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Homosassa Riverfront Retreat - Relax & Enjoy!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bd/2 Ba Riverfront Home with stunning riverfront views -(2) included Kayaks

Discover this riverfront vacation home, perfect for your family or couples getaway. It's a large, comfortable and very clean home with stunning riverfront views. An authentic "Homosassa Riverfront Retreat", ready for you, friends and family to enjoy.

Our "5 Star" guest rated 3BR/2BA home is centrally located near the Homosassa Springs for manatee viewing and the Gulf for secluded beaches, great fishing and catching scallops.

Look on the map and see for yourself, the short easy walk from the home to waterfront restaurants and Tiki-bars. Forget something? Take a quick trip, walk or bike ride down the street, buy a gallon of milk, a bottle of wine, groceries, beer and more.

Explore the town of Homosassa with a boat ride, paddle or scenic drive to local restaurants, stores, shopping areas and attractions. Or choose instead to go off the beaten path and find your own secluded waterways. The special places nearby, where a mother manatee swims with her calf in clear waters full of fish. Places like the backyard deck where dolphin swim, manatee visit and friendly birds fly and visit each day. You'll be in the middle of everything you want and perfectly far enough away from it all.

The residence is fully furnished in every way. Comfortable beds sleep 6 adults and the sofas provide 2 additional sleeping spaces for children if needed. Cook your meals in the fully equipped kitchen or walk outside to one of the deck-side grills. Free cable television and free wireless Internet is included. Enjoy the screened outdoor Lanai or relax on the large waterside deck. Save your vacation money using the (included) two tandem kayaks and bicycles. All available for your free use as our guests, with helmets, paddles and lot's of gear and extra's for water play or a fun trip to the nearby springs.

Have a rainy Florida day? Relax and enjoy yourself under the cover of the screened Lanai. We are one of just a few local vacation rentals, where you can park your car under a large carport to stay dry as you come and go with family and friends.

Boaters will love the deep water 30' seawall dock plus 41' more feet of "no-wake" seawall space and 14' dock with cleats. A boat trailer can be parked onsite. Boats of all sizes, kayaks, canoes and jet skis can be left ready to go and secured on the many dock areas. Walk out back and swim with the manatee or jump into your boat, kayaks or canoe, the large double waterfront lot provides over 85' of docking options with cleats.

The deck area is large and within arm's reach of the Manatees, Dolphins, River Otters and Fish. Watch and enjoy the local wildlife or catch fish and blue crabs right here. We include fishing rods, tackle and crab traps for your use. The two sinks located on both Dock and Deck areas will clean your fish & scallops, (plus keep your hands clean). The Dockside shower will take care of the rest.

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Homosassa Riverfront Retreat Home - RaynBarb
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
July 24, 2017

About Homosassa Riverfront Retreat Home - RaynBarb

We are a friendly couple, two regular and down-to-earth people who have been in and around Florida for over 40 years, then we discovered Homosassa and started vacationing here many years ago. We've always had a lot of friends in the area and have made many more. It's a very friendly place.

Ray is retired from both the US military and a State agency. Barb works for the Federal government at a local base. We have 2 children (Ryan and Sarah) plus a grand-daughter (Jayda) who all love it here. In our travels, we rented in various locations in the Homosassa area before finding and buying in this perfect location. Read the reviews to see why our family, friends and all of our vacation rental guests now love this home as much as we do.

Homosassa Riverfront Retreat Home - RaynBarb purchased this house in 2014

Why Homosassa Riverfront Retreat Home - RaynBarb chose Florida Central West

It's pretty simple really, the town of Homosassa is small and still has "Old Florida Charm", the Homosassa Spring and it's river attracts incredible amounts of wildlife you won't find anywhere else. The best place we found to enjoy Homosassa is in our neighborhood. We literally waited for years to find and buy this home. It's large, comfortable and very clean on a double riverfront lot. This gives the home and deck area, spectacular views that just can't be found on typical riverfront or canal lots. The river narrows just enough here, to channel the fish, manatee and dolphins to mostly swim right in front of our dock and deck area. The perfect place for relaxing, viewing and fishing. Add-in the convenience of a short walk or drive to fun places to eat and drink and you see why, we and our guests just love this place.

