Unpack. Unplug. Unwind. Feel like you’re living in a National Park.
Welcome to the Lodge at Wood Duck Crossing directly on Florida's awe-inspiring Rainbow River.
Nestled in a two-acre grove of pines, cypress and majestic oaks, this recently remodeled and redecorated four bedroom, two bath lodge sits on a gently-sloping knoll overlooking the pristine, spring-fed waters of the Rainbow River, a hidden treasure designated as a Florida Outstanding Waterway and Aquatic Preserve. The original owner selected the property over 40 years ago as among the most picturesque on the Rainbow, offering a sweeping view of the riverfront. Little has changed today.
Acquired by its current owners in late 2010, the lodge underwent an extensive remodeling, updating and refurnishing in 2011. Both baths were completely replaced, and the large kitchen was redesigned and updated. It features a large breakfast bar with seating for four, a walk-in pantry, and is accessorized with just about anything you might need to create a tasty family meal.
The great room and adjoining dining area features a vaulted ceiling, with new laminate flooring, carpets and furnishings. Both areas connect to a spacious wrap-around outside deck area through sliding glass doors offering sweeping views of the gently-rolling property down to the riverfront. The great room includes an entertainment center for your enjoyment once the sun sets on the river. You’ll discover 150 channels of DirecTV on a 37” flat screen TV, an integrated 100 watt stereo system with iPod/iTouch connectivity, plus a DVD/CD player.
The ground floor also features the master suite and an adjoining full bath. Just outside the back door you’ll find a roomy two-car carport flanked by the utility room housing all of your water toys, plus a full-sized washer & dryer. Just around the corner: a brand new private, outdoor garden rainshower.
Head upstairs and you'll find three additional bedrooms – each with expansive river views -- plus another full-size bath with a large cultured marble shower. All of the bedrooms feature brand-new, top-of-line Stearns & Foster bedding sets; three have queens, the other with a twin bed and trundle twin.
Do as much as you want.
Love wilderness and water? Then welcome to paradise. Enjoy kayaking, tubing, paddle boarding, birding, swimming, hiking, snorkeling, diving and exploring … all in your own backyard with all of your gear included! The quaint Dunnellon area also offers amazing fishing opportunities, dozens of world-class golf courses within minutes, several of Florida’s most renowned state parks, and much, much more.
Wildlife abounds -- especially of the non-human variety. At Wood Duck Crossing you’ll not only discover our beloved namesake, but likely a playful family of otters who call the other side of our river home. Turtles, foxes, largemouth bass, and whitetail deer are easily discovered. And then there’s Dixie, our neighbor’s gentle, loveable black Lab. Dixie’s never met anyone she didn’t love.
Or do nothing at all.
Close to everything yet far from the madding crowd, Wood Duck Crossing is the perfect place for respite and retreat. Relax on the oversized deck – or perhaps stretch out and sway in our riverside hammock -- as you watch and listen to the Rainbow River flow gently by. Later settle in to an Adirondack next to a crackling fire in the dockside fire pit just around sunset. Whether you’re an artist, painter, writer, or just a dreamer, the natural beauty of the surroundings are sure to inspire.
No matter what your speed, and whether you stay with us for a long weekend, a week or even a month, we know you will fall in love with Wood Duck Crossing on the peaceful, pristine Rainbow River. Aren’t you ready to make your reservation?
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We're two busy urban professionals, with two grown children, two mischevious dogs in two different sizes, but unfortunately too little time right now to enjoy the luxury of kicking-back and unwinding on the beautiful Rainbow. That's where you come in!
Jack Hebert purchased this lodge in 2010
Visiting the Rainbow for over 30 years, we have found each visit more amazing than the last. When this most unique property became available, we siezed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own, preserve and share this special place with others who would also come to appreciate its natural beauty. Wood Duck Crossing offers the ultimate get-away experience -- close to everything, yet far removed from the noise, hustle and hectic pace of urban life.
Few area vacation rentals offer such a scenic and serene location directly on the crystal-clear Rainbow River. You might find some further down on the Withalacoochee, or others over in Blue Cove, but none of those duplicate the wide-eyed wonder of staying directly on the Rainbow -- especially at this value. Your own private dock is your personal lauchpad to over five miles of Florida's most remarkable spring-fed river.
Directly on Florida's famous Rainbow River about two miles downstream from the headsprings, just across from the southernmost point of the State Park -- less than a mile downstream from the KP Hole County Park. We're part of a peaceful, serene residential neighborhood, In respect for our neighbors we observe an ABSOLUTE EIGHT-GUEST LIMIT at all times for those staying and/or visting the property. The property is not avaiblable or suitable for larger groups, wild partying or late night noise.