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The Shine House located 'IN' The Gulf of Mexico

Kathie Simmons

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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The Shine House located 'IN' The Gulf of Mexico

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Aripeka House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedroom with 2 King Beds and one Queen, 2 Full Baths

The Shine House is a stilt home that sits majestically, on a secluded peninsula with only 7 houses on it. The Lane is a dead end and is privately owned, so there is no traffic other than my neighbors. The Shine House is the next to the last house on the peninsula overlooking the Gulf of Mexico to the West. Our home has water/Marsh/Sawgrasses dividing the beautiful waters, providing beautiful views from every window, since it is on a peninsula, we have 3 sides that have water views. The Westside Upper Deck is the length of the house plus 15' which provides Multi~color Sunsets every night. Outside you will find ample seating and tables that await you and your fellow vacationers, from every vantage point. 3 sides water with marsh and sawgrasses provide an environment that you have never seen in a home, and maybe won't ever find again? An Outlook Bar has been built on the West Upper Deck railing for 6 to enjoy meals looking out at the Beautiful Nature GOD created. You will get your exercise by running back and forth from deck to deck, to upper to lower and front to back trying to see what is making all the commotion in the water. Dolphins come visit almost everyday. How amazing it is to watch Ospreys hovering 20' above the surface of the water, flapping their wings according to the breeze velocity so they can hover, then dive straight down to catch their food.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Kathie Simmons (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english
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About Kathie Simmons

My name is Kathie, my husband Mark and I have been married since 1995 and we are totally committed to each other. Mark has one Son who is married to a wonderful woman and they have a sweet little daughter that live in Florida. I have one Daughter, married to a great guy and they have 2 beautiful, teenage, daughters. I also have a Son, who is single, and has a sweet daughter as well. So we have 3 children, total, and 4 perfect granddaughters. We will be using The Shine House for family retreats starting new traditions and memories. Mark and I are total opposites, but with GOD we try to compliment each other rather than 'butt' heads. We are CHRISTians and try to put GOD ahead of everything in our lives. I have worked several places, with my last endeavor being, opening Heaven Bound CHRISTian Bookstore in 2003.I felt it was GOD's Will to open the store as a Ministry more than just another Bookstore. People were saved and healed in the bookstore, so I feel like GOD was pleased. I sold the bookstore in 2011 to a good friend that continued the Vision, GOD had put in my heart for the store. My husband, Mark, is co-owner of Honda Suzuki of Jackson, and is not ready to retire yet. We love to ride motorcycles. We also love cars especially fast, pretty cars.We love the water and all the activities that water provides, so buying The Shine House was a very good idea, but maybe premature given my husband's present responsibilities to the dealership, so that keeps him in Ohio as his main home, but I am more mobile, so I will be living in both The Shine House in Florida and also the house in Ohio.This allows me the flexibility to rent The Shine House occasionally, to vacationers when I am in Ohio.I will appreciate my vacationers to please take excellent care of my Shine House, and it's contents, because it is my home, and I am sharing my home with you and your family. Let me also add that I do not reduce my rental fee, so no need to ask.Most think I am very reasonable.

Kathie Simmons purchased this house in 2012

Why Kathie Simmons chose Aripeka

My husband and I love warm weather, and all the activities that warm temps provide. The Gulf has always been a preference because of the lack of commercialism. We looked online for a property to buy for about a year and a half, then during a trip to Clearwater we got serious and contacted a realtor when we had several properties we wanted to look at. The ariel photo of The Shine House, seeing that it was remote and almost surrounded by the Gulf, was totally amazing to us. We didn't dream we could ever find a property like The Shine House, let alone own it. In all our viewing homes from Myrtle Beach to both East and West Coasts of Florida, we never found a property that had both Gulf views and Sawgrasses. I love to watch the sawgrass move this way and that from the gentle breezes of the Gulf of Mexico. The Shine House overlooks the Gulf to the West, so amazing, unobstructed views of Sunsets will captivate you every evening. Water views are amazing from every window in the house, sawgrass and water/Gulf views from windows facing North (Front) and South (Back) and The Gulf/Sawgrass views are from the West (Side) of the house. Aripeka has a population of only 500 people and is remote and quite removed from todays hustle and bustle of life in the 21st century. Visiting this quiet, sleepy little fishing village is like taking a trip back into time. Come to a place where the past and present meet, The Shine House in Aripeka, Florida. Aripeka has natural, vast forests of Cabbage Palm trees are still standing that have somehow remained untouched by man. Aripeka seems to be one of Florida's best kept secrets. This Gulf coast area offers abundant sea life, and fishing, that has been the draw to the area for years. Babe Ruth spent many winter weekends here during training camps in Tampa. The Wright Brothers spent vacations here as well. Aripeka has kept its natural resources untouched by man, so wildlife is still abundant here. Locals pride themselves in its quaintness.