Unlike other places we stayed in or looked at, there aren't shallow, lifeless canals to slowly navigate. No mosquito-filled grassy swamps nearby, no neighbors houses blocking your view. Here, you watch sunrises & sunsets floating on the clouds, filled with birds, boats, tree's, dolphin and visiting manatee, each and every day.

We figured out that to have a riverfront retreat, you need to be able to retreat when you want to...

What makes this house unique

The very first time we visited here, we knew this was a very special home. It’s peaceful, calm and welcoming, the kind of place where you can leave the world behind and unwind. Relax in the privacy of the deck area with an ice cold drink or a bottle of wine. Cook a tasty meal on the grill or cool yourself just a few feet away in the spring-fed river. Relax in a floating lounge chair or jump into your Boat, Kayaks or Canoe and explore the area on a nice sunny day. There are many options here that everyone loves...

Close your eyes and you feel the cool river breezes coming off of the water. Open them and watch dolphins, manatee, otters and fish swim by. If you look up, there are birds in the sky above. Listen, and you can often hear the Manatee and Dolphin, their tails gently splashing and the snorts they make, as they surface while they swim by you on the waterside deck.


Homosassa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , tub , shower
    Guest - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • • Master Bath: shower stall and large soaking tub • Guest Bath: shower/tub combination
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king
    Guest #1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Full size bed
  • • Sleeps six adults in beds. Living room sofas provide 2 additional sleeping areas for children. Maximum of (8) guests at all times. Please inquire for details.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The fully stocked Kitchen inside is complemented outside on the deck by a fully stocked shed with chairs plus propane and charcoal grills and sinks. The dock includes a sink and outdoor dock shower. Car not needed but recommended. Local Taxi is available. See additional pictures on Facebook: Homosassa Riverfront Retreat Home or cell phone videos posted on YouTube at: Homosassa Riverfront Retreat Home


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Homosassa Riverfront Retreat - Relax & Enjoy!
average rating of 4.9615383 based on 26 reviews

Great for hosting our local family

  • 5 of 5

We are a military family who hail from the Homosassa area and still have extended family in the area. We visit annually and choose to rent a home during our stay rather than impose on family or stay in a hotel. This year, we chose the HRR and could not have been more pleased. The open water location is one of the best on the river and was perfect for our pontoon boat. While the home is an older manunfactured home, It is a custom home with ammenities and very large size not normally associated with such. The home was very clean and very well supplied with absolutely everything you need for your stay. The size and location also allowed for our extended family to come visit us when able rather than us trying to coordinate on their schedules. The setup and size was perfect for us to host a BBQ for 4 generations from great grandparents to toddlers during the Father's Day weekend. Ray and Barb were easily accessible and very friendly when we had questions. We look forward to staying at HRR again when our schedule allows.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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GREAT place, will definitely stay here again...

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place on the river, right next door to a tiki hut and restaurant (walking distance). Big dining room, giant living room with sitting area for reading or just watching the water. Big kitchen. Two full baths. My girlfriend and I had our kids (ages 11, 16, 16, 18) and everyone was comfortable. The screened in porch had a big table and a porch swing. Nice sized yard with a dock, fire pit, fishing pole holders, and a picnic table. The kids loved the included kayaks (bicycles were also included, we just didn't get a chance to ride). Monkey Island is about a 25 minute kayak trip down the river. Weeki Wachee is about 30 minutes away. There's a Publix within a mile. The owners left a big book of suggestions from everything from fishing to where to eat. Loved it and look forward to going back again for a longer stay. Thanks Ray and Barb! (we cooked in the whole time except for breakfast, but if you're in the mood for some good breakfast eating, check out Kim's Cafe II just down the street and Grannies less than a mile or two away).

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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lovely property exactly as described.

