|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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You have just found one more great idea for your family reunion or Bucket List. Picture this, Your having breakfast on one of our big decks over looking The beautiful Rainbow River, it's the largest 5 story 12 room 8 bathroom Vacation Home for 100s of miles with 5 star reviews. Your lounging on a comfy couch and listening to nature at it's finest. You see a big oak bonfire going near the shoreline and the smoke gently drifts your way opening memories of the good days gone by. You see that the kids are bonding and getting along in ways you don't get to see as often as you would like, some kids are snorkeling, some are swimming others are cooking marshmallows and swinging on the rope swing having a ball. There is happy laughter all around because of the choice you made in selecting our vacation home. You hear many family members in our big kitchen cooking and getting ready for a long overdue family reunion and you did it, you brought them all together. It's a family feast and everyone is enjoying being under one roof together with plenty of space to spread out. You turn to see some of the fathers launching the big pontoon boat, they are headed up river taking the kids with masks, fins, snorkels and tubes who will explore and float back down later.
No worries, no stress just happy thoughts and a lifetime of good memories for all that you invited. You can feel that your in a safe harmonious place and we the owners are near by ready to help in any way we can if needed. Many of our guest have found the perfect spot to sit and watch the crystal clear flowing river and all the native activities going on. Come and see our amazing variety of birds and animals. Bring you cameras, Otters are nesting right next door and fish are clearly seen everywhere. Come and find your spot, you will not be disappointed. Our Rainbow River is the clearest, cleanest, free flowing river in the world, with a several hundred thousand tubers, snorkelers and explorers gently floating down every year. There is just nothing like watching the kids young and old swinging on our rope swing or hunting for dinosaur bones right off our own crystal clear shore. See your family launch their paddle boards and kayaks for an adventure up river. We have found Mastodon teeth and tusks, giant prehistoric shark teeth and human molars from our long gone distant relatives and they even found a T Rex tooth near by. Our Vacation Home is like no other in the world, just read our absolutely cherished 5 star reviews and you will see why our home has brought many wonderful memories to so many great families.
As Empty Nester Parents of 8 children we felt the loss as the children grew up and moved on with their new families but then we realized that many of our wonderful client have come again and again with their families so we have unofficially adopted them and it has been very rewarding. It is always a pleasure helping our guest with everything they need. We can hold up to 60 guest with a special agreement but our normal is 20 to 40 guest.
Please note: We WILL NOT RESPOND TO ANY RENTAL REQUEST WITHOUT A working USA PHONE NUMBER, INTIAL CONTACT must be by phone DUE TO THE SPAMMERS AND SCAMMERS.
We are The BIGGEST, Cleanest, most fully equipped AND clearly the only unique 5 story waterfront VACATION HOME ON THE ENTIRE RAINBOW RIVER.
PRICES: All Holidays are a minimum of up to 20 people at $1500.00. per day plus fees for a three day minimum stay. All published regular rates are based on up to ten people at $750.00 per day for three day minimum plus fees. Each additional guest must pay $225.00 for the minimum three days. ABSOLUTELY NO DAY GUEST and no switching of guest, everyone must pay for a minimum of three days. Any violation subjects you and your guest to substantial $2000.00 fine and or eviction (see Rules) No frat parties, big wedding parties or excessive drinking parties , no drunken loud or disruptive behavior. No kegs or open bars on the river. We don't mind a drink or two but abusive excessive drinking has caused way to much damage and disruption to our home and our neighbors so we have had to stop it completely. We are a family vacation home retreat where you can have the best that is offered anywhere and our home is big enough for everyone to be under one roof.
Please read our wonderful 5 star Reviews, they tell it better than we can. We specialize in Family and Friends reunions, birthdays special ceremonies and team events. We can handle you Special Waterfront Memorial and Bereavement Gatherings. We can help with all your needs including catering with really great food. We have a big comfortable grassy beach front with docks, bonfires pits and the best rope swing on the entire Rainbow River. We have a full game room and a basketball hoop. We light up the river and the waterfront at night. Our home is very very large, its clean, comfortable, well equipped and if we don't have it we will get it for you. We live close by to accommodate your every wish. You can do great all niters and campouts around the bonfire. Our neighborhood quiet outside time is from 10:00 PM to 9:30 AM. This is our whisper time where all outside beach front, upper deck loud talk, noise and loud activities must be lowered.
