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Experience the 'Real' Florida in Historic Old Homosassa

Old Homosassa, Homosassa, FL, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay5 nights

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

'Kelly's Retreat' is situated in Historic Old Homosassa. It is a fishing/boating community that has managed to keep its old world charm and offers visitors the opportunity to experience some of the 'Real' Florida. Riverside restaurants and bars offering locally caught fish & shellfish at reasonable prices, and at week-ends most of these offer live entertainment for all ages!

The house is pleasantly surrounded by natural forest & sawgrass area giving privacy and freedom to explore the natural wonders of this unique part of Florida.

The pool has a waterfall feature and can be illuminated in the evenings,it is also fully screened allowing the Sun 'in' but the 'bugs' out! There is also a 'natural' outside firepit and plenty of logs to burn for a real taste of the outdoors!

Nature & Wild-life abound here,Squirrels,Hawks,Eagles,Owls,as well as the usual Racoons,Possums,Armadillo's,Turtles etc. and occasionally Deers have even been sited on the property! All year round the birds frequent the yard,species are too many to mention,but there are books available for 'Bird-spotting' at the house. There are 2 kayaks on the property which can be launched close by, enabling visitors to explore the wonders of the backwaters of Homosassa & the Gulf of Mexico.



Member Since 2008
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Mar 20, 2018


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


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single
      • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower, En-suite to Master bedroom (King) Garden tub!
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, outdoor shower, Bathroom 2 leads to Pool/Deck area

        Location Type

          • Rural
            Set in 4 acres of woodland forest


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Free Long Distance
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Kitchen
                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Microwave
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Music Library
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys
                                  • VCR
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair accessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Private Pool
                                                Not heated!


                                                  • churches
                                                  • cinemas
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • library
                                                  • museums
                                                  • playground
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • ruins
                                                  • zoo

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • boating
                                                      • horseback riding
                                                      • horseshoes
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • shuffleboard
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • hospital
                                                          • laundromat
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • freshwater fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • hot air ballooning
                                                              • hunting
                                                              • deepsea fishing
                                                              • pier fishing
                                                              • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                              • snorkeling
                                                              • snorkeling/diving
                                                              • sound/bay fishing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • water tubing


                                                                  • House & Pool situated in very private 4 acres overlooking wild-life refuge.There is a free boat ramp within the area-please call for information re. access to Gulf waters.

                                                                    4 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Happy Times and memories.

                                                                    Squirrel loverWesthoughton England

                                                                    I have stayed at Kelly's retreat a couple of times in the past with my Husband,Daughter and Grandson and we all had a wonderful time. The property is very homely and clean an spacious, who cares if towels do not match they all dry you just the same. It is ideal for anything you want to do from lounging around enjoying nature to visiting theme parks and anything else in between. I personally like the little personal touches, We once stayed in a home close by and although it was very nice it felt very sterile. Keep doing what you do Esther. Looking forward to returning soon to my "second home" the only place I have been and returned home from feeling refreshed.

                                                                    ICE COLD POOL -NOT HEATED, MILDEWED TOWELS, DIRTY CLUTTERED

                                                                    MICHELE S.Granger

                                                                    FOUR OF US LADIES recently rented this house in FL for a dive trip. I have been renting from VRBO for probably 20 years or more. This house was a disaster. I was humiliated that I suggested we rent a house through VRBO because the girls were all set to rent hotel rooms. THERE WAS PERSONAL ITEMS all over the place including pictures of (the owner?) in very personal attire. The cabinets & fridge were a mess with a ton of opened groceries in them. The beds were unmade when we arrived @ 3:00 am after driving for 2.5 hrs. The linens were piled on the beds. (The owner knew we’d be in late after a long day of traveling) There were no linens in the bathrooms; we scouted around and found a hodge-podge of mix-match bath towels, kitchen towels, dish clothes, washcloths hand towels and rags all piled in dissaray. reeking with mildew so we had wash them first to utilize any. THE MASTER BEDROOM had a stack of boxes, personal items, & pictures stacked on and around a desk which made it an eyesore and unusable for guests; there were more personal items on the dresser; there was a dirty used toothbrush holder in the master bath; the shower in the master bath had no hot water. THE "HEATED POOL " advertized, which was what won our vote, WAS 60 DEGREES! When we called about the pool problem, response was that we didn't pay to have the pool heated. I brought it to her attention that the listing stated HEATED pool and nowhere did it state it was a paid option. I also reminded her that at no time during any of our several texts or conversation did she say we would have to pay to heat the pool. We had narrowed our choices to 2 houses in the area and the winning factor was the heated pool. Never have I encountered such a dishonest listing, and an unorganized, cluttered, dirty mess. WE CALLED the owner on Monday the 11th and she agreed to give us half our money back. She stated she’d mail a check when she got back to the city not stating when that would be. We waited and after a few e-mails she finally sent a shorted check @ end of April. SHE ORIGINALLY STATED that the cleaning was included in the rental cost but renegged after she said sher refund half back and charged us for it.

