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Tropical, Beachy Decor,HTD Pool, Dock, Beach,Walk to Everything!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 8: Pullout sofa and futon Sunroom

The Island House - 1 block from Time Square, 200 steps to the gulf! Located on the first canal closest to the gulf with a refreshing in ground pool. Decorated in bright, beachy colors. Tropical vegetation surrounds this 'cracker' style cottage, built in 1981 and totally renovated in 2008. Barby is currently upgrading the furnishings with sea inspired vintage furniture and pieces from her shop in Maryland, The Mermaids Cottage.

Come, enjoy our island. Seven miles of beautiful white sandy beaches.

YOU WILL AVOID THE BEACH TRAFFIC BY STAYING AT THE ISLAND HOUSE! No need for the car, walk to restaurants, shopping and live entertainment, or ride the trolley for 50 cents. We have more than 18 restaurants within 2 blocks , most will have Live Music every evening!

For the shelling enthusiast, Sanibel/Captiva Islands are 15 minutes away. For the golfer, Shell Point Golf Club is only 10 minutes away, with a hundred more within 1 hour of our cottage. Two miniature golf courses are located just north of the island. Several marinas on the island offer day or night fishing, and boat rentals. There is a fishing pier located in Time Square. You can take the trolley (50 cents) to Lovers Key State Park (south of the island) and rent a kayak or canoe or explore the nature trails, hiking or bird watching. Para-sailing along the gulf coast or enjoy our gulf breezes windsurfing or kite boarding.

More Details

Property Manager
Jeff Greene / Barby Harms / Meagan Graves
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Jeff Greene / Barby Harms / Meagan Graves

Barby and I bought the Island House in 2008 and spent 6 months renovating it ourselves while working in Flip Flops and shorts. That was a great 6 months. We already owned 3 vacation rentals in Long Beach, Md. on the Chesapeake Bay, when we decided to buy in FMB. We work well together with my experience in construction and Barby's interior design and decorating skills. After we finished the main house....we enclosed the ground level garage and shop area and made a very primative owners apartment where we can stay when we get away from our home in Md. We tried renting this space to large families that needed more room, But do not rent this out anymore.

We both love boating, paddle-boarding and kite-boarding. Barby is very passionate about the shelling and loves to tell you about her favorite beaches in the area. We have 5 kids and 9 grandchildren, all living in Md.

Jeff Greene / Barby Harms / Meagan Graves purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Jeff Greene / Barby Harms / Meagan Graves chose Fort Myers Beach

Barby has been coming to SW Fla. for years with her sister to shell and enjoy the beaches. She took me on a 30 day trip one January starting in the panhandle and exploring all the gulf coast towns along the way. I wasn't sold on Florida until we drove across the bridge to FMB and I that's all she wrote. We love the laid back , casual , friendly atmosphere on the island. All the colorful Keywest like buildings and palm trees. We chose this cottage to fix up because of the great location on the canal and within 2 blocks of the Time Square area. We can walk to 15 different restaurants and bars ,most with live music nightly.

What makes this cottage unique

We enjoy meeting our guests and sharing our favorite local beaches, restaurants and shops. Relax around our solar heated pool,catch some rays in our lounge chairs, fish from the dock or nap in the hammock. It's all good here at The Island House.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful stay at your house in Fort Myers Beach. Everything was perfect-the weather, the pool, the beach, - We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay.
Oct 2013
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Fort Myers Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Backpack
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Master bedroom with bath, sofa bed in living room, futon in sunroom. Sunroom can be closed off as 3rd bedroom with sliding doors.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Everything you will need, except food and your swimsuit, will be provided. New linens, towels, appliances including dishwasher microwave, washer and dryer. Beach chairs, towels, coolers beach toys and sand.


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average rating of 4.9 based on 66 reviews
Canton Ct.

A piece of heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

The Island house is beautiful inside and out. The location is perfect!! You have privacy in your own back yard yet are so close to everything. If this house could talk it would say, "Welcome to Paradise, come in and relax! " Every room is so nicely decorated. Our 16 year old son especially loved the surf board on the wall above his bed!!

