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Absentminded...a Captiva Island Beauty.... in the Village!

14 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights


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4 BR+ Den, 4.5 BA (Sleeps 10)

Welcome to our luxury vacation home, Absentminded. Our beautiful well-appointed home is located in the center of the Village of Captiva with the beach or the bay just a short block away! You will appreciate staying in the Village in that we are walking distance to everything...beach, restaurants, marinas, shopping etc.

This spacious four bedroom/4.5 bath private home comfortably sleeps 10 (easily handles multiple couples or your extended crew) and is designer finished in island style. The house features four private suites (each with a private bathroom), a three story caged lanai (one of the few fully screened-in lanai's in Captiva ....our guests' love it's privacy and the protection that it provides so don't settle...arguably the best lanai in Captiva) with a large heated pool with spa and many great amenities including a built-in gas grill on the pool level, a ping pong table, Jenga, plus many toys and games for children young and old!

We are truly in the middle of the island and just steps to...

the beach for shelling, sunbathing and swimming... the Bay for watching the sunrise, fishing, boating, and manatee watching... fun restaurants like the famous Bubble Room (in one direction), to Southseas Resort and Doc Ford's (other direction) or to the fabulous Mucky Duck (at the beach) for romantic sunsets. And, if you can't wait for that first cup of coffee the island's Starbuck's is a short one block walk away. Captiva Island is only about 600 yards at its widest point so you are literally steps away from the beach no matter where you are. Once you arrive and park your car, you might not leave the island for the rest of your vacation.

Welcome to the Sunshine!!! Welcome to the Islands!

Our ground floor entrance is inviting and functional with four separate lockers to store all your beach supplies (or those nasty winter coats) while you enjoy the Captiva sunshine . The beach towels are here so quickly grab one and head to the beach which is just a short stroll across the street and down sandy Laika Lane for our amazing world famous beach, playful dolphins and truly wonderful sunsets. The two car garage has plenty of beach chairs, beach umbrellas, beach toys and beach carts for your short walk to the beach, shopping or our many restaurants. The garage features elevator access (for our guests requiring accessibility), and an extra refrigerator and freezer. The ground floor lower level has a half-bath powder room convenient to the three story screened-in entertainment/pool area with a built-in BBQ grill, bar height table, teak bar, and multiple lounge chairs for lazing around the pool and spa. The large pool deck is a great area to keep the little ones busy and having fun playing in the pool or with board games while adults will find a relaxing peaceful spot to take a mid-afternoon nap before heading to the Mucky Duck for another beautiful sunset. And if the weather turns inclement (reminder we are in the islands!) , don't worry there is plenty of the pool deck under cover to entertain your guests! The pool deck also features an outdoor shower and a changing room . This pool deck is an amazing outdoor may never want to leave the house! Our repeat guests have reported the three story screened-in lanai was a key difference maker...good weather or bad.

Walking onto the main floor of the house, you're greeted by the Florida sunshine as it streams through plantation shutters into a very open floor plan AND the Shelly the Turtle prominently displayed on the main wall of the cozy Great Room. There is plenty of seating for all of our guests, a 55 inch flat screen LCD TV, DVD player (with plenty of DVDs), XBOX One (so bring your favorite games), cathedral ceilings with a ceiling fan, and a wall of windows with French doors leading out to the screened upper living-room lanai with a spiral staircase to the pool deck below. The well equipped and large kitchen with breakfast nook is inviting for the cook and the take-out crowd alike---did we mention that there are eight restaurants within roughly a block or two? The adjacent dining room has seating for ten guests and double French doors out to yet another screened deck overlooking the pool. The main floor king-size bedroom suite has a full bathroom with step-in shower. The office/den includes a desk (for those extended guests that must conduct some work), a printer, book cases and extra sleeping space for two with a daybed and trundle. The main level is also equipped with a washer and dryer in it's own laundry so pack light!! And, the house has Wi-Fi internet connection throughout the house.

