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Judy or Jack

Member since: 2013
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Speaks: english

Waterfront in Fisherman's Paradise, Boat Dockage, Kayaks, Scallops

13 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Old Homosassa House Rental Photos and Description

Tranquil...Peaceful... Getaway, with lots to do:) or nothing at all!

-Rates based on 4 guests

-MAX occupancy is Six

If you have a Bimini top there should be no problem getting in and out of camp, hard top at high tide would be a problem.

2007 modular home located in majestic 'Old Homosassa,' off Mason Creek Rd/ near Hancock, this 2/2 was custom built for the perfect getaway. The Withlacoochee State Forest is located just 1/2 mile from your doorstep and offers pristine oak hammocks, deer and other animals, and very well maintained accessible trails. Enjoy wildlife coming right up to the dock as manatees and otters swim about during various times of the year. The coldest months January/February are peak for swimming with our gentle giants, the Manatees, in Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, only 15 minutes from camp. Just head North on HWY 19 about 7 miles. Manatees give birth every year in our waters near the dock during the spring time. It is protected and quiet with little to no boat traffic where the mother can rear the calf.

With access to the gulf, you can help yourself to some of the best fishing in the world. Launch your boat at community boat ramp located down the street, at the end of Mason Creek Rd or at Macrae's in town, your choice, there are several to choose from. Our house has an extra long/wide driveway for boat/trailer and cars. There will be aerial views and a chart noting the Homosassa River and Mason/Petty creeks, as well as other points of interest in the Homosassa area accessible by boat. The scalloping grounds are roughly 20 - 30 minutes by boat from the dock. Additional information will be provided in our Guest Book. If you have questions during your stay, don't hesitate to ask. The Scallop season was permanently extended last summer by two weeks so the season now runs the last Saturday in June (unless July 4 is a Saturday) and ends September 24. A Salt water fishing license is required if you enter by boat. Read the Rules!! In the Scallop grounds, the water depth will range from 3-6', your choice based on your physical ability. You literally can stand and catch scallops. There is a fresh water hose, sink and cleaning station at the dock for you to rinse your boat, gear and catch, have fun! We know you will see why we love our Homosassa. Observe mother nature and see why this place is nicknamed the 'Nature Coast.' I have gps coordinates, like a crumb trail, leading out to the Homosassa River, with areas of concern marked, and the water gets skinny in those areas at extreme low tide, can't say it doesn't. There are google earth images and GPS coordinates in the guest book and if needed, I can provide you numbers to get you in the scallop grounds. Its about 20 - 30 minutes to the mouth of the Homosassa River, depending on how much you plane and there are no idle zones, except for exiting the neighborhood. Last year we did not receive reports of guests damaging wheels (props). If there are any further questions about your boat or navigation, you can call me at (561) 676-4791 or (561) 676-9924

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Judy or Jack (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Judy or Jack

We love retreating away from the busy lifestyle here to relax and fish the Gulf where the fish are plentiful! As avid divers and water people in general, we have been diving and spearfishing the Gulf since 2005 and can tell you first hand that some of the best fishing is in the Gulf. Whether its spearfishing, hook & line or scalloping, access to the Gulf of Mexico is right at your doorstep and only minutes away.

Judy or Jack purchased this house in 2007

Why Judy or Jack chose Homosassa

I frequently travelled to Crystal River from Gainesville in the 70's, and when I married in 2002, my husband and I decided to spend our honey moon at Plantation Inn, and he fell in love with the area, especially Homosassa's natural beauty. We purchased our property in 2005, adding a home the following year. It has a deck & dock, as well as a spacious 'no see em' screened back porch. We've spent countless hours enjoying the outdoors and the quiet. We especially love to sit on the porch in the morning with a cup of coffee and listen to the birds.

What makes this house unique

We love the coziness of our wood burning stone fireplace and when we're not enjoying the quiet, we are enjoying all there is to do in the area including fishing, scalloping, kayaking and some very nice motorcycling through the old Florida scenery. There are numerous destinations from Cedar Key to Ocala and Leesburg to Flora City. I love the fact that we can walk out our back door, straight to the boat, and enjoy a nice beautiful scenic ride to the Gulf, with little to no boat traffic.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We came down from Iowa as most northerners do to escape the cold months. It was our first time in Homosassa and we just loved it. We really enjoyed our time in town taking in the local color. The seafood was always fresh, there's nothing like fresh. There were a wide variety of things to do in Homosassa and the near by towns. We will be thinking of our stay and how much we enjoyed it. Thanks for inviting us into your home.
Jan 2013
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Reviews

4.8
based on 13 traveler reviews

Waterfront in Fisherman's Paradise, Boat Dockage, Kayaks, Scallops
average rating of 4.769231 based on 14 reviews
5

Beautiful little house and location!