We thoroughly enjoyed the pool and all of the tropical foliage that surrounds it. It is perfect for cooling off on a hot day.The decorative touches and colorful pottery add to this tropical backyard paradise. It was fun watching the pelicans dive into the canal for fish!!

We enjoyed having such a well equipped kitchen. The grill just outside the door was also great for grilling up the fresh grouper and delicious gulf jumbo shrimp which we purchased at the local farmers market. Just a short walk away.

We did not need a car for anything. We rode the trolley to lovers key for 50 cents and found a ton of beautiful seashells. Stopped at Publix grocery store on the way home and stocked up on groceries for the week.

It was hard to leave such a wonderful place. We will cherish the great memories of the island house and hopefully create new ones in the future. Three cheers to Barby and Jeff for creating this little piece of heaven on earth!! It was just perfect in every way. Thank You so much. The pictures of this house are great...but being there in person is even better!! I would highly reccommend it to anyone looking for an extra special get away!!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2009
  • Stayed: April 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Perfect Escape And So Much More!

  • 5 of 5

What can I say that all the other reviewers haven't already? I echo all their praise for this wonderful get-away! This was our 2nd time staying at the Island House and we can't wait to go back again and again! We love that it's tucked away on an inlet yet so close to all the action downtown, plus the beach just across the street! We flew down and the only time we needed a car was to go to and from the airport, which was great - Uber is readily available. The house was spotless and the decor is so quaint and innovative! We loved hanging out at the pool as well as going out on the town to all the great restaurants and bars, many of which have live music nightly! We had time to kill before our flight home and walked over the bridge to Doc Ford's for an excellent lunch. It was an easy walk from the cottage and the view from on top of the bridge was spectacular. I highly recommend this property to anyone thinking of visiting Fort Myers Beach -- and I'm extremely jealous of them too!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Early Christmas present

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Island House. The beach decor was lovely. The home was so comfortable and convenient. We walked everywhere - 4 minutes to the beach and about the same to lots of restaurants. We enjoyed watching and listening to the fish jump in the canal while we lounged in the pool or pool side. Palm trees around the pool area give the home a nice tropical feel. Satellite TV and internet service were flawless. Wish we were still there!

  • Submitted: Dec 12, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great beach rental.

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need for an enjoyable vacation is provided. Just sit back and relax. Easy walking distance to beach and times square. We we're so excited so see dolphins swimming in the canal, they came a couple time during our stay it was a nice surprise. I highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Relaxing Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Fort Myers....

The home is very comfortable and cozy, and close to all the good restaurants and beaches, we walked all over the area and listened to good music.... We spent several days at the beach under and umbrella and waitresses bringing us drinks....

We highly recommend the home and area.

Thank you Jeff and Barry

Peggy from Ohio

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We would highly recommend this property to anyone visiting ft myers beach! The location can't get any better, walking distance if restaurants, bars, shopping and most importantly the beach! Communication with the landlords was ideal, got back to us right away with any questions. The place is decorated nicely, beds are comfy and overall taken care of. We would definitely stay here again. Thank you Jeff, Barbie, and Deb!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Beached Whale
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Shell Point
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I - 75 and Daniels Pkwy
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Beached Whale
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
public beach on gulf
Car: not necessary


The biggest asset of The Island House is it's close proximity to everything on the Island. You can leave you car in the driveway and walk, bike or trolley to the beach, shops ,restaurants and the dozen open bars with live music nightly! The beach is across the street 200 steps from the door. If you have a boat...our house has a dock you can tie up for the week and be the closest access to the gulf...we are the first canal as you come onto the island. The boating , fishing and shelling are all fantasic in Ft Myers Beach. Barby is an expert sheller and is happy to share her secrets with our guests. There is a good chance we will be offering shelling trips and boat tours to some remote shelling islands...customize your boat trip with us!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

$1200 - $2500
Saturday to Saturday, check in 3:00, check out 10:00
Credit cards accepted.
$300 security deposit
$130 cleaning fee
$150 fee /pet/week

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.