We know you value your privacy so we have THREE upper level bedroom suites!! Walk up a few stairs to the third level and find the first suite, the Black and White Room, with a king-sized bed with a large full bathroom with step-in shower. The second suite features a queen-sized bed with an attached bathroom with a full size tub for bathing the little ones. The master suite has a king-size bed, en-suite large bathroom with double vanity sinks, Jacuzzi tub to pamper yourself, a separate shower, and a dressing table with a terry covered dressing chair. The master suite guests will lounge on the private deck in their "cuddle chairs" overlooking the pool area below. Look to your left to view the beauty of Pine Island Sound!!

Sanibel and Captiva was named by Frommer in 2012 as the Number One Destination in the world (yes, even over Paris, Tahiti etc.). In 2016, our Captiva sunset was ranked Number One Sunset. Our beach is consistently voted as one of the top Florida beaches and is Number One for shelling. WOW! It's likely you won't want to leave the Village, but if you do jump in your car, please enjoy the world famous 7,000 acre Ding Darling Nature Preserve or the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum, terrific shopping areas and dozens of other fabulous restaurants on Sanibel. Sanibel has over 20 miles of walking/cycling paths. I know I have mentioned our fabulous sunsets and beaches but our favorite Captiva memories are heading to the bay early in the morning with our daughters to view the sunrise and enjoy the manatees!

This is an amazing house professionally designed and completely updated in 2013. It is the perfect spot for a large family or several couples looking to enjoy everything Captiva Island has to offer. Don't believe us; please see the independent reviews below! Our busy seasons fill quickly so please have alternate dates available to experience Absentminded and Captiva. Your family and friends will make memories at Absentminded that will last a life time and, like so many of our regulars, peaceful romantic Captiva and Absentminded will draw you back year after year!

Directions from airport: Take Treeline Road to Daniels Road then follow the signs to Sanibel and Captiva. (If you are driving on I-75, look for Exit 131 and head west.) From Daniels Road, turn left on to Six Mile Cypress which becomes Gladiolus. Look for the Summerlin Road exit. Summerlin takes you directly to the Sanibel Island Causeway.

Lee County charges a $6 round-trip toll for automobiles to access the causeway, so plan ahead with cash or credit card at the ready. Watch out for the speed limit is strictly enforced at 30 MPH (20 MPH on bridges) for the three-mile ride to Sanibel Island but you won’t be in a hurry. Your first view of the ocean will slow you down!

One last thing to put a smile on your face ....please go the following URL that showcases Captiva Island. This short video will sell you that Captiva Island is truly an unique vacation spot that you won't find on the mainland. Enjoy!!


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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible

Carol Barnett
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2016
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About Carol Barnett

We are from St. Louis and know how captivating Island living is for us Northerners and have looked for years for that perfect home and place. Absentminded in Captiva Island is truly a beautiful home in a perfect island spot.

Carol Barnett purchased this house in 2015

Why Carol Barnett chose Florida

We love Captiva Island. We vacationed here for years with our girls and later our friends and decided to make it our go-to spot. It's a little bit of heaven right off the Florida coast! Truly one of the very few places in the USA where you have that island feel and look!!

What makes this house unique

Our house is truly amazing and will pamper you in every room. And when your beach day is done, our amazing three story screened in enclosed pool is a perfect spot for an afternoon nap or just to play games or swim in the pool with your family and friends. Florida is truly in the tropics so a screened-in pool area is a must have! And, 50% of the area is under cover and did I mention that we live on an Island (AKA rain is not a stranger ). Absentminded is conveniently located to all Captiva has to offer. The beach is just a short stroll across the street and down the sandy path of Laika Lane and yet only a block away from such amazing restaurants and bars like the Bubble Room and the Mucky Duck.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank your for sharing "Absentminded" with our family. We had an incredible

vacation. The weather was awesome, the proximity to Andy Rosse Lane and

the beach was great for our 4 teenagers. Everything we needed was within

walking distance. We really enjoyed eating at the "Bubble Room" - such

yummy cake, and "Matzaluna" - great Italian food.

Your house is gorgeous- loved the pool! It was great that every bedroom

had their own bathroom- no arguing between the girls and boys at shower

time! The house had everything we needed for our wonderful stay on

Captiva. We will miss being here...this was our first time visiting

Sanibel/ was more beautiful than expected. Thanks again!
Apr 2009
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based on 14 traveler reviews

Absentminded...a Captiva Island Beauty.... in the Village!
average rating of 4.857143 based on 28 reviews

You will LOVE this home!!

