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The Manatee Hideaway-3 Bed-2 Bath-2 Decks-50' Dock-5 Kayak, 3Person Canoe 7 Bike

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Your Gateway to the Natural Wonders of Florida! Kayak or Bring your Boat!!

This is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. Living room includes 40 inch flat screen LED TV, comfortable hide-a-bed queen couch that can sleep two, if necessary. There are also three recliners . Dining room has glass table with four chairs as well as a built in bar that has two chairs and three barstools. Kitchen is nice with a two bowl sink, dishwasher, two door refrigerator, microwave, toaster and coffee maker. Kitchen comes fully stocked with pots ,pans, dishes, outdoor cooking utensils, and much more! Washer and dryer available in 2nd bedroom of house with an additional front loading washer and dryer in the exterior bedroom. Each bedroom has 19" LED TV. Master bedroom with king bed, closet and private bathroom. Second bedroom has a full/twin bunk bed with pull out trundle twin bed. The second bedroom has a SEGA system with 80 games built in for the kids. The third exterior bedroom has a queen bed, microwave, small refrigerator, and two dressers. Please note that the exterior bedroom has a front entrance and a rear entrance by the upper deck. The exterior bedroom does not have a bathroom. The bathroom is inside about twenty feet from the front door of the bedroom. We also just added a two person Basketball Arcade game under the carport! You can enjoy your time lounging on either of the two decks under the gazebo on the upper deck or under the 8' x 20' covered section on the lower deck by the water. Outdoor chairs with firepit are located outside the exterior bedroom's rear french doors. Enjoy cooking out every night on the gas grill or dining out at local restaurants- Please note that there may or may not be gas for the grill. If there is no gas, you can get it filled locally. The Manatee Hideaway's canal has access to the main Weeki Wachee River and Gulf access. You can rent motor boats from the marina by Roger's park, or rent additional kayaks from the Kayak Shack located right next to the Upper Deck Bar & Grill. The Weeki Wachee State Park is only minutes away!! They have the famous live mermaid show, boat rides on the Weeki Wachee, and Water slides! FUN FOR ALL!! FREE WIFI and land line with FREE long distance calls for US- no international calls. Please contact me for further information. Check in at 4 PM, Check Out at 10 AM.

Aaron Hester
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 23, 2018

About Aaron Hester

We have been vacationing in Weeki Wachee for years. My wife grew up on Sebring Street and brought me down there to enjoy the Nature Coast. When I realized that I truly loved it here (after several years of vacations), we decided to purchase our own home here. In turn, we would like to share what we love with you and your family! We see manatees EVERY time we visit. Manatees are gentle and majestic creatures. Just watching them swim is quite relaxing. We love our experiences every time we come to Weeki Wachee.

Aaron Hester purchased this house in 2015

Why Aaron Hester chose Weeki Wachee Gardens

Alot of the reasons are listed in the "about you" paragraph, but I will elaborate further..... The neighborhood our house is in is quiet and relaxing. We really enjoy eating dinner right on the water courtesy of the glass table on the lower deck/dock as the sun sets and goes down. We get almost daily visits at our dock from the manatees. You can fish right from the dock, and bring your boat!

What makes this house unique

We chose this property because of the decks and the dock. Easy access to the gulf for some really good fishing! Another amenity was the exterior third bedroom with a front door and a rear entrance to the decks via french doors. The spacious living room was another thing that caught my attention. Our entire family could sit comfortably. Also the dining room has a built in bar....seating for all.


Weeki Wachee Gardens House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Has mirrored cosmetics cabinet and vanity sink.
    Hall Bathroom - toilet , shower , Has plenty of cabinets for storage, large mirror and vanity
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Has a Full/twin Bunk with pull out trundle- 19" LED
    Exterior Bedroom - 1 queen , Has 19" LED and extra Dryer. Front and Rear Entrances!
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master bathroom with reg. closet - 19" LED
  • Master Bedroom has a Bassett King size bed. The Master bathroom has only one entrance from the Master Bedroom. It has a regular closet. The second bedroom has a regular closet. Master and 2nd bedroom have built in dressers. 3rd Exterior Bedroom has a front loading washer and newer dryer, a small fridge and microwave as well, but bathroom is inside approximately 20' from the front door of the bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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The Manatee Hideaway-3 Bed-2 Bath-2 Decks-50' Dock-5 Kayak, 3Person Canoe 7 Bike
average rating of 4.6578946 based on 38 reviews

