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CHARMING ISLAND STYLE, TWO-STORY, NEAR BEACH AND BIKE PATH, ALL AMENITIES
Sanibel Island House Rental Photos and Description
1 Bdr,1 full bth, with outside shower, sleep 4+, Washer/dryer, mod kitchen, net
This guest house apartment backs up to the wildlife sanctuary, for morning hikes, shelling, or jogging, the beach is 500 yards away! Two entrances, circular stairway between floors, cozy cottage. Your retreat is hidden behind exotic native foliage, half-way between the village of Sanibel and Captiva, close to recreation center for fitness, fine dining, and Gulf sunsets.Smoke Free Guest House.
Pets are allowed with notice. Basic groceries can be stocked for late night arrivals. TV/wireless broadband internet available. Downstairs bedroom has a queen sized bed, upstairs has a queen sized, very comfortable queen sized EZ sleeper sofa. Additional space can be supplied downstairs with twin mattresses for children. Smoke Free Guest House.
It may be spring in Ohio, but we miss our favorite place on Sanibel. This guesthouse, hidden on a lush corner across from Bowman's Beach, was the idyllic location for a relaxing visit to the island.
It was only a few minutes from everything we like to do. We loved riding our bikes to Sunset Grill for delicious breakfasts, then pedaling to Bowman's Beach for afternoons of hunting shells, watching the dolphin, and soaking up the sun. Many evenings we packed a picnic and walked back to the beach to see the beautiful sunsets.
Because the guesthouse (with its wonderful owner) was located on the peaceful west end of the island, we felt as if we were living in paradise, not staying at a tourist destination. When we did want to go to the theater, the golf course, the art show, or the refuge, we didn't have to get tangled up in island traffic. Matter-of-fact, we could actually pick up a lot of groceries & supplies at the Santiva General Store right down the road. We also had a lot of fun watching the Super Bowl with friends at the popular Doc Ford's restaurant, which is really close to the guesthouse.
We would definitely recommend this charming rental to other island lovers. It has everything you need and is located in the perfect place.
I can't believe I'm saying this -- but I'm looking forward to winter and our next visit to this tropical treasure:)
Submitted: May 12, 2014
Stayed: Feb 2014
Owner's Response: I look forward to winter too. It's when all my friends show up! I am so glad that you like this small spot as much as I do. You will be welcomed again next year.
We stayed at the Sanibel Guest House from Dec 30, 2013- Jan31, 2014. Our host was amazing! We were greeted with warmth and friendliness from the very start. The lodgings were just exactly how they were pictured and described online. Downstairs where the bedroom and bath were was cozy and cool. We were always well rested and refreshed. Upstairs in the living/kitchen area we had plenty of space, lots of utensils (we love to bake!!) and every amenity we could ask for! A daily newspaper was always at our door!! It was like staying with an old friend. We were treated several times to cookies, amazing homemade bread and the best Minestrone Soup ever, not to mention great conversation. Our host was knowledgable with the island and with surrounding area activities as well. Since we just retired, it was the absolute best way to wind down and learn how to spend the rest of our life. Thank you so very much. Chris and Katy
Submitted: Mar 9, 2014
Stayed: Dec 2013
Owner's Response: Simple hospitality is the essence of a place such as Sanibel. I hope that you two will return often as the years pass. I am delighted that such a wonderful baker, as you are, was pleased with the kitchen and comfort amenities. This really is meant to be a home away within a perfect paradise such as the Everglades that surrounds us provides here in SW Florida.
Our stay here was exactly what we were looking for: a short bike ride to the beach, every amenity you could ask for including a kitchen, washer-dryer and (my favorite) outdoor shower, and a lovely host who was super helpful and even made us a delicious key lime pie! We had a wonderful time and as we approach almost a year since our visit I am fondly reminiscing. I highly recommend a stay here. Thanks again to our host!
Submitted: Mar 1, 2014
Stayed: Apr 2013
Owner's Response: Glad you're thinking about us, lots of small changes here. The first of new gardens is beginning to take off, and the variety of orchids in the trees seems to attract a LOT of beautiful lime-green, yellow, red, pink, and blue birds. The little ones I always have trouble identifying this time of year. Their morning songs, in the gumbo limbo trees, are such pleasure with a cup of coffee. Hope to see you soon.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by our host and found a lovely welcome basket inside filled with wine, cheese, crackers, chocolate and nuts. The guest house was perfect for our needs: clean, well-maintained and charming, just as described and pictured in the listing. We were able to relax, sleep in, cook meals in the well-equipped kitchen, and plan each day's adventure in this island paradise.