What makes this house unique

We bought the house for its unique location 'IN' the Gulf of Mexico, and the house was a pleasant surprise that came with the property. We fell totally in love with the views from every direction, from every vantage point. Under the house, in the house, outside the house, on the front porch, sitting on the bench on the front sea wall, sitting on our own boat dock in our aderondack chairs, sunning on the upper south deck, looking at the sunset from the 60' long west, covered deck. I saw Dolphins playing in the Gulf while viewing the property. I was overjoyed to have found such a place, to someday live. The seclusion of the peninsula, the protected Sawgrass areas, where nothing will ever be built or disturbed, were all very important to us. Over populated areas are not appealing to us, so this property was simply amazing. Our neighbors have adopted us as part of the family. They are very friendly and neighborly. I love inside The Shine House's views of the Gulf from almost every room. Every room has Gulf and/or Water/Sawgrass views with wildlife so abundant, that a zoo would love to have access to. The Gulf is literally our front yard and back yard. When you sit on our boat dock in the back yard, you are actually sitting 'IN' The Gulf of Mexico. There is a swim ladder on the dock that allows you access to swim right there. So our actually the Gulf of Mexico. You can see the uninhabited island, rowing distance away, that has a sandy beach to sun bathe, in the shallow water, with 2 portable lounge chairs that are provided. Unbelievably private! We love, love, love the seclusion that the Shine House offers, but we also love that as remote as this unique property is, it is quite close to everything. Shopping is amazing, just 2 miles away. In fact, there are 125 restaurants within 6.5 miles and 6 Cinema complexes within 11.2 miles. No matter what you may want to eat or shop for, it is just minutes away from The Shine House. This property offers so much diversity.

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The Shine House located 'IN' The Gulf of Mexico
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews
George Town, Cayman Islands

More than expected

  • 5 of 5

Everything was as advertised or better! The house is so well-equipped I would not know where to start and all spotlessly clean. The area is quiet and scenic with abundant wildlife perfect for kayaking and canoeing, even swimming! Even so, shopping of all kinds and numerous restaurants are nearby. We felt very safe and this was so much more like the "real" Florida away from Orlando or Miami. We had a great day fishing with Capt Josh (Chasin Tails Charters) and swam with manatees 40 minutes away in Crystal River. With so much going on we missed Weeki Watchi (practically next door!) but thankfully found a few minutes to relax on the porch and paddle around the inlets and islands of Indian Bay. Thank you Kathie for sharing your beautiful home with us.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
George Town, Cayman Islands

All that was promised and more

  • 5 of 5

Unable to book our "usual" home away from home, I chose the Shine House based on location and reviews. We had a wonderful experience. The house exceeded my expectations, the area was perfect for a relaxing week and yet the stores and entertainment were never far away. We drove North to swim with the manatees, chartered Captain Josh for a day of fishing, had some retail therapy on the cool days, but also took lots of time canoeing and kayaking the surrounding inlets and islands. Coming from a Caribbean island we did not expect the water to be clear, nor did we expect to see a dolphin and an otter right from the porch! I could write a book but suffice it to say the home is fully equipped with everything you could ever need, is clean and well appointed and in a lovely quiet area perfect for families with kids who need some space to run around. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us! (Captain Josh from Chasin Tails recommended for fishing, Manatees in Paradise for swimming with the manatees)

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

The Shine House, Spring Hill

  • 5 of 5

If you love to be in nature and need to get away from the hustle and bustle of life.... The Shine House vacation rental is for


Kathie has thought of everything in her home!! The bedrooms are beautifully decorated and her kitchen is better equipped than mine at home :). The tvs in each bedroom are a nice addition too! The great room is a perfect spot for gathering in the evening with your family!

The sunsets we watched each evening from the deck and dock were absolutely stunning!

We saw river otters, bald eagles, blue herons and Dolphins from the deck.

We kayaked with Dolphins, sea turtles, sting rays, crabs and manatee. The manatee were so close, we could've reached out and touched them. We looked right into their eyes! So amazing!!

