|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
A five-minute stroll takes you to Sanibel's famous shelling beach, just across the street from our condo unit. Recently completely redecorated in ''Sanibel style,'' the unit is beautifully appointed with original art, tile floors, high-end furnishings, and a completely renovated master kitchen with 'high end' appliances. The Sandpebble complex is quiet, intimate, and non-commercial -- just 23 units, most of which are owner occupied. The garden-like grounds run along the Sanibel river, with deck and eating/barbeque areas overlooking the Beachview golf course, across the water. The pleasant pool area has ample lounge chairs and tables. There is a tennis court on the property as well. We have an on-island rental agent who can address any questions or problems with a local phone call.
The unit is on the top (4th) floor, with the best view and no noises from units above. Our newly appointed lanai is newly tiled and has comfortable chairs for relaxation and an attractive dining area.
While we aren't directly on the beach, there is a ''peek-a-view'' of the Gulf of Mexico (see listing photo) through the palm trees across the street. From the other side of the condo, you'll see the bird and animal life along the river (including resident alligators!) and the golfers moving down the fairway. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the utensils a guest might need to whip up anything from microwave popcorn to a gourmet meal. The spacious living room has flat screen TV with DVD, stereo with MP3 connection, WiFi (and a wired high-speed internet connection), and a small library of cookbooks and books on local activities and the flora and fauna of Sanibel. There are television sets in both bedrooms.
Sandpebble is centrally located on Sanibel's network of bike paths -- a short ride to the shops along Periwinke Way, a longer peddle to the wildlife at Ding Darling National Wildlife Center, or the new Sanibel Recreation Center, with its Olympic swimming pool, gym and weight rooms, lighted tennis courts, and childrens' water play area. Whether it's the beaches, parks and wildlife, shopping, or great dining alternatives, you'll find everything Sanibel has to offer close at hand.
Tom and Carolyn Church are innkeepers during the summer and fall, at Coveside Bed & Breakfast on another beautiful island -- Georgetown Island, on the coast of Maine. Tom is a retired college teacher (political science at the State University of New York in Albany). Carolyn was a travel agent and pastry chef. As innkeepers and frequent travelers (during our off-season), we have a good idea what vacation guests are looking for in a rental property, and have tried to provide this in our Sanibel condo.
Tom or Carolyn Church purchased this condo in 2001
Sanibel Island is unique and very special. More than 60 percent of the island is in conservation land that will never be developed. Most of the island roads pass through unspoilt island ecosystems. Development on the island is concentrated along the beaches (though with ample beach access all along the coast); no structures are more than four stories high and the condominium complexes are tasteful, most with substantial green space. Thus, much of the overdevelopment common to the Florida coast has been avoided by careful planning. We were looking for a property on Sanibel that could be upgraded to a high standard (which we have done over the past several years), that was close to the beach, but that wasn't in a busy, 'resort-style' property. Most of the units at Sandpebble are occupied by owners for the winter season, and the complex is quiet and friendly.
This was our first experience using this type of service and we were a bit apprehensive about being scammed. Initially, we were able to reach the owners by email (with a very prompt reply and answers to our questions), but was unable to reach them by phone as they were on vacation at the time. Although this added to our potential concerns, they put us in touch with their leasing agent, which improved our comfort level (Jeannie at Sanibel Holiday was also great to work with). Tom and Carolyn also blessed us by working with our scheduled arrival date, since we were driving from Indiana and unable to fit into the standard weekly schedule (thank you for this!). Due to the loss of my regular job, we had not been on a family vacation in several years and had very high expectations for this trip, but were blown away when we entered the condo! The pictures are nice, but don't do it justice. As an architect, I see things with a level of detail that others may not care to see, and everything was wonderful. My wife also has health issues, so the elevator and push cart were also a blessing. We had looked at some units closer to the beach, but the money we saved on the other side of the street allowed us to eat out and do some other things that made our trip with our daughters special as well. On the subject of food, we also had a cookout down by the canal, which was very pleasant. Parking was close to our end of the building and it was like we had the whole place to ourselves. It is obvious that the owners know to care for their quests. The weather and shelling were great, I can think of no concerns to report and we received our deposit with no issues. My advice, plan early as this place is very popular! I hope we can return one day. Thank you Tom and Carolyn for making your place available to us. We have never met, and have never even talked on the phone, but you feel like family to me!
First time locating a property on line and it was the BEST experience I have ever had. From the first contact w/Tom to the day of arrival-everything was smooth as silk. This was the best week in Florida we have ever had. (Did I mention that we lived in Ft. Walton Beach for 5 years??). The property has all the personal touches that a guest would need. Beach chairs, beach towels, cooler for the beach, great beds, wonderfully appointed kitchen and a notebook of all the local tips. Books, games, WIFI, and a beach to be marveled at. Cool off in the pool and watch all the wildlife off the back of the property. Wonderful scenery, central location, easy access to all the local sites, and a quiet condo complex was just the answer for us. We will be back......
Our family of 4 has been on several vacations to Sanibel, but this is the 1st time staying at Sandpebble. As other reviewers have said, the condo is beautifully furnished and has everything you'll need. The view over the golf course out the back balcony was my favorite, very quiet and serene. The only drawback is that it is is on Middle Gulf drive which is a very busy road during the day, with a steady stream of traffic all day. The small screen porch on the golf course was great for cross breezes. It was in the 80's and we never used air con, since the breeze kept the condo cool.
I wish I could write a bad review about this apartment, then I can be confident that it will be available whenever we want to go back!
It doesn't feel like a rental - it is more like you are staying at a friend's apartment. We loved the layout - there were 3 adults and 2 teenagers and we had plenty of room. The kitchen is very well equipped. We especially loved all the art work on the walls. The boys were often on their own in the pool or shared it with one other family.
Sanibel was lovely although extremely hot at this time of the year. We had to walk for about 3 minutes to get to the beach, and on the last day we were rewarded by 2 dolphins joining us as we were in the sea.
I cannot recommend this apartment highly enough! Thank you - we will definitely come and stay again!
The owner's were kind enough to work with our schedule. When we arrived, we were pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the grounds. This is a somewhat small condo complex and it seemed not many people were there this time of year. We had the pool to ourselves most days. Upon arriving inside the condo, we found it nicely appointed and roomy. We were a bit concerned by the size quoted on the website, as there were six in our party. We had 3 teenage boys, but the sofa folded into a queen bed. The layout of the place made it work for us. The kitchen had very nice appliances (something you would have in your own home not a rental), the dishes and glassware were also very nice too. The master bath was also updated and quite lovely. There is a laundry downstairs right off the eleveator. Our overall trip was excellent. We loved Sanibel. All agreed, we would definiitely come back and stay in this condo again. The management company was also fantastic to work with as well. They were a wealth of information if we needed anything.
We so enjoyed our vacation in Sanibel late November! The condo was so warm, lovely and comfortable. Although this was to be mainly a relaxing break for us, we rented bicycles and cycled the island, visited three different beaches, shopped at the market on Sunday morning, dined out every evening. Weather was perfect - we did not want to leave :) Thank you Carolyn and Tom!
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Apr 11 2015 - Dec 18 2015
7 night minimum stay
10% discount for rentals of four weeks or more.
No additional fees except FL sales tax (11%) and refundable security deposit.
NOTE: Minimum one-week rental, Saturday-Saturday except by special request;
Security deposit (10% of rental or $200, whichever is more) due at time of reservation; balance one month before.
Rentals handled by our on-island rental agent, which accepts Visa and Mastercard.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.