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The Otter House, Nature Retreat Off Canal To Kings Bay!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Welcome to the Otter House! Our house is suitable for large families and sleeps 8 people in 6 beds! If that isn't your style the house is still great for couples and smaller groups that like the quiet atmosphere and sounds of nature! We have very few neighbors and are surrounded by undeveloped preserves on two sides. This four bedroom house comes with all house basics to keep you comfortable during your stay plus a few extras we enjoy and hope you do too. We have included a washer, dryer, cable TV, wireless internet and even a grill for your convenience. There are kayaks in the garage for your enjoyment, enough for the whole family (up to 6) to enjoy!

There is a boat house available as well that is suitable for small skiffs and pontoon boats to dock. The tide goes in and out regularly so we recommend shallow hulled boats less than 21 ft. If that doesn't work there is plenty of boat parking in the driveway and a ramp less than 5 minutes away!

We are just outside of town, but a bike path leads right to the heart of Crystal River or ten miles out to the public beach at the end of Fort Island Trail. If you are visiting to see manatees the main springs are a 20 minute kayak from the house, and sometimes they come up the canal to say hello!

During your stay make sure to keep a lookout the back lanai for wildlife! We named the house after a family of playful otters that live up the stream. Manatees, large fish and even dolphins have been up the canal, and there are always egrets, herons, ospreys and owls!

More Details

Kevin and Emily
Member since: 2016
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018


Crystal River House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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The Otter House, Nature Retreat Off Canal To Kings Bay!
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 15 reviews

Great for four golfers

  • 5 of 5

Great for four golfers We really enjoyed our stay at the Otter house. We had four golfers so we each had our own room. The kayaks and bicycles were a bonus. The large TV and the living area were great and were much enjoyed watching sporting events. We also enjoyed the large lanai during the bright sunny Florida days.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Otter House was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 days at Thanksgiving at Otter House. It was perfect for hosting dinners with extended family during our stay. The large screened -in patio was a natural extension of the family room/kitchen area. An additional den provided a place for football watching. The beautiful kitchen was large enough for 4 of us to work in at once, a real plus for prepping holiday meals. The kayaks were great for fishing. Everything was perfect.

  • Submitted: Nov 28, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Otter House is the BEST!!

  • 5 of 5

We visited the Otter House for a girls trip and it was by far the best girls trip ever!! The home was adorably decorated with otters and had a beach retreat feel. The home is very big with 4 BR, big kitchen that opens up into a cozy living room, big dining room and even a second living space with games and a cozy fireplace! The porch was our favorite hangout as it was directly on the canal. We took advantage of using the provided kayaks and took them out everyday to explore. I highly recommend taking them to three sisters springs, it takes about an hour but is well worth it! This spring has the clearest water and scenery, so take a waterproof camera or waterproof bag for your phone! We did a Manatee cruise with Captain Mike's and it was an amazing experience! Since it was still warm we only saw three Manatee but it was a breath taking experience swimming with these miraculous animals! I cannot wait to return and stay at the Otter House with my husband and family and share the wonderful experience! The owners of the home were very nice leaving a very sweet note for us so that we felt like we knew them and a sweet story of their life together and how the Otter house played a key role in it! The house has everything you need to have a wonderful trip in nature! (Even a lime tree!! ) Thanks for sharing your home and we all can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This house is our favorite!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd time staying at the Otter house, we love it! It's very clean, and very functional. There's plenty of room for everyone to have their own space. Cant wait for next year!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing Week

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful vacation. Perfect location and home to be as active or relaxed as you would like. Multiple rooms so very easy to find your "Happy Place". Pontoon boat rental 10 minutes away at Twin River Marina. Boats available for daily or overnight rentals. House came with it's own toys--kayaks, boats, fishing rods and board games and movies for inside time. Patio was great for just chilling. Lots of Florida wildlife put on a daily show for our entertainment. Dolphins, alligators, turtles, fish and birds were and enjoyment to watch.

Owners are extra nice and willing to help in any way to make your stay perfect. House was furnished extremely well with many amenities.

Would highly recommend and my family definitely will return again.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great home for getaway! Emily & Kevin have thought of everything!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a fabulous time, had our boats and enough room for whole family. Bikes, kayaks and great location. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Golf
1 Miles
The Plantation Resort
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Claw Daddy's
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Fort Island Trail Beach
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Damage Deposit $300

We love this property and are certain that you will too! We are requiring a short term rental contract and liability form prior to receiving the keys to our house. This way our guests know what is expected and we feel comfortable having you stay with us!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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