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Vacation Homes of Key West (VHKW)

Member since: 1997
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Speaks: english, spanish, czech, Bulgarian
Sleeps16
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms7
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Vacation Homes of Key West (VHKW)

Member since: 1997
Speaks: english, spanish, czech, Bulgarian
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2015
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Grande Dame Key West

Sleeps16
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms7
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights

Overview

Key West Estate Rental Photos and Description

Estate, 7 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 7 Baths, (Sleeps 14-16)

Grande Dame Key West – (The Watson House) vacation rental estate is an impeccably detailed 3-story Classic Folk Victorian home with 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. An award winning renovation of this stately Victorian mansion has achieved an impressive balance of timeless charm, classic elegance, and modern convenience, making this property both aesthetically alluring and delightfully comfortable.

Originally built by the Watson Family in the 1840's, this mansion has kept the Watson name as homage to the original owners Susan and William Watson. Today this home is one of the most beautiful and unique licensed vacation homes of this size and stature on our island. It is the perfect place for the family or small corporate group with discerning tastes. Located right in the heart of Old Town Key West's historic section of beautifully restored 19th century mansion homes, this vacation rental is situated in the 500 block of Simonton Street, just steps away from famous Duval Street. From here you can easily walk to all features in the historic island village.

Interior Layout:

The interior of this wooden vernacular Victorian home provides 3 stories of living space. The 1st floor is comprised of a traditional Victorian parlor style living room, 'game-room' style family room, full dining room, and a fully renovated chef’s kitchen styled with granite counter tops, tile floors, and stainless steel appliances. The 2nd floor provides 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The 3rd floor is configured as a penthouse style suite with den, and its own bathroom and kitchenette.

1st Floor: Ceilings throughout the 1st floor are an impressive 12+ feet height and the original ceiling architectural detail still exists. There are two bedrooms and two full bathrooms on the 1st floor. One bedroom provides an en-suite bathroom, and is done up in a charming New Orleans style, with a fashionable metal queen size 4-poster bed. The 2nd bedroom on the 1st floor, is set in the original mansion ‘sun room,’ a beautiful architectural space complete with Cuban tile floors, and provides a king size bed. The bathroom for the 2nd bedroom is located just steps from the bedroom.

2nd Floor: The graceful 1890’s banister staircase topped with elegant chandelier, leads to the 2nd floor to 4 more bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. All bedrooms on the 2nd floor are styled differently. The spacious front bedroom has a queen size bed and French doors that open to a porch that spans the entire width of the home with a beautiful view overlooking historic Simonton Street. The west side bedroom features a queen size pencil-style four poster bed off-set with knotty pine wainscoting, original Dade pine planked wood floors, and large sash windows to let in plenty of sun light.

The east side bedroom is in honor of Susan Watson, and features vintage wallpaper and offers wicker furnishings and a queen size bed. The back bedroom is more modern, offering a king size bed and double sets of French doors leading to a large covered terrace with a dramatic down-look view of the courtyard garden, and swimming pool below.

3rd Floor: Moving up to the 3rd floor, we find a beautiful private split-level ‘pent-house style’ suite with lounging sofa, large screen TV, small kitchen, bedroom, an additional sleeping space, and a full bathroom with tub. Since the upper level of the 3rd floor also provides all these amenities on a private floor, it is an ideal place for a couple who are traveling with a group to find a private “love nest.”

The focus of the space is the media area with lounging sofa and large screen TV on the first level. The scene is set with beautiful hardwood floors. It is built-out to feel spacious with soaring ceilings that are set right up next to the roof line. Double sets of French doors lead to a private verandah and the additional height from the 3rd floor captures even a more dramatic view from the terrace outside that overlooks the courtyard garden swimming pool below.

A split-level floor plan inside gives it added character and dimension. It offers an entertainment area with large screen TV and lounging sofa, and a few steps up to the upper level are a cozy bedroom, an additional sleeping area, the kitchen and the bathroom.

The 3rd floor bedroom is neatly tucked into an alcove. It’s cozy, but becomes an adorable little intimate hideaway space when the double set of doors is closed. It offers a trundle bed that can be made as a king size bed or 2 twin beds. Outside the door, on the opposite side of the room, a 2nd trundle bed, that can also be made up as 2 twins or a king size bed, offers a 2nd sleeping space.

Grounds:

An added feature of the house, is the exterior switchback staircase that starts at ground level from the back yard and leads to 2nd and 3rd floors. Both the 2nd and 3rd floor offer a verandah that expands the width of the house in the back.

One of the nicest features of the back yard is the expansive ground level sun deck and swimming pool scene that connects via French doors to the kitchen. This creates an ideal setting to move comfortably between the deck and kitchen for pool- side dining and entertaining. The back yard grounds are completely fenced for private pool-side lounging and sun bathing.

