The worst part of our stay was leaving...
Submitted: January 7, 2013
Stayed: December 2012
The Round House looked lovely in the listing but it was even better in person.
There are so many thoughtful touches (such as the Band-aids in the medicine cabinet, the bikes in the storage area, the Winn Dixie discount card on the key ring) that make this place feel like staying in a friend's home, not a rental.
I can't say enough good things about the owners. We were told we were welcome to call with any questions... "even on Christmas Day." We didn't but we knew they meant it! We got our security deposit refund very promptly. The house was immaculate. They allow you to rent the golf cart and other items. They take pride in the place and it shows.
This may sound silly but I was impressed that they made sure there was toilet paper in each bathroom before our arrival. How nice is that? They just ask that you replace it. We did and left extra for the next person.
Taking out the kayak allowed us to see osprey chasing off an eagle. We rented the boat and were able to explore the canals and out into Charlotte Harbor. Dolphins came by the boat. It was breathtaking.
This is not a "beachy" vacation spot. There is plenty of water but no sand! The island is quiet. The only "traffic" is first thing in the morning when people are going to work. The neighbors are friendly. You really can walk to the marina, the fishing pier, two restaurants, and enjoy the Florida sunshine.
Visiting Matlacha is fun. We enjoyed driving down to Lovers Key State Park/beach south of Ft. Myers. The beach was not crowded yet there are concessions. Taking the ferry to Cayo Costa is worth doing. Riding the bikes or tooling around in the golf cart is a fun way to see the island more slowly. People really are laid back.
It was difficult to leave knowing we were driving home to snow. I would recommend this to anyone that does not have a problem with stairs and who enjoys a more laid back pace. I can't wait to return to Pine Island!
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words! So glad your family had fun on the island.
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