The Unique Benefits at this Estate

 We are kid friendly but many Corp, youth and adult groups love the privacy at our vacation rental infact many of our guest spend all night just sitting on the dock partying with family and friends. Morning and Evening kayaking can center your life, body and soul as you interact with nature and the wildlife along the river.

Florida's most unique vacation rental. 13 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, 5 levels, 10-50 guests.

Includes: boats, paddle boards, kayaks, tubes, rope swing, bon-fire pitts, upper story decks overlooking the pristine river.

You have just found the perfect gift for your entire family and friends

& an excellent addition to your bucket list. 

Have you been looking for the perfect place 

to make lifelong memories for your family or friends? 

Or do you need to host a very special event,

or gather your entire family & friends under one roof

at one of the most beautiful waterfront settings anywhere?

   My wife and I have spent 20 years creating a spectacular 5 story 13 bedroom 8 bathroom waterfront home where your entire family and friends can all be together under one roof. We are right on the Cool Crystal Clear Rainbow River just west of Ocala Florida.

   We offer so many things for your family to do while staying with us and there is nothing like our place for hundreds of miles. We are properly equipped with Free Pontoon Boat, Kayaks, Paddle Boards and tubes to explore our river. We, without a doubt, have the best rope swing on the entire river where your family will spend hours on. Our Guests have found Dinosaur bones right on our crystal clear shore and we have Mastodon and ancient alligator teeth to show your kids. 

   So imagine for a moment, your relaxing on one of our big upper decks overlooking the serene Rainbow River, you see your kids and your grandchildren or friends swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, others are launching kayaks, paddle boards and tubes, all are excited for the days adventure exploring the river. Some are challenging the sweeping Rope swing, letting go as far as they can into the river and some are jumping off the dock.  Others are gathered around a big bonfire roasting S'mors and enjoying a warm crackling real wood oak fire. The sounds of laughter and wood fire smells are drifting up to you as you remember days long gone.  You see and hear the laughter from other family members in our giant kitchen preparing a long awaited family dinner. Your see the beautiful dining room where your entire family will be at one table setting and you can't wait to sit down with all of them.  They are all together with you at a very special place where a lifetime of memories will be created, all because you found Rainbow Springs Lodging.

   We raised 7 children and many of their friends on the river in this giant home and each one of them helped us to build and create one of the best family vacation homes in the world.  Our children have all moved on now and we felt the empty nesters loss but our many repeat guest and their families have filled the gap.

   As Innkeepers our job and our duty to you and your family is to maintain the best waterfront vacation home in the world bar none, our reviews on VRBO are the highest in the industry and we are in their 100% approval zone.

Let us help you give the Gift of Lifetime Memories to your entire family and friends. 


Dorothy and Ray Shelton 

Why I Chose Dunnellon

 As Co Manager for world champion Boxer and special advisor / friend to president of Philip Morris and General Mills, My Job was to find special sites of interest all around the world. Never in my travels did I find a more beautiful and safe waterfront environment to enjoy and raise children. Born and Raised in South Miami Florida but did not find this place until 1999. Your very lucky as we were to find these crystal clear waters on the Rainbow River, there is nothing like it and we want to share what we have found with you and your family.


You will love our new Custom Country Decor and Room Additions and as our repeat guest have said over and over again; there is nothing that is more comfortable, unique, clean and as well-equipped anywhere like our 10.000 sq. ft. Waterfront Vacation Home. It was designed for your family and big reunions that demand comfort, harmony and the dedicated care that The Shelton Family gives to all of our guests. In fact many of our guests don't want to leave our comfortable pillow top beds and pillows or our big comfy porch overlooking our beautiful flowing river. Travelers from around the world intend on using our home as a home base for visiting Disney World and other places around Florida But I can’t remember any of our guests who actually went anywhere. The kids usually sway the family to not leave because they love our home and love exploring our crystal clear river. Parents always welcome the "let’s stay here feelings" from the kids because now they know that they made an excellent selection for their vacation. To our family that is the best testimony that a Vacation Home can have and we are proud to share what we have built with so many wonderful families. Our Free 24 ft. Pontoon Boats, Kayaks and Tubes are just the icing on the cake. It’s our fantastic rope swing right on our own property that gets the biggest use. Try us once and you will want to return again and again. Our summers are always fully booked so book as early as you can.     

Thank You,
- The Shelton's

Rainbow Springs Lodging