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John West, Sr.

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Enjoy it all - Screened Lanai & Solar Heated Pool, Boat & Jet Ski Dock on Gulf

28 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 31 nights


Hernando Beach House Rental Photos and Description

Hernando Beach - Boating, Beach, Fishing, Kayak, Canoe, Screened Lanai & Solar

All reports are the Scallops are just off shore and as the people that have gone after them say they are in Abundance!!!! Our dock is ready for your boat and we have room to park your boat trailer as well. Look at the options, read our reviews, you will find we are the best value in Hernando Beach!

Our home is a perfect place to get away, relax, unwind for a week, a month, or several months. All you need to pack are your clothes and personal items (your boat if you have one) and don't forget your swimming suit... we supply the beach towels! Enjoy watching the shrimp, Crab and net boat fleets as it goes past your lanai & pool as 'they go to work' . Imagine, you are in the solar heated, screened pool, with the beverage of your choice (in a plastic glass or can please) and you are watching commercial fishing boats on the way to work!

Hernando Beach is a rural, residential Gulf Coast town with world class fishing. The area is famous as Tarpon Country (several world light tackle records were set here) -but there’s great fishing for Reds, Trout, Grouper, Snapper. More than one guest has caught their dinner from the dock! If lady luck is not on your side there are excellent restaurants here in Hernando Beach! If your heart is set on cooking your own seafood dinner that is not a problem our local fish market is super. The best part the fish are fresh caught and very, very high in quality.

The Area: The home is located 10-minutes from the Weeki Wachee Springs and the Weeki Wachee Water Park. Canoe and Kayak rentals are available at the Weeki Wachee Water Park as well as two other locations on the river. The Weeki Wachee River is a State of Florida park. The park is famous for the Mermaid Show! . A very popular part is called 'Lil' Mates Caribbean Cove'. It is a pool reserved for kids 6-years and younger. I is a great water play area that is supervised by trained lifeguards so 'mom & dad' can relax while one of the pro's does what is needed.

The river is crystal clear and in the low 70's year round. It is a pristine Florida river. During the winter (summer too) Manatee swim up the river and are often seen by those going up and down the river. Wildlife abounds along the river and you may see otter, raccoons, osprey, hawks, alligators and other wildlife. The river is also excellent for a 'float' on a raft or inner tube. The Buccaneer Bay water park is very popular with the young set. This park offers thrilling water flume rides, river boat rides and a white sandy beach.

For the boaters!!!: The 8x20 Floating dock has a Jet Ski / Waverunner dock attached so if you have one bring it with you. Water is available so clean up of your boat after a day of fishing is easy. In addition to the two tables (with seating for 8) in the lanai an additional glass top table with seating for 4 is located on one of the two rear patios. The entire back yard is elevated and covered with brick pavers. There is parking for motor homes, large boat trailers on the adjacent lot so parking is never a problem.

Watch The Manatees Go Up the River: If you enjoy people watching you will enjoy sitting on the outside deck at one of the local restaurants watching the boats, kayaks, canoes, boats, fish and in the winter Manatees going past on the crystal clear Weeki Wachee River while you enjoy lunch, dinner or your favorite beverage. All of this is 10 minutes from your front door. .

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
John West, Sr. (Owner)
Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

About John West, Sr.

In this photo I am on a fishing trip to Canada. If I were to put into words what and where make me happy it is easy.....salt water and now I live the dream. I found Hernando Beach in 2000. After remodeling what was a weekend home it was hard to go back when the weekend ended. Three day weekends turned into four day weekends and so on.... in the end I just did not go back 'inland'.

John West, Sr. purchased this house in 2011

Why John West, Sr. chose Florida Central Gulf Coast

My first home in Hernando Beach became a little small when my grown children married and had children of their own. This home is next to what was our first rental home, one called 'Claire's House' after the former owner. It was the site of many happy times for friends, family, clients and hundreds of guest that rented that home over the years we owned it.

This home is called 'Sam's' house was owned by a couple for many years. When the real estate bubble burst the prior owner of this home lost most of his clients. He was in the construction business and to support his growing business he borrowed on 'bubble' equity of this home. As you can imagine that did not work out well. Not long after that he moved out of state and the home went into foreclosure. That is where we entered the picture. We owned the home next door at the time as well as the vacant lot between the two homes. We purchased 'Sam's House' when it went on the market and the rest is history.

