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700 acre ranch on Florida's Historic Peace River!

Bedrooms 7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Escape to Nature! Perfect for Weddings, Family Reunions and Corporate Retreats!

AFTER NINE MONTHS OF RENOVATIONS FROM HURRICANE IRMA, THE PEACE RIVER VALLEY RANCH IS WELCOMING GUESTS BEGINNING AUGUST 15, 2018. We've updated our pictures of the River House, Lodge and Original Cabin and more will be posted after we finish furnishing and decorating.

The Peace River Valley Ranch offers over a square mile of 'Old Florida' property for you to explore and over a mile of frontage on the Peace River. There are miles of well-maintained trails to walk, bike or drive on. Two canoes and two kayaks are available for your use, all included in the rental rate. We own the land on both sides of the Peace River, adding to the sense of privacy. When you enter through the front gate, you will pass our 'Jeep Dock' where we keep our vehicles, and then our barn and event area behind it with half a dozen picnic tables under cover from the weather. Down the road about a mile is the 'River House' located directly on the Peace River. It has two bedrooms with king beds and a loft above the living room with two twins, as well as two screen porches, an expansive deck looking over the river and a fire pit. The River House is comfortably furnished and includes modern amenities like flat screen televisions, Wi-Fi and a large kitchen with granite counter-tops and new appliances. Our "Original Cabin" is located directly behind the River House and it will accommodate two guests in a king bed. This building was greatly improved after Hurricane Irma and it now has a large screen porch out back with a claw-foot tub, central air-conditioning and a luxurious shower. The 'Lodge' is located about 1/4 mile from the River House. It has four bedrooms and sleeps eight. Each bedroom is equipped with its own restroom and a small screen porch with a claw-foot tub facing into the woods.

There is no additional rental charge for the use of the Original Cabin or the Lodge--only the cleaning fee varies. We also have an area for large gatherings near the barn with a covered area and picnic tables underneath that provide seating for over fifty people. We have hosted quite a few weddings already and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss having yours here (an event fee of $500 applies to weddings and other events with more than 30 people, and we limit all gatherings to a maximum of 50 people during the wetter months of the year to lessen the impact on the property).

If you have horses, you are welcome to bring them with you. We do not supply equestrian equipment, but we do have stalls available in our barn and plenty of room for your trailer. RV's are welcome too, and we have a 30-amp hookup available near the Jeep Dock. No matter the size of your party, you will have exclusive use of The Peace River Valley Ranch during your stay--our other accommodations will be left vacant. Please note, guests are welcome to use our shooting range, but NO HUNTING IS ALLOWED. Please note that we are located approximately one hour and fifteen minutes from Disney World and about one hour and forty minutes from Downtown Orlando.

More Details

Charles Frederick
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 14, 2018

About Charles Frederick

Our family used to lease the land that is now the Peace River Valley Ranch for hunting back in the 40's and 50's. In the early 70's, we acquired title to the original 653 acres and have added adjacent parcels over the years, including an orange grove that abuts the property. We no longer hunt the Peace River Valley Ranch and now treat it as a game preserve and a private getaway for family and friends.

Charles Frederick purchased this house in 1972

Why Charles Frederick chose Wauchula

This is 'Old Florida' at its best. We live in Orlando and this is our escape when we need reminding of how Florida used to be. From the windmill to the lilly pond, the grass fed cows and our 'retired' horse and donkey, you will get a real ranch experience. The rest of the property is kept in as natural condition as possible to encourage wildlife and offers great opportunities for nature walks and photography.

What makes this house unique

Where else are you going to find a property offering over 700 private acres of land and a mile of riverfront to explore?

Perfect for several families, reunions or corporate retreats, with a large event area with seven picnic tables under a tin-roofed pavilion.


Wauchula House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 20 people
  • 8 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
    Bathroom 8 - toilet , shower
  • 3 bathrooms (1 w/outdoor tub) at River House 4 1/2 bathrooms (1 each BR all with outdoor tubs, 1/2 bath game room) at Lodge 1 bathroom in Original Cabin plus outdoor tub
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , River House
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , River House
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , River House - Loft
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , The Lodge
    Bedroom 5 - 1 king , The Lodge
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single , The Lodge
    Bedroom 7 - 2 twin/ single , The Lodge
    The Original Cabin - 1 king , The Original Cabin
  • River House - 1 bedroom has TV/DVD. Total 2 king and 2 twin The Lodge - Total 2 king and 4 twin The Original Cabin - one king
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Check-in is at 3:00 pm and check-out is at 10:00 am


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(43 traveler reviews)

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700 acre ranch on Florida's Historic Peace River!
average rating of 5.0 based on 43 reviews

Wow! Wow! Wow!

