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Little House on the River - includes kayaks/canoe (directly on River, not canal)

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 1,616 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath located on the spring fed Weeki Wachee River - Sleeps 6

Welcome to the Little House on the River, our amazing crystal clear waterfront property provides the ultimate vacation getaway. If location is important to you, then this is the place to be. This 2 story, 2 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath home (sleeps 6) sits directly on the beautiful Weeki Wachee River and is within walking distance to the local beach(Rogers Park),restaurant and marina. Just a few minutes from the house is Pine Island, another popular local beach, also hiking trails and many restaurants to choose from in 1 to 5 miles from the house.

This property offers guests a wide range of entertainment; from bringing your own boat and launching it at Rogers Park boat ramp(1 block from property)and tying it to the private floating dock at the property, or use the canoe or kayaks(that I provide)to explore upstream to Hospital Hole and beyond to the springs, or downstream to the Gulf of Mexico.

If the river life is what you're seeking to experience, look no further ..... take a seat, relax and let the river wash away your cares. Enjoy watching the kayakers paddle by and looking for manatees swimming below them. The manatees truly are gentle giants and seeing them up close and personal is an experience you'll never forget.

A little piece of paradise, without ever leaving the property.

We offer all the amenities of: internet, towels, hair dryer, and many more including....

*kayaks; enough for 6 people including singles and doubles, with life vests and whistles provided.

*canoe; (1) 2 person

*beach chairs and beach towels(for 6) umbrella, blanket and cooler

*direct river and Gulf access with a floating dock

*cable including Netflix availability

*WiFi and internet capabilities

* house phone with unlimited long distance calling.

*2 bedrooms (1- King and 1- Queen, both upstairs) each with televisions, also a pull out queen sleeper in the downstairs living room with television.

* 1-1/2 baths, full downstairs/ half bath is upstairs, adjoining the queen bedroom*

* 2 living rooms....1st living room offers pull-out queen sofa bed, flat screen tv, games, over 30 movies, a giant jenga and a pac man with 43 games.

2nd living room (riverside) offers 50" flat screen tv, blu-ray player, 2 lazy-boy recliners and sofa w/recliners with complete 180-degree view of Weeki Wachee River.

*fully equipped kitchen with everything you could possibly need including microwave oven,

toaster oven, keurig, pots and pans, spices, paper towels, crock pot, blender and utensils.

*washer/dryer and ironing board/iron

* Outdoor gas grill including utensils and firepit.

**********Things To Do and Places To See..... includes (drive time from property):

*Upper Deck Restaurant and Bar (1 minute) with Wednesday and weekend entertainment from local bands. So close, you can kayak or walk there.

*Roger's Park (1 minute) across from Upper Deck restaurant, a fresh water beach on the river within walking distance offering boat ramp, volleyball, picnic tables, grills, restrooms and roped off swimming area.

* Weeki Wachee Marina (1 minute) across from Upper Deck, offers canoe and small (10hp) boat rentals, a fun and easy way to see the entire river.

* Hospital Hole (AKA fish hospital) 500ft. From the property, a 140 ft. deep, natural spring and favorite place for fish and manatees also great for divers.

* Weeki Wachee Preserve (5 min) an outstanding 11,000 acre preserve located at 2345 Osowaw Blvd. great for hiking and biking.

* Standup Paddle-board (SUP Weeki) (5 min) call to reserve your personal tour of the Weeki Wachee River.

* Zigzags (5 minutes) local seafood restaurant with indoor/outdoor seating.

* The Cove Restaurant (5 minutes) local seafood and steak restaurant.....Best Pork Chops around. Closed Monday. Indoor/outdoor seating.

* La Bella Napoli (3 minutes) great Italian food.

* R Beach (5 minutes) Florida grill with a tropical flair, great place for dinner and dancing.

* Brian's Place (3 minutes) a unique fusion between Spanish and Italian cuisine. Open for breakfast on Sat. And Sun at 8am. Indoor/outdoor seating.

• Breakfast Station (25 minutes) opens daily at 7am-3pm

• Matolis (5 minutes) pizza, pasta, subs and salads free delivery.

* TreeHoppers Aerial Adventure Park (45 minutes) largest zip line park in central Florida. Located just North of Tampa with 8 different courses. Ages 5 to adult, no reservations required.

* Zip Line and horseback riding (1.5 hours) The Canyon Zip Line and Canopy Tours in Ocala call for reservations and age requirements.

* Hudson Beach (30 minutes) with Sams Beach Bar next door for sunsets, dining and dancing.

