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High and dry and available now Located on deep water canal in Sportsmans Harbor

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

The house is fully furnished including dishes, linens and washer and dryer.

New Listing Grand opening rates!! pet welcome.

12 years ago this home was custom built as a vacation home for a multi millionaire and it is true quality shows.

Guests are sure to enjoy a memorable vacation in this fully furnished, 4 bedroom/2 bath home.

The main/master bedroom has a king sized bed, while the remaining two rooms are each furnished with queen sized beds, dressers, chests and nightstands and are comfortable for two people each.

The fourth bedroom has two twin beds.

The large living room is furnished with extremely comfortable furniture and an excellent setting to watch a big screen TV with Direct TV's 220 channel package.

The kitchen is equipped with all new luxury appliances.

There are all the kitchen dishes, accessories, gadgets, pots and pans that a gourmet chef could ask for.

The kitchen is perfect for informal dining as it is equipped with four person breakfast bar and high top chairs.

There is a semi formal dining room that seats 8 or more when you add leaves to the table..

There is a new Brinkmann dual gas and charcoal grill that will please the most particular griller.

From the front yard you look across a small harbor park at the beautiful St Johns River.

The backyard is on a deep water canal with ample water depth and docking for large boat or small yacht.

Docking your boat under the covered boathouse and the safety of being able to leave your possessions right in your boat over night.

There is a fire pit for bonfires

By water 1/2 mile there is Turkey Island which has a huge sandbar where many people park their boats and party and swim. By drive we are less then 30 minutes to crescent beach near beautiful Saint Augustine.

We are canoeing distance to the scenic Oklawaha River that is teaming with wildlife and great fishing.

Just outside our harbor entrance is the Welaka Springs which is a popular gathering place for manatees. There is plenty of parking in the front yard.

Very safe neighborhood. I leave my all my fishing equipment in my boat in the canal and I have never had anything stolen.

There is a private 12'x50' waterfront dock with lots seating and dining area just steps from the 12'x30' screened porch Which also has comfortable Tommy Bahama wicker seating and a game table which can also be used for dining.

You can snorkel in the many clear natural springs.

I also have a 16 foot bass fishing boat that I rent for $40 per day or $200 for a whole week.

The fishing right in the backyard is great. The canal is over 9 foot deep so by Florida standards it is a deep fishing hole. You do not even need a fishing license to fish in the canal. You need a license to fish in the river. I also have fishing equipment that you can use for free.

Everyone who has stayed here are overjoyed that the house and setting is better than the pictures show or that they had imagined.

There are several nice restaurants all within a couple of miles.

I also have a 10 speed bike that you a free to use.

I have a computer monitor, keyboard and mouse and you can direct plug your hard drive to the router, so if you bring your hard drive from home you can have your same computer setup that you have at home. And high speed internet or you can use the WIFI.

This area of Florida is called the sportsmans capital of the world. You have fresh water fishing(lunker bass), saltwater fishing, crabbing, shrimping, scalloping, alligator hunting, deer hunting, wild boar hunting, boating, sailing, swimming, snorkelling and abundant wildlife viewing.

We have several fresh water springs nearby that attract manatees. Occasionally I will have manatees right in the canal in back of the house.

I have games and lots of books that you can swap for books that you have read, so bring along books that you do not need.

More Details

James Koestering
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About James Koestering

I am 68 years old and recently divorced.I have been a custom home builder in Minneapolis for the past 38 years and retired to Florida in October 2016. I bought this house and another smaller house.

For many years I had a vacation house on the Mississippi River that I rented weekly on Homeaway, we always had a 5 star rating.

You will find that this home is 5 + star rating when you get here.

I enjoy fishing and travelling, I just got back from a 4 month safari in Madagascar and Africa.

I have a large woodworking shop that I like to putter in.

James Koestering purchased this house in 2016

Why James Koestering chose Welaka

When we lived in Minneapolis my wife and I took vacations to many areas of Texas, California, Arizona, Alabama, and Florida looking for a perfect blend of nature viewing, snorkelling and sport fishing . We found it here.

There are many natural springs that you can snorkel in because the water is crystal clear.

When the shrimp are running you can net them right in the backyard or you can snorkel for scallops around the sand bars.

The backyard faces east so you have the morning sun rather than the hot afternoon sun in the backyard.