God wiling, we'd love to go back again sometime !!

Ted and Brenda Shaw

Ontario, Canada

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Christmas "Shined" in the Gulf

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic time we had at the Shine House! Christmas was even more magical when we arrived and the ENTIRE house was decorated for us! The local economy suffered since the kitchen was so well appointed that we stayed in for most of our meals. Comfortably appointed for our family of four adults, the Shine House has all the technology that we could ask for in today's connected world. The proximity to the Gulf was fascinating and we enjoyed being so close to the wildlife that was all around us to say nothing of the incredible sunsets!! Our hosts were very thorough in their explanations and readily available to answer questions but the manuals that they left behind were so helpful that we never felt the need. The whole experience let our little family reconnect and relax in a holiday atmosphere and we would most certainly recommend this home for anyone who wants peace and quiet away from the craziness of our modern world.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Most relaxing vacation ever!

  • 5 of 5

It has taken a while for me to write this review because I didn't even know where to begin! This was the most relaxing vacation we have ever had. My husband and I went with another couple for our annual vacation with them. We had gone to the keys last year but wanted something closer. I was more than pleasantly surprised with the choice! The owner was so sweet and easy to work with. She has made sure that everything that you need is there and has basically made her home your home for your stay. The house is just as shown in the pictures. It is clean and inviting. We were able to keep our 25 foot boat in the water at the dock and we went out in the gulf almost every day. I can not comment on restaurants or attractions because we didn't leave. We fished and crabbed and so we were able to cook in the great kitchen and watch the sunsets from the deck. The view! The sunsets! The neighbors! We enjoyed all of our neighbors, and you know who you are! We miss you and Aripeka, counting the days until we can return. Thank you so much.

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Kent, England

Absolutely Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

This was perfect!

The owner is delightful, genuine and helpful in every way. Property was spotless on arrival.

Would recommend to anyone who can manage steps.

I had to arrange payment etc internationally and this was no problem at all for her.

The location is wonderful, and photos can never do it justice!

The house is extremely well equipped and has a real home from home feel.

The neighbours are wonderful too!

Cannot fault it, worth every penny!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
43 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
R Beach Restaurant/Bar
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Timber Pines
Nearest Motorway
2.3 Miles
Highway 19
Nearest Restaurant
2.3 Miles
Cracker Barrel Restaurant and Gift Shop
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Private Island's accessible by canoe/boat/kayak
Car: necessary

Aripeka has long been forgotten from the hustle and bustle of modern day stresses of life and commercialism. This village has been called 'A Sleepy Little Fishing Town'. It has one country store, Norfleets, which has a private boat launch that you can use for a $5 fee, and also we have the historic Post Office.

Several Famous people have vacationed here frequently. Babe Ruth used to spend his weekends here in Aripeka (while his baseball training camp was in Tampa), because of the wonderful fishing and uniqueness of the village. Also the Wright Brothers vacationed here for the fantastic fishing. Famous artist, James Rosenquist lives here as well. Aripeka has 'The Old Florida' flavor here, quiet, light breezy days, relaxing, fishing, hiking, Wild untouched Nature is what Airipeka is about. As you drive on Osowaw, which is a very quaint 2 lane road, toward Aripeka, the speed limit drops to 35, and you go through a canopy of tropical trees to our 1/4 mile private lane.

Orlando is just 90 minutes away, so Disney World is available for a day trip. Also in Clearwater, about an hour away is The Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where Winter lives. Winter is the Dolphin that lost part of her tail because of an infection that set up from a Clam trap injury. Winter had a heart warming family movie made about her called, 'Dolphin Tale' which I have provided the DVD in the House so you can get to know her before you go visit the Aquarium.

Area Shopping is Fantastic, and only 3 miles away on Highway 19, includes Pier 1 Imports, Walmart, Publix, Macy's, JC Penney, Beull's and Beull's Outlet, Belk, Target, Home Depot, Lowe's, and Office Max to name a few.

All kinds of Restaurants are also just 3 short miles away, including Cracker Barrel, Panera Bread, McDonalds, Pizza Shops, Chinese, Mexican, Greek, Japanese Steak House, Chillies, Red Lobster and of course the Restaurants that only the locals know about...Brian's, R Beach, and Bayport Inn all where sea food is not only featured but also perfected..

Several Nature preserves are close by, Bayport Pier, is where I saw my first sea turtle...He was huge...