You don't have to stand in long hot lines or travel two hours each day to pickup and return your boats, kayaks and equipment because we have it all and its free. We don't try to cram 20 to 60 guest in a small 3 or 4 bedroom home with two bathrooms. Our Giant 5 story multi decked waterfront home has 12 rooms and 8 bathrooms and there is no crowding. Our home was designed for your large family and friends making your stay the best gathering ever. We know that Large reunions need plenty of room for everyone to eat together in comfort and then guest want to spread out, we provide that with lots of comfortable areas inside and outside. PLEASE NOTE: All Our Summers and holidays book out very early, so if a date is important then book it as early as you can. We have an arrival time of 5 PM and departure time of 11 AM. These times cannot be changed unless additional fees are paid and agreed to by the owners.
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Nothing we say can top our guest 5 star reviews, please take the time to read all of them and you will see why our guest come back. WE ARE A PRIVATE GATE GUARDED WATERTFRONT VACATION RENTAL ESTATE.
Dorothy or Ray purchased this estate in 1999
SECURITY WARNING: YOU MUST PROVIDE A WORKING PHONE NUMBER PRIOR TO ANY CONTACT FROM US. We Must speak to you.
There is nothing like our big comfortable 5 story home on the Rainbow River, we have the inside and outside space (Over 12,000 sq. ft) needed to make your stay very enjoyable. We are not a 3 or 4 bedroom home converted to handle large groups, our home was designed for very large groups that need lots of space for living and cooking. You won't feel crammed in or forced to share only two or three bathrooms. We have 11 well designed bedrooms and 8 bathrooms with lots of other space to put sleeping bags in for larger groups. Look at the price a realize that all the free boats kayaks paddle boards tubes etc save you almost $1000.00 per day in rental fees. But most important you don't have to spend two to three hours each day standing in line to fill out papers, pay and secure with a deposit then haul and return the rental items by 4 o'clock. We know you would rather be on the river having fun so we solved the problem. Everything you need is right on our shore line and its free. We enjoy sharing our home and we have met some very nice people who take the time to give us back our home the way they found it, in fact we are amazed at how some people clean up our home. We welcome all of you to our Vacation Rental, our mission is to make your stay one to remember for the rest of your life. Thank you, Dorothy and Ray Shelton Owners / Managers
We now offer special Bereavement Gatherings discounts with your Accommodations so that families and friends can share special moments together. We are also kid friendly. Many large families come to our lodge who bring their friends who are involved in professional teams, churches, Corporations, youth and adult groups. However we are not a resort or commercial venture of any kind. We are simply a very large waterfront residential 5 story home for families and friends who want to stay together and not be crammed in to a small home. Our neighborhood Vacation Rental Home is allowed and governed by our state and county laws. Many of our guest spend all night just sitting on the dock or around the bonfire with family and friends. Morning and Evening paddle boarding and kayaking can center your life, body and soul as you interact with nature and the wildlife along the river.
We have a new whisper time where all outside and upper deck loud noise of any kind must be reduced, its from 10:00 PM to 9:30 AM. You can still enjoy the evening outside and our star gazing is the best, you can also enjoy great bonfire outside. But please lower the loud stuff and help us be good neighbors. This rule is strictly enforced and governed by our published rules. Please email for us for a copy. Please call us directly and only use VRBO for all other communication to us because Scammers and Spammers are everywhere. Do Not send any Money via western union or wire transfer and please make initial voice contact and you will maintain complete security for all of us.
From: Kathleen Montemayor
Sender: Kathleen Montemayor
To: Ray Shelton
Subject: contact information
Sent: Sep 27, 2010 8:59 PM
Thank you for a great weekend! We have celebrated birthdays 3 times in the past few weeks at several places in Florida, but our weekend in your place was the best. I have friends and employees who are interested in such outings, so I shall recommend Rainbow River and your place.
I told you that I would send contact information, so here it is:
Our family had a family reunion at The Rainbow River Lodge 2 years ago. All four of my adult daughters and spouses and grandchildren had such a wonderful time that they have been talking about it ever since. So we just got back from our second reunion at the lodge. What a wonderful experience we all had. The grandkids are a little older now and took full advantage of all the paddle boards, boats and tubes available for everyone to use. We made good use of the pontoon boat by taking everyone up the river and letting them float back down. We also took a late evening ride up the river and got to see all the wildlife including several otters playing in the water not far from the boat. The rope swing received a lot of action. The lodge itself was well appointed and very clean. Kudos to Dorothy and her daughter for doing such an excellent job. The numerous rooms allowed everyone to sleep comfortably in a room of their choice. The kitchen and living room and dining room were spacious with very comfortable furniture and fixtures. Quite frankly the boats and all the other toys available to explore and enjoy the river were a great bonus and made the price of the stay well worth what we paid. Needless to say we will be going back, and I highly recommend the place to anyone wanting a great place to stay on Rainbow river.
