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Private Island Retreat ~1/2 way to Scallops- Land Accessible

Private Island Retreat ~1/2 way to Scallops- Land Accessible

Overview

Property Details

Updated: Nov 19, 2014
House, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, 20 Sleeps

Not just a home rental, but a Private Island Retreat in the Ozello Keys. Experience the Real Florida here on the Nature Coast; only minutes from Crystal River and Homosassa.

Land bridge access with electronic security gate gives you the privacy and convenience of driving to/from your own private island with amenities you won't get from any other home rental! No traffic noise to hinder the awesome wildlife and beautiful serenity here.

Swim or relax in one of the 2 spas or the 45’ solar-heated pool with 2 32’ waterfalls and wet bar. As you relax in one of the stargazing chairs by the bonfire ring (wood included with your stay), watch one of Mother Nature’s night shows, unhampered by city lights.

All linens, towels and dishes are furnished in both units, each having a full kitchen with dishwasher, microwave, stove and all cooking utensils, including glasses, dishes, pots and pans.

Rent both upper and lower homes (2 bedroom 1.5 bath each) and only your group will be in Paradise*.

When you rent here, you rent an island retreat with many amenities. Be sure you know what is included with your rental, as we have become aware of others making it appear they have enough kayaks for your group; most have 1 or 2 at best, whereas we provide 14. Whether it's paddling with dolphins or exploring some of the 300 islands with one of the 14 kayaks/2 canoes that come at no extra charge, this alone could save a family of 6 more than $500 a day!

Rent a private island, not just a home-in-a-row on a canal. 360 degrees of open water views with very few boats going by!

We also can set you up to snorkel with the manatee or have a private all day tour of Crystal River, including snorkeling and fishing on your own private pontoon boat with your own licensed guide.

Make this the vacation of a lifetime for just a few dollars more.

*Caretakers on property to take care of any needs you may have.

More Details
  • Sleeps 20
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 2 Half Baths
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Wheelchair access

Recent Review

About the Owner

Semi retired artist of metal wood and leather. bought the island to retire to. With economy being what it turned out to be can't stay with out renting it our. But is ok, I love sharing the island with those that would never get to experience island living. We are more money than a in town home but if you compare apples to apples(private islands to Private islands) we give you 3 tiems more at about 40% of the price! Be sure and look at all you get with your rentals. As a roof over your head is usually less than 1/2 of cost of a vacation. Here you lots of extras

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Calendar last updated:
November 19, 2014

6 Reviews

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Private Island Retreat ~1/2 way to Scallops- Land Accessible
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7072032
+1 -1-352-564-1757
Homosassa Florida Central Gulf Coast
Miami
5

Previewed the Retreat for an upcoming reunion in February

  • 5 of 5
I just stayed overnight in Crystal River this week. I am planning to host a 60th birthday party/ family reunion for my husband next February and I wanted to come up to Crystal River and see the Paradise Found Island Retreat and the Plantation Resort that is 10 minutes away. I intend to put up my guests of 20 between the two establishments. First, the Plantation is nice but after doing my math it adds up to quite a bit more expense then the Paradise Found Retreat when compared. And the age and condition at the Plantation was not markedly better than the accommodations at the Paradise Found Island Retreat. The walls at Plantation Resort are paper thin and I was woken up a few times over the night. The island will be blissfully quiet.The food and drinks at Plantation are expensive and I am really glad that we will be having the use of Paradise Found Island Retreat and it's amenities to host my extra guests on a day pass basis for a mere $10 per person. This way I can feed the group three times a day and save the cost of restaurants which will save us a ton, not to mention the bar bill we wont have to have by bringing our own beverages and serving them from the adorable Tiki hut and bar on the island. There are kayaks and canoes to accommodate 20 passengers all included in the price as well as a pool and two jacuzzi's. I set up a meeting with the owner Ken at 9am Thursday to preview the property and go over my plans. When I arrived the downstairs unit was getting a makeover in the kitchen and main bath and the rest of the unit was in great shape. It was very clean and I saw no bugs, but hey it is Florida, pretty hard to not have any. Upstairs is already spruced up and has amazing views from every window and bedroom. The two massive porches are screened in and that will make for nice indoor outdoor living while we are there. Ken put me in touch with two restaurants right up the road who will do some catering and bring a few dinners over for us and Dominoes even delivers pizza out in this remote location. My cell phone, metro pcs, gets great reception. At the Plantation I could only make emergency calls. And the wifi works great too on the island and also at Plantation. I am a decorator by trade and I think the direction the owner is going in is "cute and island like" and sure it is dated, but so is the Plantation. For the price of admission you can't be expecting the Ritz, but you will get a clean, private island retreat with lots of amenities and a landlord
  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review and your great ideas on interior designs. I am great with decks or pools but little fro fro touches are not my thing. I am sure you have seen the new shots on the site of the great changes we are done with now on the island. We are always doing something to make it a awesome place for people to stay. I love the fact that you came and looked before you stayed. I encourage all that can to do so.
business
Private Island Retreat ~1/2 way to Scallops- Land Accessible
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7072032
+1 -1-352-564-1757
Homosassa Florida Central Gulf Coast
homosassa
5

Great place to get away from it all.