Prior to being Sam's house it was owned by a family that has been part of Hernando Beach for over 50-years. To look at the home today it looks nothing like it did when it was built 53-years ago in 1961. Every aspect of the home has been upgraded, remodeled or improved from what it was when built. How do we know? We did our share of the improvements....

We started this project looking forward with great joy and anticipation of what we could image the finished project will be like. As the shows on TV today show, your plans get adjusted by real world issues you uncover during the construction process some days the joy was lubricated with tears.

This project was like many, you start out with something that turned into a money pit, if you ever saw the movie you know where this is going.... But the finished home was worth it and we hope you will be our guest and enjoy it.

What makes this house unique

Hernando Beach will never be duplicated. It was made in the 50's and 60's when you could dredge out a salt water marsh and create land. Today that would never happen as the environmental laws alone would not allow it.

We are so lucky, we live in a quiet, safe, laid back, isolated, quiet residential community that is on the Gulf of Mexico surrounded by thousands of acres of nature preserve. We see all the animals native to Florida that are normally only seen in very rural areas. It is common to see deer and turkeys feeding on the side of the road. I like many others have seen Florida black bears, bobcats, coyotes crossing the road leading into Hernando Beach. Others have seen Florida panthers in the same area. Where can you do that, yet shopping and everything you could need is less than 15-minutes away?

If that is not enough, where can you catch your fish dinner from the back yard? Where can you walk out the door and see Dolphins or Manatee swimming behind your house?

A favorite pastime of many guests is to just watch the parade of boats that go past the home. On weekends that will be in the hundreds as the primary boat ramp for Hernando County's residents to launch their boats and watercraft is just a few hundred yards down the canal to the Gulf of Mexico.


based on 28 traveler reviews

Enjoy it all - Screened Lanai & Solar Heated Pool, Boat & Jet Ski Dock on Gulf
average rating of 4.892857 based on 28 reviews
Houston, Texas

This place is how you spell vacation!

  • 5 of 5

This place is ideal for a vacation if you want to relax and unwind. The home was very clean and nice. The home has tile throughout so it is perfect for someone with a pet. We had a tough time getting our children to out of the pool (it is solar heated and screened) or to stop fishing from the dock to go check out some of the local sights. Don’t miss these: The Homosassa Springs – the park tour it is great. Crystal River – The Manatee experience or the beach at Pine Island. The Sunday of our arrival we rented a pontoon boat from a local marina and spent the day on what the locals call the flats. This is an area of shallow water the dozens of people anchor in and party, visit, swim, shell or just get some sun. The water is crystal clear and we got some nice shells. Another day we went to the local county park and swam in the Weeki Wachee River. The water was about 74 and wonderful. The next day we rented a small boat from the marina there and spend the day on the Weeki Wachee River and it was superior (don’t forget the bug spray). This is a real natural river. We saw Otter and a Manatee up close. Next time we are going to rent canoes or kayaks and go down the entire river.

It was our plan to stay here and do Disney, Wet & Wild, and Bush Gardens on day trips. The cost of the home is far less than staying in a hotel, clean, large, on the water and has a pool. We like the privacy and yet having anything you want close. We ended up not going to the theme parks and had a far better time for a great deal less money. The way things are today (we just got back) we added the trip up and we spent way less than we planned and had a much better time. We asked the children if they wanted to go to the theme parks or come back here…the vote was here. My husband is already getting his fishing gear ready for next year…. Oh, the owner has fishing gear in the home for guest to use too!

Local places to eat… the Upper Deck is great anytime… and the view from the decks is super. Bare to the Bones… this is your place for fish. Brian’s for breakfast or lunch!

Shopping is easy as a super Wal-Mart is 10 minutes from the house! Anything you would want is 15-minutes from the home. Penny’s, Target, 3-grocery stores, Home Depot, Sports Authority, Best Buy, etc. It is all nearby.

