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Spacious Floating Condo on the water with all upscale amenities.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 950 sq ft
Property type house boat
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

A waterfront porch to relax

This property is a unique and well appointed floating condo with all updated features. It has two bedrooms, one with a queen bed and the other with a double bed. There is 1.5 bathrooms which share a shower but still retain complete privacy for each bedroom's occupants. The kitchen has all of the features of a modern home such as a full size refrigerator, new stove and microwave. Small appliances include a coffee maker (coffee provided), blender, toaster, electric can opener along with dishes and glasses and more. The kitchen surfaces are solid Corian with indoor dining seating available for 4. All furnishings are very upscale. The art features a local artist, Tom Tiffin, who has captured a very authentic portrayal of a local shrimp fishing boat. The best feature is the large front porch which offers a spectacular views of both sunrises by looking to the right and sunsets on your left. There are always either boats, fish or birds to view from your porch. Today, I saw 2 dolphins swim by. This area includes seating for 6.. The all electric 950 sq. ft. houseboat offers all of the modern systems including an easily controlled air conditioner/heating system It has an aluminum hull and is surrounded by a new floating dock system which makes getting off and on a breeze. A comfortable temperature can be maintained at all times of the year by merely opening the front and back doors to the river breezes. This is indeed a wonderful way to spend a relaxing and comfortable vacation.


Owner
Karen Hoff
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2018

About Karen Hoff

My husband and I fell in love with Apalachicola a couple of years ago and decided to make it our home. We have spent the last 20 years renovating our 1850s Victorian home along with raising our 2 sons. We are avid history buffs and have only begun to research the historical importance of the Florida panhandle. While my husband is still working full time as a Construction Official for a town of 65,000, I am spending much of my time in Apalachicola after retiring from a 30 year banking career as a Commercial Lending Officer.

Karen Hoff purchased this house boat in 2013

Why Karen Hoff chose Apalachicola

After renting the Reelaxation (the sister houseboat to the Southern Comfort), I found that staying aboard a houseboat was so relaxing that I wanted to spend more time. The amount of activity going by on the water was so interesting from the commercial fishing boats going out for a successful trip to luxury yachts just out for fun. Watching the dolphins swim by, the pelicans perching on the nearby posts and birds of all varieties diving for their food, it is truly a never ending experience.

What makes this house boat unique

We chose this property for its sensational views of the sunrises and sunsets from the front porch. A relaxing afternoon floating on the houseboat while watching all of the activity or just enjoying the cool breezes with a good book. The location is ideal with easy walking to the area shops which feature local artists' work and a wonderful variety of local restaurants. The sandy beaches of St. George Island are only minutes away by car. There are several golf courses located in the area as well. But, of course, the best fishing is in Apalachicola with a variety of fishing guides such as Capt. Jimmy Maxwell, a fifth generation resident who offers a variety of tour options.

Amenities

Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house boat rental in Apalachicola, Florida

Property Type:
  • house boat
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming

Reviews

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Spacious Floating Condo on the water with all upscale amenities.
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5

Perfectly located, spacious and beautifully maintained. Comfortable and peaceful inside and out.

  • 5 of 5

The back porch of the Southern Comfort overlooking the river is one of the most peaceful places in the world to me. This was my second stay here, with an old friend, and my husband and I have already booked a weekend in October to celebrate our anniversary.

We enjoy walking around the town checking out all the little shops or driving up the coast for the afternoon but my favorites are sunrise on the porch, watching the pelicans fly up river and waving or speaking to people in the boats.

On that porch we feel like we've literally (although temporarily) turned our backs toward the cares of this world to focus rather on things that are true and lovely and peaceful. This makes everything else worthwhile.

Oh, yes, the houseboat itself is perfect too! Thanks, Karen, for all the effort it takes to maintain it so beautifully.

  • Submitted: 25-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for choosing to stay aboard the Southern Comfort for a second time and look forward to seeing you in October. It was a pleasure to have you as guests. Karen
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5

Wonderful Stay !

