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Kayaking on the Weeki Wachee River with schools of mullet in crystal clear water

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Last updated: 09/08/2016
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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

**STILL AVAILABLE FOR GROUPER/SCALLOP SEASON OPENING 2016!!

Our waterfront home is the perfect place for friends and family to unwind. You can catch freshwater AND saltwater fish and crabs right off the 75’ dock, or relax inside the screened patio while you watch the manatees play! We are located on a peaceful canal just minutes from the majestic, crystal clear Weeki Wachee River that leads directly into the Gulf of Mexico. Bring your boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard, or just rent them nearby to experience the wildlife and beauty of Florida’s Nature Coast. The kids will also want to visit the waterpark, the white sand beach, and the world-famous LIVE MERMAID SHOW only minutes away. At the end of the day you can cook your own catch or dine at one of many great local restaurants.
Friends Retreat is a modern, 3-bedroom fully furnished home in a quiet neighborhood surrounded by Florida’s untouched wilderness. The split floor plan can easily accommodate 6 adults. Amenities include: cable flatscreen televisions in all bedrooms, living room and family room; fully equipped kitchen complete with appliances, pots/pans, utensils, dishes; linens and towels; reclining leather sofa and loveseat in family room; wi-fi; telephone; washer and dryer. Shopping and restaurants are just down the road. NO TRAFFIC JAMS! Minimum stay is one week, but you will want to stay longer!

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Property Type

  • House
  • 2268 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Limited Accessibility:

    All three entries have stairways....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    A detached screened patio is available for smokers....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1 - Master: 1 king

    Flat screen tv, walk-in closet, palm trees/beach decor. ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Flat screen tv, boating theme, mermaid lamps ...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 2 twin/ single

    Flatscreen tv, closet, relaxing seashell & beach decor ...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 MASTER: toilet, tub, shower

    Double sink, shower, large garden tub, private toilet...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower

    Nice size bathroom between bedrooms 2 & 3...moreless

Other Amenities

  • A large FAMILY ROOM adjoins the kitchen, with a sliding glass door leading to a balcony overlooking the dock. Family room has large wall maps to help navigate the coastline, and another large wall hanging that identifies all the local fish species. Leather power reclining sofa and loveseat add to your comfort as you watch tv, Netflix, YouTube or use other apps on the 'Smart' TV. Newly installed wood flooring blends beautifully with the beach decor. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Paperback books for all ages are available...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    DVD players are in the family room and living room....moreless

  • Games:

    A variety of board games are provided for children and adults....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Cable television throughout the home....moreless

  • Television:

    Five television sets include flat screens in all the bedrooms, family room and living room. The family room flatscreen is a 'smart' tv with apps to access your Netflix or YouTube accounts....moreless

  • Toys:

    Toys are provided for toddler-age children....moreless

  • Video Library:

    A wide selection of family-friendly DVD's are provided. ...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Waterfront:

    On a canal off the Weeki Wachee River, then a short distance to the Gulf of Mexico...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Rafting
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Separate dining room with table adjoins kitchen bar for a combined seating area for up to 10 people. Newly installed wood flooring....moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Central heat and air conditioning...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Utility room includes electric dryer, please bring your own softener products....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heat and air conditioning...moreless

  • Internet:

    Wi-Fi high speed internet provided in all rooms...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Bed sheets, pillows and pillow cases provided for all bedrooms....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Large well lighted living room with tv and seating for 6-8, plus a separate family room with tv and seating for 6-8; several board games are available to play on the large coffee table....moreless

  • Parking:

    Covered carport for one vehicle, driveway accommodates additional parking for up to two more vehicles ...moreless

  • Telephone:

    Cordless telephone provided for local and long distance calls within the USA ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Bath towels and kitchen towels are provided, please bring your own beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Utility room includes electric washer, please bring your own detergent and softener products....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Automatic drip coffee maker makes up to 12 cups....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes, utensils and serving dishes enough for at least 8 people....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast bar opens to living room, dining room and family room. Includes new cookware, bakeware, electric fry pan, blender, crock pot, mixer, toaster and coffee maker....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator:

    Large refrigerator wiith icemaker...moreless

  • Stove:

    Flat surface cooktop with large self-cleaning oven...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony:

    Balcony off the family room offers relaxing waterfront view....moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    A detached screened patio with a beautiful view of the dock and waterfront includes a barbeque grill, dining table, 8 chairs and swing for two....moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    Kayaks and canoes can be rented at two local business just around the corner, and at Weeki Wachee State Park a few miles away. Paddleboards can be rented just a block away on our canal....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The lawn is beautifully landscaped with a wide variety of fruit trees (lemon, orange, grapefruit, fig)....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    Barbeque grill is located in the detached screened patio. Full propane tank is provided....moreless

 

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7 night min stay

$700 $1,800
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning Fee $100
  • Tax Rate 12.5%

Notes:

A refundable security deposit of $250 is due when rental agreement is signed. This deposit shall be refunded within 10 days of check-out provided no deductions are made due to damages, dirt or mess requiring excessive cleaning, or other cost incurred due to Guest stay. Full payment is due at least 30 days prior to check-in. (Contact owner if reservation is made less than 30 days before check-in.)


