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Bedrooms 4
Space 2,649 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2,649 sf modern accommodations w/ game room, bar, and water toys.

The Rainbow River is the most beautiful sight in Florida. Its crystal clear water is perfect for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. Chimera is modern, comfortable, and completely outfitted for worry-free vacationing. Sandy's special decorative flair warms your surroundings and makes you feel at home. The game room keeps the kids entertained for hours, while you enjoy the bar for drinks, cards, or board games. Chimera has four bedrooms, including two master bedrooms w/ high quality comfortable mattresses. Two night minimum stay - rate is discounted for 3 or more night stays. Inquire for Multiple Night Discounts.

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Hal Rogers
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2018

About Hal Rogers

Sandy and I own a client-centered financial planning practice - focused on avoiding probate and preventing unintended heirs. I play competitive billiards; Sandy sings in the church choir and plays in the bell choir. We are both members of the East Arlington Rotary Club in Jacksonville. We have eight children and five grandchildren.

Hal Rogers purchased this house in 2015

Why Hal Rogers chose Dunnellon

Chimera (Kim'-er-a) - something that exists only in the imagination and is not possible in reality; something unattainable. Sandy says we should have named the house "Chimera No More". Buying Chimera fulfilled a 20+ year dream of owning a house on the Rainbow River. It is warm and luxurious, but comfortable for vacationing. The first time we walked into the house it just felt right and we knew it was the house we wanted as our vacation home. Since then we have learned the incredible joy of sharing it. Chimera will be our legacy to our eight children and (so far) five grandchildren, and we hope it will be yours as well. That's just the history - It takes a stay at Chimera to really understand "why this property".

What makes this house unique

There are several nice places to stay on the Rainbow River, but there is nothing else like Chimera. The canoe, paddleboat, 4 Kayaks, snorkels & fins, tubes, and floats are there, but they aren't unique; there the similarities disappear. Your favorite drink will be on the bar or in the fridge; a selection of miniature chocolates await you. Nothing keeps the kids occupied at night like the game room. A 60 game arcade game machine, including Pac Man, Wurlitzer Juke Box with hits from the 40's, 50's, 60's, and 70's, arcade basketball net, shuffleboard table, and Super Nintendo with lots of games, leave the adults playing poker and having drinks at the custom bar, with the kids seen but not heard! One modern master bedroom plus another more traditional master bedroom provide exceptional accommodations for your family members or other guests. You won't need to bring extra kitchen utensils, or laundry detergent, or dish washing soap; they're all there. Coffee, spices, flour, sugar, and cereal, they're there, too. Sandy and I remember the places we have rented - just the essentials. Not at your new river house. We have done everything we could think of to make this the best vacation you ever had. If there is anything we overlooked, let us know after your vacation and the next time you come, if we can correct it, we will.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Dunnellon, Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2649 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14 ...
  • Max. adults: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Early check-in available w/authorization
  • Late check-out available w/ authorization
  • No smoking, inside the house or on the property. (Guests can smoke across the street.)
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Master Bathroom with double sinks - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Second Master Bedroom Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Upstairs with balcony overlooking the river
    Second Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Private Master Bathroom
    Guest Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Children's Bedroom - 2 bunk bed , Two sets of bunk beds - Sleeps 4
  • All bedrooms have high quality comfortable mattresses.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • long term renters welcome
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • photography
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
On the beautiful crystal clear Rainbow River. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, canoeing, Kayaking, paddleboating, and tubing. Game room w/ pinball machine, Wurlitzer Juke box, arcade basketball, and table shuffleboard. Custom bar - drinks, board games, or cards.


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(85 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.9764705 based on 85 reviews

I vacation a lot. Read my review.

  • 5 of 5

Your vacation starts before you arrive with your host Hal. Hal has gone through great lengths to create a magical place on the river. Hal is very proud of this accomplishment and you can tell right away that he truly enjoys sharing his place he calls Chimera. Its obvious that he wants you to enjoy this house as much as he does. Before arriving you receive a very detailed packet with instructions and answers to any questions you may have. The house is furnished with high quality furniture, the decor is comfortable and classy. The house is very clean and perfectly maintained. The house has everything. 8 super comfortable beds that sleep 10 people or more. The kitchen is fully stocked with everything you need to make literally anything. There is a gas grill outside. There are 2 master bedrooms. One upstairs with a large deck that looks over the backyard and another downstairs master. There is a game room with shuffleboard, jukebox, stand up video games with all the classic games on it and more. The house is wired with a sound system and also has a huge fully stocked bar in the center of the big open room with huge panoramic windows looking out to the yard and river. There are canoes and kayaks that are included and a shed that is fully stocked with EVERYTHING you need for the river. The neighborhood is safe and friendly. The grocery store is right down the street. The house is great but what makes this place the perfect place is Hal. Hal is easily the best host I have experienced at any of the 20 or 30 VRBO places I have stayed at. He called the house while we were there to speak to my wife and he told her where he left a gift for us. It was a print of a heron on the houses dock, printed on metal. This print is proudly displayed in my home now and it makes me smile and remember that dock every time I walk past it. I have never experienced such a gracious host before. If you are considering this property, book it and enjoy it. If you think that it may be to expensive because its a bit more than other properties in the isn't. You cant go wrong staying here and Hal makes it impossible to not enjoy this property. All you need is your toothbrush and bathing suit. Hal and his wife Sandy provide everything else. Im already planning my next visit to Chimera for a employee retreat. If you dont want to worry about anything, be able to relax and enjoy a fully stocked house with no problems, this is your best option on the rainbow river.

