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Manatee Haven: Upscale Beach View Home with Screened-in Pool, Spa & Elevator.

Captiva, FL, USA
  • House2300 sqft
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 nights

4 Bedrooms (Sleeps 8), 3.5+ Baths, Elevator, Screened-In Pool Home

Manatee Haven is an upscale, non-smoking, beachview home that offers four bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms with an elevator to all three levels. It is professionally decorated, has a swimming pool and hot tub located in a 3,200 sq. feet private screened-in patio that encompasses all three levels of living area. Our home offers every amenity for its guests, including access to the private North Captiva Island Club facilities, Wi-Fi Broadband internet connection, free long-distance phone calls within the US, and a private beach just 500 feet away.

The first level of Manatee Haven has four bedrooms, two kings, one queen and two twins, in addition to two full baths. Each of the bedrooms is fully tiled and beautifully appointed with island themes. DirecTV (with free Netflix) is available in the Great room, and in all four bedrooms. There is also a private screened lanai off the master bedroom that overlooks the pool and patio.

The second floor has a fully-equipped kitchen with Granite countertops and a bar for an enjoyable breakfast or lunch. Plenty of room to relax and enjoy the Gulf views from a Natuzzi leather sectional, watch 700+ DVD's, stored in eleven 3-ring binders, on a 55' Smart HD/TV w/ surround sound and FREE Netflix access, or listen to 100+ CD's on a Stereo with IPod input. A dining area is off the kitchen and has a full glass/wood table with extensions and six chairs. In addition there is a bar with a separate small refrigerator to keep your favorite drinks cold as well as one exclusively for wine bottles. In addition there is a full bath on the second level. A 25X11 foot lanai is off the great room and faces the Gulf where you can take pleasure in the view and relax with the Gulf breezes. The lanai features a 6-person patio table, a CharBroil infra-red grill and a small sofa and chairs for enjoying the ocean breeze.

From the screened lanai there is a spiral staircase that leads to an observation deck, 49 feet above ground, with a grand 360-degree view of North Captiva Island, the gulf, bay and surrounding islands. A telescope is available to view the night sky. A screened heated 15 by 33-feet heated pool that is one of the largest on the island along with a hot tub and elevator in a large screened-in patio that is on the ground level. A large and smaller George Foreman grill are available to use. Swim laps, play pool games of basketball, volleyball, or just sit and relax in the spa. A private hot/cold shower is available off the pool and a Weber charcoal grill is ready for your poolside dining. A golf cart is included with your rental.

Keywords: Beach View Home


Mike & Piper Swinford

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About Mike & Piper Swinford

We are an active couple with two beautiful kids from Lakeway, Texas. We are “water babies” and love to live and relax around lakes and the ocean. We stumbled across the magical island of North Captiva back in 2010 when planning a vacation. We fell in love with the peace and tranquility of the island. It is a true getaway from the fast paced lifestyle of the mainland. The island allows us a place to get away with our kids and create lifelong memories with each other. In 2012 we discovered Manatee Haven, a truly exceptional home on North Captiva. We loved Manatee Haven so much we kept coming back year after year, and then were blessed to be able to purchase Manatee Haven from the original owners, Kay and Jake Stieger. Kay and Jake built Manatee Haven in 2002 and chose North Captiva Island because of its seclusion, privacy and relaxing atmosphere. They have taken great care of their island home ever since. The reviews of the house speak volumes to the meticulous cleaning and upkeep the Stiegers have put into it for 14 years. We have kept all the furnishings, décor and amenities exactly the same as Kay left them. When you see Manatee Haven you will see it’s not just a house, it’s a home – a vacation home where you will feel comfortable and relaxed with any amenity you need.

Mike & Piper Swinford purchased this House in 2002

Why Mike & Piper Swinford chose Captiva

We purchased Manatee Haven and chose North Captiva Island because of its seclusion, privacy and relaxing atmosphere.

