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SnowBirds welcome! Come South for the winter!

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Perfect place for a perfect stay. The most beautiful property on the River.

Just imagine waking up to this incredible view! Your most critical decision of the day is breakfast on the patio or fishing on the river! Life couldn't get any better than this. Both sunrise and sunset cast a rainbow of colors on the water. The house is situated on a grassy knoll overlooking the St Johns River. The dock is a perfect place to enjoy the sunset and, most unusual, no sharing required! The Ocala National Forest lies directly across the river. 300+ acres of pristine forests and trails provide another layer of privacy. Venture inside to find the house spacious and open with an abundance of windows and doors throughout to allow full and natural light to the interiors. A magnificent four poster mahogany bed anchors the master suite. The adjoining deck, sunroom/sitting room, luxury bath and large walk-in closet complete the master suite. The kitchen and living area overlook the river, as well as a patio with teak adirondack chairs, chaises lounges, and dining table. This 1600 sq ft home is fully furnished has a dining room, guest room, 2nd bath with jacuzzi tub, and laundry. Careful planning ensured that every room has a view! Experience the amenities of this special hideaway and you will be compelled to return again and again. The natural landscape is intertwined with live oak, cypress, cedar, palm, magnolia, citrus, all species of ferns.and other native plants. Fish from the dock, around the cove, bring or rent your own boat. Throw out a shrimp net, sink a crab trap and cook your own catch. Voila!, dinner on the river! Observe and enjoy an amazing array of wildlife; eagles, turkey, deer, hawks, woodpeckers, owls, alligators, sandhill cranes, egrets, herons, anhingas, kingfishers, seagulls, and the occasional pelican. The old outdoor brick fire pit is a great place for an oyster roast or clam bake. A little bit of history can add interest and allure. For many years this property was known as the 'home of Rosie Hilton, fiddler extraordinaire'. A musician/songwriter/performer, Rosie frequently held outdoor concerts on his wooden stage joined by other performers including his son, TK "Kim" Hilton. Guests would gather round to enjoy the show. Please come, enjoy your stay and we hope to see you again real soon!

Bonnie Peters
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2017

About Bonnie Peters

We bought this property in spring of 2014 and have completed renovations this year.

Bonnie Peters purchased this house in 2014

Why Bonnie Peters chose North Central Florida

We love it! My husband grew up in Palatka and fished this part of the river all his life! He has long admired this property, but we never dreamed we would ever own such a treasure. And now for a very limited time we will share it with you. An opportunity not to be missed!


Welaka House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master bath has shower two vanities, water closet. Jacuzzi tub in 2nd bath!
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - Comfort in a double bed!
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master suite has private bath, deck, walk-in closet, sunroom
  • New mattresses, luxury linens, beautiful furniture, master has adjacent sitting/sunroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Directly across the River is the 300+ acre Ocala National Forest and the Ocklawaha River.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

SnowBirds welcome! Come South for the winter!
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

The perfect trip

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time at The Riverhouse @ Fiddler's Cove! We took our three elementary age boys and had a blast. The boys explored the property, fished, kayaked, and played in the backyard. We saw wild turkey, owls, alligators (on kayak trips), various large birds, and loved every minute of it. Everything was in perfect working order and the house was so clean and very maintained. We even used a big green egg for the first time. The property was so serene and quiet and the house had everything we needed. The views were beautiful too. We look forward to making another trip to The RiverHouse. The property owner was very timely in respondig and corresponding.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for sharing your experiences. Reviews are a very important and helpful tool for others to decide if this is the right property. I am happy that your family had such a good time at the RiverHouse. You are more than welcome back at any time.
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Great Place

  • 5 of 5

We found the house clean and well stocked with an amazing sunset view from the dock every evening. The king bed in the Master Bedroom is very comfortable and there is a small study that allowed me to get a bit of work done as necessary. The property is quite and private and well managed.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise on the River

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the views of the river and our stay in this pretty house on the St. John's River. All the other reviews match our experience staying in this pretty house on the river. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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macclenny florida

Want to get away?

  • 5 of 5

If you truly want to get away from it all and truly relax, this is the place to do it. We needed a break from all the hustle and bustle of our hectic lives so we rented for an extended weekend. First we brought our boat but we were so relaxed after getting settled in that we mostly just enjoyed the peaceful beauty of the property on our stay. It is exactly as described and more. Very peaceful and clean and everything you need is right there also the place could not have been in a more beautiful setting. Thank you so much for sharing your place with us. We would love to stay longer next time. The only bad part is having to leave!

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fayetteville, NC USA "

The River House at Fiddlers Cove in Welaka, Florida

  • 5 of 5

Once again we stayed for 7 nights at this most beautiful location in North Florida. The River House at Fiddlers Cover is a beautiful home, fresh and modern with every amenity you could ask for. Loved cooking and eating on the patio overlooking the River. Loved waking up and seeing the St. John's River first thing. Loved having cocktails on the dock. Just enjoyed the entire stay so very much. If you are looking for privacy, comfort, peace and serenity, fishing and beauty, this is the place for you.v

  • Submitted: Mar 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Trish for your glowing comments. I am so glad you had an enjoyable stay and hope to see you again real soon. BTW, you did not mention what a great time your husband had fishing for bass, especially the the BIG one that got away! Bonnie
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Atlanta, GA

Private, Secluded ,Exceptional location on the River

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here for a long weekend with close friends. We enjoyed ourselves so much ,we never made in to St Augustine or Daytona!! I've stayed in many properties thought out Florida.

This place is "fresh" and modern. The most gratifying sunsets from the dock made "Happy Hour" spectacular !! I did little fishing, with a few misses. A had a bass boater tell me it was a "good spot"! !We did see lots of wildlife!! There are a few "Tiki" type restaurants close

by. The kitchen and outdoor grills made it easy to prepare meals. The owners were very helpful and accomidating.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Daytona, JAX, Orlando
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Fort Gates
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Welaka is Golf cart friendly, Live Oak Golf Course
Nearest Train
25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Nearest Ski
Jet ski or other water sports
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
St Augustine, Palm Coast, Daytona
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Welaka House Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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