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Property Details

Updated: Mar 1, 2015
Villa, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, 8 Sleeps


Withlacoochee State Forest - Ridge Manor Estates, Florida,

USA (50 min east to Disney, 50 min south to Tampa)


2800 sq ft House - 3 Bedrooms + Studio Loft - 2 Baths - (Sleeps 6-8)

1 King, 2 doubles plus queen futon in loft

Enjoy your vacation at this impressive custom built luxury river

front home nestled on 5 forested acres in a bird sanctuary directly

adjacent to the Withlacoochee State Forest and on the spring fed

Withlacoochee River (with white sandy bottom) just up from Silver

Lake and the Croom Wildlife Area.

Have fun kayaking, canoeing, boating, swimming or fishing from your

own riverfront beach or lean back in one of the comfortable deck

chairs and watch the river flow by. We provide everything needed

for your stay including books, games, vcr & full size

pool table. Bird watching (ospreys, king fishers, herons) and

canoeing/kayaking will make this your most relaxing vacation.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Pets welcome

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Rustic luxury secluded river kayak golf forest
Dade City Florida Central Gulf Coast
Fritch, Texas

Wonderful Vaca Retreat

  • 4 of 5
This is such a beautiful and unique home. I have never seen one like it. I think it was designed by the owner whom was or still is an architect because it had features specific to the home that I have never seen before in any other. You can tell that whomever did design it loved there work very much and this home was very close to their heart. A lot of time and thought and effort went into this design. The photos don't do it justice. It has amazing views from both the upper and lower wooden decks. And the coolest thing was the huge window built in the Master bathroom's open shower. You could see all the forest, the river just everything from the upper level while you took a shower, I loved that feature so much. Another was the Withlacoochee River was right in your backyard just feet away from the home. My husband and I took one of the three kayaks and went out on the calm river and had the best time and never had to leave our rental, at other tourist spots in Florida we would have paid a pretty penny to have done that. Thanks so much for making those kayaks, paddles , and life-jackets available. This was our first visit to Florida and it won't be our last. So happy that we chose this rental and hope to get it again next time because Dona you were a pleasure to work with and we loved your customer service. Would have given 5 stars but we really wished you would take something other than checks, but it all worked out in the end so it was no big problem. Also, we even printed out your directions from the computer and using our gps it took us a while to find your secluded rental, but we eventually found it and was very pleased with our choice in rentals. My son and his fiance loved the home as well and even though he was in a wheelchair it wasn't that difficult getting him around on the lower floor. I appreciate you answering those questions by the way. We loved your pool table, we had a lot of fun memories in that room. And actually in the whole house and beautiful grounds around it. And thanks for returning our security deposit so fast. We treated the home as if it was our own, with love and care. It truly a work of art. Thanks so much again Dona!
  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Rustic luxury secluded river kayak golf forest
Dade City Florida Central Gulf Coast
metairie la

One of those vacations you remember forever!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I stayed here several years ago and it was one of the best vacations Ive ever been on. Bring your dogs and stay for a week a least! You will be a new person. The house is beautiful and clean and the property is on a stream that you can kayak down (they have boats for you) The hot tub is on the upstairs deck and all you can see from it is the bird sanctuary. Same view from the OPEN DOUBLE SHOWER with the glass wall overlooking the stream. Everywhere you turn, beauty. Thinking about it while I type this has me ACHING to go back.
  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway


Activity and Interests

On site or nearby:

Kayaking, Canoeing, Boating, Fishing, Stationary Exercising,

Swimming, Hiking, Biking, Golfing (many nearby Golf courses; Sherman

Hills 10 mins), Amusement Parks (Orlando Parks and Tampa 50 mins)

Bird watching and Wildlife viewing, Snorkeling & Rafting.

Shopping and nightlife in Orlando and Tampa. (Don't missTampa's

Ybor City and Channelside districts.)

Small nearby towns all within 25 minutes drive:

Brooksville, Webster (famous for its large rural flea market),

Dade City ( stroll through its many quaint antique stores while

planning lunch at Limoges) and Bushnell.

Visit the horse farms in Ocala, lovely Inverness, and the mermaids

in Weeki Wachee Springs. This wonderful paradise is buried in the

woods & very private yet it's only a 15 min trip out of the forest

to the grocery store and interstate I75, Hwy50 & Hwy 301.

Weekend Getaway:

Wow! This is a particularly convenient spot for our local visitors

from Orlando and Tampa for a long weekend get-a-way with a short

stress-free drive through Central Florida! (Don't forget to ask

about our special weekend rates.)


Interested in holding an event in this sanctuary?! We have had many

wedding events = 200 person and the feedback has been great! Umbrella seating provided in the tame lawn area with wine tables strewn across the

catwalks, walkways and decks while music from the outside deck

speakers provided that extra special touch. All this while

visitors are constantly surrounded by the natural raw beauty of


Florida flora and fauna:

A wetlands Cypress stand adjacent to an oak and palmetto hammock

thrives in the moderate Central Florida weather providing an ideal

habitat for a large cross-section of Florida flora and fauna.

You will hear the owls hooting and the frogs croaking while lounging

on the deck and enjoy filling the feeder to study the black capped

chickadees, red red cardinals, our beloved titmouse and many

others. Both the red shouldered and red tailed hawks frequent the

fields nearby. The graceful stork and demanding osprey are frequent

visitors to the property while the herons and egret fish in the

creek overlooked by the lower deck. On very special days we have

had otters feast in our creek! Many other wildlife sightings are

possible -- but not predictable!


Rental rates


  • Nightly Rate: $136 - $170

    Weekly Rate: $950 - $950

    Monthly Rate: $2000 - $2700

  • $950/week.
    $2500/month (for 3+ months)
    check with us for our special weekend rates starting at $508.
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Property Type

  • villa


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub


  • pets considered

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • golf
  • snorkeling
  • swimming


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3


  • Dagger Solo Kayak, Tandem Twin Otter Kayak, Large Canoe with built in icechest, Full Set Weight Exercise equipment, Recumbent stationary bike, Pool Table, Upper deck "in the trees" Hot Tub, Inside Fireplace, Air Conditioning, Satellite, TVs, VCR, Stereo, Computer with XP, Books, CD/Tape Player, Full Kitchen, Microwave, Dishwasher, Refrigerator, Ice Maker, Coffee Pot, Blender, Cooking utensils provided, Linens provided, Washer, Dryer, Plenty of Parking, Firepit, large Lower Deck, Deck Fireplace, Bird Feeder, & Leather furniture

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