What a great family reunion site! This is our second year at Ray and Dorothy’s Rainbow River Lodge. This year we were able to get some family from Europe to join us!! I’m so glad we resisted the temptation to seek another location. I for one loved being an early riser, brewing the coffee and heading out to those comfortable couches. The view of the river, from everyone’s favorite balcony was amazing. I love the serenity of that early morning fog disbursing as the egrets skim the top of the river!
There are so many highlights to this massive home, we all tended to gather in the massive dining area overlooking the river; we’d cook together either in the gourmet well equipped kitchen or hang out on the deck overlooking the river. The fans on the deck kept us all quite comfortable, frankly, I don’t have enough wonderful things to say about the Rainbow River Lodge.
This large sprawling house is perfect for our group aged 10 months to 96 years. This year we took 2 pontoon rides a day which allowed us all to see experience the larger picture of the river.
Ray and Dorothy have a clean house and you instantly feel at home. Multiple ovens and grills, ability to all dine and celebrate together made this such a perfect weekend. We were so busy last year that we missed out on the game room! This year we enjoyed a couple ping pong tournaments! Awesome!!
Ray checked on us a couple times, reminded us to have a bonfire and would check the gas supply in the pontoon boat. We now have a new tradition!! Smores Night!!
Rainbow River makes it possible to just let go, relax and enjoy the simple things in life!! Thanks for providing a great place to create some great memories!!
This was our fifth year staying at Ray and Dorothy Shelton's beautiful Rainbow River home. Why do we keep coming back? Simply, because there is no other place that provides us with the gracious, comfortable accommodations that we have now become spoiled by! Over the past five years we have had from 14-33 women who need a good nights sleep, plenty of room to prepare meals in a well-stocked kitchen, plenty of bathrooms (8 full!) large dining area, and most important to our purpose~ very comfortable couches, loungers, club chairs, cozy nooks and crannies where we can spread out to have mornings spent quietly in individual hours of prayer, Bible reading, and personal study. Who wants to curl up on those shaker chairs that most rentals provide? None of those at Ray and Dorothy's! The grounds and dock are gorgeous places for meditation and reflection in the morning, and we enjoy the paddle boats, kayaks, tubes, and pontoon boat rides each afternoon. There is talk about two retreats next year- our ladies prayer retreat and a second couples-only marriage retreat. Personally, I think it's a great idea. Every year we say the same thing, "This was the best year ever!" And you know, it was!
Thanks to Ray and Dorothy~ see you next year!
The perfect blend of Comfort, uniqueness, practicality, and clean fun. I slept better, rested more deeply, and played harder than at any other time. This Woodly Castle is a one of a kind!
Thank you, Ray for all your assistance in making our stay enjoyable. This property is perfect for all ages, and we had a range of 4 to 70. There is something for everyone. Since the home was built with a large family in mind, it provides the ideal setting for a large gathering. When the site reads bring your swim towel and snorkel gear, it means it. Everything is provided, and there is more than enough equipment for all to enjoy the water at the same time.
As an added bonus, we experienced the Florida Glass Bottom Boats for an afternoon. Ideal way to see the river, especially for the older and younger members of our family that could not snorkel or swim. They were able to come along and enjoy the river in the shade, without having to get in the water. Shawn was extremely helpful and gracious in teaching me how to operate the vessel. Highly recommend an afternoon of the glass bottom boat experience.
All of the party left wanting more and we are already planning and looking forward to the 2nd Annual ABF2GL River Romp!
Thank you for a great week of comfort and relaxation, and for your help in making our Raney family reunion a huge success! A large group of Florida Raney family members vacations together almost every summer. But the group is growing! We were all amazed to find this spacious lodge in north-central Florida practically in our backyard. Almost a dozen bedrooms to sleep the growing families; not to mention-a great place for hide-n-seek with the little ones in the evenings. Great river activities, fishing, stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, pontoon-boat cruising, or just tubing or swimming and relaxing in the refreshingly cool clear water. Plenty of room for all the family participants. And a great rope-swing for the adventurers in the group. A beautiful large kitchen, gas grills & the fire pit for roasting marsh mellows in the evening inside the large plush screened patio. Or you can do the marsh mellows outside on a bonfire down by the water’s edge. We enjoyed all the bedrooms (and numerous bathrooms – 8 or 9?). But mostly just enjoyed finding a place big enough and close-by where we could all be together under one roof! Truly Amazing!