*Pine Island Public Beach (10 minutes) salt water beach on the Gulf of Mexico. $5 per car with a concession stand offering food and drinks. Alcohol and pets prohibited.

* Fred Howard Park Beach ( 1 hour) 155 acres of sandy white beach on the Gulf of Mexico located in Tarpon Springs. $5 parking fee.

*Weeki Wachee Springs and Buccaneer Bay (10 minutes) both a spring-fed water park and the world famous mermaid show.

*SunWest Park(15 minutes) 70 acre spring-fed lake and beautiful water park for all ages. Open 7 days a week, $5 parking fee.

*Clearwater Marine Aquarium (1.5 hours) a non-profit rescue and rehab organization where the famous Winter the Dolphin resides. Also see otters, sharks, sea turtles and don't forget to feed the stingrays.

* Salvador Dali Museum (1.5 hours) art museum in St. Petersburg houses the largest collection of Dali's works outside Europe.

*Beacon Movie Theater (15 minutes)

*Three Sisters Springs (40 minutes)

*Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park (30 minutes) where the famous 'Lu the Hippo' resides. Included in the $13.00 admission you will also see manatee in the parks underwater observatory, Florida alligators, black bear, river otters and a variety of other wildlife. Park offers a gift shop and a concession.

*Show Palace Dinner Theater (20 minutes) offers plays and sometimes mystery dinners.

*Historic Greek Community of Tarpon Springs and Sponge Docks (45 minutes) known for the shops, dolphin cruises and wonderful authentic Greek restaurants. Dodecanese Blvd. tarpon Springs, Florida

*Florida Aquarium and Performing Arts Center (1 hour)

*Busch Gardens/ Adventure Island (1 hour)

*Disney World/ Sea World/ Universal Studios (2 hours)

*Black Diamond Ranch Golf Course (45 minutes)

*The Dunes Golf Club (15 minutes)

* Salty D's Charters offers fishing day or night, inshore/offshore, scalloping, gigging and more. call to reserve your fun time out on the water.

*Hernando beach Marina (10 minutes) Pontoon rentals $150 per day call to reserve your boat.

* Linda Pedersen Park (5 minutes) A park divided by Shoal Line Blvd. On the eastern side of the road are additional facilities including a small inland beach area, picnics tables, playground, restrooms and a three story watch tower providing stunning panoramic views of the coastal low lands. To the west is a long fishing pier (Jenkins Creek)where blue crab is a popular catch. Parking is free and is open 24/7 no dogs allowed. A perfect place to fish..... Bring a chair that I provide and get bait at the Weeki Wachee Marina just down the road.

** And best of all, swimming right off the dock in the beautiful, pristine, crystal clear 72 degree waters of the Weeki Wachee River.

**Come and experience this one of a kind spring-fed river for yourself, one of Florida's best kept secrets**

More Details

Tina Boyt
Member since: 2016
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 an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2018

About Tina Boyt

My love for the water has expanded my opportunity to offer this beautiful area to others. Once I had purchased this property I felt as if I had to share this magical place with others.

Tina Boyt purchased this house in 2007

Why Tina Boyt chose Weeki Wachee Gardens

This property is one of the most ideal and sought out areas along the Weeki Wachee River. The river is crystal clear with a sandy bottom, kayaks and canoes for entertainment, plus the attraction of kayakers, canoers, and paddle boarders can be quite the entertainment in it's own. This property is located on a deadend street and in the middle of everything, to the left is Hospital Hole and 5.5 miles to the head of the river with plenty of places to get out and picnic or swim along the way or to the right only 3.5 miles to the Gulf of Mexico. Right up the road within walking distance is a restaurant which offers a wonderful way to have lunch overlooking the river, The natural elements from across the property of the ospreys, ducks, turtles, owls, and of course the manatees all add that excitement of animals in their natural surroundings.

What makes this house unique

Along with the stunning water and perfect location, it offers a fire pit for late night romance or family fun with s'mores. It's always a nice relaxing moment to stroll to the dock and sit back in the swing with cup of coffee and just watch the water flow, nature, or just the entertainment of the people and the river. The entire floor to ceiling glass living room offers a 180 degree view of the river (just 30 feet away)and also from the second story bedroom as well. A luxurious site to wake up to, pull back the curtains and see the beauty of it all.


