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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 few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 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 ...
  • 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 4.677419 based on 31 reviews

The close proximity to restaurants, river beach, and town made the location a great choice.

  • 5 of 5

The house was nice. There were a couple of things that could use some attention like the floor around the master bath was weak in spots. The house was nice and the deck in the back was the best part of the house. We spent most of our time there. The neighborhood was nice, and quiet. The close proximity to town, river, beaches, and restaurant made it an ideal location for vacation. The only negatives that I can say was the quest bedroom (old garage) had a chemical smell coming from the window AC unit. We turned it off an bought a candle warmer to eliminate the smell. The lock on the sliding glass door was hard to get to lock, and we could not get the key for it to work. So in order to lock that door you had to do it from the inside. It is a overall nice house, a little dated, but had a feeling of home. I would stay at this location again if I travel to that part of Florida. The owners called to check on us when we arrived, and when I spoke with her, she seemed to be a great lady that was willing to make our stay the best possible.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Scott, Crystal and I are very pleased that you enjoyed your stay. Our favorite part is also the decks, fish cleaning station, gazebo, and covered area. We had the master bathroom redone in August, but they must not have not have noticed the weak spot in bedroom. We will repair the floor and replace the window unit on our next visit. We hope to see you again realsoon! Take care & God Bless! Aaron & Crystal Hester
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Adequate but not great

  • 3 of 5

This home is nicely situated on Weeki Wachee. The backyard is just as pictured. We didn't get to enjoy it due to the unseasonably cold weather, but it does offer a nice outdoor space. Unfortunately, the inside was a disappointment. The first thing that hit us was the overwhelming odor of a cleaner, or maybe all the DampRid containers. There was so much blue toilet cleaner in the master bedroom toilet that we didn't use it. The master bedroom has a nice King size bed, and it was comfortable. However, it smelled of cigarette smoke, which we assumed came from people who smoke out on the deck. The living room furniture smelled like years of other people sitting on them. We did open the house up during the day to try and air it out. The TV was impossible to use unless you pointed the remote in just the exact right place. A channel guide would be a great addition to the information in the binder. The main bathroom shower had mold in the corners. It would also be nice if a bar of soap was provided. Some of the towels provided had holes in them. We did enjoy the use of the washer and dryer,. We felt that, for the price we paid, we could have found a nicer place for a better off season price.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Dennis, We apologize if our Manatee Hideaway was not up to your standards. We took extra precautions with cleaning when you told us about your asthma condition, thus the reason for the cleaner smell. We paid the cleaner to come back just before you checked in to make sure all was well and "touch up". The Damprid is used by nearly all owners due to the moisture in the air from being next to the water. When Crystal spoke to you, you said that everything was great, there were no issues. The blue cleaner in the master toilet is from one of the auto cleaners that make the bowl water blue everytime you flush. We apologize if there was an issue with our furniture. Our cleaner steam cleans the furniture once a month. On the TV, if you press the "guide" button, a preview guide that lists all channels and programs pops up. We have instructed our cleaner to replace any frayed towels and we have repaired/replaced the caulk in the corner of the main shower. Crystal and I go "all out" to make sure our place is as comfortable as possible. We apologize that our extra efforts were not enough to make your stay better than it was. As you can see from all of our other reviews, none of our other guests had any issues. Sorry for the inconvenience. Take Care & God Bless Aaron & Crystal Hester
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Excellent! It had everything we needed.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed this house. It had everything we needed for a beautiful weekend on the river. BBQ, Kayaks,’s all there! There is also a restaurant and store within walking distance. The owners were great and called to make sure we had everything we needed. Thank you! We had a wonderful anniversary weekend!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Allison, Crystal and I are very happy that you chose to celebrate your anniversary at The Manatee Hideaway!! We are also happy that you enjoyed your stay and our amenities. We want every guest to feel "at home" while staying with us. Thank You for your lovely review and we hope to see you again very soon! Take Care & God Bless, Aaron & Crystal Hester
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Cute place with easy access to the Weeki Wachee

  • 5 of 5

Great location for exploring the Weeki Wachee river. We were lucky enough to se a manatee swim by while we were enjoying the deck and three at hospital hole. The yard was perfect for the pups to run around and kids to play. The house was perfect size for 6 people and two dogs, and was clean and well stocked.

For those trying to launch personal kayaks at the headspring, rules changed in April and everyone must have reservations to launch even if you're bringing personal kayaks. They are limited to 70 boats per hour from the launch which is completely ludicrous considering everyone coming upstream.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Michelle, We are happy you enjoyed your stay at The Manatee Hideaway! We apologize for the new rules at Weeki Wachee Springs. Four years ago there were three kayak rental companies, now there are six. This is why they decided to limit the number of kayaks launched at the spring head to seventy per hour. However, this does not affect taking our kayaks to wherever you would like right from the kayak launch next to our dock. You can go upriver to the spring head or down river to Rodger's Park with no issues. We appreciate you staying with us at The Manatee Hideaway! We hope to see you again soon! Take Care & God Bless! Aaron & Crystal Hester
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  • 5 of 5

It was amazing vacation we seen manatees and went fishing in the Gulf and caught blue crabs.We will be back next year if not before ...hopefully it doesn't get alot of damage due to hurricane Irma it is an amazing place to stay

Thank you

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Karen, We are elated that you were able to enjoy all that The Manatee Hideaway, the Weeki Wachee, and Florida's Nature Coast has to offer. Seeing the manatees in their natural, beautiful environment is one of the things we love about our Manatee Hideaway! We wanted you to know that we were very fortunate. The hurricane did very minimal damage to The Manatee Hideaway, which was repaired the next day. Our heart and our prayers go out to our neighbors who had major damage and/or flooding. We hope to see you again soon! Take Care & God Bless,. Aaron & Crystal Hester
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Great cabin feel home!!!

  • 5 of 5

The home was very clean and was exactly what I expected. The river was calm. Kayaks were used and everything was there for us to enjoy the stay. Caught some crab, saw the jumping fish which was really neat and even saw a manatee! I would definitely recommend this property for someone looking for a cabin feel.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Shawn, We are happy you were able to enjoy everything The Manatee Hideaway has to offer! We also enjoy our home away from home. Our mission at The Manatee Hideaway is for it to be quiet, relaxing, and a "hideaway" from the everyday workweek grind. We hope to see you again real soon! Take Care & God Bless! Aaron & Crystal Hester
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Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
This park is TOP NOTCH for families! Take a boat ride and check out the Mermaid Show!
BeckyJack's Food Shack
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

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $80 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.5%

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.