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Cozy and Quaint 3BR Nature Retreat Near Rainbow Springs On Spacious 1 Acre Lot

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

A cozy home with a big yard near the sparkling cool, fresh waters of the Springs

Get away from it all and unwind in our Rainbow Springs retreat. Relaxation and seclusion await in our cozy 3 bedroom home on over 1 acre, less than 2 miles from Rainbow Springs State Park and river. You'll find all the comforts of home inside and peaceful serenity outside. Besides the excellent location, which is very close to the River and Springs, shopping, dining, Ocala and Inverness, amenities include a fireplace, wet bar with foosball and darts, grill and outdoor fire pit. Enjoy nice refreshing swims by day, roast marshmallows under the stars by night.

Inside the house you'll find all the comforts of home. The home comfortably sleeps 8, with plenty of indoor space as well as a screened in back porch, rear deck, 2 car garage and wet bar. The kitchen comes fully equipped, with all of the necessary dining, cookware and utensils. We even get you started with complimentary coffee, tea, sugar and spices. Our goal with this house was to provide our guests with everything they might need during their stay, so paper products, shampoo & soap, extra bedding, sheets and towels are supplied as well. The wifi is fast enough for streaming and all of your computing needs and the TV service includes local channels, HBO, popular cable channels, as well as streaming services like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. You’ll also find some books, board games, playing cards and DVDs to get you started.

The house is surrounded by large front and back yards with tall pine and oak trees and is nestled inside a peaceful neighborhood. Outdoors there are plenty of places to sit back and unwind. The back yard has a stone fire pit, perfect for spending an evening under the stars, relaxing, and roasting marshmallows with your family and friends. Grill on the nearby porch with our propane grill, or relax in a hammock on the porch or in a secluded spot further back in the yard with a good book. Plenty of outdoor adventures are also close by. Come get in touch with nature and leave refreshed.

More Details

Gloria Strauss
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

About Gloria Strauss

We live in Southwest Florida and love exploring new places with our family, whether it be city or countryside, and spending time outdoors. When traveling we enjoy good food and dining out at unique local places, or cooking a nice fresh meal at home. We are experienced hosts who have hosted on VRBO before, and usually stay in other vacation rentals when we travel, instead of hotels. We truly enjoy sharing our home with other vacationers and helping our guests find a unique experience and learn what it's like to live where we live.

Gloria Strauss purchased this house in 2016

Why Gloria Strauss chose Dunnellon

Our home in Dunnellon is an escape from our busy lives and the growing congestion around our quickly growing hometown. We love going to the springs with our young children so the location is ideal. Our kids love spending time at the house, running around and playing outside, or having late night fires, making s'mores. We just love being able to spend a few days in the area because it helps to slow things down for us. Anxiety and urgency seem to melt away when we're in the backyard, enjoying the outdoors, or exploring the area. If you come and stay with us I think you'll come to the same conclusion.

What makes this house unique

The key property amenities include:

- Large spacious yard

- Outdoor fire pit and indoor fireplace with firewood

- Screened in porch for outdoor dining

- Gas grill

- Close proximity to Rainbow Springs State Park and the Rainbow River

- Outdoor hammock

- High speed wireless internet

- Roku with Netflix, HBO, Hulu and Amazon video connections

- Sling TV with all major cable networks and video-on-demand programming

- Outdoor volleyball and hammock

- Wet bar with foosball table, electric keyboard and karaoke machine

- Large front and back yards

- All linens, towels, sheets, dishware and flatware

- Washer and dryer

- Coffee, Tea, Sugar and Spices to get you started


Dunnellon House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 9 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • The master bathroom has a private stand-up shower and toilet and large vanity counter top. The guest bathroom has a shower-tub combination.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master bedroom - 1 king
    Second guest bedroom - 1 queen
    Guest bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Sofa bed folds out to a queen size
  • The master bedroom has a king bed, and attached bathroom and walk-in closet. There is a dresser, 2 night-tables, and plenty of room for storage. Each of the other 2 bedrooms has a queen bed and it's own closet. One bedroom has a full sized dresser and night tables. The other has a tables with baskets underneath for storage. The 2nd and 3rd bedrooms share a bathroom. All of the bedrooms are very private and quiet.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing


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Cozy and Quaint 3BR Nature Retreat Near Rainbow Springs On Spacious 1 Acre Lot
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

This is a beautiful house.