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Location

50 Miles
Nearest Airport
Brooksville 15 miles or Tampa International
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Upper Deck
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-75
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
La Bella Napoli
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
Rogers Park, Pine Island Beach

Car: Recommended

Must see the world-famous mermaid show at Weeki Wachee Springs, also home of Buccaneer Bay, Florida's only spring fed waterpark. Admission includes a jungle boat ride! Also must experience the 5-mile canoe/kayak run from Weeki Wachee Springs to the Gulf, with return transportation provided back to the Springs. Pine Island Beach is a beautiful white sand public beach and park, also a must-see. All these places are only 5 minutes away! RIGHT IN THE BACK YARD, must see the endless manatees that congregate in the Weeki Wachee River, especially at Hospital Hole, entryway to a 150-foot deep dive right in the middle of the river.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: We are two retired couples who have been friends for years. We have vacationed together all over Florida and the states. Currently, one couple lives in Georgia and we live in Kissimmee, Florida. My husband & I are retired Florida teachers, and the other couple retired from Disney World.

Why the Owner Chose Weeki Wachee, FL, USA:
We have boated on Florida's beautiful gulf coast for the last 40 years to catch fish, crabs and scallops. We chose this property when we retired because of it's many freshwater and saltwater activities. It has become the perfect second home.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
We fell in love with this home because it is on a peaceful canal off the pristeen Weeki Wachee River, and we can boat from our dock to the Gulf. The area is filled with manatees, and surrounded by state parks and untouched scenery. We catch freshwater fish such as bass and bluegill, as well as saltwater species such as snapper, redfish, sheepshead, trout, mullet and crabs RIGHT OFF OUR DOCK. Larger fish and scallops are minutes away in the Gulf. Swimming and boating options are unbelievable - kayaking, paddleboarding, canoeing, and tubing are perfect for the river, and our 17' motorboat easily navigates the river to the Gulf. The dock is 75 feet along the length of the property and fits two boats with enough room left for the kayaks.


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Speaks: english

 

Photos

  • Kayaking on the Weeki Wachee River with schools of mullet in crystal clear water

    Kayaking on the Weeki Wachee River with schools of mullet in crystal clear water

  • Boating on the river from our house is a short mile to the Gulf of Mexico.

    Boating on the river from our house is a short mile to the Gulf of Mexico.

  • "Bird Rack"  just offshore in the Gulf.

    "Bird Rack" just offshore in the Gulf.

  • Enjoying easy kayaking down the river. Rope swings and picnic areas galore!

    Enjoying easy kayaking down the river. Rope swings and picnic areas galore!

  • Spacious and open floor plan kitchen, dining room, living room & family room.

    Spacious and open floor plan kitchen, dining room, living room & family room.

  • Master bedroom with walk-in closet and flatscreen tv - decor is serene, relaxing

    Master bedroom with walk-in closet and flatscreen tv - decor is serene, relaxing

  • Second bedroom has a queen bed, flatscreen tv and recliner.

    Second bedroom has a queen bed, flatscreen tv and recliner.

  • Second bathroom is between second and third bedrooms.

    Second bathroom is between second and third bedrooms.

  • Dock is long enough for a couple boats and kayaks.

    Dock is long enough for a couple boats and kayaks.

  • Enjoy a cool drink or picnic in the screened patio overlooking the water.

    Enjoy a cool drink or picnic in the screened patio overlooking the water.

  • Covered carport has additional pavement for extra cars or your boat.

    Covered carport has additional pavement for extra cars or your boat.

  • First catch!

    First catch!

  • Sunset on the river.

    Sunset on the river.

  • View from Weeki Wachee River as it nears the Gulf of Mexico.

    View from Weeki Wachee River as it nears the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Catch fresh AND saltwater fish from the dock: redfish, bass, snook, blue crabs!

    Catch fresh AND saltwater fish from the dock: redfish, bass, snook, blue crabs!

  • Family room has leather reclining sofa & loveseat, & framed navigational charts.

    Family room has leather reclining sofa & loveseat, & framed navigational charts.

  • Living room with TV/DVD separates master bedroom from kitchen & other rooms.

    Living room with TV/DVD separates master bedroom from kitchen & other rooms.

  • Master bathroom with extra large garden tub and a separate enclosed shower.

    Master bathroom with extra large garden tub and a separate enclosed shower.

  • Third bedroom has new twin beds and flat screen tv.

    Third bedroom has new twin beds and flat screen tv.

  • Dining room is adjacent to the laundry room.

    Dining room is adjacent to the laundry room.

  • Clean your fish or relax in the shade right on the dock!

    Clean your fish or relax in the shade right on the dock!

  • Patio also has a swing for two, gas grill and smoker for your use.

    Patio also has a swing for two, gas grill and smoker for your use.

  • Front/side of house.

    Front/side of house.

  • Manatees on the move near our home.

    Manatees on the move near our home.

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This listing was first published here in 2013.

Date last modified - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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