  • 5 of 5

I can not say enough about how awesome this home is! It has everything a vacationer would want and need to enjoy themselves. My husband and I rented Absentminded for a family celebration of our 40th anniversary. There were 10 people, including my 2 young grandsons. This home had something for everyone and we all had a fantastic time. The owner and the management company work so well together and quickly took care of one small problem we ran into. We were all so impressed with the property and with the entire first experience with Homeaway. I have already booked another rental with the company!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Can't wait to go back!

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a week at Absentminded and we loved every minute of it. As a party of 7, the house could not have been any easier. The kitchen was perfect for hanging out in the morning and the pool area for the afternoon/evening. The proximity to the various restaurants and beach were ideal. We would go back tomorrow if possible.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Amazing Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying at this amazing vacation home in October, 2015. The house is absolutely perfect. It’s beautifully decorated and has such a warm and inviting feel.

The owners are wonderful to work with and it’s obvious that attention to detail is very important to them. They go out of their way to make sure you have the best vacation ever.

The kitchen is equipped with everything you need including a couple of different types of coffee pots. The family room is comfortable for visiting or watching TV. Our bed was very comfortable with nice quality bedding.

The pool area is screened-in not just one floor but all three, with nice seating on the balconies if you want a little privacy to read or enjoy your morning coffee. There’s also a hot tub, grill, ping pong table and large jenga game. The seating around the pool is also very comfortable.

They have beach chairs and beach towels. They really do have everything you need. This truly is one of the nicest vacation homes we have been to and can’t wait to go back.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had FUN FUN FUN! Absentminded is one of the best vacation homes if not THE best one we have ever stayed in over our fifty years of beach vacations. We have stayed outside the Village in prior stays but no more---only the Village from now on. Everything was as promised---quiet, designer furnished, and close to everything...the beach, several restaurants and shops...a great kitchen and the CAGED pool was a lifesaver for these grandparents in keeping our grandchildren safe, corralled and entertained (and bug/lizard free). YEAH! Pursuant to our earlier email, we have already booked the same week next year...we can't wait to see your house again. If you are ever in South Bend please let us buy you dinner.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A fantastic first class property!

  • 5 of 5

Can not say enough as to how great this property was. The beautiful pictures do not do it justice. Everything and anything you might need is in the home. Spotlessly clean and furnishings are designer quality and in tip top condition. Owner extremely friendly and will go out of her way to help you. For us worth every penny and no second thoughts. Can not even think of something I would change or complain about. Pool area is a vacation in itself. Grandkids did not want to go to the Gulf or Bay! Setup of the home is well thought out and very comfortable. Walked to dinner at a fine restaurant 6 nights. You could park your car and never use it in the week once you have your groceries in. We plan on going back. So save us a week!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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Awesome Stay

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our large family. It was beautiful and in a great location close to beach,food, shops. The pool and hot tub were great plus ping pong grill area and bar under cover. The bedrooms were nicely decorated and had comfortable beds. We highly recommend this beach area rental and have already booked it again for next year.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Ft. Myers, Florida
Nearest Barpub
50 Metres
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
South Seas
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Sunshine Seafood
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Captiva Beach
Car: not necessary

Captiva Island is renowned for its beaches, shelling, tarpon fishing, bay fishing, restaurants, and island atmosphere.


Rates & Availability

Captiva House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Early Fall 2016
Sep 10 2016 - Nov 18 2016
7 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 25 2016
7 night minimum stay
Late Fall 2016
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jan 7 2017 - Feb 10 2017
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Feb 11 2017 - Apr 21 2017
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring 2017
Apr 22 2017 - May 26 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $250
Security Deposit Waiver $150 + Tax
Linens & Trash $210 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Initial deposit is refundable up until 90 days prior to arrival. After final payment is made, all funds are forfeited upon cancellation unless same period can be rented to another guest.

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Captiva House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3211 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4 bedrooms have en suite bath
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Den - 2 twin/ single , day bed with trundle
  • Baby Crib Rentals available on island
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Jacuzzi
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Golf Cart and Bikes available for rent just a couple of blocks away at YOLO.

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