|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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)
KAYAKS & CANOES AVAILABLE FOR GUEST USE.
INCREDIBLE FISHING AND A NATURE LOVER'S PARADISE!
YOUR OWN PRIVATE 1/2 ACRE LAKE IN THE BACKYARD (Great fishing in the lake too!)
SPACIOUS SCREENED PORCH OVERLOOKING LAKE
GAS BBQ GRILL
LARGE LAKESIDE FIRE PIT
55" INTERNET ENABLED (SMART) TV - UNLIMITED FREE NETFLIX MOVIES, PANDORA'S EXTENSIVE MUSIC LIBRARY, AND MORE
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
The cottage was clean, very comfortable, and very well equipped. There are lots of windows for views of nature in every direction. I will always remember my bedroom with view of the lake outside the window. I love seeing that view every time I walk into my bedroom. The owner was very nice and helpful. When we checked in, we asked for blender for making smoothies, within an hour, a new blender was delivered to us. The river access and the kayaks and canoes provided was great, easily accessible. The cottage is so comfortable, yet there is so much nature of old Florida as soon as you look or step outside the cottage, it feels as though you are living in a time machine.
We stayed for the 4th of July weekend. It was great to get somewhere and have this cottagweek exceed our expectations. New floors, and new paint make a place feel much nicer and clean. We cooked at the home every night, and all utensils, pots and pans we needed were there. Owners live next door and are very helpful if you need anything. Super quiet, away from all the hotels, but less than 10 minutes to launch your boat. We will be going back!
Loved, loved, loved this location and the accommodations could not have been better.
As far as my family is concerned the location is second to none! Not only was the fishing great but as so many other guests mentioned this river is a paddlers' paradise. Our river adventure started with being greeted by two adorably huge emus that look just like Sesame Street's Big Bird. A little further down the river was the cutest potbelly pig imaginable foraging along the river bank. Not 3 minutes away from the launching ramp we saw multiple families of mallards, several large water birds and an eagle was flying overhead. Just when we thought it couldn't get any better we came upon a family of manatees and the smallest of the group came right up to our kayak and looked us right in the eyes just before it flipped over on its back for a tummy rub. Talk about perfect!!!
The cottage itself is super cute, clean and comfortable with every amenity provided that our family could have wanted or needed. I loved that the owners provided a "Cottage Guest Book", a 3-ring binder with a cute cover and full of local shopping, dining, and attraction information as well as historical information on the cottage itself. The owners also provided a navigability and fishing map of the Halls River which my husband used to find fishing holes where he caught dozens of large-mouthed bass and more redfish than he got on a paid fishing excursion on another river. (All fish were released back to the Halls River.)
If there were categories for rating our stay we would give 5 STARS for the COTTAGE - 5 STARS for the LOCATION - and 5 STARS for the OWNERS!
We sent pictures to the owner which we hope they will put on their vacation website. Simply can not wait to go back. We already booked our next stay!
First off, wow... for the price we weren't expecting much but when we got there, we didn't want to leave. Looks as if the owners remodeled from the pictures but there is brand new tile floors and an additional bedroom. One of the rooms had a beautiful view of the pond and nature. We woke up one morning with a deer in the yard!!! They provided kayaks and the walk down to the main river was absolutely charming. As we set sail on the river the first thing we noticed in a neighbor's yard was two Emus running around playing with a pot belly pig... that alone made our trip. Far as location, the area was great. We explored Homosassa and there was so much history and great places to eat, I don't recommend spending to much time in the Crystal Rivers town, not much to do or see. Can't wait for our return in the winter!!!
Me and my husband stayed for two nights. We love to kayak. There were several kayaks as well as a canoe. Just a short walk and we were able to launch the kayaks right from the property. The cottage itself was comfortable, cozy and well maintained. We both slept very well. We could tell that Joanne and Gary pay attention to the details that make a stay enjoyable. We recommend this property to anyone who loves a country river setting. The location is great, close to restaurants, shopping, state parks and many springs and the gulf. We also had a great time at The Shed which is like a food concession stand with live entertainment on the river. It is a local hang out.
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.
Or spend the day at the HOMOSASSA SPRINGS WILDLIFE PARK.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest|
|Pet Fee||$75 + Tax|
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.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.