                                                                    Super, well equipped house in beautiful surroundings - lovely relaxing stay

                                                                    EllyDevon, England

                                                                    We have stayed here 3 times over the last few years and it's like coming home each time we stay. We last stayed in November and were not disappointed.

                                                                    The house is well maintained and spacious and has everything you need to make it a relaxing and comfortable stay. There is good internet access. The pool area is very big and lovely with a great outlook and very private,not overlooked at all. I especially like it in the evening when you feel that you are in the midst of nature with all the animal noises etc.

                                                                    We have stayed as a couple and a few years ago with our children after a visit to Disneyland and love all the nature spotting - especially the birds and butterflies.

                                                                    The house is well situated for all kinds of outdoor activities like fishing and boating and kayaks are available at the property. There are plenty of restaurants nearby and rivers and walks nearby.

                                                                    We have rented a boat to go out to the Gulf and it was fantastic. You can see manatees and dolphins and the water is shallow and warm.

                                                                    It's only a short drive to a good selection of supermarkets and shops. The fish and seafood are particuarly good but there is plenty of choice.

                                                                    I would definitely recommend it to friends and family and we will definitely be back!

                                                                    Big Let Down

                                                                    BecciSouth Bend, IN

                                                                    We took a girls trip to see the manatees and a narrowed it down to two rentals. We chose this one even though it was further from town because it had a heated pool. The house itself is okay but there were a lot of things wrong. The pool heater was not on. The contact we had for the house said she could come turn it on but it takes 3 days to warm up, we were only there 3 days. She did eventually refund a portion of our payment for the pool. The water heater did not have enough hot water for one person to take a shower let alone all four of us so we had to take luke warm showers the entire stay. The beds were not made and when you arrive at 3 am it is a huge burden. The towels all smelled of mildew which we found out was because of the dryer not working good enough to dry a load of clothes. There was quite a bit of personal stuff around the master bedroom including pics of what I assume to be the lady of the house in lingerie! Over all we were all quite a bit disappointed and next time we will choose a place closer to town.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    I am very sorry and saddened by this review,as we have had many wonderful comments from past renters over many years.

                                                                    Regarding the issues;

                                                                    Pool heat, I have already changed the advert to confirm that the COST of pool heating is not included in the rental cost, (original posting was that there is a 'heated pool',and not 'pool heat included')

                                                                    My manager has always placed clean sheets ready on the beds for guests to make up at their discretion.

                                                                    We were not aware that the dryer was not working adequately,as it has always been very reliable and serviced anually,as are all the appliances.

                                                                    The 'lingerie' photo's were of my daughter (1 frame) when she was 16 and had won a photographic competition,of which I am very proud,and have only ever had positive responses about the house having the feel of an actual 'home' which it is, and I do have many ornaments,pictures,memorabilia displayed,which I might add have never been damged or misused.

                                                                    To conclude, I am pleased that these negative comments have come to light as it has made me aware that up-dating the house may be necessary,which is being addressed immediately.


                                                                    Mrs Esther Kelly (owner)


                                                                    Old Homosassa, Homosassa, FL, USA

                                                                    2 Kayaks 1 x double 1 x single, available on site which can be launched from a free boat ramp close by, enabling adventurers to explore the surrounding canals and backwaters to the Gulf of Mexico!

                                                                    Rates & Availability

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                                                                    Additional Guest Fee

                                                                    Long term rentals are negotiable (e.g 4 weeks or more) $250.00 refundable security deposit is required at time of booking.

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