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The Withlacoochee River Guesthouse

Entire cottage hosted by Laura
3 guests2 bedrooms2 beds1 bathroom
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Tucked away among the majestic cypress & oaks on the Withlacochee River, The Guesthouse calls you to leave the modern world behind yet still enjoy all the creature comforts of home. Wake up refreshed in a king-size bed, prepare meals in a fully equipped kitchen & just relax in your well-appointed & spotlessly clean waterfront getaway. Take a kayak trip on the river, ride the 46 mile Withlacochee State Trail, or just be lazy in a hammock with a good book and a cold drink.

The space
Comfort meets cozy in your 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage. Dine alfresco on the deep front porch or relax in the hammock with a good book.
Step out the back door and drop a kayak in the Withlacoochee River for a fun day of fishing or just float along and check out the abundance of wildlife. We offer 2 single and 1 tandem kayaks to use while you're here.
Enjoy direct access to the Withlacochee State Trail, 46 mile paved rail trail that will soon be part of Florida's Coast to Coast Connector. If you don't have your own bike, we have two that you're welcome to use during your stay.
There is a public boat ramp about a 1/2 mile upriver from us. If you have your own boat (no airboats please), you're more than welcome to launch from there and keep it tied up behind the Guesthouse while you're here. We have room for small trailer parking. If you're planning to fish, you will need a freshwater fishing license and we ask that you do NOT clean or cook your catch inside the Guesthouse. Catch and release is encouraged:)
Our Guesthouse is an updated "vintage" mobile home and we try to anticipate all of your needs. We are committed to providing you with an exceptionally clean and comfortable stay. We live in the house next door so if there is anything that we may have missed or you have forgotten to bring with you, just let us know. We are travelers ourselves and had a checklist of "must haves" when we started hosting:
*An exceptionally clean space
*A really, really comfortable king size bed
*An abundance of pillows, some flat and some fluffy
*A fan in all the rooms
*Comfortable seating, both inside and out
*Lots of tables and lamps for drinks, books, laptops, etc
*Lots of surface area in the bathroom for toiletries
*Quality cookware & utensils, large bowls for salads and serving, food storage containers, foil, sandwich bags, & a few spices.
*A "junk" drawer with paper, pens, tape, etc.
*Instructions for the TV & Remote
We do have neighbors and they are awesome (some are weekenders and others live here full-time). Please do not trespass on their property.
There is a reverse osmosis water filtration system under the sink and the drinking water is delicious! Don't forget to pack a refillable water bottle. The nearest restaurants and grocery stores are about a 15-20 min drive.
*NOTE: Wi-Fi is a constant challenge here. We do the best we can with what we have but it's sometimes down and always finicky. You can usually check email and sometimes stream a movie, but zoom meetings, gaming, or other internet activity that uses a lot of data are not allowed. The Guesthouse is equipped with a TV and a DVD player and a huge library of movies. I would also recommend downloading binge-able shows onto a thumb drive to play while here:)
*ANOTHER NOTE: While we are located in the woods, we do have neighbors and they have been really great about our hosting. We'd like to keep it that way so there is zero tolerance for noise. Quiet hours from 10pm - 7am are strictly enforced.
*AND YET ANOTHER NOTE: Please, please, please read the house rules BEFORE booking! We love hosting and want the experience to be amazing for both our guests and ourselves.

