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Spectacular Waterfront w/Dock, Pool! Winter & Spring Break Dates Available

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 baths (sleeps 8) Perfect Family Vacation Home

Exceptional location to experience your next vacation adventure. READ OUR REVIEWS! This place is spectacular! VISIT SASSAHOUSE.COM FOR MORE INFO. Close to all the best of what Florida offers. This lovely Stilt Home (not a manufactured or double wide) situated on almost 4 acres of beautiful “Old Florida” landscape just north of the “Chassahowitzka National Park”. We call the property 'The Sanctuary' - here you can meander down 'Dream Trail' to 'Eagle Point' on the property. Eagles have been spotted flying over head. The screen enclosed pool is perfect!

Bring your own boat to use on Mason Creek, or to use on Petty Creek to head up to the Homosassa River. Both routes are a short very scenic ride to the Gulf of Mexico for renowned fishing and Seasonal Scalloping. Boat ramps are a short distance away and plenty of room to park your trailer at the house. A scenic 15 minute boat ride will take you into some of Florida's best fishing areas in the Gulf of Mexico or cruise up the Homosassa River toward Homosassa’s Wildlife Park where you can swim with manatees in crystal clear springs. It is also a 5 minute drive to the Homosassa Spring Park to see their exhibit up close.

Two bicycles are available. Two canoes and three kayaks are provided for our guests to enjoy right off the boat dock in our cove that leads to meandering and enjoyable leisure rowing . Or use one of the many professional fishing guides to take you for a fun filled day of catching redfish, trout, snook, grouper as well as many other of the gulf coast sport fish. Fish right off the dock! When we are down we park our two 21ft boats at the dock. Boat and Pontoon rentals are available in Old Homosassa for an exciting adventure on the River or Gulf. Our cove in cooler months is known to have several Manatee, last season again we had a mom and her new born living there. The list of birds and wildlife seen daily is too long to mention here. The sounds of nature are incredible. The house has a wrap around screened porch.

We are 65 minutes from Tampa and Busch Gardens and 1 hour and a half from Orlando, Disney World, Sea World and Universal Studios. Clearwater and its beautiful beaches and Aquarium , home of “Winter” star of “Dolphin Tales' are an hour drive from the house. Sandy white beaches are located in Chrystal River, a 15 minute drive or 25 minutes south to Pine Island. Enjoy all the activities Florida has to offer in a short ride. This area is remote enough to take you away but close enough to major grocery chains & restaurants. At local establishments like the Riverside Crabhouse, Neon Leon's, MacRae's, the Old Mill Tavern and others, you will definitely experience true American small town friendliness teaming with local color. There are numerous quality golf courses within a short driving distance and many Florida Birding Trails.

The park-like property is very quiet and has complete seclusion and privacy. In season you can pick your very own oranges and grapefruits. There is parking for two cars out of direct sun. The rear of the house is south facing maximizing the amount of sun during the day on the fully screened large kidney shaped heated pool (heated in the cool months for an extra charge). There is an outdoor shower. The sunsets are glorious. A dining area with chairs and table are poolside. The large Florida room has cable TV, a three seat sofa, a two seat love sofa and a large single armchair. The kitchen has all needed appliances, dishes and utensils. There is an adjoining breakfast area with table and chairs for 6. The utility room has a washer, dryer and a large sink. All linen and towels (including beach towels) are provided.

A maximum number of 6 people are accepted on a rental for the given rate. There are comfortable beds for 6 people. Up to 2 additional people can be added at $25 each for each night. A cot, 2 twin air mattresses and a child's Pack & Play are available for use.

The master bedroom has a King-size bed, en-suite bathroom with tub/shower and a walk-in closet. There are two other bedrooms, one Queen and one with Twin beds, ample closet space, and they share a 2nd bathroom which has a bath/overhead shower, toilet and vanity unit. French doors lead out to the pool area and a door from the Master bedroom and the Queen Guestroom lead out to the pool. There is a barbecue grill provided for your use. Holiday weeks/weekends use the High Season Rate. Visit SASSAHOUSE.COM for more information and Information on our other rental property.

WE ACCEPT CHECK, MONEY ORDER AND PAYPAL PAYMENTS. Or pay thru using your credit card. Holiday weekends must adhere to a 7 day minimum Rental Rate.

