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Keys Kottage; Remodeled Villa in Native Hammock on Florida Bay

Bedrooms 2
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible sofabed, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Kottage is a free-standing 2 bedroom/2 bath villa located on a small resort property nestled in a native hammock on Florida Bay. The Kottage is a “conch-style” cottage which was just completely remodeled and renovated and is completely new, from the tile floors to the new tongue-and-groove ceiling.

The property is directly on Florida Bay on Upper Matecumbe Key, and the Kottage is approximately 100 feet from the water. The Kottage is fully air-conditioned and has ceiling fans throughout. The bedrooms can accommodated up to 6 people and with the queen-size sofabed in the front room, two more. The appliances, and furniture are new.

We provide pillows, sheets, blankets, and towels and all of your cooking and eating utensils. A washer and dryer are provided for your convenience.

A television with cable tv, a VCR and DVD player, and a stereo are provided for rainy day entertainment. Smoking is not permitted inside the Kottage.

The property is beautiful, based in a native hardwood hammock, extending from US 1 to the bay. It has a protected boat basin which will accommodate boats up to 26 feet. There is a launching ramp for boats, and a swimming area right off the property. Larger boats can be launched at one of several nearby ramps. Rental boats and fishing charters are available locally.

Guests renting the Kottage are able to visit the Village of Islamorada Founders Park with its olympic-size pool, beach, and ball fields. The nearby area has a multitude of restaurants, historic sites and nature preserves, shopping and many activities for children. Local shopping for clothing, souvenirs, and fishing and boating needs is plentiful. Grocery stores are convenient. There are several local attractions if you need a day out of the sun. Key West is a day-trip away.

Islamorada is the Sportfishing Capital of the World. You're minutes away from the best back country (bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, redfish), blue water (sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, cobia) and reef fishing (grouper, snapper, yellowtail) in the entire Florida Keys. There is quick access to the ocean-side both east and west around the key. Fishing off of our jetty in the evening is alot of fun for the kids. Magnificant snorkeling and scuba diving sites abound in the local area. A wide range of boating activities are available year round since our area of the bay is well protected. Sea Kayacking and canoeing along our shoreline is popular. Of course water skiing and knee-boarding are a hit with the kids.

In addition to the rare and tropical flora which abounds on the property, the fauna which call the property home will entertain you during your stay. An osprey (called Ozzie by the locals) sits atop the trees in the area during the early evenings. We have an octopus in the marina who will look after your shrimp bucket if you leave it in the water. He may even play tug of war with you in the morning, and has been known to become a land animal when he is looking for a handout.

Pete, the Great White Heron, frequently stations himself on the seawall. When you have had a successful day fishing he always seems to have gotten the message and is waiting for you upon your return to the dock. Watch your fillets carefully. If you get diverted, you will see how fast these creatures can move where food is concerned. His cousins, the pelicans, are usually right behind him when the fish cleaning begins and are just as brazen. And don’t be surprised if you walk out to the boat basin and find Izzie, the Iguana sunning himself .

The Kottage is an unique place, and the people who visit, both owners and guests, feel very special about the property. The privacy is wonderful, the accommodations are new and clean, the property peaceful, and the access to the fishing is the best in the Keys, indisputably. We hope you will also find it as special as have we, and will add your name to the growing list who return to enjoy the most gorgeous sunsets and the best fishing and diving in the world.

The Keys Kottage generally rents for 1 week intervals, from Saturday to Saturday. If the Keys Kottage is what you are looking for, please contact us and to reserve the dates. The reservation will be confirmed upon receiving a check for 25% of the total cost of the rental including tax.

We look forward to your visiting our little piece of paradise, and are sure you will have a wonderful and special visit. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at any time.

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Lloyd Wruble
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 29, 2017

About Lloyd Wruble

We are Lloyd and Rae Wruble. Lloyd moved to Florida from Wilkes-Barre, Pa in 1968, and Rae is a native Floridian. We recently purchased this cottage from a dear friend, Bernie Holzman, who has decided to move North. Lloyd is recently retired as an Maxillofacial Surgeon and Rae remains working as a Genetics Educator for Breast, Ovarian, and other cancers. We are proud to co-own this property with Al and Linda Canal. Linda was the Manager of Lloyd's practice for 20 years, and Al recently sold his aircraft engine rebuilding factory. We have been friends for 30 years.