I see Dolphins almost every day...from the West Upper Deck, they are so playful with one another...and play for an hour. Manatees are seen from both front and back sea walls, along with Crabs, Needle Heads, Mullet, and Striper. Scallop fishing season is wonderful, and is not allowed further North of Aripeka, (season ends last of October).

Why not pack a picnic basket and take the canoe to one of the several uninhabited small Islands within rowing distance from The Shine House? One of the Islands has a sandy beach, where you can enjoy sunbathing privately...Just think...your own private Beach...where else can you get that...?? I provide portable lounge chairs to take with you in the canoe for laying out in the clear water on the sandy floor. Wading is great, just take some old tennis shoes to protect your feet. Swimming in the Gulf is pretty awesome...just anchor the canoe...and jump is very shallow for miles, so no fear about being lost at sea..

I provide 2 bicycles for bike riding. Osowaw is a scenic bike route, (State Route 595). Just minutes away, is the Weeki Wachee Nature preserve where you can go hiking or bicycling, bird watching etc.

I provide 2 kayaks as well, so that you can experience kayaking in the Gulf or close to the shore where the waters are divided by marshes and sawgrasses, where lots of wildlife take refuse and feed.

The Muti~color Sunsets off the West Side Upper Deck are unbelievable, overlooking the Horizon of the Gulf of Mexico. I guarantee you will not want to leave this property for any reason. You will never tire of looking at all the wildlife that pays no attention to you being there. I have a boat dock on the back seawall, and both my neighbors on each side of me have boat launches, so getting your boat into the water is not a problem nor is tying your boat up to the dock until your next adventure.

Remember to pack all your camera gear, because you will turn into a photographer while here. Also bring binoculars if you have them. So you can enjoy watching birds, dolphins, etc. Boating, Fishing, Relaxing, Nature watching, Swimming, Canoeing, Kayaking, or just taking in the many views from every vantage point in and around my beautiful home. So come to Aripeka and feel like a local for a week. Leave all your stress back home...I guarantee it will be there when you return...But for the week you are here, Be Blessed by the fantastic show GOD will provide for you in this 'Nature's Coast of Florida'. Aripeka is where you feel like you have taken a trip back in time. My neighbors are like family just like the old days. I'm sure you will enjoy them also. My next door neighbor, Craig, just might go fishing with you in the canoe if you ask him to. Perhaps he will show you some of his best fishing spots. He catches huge red fish off my front seawall.


Rates & Availability

From $1,700 Per week

Aripeka House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Memorial Day Week
May 24 2015 - May 31 2015
7 night minimum stay
Independence Day Week
Jun 28 2015 - Jul 5 2015
7 night minimum stay
Labor Day Week
Sep 6 2015 - Sep 13 2015
7 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving Week
Nov 22 2015 - Nov 29 2015
7 night minimum stay
CHRISTmas and New Years
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Normal Housekeeping $125
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $125
Tax Rate 9.5%
Notes Checks only, are accepted. Personal checks must clear your bank, before scheduled week is taken off the market, and also the check must clear your bank, 2 weeks before check in date. No exceptions.
The Shine House is not a child friendly home because of the antiques and keepsakes inside the house, and also the many decks that are high in the air, and also the Gulf surrounding the house/Peninsula.
No Reduced Rates, Please do not ask....Just 50% down holds your vacation week until 1 month prior to check~in, at which time the balance is due.
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Aripeka House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1830 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , Enjoy looking at the Gulf of Mexico, while showering.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Nice Size Bathrooms with great water pressure...The Master Bath has a window in the Shower that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico...totally Amazing... ;)
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Beautiful Gulf/Water/Sawgrass views from all the windows in all Bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
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  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Genesis 1:20 sums up... The Shine House 'IN' The Gulf. (Genesis 1:20). Then GOD Said, 'let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth...Across the face of the firmament of the heavens. This Scripture, epitomizes what our property on The Private, Secluded, Indian Bay Peninsula, surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico is all about. A piece of 'Old Florida', untouched, protected groves of Cabbage Palms and Sawgrasses complete with wildlife, birds, fish and water mammals abound in this Paradise. It's like you are visiting an Aquarium, but you are experiencing first hand, God's Creations. The Shine House may not be for everyone....But...if you are a Nature Lover. If you are totally astounded when you look out at the Gulf of Mexico from the 'Outlook Bar' on the Upper West Deck, and see several Dolphins swimming rings around each other, making snorting sounds and splashing lots of Salt Water everywhere, then maybe The Shine House is for you!

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