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Property Manager
Member since: 2012
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This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, spanish, czech
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017

About Owner/Manager

We have traveled many parts of Florida for many years and have always come back to Homosassa. We chose this home for its beautiful serenity and closeness to nature. When we don't have to work we will be spending many days here.

Our grand kids love the place and get a first hand experience with the fabulously beautiful "Nature Coast" and all the it has to offer! We look forward to sharing this beautiful place.

Owner/Manager purchased this house in 2011

Why Owner/Manager chose Old Homosassa

This area means a lot to us, especially for all it offers to the nature lover and the sportsmen. We have always spent many vacations with our children and exposed them to the value of nature and helped develop their appreciation for nature and healthy activities. This area continues to offer wonderful things for any family! It is especially wonderful that the property is waterfront. Our dock has room for two boats, a place to put the Kayaks in to the water and still plenty of room for off the dock fishing. During the winter months Manatee and Babies usually swim up for a visit.

What makes this house unique

Outdoor activities galour!! Fun times and many unique experiences for couples or families with children. Birds, animals, fishing, snorkling, exploring and a very close proximity to all the great theme parks of Florida!! The pool is incredible and the property and entire area is very beautiful. Serenity and privacy and lots of fun! We accept US Check, Money Order or PayPal Payments. Or pay thru

Guestbook comments from the manager

The home was beautiful and the property was awesome. We saw a lot of different kinds of birds and vegetation. Weather was great, except for one day of rain. We went tarpon fishing and were luck enough to hook a 120 ponder. We were able to swim everyday thanks to the screened in pool. We certainly are looking forward to coming down again real soon. Thank you Joan for making this an absolutely fabulous vacation.
May 2017
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Old Homosassa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Village
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoor Shower - outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Additional Cot, 2 Air Mattresses and Pack & Play available
  • Bed sleeping for 6, additional Cot or 2 air mattresses. We have a child's Pack & Play.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
We accept Checks, Money Orders and PAYPAL payments. Or book thru VRBO/HomeAway by credit card. House comfortably sleeps 8. Parking for Boat Trailers. Dock is able to provide space for one or two boats.


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Spectacular Waterfront w/Dock, Pool! Winter & Spring Break Dates Available
average rating of 5.0 based on 51 reviews

Absolutely Perfect Vacation Rental!

  • 5 of 5

EVERYTHING WAS "As Advertised"! Awesome property, secluded. Never needed to heat the pool. The kids swam and Kayaked, the adults lounged. The house was extremely comfy. I took the boys out on the canoes and we found an awesome catfishing hole across from the Mansion about a mile from the house. We caught fish until we ran out of bait. Tampa was an hour and a half away so we hit the beach a few days. Check out the wildlife park (Awesome experience for both the adults and kids). Also the Tree Top Adventures in Crystal River (Zip Lines and Obstacle Courses). This property made our trip. We stayed put 3 days out of the week in Florida, Grilled out, swam and enjoyed our surroundings. Big Kitchen to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner for the fam, every pot, pan, cooking item you need. If you get a chance go down to the marina locally and enjoy the bar and food. Its always live and the people our great!

Awesome Experience! We Will Be Back!

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the super review. We agree with you... the Homosassa area offers something for everyone. Of course we are very partial to our place because it is so outstanding. It is a fun place for families, couple or just individuals to relax or have a super active time! A side trip to Tampa is always a good thing to do. Haven't tried the Zip Line as yet... Might just wait and watch the grandkids do it! Glad that you and your family enjoyed yourselves! Please return again!
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The Sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

This was our first time visiting this section of Florida. A laid back area not commercialized like the rest of Florida's coast. Lovely property with total privacy. The screened in wrap a round porch allows you to sit in the shade any time of the day with the pool and patio steps away. I would recommend this home if you are looking to spend some time in the Homosassa area

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love the Gulf side of the State. Especially the area north of Tampa. Eventually we will retire here. It is beautiful and not as rushed as other parts of Florida but yet there is plenty to do and see! The area has something for everyone - peace and quiet or excitement - your choice. Thanks for visiting!!
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Beautiful and Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed a few days at 'The Sanctuary' and found that it lives up to it's name. We had deer in the yard, otters and manatee in the creeks behind the house. The pool was clean and so refreshing, the house was comfortable and well equipped-- such a wonderful place to just relax and enjoy nature-- we never left except to kayak and explore the property. Joan and Peter have thought of everything, and we look forward to enjoying their beautiful home again in the future!! Dena Tarkington/Revell family

