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An Upscale Houseboat Offering The Visitor A Once In A Lifetime Experience

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

A Floating Home On The River With A Variety Of Activities To Observe

This property is a unique and well appointed floating condo with all updated features. It has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with a double bed. There is 1.5 bathrooms which share a shower but still retain complete privacy for each bedroom's occupants. The kitchen has all of the features of a modern home such as a full size refrigerator, new stove and microwave. Small appliances include a coffee maker (coffee provided), blender, toaster, electric can opener along with dishes and glasses and more. The kitchen surfaces are solid Corian with indoor dining seating available for 4. All furnishings are very upscale. The art features a local artist, Tom Tiffin, who has captured a very authentic portrayal of a local shrimp fishing boat. The best feature is the large front porch which offers a spectacular views of both sunrises by looking to the right and sunsets on your left. There are always either boats, fish or birds to view from your porch. Today, I saw 2 dolphins swim by. This area includes seating for 6.. The all electric 950 sq. ft. houseboat offers all of the modern systems including an easily controlled air conditioner/heating system It has an aluminum hull and is surrounded by a new floating dock system which makes getting off and on a breeze. A comfortable temperature can be maintained at all times of the year by merely opening the front and back doors to the river breezes. This is indeed a wonderful way to spend a relaxing and comfortable vacation.


Owner
Karen Hoff
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2017

About Karen Hoff

My husband and I fell in love with Apalachicola a couple of years ago and decided to make it our home. We have spent the last 20 years renovating our 1850s Victorian home along with raising our 2 sons. We are avid history buffs and have only begun to research the historical importance of the Florida panhandle. While my husband is still working full time as a Construction Official for a town of 65,000, I am spending much of my time in Apalachicola after retiring from a 30 year banking career as a Commercial Lending Officer.

Karen Hoff purchased this house boat in 2013

Why Karen Hoff chose Florida Main North West

After renting the Reelaxation (the sister houseboat to the Southern Comfort), I found that staying aboard a houseboat was so relaxing that I wanted to spend more time. The amount of activity going by on the water was so interesting from the commercial fishing boats going out for a successful trip to luxury yachts just out for fun. Watching the dolphins swim by, the pelicans perching on the nearby posts and birds of all varieties diving for their food, it is truly a never ending experience.

What makes this house boat unique

We chose this property for its sensational views of the sunrises and sunsets from the front porch. A relaxing afternoon floating on the houseboat while watching all of the activity or just enjoying the cool breezes with a good book. The location is ideal with easy walking to the area shops which feature local artists' work and a wonderful variety of local restaurants. The sandy beaches of St. George Island are only minutes away by car. There are several golf courses located in the area as well. But, of course, the best fishing is in Apalachicola with a variety of fishing guides such as Capt. Jimmy Maxwell, a fifth generation resident who offers a variety of tour options.

Amenities

Apalachicola House Boat Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house boat
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - shower
  • Both bathrooms share the same shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(33 traveler reviews)

An Upscale Houseboat Offering The Visitor A Once In A Lifetime Experience
average rating of 4.818182 based on 33 reviews
5

Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Town and river - the best of both

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have enjoyed our stay more. It was perfect - so convenient to everything in town and so 'away from it all' when we were on the back deck. It was hard to get any reading done because there was always something to look at - shrimp boats, osprey, bald eagles, pelicans, dolphins and even an alligator. It was just wonderful. The houseboat was clean and comfortable and has everything you need.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was so glad to have you both choose to stay aboard the Southern Comfort. You were wonderful guests. I hope to see you again. Karen
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5

Very beautiful, relaxing, quiet location.

  • 5 of 5

Even though it was cold, all of us enjoyed sitting outside watching the sunrises. Being on a floating home was fabulous. Hope to return some day!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Enjoyable holiday!

  • 4 of 5

We liked the Southern Comfort very much.....a special "tiny house." I liked getting up early, getting a cup of coffee and going out on the back deck to watch the sun coming up over the water....each day different, all beautiful. And we liked being in Apalachicola, full of history, with all the good restaurants and the fresh local seafood. Thanks for a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had planned on bringing our boat for the week but decided that the weather might make traveling by water difficult. We found Southern Comfort" and have enjoyed being on the water as if on our boat. The home is very comfortable and spacious. The boats, pelicans, dolphins and otters are your closest neighbors! Sunrise is right on your front porch over the water, amazing. The lovely town of Apalachicola is walking distance from the back door!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am happy that you enjoyed your visit aboard the Southern Comfort. Thank you for choosing to stay with us. Karen
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Can't wait to return!

  • 4 of 5

We have lived in Florida for 20 years and had never been to Apalachicola. We picked the perfect place to stay in this adorable town! The houseboat is in a perfect location, walking distance to every place in town. The views are outstanding! We had planned to visit with another couple, but they were unable to join us. So it was just the two of us. Really, it is perfect for two and would be a bit crowded for four. The living areas are fine, but the bedrooms very small though quite comfortable. If you do go with four, pack very lightly and ENJOY! It is clean quiet, comfortable and we can't wait to go back for a longer stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so glad that you enjoyed your Christmas visit with us. I hope to see you again soon. Thanks for choosing the Southern Comfort. Karen
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Tallahassee Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Bowery Station
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
St. Joseph's Bay Country Club
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Route 98
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Up The Creek Raw Bar Restaurant
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
St. George Island
Car: recommended

Apalachicola is a historic town dating back to the 1700s when it was one of the most active ports for the cotton trade behind New Orleans and Mobile. It has retained the historic homes and museums and many offer tours at various times during the year. My favorite is the Historic Homes Tour which is put on by Trinity Episcopal Church during the first weekend in May. In fact, Trinity has a long history and an interesting story. Apalachicola is world famous for their oysters and provides almost all of the oysters served in Florida. They are served in all local restaurants with the freshest being served right next door at Up The Creek Raw Bar Restaurant. Fishing is most desirable in the waters around Apalachicola. One of the best fishing guides is Capt. Jimmy Maxwell of Backwater Guide Services who also offers wonderful tours of the area and may pick you up right from your houseboat. Within the last several years, the town has developed into an active artistic community with a variety of styles offered around town. The local restaurants offer a variety of the freshest fish that I have ever tasted - often right off the local shrimp boats. The shopping options include resort clothing and antique shops. If the beach is your passion, then St. George Island is only 10 minutes away and has some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the state. In fact, it has recently been rated by Dr. Beach as the third best beach in the nation.

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Rates & Availability

Apalachicola House Boat Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak
Apr 17 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
$260
$1,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Off Peak
Sep 5 2017 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
$240
$1,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest
 
Florida Seafood Festival
Nov 2 2017 - Nov 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
$1,200
Flat fee
 
 
Peak
Mar 1 2018 - Sep 3 2018
3 night minimum stay
$260
$1,750
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $50 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Tax Rate 9.0%

RATES ARE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
$50/additional guest per night
Maximum: 4 guests
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
There are no monthly rate options on this property
10% Military Discounts available with ID.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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