  • Submitted: 26-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have had some great reviews on Chimera on the Rainbow; I have never responded to one. However, how could I not respond to Rob's review? Also, it might help future guests if we clarify a couple of things... 1) Chimera does have a beautiful custom built bar but we only provide a bottle of your favorite beverage. (Rob, did you find my key...?) 2) While we provide staples like coffee, sugar, flour, spices, etc., if you don't bring some groceries, you are going to be visiting that Winn Dixie store on the corner. Sandy and I don't want you to arrive at Chimera with expectations we can't meet! Rob, thank you for your wonderful, most considerate comments; we hope you will be our guests again! Hal & Sandy
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Wonderful escape!

  • 5 of 5

This place has it all and was perfect for our family of 10! Spacious, clean, great location. Backyard deck is huge with plenty of comfortable seating choices (umbrellas too) and lots of shaded and sunny areas so you can enjoy either. Small fire pit built into deck is perfect size for s’mores. There’s kayaks and a canoe which we took advantage of. The rental has several floats and a compressor. We brought Walmart inner-tubes,lines and tied to dock for kids to float on in river (with parental supervision). Rental has all sizes life jackets, water shoes, goggles/masks. Lots of wildlife from fish and turtles to birds and otters. Also loved the game room and bar. TVs with cable and DVD players in every bedroom so tired kids enjoyed watching a movie from their bunk beds. We took our own tubes and floated 2 hours from the backyard down river to the bridge take out (near Swampy’s restaurant -we preparked truck early morning at that parking lot). Saved a lot of money avoiding tubing fees! Big thanks to owners Hal and Sandy for their super prompt replies and especially for sharing their perfect retreat!

  • Submitted: 11-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house on the Rainbow River with all the little details for a great stay.

  • 5 of 5

The house is great and had everything we need for a week on the Rainbow River.

We will defently come back next year.

  • Submitted: 1-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property is a great location directly on the river

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Chimera. River was beautiful and the house was comfortable. Our children enjoyed the game room.

  • Submitted: 20-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Brandon FL

Great spot on the river

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time here at chimera! Comfortable home in a great spot on the river. We will be back!!!

  • Submitted: 17-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Place for a Relaxed Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay in this home on the wonderful Rainbow River. The property is well maintained and the owners go the extra mile to assure you of a great stay. The cupboards are stocked with all the things you would use if you were at home. The house is roomy and comfortable. We stay in the area to enjoy the great golf courses but there are other interesting activities in the area. I think it would be a wonderful spot for a family vacation. There is lots of activity on the river to enjoy. I would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: 14-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20.6 Miles
Ocala International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Numerous - all within...
Nearest Golf
5.8 Miles
Juliette Falls Golf and Spa Club
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Many within...
Car: necessary

The Rainbow River is the primary place you will want to spend time, but water sports aren't the only thing to do in Dunnellon. Bikers will enjoy the Withlacoochee State Trail, the largest paved rail trail in Florida. For birdwatchers, four of the Great Florida Birding Trails are close by. Hikers will want to try the Dunnellon trail and Blue Run Park. While our house is fully equipped for the family chef, sometimes you just want to go out to eat. Dunnellon has many excellent restaurants, including the Citrus Grill for breakfast, the Blue Gator for lunch, and the Purple Sage for dinner. For ethnic fare, there is Don Pepe, Carmela's, and China Wok. Seafood lovers will like Simply Seafood. For down home cooking, you can't beat The Front Porch Restaurant & Pie Shop (also great for breakfast). Music lovers will want to take a Singing River Tour. While dad is playing poker at the bar in our house, and the kids are in the game room listening to hits from the 50's, 60's, and 70's on the Wurlitzer Juke Box, mom can save dad some money at The Historic Village Shops of Dunnellon. You won't lack for something to do in Dunnellon!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Dunnellon, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 1 2019 - Jan 31 2019
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$45 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$45 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

One-time Cleaning Fee C$257.56 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit C$386.34

2 Nights: $350/night
3-4 Nights: $300/night
5-6 Nights: $275/night
7 Nights & +: $250/night
Monthly: $4,000: Only when available January 2 - February 28
Holiday Rates: Unlike with some vacation rentals, we do not charge more for holidays. Minimum four night stay; multi-night discounts apply like any other rental. Holidays are Rental Dates that include any of the following holidays, or any day immediately before or after one of these days: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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