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2 Acre Lakefront Estate - Perfect for Family Reunions and Corporate Retreats

Odessa, FL, USA
  • Estate4200 sqft
  • Bedrooms5
  • Sleeps20
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Mininum Stay3 - 7 nights

3 Bdrms and gameroom/bunkhouse in main house plus 2 bdrm cabin.

This 2 acre retreat featuring beautiful giant oak trees on clear water springfed Lake Hiawatha in North Hillsborough county is only 20 minutes north of Tampa Airport, 30 minutes from Tarpon Springs and the Gulf of Mexico, and an easy day trip to all the tourist attractions in Tampa and Orlando.

The Lakehouse compound has been our secret retreat for family and friends for many years. The property consists of 3 Bedrooms (plus den/game room) in the main house and 2 bedrooms in the Fishing Cabin

If you only wish to rent the 2 bedroom fishing cabin, see VRBO #960460.

If you only want to rent the Main house - please contact us for pricing.

At the lake, we have a covered dockhouse with kayaks, canoe and many other watersports available. The 12 passenger pontoon boat and bass boat are usually available with a captain if you give us advance notice.

We are also open to partial or full trades with people that have other interesting properties!

If you want a day at the Gulf beaches, we can arrange access to our beach and beach toys at our beach home in Madeira Beach about 45 minutes drive. We can also arrange fishing, sailing, kayaking or other water activities in the Gulf of Mexico there if you'd like to make that part of your vacation. (See our beach house at VRBO #215413)

Lake Hiawatha is a great Bass fishing lake - we have caught Bass up to 11 lbs - and there are lots of them, along with Crappie, Bream and Bluegill. We never go out without catching fish!

The lake tends to be very quiet with very little boat traffic as there is no public access. Consequently there are rarely more than a couple boats out there if any. You will often find yourself in the only boat or kayak on the lake.

The mahogany lakeside Gazebo was made in Thailand and shipped to Florida - It is the perfect place for your morning coffee and reading or cocktails in the evening. The huge deck on the boat house is the perfect place for sunsets or yoga in the morning.

There is a large two person hammock strung up under the oak trees right by the lake in which you can usually find someone curled up reading or napping.

There is a large fire pit and stack of seasoned oak, which is usually the evening gathering place.

This is a relaxed and casual retreat for people who are looking for somewhere that is a comfortable place to kick off your shoes, relax and enjoy a slower paced lifestyle with the kids, your friends and your four-legged family members.

This is country style living so you aren't going to find designer furniture and expensive fixtures. It is a casual lake retreat and the opposite of pretentious. The home and cabin are older construction and have a rustic lakehouse atmosphere - so if you are looking for modern marble countertops and new fixtures, you might want to look elsewhere.

All the best that Florida has to offer is within a short drive, so you get the best of both worlds at your private lakefront retreat.

If you've tried Florida beachfront living - you owe it to yourself to try this other lesser known Florida lifestyle that is a slower pace with fresh air, beautiful water and abundant wildlife. We love it out there and we are sure you will as well.



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About Owner

We are in the deep ocean exploration business, and have recovered valuable cargoes from shipwrecks around the world. Our exploits have been featured on our Discovery Channel series and in National Geographic and network TV. You'll discover some of our finds and memorabilia in this property, which is our place to find some tranquility away from our crazy life. You may even go home with a shipwreck artifact as a memento of your stay with us! This place holds amazing memories for our family and friends - it is often the gathering place for our extended families for parties and spontaneous events alike.

Owner purchased this Estate in 2000

Why Owner chose Keystone

Since moving to the Tampa area in 1985, I scoured the local area for the perfect lake property to make our family compound. About twenty years ago, we discovered Lake Hiawatha, which I think is by far the best lake in the entire area. It is the second largest lake, but has no public access so very little boat traffic. Sections of the lake shore are still natural woods with large adjacent protected land. Three freshwater springs feed the lake, so when other lakes have lowered water levels, this lake is always high, the water beautiful, clear and filled with fish. The lake supports an amazingly healthy natural environment for wildlife. We have a bald eagle, ospreys, owls, blue jays, cardinals, a family of sandhill cranes and herons among other birds. The fishing is some of the best in the area. I have personally caught two bass over 10 lbs, and on any given trip it is not unusual to catch a dozen of more bass. There are large schools of Crappie and monster bream and bluegill. It feels like you are truly in the middle of nowhere, with amazing hiking trails not far away in the huge JB Starkey County park that has miles and miles of hiking, biking and pet exploration trails and campsites. On the other hand, shopping centers, cinemas and many restaurants are 10-15 minutes away - and you can be at Tampa airport in less than 20 minutes, Bush Gardens or Disney World in 90 minutes.