Great time in Weeki Wachee

  • 5 of 5

We came from Washington state and loved our stay! We enjoyed the kayaks and the canoe with my family! Crystal and Aaron were very nice and we can't wait to come back! Thank you for the great memories!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Carol, Crystal and I are happy you enjoyed your time @ The Manatee Hideaway! Crystal really enjoyed your stories about your adventures on the river! The manatees are always friendly and LOVE LETTUCE! We hope to you choose stay @ The Manatee Hideaway again real soon! Take Care & God Bless! Aaron & Crystal Hester
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We Had The Time Of Our Lives! Cute little spot on the water- Our Second Stay! Thanks Aaron & Crystal

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to stay here. We LOVE the decks and dock! We saw a momma and baby manatee twice! A pack of them swam up the canal as well! They are such friendly and docile animals. We were able to feed them some lettuce, which was fun. My nephew called them manatoos! So cute! We were warned yet again about the bugs biting, but they were extra hungry right before dark. We lit some citronella candles and tried Off, but the no see ums no smell um!! The owners suggested this spray called swamp gator at Walmart. Woohoo! It worked! Like, I said, right before dark is when we noticed the biting. Other than that, we were not really bothered by them. It was nice and relaxing while having a few meals down by the water. Some fish were jumping up out of the water as they swam. Our nephew was fascinated by this! I am told they are mullets. We did some kayaking and used the canoe, which was exciting on the river! You could see those same mullets and other kinds of cool fish swimming underneath the kayaks and canoe while we paddled. Beautiful scenery on the Weeki Wachee. Kinds of reminds you of a river in South America, but with crystal clear water and a white sand bottom. We saw more manatees, of course! They were swimming up river, so they just kept going, but coooool to watch them swim! We went to Homosassa Park and Howards Flea market. The park was GREAT and the flea market was packed with all different kinds of bargains. We bought all souvenirs and other things fairly cheap and there was decent food in the market as well. Speaking of food, the owners suggested two places, but we only tried one.. Freezers! It was reasonable and Gooood! They had all kinds of seafood and a decent menu. So, once again, we had a wonderful time here! The owners are nice people who answer any and all questions. We will be back again soon! Thanks Again Aaron and Crystal!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Crystal, My wife, Crystal, and I really appreciate your wonderful review! It looks like you and your family really enjoyed your time @ The Manatee Hideaway! We bought the place because of the decks and dock as well as the 8 x 20 lanai and we added the gazebo on the upper deck. We like to share our little slice of heaven with others who we know will appreciate it as much as we do! See You Soon At The Manatee Hideaway! Take Care & God Bless, Aaron & Crystal Hester
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Was great place and very peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

It was just enough room for all eight of us. Had me, my husband, our 4 kids and my mom and dad.Kids really loved that there was a trundle/bunk bed, cable, toys, kayaks, and much more. I loved that there were pots and pans because I do all the cooking. It had everything we needed. I was excited to have a washer and dryer so I wouldn't have a mountain full of clothes when we got home lol. The dock and back porch was beautiful and enjoyed every mintue. We loved swimming out by the dock in the afternoon. Enjoyed how close it was to our spot for swimming on weeki wachee. My husband enjoyed relaxing in the recliners and watching tv. Everything about it was wonderful. Only concern I would point out would be a few soft spots in the floors need fixing. But other than that it was great. Would go back again. Thank you for letting us stay at your beautiful home.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jaime, Thank You For Your Wonderful Review! Crystal and I are overjoyed that you had a lovely time @ The Manatee Hideaway. You will be happy to know that we renovated the kitchen, dining room, hallway, and master bedroom/bath floors. New linoleum and new carpet in the master bedroom! We discovered a small water leak, that had caused damage over time. It is all fixed now! You will see the new stone design floor on your next visit to The Manatee Hideaway! Take Care & God Bless, Aaron & Crystal Hester
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  • 5 of 5

Very cozy and relaxing😎

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Make sure you take pictures when you arrive and when you leave.