  • 5 of 5

Our vacation was amazing! The house accommodated our every need and then some. The guest book had perfect instructions to nearby scalloping grounds and how to navigate the canals. The property has two kayaks but we didn't utilize them because we had our own boat. The dock is nice and very convenient for docking your boat. Will definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words Brandon, and so glad you see what we've always seen in our lil slice of paradise! We look forward to your return, and wish you safe travels. Judy & Jack
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crossfields

  • 3 of 5

besides having the most rainfall in a week since the last hurricane we found the house very pleasant & well equipped but jack the trip down to the homasassa was for those with local knowledge...and is poorly marked even with your aerial photos in hand much better to launch at Macraes...u can even rent a slip for the night rgdse

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are the first guest to complain about this issue, because we do have a DETAILED list of instructions in our guest book, and extra copies for our guests to take with them on their way out to the Gulf. In fact, we have received compliments in this regard, as stated from our prior July Guest review just before you arrived. He said "..... The detailed maps of how to get to open water, as well as GPS numbers were extremely helpful. Was only missing the GPS numbers of where you speared those HUGE hog snapper (LOL). ." But we are glad you enjoyed your time otherwise. Judy & Jack
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Gtafl

  • 5 of 5

House was clean and spacious. We enjoyed our stay. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind review! Judy and Jack
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5

Perfect Real Florida Spot

  • 5 of 5

Now this is Real Florida. Spent many summers as a kid on Crystal River, and this reminds me of what it used to be like. Quiet, serene, a great place to spend a long weekend and recharge. Purpose of the trip was to go scalloping, and we did well in that area. The detailed maps of how to get to open water, as well as GPS numbers were extremely helpful. Was only missing the GPS numbers of where you speared those HUGE hog snapper (LOL).

The property was in a great location, had everything we needed and was clean, clean, clean!!!! Perfect set-up with big bathrooms and large combined dining, living and kitchen area. Best part was morning coffee or evening relaxing on the giant screened lanai, away from the mosquito's. Thanks Jack and Judy for letting us experience your vacation home, we will definitely be back next time we need to recharge.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Rick, for your kind review. We love having folks like you stay in and feel our lil slice of Paradise! It's definitely a great way to decompress, in Old Florida! And BTW, the porch was actually made with No Seeum screens installed, better protection for our guests. We welcome you back again Anytime:) Judy and Jack
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5

HAPPY HOMOSASSA HIDEWAY!

  • 5 of 5

This little Homosassa House on the canal was the perfect laid back escape from a cold, dreary Indiana winter. We made many wonderful memories kayaking, birding, and watching the curious littles otters in the canal. Judy and Jack have provided everything necessary to make their home feel like our home as well as restaurant suggestions and weekend events in the area. The little quaint village of Homosassa offers some great little " hole in the wall" restaurants, some with live music. The vegetation is tropically lush and green, so pretty! We visited the wildlife park nearby, golfed (2 courses within 15 miles), kayaked down the Chassahowitzka River, where we birded and had a manatee encounter. The little house on the canal was in a quiet neighborhood with nice neighbors and great morning walks. We highly recommend Jack and Judy's little house on the canal. Thanks to Jack and Judy for providing such a nice home to share.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you saw what we saw for so many years as we escaped from the hub hub of the work grind! I loved reading all your stories during your stay, especially the otter stories! And heck, we haven't even made it to kayak on the Chazzz, now on our bucket list, lol It makes us happy that you both were so happy with your stay and We welcome you back anytime:) Judy & Jack
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5

Much needed getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Me and my wife spent a week in this home, it was better than imagined. To start the home is nicely decorated and was extremely clean. The location was perfect. If you want a place to get away from it all and relax this is it! We spent everyday on the water using the kayaks and it made the trip. We love going to Homosassa or "Sassa" as Judy calls it and now we have our favorite house to return to. We always use home away on our trips and this is the best one yet. To top it all off the owners are great to deal with. We were extremely sad to leave but have already booked another trip in September and will likely be back here again next year for another anniversary. Highly recommend to anyone wanting the ultimate relaxation vacation.

