Superb Location! River & Lakefront, Wooded & Private. Canoes and Kayaks!
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:N/A
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Riverlake Cottage is located on 2 acres of wooded property with a private lake and on the the pristine spring-fed waters of the Halls River in Homosassa. Yet, it is only 1 mile into town for shopping, minutes away from the state's most popular wildlife park, and only an hour's drive to some of Florida's best theme parks, zoo, museums and attractions!
RIVERLAKE COTTAGE - 2 Bedroom/1Bath, newly remodeled 1000 sq ft cottage.
RIVERFRONT - The Pristine spring-fed Halls River (The Halls River is a beautiful meandering spring-fed river which merges into the Homosassa River 2 1/2 miles from the cottage. Very little motorboat traffic makes it perfect for kayaks, canoes, fishing and birding)
KAYAKS & CANOES AVAILABLE FOR GUEST USE.
INCREDIBLE FISHING AND A NATURE LOVER'S PARADISE!
YOUR OWN PRIVATE 1/2 ACRE LAKE IN THE BACKYARD (Great fishing in the lake too!)
SPACIOUS SCREENED PORCH OVERLOOKING LAKE
GAS BBQ GRILL
LARGE LAKESIDE FIRE PIT
55" INTERNET ENABLED (SMART) TV - UNLIMITED FREE NETFLIX MOVIES, PANDORA'S EXTENSIVE MUSIC LIBRARY, AND MORE
A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. All of the nature photos on this page were taken either in the yard or from a kayak only a few feet from shore.
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Member since: 2013
- 1000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Decorated with pictures of waterbirds taken on the river
- DVD Player:
- Music Library:
- Satellite / Cable:
55' Internet enabled 'smart' television in living room. Unlimited free Netflix movies, Youtube, Facebook, Pandora, and more. 32' television and DVD player in master bedroom with a basket of movies....moreless
- Video Library:
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Horseback Riding
- Paddle Boating
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Lake View
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Pier Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Dining Area
- Seating for 6 people
- Air Conditioning:
- Clothes Dryer
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided:
Spacious living room with comfortable (new) furniture. Special features include a beautiful cypress coffee table, a rustic wood burning fireplace, & a 55' television w/ unlimited free Netflix movies....moreless
- Towels Provided:
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove:
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
Deck / Patio:
Tables and chairs set up lakeside and riverside. Also table and bench on floating dock. Tiki torches & subtle outdoor lighting throughout property provide a special ambiance for all ages & occassions....moreless
Kayak / Canoe:
Kayaks & Canoe including a Hobie Fishing Kayak & a *Clear Bottom Kayak* for guests to explore the pristine springfed waters of the Halls River.(Variety of life vests available. No infant or XL sizes.)...moreless
- Lawn / Garden:
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My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Pet Fee $75 + tax
- Tax Rate 9%
1) *We offer special rates for stays of 4 weeks & longer. Please contact us!
2) Rates based on 2 adults, 2 children.
3) Cottage is to be left in the same clean condition as the time of check-in (grill, oven, stove top, dishes, countertops etc must all be cleaned if used).
3) Pet Fees $75.00 Nonrefundable Pet Cleaning Fee.
4) Refundable Security Deposit for pet guests. Please contact us for details.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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EXPLORE the unspoiled shores of the Halls River and the Homosassa River.
SWIM WITH THE MANATEE - Watch, get up-close, and swim with the 'Gentle Giants' Did you know that Citrus County is the only place in the United States where you can legally swim with the manatee in the wild?
WORLD CLASS FISHING opportunities for over 20+ different fish species year round. Redfish, Speckled Trout, Shark, Grouper, Tarpon, Tripletail, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Pompano, Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, and Bonita are just a few of the species of fish that offer anglers unique fishing opportunities.
TRAVEL BY WATER OR CAR TO THESE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: Gator Cove, Ale House, Seagrass Waterfront Restaurant, Marker 7 Tiki Bar, Riverside Crab House, Yardarm Lounge, Monkey Bar, The Shed at MacRae's, and the Freezer Tiki Bar ('The Freezer').