What makes this House unique

Manatee Haven is unique in that when you enter the home it is completely under a 3-story screen enclosure on a large deck (3,200 sq. ft) with elevator, a 33 ft. long and 15 ft. wide heated swimming pool, hot-tub, enclosed hot & cold water shower, small refrigerator, swimming pool games and toys and plenty of outdoor furniture to relax and enjoy yourself. This enclosure keeps the bugs out and no sunscreen lotion would be necessary.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king
      • King Bedroom
        1 king
      • Queen Bedroom
        1 queen
      • Twins Bedroom
        2 twin/ single
      • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1)


      • 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Outdoor Shower / Toilet
        toilet, outdoor shower, Pool Deck Hot/Cold Shower . / Toilet in Garage
      • Master Ensuite Bath
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Ensuite full bath in master bedroom
      • Bedroom Level Bathroom
        toilet, combination tub/shower, Bathroom on bedroom level shared by bedrooms
      • Living level bathroom
        toilet, shower, Full bath with shower on main living floor
      • We have 3 full bathrooms in the main house. One in the master bedroom. Anther shared by the additional bedrooms. Third is on the top level living/dining floor. We also have a fabulous outdoor shower on the pool deck area that is a hot/cold shower. There is a toilet in the garage so swimmers don't need to go all the way up into the house.

      Location Type

        • Beach
        • Beach View
          From lanai off of great room and also from Observation Deck
        • Near The Ocean


            • Away From It All
            • Family


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Internet
                    • Air Conditioning
                    • Basic Soaps
                    • Broadband Access
                    • Ceiling Fans
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Covered Parking
                      For golf cart
                    • Elevator
                      goes to all 3 floors
                    • Filtered Water
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      Located at North Captiva Island Club Resort
                    • Free Long Distance
                      In the USA only
                    • Garage
                      For golf cart
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Alarm Clock
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Laundry Soap
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Natuzzi leather sectional that seats 6 persons
                    • Local Activities Guide
                    • Local Restaurant Guide
                    • Paper Towels
                    • Shampoo
                    • Telephone
                    • Telescope
                    • Toilet Paper
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet
                      Also printer that can fax/copy/print


                        • Kitchen
                        • 4 Ring Stove
                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Cooking Utensils
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Freezer
                        • Grill
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Blender
                        • Lobster Pot
                        • Microwave
                        • Mini Refrigerator
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Child's Highchair
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Radio
                                • Audio Tape Player
                                • Books for Adults
                                • Books for Kids
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                  Blue Ray
                                • Games
                                  Over 25 Board games are in the Game Closet on the bedroom level.
                                • Games for Kids
                                • Books
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Dish Network is in Great room and each of the four bedrooms.
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                  VIZIO 55 inch Smart HD/TV
                                • Toys
                                  for Swimming Pool and Beach
                                • VCR
                                • Video Game Console
                                • Video Games
                                  Wii game unit with 15+ games
                                • Video Library
                                  1000+ DVDs in 15 3-ring binders


                                    • Golf Cart
                                    • Balcony
                                      Observation deck 49 feet above ground. The size is 14 ft by 14 ft
                                    • Beach Chairs
                                    • Beach Towels
                                    • Bicycles
                                      Are located at the North Captiva Island Club (NCIC) at no charge
                                    • Binoculars
                                    • Crow's Nest
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Enclosed with 25 foot high screen that overlooks swimming pool, hot tub, hot and cold shower and elevator
                                    • Fish Cleaning Table
                                    • Barbecue
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Kayaks are available at NCIC at no charge
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      Off of Great Room 24 feet wide
                                    • Large Cooler
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Char Broil, George Foreman, Weber Grill, and Cuisinart Electric Grill
                                    • Porch / Veranda
                                    • Screen Porch / Veranda
                                    • Small Cooler
                                    • Wood Deck


                                        • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                        • wheelchair accessible
                                          Elevator available and hot/cold shower on lower deck

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Communal Pool
                                              North Captiva Island Club Resort Pool and Kids Pool
                                            • Heated Pool
                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Up to 6 people
                                            • Outdoor Hot Tub
                                            • Outdoor Pool
                                            • Private Pool
                                              15'X33' 4 1/2' deep at both ends and 5 1/2' in the middle


                                                • bay/sound
                                                • marina
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • rafting
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Free Phone Calls within the USA, 55' HD/TV, Satellite TV (5), DVD (5) VCR(1), CD Player with I-Pod I/P, Wi-Fi Broadband Internet Connection, Refrigerator w/ Icemaker plus a smaller refrigerator, Private Pool and Spa, Weber Charcoal Grill and George Foreman Grills (2)

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 9:30 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  58 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Great house for families


                                                                  We had a great week at Manatee Haven. The house was clean and well maintained. We've stayed in North Captiva Island Club houses previously and they are run more like a business. Manatee Haven is more personal and accommodating. We also like the customer service at Island Girl Charters better than NCIC. We had great communication with the house owners and Jeff and Jane were very responsive and helpful on the island. You really can't go wrong with this rental, but book early because it's tough to get the peak weeks.