  • 5 of 5

My family and I absolutely loved this house! The area was very nice, quiet and relaxing. I would stay here gain. Close to everything yet very private.

Thank you for letting us stay at your home.


  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nancy! We would love to have you and your family back in our house again.
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Wonderful home, thoroughly enjoyed!

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with our house in Dunnellon. The house was very clean and all your needs were thought of. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and DID NOT want to leave. The owners thought of all things you could possibly need but probably forgot to bring. Thank you to Gloria and Justin for making our stay wonderful. We took advantage of the hammock out back, the firepit one night and even gathered up a few huge pinecones. Thank you Gloria & Justin, hopefully you will have an opening the next time we can visit Florida.


  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Large home/beautiful It’s exactly like the pictures listed. Love the funky sinks!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great property and beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

The property was great, in a nice area and close to groceries and restaurants, etc. We had a great stay in your beautiful home. Justin was very nice and helpful and we really appreciated everything he did.

Thank you for having us in your home!

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this house. Everything was clean and the house was stocked with all that we could expect. The owners were great to work with and responded promptly. The house is located close to grocery store, gas and a Wal-Mart. Good restaurants close by and the kitchen was great if you want to cook in which we did several times. Would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We had a great time at the Rainbow River and surrounding area.

  • 5 of 5

The property that we stayed definitely exceeded our expectations. It was very convenient and had everything that we needed.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ben! I am happy you had a good time at our place. We hope to host you and your family again in the near future.
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Nearest Airport
11.6 Miles
Marion County Airport
Nearest Barpub
4.4 Miles
Crock's Pub
Nearest Golf
1.3 Miles
Rainbow's End Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
Car: recommended

The nearby Rainbow Springs State Park is a beautiful nature park where the head spring resides. There is a large crystal clear swimming hole, canoe and kayak rentals, and a walking trail around the park with calming waterfalls. You can come spend the day, even picnic and grill, or get ice cream at the shop. Entry is only $2 per person, per day, and parking is free.

Aside from being a very short distance from the head spring at Rainbow Springs State Park, the home is also only 3.5 miles from K.P. Hole County Park, where you can tube down the Rainbow River. Swimming, as well as Canoe and Kayak rentals are also available here. $5 will get you in the park, and $20 will cover the entrance fee, tube ride down the Rainbow River, and shuttle ride back. The quiet nature trails and kayak ramp at Blue Run park are within 5 miles as well. This is a quieter access to the river and has a beautiful path and scenery, as well serene nature trails, both paved and unpaved. Within 5 miles or less of the home there are several other places to rent kayaks, canoes or paddleboards. If you love fishing, Dunnellon is a top notch destination for bass fishing, especially along the Withlacochee River, which intersects the Rainbow River.

Numerous activities are within a short distance of this north central Florida home. Rainbow's End Golf Club is a 9 hole golf course less than 2 miles away, and Juliette Falls is an 18 hole course less than 5 miles away. The historical center of Dunnellon is 4 miles away, and there are several restaurants and convenient shops along the way. Some good ones include Penn Station Deli and Grill, which offers Cuban style cuisine and sandwiches, the Front Porch, which has good old fashion country cooking and a great pie selection as well as the best fried chicken around, and the Blue Gator, which is a waterfront, outdoor sports bar, with good food and live music. Ocala, known as the horse capital of the world, is only a 25 minute scenic drive away, and is also the home of the Ocala National Forest, and Silver Springs, as well as several other fresh water springs. Inverness, another charming small town is also about 25 minutes away in Citrus County. There you can find airboat rides, more great fishing and plenty of biking trails. The popular coastal town of Crystal River is also approximately 30 minutes away and a great place to see, or even swim with manatees in the winter. It is also home of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge and 3 Sisters Springs. Gainesville is only about 45 minutes away, Cedar Key is about an hour away and if you care to venture further out, Tampa and Orlando are each less than 2 hours away.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150

There is no extra charge for cleaning. The cleaning fee is included in the cost. Reservations cancelled up to 60 days in advance will forfeit the $150 deposit, but receive a refund of all other rent paid. Cancellations occurring less than 60 days before the arrival date will be subject to the full amount of the reservation. For cancellation protection refer to VRBO vacation protection services.

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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