I can't say enough about our trip to Crystal River! It starts with this quaint cottage that was like a home away from home. It was very clean and had all that was needed. If we did need something or have a question, Carley was quick to respond. We had the pleasure of meeting her and her husband, along with some friends. We enjoyed the beautiful and peaceful surrounding while sitting on the dock. My kids enjoyed swimming in the river and using the provided kayaks, paddle board, etc. They spotted a couple of manatee, an otter, and a cormorant, which is a bird that swims under water. This was entertaining to watch. He even used the dock to hang out and dry his wings. When we had all day excursions, like swimming with manatee or going to the beach, coming home to this serene setting and sleeping in VERY comfortable beds was what we all needed. We always woke ready for another full day. The remote setting of the house was perfect, but we still didn't have to go far if we found ourselves needing anything. We took one of the tours with River Ventures and it was fantastic. We also snorkeled in the Three Sister's Springs, which we recommend highly. My kids thought this was so amazing. The kids were able to fish off the dock and really got a kick out catching and releasing crabs. All in all, our experience in Crystal River was more than we even expected, but this home made it possible to stay relaxed all of the time. Thank you Carley and Mike for letting us enjoy your little piece of utopia!
It was a working week so we didn't get to enjoy all the daytime activities in the area but we were so pleased with the cottage and the setting. The cottage has a great split floor plan that two couples could easily share and still have their privacy. We had the most beautiful weather and slept with the windows open. It's location is perfect with everything you need right around the corner but when you are there it feels very remote and quiet. Everything was clean and the homeowner very accommodating. We had so much fun watching the manatees that stayed with us the whole week and that in itself made our week. We will definitely return to this homey cottage in the very near future.