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you stay at our place. The place is very relaxing and very beautiful. It offers to everyone that visits exactly what they want. the natural surrounds are awesome. Thanks for staying with us!
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Perfect for a family

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic vaca at this house! The screened in pool was prefect, no bugs, no leaves, great for adults and kids..the house is surrounded by trees so you can't see the neighbors, but close enough to town pizza will still deliver to the house. Long stone driveway was beautiful and the kids rode their bikes. We will definitely be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you and the kids enjoyed the house. The pool and the dock are super fun. It's great that you took advantage of the pizza delivery - we are also thrilled that they deliver to the house. We tend to get pretty lazy when we get down! We love the fact that it is a short drive for many fine eating places! Hope that you come again!
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Danville, IA

Seculusion PLUS! but minutes to fun.

  • 5 of 5

WOW! The Sanctuary is just that - - Peaceful, secluded, and relaxing as you sit by the pool and look out at nature. We saw deer a couple of times in the yard. It may be secluded, but just minutes to several cute bar and grills. Also, grocery store only 10 min drive.

The home was super clean upon arrival and equipped with everything you may need. The pool was the cleanest we have ever had. Beds very comfy, lots of towels, linens, beach towels. Kitchen roomy and equipped with everything (how many places have a slow-cooker!) Only thing that could be upgraded would be living room couches. A storm came in one day and we lost power. Phone call to owners and all was resolved quickly. Never really had any issues, but any communication with owners and we received a reply in MINUTES!

We really loved Homosassa area. Used the kayaks provided several times (lifejackets provided). Rented a boat and explored the river (rental from MacRae’s just minutes from home). The Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is a great place to see Manatees, birds, reptiles and has cute “fishbowl” where you are underwater to view schools of fish. We would recommend taking a drive down Ozello Trail to PECK’s Seafood and try the almond crusted Grouper! Pine Island beach is just south of Homosassa and is very nice with little snack shack there and very family friendly. But just relaxing in the sun poolside in February was a delight for these northerners! Rent this home and you won’t be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. The house is truly a relaxing Sanctuary. We also have spent many fun filled days there. Peck's Old Port is also one of our most favorite restaurants. We also favor the grouper. The soft Shell Crabs are my favorite. Please come stay again with us!
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One of the most enjoyable vacation stays ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd visit to this property! Enjoyed so much the 1st time, had to go back. It was named appropriately "The Sanctuary" ... very clean, well stocked, and relaxing. Close to everything you need but far enough out to enjoy the serenity of nature. Will definitely go back and will recommend this property to all of our friends.

  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having return visitors! Yes, this Sanctuary can provide any visitor with what ever vacation they wish to have - be it relaxing, adventure filled or just observing nature. The area offers something for everyone! We are so glad that you once again enjoyed your stay!
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River Safaris & Gulf Charters Inc.
"Did the Air Boat Tour on two occasions!! Funtastic!"
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
"Visited this park several times! Beautiful!"
Car: necessary

We are 65 minutes from Tampa and Busch Gardens and 1 hour and a half from Orlando, Disney World, Seaworld and Universal Studios. Clearwater and its beautiful beaches and Aquarium , home of “Winter” star of “Dolphin Tales are an hour drive from the house. Sandy white beaches are located in Chrystal River, a 15 minute drive or 25 minutes south to Pine Island. Enjoy all the activities Florida has to offer in a short ride. This area is remote enough to take you away but close enough to major grocery chains & restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $100
Pool Heat - per week $100
Tax Rate 11.0%

7 night minimum stay Sat. to Sat., except July, Aug & Sept. All Holiday (Christmas, New Years, Easter, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day) weekends adhere to 7 day minimum Rental Rate, No Discounts.
6 person maximum occupancy - 1 or 2 additional guests will pay $25 each for each night.
The required $250 Property Damage Deposit will be refunded 14 days after Check-out if no damage.
$500 will hold dates. 100% Refunded if cancelled 45 days prior to check-in. Our preferred Method of Payment is PayPal or a Mailed Check. If Cancelled later and we re-rent... all money paid less a $100 process fee will be gladly be returned. All International Bank Fees are paid by Renter. Returned Check Fee is $35.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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