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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) 2-3 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. Call 352-596-2852 to reserve your boat.

* 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 727-480-4294 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

* 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 352-351-9477 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. 1-352-597-8484

*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 352-428-6291 to reserve your fun time out on the water.

*Hernando beach Marina (10 minutes) Pontoon rentals $150 per day call 352-596-2952 to reserve your boat.

* Linda Pedersen Park (Jenkins Creek) (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 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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 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 was hoarding this magnificent natural space and knew that it had to be shared 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 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. The natural elements 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 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: 4:00 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 at all times.
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
  • 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • 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 4.9130435 based on 46 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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Clean, cozy and fun!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Little House (Riverhouse) was excellent! The first plus is that Tina allowed our little pup Simba who had a blast. He loved kayaking and seeing the manatees as much as we did. We first saw a mama and three babies swimming by the dock and several while kayaking the river. Hospital Hole which is for caving diving is just upriver about 500 feet from the dock. Manatee hang out there (for the warmth of the spring we hear). We saw manatee there as well, so cool!!!

Tina's home is VERY clean and inviting. The neighbors are close, but they are fantastic so that didn't bother us. They took us on their pontoon boat out to the gulf which was our pup's first adventure on a big boat. He loved that too.

The beds were super comfortable with a sleep number in the master. Steep stairs (almost a loft type ladder) getting up to the bedrooms which were OK for us but might be difficult for elderly guests. I believe the sofa downstairs is a sofa bed, confirm that with the owner if you feel the stairs could be a problem. The front room has a gorgeous view of the clear river from the enormous windows. The front room gets very hot during the day, but no worries as you have two living rooms and each has a tv (my hubby loved that!) You get an excellent view of the river from the upstairs windows, so make sure to take a peak. We had fun playing giant Jenga and PacMan!! on the vintage arcade machine. Having the kayaks to use was such a bonus to make our stay FABulous! Have a great time; you are sure to love it! Thanks Tina for sharing your beautiful home with us.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5

First of all the house was just as we expected. Great location, nice area, friendly neighbors,

very clean and everything we could have needed right down to the pancake syrup we forgot! And what a view.

We had an issue with the land line which Tina resolved as quickly as possible. She followed up on the problem and we really appreciated her concern. We highly recommend anyone considering Tina's place as you won't be disappointed. We look forward to a return stay

next time we visit the area. Thanks for everything Tina!

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very clean and located right on the spring !

  • 5 of 5

This little home was a blast ! It's very clean and the location is the best spot ! The neighbors are awesome ! So much to do and we truly had such a blast ! Only bad thing Do Not eat at the "Upper Deck "Resturant I got food poisoning and one of my friends did too , it was horrible :( very ran down kinda of place and no one was eating just us (which was probley as sign ) and we got really badly sick .. but the house was great and we would stay here again in a heart beat !

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So relaxing ! You just melt into your recliners with the river that takes you away

  • 5 of 5

My family joined us for a barbecue. everyone was in love and never wanted to leave.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Love this place! Very peaceful

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Weeki Wachee Springs
Paddling Adventures @ Weeki Wachee State Park -- CLOSED
Brian's Place
Cracker Barrel
Blue Pelican Marina
Greek City Cafe
Bulldog Fishin Charters LLC
The Cove
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
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.

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