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Superb Location! River & Lakefront, Wooded & Private. Canoes and Kayaks!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom Cottage located on 2 wooded acres w/ a private lake & on the River

LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. Riverlake Cottage is located on 2 acres of wooded property with a private lake and on the the pristine spring-fed waters of the Halls River in Homosassa. Yet, it is only 1 mile into town for shopping, minutes away from the state's most popular wildlife park, and only an hour's drive to some of Florida's best theme parks, zoo, museums and attractions!

RIVERLAKE COTTAGE - 2 Bedroom/1Bath, newly remodeled 1000 sq ft cottage.

RIVERFRONT - The Pristine spring-fed Halls River (The Halls River is a beautiful meandering spring-fed river which merges into the Homosassa River 2 1/2 miles from the cottage. Very little motorboat traffic makes it perfect for kayaks, canoes, fishing and birding)



YOUR OWN PRIVATE 1/2 ACRE LAKE IN THE BACKYARD (Great fishing in the lake too!)






A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS. All of the nature photos on this page were taken either in the yard or from a kayak only a few feet from shore.

We await your call or email and if there is anything we can do to make your stay more memorable just let us know and we will try to accommodate you.

More Details

Gary and Joanne Bartell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 28, 2017

About Gary and Joanne Bartell

We'd like to introduce ourselves. We are Gary and Joanne Bartell. We moved to Homosassa in 1988 to raise our family and quickly got involved with local politics to help shape the future of our community. Gary served as a County Commissioner from 1990 to 2010 and was chairman of the Tourist Development Council for 14 years. Joanne was a founding board member of the Nature Coast Envirothon, a high school environmental education and scholarship program. We both enjoyed spending countless hours over the years educating the youth of the community about the rare and precious natural resources found in this area. Our vision has always been to protect and preserve these amazing natural resources for generations to come.

Gary and Joanne Bartell purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Gary and Joanne Bartell chose Florida Central Gulf Coast

The Riverlake Cottage property was originally owned by Dazzy Vance, the Hall of Fame major league baseball player (1915 - 1935) who once told a New York Times reporter that all he wanted to do in life is 'to play baseball and fish in Homosassa'. In 1995 we had the opportunity to purchase part of Vance's original land holdings but the Lakefront property was tied up in an estate until November 2012 when a for sale sign appeared on the front lawn - we bought it that same day. With only 10 private property owners along the entire Halls River, Riverlake Cottage is our opportunity to share a rare piece of Old Florida with you.

What makes this cottage unique

The Halls River is a rare piece of Old Florida. Largely undeveloped the river is a birder's paradise a fisherman's delight, and a photographer's dream. Blue Crab, Bass, Bream, Sunfish, Redfish, Snook, Ladyfish, Mullet, and various other species of fish can all be seen swimming about in the Halls River. In the sky above you will find Bald Eagles, Green Herons, White Pelicans, Wood Storks, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbills and many more species of fabulous waterbirds. Along the river you may find dolphin chasing mullet or experience a manatee giving birth. Most days the morning sunrises and evening sunsets are aglow with brilliant colors that will take your breath away. For the adventurous, nightime kayaking or canoeing reveals brilliant stars and planets above - and - with a flashlight shone on the water the surface appears as a sheet of glass and you can see fish, turtles, and other creatures underwater as if you are watching them through a window. Amazing, breathtaking, and captivating moments and memories await you at Riverlake Cottage in Homosassa Florida.


Homosassa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
  • Decorated with pictures of waterbirds taken on the river
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Second Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Trundle bed (can be used as 2 twin or 1 king bed)
    *Living Room Pull-Out Beds - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 3' GEL FOAM TOPPERS FOR EXTRA COMFORT
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen , California Queen with 3" gel foam topper for extra comfort
  • ***All beds have new mattresses with mattress covers. ***All beddings, including bed spreads, comforters, duvet covers, and pillow shams, are freshly laundered prior to guest arrival.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Please visit our website for more photos and information: Thank you!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(51 traveler reviews)

Superb Location! River & Lakefront, Wooded & Private. Canoes and Kayaks!
average rating of 4.7843137 based on 51 reviews

A kayakers paradise! Perfect in every way!