Do you get the idea we had a wonderful time? You have no idea how much we enjoyed ourselves. We will be back! . The owner is great and lives nearby.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2009
  • Stayed: May 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words. We are not only owners but we are guests of other owners and it makes us smile when our efforts to make your stay a great one! Others have done the same for us. I am glad you discovered our little paradise! Do come back again! John
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Portland, ME

Exactly as described & a perfect family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

I'm not sure where to start with how much we (me, my husband, my 14-year-old daughter and my 11-year-old son) enjoyed our 4 nights staying at this Hernando Beach property. We loved the indoor/outdoor living at this house. My son spent most of the time fishing off the dock (John provides the rods and tackle and there's also a place only about a mile away that sells live bait). He caught multiple fish. We had a great blue heron who would come visit regularly. The pool was warm and beautifully maintained. The kitchen had EVERYTHING you could possibly need. The beds were comfortable. We were so happy at the house we ate all our meals there except for the 1 lunch we had at the Upper Deck after kayaking down the Weeki Wachee (a truly unique and fantastic experience seeing tons of wildlife). We went to Pine Island beach where the water is MUCH warmer than it is in Maine where we live year-round. John was easy to work with and extremely responsive and helpful. I can't think of anything we didn't enjoy about our stay in this house and cannot recommend it highly enough!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We work very hard to make sure all in our home are very happy. Your experience, the good time, the fishing and I am happy you met The Heron I call Charlie.... he is "Charlie on the spot".... if he thinks you will catch his dinner..... your son has it right! Fishing is everything!!! I am most happy that he and his sister enjoyed their time here. You learned about the Weeki Wachee River...... what a special place. Nothing I know of in Florida to compare. And to have it a few minutes drive away!!! Thank you for the kind words, you experience is what we strive for with every guest.........COME BACK! SOON! And be sure and tell your friends! OH, I have to say as a teen I lived at the Portsmouth Navel Shipyard...... I swam in the ocean there and it was COLD in August! So I know how you must have enjoyed the pool at 80+ while you were here and than Pine Island to top it off.... Again, thanks, come back and see us! John & Anne (99% of the credit goes to her as she is the reason the home is so nice!!!)
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One of our favorite trips to Florida!

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I have stayed in many parts of Florida over the years. This area is not as busy as other parts and a quick and easy drive to more "touristy" locations. We spent time in Tampa, St. Pete's Beach and Tarpon Springs (the Baklava at Hella's Bakery is out of this world).

The wildlife is plentiful. We enjoyed being on the canal so close to open water. We fished from the dock every day and were fortunate to see a manatee swimming down the canal! We also saw a family of cranes with an adorable chick walking along the side of the road and other wildlife.

We arrived at the house late and John was nice enough to have the lights on for us; a welcome touch after a long day of travel. The house was equipped with everything we needed. Every day we were torn between taking a drive to see the sights or staying at the house to enjoy the pool (which was very warm) and fish! What a wonderful dilemma! We hope to vacation here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sunrise to Sunset and everything in between

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location. Beautiful views. Close to everything, but far enough away to feel isolated. The owners bent over backwards to make sure everything was perfect, and they succeeded admirably. Everything we needed was provided. The pool was warm, and clean. The house was perfect. I would never leave this house if it were mine. I spent countless hours just sitting on the back deck and watching boats go by.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words.......... Anne and I do our best to make all our guest enjoy this small place in paradise. Few know that Hernando Beach is surrounded by almost 12,000 acres of state forest and nature preserve..... that is part of the character....... Please make it a point to com e back and soon!
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Superior Quality

  • 5 of 5

The property is in excellent condition, beautiful location, a true hidden gem. The properly was extremely clean and has like-new appliance. The property manager was very attentive. I will be coming back and recommend to all.

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you from both Anne & myself. A great deal time and effort goes into keeping our home in the best possible condition. We want our home to be in the condition we would want it to be in if we were the guest. It is wonderful that our guest appreciate our efforts. Please come back again!
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Colgate, WI

Incredibly relaxing weekend!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, fully furnished and stocked home. Rooms are spacious, bathrooms clean, kitchen perfect and pool super clean and refreshing! We enjoyed coffee every morning in screened in porch, plus soaked up the sun on the patio and got to be friends with "George" the egret! We fished with shrimp (thanks to Johns recommendation and fishing poles) and enjoyed every minute! Neighborhood is quiet and shrimp boat "tour" every night was entertaining! We would love to come back and bring the kids next time. Very good experience!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
49 Miles
Tampa International (TPA)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
over 20 Golf Courses nearby
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Rogers Park - Weeki Wachee River
Car: necessary

Our home is on the main channel in the waterfront community known as Hernando Beach. The #1 activity here is the water. We have the entire Gulf of Mexico at our back door. Nearby are rivers for you to explore including the Weeki Wachee, Crystal River, etc.

