|Minimum Stay||28 nights|
BOWMAN'S BEACH HOUSE is an architecturally significant holiday home designed by the world renowned architectural firm Duany Plater-Zyberk. The community of Seaside, on Florida's panhandle, is one of DPZ's most acclaimed projects.
The house is elevated twelve feet above grade! Its most dominant feature is a two storey high wraparound screen porch to temper the summer sun. It also features a dramatic Great Room with fireplace, a towering exposed wood cathedral ceiling and, to guarantee a cooling breeze, six pairs of French doors opening onto the porch on three sides.
There are three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms and a sitting room that overlooks the Great Room, like a choir loft!
Please note: 28 day minimum rentals for houses on Sanibel
Keywords: Unique, Architect designed, Beach House
We live in Ottawa, Canada.
BOWMAN'S BEACH HOUSE is the perfect winter getaway for myself (an Architect), my wife (a Sports Medicine MD) and our two school age kids. Sadly we can't get away as much as we would like.
We hope you enjoy BOWMAN'S BEACH HOUSE as much as we do!
Robin Hamilton Fyfe purchased this house in 2008
Sanibel Island is unique!
Most of the island is conservation land and wildlife refuge. There is no highrise or high density development permitted. The commercial development is low-key and pedestrian scaled. We like to ride the bikes to Captiva Island and the Sanibel Recreation Centre - both are about one mile away.
And the beach is fantastic!
BOWMANS BEACH HOUSE is located in Sanibel Bayous and is the closest house to Bowman’s Beach, one of the most spectacular beaches in southwest Florida. Our beach path passes through conservation land and palm forests, over a salt water pond on a plank footbridge, and past protected sand dunes with nesting wildlife. To the east this extraordinary beach stretches for ten miles! To the west there is no development for as far as the eye can see – just sand, surf, sea and sky!
This was a terrific stay! We had a happy welcome by a bottle of red wine on the table. House neat and fit! The house surrounded by a "jungle", birds singing all day long and at night you hear the wildlife in the undergrowth. You feel perfectly close to nature. Three houses near by, two of them barely to see as covered by trees and bushes giving enough privacy. The house easily fits 6 persons as beside the 3 bedrooms a quite spacey living room is provided, and the lanai is even a part of the living space after opening all the doors (5 double wing doors and 3 single doors). The fully mosquito tight fenced lanai allows to have all doors open all time, letting a breeze from the near by ocean air thoroughly the living room allowing to switch off the air condition most of time. Kitchen is fully equipped; we missed nothing. The interior is pleasantly sober and furnished in good taste.
From the inside of the house you would never expect the age of ~25 years. Only the outside wooden stairs might need a re-modelling in future as this is the only part of the house that is exposed to weather (beside the roof). The lanai, going around the complete house, is fully protected by the roof and allows you sitting outside even at rainy days. Beach is nearby and takes 10 minutes leisurely walk. Three bicycles are also provided. All beach stuff you need is available in the shed (chairs, umbrella, ...). You might want to bring a Frisbee as we accidentally took the one we have found in the shed. It ended up in the language of our daughter. Sorry for that....
By the way: kids - there are stairs to the upper level but carpeted with baste. It might not the best house to stay with kids younger than 2 years of age, but for all other it is just perfect. Our daughter is 4 and she loved it. Also the collection of games for the rainy days and the ability to wander around the house without leaving it, as it is surrounded by the lanai.
Robin was very helpful by reacting fast on emails – at booking and also during our stay.
Apropos email: house provides fast internet access and full wireless coverage in all rooms!
The description given on the website fits perfectly. We expected some more beach view but have been positively surprised by the nature around. You can see the beach from the upper balcony – binoculars are provided.
All in all – we would have loved to stay longer and we are definitely considering coming back next season!!! We can recommend the place without limitation!
Renting BBH was the best experience we could imagine. The owners were prompt and attentive to all inquires from beginning to end. Their home was as described and was comfortable and well equipped. There is nothing that can actually describe the wrap around screen porch. It was by far our favorite place to sit. We joined the Sanibel Rec Center and went there everyday for the gym and pool. I wish we had the same amenities where we live. If we weren't at the beach, we were at the gym, riding bikes to Captiva, playing golf at The Dunes, bird watching at Ding Darling or Tarpon Bay, or eating our way through the island's many restaurants. The stores on the island are adequate for food supplies. We cooked in much of the time as the kitchen is well equipped and easy to maneuver. I think we left the island only a handful of times in two months. We played golf in Fort Myers at the Colonial and visited with friends in Naples for dinner.
We are signed on again for next year and are so looking forward to it.
Thanks to Robin for sharing BBH with us.
Had a fine time at Bowmans Beach House (BBH)...enjoyed a totally relaxing stay. I'm a beach walker (not a beach sitter) and so Bowmans Beach was ideal for me. Bowmans Beach is clearly Sanibel's best beach; it's a big plus to be able to walk to it from the house. I'd walk the beach all the way up to Captiva and sometimes continue on to the far end of Captiva. Loved the bird life and looking at the amazing variety of shells. The house is truly unique and it's delightful....loved its airiness...we would open doors and windows and feel that we were outside all the time. Enjoyed the sitting porch—a great way to be outdoors but out of the direct sun.
It was hard to leave Bowman's Beach House -- it was such a magnificent getaway! The home is stunning, very private, quiet, clean and perfectly maintained. It has all the amenities of home and then some. The gardens are lovely and the wraparound deck is outstanding. The area is spectacular and fun to explore -- on foot or by bike (4 bikes are provided for guests to use) and it is only a short walk (less than 5 minutes) through a well groomed path to the beautiful white sandy Bowman's Beach. We enjoyed the sunset each evening on the beach and were even treated to a show by the dolphins -- it really is a little piece of heaven!
Spectacular house - spectacular views. The house has everything you could possibly want - with the best location. I can hardly wait to go back!
I still can't decide if I liked the "star gazing" deck more than the "morning coffee" deck!
We enjoyed a superb family holiday staying at Bowman’s Beach House this Summer.
This house is just lovely and it genuinely felt like we were staying in a real home from home and not just some characterless holiday accommodation. Bowman’s is bright, airy and spacious and is very well equipped with everything you need for the perfect relaxing holiday - from great beach equipment to lovely kitchen and various choices of seating areas. Also our boys are 12 and 15 and the free Wi Fi in the house was certainly a hit with them for the dreaded Facebook etc !
The house enjoys a very quiet location and is ideal for a beach holiday on Sanibel (the beach is a pleasant short walk). We did not really use the outside seating areas because it was so hot outside and preferred instead to enjoy the cool air conditioned interiors and sea breezes at the beach – but it was July/August in Florida after all ! It would be lovely to come back again earlier in the year.
We spent nearly 3 weeks in the house and did not want to go home – so if you are looking for a complete get away from it all with no one to bother you and where you hardly need to take anything with you but beach wear, a good book and some sun screen then this is the place for you. It is truly a spectacular setting and will leave us all with many happy memories.
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Dec 1 - Apr 30
May 1 - Nov 30
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