There is a large grass yard on the side yard to play games. I also have a croquet set and other sports equipment that you can use.

You will find more things to do then you will have time to do themso, stay for a longer time.

What makes this house unique

My next door neighbor, Jennette who is 87 years old, fishes at the dock every day to catch fish for a wild blue heron named Amos. Amos comes every day and sits next to her while she fishes and she feeds him the fish she catches. If she is not home, he walks around her dock and waits for her to get home.

She would welcome you to fish with her and help feed Amos the heron.


Welaka House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 12 ...
  • Max. adults: 12
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , two sinks
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , one sink
  • The master bath also has a whirlpool tub
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Includes all bedding. I also have a roll-away bed and a mattress that can be put on the floor that can sleep 2 more people for a total of 10 to 12 I also have extra single mattress that you can put in the screened porch or sleep outside under the covered dock area.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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High and dry and available now Located on deep water canal in Sportsmans Harbor
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

Awsome. 5 star all the way

  • 5 of 5

I stayed a week and loved every minute

My family came out for dinner and they could not believe how big and nice it was. I fished off the dock at night, grilled out nightly.. I wI'll be back. What a great place and everything you need is there. Just bring clothes and food

That is my new get away. Thank you so much for renting your place out .

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your gracious review. I hope you can come back again. I never met you because I was in Africa, but I got back last night and I hope to meet you when you return. Jim Koestering
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From VA

  • 5 of 5

Very nice property! Enjoyed the day!!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Palm Coast, FL

Welaka Fishing Haven

  • 5 of 5

Just spent the Thanksgiving holidays at the Welaka rental home. We were extremely pleased with the home and all of the furnishings provided. We enjoyed fishing ventures in the St. Johns River as well as fishing directly off of the dock. Would highly recommend this home to anyone seeking peace and quiet. We would definitely return for another stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A fabulous stay! Definitely considering staying again!

  • 5 of 5

A fabulous stay! We stayed seven days. The dwelling was clean inside and out. The interior was attractive and comfortably appointed. The kitchen was well equipped. The boat rental is a must! On our day of arrival, it was discovered the prop was damaged. The next day Jim acquired a new prop and off to adventure. Jim was responsive and pleasant to visit with. We fished, crabbed, and shrimped from the dock and boat day and night. The dock and boat house are well lit. The boat and gear was very well equipped! It’s a long drive back to East Palatka for ethanol free gas by road. I brought my own gas can and carried on the boat. About a dollar more per gallon, but convenient, on the river just South at Trail Boss where Tom greeted us with popsicles. I suggest exploring Ocklawaha River to the South. We saw many gators, turtles, birds, and nature at its best! We definitely are considering staying again!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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PICTURES dont do it justice!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from the best vacation we have had in years. This home is absolutey amazing and has more than you will ever need. It is centrally located and only about an hour away from most area attractions, and yet you can also feel away from the hussle and bussle of everyday life. We caught lots of fish and the scenic views of nature were plentiful. We enjoyed feeding fish to Amos, the blue herrin and seeing the young gators swimming in the canal.

The appliances are very high class and the kitchen allows for cooking the smallest or largest meal. The bedrooms are all very nicely decorated and are very roomy with 2 very nice bathrooms and a large laundry room. It was very clean and very nicely decorated. The dock was so very nice with everything you could want or need to fish or just relax. Mr. Jim was always available to answer any question or provide anything else we needed. We will definitely return again next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your great review. I look forward to your next visit. Jim
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Very relaxing trip

  • 5 of 5

My family and I spent four relaxing days at this property and It was everything plus more as indicated in the rental advertisement. The home was clean, spacious, very beautifully furnished and it had everything we needed and some. The home is located close to restaurants and stores. The landlord , Jim, lives on site and is was very friendly and helpful which made our stay more comfortable The dock is nice as we caught as many fish from the dock as we did in the river. We got to see a lot of different wildlife around the dock. The neighbors were friendly. My family loved this place and we will be renting this property again real soon.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
75 Miles
Orlando International
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Fort Gates Ferry
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Live Oak Golf Course
Nearest Train
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Cresent Beach
Car: necessary

We are located 1/4 mile from the Welaka Springs. We have many Manatees in the area and many times right at our dock.

We are next to Ocala National Forest

( It is 673 Square miles of nature. Then We have Welaka State Forest 2287 acres.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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