If you have a large party, one so large we cannot accommodate comfortably, we are sorry and ask you to look at other homes in our area. Hernando Beach is a wonderful place you will love it..

We understand that many want to combine in to groups and rent a home to reduce the housing cost. Our policy is to limit our guest to 6. That is all we are able to accommodate in comfort.

Other Activities: Our home is just minutes from some of the most beautiful places in Florida. Homosassa Springs, Crystal River and the Weeki Wachee River are very popular for those that want to see Manatees up close and personal. The 'float' from Weeki Wachee Springs is about 3-hours and you are almost sure to see a few Manatees as you go down river. Don't think of the attractions when you think of us.... we are close to them but the quiet beauty and peaceful community of Hernando Beach is close to so very much more. We are surrounded by state forest and nature preserves. You can walk for hours in the nearby preserves or just sit on the lanai or dock. The choice is yours.

Our homes in Hernando Beach give you the option to just relax, enjoy nature, go fishing, go for a swim, lay on the beach and tan or go to one of the theme parks. Again the choice is yours and not one you will get staying in a hotel in Orlando.

Come and be our guest, you will be very glad you did!

Golf: For a change of pace, there are numerous golf courses nearby, including some championship courses. Two of our local public courses are rated 9th & 48th in the country. With over 20 to choose from you will be busy if you’re a golfer.


Rates & Availability

Hernando Beach House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2016
May 28 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2016 (see notes)
Sep 3 2016 - Nov 25 2016
3 night minimum stay
December 2016 See Notes
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
January 2017 (see notes)
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 28 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
29 night minimum stay
February (see notes)
Jan 29 2017 - Mar 3 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
31 night minimum stay
March 2017(see notes)
Mar 4 2017 - Apr 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
31 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Apr 9 2017 - Apr 29 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $750
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.5%


Our change over day is Saturday, so all change overs will be on Saturday. Contact us to get a copy of the real rental change over..... In 2017 the February rental starts on January 28th - March 4th, March is March 4th to April 8th....

We offer 3+days on a last minute basis, our standard rental is 1-week (7 nights from Saturday to Saturday. The 3+ night rental can be any combination of week days or weekend days based upon availability. PLEASE UNDERSTAND WE WILL NOT BOOK rentals of less than one week more than 2-weeks prior to the first rental date. This web site does not allow us to put that in the notes with the dates...... # Last Minute Specials' - when available: Non-holiday weekends Non-holiday rentals: 3-$695.00, 4-$835.00. 5-$995.00. . Holiday weekends 3-$795.00, 4-$935.00, 5-$1095.00. "Last Minute" rental rates include cleaning, but do NOT include sales taxes (11.5%) & pet fee. . Interested? Contact us! Again, rentals of less than 1-week are NOT available and cannot be booked less than 2-weeks prior to the first rental date.
All Holiday Weeks except New Years: $1,450.00
Cleaning Fee: $150.00 (included in "last minute rentals"
Pets Limited to 30 lbs.
Pet Fee: not included: $100.00 Non Shedding Pet, $150.00 Shedding Pet.
Our Change-over day Saturday: Check in: 4:00pm Check out: 10:00am.

The rental deposit is due with the signed rental agreement. The rental deposit is the rent charge including all fees and taxes. The security deposit is due one week prior to the rental. Please contact us with any questions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Hernando Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2070 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Just Remodeled and Updated........ all new and beautiful.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Just updated with a new shower!!!
  • Both bathrooms have large walk in showers.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Our home sleeps 6 comfortably, there would be a possibility of sleeping more, however, our goal is to provide our customers with a clean, well furnished, comforts of home as advertised. We take pride offering a home with premium beds that make for a great nights sleep and vacation.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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