The Rainbow River is the most beautiful sight in Florida. Its crystal clear water is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. Chimera is modern, comfortable, and completely outfitted for worry-free vacationing. Sandy's special decorative flair warms your surroundings and makes you feel at home. The game room keeps the kids entertained for hours, while you enjoy the bar for drinks, cards, or board games. Chimera has four bedrooms, including two master bedrooms w/ high quality comfortable mattresses. Two night minimum stay - rate is discounted for 3 or more night stays. Inquire for Multiple Night Discounts.
- House2649 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
2,649 sf modern accommodations w/ game room, bar, and water toys.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 18, 2018
About Hal Rogers
Sandy and I own a client-centered financial planning practice - focused on avoiding probate and preventing unintended heirs. I play competitive billiards; Sandy sings in the church choir and plays in the bell choir. We are both members of the East Arlington Rotary Club in Jacksonville. We have eight children and five grandchildren.
Hal Rogers purchased this House in 2015
Why Hal Rogers chose Dunnellon
Chimera (Kim'-er-a) - something that exists only in the imagination and is not possible in reality; something unattainable. Sandy says we should have named the house "Chimera No More". Buying Chimera fulfilled a 20+ year dream of owning a house on the Rainbow River. It is warm and luxurious, but comfortable for vacationing. The first time we walked into the house it just felt right and we knew it was the house we wanted as our vacation home. Since then we have learned the incredible joy of sharing it. Chimera will be our legacy to our eight children and (so far) five grandchildren, and we hope it will be yours as well. That's just the history - It takes a stay at Chimera to really understand "why this property".
What makes this House unique
There are several nice places to stay on the Rainbow River, but there is nothing else like Chimera. The canoe, paddleboat, 4 Kayaks, snorkels & fins, tubes, and floats are there, but they aren't unique; there the similarities disappear. Your favorite drink will be on the bar or in the fridge; a selection of miniature chocolates await you. Nothing keeps the kids occupied at night like the game room. A 60 game arcade game machine, including Pac Man, Wurlitzer Juke Box with hits from the 40's, 50's, 60's, and 70's, arcade basketball net, shuffleboard table, and Super Nintendo with lots of games, leave the adults playing poker and having drinks at the custom bar, with the kids seen but not heard! One modern master bedroom plus another more traditional master bedroom provide exceptional accommodations for your family members or other guests. You won't need to bring extra kitchen utensils, or laundry detergent, or dish washing soap; they're all there. Coffee, spices, flour, sugar, and cereal, they're there, too. Sandy and I remember the places we have rented - just the essentials. Not at your new river house. We have done everything we could think of to make this the best vacation you ever had. If there is anything we overlooked, let us know after your vacation and the next time you come, if we can correct it, we will.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great location, great house
this was our second time staying in this house on Rainbow River. We enjoyed fishing, kayaking and the gameroom was great on the rainy day. The owners have done a wonderful job making sure the home is clean and guests are enjoying their time on the River. We will definitely be back!!
Great place. Will stay again
We loved this place. The house is beautiful and large enough for plenty of people (sleeps 10 on beds, 14 with couches). The river is crystal clear. We saw some otters and alligators (small ones) along with tons of birds and fish. The kids really enjoyed the game room and all the stuff to do on the river. The place comes stocked with kayaks, a canoe, fishing poles, tubes, life jackets, and all sorts of other swim gear. The owner Hal was very friendly and even had our favorite drinks stocked in the fridge on our arrival. We will be going back again... with more people and for a longer duration.
Best Mother's Day and Birthday
The pictures of Chimera do not do it justice! This is the ultimate family vacation home! Hal and Sandy have provided everything a family could possibly need or want for a vacation stay on the beautiful Rainbow river. I was able to have my children and grandchildren all in the same home and there was plenty of room for everyone. My grandson fell in love with the juke box in the game room, and the rest of the family fell in love with the whole place. When the older grands were not swimming or kayaking they were in the game room. For the babies there was a high chair and playpen available, which was a blessing for the parents to not have to worry about bringing those items when they arrived. The awesome deck was where we stayed all day enjoying the view and watching the kids have a good time. And of course everyone enjoyed the river. I had forgotten just how refreshing that water really is.
Thank you Hal and Sandy for sharing your beautiful Chimera with us, we hope to be back again soon!
