House, 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 7
This vacation home embraced by ancient oaks sits directly on a spectacular stretch of the upper reaches of the Withlacochee River (where it exits the state forest). It is situated at the end of a lime rock road that forms a private and secluded point on the river. Directly across the river on the other bank is the Florida Creek Indian Tribal Grounds. This riverfront retreat offers incredible scenic beauty magical in the simple diversity of the river wildlife and its peaceful surroundings. Whether you find your relaxing pleasure in fishing, boating/kayaking, observing bird life, or just reading that book you have been meaning to get to, you will be delighted with all the opportunities offered by the river house.
*Please note our cancellation policy as it differs slightly from the available options given by Homeaway:
100% if cancelled +90 days prior to the Check-in Date
50% if cancelled 60-90 days prior to the Check-in Date
25% if cancelled 30-60 days prior to the Check-in Date
0% if cancelled within 30 days of Check-in Date
Stunning outdoor beauty.
About the Owner
(6 traveler reviews)
Stunning outdoor beauty.
This home was clean and cozy. There was a small plaque that said Fairies live here. I would have to agree. The property was a magical kingdom fit for fairies and divas. We will definitely want to return.
The house and property is just beautiful !! The owners were wonderful and took care of any concerns quickly. We will book again on our next trip.
What a beautiful location and stay we had.Thank youfor the hospitality we will be back soon!
We have very good time and relaxing weekend. This cottage is perfect ,clean and you have everything what you need. Thanks again and we come back for sure. Jana
Escape along the lazy Withlacoochie River
Our daughter was coming home from her second tour in Afghanistan. She'd told me a few weeks before her arrival in the US that she just wanted to escape from the rest of the world for a little bit and commune with nature in a cabin in the woods. The Talisman Riverhouse was just what the doctor ordered. Our small family met there for two days and had a "magical weekend", as our daughter later described it. The first night we sat around the island counter in the kitchen eating snacks, drinking a few beers, and listening to her stories about life in the war zone. In the morning we loafed and talked some more in the very comfy living room with windows that face the river. We then packed some sandwiches and went canoeing up the Withlacoochie River. We'd rented two canoes from a nearby outfitter who dropped the canoes off in the morning and picked them up that night. We saw plenty of Woodstorks and Ibis, a Limpkin catching snails for its lunch, herons, and one very determined Kingfisher flying back and forth over the water looking for his own lunch. We went canoeing three times that day, stopping often to take photos of the beautiful cypress and live oaks draped over the water casting picturesque reflections all around us. My daughter and I paddled a few miles up river once and let the lazy river drift us back down to the cabin while we talked, and talked, and talked some more. There's never enough time. That night after eating dinner around the big dining room table, we moved out to the fire pit between the house and river, and stoked up a blazing fire. More talking and sipping wine into the wee hours. In the morning we took a walk up the dirt road, soaked up the warm weather, the lush vegetation all around us, and caught lots of tiny little toads to take their pictures in our hands. Sadly, we had to leave that morning, but the memories and photos of a wonderful weekend will always be with us. We cleaned the cabin thoroughly before locking the key in the lock box and heading down the road back to civilization.
Observations for other visitors:
The property was well maintained. It's like a hunter's cabin in the woods, so be prepared for rustic. Not everything is perfect and that's part of the charm. The beds were clean and very comfortable. The shower and bathroom were clean. We had a small drip from the drain under the kitchen sink but the owner got right back to me on the phone and we fixed it. The kitchen was cozy but had everything we needed.
From the Owner
“When we found this home we were awed by its unique situation between the oak trees. As if they were cradling the home. We loved the park like setting next to the river, so peaceful and quiet. with the occasional passerby in a canoe. The area the house is set on is near to where the historic Dade Battlefield occurred back in December 1835. You can really see old Florida in the Talisman Riverhouse property.”
Activity and Interests
This vacation home embraced by ancient oaks sits directly on a spectacular stretch of the upper reaches of the Withlacoochee River (where it exits the state forest). It is situated at the end of a lime rock road that forms a private and secluded point on the river. Directly across the river on the other bank is the former Florida Creek Indian Tribal Grounds. This riverfront retreat offers incredible scenic beauty magical in the simple diversity of the river wildlife and its peaceful surroundings. Whether you find your relaxing pleasure in fishing, boating/kayaking, observing bird life, or just reading that book you have been meaning to get to, you will be delighted with all the opportunities offered by the Riverhouse.
Located approximately 8 miles North of Dade City near US 301, the Riverhouse is less than 1 hour away from all the major central Florida
attractions (to the Northeast) as well as within less than an hour
of the Tampa Bay metro area (to the Southwest), yet you may find it
more pleasurable to simply stay in this rural area and enjoy the
many entertainment festivities that seem to be ongoing throughout
the year from the several different town communities. Whether it is
a day at Rock Springs (near Apopka), horseback riding in Sumter
County (in the Bushnell area) or taking your exercise on the state
designated trail, we doubt that you will run out of things to do.
For those less inclined to physical activities, there are also the
antiquing opportunities both in Dade City or in Mt. Dora. We even
have our own drive-in theater and nearby local 'country' golf
courses all at unbelievably low prices.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 5 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Additional information about rental rates
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
Refund request for cancellation must be received at least 30 days in advance of your stay and will be limited to 75% of fully paid accounts.
Manager's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Available stay (no arrival)
From the Owner
“When we visit the Riverhouse we usually spend most of the time relaxing by the river and enjoying the many wildlife sightings. It is very calm and quiet there. The trees and secluded nature of the property are what make this place special. It is most appealing to those who love nature and don't mind a little rustic comforts. My husband has really enjoyed using this as his hunting cabin since the Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve is 20 minutes down the road.”
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Air Conditioning ...
- Clothes Dryer
- Fireplace ...
- Heating ...
- Linens Provided ...
- Living Room
- Towels Provided ...
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Game Room ...
- Games ...
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered ...
- wheelchair inaccessible
- Water View
- bird watching
- horseback riding
- scenic drives
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- freshwater fishing
- water tubing
- Bathroom 1
- Large Jacuzzi tub with shower and toilet.
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- The two upstairs bedrooms share the loft area off the staircase.
- Deck / Patio ...
- Kayak / Canoe ...
- Lanai / Gazebo ...
- Lawn / Garden ...
- Outdoor Grill ...
- Guests provide their own meals
- The river house has an upstairs loft area with two bedrooms. There are hard wood floors throughout the downstairs and tongue and groove pine wood walls. Also, there is an observation porch/deck on both sides of the house and a beautiful vented gas fireplace located in the living room, kitchen come complete with all the pots and pans, utensils, etc., clothes washer (line dry only), and a custom over-sized Jacuzzi bathtub in the bathroom.