Read what our previous guests have to say:
"Laura was the perfect host. She let us know she was available to assist if needed but gave us complete privacy.”
“It is sparkling clean and the bed is super comfortable.”
“This is a cyclist and paddler's dream location.”
“The drinking water setup is quite good and is delicious.”
“If paddling and pedaling are your thing, this is the place.”
“It’s genuinely a stay that’s medicine for your soul.”
“Get out of the concrete Jungle and go be one with nature at this place.”
“The location is perfect for riding the Withlacoochee State Trail and for paddling the tranquil waters of the Withlacoochee River.”
“The bedroom gets really nice and dark and cold from the AC which made for really good sleeping!”
“Kitchen is well supplied and bed is comfy (and huge).”
“It has all of the comforts of home with many special touches you do not usually find at an Airbnb. Laura literally thought of everything you would possibly need.”
“Laura’s place is the ultimate city escape.”
“The river that runs around her place is untouched and beautiful, her communication is amazing and she makes sure that you’re comfortable and enjoying yourself.”
“This is a terrific getaway to unplug from society for a while.”
“If you enjoy biking, kayaking, and quiet time look no further.”
“The beds were comfy and the towels fresh.”
“At night it’s dark and quiet. If you’re lucky, you’ll hear the rain sing you to sleep.”
“Very quiet, love the décor, and extremely clean.”
“Scenery was fantastic.”
“Negatives? only that we didn't book it for longer.”

We hear that last comment ALOT. While our minimum stay is just two nights, we recommend you stay at least three to be able to really enjoy the area, especially if you're traveling more than a couple of hours to get here.
Most guests come here strictly to hike, bike, and paddle. However, if you would like to explore a bit here's how to get around and things to do:
Biking - Withlacoochee State Trail - access is one block from the Guesthouse. We are at mm16.5
Biking - Good Neighbor Trail - 6mi (you can access from our place by riding down the WST to the connector)
Kayaking - out the back door to the River. We have two singles and one tandem kayak for use. You may not transport them.
Kayaking - Crystal River 31 mi
Hiking - Florida Trail - Croom Wildlife Management Area - 2mi
Hiking - Dames Cave - 20mi
Horseback riding - There is a place nearby that will take you on a private ride on the trails. Message me for details.
Charter Fishing - Lake, River, & Gulf of Mexico
Airboat Rides - 16mi
Downtown Historic Inverness - 15mi
Downtown Historic Brooksville - 11mi
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park - 26mi (Water park, mermaid show, kayak and canoe rentals)
Crystal River State Park - 31mi (Manatee Tours available)
World Woods Golf Club - 16mi (36 hole championship courses)
Brooksville Country Club - 11mi (18 hole championship course)
Orlando Airport - 76mi
Disney World - 61mi (Theme Park)
Universal Studios - 62mi (Theme Park)
Tampa Airport - 66mi
Busch Gardens - 56mi (Theme Park with roller coasters)

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 double bed


Free parking on premises
Pets allowed
Washing machine
Central air conditioning


Getting inside

Step-free entrance to the room
Well-lit path to entrance
Step-free path to the outdoor entrance

Living room

Step-free entrance to the room
Wide entrance

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4.96 out of 5 stars from 50 reviews



Brooksville, Florida, United States

Our neighborhood is a mix of full-time retireees and part-time weekenders who come up to relax and play. Outside our neighborhood is pastureland, the river, and tons of wildlife. If you get up early for a walk or a bike ride, you'll likely see deer and turkey. Later in the afternoon you can see the tortoises on the trail. All day long you'll see an abundance of birds (hawks, pileated woodpeckers, limpkins, owls, hummingbirds, etc, etc) as well as the occasional alligator and turtles in the water.

Hosted by Laura

Joined in November 2015
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I love to travel and enjoy hiking, kayaking, and cycling as well as exploring cities, museums and historic sites, especially old churches. I love good food, red wine and craft beer.
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During your stay
We live in the house next door so if you need something, just let us know! It's very likely that you will see us out and about on the property but we respect your privacy and will interact with you as much or as little as you like. We love to meet new people, it's what AirBnB is all about:)
We live in the house next door so if you need something, just let us know! It's very likely that you will see us out and about on the property but we respect your privacy and will…
Laura is a Superhost
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Things to know

House rules
Check-in: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Check out: 11:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No parties or events
Pets are allowed
Health & safety
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Airbnb's social distancing and other COVID-19-related guidelines apply
Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Smoke alarm
Cancellation policy