Susan and family
This place has it all and was perfect for our family of 10! Spacious, clean, great location. Backyard deck is huge with plenty of comfortable seating choices (umbrellas too) and lots of shaded and sunny areas so you can enjoy either. Small fire pit built into deck is perfect size for s’mores. There’s kayaks and a canoe which we took advantage of. The rental has several floats and a compressor. We brought Walmart inner-tubes,lines and tied to dock for kids to float on in river (with parental supervision). Rental has all sizes life jackets, water shoes, goggles/masks. Lots of wildlife from fish and turtles to birds and otters. Also loved the game room and bar. TVs with cable and DVD players in every bedroom so tired kids enjoyed watching a movie from their bunk beds. We took our own tubes and floated 2 hours from the backyard down river to the bridge take out (near Swampy’s restaurant -we preparked truck early morning at that parking lot). Saved a lot of money avoiding tubing fees! Big thanks to owners Hal and Sandy for their super prompt replies and especially for sharing their perfect retreat!
I vacation a lot. Read my review.
Your vacation starts before you arrive with your host Hal. Hal has gone through great lengths to create a magical place on the river. Hal is very proud of this accomplishment and you can tell right away that he truly enjoys sharing his place he calls Chimera. Its obvious that he wants you to enjoy this house as much as he does. Before arriving you receive a very detailed packet with instructions and answers to any questions you may have. The house is furnished with high quality furniture, the decor is comfortable and classy. The house is very clean and perfectly maintained. The house has everything. 8 super comfortable beds that sleep 10 people or more. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need to make literally anything. There is a gas grill outside. There are 2 master bedrooms. One upstairs with a large deck that looks over the backyard and another downstairs master. There is a game room with shuffleboard, jukebox, stand up video games with all the classic games on it and more. The house is wired with a sound system and also has a huge fully stocked bar in the center of the big open room with huge panoramic windows looking out to the yard and river. There are canoes and kayaks that are included and a shed that is fully stocked with EVERYTHING you need for the river. The neighborhood is safe and friendly. The grocery store is right down the street. The house is great but what makes this place the perfect place is Hal. Hal is easily the best host I have experienced at any of the 20 or 30 VRBO places I have stayed at. He called the house while we were there to speak to my wife and he told her where he left a gift for us. It was a print of a heron on the houses dock, printed on metal. This print is proudly displayed in my home now and it makes me smile and remember that dock every time I walk past it. I have never experienced such a gracious host before. If you are considering this property, book it and enjoy it. If you think that it may be to expensive because its a bit more than other properties in the area...it isn't. You cant go wrong staying here and Hal makes it impossible to not enjoy this property. All you need is your toothbrush and bathing suit. Hal and his wife Sandy provide everything else. Im already planning my next visit to Chimera for a employee retreat. If you dont want to worry about anything, be able to relax and enjoy a fully stocked house with no problems, this is your best option on the rainbow river.
We have had some great reviews on Chimera on the Rainbow; I have never responded to one. However, how could I not respond to Rob's review? Also, it might help future guests if we clarify a couple of things...
1) Chimera does have a beautiful custom built bar but we only provide a bottle of your favorite beverage. (Rob, did you find my key...?)
2) While we provide staples like coffee, sugar, flour, spices, etc., if you don't bring some groceries, you are going to be visiting that Winn Dixie store on the corner.
Sandy and I don't want you to arrive at Chimera with expectations we can't meet!
Rob, thank you for your wonderful, most considerate comments; we hope you will be our guests again!
Hal & Sandy
Great house on the Rainbow River with all the little details for a great stay.
The house is great and had everything we need for a week on the Rainbow River.
We will defently come back next year.
The Rainbow River is the primary place you will want to spend time, but water sports aren't the only thing to do in Dunnellon. Bikers will enjoy the Withlacoochee State Trail, the largest paved rail trail in Florida. For birdwatchers, four of the Great Florida Birding Trails are close by. Hikers will want to try the Dunnellon trail and Blue Run Park. While our house is fully equipped for the family chef, sometimes you just want to go out to eat. Dunnellon has many excellent restaurants, including the Citrus Grill for breakfast, the Blue Gator for lunch, and the Purple Sage for dinner. For ethnic fare, there is Don Pepe, Carmela's, and China Wok. Seafood lovers will like Simply Seafood. For down home cooking, you can't beat The Front Porch Restaurant & Pie Shop (also great for breakfast). Music lovers will want to take a Singing River Tour. While dad is playing poker at the bar in our house, and the kids are in the game room listening to hits from the 50's, 60's, and 70's on the Wurlitzer Juke Box, mom can save dad some money at The Historic Village Shops of Dunnellon. You won't lack for something to do in Dunnellon!