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Astonishing Historic Houseboat Rental on the Manatee River near Sarasota, Florida

Palmetto, Florida (United States)

Astonishing Historic Houseboat Rental on the Manatee River near Sarasota, Florida

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5.0 9 Reviews

"Great for a family of four. Enjoyed the houseboat, location, and easy checkin/checkout"

Christopher Barnes, guest in March 18, 2019.
Private Floating Home
4 guests
1 Private Bathroom
Private Kitchen
Entire Floating Home
River, stream or creek

The top houseboat rentals Sarasota, Florida has to offer this year

This historic floating chapel has been converted into a luxurious houseboat rental is ideal for glampers who appreciate amazing architecture. The houseboat can be found in a marina on the Manatee River near Sarasota in Palmetto, Florida, and boasts a shared swimming pool. Built-in 2004 for over a million dollars, this houseboat rental was originally constructed as a wedding chapel that held 110 guests. There are only two that have built in the world, and the other can be found in Australia. All of the original stained glass windows have been preserved and the 19-foot ceilings only heighten this private rental's impressive design and structure.

With the ability to accommodate up to four guests comfortably, this houseboat rental features two bedrooms including one which is situated in the converted loft at the top of the house. Each bedroom features a queen-sized bed and high-end linens and towels. The sleeping loft can be reached via a modern spiral staircase and features a sitting area which is perfect for catching up on a good book. There are two bathrooms in this luxury houseboat rental, each elegantly furnished with a shower, toilet, and vanity sinks—short terms rentals in this area won't come much better than this for affordable prices.

As guests make their way into the great room, they will encounter the stately kitchen, dining, and living areas. The comfort of the living area in this houseboat rental will be much appreciated after a long day at the beach. Featuring a ceiling fan, comfortable reclining chairs, and flat-screen television, guests will also be able to put their feet up and watch a film with the other guests in the property.

Those who love to cook will enjoy preparing meals in the open full kitchen with gorgeous granite countertops. The kitchen features state-of-the-art appliances such as a stove, microwave, refrigerator, toaster, and a coffee maker, as well as essential cookware, dishes, and cutlery. Meals can be enjoyed inside on the four-person dining table which is at the social heart of this houseboat rental.

Outside, there is a deck where guests can enjoy a morning cup of coffee in the sunshine. A barbecue grill can also be found on the deck and can be used to prepare meals as well. The marina has a shared swimming pool that guests can access, and upon arrival, the host will give guests the key. The marina also has a workout facility, a Jacuzzi, restaurants, and laundry services. Guests are sure to love their stay in one of the best houseboat rentals. This Florida rental is truly like no other as thanks to its wonderful location, dolphins can often be seen swimming in the marina making your experience of houseboat rentals magical.

This extremely unique and ideally situated glamping property features everything that guests will appreciate while spending their stay on the water in Palmetto, Florida. Fitted with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, heating, as well as two flat-screen televisions with satellite cable programming, guests will feel comfortable and connected throughout their stay. Linens, bath towels, and a hairdryer are provided by the host, however, guests might want to supply their own beach towels for they are not provided.

Outside, guests can enjoy the use of the porch with plenty of outdoor seating, as well as a barbecue grill for preparing delicious meals. A washing machine and clothes dryer can be found inside of the marina, as well as a small fitness center. The host will supply the guests with the key to access the marina pool. Parking is available on the premises.

2 beds

  • 2 Queen-size beds

Features and Services

  • Wi-Fi/Internet
  • Shared Outdoor pool
  • Shared Jacuzzi/Hot tub
  • Heating
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Boat dock
  • Barbecue

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Accommodation Rules

  • Check-in: 03:00 PM
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Infants allowed Under 2 years old
  • Children allowed 2-12 years old
  • No Pets allowed
  • No smoking
  • No parties
  • No events
  • Some spaces are shared
This property is not pet-friendly.

There is a $500 refundable damage deposit that is held on the guest's card at the time of confirmation. This will be released back to the guest 7 days after check-out pending no damages.

There is a cleaning fee of $150 per stay for this accommodation.

This yacht is to remain stationary throughout the duration of the stay.

Be kind to the environment and take care of the surroundings.

Cancellation policy

24-hour free cancellation
Fifteen: Cancellation is free up to 24 hours after your booking is confirmed and at least 15 days before check-in.

Location & Surroundings

Palmetto, Florida (United States)

Detailed location provided after booking

  • River, stream or creek
  • Supermarket
  • Town/City


  • Swimming
  • Water sports
  • Biking
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Stand-up paddleboarding
  • Fishing
  • Boating/Sailing
  • Wildlife watching
  • Tennis
  • Golfing

South Florida is a popular vacation destination for those looking to escape to a warm climate with plenty of sand, sea, and sunshine. The property itself lies on the Manatee River that feeds into the Gulf of Mexico, which is a great location for water sports enthusiasts. Whether it's riding jet skis in the river or boating on the open sea, there is something for everyone. Glampers can relax on the sandy beaches found just minutes away from the property, or they can spend time swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, or fishing. Fishing tours can be accessed right at the marina.

If guests wish to explore what inland Florida has to offer, they can take a day trip to Myakka River State Park, which is the closest natural area to the property. There, glampers can take a guided tour, go hiking, or practice their photography skills. When a break from the outdoors is needed, glampers can explore what Palmetto has to offer, or they can take a short drive to either Sarasota, Tampa, or Saint Petersburg, where they can visit a museum, go shopping, and sample the local gastronomy in one of the many restaurants and bars.