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely amazing from start to finish. Rented this property for a graduation/ family reunion get together in June. This property far exceeded our expectations. We wanted a beautiful, tranquil place to enjoy outdoor activities, cooking, relaxing, and good old family bonding. The Peace River Ranch is that and a whole lot more. Gorgeous decor & high end furnishings, fixtures, flooring, and appliances. This place does not skimp on quality. Huge beautiful kitchen for mass cooking and family congregating, equally beautiful dining table fits at least 15 people. The teenagers loved the very cool bathrooms with claw foot tubs, LED shower heads, stone tile, and waterfall sinks. The lodge is adorable, each bedroom is named, and also has a game room with a full kitchen, sectional couch, and plenty of room. The "cabin" behind the river house is high off the ground, has an epic shower, largest one I think I have ever seen, and a huge screened-in back porch complete with rocking chairs and tranquility. The wifi is decent and the A/C is excellent. In addition to the awesome dwellings, the nature outside is awesome. We all saw an abundance of wildlife including deer, black boar piglets, unique river birds & ducks, and even a horse and donkey were wandering around the property much to everyone's amusement. We played volleyball & kickball, went canoeing & kayaking, and had hilarious relay races in the large field behind the house. We had campfires with smores, relaxed on the ample sized deck, and even hiked some of the cute, well signed trails. This place does NOT disappoint. My family members will never forget this place. They are already talking about a future return. Thank you Charles (the super awesome owner), for an unforgettable time at your unforgettable place!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Christina. It was a pleasure to meet you and your family as we finished up our renovations and welcomed you as our first guests since Hurricane Irma flooded the buildings nine months ago. We are delighted to be back on line and to again be able to share this special property with others. I look forward to having you join us again soon.
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Family Vacation 2017

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Peace River Ranch. The property was clean and convenient in every way. We had a large group staying and there was still extra room for more people! We loved having options for things to do with the gun range, the lodge, river house, canoes, kayaks, tubes, and on and on! We cook all of our meals in house and there were plenty of plates, cookware, utensils, spices, condiments etc. Beautiful property!!! We had a blast! WiFi is always a great bonus and the signal was strong

Things worth mentioning: no-see-ums were brutal for some of the group. We did see a couple of alligators, but they were small and paid us no mind. We played in the river plenty during the days without any issues. In 4 days we might have seen 4 boats go by, so no problems there. The ice maker in the river house fridge was not working.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clearwater, FL

Beautiful, tranquil, and spacious retreat

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazingly peaceful retreat space for those who love nature! The property provided a range of spaces and activities from floating down the river to shooting practice targets on the gun range - there was something for everyone! There were many trails around the property which provided a wonderful opportunity to see hawks, wild hogs, and armadillos. The large table in the main river house was fantastic for our group's meals together! I can't recall another place that provided such a large eating space and enough tableware for everyone. We were all impressed! The separation of the river house and lodge allowed a separate space for those who wished to stay up and play games and those who wished to go to sleep a little earlier. This place is ideal for gatherings of family and friends who enjoy their time together, but may also like to do different types of activities. Some folks practiced shooting on the range, while others explored the trails on bikes, and others sat on the porch in the rocking chairs catching up and watching the river flow by. Truly a remarkable and beautiful space! We are looking forward to enjoying it again sometime and would recommend it to anyone! Thank you!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Amazing place

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time@

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, Peaceful, your paradise behind the gate.

  • 5 of 5

Our third stay and we can't wait till the fourth. I have paddled the Peace River every year for 26 years. It was never the same. Just like the ranch, wildlife, flowers, river levels and weather. Your stay will be a new adventure every time. The evenings around the fire a forever memory with family and dear friends. If you feel a steward of this earth, this is the place under the starlite heavens. Blessings to all who care, bp

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property and lodges were top notch and make for a great weekend

  • 5 of 5

If you haven't been to this part of Florida especially the Peace River I would highly recommend you book a trip here.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
88 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Golf
25 Miles
Streamsong Resort
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Pioneer Restaurant
Nearest Beach
56 Miles
Anna Maria Island
Car: necessary

The Peace River Valley Ranch is located about 60 minutes southwest of Walt Disney World, about 60 minutes from Tampa/St. Pete and less than one hour to Florida's world-class Gulfcoast Beaches (Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Longboat Key, etc.). With over 700 acres to explore, your privacy is assured, but we are only three miles from the town of Zolfo Springs and only five miles from the larger town of Wauchula where you can find grocery stores, restaurants, shops and medical services.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $350

The $350 Cleaning Fee covers the use of all buildings (River House, Lodge and Original Cabin). If not all buildings are used, the individual building fees are $150 for the River House, $200 for the Lodge and $150 for the Original Cabin. We reserve the right to charge more if our cleaning crew finds that additional cleaning time is required, including excessive amounts of laundry or kitchens are not left clean and dishes have to be washed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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