|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
Experience ''old Florida'' and enjoy the quiet, laid-back lifestyle of the ''Nature Coast'' from this fully furnished, well maintained, two story cottage. The large tree shaded yard offers plenty of privacy with great opportunities for viewing an abundance of wildlife, including seasonal manatee, numerous shore birds, water fowl, birds of prey, and otters. Launch the two kayaks, and/or the canoe provided, and enjoy the paddle while you acquaint yourself with the scenic waterways that extend from the brackish water of the ''Mud River'', to the clear springs of the famous Weeki Wachee River, and the saltier waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Favorite places for sunset are at Bayport Pier and Pine Island Beach, both of which are about three miles from this awesome property.
Numerous recreational opportunities and wildlife experiences can be enjoyed from this area, including world class tarpon fishing in May and June, and scalloping in July and August.
There are several county parks in the area, including Bayport Pier with boat ramps and picnic facilities, Pine Island beach park, and Roger's Park on the cool, clear waters of the Weeki Wachee River. Florida's historic Weeki Wachee Springs Mermiad attraction, and Buccaneer Bay water park and canoe and kayak outpost are about four miles east, on Highway 19.
You need not venture far from this wilderness area to find quality restaurants, shopping, and medical facilities. The Tampa International Airport is only 57 miles southeast of this unique hideaway via the Suncoast Parkway (aka SR 589), and Walt Disney World is approx. 90 miles east, via SR 50.
I love the west coast of Florida, especially those areas that remind me of 'old style Florida' from my youth. I was lucky to find this unique property on Hernando county's 'Nature Coast'. To me, it's the perfect property for rest and relaxation, but it also offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities and wildlife experiences, some of which can't be found in most other counties in Florida. Scalloping is one of those favorite summer activities of mine that I am able to enjoy from this cottage during July, August, and part of September. Hernando county is one of the few Florida counties with an open scallop season.
Opportunities for kayaking and canoe adventures are available from this waterfront property located on a brackish water canal with quick access to the Weeki Wachee River and the Gulf of Mexico. About three miles west of this property at Bayport Pier is a nice county park with boat ramps, picnic facilities and a boardwalk. Charter fishing and boat rentals are available nearby, and there are a variety of public boat ramps and waterfront parks in the area that offer pier and shore fishing. A local fish camp within walking distance from the property also offers shore fishing. Nearby Bayport Pier and Pine Island Beach are favorite spots for sunsets and picnics. 'Roger's Park' on the Weeki Wachee River is another popular county park with sandy banks and a public swimming area for those who prefer fresh spring water.
I brought my 13 year old grand daughter from Hawaii to Florida for the first time and wanted her to experience more than a condo on the beach, which we did as well. She enjoyed our stay almost as much as I did! Had family over, plenty of room for all the cousins. We were lacking nothing, so very well equipped. So peaceful and relaxing. Would have liked to have stayed at 'the Mud Hole' the entire vacation!!!!! Next time !
The mudhole was even better than the pictures. The house itself has a nice layout, everything feels new or extremely well maintained. It is very well stocked, I recommend going there before you buy supplies. All we needed was food, everything else was there. The property is exactly what we wanted quiet, remote and on the water. We will be back!
We had a great time staying at the "Mud Hole" The home is well stocked , very clean and well mantained . We are already making plans to return next year.
We stayed here for 6 weeks in 2014 and returned for another 6 weeks in 2015. The cottage is conveniently located for kayaking on the Mud River (which is not muddy) to Bay Port (and a nice picnic area) on the Gulf and to Rogers Park (with a nice swimming area) followed by a paddle (depending on your stamina) up the Weeki Wachee. Although we brought our own kayaks to take advantage of the many other paddling opportunities in the area, the two sit-on-top kayaks that come with the cottage exceeded our expectations and were great for less experienced users. We also used them when we did not want to unload our own yaks. The grounds at many rentals are not appropriate for launching a canoe or kayak. The launch area at the Mud Hole, with the supplied outdoor carpet, worked nicely.
The cottage is exceptionally well equipped with all the little things you might find in someone's home. The beds (especially the queen in the master bedroom) are comfortable and supportive, resulting in lots of good sleep. The screened in front porch, the front deck, and the grounds are private and relaxing ... perfect for days the weather is appropriate for outside activities. Although the satellite wifi at the cottage is OK for email and basic web browsing, streaming capabilities for video or music are quite limited.
The property manager was easily to work with, quickly responding to a couple of minor issues. Shopping is convenient and travel times to other places of interest such a Crystal River, Tarpon Springs, and Inverness, are less than an hour. We recommend the property and would return if vacationing in the area.
We found the house clean, and very well stocked. We enjoyed the kayaks for morning rides- from "The Mudhole" to the mouth of the spring, then found a hidden fast moving creek which made for exciting exploring. The porch, with the swing and table made for great memories and meals together. Two bathrooms worked well for the 5 girls on the trip. The location was close to Weeki Wachee and Pine Island Park, close to grocery, restaurants, and other attractions. Thank you, and much appreciated. If we are back in the area, we would stay here again.
Our group had an amazing time staying at this house. The location could not be better. Very private property, with plenty of space outdoor, nice screened in porch with lots of seating and a swing, and access to the river right off the property. Close to shopping, state parks, and the beach at Pine island.
It's not a huge house, but there's enough room and we had no problem with a group of 6 adults. The house is clean and well maintained. It's also well air -conditioned, so it was always nice coming back inside after a hot day out in the sun.
We were able to fish right off the property and caught a barracuda and bass, we also put to use a crab trap available at the house and had a crab dinner one of the nights.
Kayaking up and down the river was one of our favorite activities. The area is great for bird watching, manatee, and other wild life. We saw manatees on several occasions while kayaking on the river, and once a manatee came right to the dock by the house, very exciting.
We spent a lot of time just lounging outside and sunbathing, there are two swings and several chairs set-up on the front yard, you can get out and sit in the sun or set-up yourself in the shade of the trees and enjoy the cool breeze.
With shopping and restaurants only 4-5 miles away, it's an ideal location to get away from it all and yet be relatively close to everything civilization has to offer.
Working with Dale was easy and pleasant. He was there to greet us when we arrived, showed us around the property, and explained how we can get in touch with him if something comes up.
This is not the cheapest property in the area but all the amenities make it totally worth every penny. We would recommend this rental if you looking for privacy, get away from it all, nature watching, fishing.
Thank you Dale for everything. We are looking forward to coming back.
This cottage is located in a quiet, rural, coastal community on the west coast of central Florida in an area known as the "Nature Coast". Wildlife and recreational opportunities are abundant. Enjoy day trips to a large variety of tourist attractions, including: Disney World, Epcot, Sea World, Leggo Land, Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, The Florida Aquarium, and numerous others. Travel a few miles north and enjoy the Florida Birding Trail in Crystal River. Swim with the manatees there too. A variety of county boat ramps provide boat launch options, and boat rentals are available within a short distance of the cottage. A local fish camp offers shore fishing, which is also permitted at multiple coastal parks in the area. There are options for charter fishing guides for offshore and flats fishing.
NO PETS ARE PERMITTED. This property is suitable for up to four adults and two children due to sleeping arrangements. All reservations require rental agreement be completed and returned along with a copy of the responsible party's driver's license. A 50% deposit is required for short-term rentals. Other deposit arrangements may be made for longer term seasonal rentals.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.