  • 5 of 5
The description was very accurate the houses and property were very clean. The owner was very friendly and helpful. I would absolutely recommend this property to everyone. i loved the pool kayaking and just hangin out at the huge tiki bar the view out there was beautiful and really peaceful.
  • Submitted: May 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. So glade you could come and enjoy this private island retreat. Feel free to come and stay again.Was great getting to meet your family
business
Private Island Retreat ~1/2 way to Scallops- Land Accessible
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7072032
+1 -1-352-564-1757
Homosassa Florida Central Gulf Coast
Atlanta Ga
5

We love to kayak and this place was paradie

  • 5 of 5
We loved this rental. We like to not be so public. We sat and played music and sang at the bonfire until the sun came up. The homes are not fancy but very clean,very old island decor and nice to stay in. Every thing is well maintained.It made me feel like we had taken a trip in time to a simpler and more basic time. The kids loved the pool/spa and waterfalls. We were pleasantly surprised at all the art around the island. You could tell the owner use to art shows. As every were you look is little pieces of art. We highly recommend this rental and will be back later in year after the heat breaks. This is very different than renting most homes, as here you are renting a private island complex with lots of extras. We saved about 400.00 over what we would have spent if we rented up town and paid for the extras we got at the island that were included
  • Submitted: May 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. It was awesome meeting your family. Look forward to you all returning to spend time in paradise.
business
Private Island Retreat ~1/2 way to Scallops- Land Accessible
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7072032
+1 -1-352-564-1757
Homosassa Florida Central Gulf Coast
Orlando, FL
5

Vacation in Paradise

  • 5 of 5
This property was the perfect getaway for our family of eight. We rented the downstairs unit for one evening and then rented the entire house for the remainder of our stay...would definitely recommend renting the entire place if possible. This made for a very peaceful, relaxing and beautiful vacation. The owners are very service oriented, extremley knowledgeable about the area and are completely in tune with anything you might need to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable. The kids loved the pool but probably enjoyed the outdoors and the kayaks even more - the gorgeous scenery, the wildlife make for quite an experience. And, if you're into fishing, you don't have to go any further than the edge of the property. During incoming tides we caught a slew of fish including reds, trout, gar, catfish, lady fish, stingray, etc. They've got a great little baitshop less than a mile away that has shrimp and pinfish, very cool. There's also a fantastic fish restaurant, Pecks, less than five miles away that has some of the best seafood. Leave your IPhone and Laptop at home. Come to this property just to get away from it all and relax. We will definitely return.
  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2011
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We are glade you enjoyed your stay in our area. Look forward to seeing you again some time soon
business
Private Island Retreat ~1/2 way to Scallops- Land Accessible
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7072032
+1 -1-352-564-1757
Homosassa Florida Central Gulf Coast
Lakeland, Florida, USA
5

our vacation

  • 5 of 5
after reading the above review, i was a bit confused as we had no problem with this at all. i think the poster was confused though. the deposit DOES NOT get REFUNDED because it is NOT taken out! the owner puts a hold on the credit card IN CASE there is damage thats expensive.
we stayed at this island and were more than pleased! we had a great time with no problems at all. the owner was close for anything we needed or questions that we had otherwise we really didnt see him. the pool was gorgeous! loved sitting on the deckside by the pool and just lounging and having a great time with friends.
i was a little surprised when we got there, the homes were much nicer and more comfortable than what the photos show.
ken, the owner, took us on a jet ski tour out to the gulf and we seen a ton of dolphins and some stingrays and even a couple sharks! great day!
what can i say other than GREAT VACATION!!
  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2011
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
business
Private Island Retreat ~1/2 way to Scallops- Land Accessible
http://www.vacationrentals.com/listing/p7072032
+1 -1-352-564-1757
Homosassa Florida Central Gulf Coast
South Florida
1

Owner Does Not Return Your Deposit

  • 1 of 5
Owner made up Ridiculous Excuses and Kept The Deposit. We rented the upper level. Downstairs was rented by another family. They decided to check out early & blamed the owner that we were loud. Even though they really left because it was raining, we were able to rent the lower level to another family that we knew so the owner was not out anything. We left both upper and lower houses spotless - laundered linens, vacumed the carpets, cleaned the kitchen and bathrooms, etc. The owner refused to return our deposit - said we left too much garbage and broke a sprinkler head in the lawn. Garbage was all bagged & outside. There were no special instructions for "excessive garbage." If this island is meant for gatherings of 8 people, the idea would be to stay & enjoy the island & of course, there is going to be garbage. For the amount of deposit that was retained, we would have taken the garbage off the island ourselves. Easy enough to put it in the back of a pickup and drive it wherever it usually goes. Such a ridiculous excuse from the owner. We go to the area once or twice a year and will never stay at this island again.
  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2011
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway

Location

From the Owner

Is hard to find a island that has little boat traffic. It is romantic to rent a off shore island. But a hassle to go get a pop. Here you have a 250 land bridge with electronic gate to keep out unwanted visitor and the island private

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Tamps at 55 Miles Nearest Barpub : Island bar and grill 3 with in 2 miles at 1 Miles Nearest Golf : Plantation inn at 6 Miles Nearest Motorway : Us 19/98 at 7 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Island bar and grill 1/2 mile 3 with in 2 miles at 1 Miles

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is one of the best places in the state to view manatees, some of which are treated here before being released into the wild. An excellent value at $13/adult, $5/child, spend the afternoon at the zoo and research center (15 minute drive from Paradise).

Rainbow Springs State Park offers swimming, snorkeling, canoeing and kayaking, hiking and wildlife viewing (squirrels, otter, turtles, alligators, songbirds, hummingbirds, red-shoulder hawks, osprey, barred owls, and various water birds).

Weeki Wachee Springs is where underwater performances by mermaids (women wearing fish tails) can be viewed in an aquarium-like setting. Visitors can swim at Buccaneer Bay, see the Misunderstood Creatures Animal Show, or take a riverboat ride down the Weeki Wachee River.

Crystal River Archaeological State Park is a 61 acre National Historic Landmark, activities include salt and fresh water fishing, bird watching and a boat tour of Crystal River.

Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park contains the remnants of the once-thriving 5,100-acre sugar plantation, serving as a supplier of sugar products for southern troops during the Civil War.

Take a manatee snorkel trip for as little as $30 (let us know and we can book it for you).

Many Orlando area amusement parks and attractions are just a day trip away.

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Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring break
Mar 14 2015 - Apr 18 2015
5 night minimum stay
$720
From
$805
Fri,Sat
$4,488
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
Summer rates
May 30 2015 - Sep 12 2015
7 night minimum stay
$4,488
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$540
From
$603
Fri,Sat
$3,388
 
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Pet Fee $40 + Tax
  • Tax Rate 9.0%

90 days or more 1/3 down 1/3 60 days up and 1/3 30 days up
90 or less bal in full arrangements can be made

Private Island home, land accessible, many amenities you will not get with an in-town home.
* Specializing in groups of 12 to 20, great for family reunions or gatherings.
* FREE use of 14 kayaks and 2 canoes (save up to $800/day).
* FREE firewood for nightly bonfires.
* We offer the ultimate in privacy and security for your group.
For the cost of renting a kayak each day, your gro

Amenities

From the Owner

45 solar heated salt water pool 2, 32' waterfalls all LED lit 45' tiki with sound system and wet bar siting for 60 guest fire ring with furnished wood each day 14 kayaks and 2 canoes, That alone would cost you 800 a day up town over 140 yard lights so you can walk most of the island at night with out a flashlight 2 full 2 bedroom 1.5 bath homes with 5 real queen beds 3 sofa queens and 2 queen air matess

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • golf privileges optional

Floor Area

  • 2500 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 Upper main - toilet, combination tub/shower, Please email to see my site and over 130 photo of island
  • Bathroom 2 upper 1/2 bath sink toilet - toilet, Please email to see my site and over 130 photo of island
  • lower 2nd toilet and sink - toilet, Email to see my site and over 130 photo of island to save $
  • Bathroom 3 Lower main - toilet, combination tub/shower, Email to see my site and over 130 photo of island to save $

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • lower main - 2 queen, Please email to see my site and over 130 photo of island
  • Lower 2nd bedroom - 1 queen, Please email to see my site and over 130 photo of island
  • Upper main - 1 queen, Please email to see my site and over 130 photo of island
  • Upper second bedroom - 1 queen, Please email to see my site and over 130 photo of island
  • Upper living room 2 queen sofa 1 queen air - 2 sleep sofa /futon, Please email to see my site and over 130 photo of island
  • Lower living room queen air and sofa queen - 1 sleep sofa /futon, Please email to see my site and over 130 photo of island

Outside

  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Notes:

  • FREE use of 14 kayaks/2 canoes (enough for 23 to paddle together ~ save hundreds a day in rental fees!) 45' solar-heated pool 2 32' lit waterfalls 45’ Tiki hut with wet bar and sound system 8' 9HP spa with 6 water features at pool Private double-pump Jacuzzi on deck of upper home 2 Picnic area with charcoal grills Bonfire ring with furnished wood coin-op washer and dryer 61” Sony HDTV in upper home, with over 200 channels 42' HDTV in lower home, with over 200 channels Queen-size beds Full kitchen in each home Screened-in patio and deck for each home High-speed wireless internet Awesome wildlife viewing and so much more... check our website for more details.
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