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5.0 out of 5 Exceptional
8 reviews

Popular amenities

Air Conditioning
Pet Friendly

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • 24-hour vacancy between guest stays
  • Sheets and towels washed at 140°F


Explore the area

Popular LocationManatee Park12 min drive
Popular LocationJetBlue Park at Fenway South26 min drive
AirportFort Myers, FL (RSW-Southwest Florida Intl.)31 min drive
Popular LocationBabcock Ranch Preserve75 min drive

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About this property

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

River House Retreat, "our Happy Place"

Riverfront vacation home with private pool and kitchen
River House Retreat is 10 acres in a country setting on the Caloosahatchee River in Alva, FL. Perfect location for a seasonal retreat, business retreats, family vacations, weddings, honeymoons, birthdays, anniversaries, or just a place to relax & reconnect. The property exhibits stunning views of river and across the other side is a very wooded Caloosahatchee Regional Park. Perfect sunsets, pictures & privacy. 6 bedrooms & 5 baths, swimming pool, fire-pit, boat slip/dock , pool table & 70 x 40 Pole Barn.As you enter the gate to the property, the driveway is very long, a beautiful country setting with lots of oak trees, fenced & crossed fenced with cattle roaming a portion of acres as the drive circles around landscaping to the front of the house. This spacious house is a 2 story ranch style 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, that boasts updated stainless steel appliances, open living concept, pool table, a gigantic granite island bar/table in kitchen with 18 bar stools where the family/whole group can enjoy meals together, visit for your function or simply relax and socialize.2nd master bedroom king bed is the only bedroom on main floor and is adjacent to the kitchen with bathroom next door. There is another guest bathroom downstairs off of the living room for your guest. The huge master bedroom suite is on the 2nd floor with connecting bathroom that has river view. Bedroom #3 is a Queen bed that has river view with bathroom next door. Bedroom #4 is 2 queen beds that has river view next to bathroom. Bedroom #5 has 2 queen beds with river view connected to a Jack-n-Jill bathroom which connects to bedroom #6 with 2 queen beds. This house has a total of 2 king beds, 7 queen beds and a couch to sleep at least 18 people. As you walk down a sidewalk from the back of house to the river you will encounter a fire-pit circle, then proceed to the pool deck where you’ll find 2 shade canopies over 2 tables including 12 chairs along with 8 chaise lounge chairs and stunning river views. Overlooking the river you will find the Caloosahatchee Regional Park with scenic wooded views and walking trails. Outside as you walk around you’ll discover that you are surrounded by water, beautiful oak trees, fresh clean air and several species of birds. It is a delight to share this beautiful retreat home with you.The only thing that might impact your stay, is when you have to leave & head back home.
Air-conditioned accommodations at this vacation home offer private pools and DVD players. Rooms open to balconies. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and hair dryers.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property manager

Teresa Allison
Speaks English

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C/140°F or hotter
Follows regional sanitization guidelines of Safety and Health Administration (Thailand)
Follows industry sanitization guidelines of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)

Social distancing

Guest rooms kept vacant for 24 hours between stays
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Private pool


  • Internet access

Parking and transportation

  • Onsite parking
  • Car required

Family friendly

  • Toys
  • Highchair


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils
  • Toaster
  • Coffee/tea maker


  • 6 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 5 bathrooms
  • Towels provided
  • Hair dryer

Living spaces

  • Dining room
  • Living room


  • TV
  • Pool or billiards table
  • DVD player
  • Games

Outdoor areas

  • Balcony
  • Dock


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Concierge services
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Phone

Location highlights

  • On the river
  • On the waterfront

Things to do

  • Water skiing nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Parasailing nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby


  • Sleeps 18
  • Unit size: 4158 sq ft (386 sq m)



Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 25


Check-out before 11:00 AM

Special check-in instructions

You will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions


Pets allowed
Restrictions apply; for more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Children and extra beds

Children are welcome

Property payment types

Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
Parties and events are allowed on site

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation
A car is required for transportation to and from this property