DOCK YOUR BOAT IN OLD HOMOSASSA AND WALK TO: The Historic Sugar Mill Ruins, the Old Mill House Gallery and Printing Museum, and the Old Mill Tavern - or enjoy cajun and jazz at Neon Leon's Zydeco Steak House.
Or spend the day at the HOMOSASSA SPRINGS WILDLIFE PARK.
Year Purchased: 2012
About the owner: We'd like to introduce ourselves. We are Gary and Joanne Bartell. We moved to Homosassa in 1988 to raise our family and quickly got involved with local politics to help shape the future of our community. Gary served as a County Commissioner from 1990 to 2010 and was chairman of the Tourist Development Council for 14 years. Joanne was a founding board member of the Nature Coast Envirothon, a high school environmental education and scholarship program. We both enjoyed spending countless hours over the years educating the youth of the community about the rare and precious natural resources found in this area. Our vision has always been to protect and preserve these amazing natural resources for generations to come.
Why the Owner Chose Homosassa, FL, USA:
The Riverlake Cottage property was originally owned by Dazzy Vance, the Hall of Fame major league baseball player (1915 - 1935) who once told a New York Times reporter that all he wanted to do in life is 'to play baseball and fish in Homosassa'. In 1995 we had the opportunity to purchase part of Vance's original land holdings but the Lakefront property was tied up in an estate until November 2012 when a for sale sign appeared on the front lawn - we bought it that same day. With only 10 private property owners along the entire Halls River, Riverlake Cottage is our opportunity to share a rare piece of Old Florida with you.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The Halls River is a rare piece of Old Florida. Largely undeveloped the river is a birder's paradise a fisherman's delight, and a photographer's dream. Blue Crab, Bass, Bream, Sunfish, Redfish, Snook, Ladyfish, Mullet, and various other species of fish can all be seen swimming about in the Halls River. In the sky above you will find Bald Eagles, Green Herons, White Pelicans, Wood Storks, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbills and many more species of fabulous waterbirds. Along the river you may find dolphin chasing mullet or experience a manatee giving birth. Most days the morning sunrises and evening sunsets are aglow with brilliant colors that will take your breath away. For the adventurous, nightime kayaking or canoeing reveals brilliant stars and planets above - and - with a flashlight shone on the water the surface appears as a sheet of glass and you can see fish, turtles, and other creatures underwater as if you are watching them through a window. Amazing, breathtaking, and captivating moments and memories await you at Riverlake Cottage in Homosassa Florida.
- Primary: 352-601-6785
- Secondary: +1 3526289684
- Tertiary: +1 3522282139
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View of Riverlake Cottage from across the lake
Enjoy the ambiance and warmth of a crackling fire
The kitchen is fully stocked with spices, utensils, dinnerware, & appliances
Master bedroom/California queen-size bed. All bedding freshly laundered.
Relax & enjoy the tranquility & mystique of Old Florida. (Cottage in background)
Manatee often come to the Halls River to give birth.
This bass was caught (and released) by a guest on June 1, 2013
Bald eagles are a regular sight right in front of the boat launch!
White Ibis often come into the yard to forage for insects
Colorful sunset and an early rising 3/4 moon. Perfect night for boating/fishing!
This photograph taken from shore of Riverlake Cottage property. Amazing Sunsets!
High top dining table with a view out to the lake and the wooded yard
The bathroom is stocked with towels and toiletries
A very large spacious screened porch overlooks the wooded yard and fountain
Dolphin chasing mullet right off the shore (about 75 feet from the kayak launch)
Juvenile Bass by the shore. (Some days the riverwater is as clear as tap water.)
A juvenile osprey high up in a pine tree in the yard
A juvenile Great Blue Heron. The Halls River is a birder's paradise!
Enjoy the beauty and relaxation of the fountain - it is illuminated at night
A magical evening by the river. It's a perfect night for a moonlight canoe ride.
This listing was first published here in 2013.
Date last modified - Friday, December 02, 2016
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