  • Submitted: May 12, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. It is obvious you get it! For those who have not visited our slice of paradise in "The Heart of Old Homosassa," paradise awaits. My wife and I regularly come here to "Decompress" from a rigorous life style on the east coast. My favorite way to refer to Homosassa is "I can fall off the face of the earth, if I so choose, or not." There are plenty of activities, if you want to play, or relax and enjoy. We can't wait for you to see our other slice of paradise in Crystal River, another exciting or relaxing place, your choice. You won't want to leave there either. Located just a few hundred yards from 3 Sisters, splash the Kayaks and in a few minutes you are enjoying one of the most beautiful spring settings. You might even meet the neighbors, the Manatees. Simply interacting with these gentle giants is relaxing beyond words. We look forward to you and your family staying at either place, whenever you like. Let us know early, so we can make sure you get the time you want. Have fun, Jack & Judy
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Map

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Tampa Int. airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Freezer, Shed, Monkey Bar, Old Mill, Sea Grass
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Sugarmill Woods/Crystal River
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 19 (10 Minutes)
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Neon Leons, Old Mill Tavern, Yardarm, SeaGrassPub
Nearest Ski
700 Miles
Maggie Valley, North Carolina
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Fort Island Gulf Beach in Crystal River
Car: recommended

- FISHING:

Redfish - Yearround - Peak time April thru November,

Seatrout - Yearround - Peak time April thru November,

Cobia - Peak time Mar thru October,

Snook- Peak time April thru October,

Tarpon - Peak time April thru October.

-Mason's Creek has navigable water for Bay, Flats and John boats, Bimini tops only, as there is one bridge entering/leaving camp, up to 25'. As with all tidal boating, boater's should exersise caution during the first trip in and out, as well as due diligence in planning to ensure they are familiar with our waterways, specifically the Homosassa River, Mason Creek & Petty Creek. We strongly recommend you view Google Earth in advance of your stay. There will be aerial views with notes in the guest book.

-There are any number of tackle/bait shops in the area for all of your tackle, bait and ice needs, most of them just around the corner. After your scalloping trip, have the locals clean your scallops for a small fee at MacRae's, aka 'The Shed,' while you have a cold drink and listen to live music Saturday and Sunday. Quite frankly, you never have to leave Homosasssa. Stay and enjoy our great litttle town; check out the Freezer, Old Mill Tavern, Sea Grass Pub, Neon Leon, Yardarm ($8-$10 they will cook your fillets of fish and 2 sides), rent a boat and cruise around the 'Monkey Island' , cruise to the springs or go fishing.

-One of our favorite restaurants is Pecks Old Port Cove in Ozelle, a beautiful 7 mile scenic drive, for Soft Shell Crab right off the water table out back. Go see it; best we've ever had?

-For you bike enthusiast, this area has numerous must see destinations such as; MaCraes, especially on Sunday for some great music on the river, Ozelle, Sleepy Hollow in Floral City, Cedar Key and many more.

-If Disney is your thing, its a mear 1 1/2 hour drive to Orlando.

-If you're into antiques, we have shops in virtually any town nearby or you can day trip over to Mt. Dora near Orlando. Its well worth the time, another great drive if you take the secondary roads and stay north of the Turnpike. Start out on 44 head east to Inverness and Leesburg.

-Not too far from Mt. Dora is one of our favorite stops for lunch and an adult beverage, Gator Joe's Beach Bar & Grille located on the North side of Lake Weir; great drive or bike ride. While you're there you can enjoy the water and maybe even get wet if you like or simply relax under the Spanish Moss laden Oak trees, enjoying old Florida at its finest and one of their great signature dishes.

-If you feel the need to head to the city, I can't imagine why, Tampa has all the trappings and Busch Gardens and its only just over an hour away.

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Rates & Availability

Old Homosassa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Scallop Season
Sep 10 2016 - Sep 24 2016
3 night minimum stay
$195
$795
$1,850
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$175
$750
$1,750
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning $75
Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates are based on 4 guests, additional guest up to 2 are $25 per person/per night

Damage Deposit $200, Secured by Credit Card

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Old Homosassa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Two Full Baths
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Guest Room - Trundle bed with 2 twin mattresses
  • Master bedroom has large private bathroom, queen bed, opens onto huge screened porch. Spacious Guest bedroom has trundle bed/private bathroom. Also available double air bed. (Total Living Area of 1,400' includes porch)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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