Property is also known as

Vrbo Property
River House Retreat "Our Happy Place".
River House Retreat, "our Happy Place" Alva
"river House Retreat" a Place Like no Other
Discounted River House Retreat "our Happy Place"
River House Retreat, "our Happy Place" Private vacation home
Discounted Rates "river House Retreat" a Place Like no Other

About this area


Located in Alva, this vacation home is on the waterfront. Westminster Golf Club and Mirror Lake Golf Course are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Manatee Park and Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park. Traveling with kids? Consider Veterans Park and Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium. Discover the area's water adventures with kayaking and water skiing nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with ecotours and hiking/biking trails.
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Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Manatee Park - 12 min drive
  • Edison and Ford Winter Estates - 24 min drive
  • JetBlue Park at Fenway South - 26 min drive
  • Fort Myers Country Club - 28 min drive
  • Babcock Ranch Preserve - 75 min drive

Getting around

  • AirportSouthwest Florida Intl. Airport (RSW) - 31 min drive


  • Alva Village Market — 13 min walk
  • Alva Country Diner — 5 min drive
  • China City — 7 min drive
  • John's Good Food — 7 min drive
  • Raider Pizza — 7 min drive

Frequently asked questions

Does River House Retreat, "our Happy Place" have a pool?
Yes, this property has a pool.
Is River House Retreat, "our Happy Place" pet-friendly?
Yes, pets are allowed at this property.
What time is check-in at River House Retreat, "our Happy Place"?
Check-in begins at 4:00 PM.
What time is check-out at River House Retreat, "our Happy Place"?
Check-out is at 11:00 AM.
Where is River House Retreat, "our Happy Place" located?
This family-friendly Alva vacation home is located on the waterfront, 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Manatee Park and Lee Civic Center. W. P. Franklin North Campground is 9.5 mi (15.3 km) away.
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Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Magical place!
I rented this house for a group of 16 people. Everyone had something for their entertainment. It is remote enough where you feel fair away from every day life, but close enough to amenities like supermarkets. GO TO THE CUBAN PLACE DOWN THE ROAD!!! The property manager was fantastic, the property was clean, and it was well worth the investment. If my work as an immigration attorney didn't take me on frequent trips, I'd certainly want a house just like this one as a second home. Get the kayaks and the canoe; get the bikes! Have a lot of fun. Your children will cherish the memories - and the grown ups too! FAIR WARNING - INTERNET WON'T WORK BECAUSE YOU ARE IN A REMOTE AREA!

5/5 Excellent

Perfect spot for family getaway and wedding!!
We loved our stay at River House Retreat! The home is very spacious — bedroom layout is great and the space to eat and gather in the kitchen is awesome. The views are impressive with great kayak/canoe access and ample fishing. The pole barn, although currently unfinished, came in very handy as it started to rain just before our wedding ceremony, which was planned for outside near the river. We moved undercover to the pole barn and tied the knot with our small family gathering. We think once finished, the pole barn will offer others great options for weddings, events, or get togethers for shaded, covered space. We love River House Retreat and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to others.

5/5 Excellent

Great Place To Stay
We had a great stay and we appreciated the beauty and charm of the house and property. Our gathering was with 5 families and a few extra young men. The kitchen set up was exceptional for multiple families for serving and dining. The pool table was used the entire time by our teenagers and adults. Same with the pool. The bon-fire was a great touch for the 4th of July week. We even used the tables and chairs under the large Pergola. This was truly a pleasure stay. Thank you Teresa for your communication and insight. We will be back. Gini N.

5/5 Excellent

FL paradise
This was an amazing place! Everyone had the best time and I’d recommend it to anyone! Teresa was a fantastic host! You won’t regret this stay!

5/5 Excellent

Old Florida Paradise
Loved this place!!! Our daughter had her perfect wedding here...I think she was more excited about the cows nearby than the actual wedding:) Management was very helpful and very responsive. There was so much activity to be enjoyed...Pool, fishing, pool table, kayaking, scooters and such for the kids, games and toys, bonfire, on and on...we absolutely loved it here. Thank you, Teresa for everything!!!!