  • 5 of 5

Nice riverside property with fantastic view over the river and lots of wildlife to observe. There are bikes and kayaks at the property and some good nearby bar's and restaurants serving some great seafood.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed the home and your great time on the Homosassa river. We hope you both get the opportunity to return soon! Ray & Barb
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Great Weekend Trip

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time. Could not ask for anything more. There was plenty of space inside, and the views of the river were great. We enjoyed using the kayaks and enjoyed fishing right from the dock. Perfect location to kayak to the springs. Would definitely book again, the place was great.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're glad you enjoyed the kayaks and fishing from the deck is always fun...There are so many different kinds of fish, you literally never know what you are going to catch each time. Thanks again for cleaning so well and you are always welcome back! Ray & Barb
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Riverfront paradise

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay here in Homosassa. The house is in a perfect location with excellent views of the river. Access for our boat was easy for scalloping, and going to dinner by boat in the evenings. The nights we cooked the kitchen had everything we needed and the grill worked great too. The house is very comfortable, and I can't wait to come back again soon. Thank you Ray and Barb for sharing.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed the home and all it has to offer. We try to include everything a family could want or need to make your stay comfortable and relaxing. Thanks for cleaning well and you are welcome back any time! Ray & Barb
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location, location, location!

  • 4 of 5

Family vacation and first time scalloping! What a blast! This large home was perfect for that. Restaurants, boat ramp (s), marina, springs all so close. The view is amazing! Very private. Dock was adequate. It is a no wake area ( many do not adhere to it) but our boat was secure. Sooo convenient to gulf...about 20 mins out. Kayaks provided, unfortunately we didn't get to use. Had a couple days of rain. Enjoyed Homosassa Springs park. The home is a throw back to the 70's-80's .....but very well maintained and comfortable. Master bedroom (comfy bed) at one end & 2 bedrooms at other end. Very nice feature for privacy. You have full view of river from living room (2 nice, comfy leather chairs looking out to river), kitchen & dining. The screened porch was our favorite place to relax, enjoy the swing & play games. Very nice deck with 2 large umbrellas & picnic table, as well. Everything we needed for an amazing week. We loved watching the birds & feeding" Kevin". We saw 2 manatees right by dock. Our favorite restaurants: The Freezer, Biscuit Barn & Vintage on 5th!! We hope to return next year. Thank you Ray & Barb for sharing your home. Special place!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for feeding Kevin (The Great Blue heron) during your stay. We love having him stay around the house and our daughter loves to feed him too (even though he always goes "fishing" himself in the backyard)! We try hard to keep the home clean and maintained well and sincerely appreciate reviews and suggestions to make it better for everyone. You are very welcome back for another amazing week any time! Ray & Barb
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Tampa International or Gainesville Regional
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Seagrass Waterfront Tiki Bar & Grill
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
SugarMill Woods Country Club
Nearest Train
58 Miles
Tampa - AMTRAK
Nearest Motorway
1.9 Miles
Rt 19/98 SunCoast Blvd
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Seagrass Waterfront Tiki Bar & Grill Restaurant
Nearest Ski
297 Miles
Wait for global cooling... ; )
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Fort Island Beach or Pine Island Beach
Car: recommended

A quick boat ride or paddle to the Springs or the Gulf. An easy walk to 2 local restaurants and tiki bars. We provide all of our guests with a local attractions book so they find the best dining and special attractions (with insider-locals only information) in this fun-filled area.

- Boat ride or Paddle to Homosassa Springs Area approx. 10-15 minutes

- Boat Ride to Gulf of Mexico 20-25 minutes

- Located just inside of a "NO WAKE ZONE" but within a hundred yards of a faster speed limit to get to the Gulf quickly.

- Marina's and Restaurants located conveniently nearby for food, fuel and fishing supplies


Rates & Availability

Homosassa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Scallop Season 2017
Jun 25 2017 - Sep 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

This vacation rental home is offered to responsible renters only and is not a party house. (3) Bedroom with (2) Bathrooms provides for a maximum of (8) renters with typically (6) adults and (2) children. Actual ages and number of total renters and guests is strictly enforced and falsification will result in immediate eviction. Additional rental charges may apply for adult guests over 6 total. Call/Text/Email to discuss all questions prior to booking the rental. Security camera's are located in front of the house in parking areas. If you are interested in our property, please reserve now for the best dates!

Our Deposit Agreement and Home Rental Rules are available here or a copy can be emailed to you upon your reservation request. If you have any questions of any kind, email: or Call/Text us at: (443) 252-7220. We look forward to any questions you may have about your stay! Please relax and enjoy!
Sincerely, Ray and Barb

We love responsible and clean renters. If you have stayed with us before, let us know! Please inquire for Military and Law Enforcement discount - (Active/Retired) It's a tough job...Thanks for being there.

We accept reservations one year in advance and reserve the right to change rates or cancel reservations at any time.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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