|Minimum Stay||7 - 28 nights|
Upscale executive island style home with high end furnishings, a pool, spa and Private Dock! If a waterfront oasis on a quiet Tropical Island is what you are looking for, look no further!
It's one of the largest and more beautiful homes on the entire island. Great for extended family.
Enjoy a private road with view of bay and a backyard featuring a large heated pool, hot tub, and a PRIVATE dock on a waterway which takes you to the best fishing, shelling and beach combing on the Gulf Coast. The lush, tropical landscape completes your retreat, adding privacy with the many Coconut Palms, Dates, Queens, Areca Palms and a wild Preserve Mangrove Forest bordering the property.
Trailer your boat down to “Your Island Retreat” or rent one at the nearby marina and dock it behind the house. Behind the home is a 50 foot private dock for the larger yacht and a smaller dock and lift for small bow riders, flats boats or center consoles. Rent a kayak or have them delivered to the home to go explore the Mangrove jungle and back bays which are a little less than 15 minute’s paddle from The Island Retreat.
If you don't have a boat, you can fish (poles included) right off the dock or crab, or watch the dolphins and manatee that swim in for a visit. Read on for more features of this fantastic property!
The Grand Island Style 3 story Home lures you in with soaring ceilings and wood floors and a spiral staircase up to the Skipper’s loft. With 5 bedrooms and 3 baths, this Island Retreat Vacation Home sleeps 10 very comfortably without the need for sofa beds or futons.
1) Master Bedroom Suite- King sleeps 2
2) Guest room 2 (Botanical East)- Queen sleeps 2
3) Guest room 3 (Ocean Blue)- Double sleeps 2
4) Guest room 4 (Skipper's Loft) - Queen sleeps 2
5) Guest room 5 (Buddha’s rest) - Murphy bed/Queen sleeps 2
We also have a Pak n Play in the home you can set up for your toddler or infant in any room.
Take a dip in the large heated pool or sun yourself on the pool deck where you can relax or watch the big game or favorite show from the pool. The pool deck is outfitted with two TV’s! A dining table and umbrella on the pool deck await you for lunch. There’s also a Hot Tub if you wore yourself out in the fully outfitted Gym with a nice sized selection of free weights, a weight machine and treadmill with flat screen TV and a meditation area for Yoga. If you'd rather site-see while exercising, grab one of the Island Retreat's bicycles for an exhilarating ride all the way to the other the end of the island and back. There is a flat easy riding bike path that goes from our Southern part of the island all the way to the Northern end.
After a day out fishing, boating, basking in the sun by the pool or biking the bike paths on the island, it’s time to hang out on the dining deck overlooking the pool and waterway with an icy cold drink and enjoy the sunset, or for a higher up view, go all the way up to the top deck patio off the Skipper’s Loft.
For dinner, you can expect an accommodating kitchen with everything you need to create a gourmet meal. There’s a breakfast bar which seats 3, dining room area open to the kitchen which seats 6 and the dining deck outside and under cover is also adjacent to the kitchen which seats 4 more, comfortably seating up to 13 guests.
After dinner, enjoy a port wine or coffee in front of the fire place or move to the living area open to the kitchen and two decks with 30 foot ceilings, a 55' True LED Flat Screen SMART HDTV & Bose Surround entertainment system built into the wall. Audio speakers are throughout the home, gym and pool deck linking to the home's entertainment system. Or feel free to check your email or surf the net with free Wi-Fi in the home’s office in a cozy desk and chair.
About “The Island Retreat’s” location- Pine Island, on the Gulf of Mexico side of Florida, is the biggest and least developed Island on the Floridian Coastline. It's known for world class kayaking because of the many protected waterways, bays, and mangrove jungles that you can paddle through. It's also known for some of the best fishing in the state of Florida. The nearest metro area is 20-30 miles away on the mainland which is the Cape Coral/Ft Myers area. Pine Island enjoys Sanibel and Captiva as barrier islands which serve as protection from storms or the rare hurricane. The most pristine beaches in the country without the crowds are available to you and only close by- 'by boat'. You can either take a water (boat) taxi available from the island to the many outer islands, rent a boat at the nearby marina, or hire a private charter. Contact us for a list if you are the beach-goer type.
St James is the name of the sleepy fishing town on the very southern tip of Pine Island where “The Island Retreat” is located and is immediately off the Southwest Coast of Florida and connected by bridge through Matlacha (pronounced: mat-lah-SHAY) to Cape Coral. Though sleepy and quaint, St James features 4 restaurants, 2 bars, a marina, a general store, a day spa, and a fish house with fresh fish, shrimp, clams and crab brought in daily wholesale all within a short walk or bike ride. An 8 minute drive will bring you to the middle of the island (which the locals call “the center”), where there is a major grocery store, liquor store, 3 more restaurants, hardware store, gas station, pizza place and Subway sandwich shop. A further 10 minute drive and a right at the center onto “little Pine Island” will take you to Matlacha, which features up to 18 different art galleries all in a row, a coffee shop, 4 restaurants, and other gift shops that are worth a visit. If you visit the Northern part of the island called Bokeelia, you can expect more restaurants, art galleries, beautiful golf course and a historic Indian burial mound and park, along with water taxi service to the outer islands if you don’t rent a boat or trailer of your own to dock just behind the house. The nearest airport is RSW or Southwest International Airport which is about 50 minutes drive time from “The Island Retreat”.