  • 5 of 5

The listing for the cottage was very accurate. We loved the layout of the house. The living space was very large and the kitchen was both spacious and well equipped. One thing I did notice was that there was NEVER a shortage of hot water! Which makes it very nice when traveling with more adults. With only one bathroom there is always a fear of running out of hot water. No worries here!! The bedroom was a nice size and the bed was extremely comfortable! The home was very clean and well taken care of.

The central location of the cottage was great! We were never more than a 20-30 minute car ride from any of the locations we paddled. We were able to paddle the Halls River from the cottage the first night we arrived, it was breath taking! The following day we met my parents at the Chassahowitzka River where we met the resident manatee Rachel and her two babies! We explored the many springs with the caves and even found "The Crack"!

We were able to take a short ride North to Dunnellon to explore the Rainbow River which was completely stunning!

Locally we explored the Homosassa River, Monkey Island, Crystal River and Three Sisters springs area. The highlight of the trip for me was kayaking on the Weeki Wachee River.

We can not wait to come back with our kids!

Thank you so much Gary & Joanne for sharing your beautiful cottage with us!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Ocala, Florida

Our Favorite Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was our fourth stay and we can officially say that Riverlake Cottage is our favorite getaway! The cottage is quaint, clean and very welcoming; it feels like home. The Bartells are great hosts who really care about their guests. If you need something they are right there but otherwise they respect your privacy. The location is convenient to everything. Shopping is literally a two minute drive and there are a half dozen or more really good family-owned restaurants within a ten minute drive. Crystal River is right up the road, but for us Homosassa has so much more to offer. Last, but definitely not least, the property is on the Halls River which is an Old Florida nature wonderland. The river is rich with all kinds of wildlife and fish. At the right time of year you can stand where the water flows through an enchanting channel of crystal clear water and with a dip net you can catch a dinner of blue crabs. Fishing will not disappoint and we almost always see manatees, even off season. We wholeheartedly recommend Riverlake Cottage as the perfect nature-lover's getaway!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ellijay, GA

Charming Homosassa Waterfront Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Gary and Joanne for letting us stay at your beautiful RiverLake Cottage and for your gracious hospitality. We had a wonderful time kayaking on the river and chill-axin' by the secluded backyard lake. It was very romantic when the trees in the woods magically glittered with little lights after dark. You made us and our baby doxie feel right at home. As others said the cottage was charming and clean on arrival with many personal touches. We couldn't have asked for better than this lovely vacation rental. Two days simply wasn't enough time. We already booked for a long weekend in August. Can't wait!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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#1 Homosassa/Crystal River Location for Quiet Beauty & Nature at a Clean & Comfortable Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about this stay.

The location is amazing. A peaceful fountain in the backyard lake, picnic table on a floating dock and the many fish and turtle had us in a trance when we arrived. Then we walked about 150 feet to the Halls River and all we can say is, WOW! Beautiful blue water with fish jumping as far as we could see. The first morning we had our coffee riverside and there was a pod of dolphin feeding on mullet right in front of us. We fished right off the docks in both the river and lake and caught so many fish. We had planned to go kayaking but instead stayed on land and enjoyed the beauty offered right there on this marvelous property. We had daily visits from a great blue heron, red-tail hawk and a family of river otter that entertained us for hours.

Other guests have commented on the many personal touches in the cottage and we so agree. These are thoughtful owners who obviously care about the quality of stay for their guests. Their phone number was discreetly placed in several places in the cottage in case we needed anything, like help with the TV remote. <3

We'd also like to comment how accommodating Joanne and Gary were with our hairless 'fur-baby' Celia. They are obviously pet lovers but their pet policy keeps in mind that not all people have animals and many, like us, have allergies to dog hair. You could not tell that any animal had ever been in the cottage! We hope we left it the same way we found it - PERFECT.

Thank you Joanne and Gary for sharing your slice of paradise with us. We will see you again next year!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property. Cozy cottage. Great fishing. Wildlife galore. Love this location!