The front of the home has beautiful curb appeal with large front porches on the first and second floor that overlook the estate neighborhood of Simonton Street, expansive brick driveway courtyard, and private off street parking. An historic wrought iron fence graces the front of the property.

Bedding Summary:

• First Floor - 1 king size bed, 1 queen size bed

• Second Floor- 3 Queen size beds, and 1 King size bed

• Third Floor – 2 trundle beds (can be made to 4 twin beds or 2 king beds)

Keywords: Private Victorian Estate

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
Vacation Homes of Key West (VHKW) (Property Manager)
Member since: 1997
Call Manager
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Speaks: english, spanish, czech, Bulgarian
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2015

Guestbook comments from the manager

We stayed here as a large group on a birthday getaway in December. We had both houses rented for a total of 11 bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. The fact that every bedroom comes with it's own bath is a huge selling point. It allows for privacy for everyone in the house. It was a bonus that all of those bathrooms looked recently updated.

The main house has two ground floor bedrooms, one in the front of the house just off the formal living room and another off of a sitting room near the kitchen. The bedroom in the front of the house was a good size, but was a little noisy at night because of the street and while it does have it's own bathroom, it is not attached. The second bedroom was smaller than the first, but had a large bathroom attached that provided more than enough space. The only downside to this room is the noise from the kitchen can filter in early in the morning.

On the second floor there were four more bedrooms. There was a very large bedroom in the front of the house that was the largest in the complex. The bathroom that was with this bedroom was small, but sufficient. This room also has a spiral staircase up to the 3rd floor in it, although the 3rd floor could also be accessed from the outdoor stairs. Similar to the first bedroom, this bedroom picks up some noise from the street out front. Across the hall from this bedroom was a smaller bedroom that didn't have much room to move around. The lighting was a little lacking in the room also, but everything needed was provided. There were two dressers in this room which seemed redundant and removing one could open the room up a little. The bathroom associated with this bedroom was just outside the backdoor of the room. The bathroom was small, but nice. this bedroom has a door at the top of the stairs and also a backdoor that provides access to the bathroom and the balcony. Also off the balcony was a large bedroom with doors directly opening out for a view of the pool below. This bedroom's bath was located in the out hall like the previous bedroom, but was spacious and included a double vanity and double shower (two shower heads). This is the bedroom that I would call the master. Just off the hallway from the master bath was the fourth bedroom. It was similar in size to the second bedroom on the first floor. No wasted space, but enough room to move around. Its bathroom was attached. This room also had a door to the inner stairwell.

The third floor was very large and self-sufficient.
Nov 2014
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Sleeps16
Bedrooms 7
Bathrooms7
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Reviews

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Grande Dame Key West
average rating of 4.0 based on 3 reviews
Washington DC suburb
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Fun for family reunion

  • 4 of 5

I brought a group of 21 family members with ages from 8 - 80. It is a nice house in a great location. We were one short block from Duvall street and walking distance to many of the attractions - southernmost point, Hemmingway house, Fort Zachary state park and the marina near the Westin. The grocery store is just around the corner so we could carry everything and we did not need cars. The house is pretty and most of it has been renovated. The dishwasher did not work but they tried to fix it and then replace it but could not do it during the holidays. The management offered to send someone to wash dishes but we declined. The area can be a little noisy. We did not hear noise from the crowds as much as the roosters. (For some historical reason, Key West has roosters wandering the town. They like to announce morning starting at about 4 am.) We rented both the 7 bedroom and 4 bedroom 'attached' house. The 4 bedroom is newer and in better shape. Overall, we had a good time and the rental was good.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Map

Car: not necessary

This estate is located in the center of the heart of Old Town Key West Historic District - just one short street of the center of Duval St.

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Rates & Availability

From $7,250 Per week

Key West Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Winter
Dec 15 2014 - Apr 30 2015
7 night minimum stay
$9,950
 
 
Shoulder
May 1 2015 - Aug 14 2015
7 night minimum stay
$8,650
 
 
Summer
Aug 15 2015 - Dec 14 2015
7 night minimum stay
$7,250
 
 
Winter
Dec 15 2015 - Apr 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
$9,950
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pool Heat $150
Cleaning $475 + Tax
Processing $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.5%
Notes 50% Total Balance to Confirm Rental. Balance Due 60 Days Prior to Arrival
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Amenities

Key West Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5047 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 7 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
    Bathroom 5 -
    Bathroom 6 -
    Bathroom 7 -
Bedrooms:
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • First floor: 1 Queen bed, 1 king bed Second floor: 3 queen beds, 1 king bed Third floor: 2 trundle beds (can be made to 4 twin beds or 2 king beds)
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
This estate home has 2 kitchens, on one the first floor, and one on the third floor. The third floor of this home has a pent-house media center.

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