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.
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.
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!