  • 3 of 5

We enjoyed staying there April 13-17, 2018. The outside is just like the picture very nice and relaxing. After our visit is when the problem started. First of all when booking online the part about Property Damage Insurance came up and it said it was "recommended". (It didn't say it was required and on a previous property rental the lady was very nice and offered to waive that part), but I had to agree to pay the property damage in order to move forward with the reservation. When I received the insurance certificate it stated if I wanted to cancel this coverage I could as long as we had not left for the trip or filed a claim, so I canceled it for a full refund, now remember the owner was still holding my security deposit for any damage. Well on Sunday night his wife called (very nice lady) to make sure everything was ok and said they would waive the property insurance since I had already canceled it, but next time I would have to keep it. Couple days after we returned home I received an e-mail from the Owner saying one of us had tried to "break in" to his supply closet and he wanted to know the truth of what happened! We had no reason to need his supplies as we brought our own. I told him we left the place in cleaner shape than when we got there and none of us would have damaged anything and left it. Angry e-mails went back and forth, and he said he was taking a portion of my deposit for the damage since I had canceled the property insurance. He sent me a picture of the damage and this was a total scam, the way the picture showed some moulding pulled away from the door, we certainly would have noticed it and tacked it back on. I asked for a receipt for the damage and his reply was case is over, you done the damage, do not contact me again or I will press charges of harassment! So basically he got to keep part of my security deposit, there was 6 of us, my sisters and my mama, IF we had damaged his moulding on the supply door, we would have fixed it since one of my sister's is a carpenter, but the damage was not there when we left, but he just took my money and it wasn't anything I could do about it! I contacted the VRBO Home Away site and they were going to get his side of the story and let me know....still have not heard anything. Very disappointing, but hopefully I can keep this from happening to anyone else. Take dated pictures when you get there and when you leave.


  • Submitted: May 18, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: To All Future Guests, I apologize for this review. Crystal and I tried to do everything we could to appease this guest. The guest called me BEFORE booking the property and asked if we would waive the insurance. I replied that it was in our rental agreement that it is required for all guests. I did not think it was fair to waive it for one guest and not all. The guest continued with booking The Manatee Hideaway. Halfway through the guests stay, the guest cancelled the insurance. We received an email that stated this. My wife called the guest and asked if anything was wrong because the insurance was cancelled. The guest stated that VRBO had said via email that she could cancel the insurance. We contacted VRBO and we were informed that no email stating that she could cancel the insurance was sent. VRBO also informed me that since she cancelled the insurance and it was a requirement on our rental agreement, we could ask her to reinstate it OR we could terminate her stay at The Manatee Hideaway. We chose to let the guests stay as we did not want to inconvenience them any further. I found it odd that a guest would cancel the insurance in the middle of their stay??!?! Did something happen to cause the guest to cancel the insurance? The door was damaged when the guest left?!?!? FYI- due to this situation, we cancelled the insurance henceforth and we only require a deposit. The guest failed to mention that our cleaner was there right when they left @ 10 AM. She called my wife and I immediately with the news of the damaged door. Someone attempted to "hard" open the obviously locked with a padlock door. The door has been that way for a year without being damaged. Our cleaner was there when the last guest checked out and she was there right when this guest checked out. I am sorry, but it is quite obvious that someone in the guests extremely large party damaged the door. Now, I could have called a "door" company, but that would have cost at least what the guest's deposit was..., NO, I had my local maintenance man fix it and he charged $75. I thought this was CHEAP! Crystal and I strive to keep costs down as much as possible for ALL of our guests. If you read our reviews, 99% of our guests had a pleasant stay. Should I say that we had complaints from neighbors about loud music and partying late on the deck? How about the four cars that were parked all over the yard? We want all of our guests to enjoy our amenities, but you cannot please everyone.
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Nice trip in a nice place

  • 5 of 5

This is our second visit to this place /house with my family (include 2 dogs) to celebrate my birthday. The place is clean and cozy. The area outside is great , it has BBQ and sufficient kayaks for everybody.

We love it!

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
56 Miles
Tampa International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Upper Deck
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Heather Golf Course
Nearest Train
52 Miles
Amtrak Clearwater, FL
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
A Bella Napoli Italian Restaurant
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Pine Island

Pine Island is a really nice family friendly beach that is only five miles away. We are only an hour and a half from Disney World and an hour from Busch Gardens. We went to the aquarium in Tampa as well as the Lowry Zoo, also in Tampa. Both were GREAT! We also enjoy kayaking/boating/snorkeling in the Weeki Wachee river. Crystal clear water!!! If you like to fish, you can be in the Gulf reeling them in within 25-30 minutes! Homosassa State Park is a lot of fun as well! Check it out! Also, MY favorite restaurant in the area is Crackers in Crystal River, FL. They have live classic rock bands at the outside bar, great food, and you can dine by the water. Need I say more?


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning Fee $80 + Tax

Rates are subject to change until the reservation is confirmed. The unit is for up to eight people. If there are more than eight people, the rate is $10 per person, per day. If there is more than eight people staying in the unit with out informing the owner, your rental agreement is no longer viable and you may be asked to leave. We do not allow students and persons under the age of twenty five to rent the unit. Check in time is 4 PM, Checkout at 10 AM.
We only rent the unit weekly during holidays- We prefer Saturday to Saturday.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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