  • 5 of 5

This property was perfect! Spacious and private setting. Butterflies and birds everywhere. Fishing was great in the little lake that is right outside the door of the cottage. We spent an entire day on the river exploring and got to see dolphin, manatee, crabs, all kinds of fish and birds, and we even found a sunken boat! We had never heard of the Halls River, the river the cottage is located on, and it turned out to be one of the most vibrant and unspoiled rivers we've ever explored in Florida! On day two of our visit my husband went fishing in the Halls River while I went sightseeing and shopping in the Old Homosassa art district. Highly recommend you visit Watson's Art Gallery and the gift shop at Homosassa Riverside Resort if you are looking for reasonable priced quality gifts or souvenirs. Both places were real treats to visit. While I was busy shopping my hubby caught so many fish that he lost count. He released all except a nice redfish that we grilled for dinner. He served it with a sauce he made from sweet peppers and orange mango marmalade that he bought at the Greenhouse Farmers Market, right around the corner from the cottage. Highly recommend this outdoor market for fresh produce and some of the best jams we've ever had!

Everything about this location and cottage was absolutely perfect for us. Highly recommend for fellow nature lovers!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Volusia county, Florida

Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

My friend and I stayed here for a girls weekend, exploring rainbow springs, and three sisters springs. The house in close proximity to lots of water activities. I highly reccomend hunter springs kayaks which is where we rented out stand up paddle boards and went to three sisters springs. It was magical!! This property has a small pond which is viewable form the front bedroom and the sound of the water lulled me right to sleep. The beds have a very thick egg crate top and the owners were very thoughtful in having LOTS of pillows to choose from and extra blankets for added comfort. Kids toys, horseshoes, games and books are all there. Lots of information about the surrounding area including places to eat and things to do are provided. We went to an amazing Thai restaurant called Thai Phoon that I HIGHLY reccomend! Also, check out the biscuit barn! The kitchen is fully stocked with cookware and utensils. Joanne and Gary are very thoughtful hosts and provide all that you can think of in the event that you forget something. The view of the river from the dock is amazing. We sat for a few hours and saw otters, dolphin, jumping fish and the neighbors pig. I highly reccomend this family friendly property.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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"Explore Old Homosassa with the #1 most visited state park in Florida, the Homosassa Springs ..."
Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Lowry Park Zoo
"Lowry Park is a 5-Star Zoo. "
Busch Gardens - Tampa
Walt Disney World Resort
"It doesn't matter how old we get, Walt Disney World is truly the Magic Kingdom and will alwa..."
SeaWorld Orlando
"SeaWorld is a great day trip for lovers of marine life."
Seagrass Resort
Riverside Crab House
Crackers Bar & Grill
Pecks Old Port Cove
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
Rainbow Springs State Park
Publix Super Market at Springs Plaza
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
Car: recommended

EXPLORE the unspoiled shores of the Halls River and the Homosassa River.

SWIM WITH THE MANATEE - Watch, get up-close, and swim with the 'Gentle Giants' Did you know that Citrus County is the only place in the United States where you can legally swim with the manatee in the wild?

WORLD CLASS FISHING opportunities for over 20+ different fish species year round. Redfish, Speckled Trout, Shark, Grouper, Tarpon, Tripletail, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Flounder, Pompano, Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper, and Bonita are just a few of the species of fish that offer anglers unique fishing opportunities.

TRAVEL BY WATER OR CAR TO THESE LOCAL RESTAURANTS: Gator Cove, Ale House, Seagrass Waterfront Restaurant, Marker 7 Tiki Bar, Riverside Crab House, Yardarm Lounge, Monkey Bar, The Shed at MacRae's, and the Freezer Tiki Bar ('The Freezer').

DOCK YOUR BOAT IN OLD HOMOSASSA AND WALK TO: The Historic Sugar Mill Ruins, the Old Mill House Gallery and Printing Museum, and the Old Mill Tavern - or enjoy cajun and jazz at Neon Leon's Zydeco Steak House.



Rates & Availability

Homosassa Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Scallop Season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 24 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

1) *We offer special rates for stays of 4 weeks & longer. Please contact us!
2) Rates based on 2 adults, 2 children.
3) Cottage is to be left in the same clean condition as the time of check-in (grill, oven, stove top, dishes, countertops etc must all be cleaned if used).
3) Pet Fees $75.00 Nonrefundable Pet Cleaning Fee.
4) Refundable Security Deposit for pet guests. Please contact us for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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