Lloyd Wruble purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Lloyd Wruble chose Upper Florida Keys

This property is very unique in the Florida Keys, and is situated in a natural hammock on the island of Islamorada. Both owners love the Keys and feel very fortunate to be able to introduce many people to the best that the Florida Keys has to offer. Onsite is also a boat ramp and a protected Marina with immediate access to florida Bay with easy access to the ocean. Boating,canoeing, kayaking, biking, and fishing are all available at your fingertips, not to mention the beautiful sunsets.

What makes this cottage unique

The Keys Kottage, and the property we know as Holiday House, is a unique and unlike anything in the keys. It is small and private, yet the owners and guests who vacation here are warm and friendly. We are centrally located in the heart of Islamorada and convenient to restaurants, grocery stores, tourist attractions, marinas and fuel docks and access to the back country or the patch reefs and offshore fishing. And without a doubt this is the finest location to watch the most gorgeous sunsets over the water,........ and if you're real lucky you just might see the green flash!


Islamorada Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) Master bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 twin trundle beds in second bedroom, sleeping 4 in individual beds, Baby Cribs (1) Available with advance notice, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen-size sofa bed in living room
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
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
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Spectacular sunsets over water from marina and pier. Good fishing from pier. Tarpon are caught from pier in season.


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(4 traveler reviews)

Keys Kottage; Remodeled Villa in Native Hammock on Florida Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews

Wonderful, relaxing time in Islamorada

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the Keys Kottage for 5 weeks and we had a wonderful time. The Kottage is not a huge unit, but it is clean and very comfortable. We had a problem with the outside grill, contacted the owner and the next day a new grill was delivered on our patio. We are looking forward to our stay here next year!!!


Pittsburgh, PA

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely had a blast

  • 5 of 5

Lloyd was VERY accommodating during our stay at his cottage in Islamorada. Loved the easy access boat ramp on property and lagoon for boats left on the water over night. It was easy access to restaurants, shopping and fishing from the property. The cottage itself was very clean and comfortable. We hope to stay at the cottage again sometime in the future.......

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Keys Kottage

  • 5 of 5

Great time for all. We brought our 22ft boat and fished everyday. My 14 year old fished the dock until I made him come in at 10:30! Better than a hotel because you feel more at home. We had 4 adults and 2 children, plenty of room. Washer and dryer was a great extra. The Kottage was clean and honestly I can say A/C in the bedrooms worked great. On the 2nd day the living room A/C was not working correctly. I called Lloyd and he had a company there around our schedule the same day! Great job. Lloyd is not whom I booked our vacation with. It was sold during the time we booked and vacationed, but you would have never known. We are trying to plan for next year before everything is booked. I recommend the area it is great and has a beautiful view.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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East Meadow, NY

Perfect Spot

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect vacation. The Villa is lovely, and Bernie is a great guy. It's very friendly and relaxed. Everyone goes to the dock each night and celebrates the sunset. I plan to stay there every chance i get!!!

  • Submitted: May 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Jan 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Islamorada Cottage Rental Rates

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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.5%

Deposit of $500.00 required to guarantee reservation. Balance is due 8 weeks before arrival. Rental fee includes use of our boat ramp for vessels up to 18 feet, storage for boat trailers up to 26 feet, and dockage for a boat up to 26 feet in our marina. If bringing a pet there is a cleaning fee of $100 for the first dog and $150 fee for a second dog. There is a limit of two dogs.

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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Miami International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Nearest Restaurant
Overseas Restaurant
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Founders Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Back Country Cowboy Kayak Outfitters
Nearest Point of Interest
Theatre of the Sea
Nearest Point of Interest
Robbies Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Chef Lupe's Lazy Days Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
History of Diving Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar
Nearest Point of Interest
Whale Harbor Restaurant & marina
Nearest Point of Interest
World Wide Sportsman Store and Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Islamorada Fish Company
Nearest Point of Interest
Bentley's Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Founders Park
Car: recommended

Sport fishing paradise, including flats fishing for bonefish and permit, back country fishing for redfish and tarpon, reef fishing for snapper, grouper and yellowtail and blue water fishing for sailfish, dolphin (mahi mahi), wahoo, cobia and marlin, all within 15 minutes of our marina. Also kayaking and standup paddleboarding.


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