The following rules and agreements are strictly enforced:
This notice also insures that your payment is your acceptance of our agreement and liability below.
#1.This is a quiet peaceful river front neighborhood and we must insist that our guest not have loud abusive noise at any time that would disturb our neighbors. IT'S WISPER TIME ON ALL OUTSIDE DECKS docks AND BACKYARD STARTING AT 10:00 PM TILL 9:30 AM. Please No nudity, outside urinating, or drunken behavior of any kind.
#2. Some Floaters from the river will try to use the rope swing, do not let them come on the property for any reason. There is a lock on the rope swing. ROPE SWING MUST BE KEPT LOCKED AT ALL TIMES WHEN NOT BEING USED BY YOU OR YOUR GUEST.
#2.a All Paddle Boards, Kayaks, Paddles, and tubes must be pulled away from river and shore after each use. Lost Paddles are $100.00 Lost kayaks are $600.00 Lost Paddle Boards are $500.00. Lost Tubes are $30.00.
#3. We don't mind a drink or two but a few guest have ruined it for all the rest so no more keg or frat type parties and absolutely no DRUNKEN BEHAVIOR permitted for any reason. Music TVs and or radios are not permitted outside our home or on our decks or docks. At all times: You must not let children Jump over our neighbor fence. You must also prevent your children from abusive screaming, yelling, or fighting that would cause our neighbors to call with complaints. Our Primary Mission is to bring large groups together especially families where everyone can enjoy the peaceful nature of our Crystal Clear Clean Rainbow River and residential community. Please read our reviews, many of our guest return year after year.
#4. Marion county laws: Absolutely No alcohol or drugs on the River or our boats.
#5. No Drunken Loud or Abusive Behavior.
#6. No fighting, no pushing or shoving guest off docks, boats etc.
#7. No drug ( pot use ) or any illegal activities of any kind.
#8. No Dogs, birds, reptiles or animals of any kind.
#9. WARNING: There is a $2000.00 fine for smoking in the home
and also for allowing NON PAYING day or overnight guest.
#10 There is also a $2000.00 fine for Bringing Dogs, birds, reptiles or animals of any kind to our property or home. Fines must be paid immediately or you will be asked to leave.
Arrival time is 5 PM and departure time is 11 AM.
This will be our busiest year ever and we can not alter these times without an agreement and extra fees.
Please note: No visitors or day guest are allowed who haven't paid a three day minimum unless a flat fee has been paid for an entire group. New rule: All guest must be registered. You may not give out our gate code to any guest who has not paid for a three day stay.
Home must be returned the way you found it.
#1 Pull all used sheets pillow cases and used towels (not the comforters) and put them in stacks near white laundry room door down stairs.
#2. Empty trash containers from all 8 bathrooms and kitchen. Place in big trash bins outside.
Wash and dry all used pans, dishes, utensils and return to proper place. Please empty and clean refrigerator. same for stove tops and ovens.
#3. We do not wash or dry your personal laundry or your towels. There are laundry facilities near by.
#4. Bring your own towels for the outside river and yard use. Our towels are very limited, only one per guest for your stay. Hang them up to dry for later use. Have your guest bring additional towels.
RELEASE OF LIABILITY: When you make the payment you and your party agree to follow all the rules and you also agree to hold harmless the Shelton's or their vacation rental from any and all accidents or injuries of you or your guests from the use of our vacation rental home Boats or any equipment that we provide. This type of waterfront vacation rental has many inherent risk that can cause serious injury or even death and you and your guest accept this as a release of any and all liability that we or our vacation rental may have. You also agree to a binding arbitration clause where no trial will be allowed by either party. You also agree to cover all attorneys fees in the event that you decide to file any action against us or our vacation rental in any way. Any questions please call Ray at 352 274 8467
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest|
|cleaning, boat fuel, propane||$300|
|Property Damage Protection||$99|
These rates are subject to change, no substitutions or switching out guest. Everyone must pay for a three day minimum. Your basic rate of $750.00 per day is only for up to 10 guest. Additional guest must pay a minimum of $225.00 for 3 days extra days are at $75.00 per person per day. All holidays are reserved for up to 20 guest at $1500.00 per day, 3 day minimum. Extra persons above 20 pay $225.00. 3 days minimum, Extra guest are at $75.00 per person per day. You can bring less but you still pay for 20 guest. Big Fines and or entire parties eviction for an unpaid ($2000.00 fine) guest and bringing animals ($3000.00 fine) brought onto property. No Smoking in home ($2000.00 fine) Can hold up to 70 with special approval and additional rules. There are no refunds. Please use renters insurance.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.