What makes this Estate unique

The lake is big enough with sufficient breeze for zipping around in the Hobie cat or windsurfer. We can organize use of the bass boat or the pontoon boat which is perfect for sunset cruises - which both require a Captain which can be arranged in advance. Upon request, we also have a smaller flatbottom boat that can be made available, as well as fishing equipment. Swimming is great - the water is always clear and warm. It is shallow enough close to shore for kids to play, but about 6 feet deep off the end of the dock. The boat house provides a shady roof area and full sundeck up top. It is a favorite place to hang out and read. This is a side of Florida that most visitors don't get to experience, but one that we fell in love with - and I am sure you will too!


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
      • Master Bedroom - Main house
        1 king, 1 baby crib, Huge 3-panel sliding door opens to amazing lake view
      • Bedroom 2 - Main house
        1 king, Relaxing view of shady oaks
      • Huge gameroom w Bunk Beds
        1 sleep sofa /futon, 2 bunk bed, 1 murphy bed, TV, Movies, Games, Bumper Pool - Great for a bunch of kids
      • Fishing Cabin Master Bedroom
        1 queen, Separate private, quiet cabin directly on lake
      • Fishing Cabin Guest Bedroom
        1 double, 1 baby crib, 1 bunk bed, Futon opens to full bed and bunk bed on top
      • Bedroom 3 - Main House
        1 king, Lakeview with sliding doors to the porch
      • Notes specify each rooms location. .


      • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, jetted tub, MAIN: Master bath with view of lake!
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower, MAIN: shared bath (RMs 2+3) Double shower. Great for pets!
      • Fishing Cabin Bathroom
        toilet, shower, FISHING CABIN: Shared bath
      • Outdoor Bath
        toilet, OUTDOOR:Rustic, but perfect for use while enjoying the lake
      • Notes specify Bathrooms location.

      Location Type

        • Lake View
        • Lakefront
          Step out from your screened in patio onto 200 ft of lush green grass waterfront. Enhance your view of the lake by relaxing on the large boat house's roof deck.
        • Rural
          Just minutes away from shops, restaurants, and fuel.
        • Waterfront


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Family
            • Romantic
            • Sports & Activities
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      Central air
                    • Fireplace
                      Fire pit outside next to cabana with lots of dry firewood, and beautiful view of the lake!
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                      Cable and High speed internet (TVs available in both homes) WiFi login provided at check in
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Both living rooms have amazing lake views!
                    • Parking
                      Covered parking available upon request. Plenty of additional parking!
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                          Both drip and keurig coffee makers available
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                          MAIN house only
                        • Kitchen
                          MAIN: Kitchen is open with plenty of counter space for prepping or serving. Cook with a view of the Lake!
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Basic cooking supplies available for guests use.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Refrigerator-Freezer in main house and cabin
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Lots of seating for parties - multiple folding tables and chairs, as well as two high table on the porch that seat additional 8. We often entertain scores of people here!
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Pool Table
                                  Bumper pool table available
                                • Books
                                  This place is a reader's paradise! Both homes have a selection of favorites available.
                                • Game Room
                                • Games
                                  Ping Pong table, lots and lots of boardgames and other fun stuff for the entire family.
                                • Music Library
                                • Ping Pong Table
                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  We have both cable and Direct TV on the property.
                                • Stereo
                                  MAIN: Sonos Stereo System plays virtually any musical selection if you are familiar with Sonos and have the app. Outdoor battery Bluetooth speakers also available to connect to your phone.
                                • Television
                                  Large screen TV in living room with cable and movies. High speed internet, TVs and cable/satellite access in 3 bedrooms and game room.
                                • Toys
                                • Video Games
                                  Wide selection provided
                                • Video Library
                                  DVDs provided.


