|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Experience ''old Florida'' and enjoy the quiet, laid-back lifestyle of the ''Nature Coast'' from this fully furnished, well maintained, two story cottage. The large tree shaded yard offers plenty of privacy with great opportunities for viewing an abundance of wildlife, including seasonal manatee, numerous shore birds, water fowl, birds of prey, and otters. Launch the two kayaks, and/or the canoe provided, and enjoy the paddle while you acquaint yourself with the scenic waterways that extend from the brackish water of the ''Mud River'', to the clear springs of the famous Weeki Wachee River, and the saltier waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Favorite places for sunset are at Bayport Pier and Pine Island Beach, both of which are about three miles from this awesome property.
Numerous recreational opportunities and wildlife experiences can be enjoyed from this area, including world class tarpon fishing in May and June, and scalloping in July and August.
There are several county parks in the area, including Bayport Pier with boat ramps and picnic facilities, Pine Island beach park, and Roger's Park on the cool, clear waters of the Weeki Wachee River. Florida's historic Weeki Wachee Springs Mermiad attraction, and Buccaneer Bay water park and canoe and kayak outpost are about four miles east, on Highway 19.
You need not venture far from this wilderness area to find quality restaurants, shopping, and medical facilities. The Tampa International Airport is only 57 miles southeast of this unique hideaway via the Suncoast Parkway (aka SR 589), and Walt Disney World is approx. 90 miles east, via SR 50.
I love the west coast of Florida, especially those areas that remind me of 'old style Florida' from my youth. I was lucky to find this unique property on Hernando county's 'Nature Coast'. To me, it's the perfect property for rest and relaxation, but it also offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities and wildlife experiences, some of which can't be found in most other counties in Florida. Scalloping is one of those favorite summer activities of mine that I am able to enjoy from this cottage during July and August, and Hernando county is one of the few Florida counties with an open scallop season.
Opportunities for kayaking and canoe adventures are available from this waterfront property located on a brackish water canal with quick access to the Weeki Wachee River and the Gulf of Mexico. About three miles west of this property at Bayport Pier is a nice county park with boat ramps, picnic facilities and a boardwalk. Charter fishing and boat rentals are available nearby, and there are a variety of public boat ramps and waterfront parks in the area that offer pier and shore fishing. Nearby Bayport Pier and Pine Island Beach are favorite spots for sunsets and picnics. 'Roger's Park' on the Weeki Wachee River is another popular county park with sandy banks and a public swimming area for those who prefer fresh spring water.
We found the house clean, and very well stocked. We enjoyed the kayaks for morning rides- from "The Mudhole" to the mouth of the spring, then found a hidden fast moving creek which made for exciting exploring. The porch, with the swing and table made for great memories and meals together. Two bathrooms worked well for the 5 girls on the trip. The location was close to Weeki Wachee and Pine Island Park, close to grocery, restaurants, and other attractions. Thank you, and much appreciated. If we are back in the area, we would stay here again.
Our group had an amazing time staying at this house. The location could not be better. Very private property, with plenty of space outdoor, nice screened in porch with lots of seating and a swing, and access to the river right off the property. Close to shopping, state parks, and the beach at Pine island.
It's not a huge house, but there's enough room and we had no problem with a group of 6 adults. The house is clean and well maintained. It's also well air -conditioned, so it was always nice coming back inside after a hot day out in the sun.
We were able to fish right off the property and caught a barracuda and bass, we also put to use a crab trap available at the house and had a crab dinner one of the nights.
Kayaking up and down the river was one of our favorite activities. The area is great for bird watching, manatee, and other wild life. We saw manatees on several occasions while kayaking on the river, and once a manatee came right to the dock by the house, very exciting.
We spent a lot of time just lounging outside and sunbathing, there are two swings and several chairs set-up on the front yard, you can get out and sit in the sun or set-up yourself in the shade of the trees and enjoy the cool breeze.
With shopping and restaurants only 4-5 miles away, it's an ideal location to get away from it all and yet be relatively close to everything civilization has to offer.
Working with Dale was easy and pleasant. He was there to greet us when we arrived, showed us around the property, and explained how we can get in touch with him if something comes up.
This is not the cheapest property in the area but all the amenities make it totally worth every penny. We would recommend this rental if you looking for privacy, get away from it all, nature watching, fishing.
Thank you Dale for everything. We are looking forward to coming back.
Loved it. Pictures and any detailed review I could possibly write wouldn't explain it. You need to just come down and see for yourself.
You will not be disappointed!
All was awesome. Only wish the indoor fireplace was functional. Kayaked with manatees was incredible! Would definitely return.
The "Mud Hole" was amazing! We had a wonderful time. Being right on the water made the view beautiful at all times and going out on the kayaks was a lot of fun. The rental was very clean and was stocked with anything and everything you could think of to make our stay care free. The property is also close enough to town to get anything you need but far enough away to feel private and secluded. The owners were wonderful and very easy to deal with. We can't wait to go back!
What can I say, this was the most amazing place ever. I am so sorry we only had 6 days here, as I could have spent 6 months here. It is so private, and yet close to restaurants and shops. The river is amazing, we saw plenty of Manatee, and even saw a mammy and baby. The interior of the house is so quaint and comfortable, even nicer than the photos show. The sunsets in Pine Island is something that my husband, two kids and I will remember forever. Just breath taking. We have been to Florida many times, but never to anywhere as beautiful as this. We would really love to come back some time. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to sample this wonderful vacation rental.
Maxine, Barry, Shane (16) and Aisling (13) from Ireland :)
This cottage is located in a quiet, rural, coastal community on the west coast of central Florida in an area known as the 'Nature Coast'. Wildlife and recreational opportunities are abundant. Enjoy day trips to a large variety of tourist attractions, including: Disney World, Epcot, Sea World, Leggo Land, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, and numerous others. Travel a few miles north and enjoy the Florida Birding Trail in Crystal River. Swim with the manatees there too. A variety of county boat ramps provide boat launch options, and boat rentals are available within a short distance of the cottage. Shore fishing is permissable at multiple coastal parks in the area, and there are options for charter fishing offshore, and guided flats fishing.
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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Notes||NO PETS ARE PERMITTED. This property is suitable for up to four adults and two children due to sleeping arrangements. All reservations require rental agreement be completed and returned along with a copy of the responsible party's driver's license. A 50% deposit is required for short-term rentals. Other deposit arrangements may be made for longer term seasonal rentals.|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.