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We are so happy you had a wonderful time at Manatee Haven. We always strive to make our home as comfortable for our guests as we expect for ourselves. We'd love to have you back next year.

                                                                  Beautiful island home! We had a great time!

                                                                  scott s.

                                                                  Highly recommended! Two families split this house and had an incredible week on the island! Can’t wait to come back!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Hi Scott, we are so happy you all had a great time at Manatee Haven. We really do believe we have the best amenities of any house on North Captiva Island. The new full outdoor kitchen on the pool deck really puts the cherry on top for us. We’d love to have you all back.

                                                                  The Swinfords

                                                                  Has everything..

                                                                  We had a wonderful time in our recent stay! We've rented several in different areas and know what works. We are return renters because we haven't found anything even close to having what we like. The large pool is the key for us! We prefer our own private pool and most have a very tiny pool or a communal pool. This pool is big enough for a raucous volleyball game..which we love. The lanai and poolside bar, fridge are awesome, also.

                                                                  The owners provide so many of the daily necessities it cuts down on the amount of stuff you need to bring or buy. The elevator is fantastic for seniors..my mom would have struggled without it.

                                                                  If you're looking for a house that will make everyone happy..this is it! Thanks Mike and Piper...your improvements were much noted and enjoyed!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We're so happy you all enjoyed Manatee Haven yet again and excited you loved the new outdoor kitchen as much as we do. North Captiva is such a wonderful treasure to escape to. We'd love to have you all back.

                                                                  Mike & Piper

                                                                  The owners of Manatee Haven have thought of everything to made our visit to North Captiva awesome

                                                                  Trish F.St Catharines Ontario Canada

                                                                  We have rented many vacation properties and Manatee Haven is above and beyond. The owners and property managers make a visit to North Captiva effortless. If rest and relaxation is what you crave, in a beautiful home on a one of a kind island. Manatee Haven delivers!

                                                                  Wonderful family vacation for 8!

                                                                  Shelley B.

                                                                  Cannot say enough great things about this home, owners, and management. Beautiful, clean, well appointed home. The kids were in the pool all week! Very much enjoyed the screened in lanai off the living room and the screened in pool deck with AMAZING pool side grill! Kitchen and bathrooms were well stocked with many extras that we didn't expect. Golf carts were both very nice with larger tires to make getting around very easy. The upper roof deck made a perfect spot to watch the sunset and stargaze. We even made use of the huge collection of DVD's for family movie night. This is the perfect place to just drop off the radar and relax. Loved this island, loved this home....will love returning in the future. Thank you for sharing your home Swinfords!!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Hi Shelley,

                                                                  We are so happy you all had a great Thanksgiving at Manatee Haven. It looked like the weather was incredible for your stay. Love that you enjoyed the new outdoor kitchen area. We think that just put the cherry on top of the pool/spa deck.

                                                                  Let us know when you want to come back.

                                                                  Mike & Piper

                                                                  A Real Cut Above

                                                                  Stephen H.

                                                                  Our family had very high expectations going into this vacation. We were completely blown away with the location, the accommodations, the beauty, the beaches and the ambiance. The house is exquisitely well appointed with everything that one could want or need. Lauren and Duncan were perfect property managers. We didn't have any requests but they stayed in contact with us just in case. My wife and I were accompanied by our two daughters, our sons in law, two grandchildren and my wife's mother. The house is large enough that we never felt crowded. The lookout on top was fantastic for viewing sunsets, sunrises and star gazing. The island is so quiet and peaceful! No autos and no crowds!

                                                                  We all agreed that this vacation was the most relaxing ever!

                                                                  We will be back!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  Hi Stephen,

                                                                  We are so please that you all had a great time at Manatee Haven. We hope you enjoyed the new outdoor kitchen area on the pool deck. We think it really makes that area the best on the island.

                                                                  We'd love to have you all back, just let us know when.

                                                                  Mike & Piper Swinford


                                                                  Captiva, FL, USA

                                                                  Manatee Haven is located on a barrier island North Captiva Island. You take a public water-taxi from Pineland Marina on Pine Island, Florida. It takes 25 minutes to get to the island. You use a golf cart to get around the island. There are three restaurants and one snack bar/grocery store. The beach is less than a minute ride by golf cart. The island is very peaceful and quiet as there are no large condo complexes allowed, only single family homes. If you are looking to kick back and relax you have come to the right place.

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