                                    • Bicycles
                                      Please let us know in advance whether you will be using bikes and how many you are going to need.
                                    • Boat
                                      We can organize use of the bass boat or the pontoon boat - perfect for sunset cruises or fishing. Both require a Captain which can be arranged in advance. Good fishing right on the dock!
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Two screened patios, One on main house, and one on cabin. Large deck on the dock on top of boathouse. Stairs are steep on the top deck,, so limited accessibility.
                                    • Golf
                                      Many golf courses in the area.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      4 kayaks, one canoe, one paddle boat, one Hobie cat. More kayaks can be made available on request in advance. Please let us know in advance if you want Hobie access so we can rig.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Very large grill on porch
                                    • Tennis
                                      1/2 miles drive, walk or bike to the local public rec center with two large tennis lit courts.
                                    • Water Sports Gear


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          Main house is all ground floor level with one step down into living room. Shower in guest bathroom is accessible for wheelchair.

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Car Available
                                            • Massage
                                            • Private Chef


                                                • cinemas
                                                • museums
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • theme parks

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hot air ballooning
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • spelunking
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing


                                                                • For more information on things to do in the Tampa Bay Area, go to the Visit Tampa Bay Website: www.visittampabay.com

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  8 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Superb setting and hosts!

                                                                  Mark P.Honolulu Hawaii

                                                                  This was perfect for our reuinion of 18 people: we had a large kitchen,several air conditioned sleeping areas and plenty of toys onsite. Shopping was convenenient and the hosts stayed in touch, though we really didn't need anything. Everyone had a blast boating, swimming and fishing. The outdoor gazebo was especially comfy with a nice breeze.

                                                                  We will be back.

                                                                  Beautiful place for our family reunion.

                                                                  Barbara H.Lithia, Florida USA

                                                                  Loved having activities for everyone in the family and the view of the lake from the houses and the gazebo area. Plenty of kayaks and canoes available for the kids with clean, clear water in the lake. Good fishing too. Very large nice kitchen area available for cooking for everyone and a large gas grill on the back lanai. We had a great weekend!

                                                                  Perfect setting for our business retreat! Relaxed, got a lot of work done and had fun.

                                                                  justin a.New York, NY

                                                                  The spacious house and property lends to great time spent together. Wether meeting under the gazebo, by the fire, on the b-ball court, on the 2nd story dock house or in the family room you get everything you need in just one location. Great kitchen, perfect facilities, all the toys and music throughout made this Lakehouse perfect for my business retreat! And the hosts were incredible, enduring we had anything and everything we needed. We will be back for sure.

                                                                  Great location and the lake and amenities perfect for our group!

                                                                  Weston W.

                                                                  The owners were awesome to work with and everything was set up professionally for me and my team. We had a great stay and enjoyed the lake atmosphere!!

                                                                  AMAZING LAKE RETREAT!

                                                                  Adrianne T.Fairhope, AL

                                                                  Wow!!! We stayed at this family lakehouse retreat for a week and only regret that we could not stay longer! The main house sleeps 20 and is stocked with everything you good possibly need. Our youngest daughter and her family of 3 young children (who wake up at sunrise) stayed in the 2 bedroom fish cottage, which was fully stocked also.

                                                                  The place is great for all ages with plenty to do for everyone: swimming, boating, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, ping-pong, pool, cards, board games, basketball, and even an exercise room (if you dare). We loved to gather around the firepit at night and sing and play the guitar.

                                                                  A few of us ventured out to near-by attractions (Busch Gardens, Clearwater Marine Hospital, and Tarpon Springs). But the owner was right... why leave the lake at all?

                                                                  Not only is this lakefront estate wonderful, but so are Laurie and Greg (the owners). They checked on us several times to make sure everything was OK and that we had all that we needed to make our stay FANTASTIC. Even Greg, who was out of the country, was available for text messages. And their son Adam, who lives only a few blocks away,was there for any questions or concerns.

                                                                  Thank-you again to this generous family for allowing us to rent their beautiful lakehouse retreat and create lasting memories!

                                                                  Spectacular view, kind and attentive host!

                                                                  Jacinta B.Ann Arbor

                                                                  We celebrated my mother's 70th birthday at this beautiful home on an inland lake. The view out the ceiling to floor windows from every room was spectacular! We had cold weather, but since the inside of the home was so pleasant and the view so grand, we didn't even mind! The owner was attentive to our every need (replacing a coffee pot the same day as it broke). He was so nice and friendly and helped us with a car repair too! I can't recommend this place enough.


                                                                  Odessa, FL, USA

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                                                                  Please provide at least 2 week advance notice if you are going to want to use any boats on the property, or would like to use bikes.

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