springs,you will be amazed how truly much inexpensive!


Cedar Key House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No children allowed on dock. Fishing and Crabbing Allowed. NO SWIMMING. NO Boat/Kayak Launching.
  • Please print and sign the rental agreement. You can send it via Attachment or by mail before your arrival date.
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Tub/shower combination
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Large shaded yard, boat dock, fish cleaning station, back yard fire pit, covered back porch with swing and outdoor furniture, picnic table, across from Cedar Key Marina. Sidewalk in front of home goes everywhere! Very easy walk to town. Shops and restaurants start 1/4 mile from house. Ride bikes, drive golf carts on downtown Cedar Key streets. Relax!!!


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The Bonaire House~Fun Waterfront Cottage with Private Dock!!
average rating of 4.9302325 based on 43 reviews
Tampa, FL,USA

Nice home, quiet, clean, and close to all things Cedar Key

  • 5 of 5

My wife, daughter, and I celebrate my wife's birthday in Cedar Key. We have been coming here for the last six (6) years and plan on returning again. This is the first time that we have stayed in this cottage and it was everything Cedar Key. It was quiet and the backyard was secluded and provided an escape from our busy city life.

There was a dock and it was a great place to sit and watch the day go by. I found a rod and reel in the closet on the porch, walked across the street to buy shrimp for bait and spent time watching the float bob in the water. You are fishing on the bottom and I almost caught a blue crab (it let go of the shrimp when our eyes met) and I did manage to land a nice catfish much to the amusement of my wife and daughter; I did let it go though. That and eating at Tony's was the highlight of a perfect day in Cedar Key.

The burn pit in the backyard provided a nice way to end the day. I bought a fire log and we spent time talking and watching the stars while staying warm around the fire.

This was a nice long weekend in Cedar Key and this cottage provided most of the magic. We will be back soon.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Just from speaking to you on the phone and from your wonderful review, I can tell that y'all really liked the Bonaire House. My son and I just got back from staying there for 5 was really really awesome!! Thanks for the writing the review and for staying with us. Hope to see you again soon!!!
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Beautiful Cottage!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved sitting on the dock and back porch relaxing, watching the tides and all the sea birds. Mullets were constantly jumping! We spent a lot of time in the back yard and used the fire pit several nights. The house is very inviting and comfortable! Plenty of supplies were at the home making our packing much easier. Rosemary and Tammy were easy to work with and they do a wonderful job of seeing that the house is taken care of!! Cedar Key is a beautiful place to visit, the locals were really really nice. We ate some of Tony’s famous clam chowder, we loved it! We are coming back very soon!!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome place!

  • 5 of 5

Loved Cedar Key and the Bonaire house and will definitely be looking to come back again.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing stay at Bonaire House, situated within walking distance to restaurants and shops in Cedar Key. On arrival we questioned if we even wanted to leave the premises. The cottage was beautifully decorated, comfortable and immaculate. The backyard provided a wonderful quiet spot to watch the tide come in and out, enjoy the birds and watch the fish jumping. Coffee on the deck was heavenly. Every detail to make this a home away from home was accomplished. Rosemary even surprised us with a text to recommend restaurant and entertainment possibilities. She truly cares about her guests. We wished we could have stayed longer but those dates were booked. Thank you for all the thoughtfulness that made this such a pleasant stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bonaire House

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little cottage overlooking an estuary full of wildlife. The house had everything we needed and then some, and the view from the back porch is gorgeous. This is truly a piece of old Florida. The owner and caretaker were both friendly and helpful, and a visit to Bonaire House is about as laid-back a vacation as one could ever wish for..

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the awesome review!!! Cedar Key and the Bonaire House is definitely old Florida..... Thanks again for staying with us and hope to see you again soon:)) Rosemary
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Comfortable and inviting

  • 5 of 5

The best thing about this house is that we were removed from the town enough to enjoy lots of privacy, but the town is just a few blocks away when we wanted to venture out. The house was very clean and comfortable, with all the amenities of home. Rosemary was the most responsive owner we have ever dealt with, and we've rented many homes from VRBO. We will be back next chance we get!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well heck y'all were easy to talk to too:)) Thanks for staying with us and writing a great review. It's very very much appreciated!! Rosemary
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.07 Miles
Big Deck, Steamers, The Hideaway
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
0.02 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.07 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
George T. Lewis Airport
Nearest Point of Interest
The Big Dock
Nearest Point of Interest
Cedar Key State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Cedar Key Museum State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Manatee State Park
Car: recommended

Golf Cart Rentals, Cedar Key Marina Boat Rentals, Fish Guides, Kayak Rentals, Bike Rentals, Cedar Key Walking Tours, Canoeing, 30 Minutes away: Beautiful Manatee Springs & Suw20anee River Tubing, 40 Minutes away: Amazing Fanning Springs & Crystal River, 1 Hour away: Ichetucknee Tubing or Snorkling, Oct.-Mar. Ichetucknee Scubing Diving & University of Florida. Suwanee River Fish Camp 20 miles.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $15
Tax Rate 9.0%

3 night minimum stay Holiday and Festival Weekends
Check in time 2:00 pm ~ Check out 11:00 am
Sales tax rate 9%
Currently we do not charge a cleaning fee, but we request that if guest leave dishes to tip the cleaning lady.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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