We are a pet friendly property!
We come from the entertainment industry and still work in it full time. We have 2 vacation rentals, one is a ranch in Black Hawk, Colorado named 'Blue Sky Ranch' and this one you are viewing here in this listing, 'The Island Retreat' on Pine Island Florida. This is the perfect way to share our two very beautiful places with others.
Kevin & Jennifer Russell purchased this house in 2001
We are attracted to quiet, unique, quaint and away from it all properties and environments that have a big emphasis on nature and adventure with little to no traffic or crowds and Pine Island definitely delivers big in that respect. Quiet, natural settings are very rare on Florida's coastlines. We are also avid Boaters and this island has the best access to at least 50 islands within 5-30 miles that you can get to only by boat, again leaving crowds way behind.
The Island Retreat is NOT your standard, every day ordinary vacation rental. This is one of the most unique properties on the island with lots of entertaining space for parties and family get-togethers. The olde Florida style architecture feels tropical, open and bright. The pool, hot tub, boat dock, tropical trees, widow's walk, gym, huge pantry space, and the fact that The Island Retreat is immediately across from a mangrove preserve that will never be built upon, along with it being on the most upscale street on the island as far as beauty of the homes really made The Island Retreat extremely desirable to us.
The Island Retreat is absolutely lovely, with lush tropical landscaping and a spacious, beautifully appointed home featuring art and artifacts from around the world. It really feels like home, restful, lovely and inviting. We enjoyed the quiet, all the different decks and balconies, the grill (used for delicious grouper, crab claws and shrimp) after a visit to the fishmonger, just a few short blocks away. The bikes were great, the spa and pool a daily favorite, although we would have liked the pool to be warmer. Island living...you can't beat it! Suzanne from Chicago, IL
'The Island Retreat' is on a tropical island and Fisherman's paradise, without the high rise over development that most coastlines in the US have.
Pine Island's secluded and unspoiled location is home to exotic wildlife which can be seen in their natural habitat being most of this area and surrounding islands are protected preserves. Area waterways hold endangered manatees, bald eagles and dolphins. The waters are rich with marine life, among them tarpon, redfish, mullet, snook, and more.
-no traffic lights
- kayaking (rentals within walking distance)
-Belle's Island Day Spa within walking/biking distance. See http://www.bellessecret.com/menu-of-services/
- swimming in the pool or in the gulf
- boating (rent boats at nearby marina or bring yours & dock it behind the house)
- 8 miles of biking trails- (bikes on property or rent) at St Jude Harbour you can hike or bicycle through the woods and wetlands to the waters of Matlacha Pass over ground and over wood decking to see the native flora and fauna along this half-mile trail.
-visit the Calusa Indian Heritage Trail and Park, plus the Museum of the Islands
- fishing/crabbing & charters (deep sea or fly fish in the mangroves)
- there's an island golf course & tennis courts
- hike the many preserves on the island
-take a short ferry ride or water taxi to our barrier island Cayo Costa State Park with 9 miles of secluded beaches. It's not crowded because you can only get there by boat!
- scuba dive (dive boats go out from the many marinas on island)
- The Island Retreat is within walking distance (within a mile) to a bait & tackle shop, 5 restaurants, 3 bars, general store, marina, fish house, a day spa, a gift shop, and a playground/park.
- all within 8 miles by car- 12 restaurants, 8 art galleries, 3 gift shops, major super market.
- For you boaters, a gas dock is within a mile of the home or you can call Gulf Coast Fuel to fuel up you are 'The Island Retreat's' dock.
-For the kids, Sun Splash Family water park is 35 miles away.
-and there's a FULL KIDS PLAYGROUND 2 BLOCKS FROM THE HOUSE!
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Spring, Summer & Fall
Apr 17 2015 - Nov 20 2015
28 night minimum stay
Major Holidays 2015
Nov 21 2015 - Jan 3 2016
7 night minimum stay
Jan 4 2016 - Apr 17 2016
28 night minimum stay
|Minimum Out Clean Fee||$300|
-Please email to confirm your rate.
-The monthly rate shown is for seasonal stays only.
-Property has a 10 guest maximum.
-Out clean fee for long term stay is $500
-Pet fee $250
-30% deposit with agreement to reserve your dates. Remaining balance due 30 days prior to your arrival date.
-If you are booking "less than" 30 days prior to arrival, full payment is due at the time of the booking.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.