Weeki Wachee Gardens House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1616 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • I ask that you show care and respect for my home. Aside from used linens, please leave property, inside and out, the way you found it. Thank you.
  • Use kayaks/canoe at your own risk. Owner is not responsible for any injuries and/or death.
  • Guests are responsible for keeping all kayaks/canoe locked and secured after each and every use.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • 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
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , sink
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , sink
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Family Room with queen mattress.
  • Queen bedroom has a half bath
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Little House on the River - includes kayaks/canoe (directly on River, not canal)
average rating of 4.919355 based on 62 reviews
Albion, IN

james stoll

  • 5 of 5

Tina was very help full and the home was great . I had a great time watch all the people on the river. I have made plans to rent this home again. If you want a very nice home to rent and have great time at this is the place.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Jim for this great review, I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. It was a pleasure having you at the Little House and I appreciate you that you have already made plans to return. That is what I ultimately strive for is returning guests and I couldn't have asked for anyone better than you. Thanks again for choosing the Little House, Tina
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Fantastic, relaxing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic house, lovely location, if your looking for a quiet place to stay this is it. Lovely neighbours. The owner Tina is very helpful and if you have any queries she is happy to help.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lutz, Florida

Where's the Potty?

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to have on the river. Lots of canoe and boat traffic to watch and visit with. Neighbors on both sides of the house are awesome and helpful to us. We were even invited to go on a pontoon boat ride! The owner Tina is very accommodating with everything needed, and answered all our questions within an hour. Kitchen is equipped with everything you could possibly need for your stay - Except there was no dishwasher - which isn't a problem for us because I don't use them. All the water toys you could possibly use outside - along with safety gear for everyone. The river water was clear and clean - we were a little disappointed that our weather didn't cooperate during our stay - not much sun out - but the kids played in the rain anyway.

My only negative would be that there is no bathroom in the master bedroom. I was so looking forward to staying in the all glass master bedroom overlooking the water, but there's no restroom in there. The 1/2 bathroom upstairs is in the queen bedroom - so we had to sleep in the little room. I also wanted to see what the sleep number bed was like...... but that's in the master bedroom too. At shower time, you just have to get in line as there's only 1 place to take a bath - but we worked that out too.

One other noticeable - there's no dinning room table or chairs? There's 2 living rooms, but no dining area - except for 2 barstools in the kitchen window......

I don't like my family eating on the furniture - and we couldn't eat outdoors because of the rain.

Bring your fishing gear..... there's fresh and saltwater fish everywhere - Bass, Mullet, and blue crabs too!! We would certainly stay at this house on the river again.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lake Lure, Nc

June vacation

  • 5 of 5

Very relaxing. Clean and comfortable. Will rent again!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute home on the main river!

  • 5 of 5

This is our second time staying at this house and we absolutely love it! We would not stay in any other house on the river. Has an amazing view of the main river from the living room and bedroom! There were plenty of kyaks to take on the river and games to keep everyone entertained. The neighbors are great as well! We will definitely be back again next year!! We do wish it had more room for garbage.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Saint Petersburg

Perfect house and perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 6th year staying on weeki wachee river but first time renting this home. We needed a bigger house since our two teens wanted to each bring a friend. This house was perfect. It is stocked with everything you need and more. The kids loved having the use of all the kayaks and we played games each night that were provided at the house. The location is beautiful and on the main river, not a canal. This is very important to us. The views from the downstairs and upstairs windows are amazing. We saw lots of manatees and fish each day. We also caught blue claw crabs right off the dock. Tina was great to work with and got back to me within minutes of any questions. We are so thankful for our time at her river house. I would not hesitate to stay again. As others have mentioned, the neighbors are very friendly too.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
57 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Upper Deck Restaurant and Grill
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
US Highway 50
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Cove
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Rogers Park 3 acre park with sandy beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95
Pet Fee $100
Refundable Damage Deposit $300

***** All guests, check-in is 4pm..... check-out is 10am*****
100% refund if cancellation is no less than 30 days prior to check in date, after such time guests will forfeit the 50% booking/ reservation holding fee.
Cats are not allowed, only dogs under 25 pounds with approval and a $100 non-refundable fee due to extra cleaning. Guests are fully responsible of all animals during the duration of stay.
Damage deposit shall be refunded within 7 days after check-out provided no deductions are made due to damages, dirt or mess requiring excessive cleaning or other costs incurred due to guests stay.
50% due at the time of booking/ reservation hold. The remainder is due 14 days prior to arrival.
Both bedrooms and half bath are located on the second floor with a STEEP set of stairs within the interior. There is a queen size pull out sleeper in the family room, ground level.
Monthly rentals have a cap of $150. on electric per month.
Please note the informative section of the *steep stairs* and in the photos.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.