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location, well kept, and great owner. A perfect location, to get to know Apalachicola and surrounding area.

Karen,

Will you check the outlets for my camera charger and battery. Thanks again for such a nice time.

Mike

  • Submitted: 7-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great houseboat

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed staying on Karens houseboat. Its a short walk to the downtown with fun breweries and shops and restaurants. We would not hesitate to return there. My husband went fishing and caught giant redfish and had a great time.

  • Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad that you enjoyed your stay aboard the Southern Comfort. Thank you for choosing Houseboats at River Watch. I hope to see you again. Karen
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5

Relaxing and accommodating.

  • 5 of 5

Relaxing and accommodating.

  • Submitted: 4-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to stay aboard the Southern Comfort. I hope that you enjoyed your stay. Karen
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5

Exactly what we were hoping for.

  • 5 of 5

This wonderful houseboat was just wanted we were looking for: a unique and comfortable place to get to know the sweet town of Apalachicola. The houseboat was pristine, bright and cheery. We so enjoyed sitting on the deck and watching the birds, boats etc. Mrs. Hoff and her son were wonderful hosts.

Really enjoyed the Sunset "River Tour" sponsored by the Maritime Museum. Very informative .

Would love to come back.

  • Submitted: 28-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We am so glad that you enjoyed your stay in Apalachicola and aboard the Southern Comfort. We hope to see you again! Thank you. Karen and Joey.
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5

Won’t Forget the Forgotten Coast

  • 5 of 5

The Southern Comfort was spacious and comfortable. Beautiful view of the river, wetlands, and sunrise from the back deck. Karen was very responsive and helpful. Apalachicola is a cute little town and a 5 minute walk from the boat. Nearby St George Island State Park offers pristine beaches. My wife and I enjoyed being in a “no high rise, no condo” unspoiled area along the Gulf Coast.

  • Submitted: 27-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for choosing the Southern Comfort. I hope to see you again. Karen
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Location

Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Tallahassee Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Bowery Station
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
St. Joseph's Bay Country Club
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Route 98
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Up The Creek Raw Bar Restaurant
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
St. George Island
Car: recommended

Apalachicola is a historic town dating back to the 1700s when it was one of the most active ports for the cotton trade behind New Orleans and Mobile. It has retained the historic homes and museums and many offer tours at various times during the year. My favorite is the Historic Homes Tour which is put on by Trinity Episcopal Church during the first weekend in May. In fact, Trinity has a long history and an interesting story. Apalachicola is world famous for their oysters and provides almost all of the oysters served in Florida. They are served in all local restaurants with the freshest being served right next door at Up The Creek Raw Bar Restaurant. Fishing is most desirable in the waters around Apalachicola. One of the best fishing guides is Capt. Jimmy Maxwell of Backwater Guide Services who also offers wonderful tours of the area and may pick you up right from your houseboat. Within the last several years, the town has developed into an active artistic community with a variety of styles offered around town. The local restaurants offer a variety of the freshest fish that I have ever tasted - often right off the local shrimp boats. The shopping options include resort clothing and antique shops. If the beach is your passion, then St. George Island is only 10 minutes away and has some of the most beautiful white sandy beaches in the state. In fact, it has recently been rated by Dr. Beach as the third best beach in the nation.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house boat rental in Apalachicola, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Spring/Summer
Dec 30 2017 - Jul 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
C$292
C$1,751
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
 
August/September
Aug 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
C$279
C$1,686
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
Oct 1 2018 - Nov 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
C$292
C$1,751
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
 
Florida Seafood Festival
Nov 2 2018 - Nov 3 2018
2 night minimum stay
C$1,025
Flat fee
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$129.73

RATES ARE DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
$25/additional guest per night
Maximum: 4 guests
Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
There are no monthly rate options on this property
10% Military Discounts available with ID.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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