We spent time on all of the island's public beaches -- Bowman's Beach, Blind Pass, Tarpon Bay, Algiers and the Lighthouse Beach at the east end of the island, which is very picturesque and offers access to both the gulf and the bay -- and enjoyed basking in the sun, collecting shells and being awed by the glorious sunsets.
Our tram tour of the Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve, as well as our visit to its educational center, was so interesting and eye-opening as to the importance of preserving our natural resources and protecting our wildlife. The Shell Museum was equally interesting and informative. The Shell Festival and the Lion's Club Craft Festival were both fun events, as was checking out some of the island's many shops. We enjoyed eating at the Sunset Grill, The Island Cow, and the Sanibel Café, with one indulgent visit to the Dairy Queen.
We found a warm welcome and inspiring worship experiences at the Sanibel Community Church, especially the Sunday messages given by Dr. Darryl Donovan as well as his Thursday noon Bible study.
To our host: We can't thank you enough for the privilege of spending the month of March in your wonderful guest house which felt like a cozy tree-house to us. You were so attentive to all of our needs, while giving us space to just enjoy. It was lovely visiting with you on the deck, and learning about your interesting life experiences. The key lime pie was a delicious bonus! There are no words to express how important and precious this time in Sanibel was to us, and we thank you for making it possible.
Submitted: Apr 5, 2013
Stayed: Mar 2013
Owner's Response: Wow, thanks so much. From Floridians that so often have seen it all, you give the island high marks. It was a pleasure to be your host on this adventure.
In this photoshop world, it was wonderful to discover that this amazing guesthouse is exactly how it appears in the pictures. Not only does it have everything on the list and more, it also comes with an awesome hostess! The owner quickly made us feel at home – in what we like to call “Paradise.”
We really enjoyed sitting on the elevated deck surrounded by the beautiful tropical plants. And, for northerners like us, that outdoor shower was definitely a special treat. We loved staying at this charming guesthouse so much we are going back next year. Already counting the days…
Submitted: Mar 8, 2013
Stayed: Feb 2013
Owner's Response: It was my pleasure to enjoy such wonderful guests. When you return next year, we shall enjoy another Master Gardener's lecture together and perhaps the bushes put in this winter will actually be thriving....or not. But they got a good start.
This was a great find and lived up to all expectations - and then some! A really interesting house in a lovely place and the owner was thoughtful and welcoming - and makes great key-lime pie! Everything was clean, working and just as it said in the description. We walked to the beach every day and had just the best time. We thoroughly recommend this property and wished we were back there now.... relaxing in the sun and enjoying the charm of this island property.
Submitted: May 16, 2012
Stayed: Apr 2012
Owner's Response: Thank you ever so much for your kind response. You two were as delightful as your kind words. Next time carrot cake!
Next to Ding Darling 10,000 acre wildlife sanctuary, 500 yards to Bowman's Beach shelling, swimming, hiking, jogging trails, and along Sanibel's island-long bike path. Bike rentals available, close to shops, restaurants, recreation center and pool. Live plays, lectures, jazz available most nights. Days enjoy guided kayak tours, or rentals, guided wildlife tours, Shell Museum, cinema, and sailing. Minutes from Sanctuary Golf Club or 3 other courses available on island or on Captiva, only 2 miles from location.
* 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.
Full indoor bath and shower, also full private outdoor shower.
1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
Bedroom 1 -
Lower level bedroom with Queen sized bed and upper level Queen EZ sleep sofa.Very comfortable. TV available upstairs and downstairs.
Video Library ...
Satellite / Cable
Fish Cleaning Table
Unscreened Porch / Veranda
Lawn / Garden ...
10 garden chairs
2 beach chairs
Long-term Renters Welcome
unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Local Services & Businesses:
Sports & Adventure Activities:
golf privileges optional
scuba diving or snorkeling
There are 3 access doors available, two downstairs and one on the deck level. The two floors are separated by a circular stairway, please consider this when including small children and pets. Large deck table with umbrella and lounge chairs on the upper deck. Table and chairs on lower level next to shower under deck.