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Luxurious Custom-Designed Contemporary Home, a Stone's Throw from the Beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 4 full bathrooms, outdoor shower, sleeps 6 - 8

Enjoy our tropical retreat on the beautiful Island of North Captiva, Florida. North Captiva is a remote island several miles off shore and is accessible by water taxi, private boat or small plane. Upon arriving on the Island you will travel by golf cart as there are no cars on the Island. North Captiva is a pristine, idyllic island that boasts some of the best shelling in the world. Miles of beautiful white sandy beaches, 350 acres of state preserves with lush foliage and incredible wildlife comprise this special destination. Additionally guests may use the North Captiva Island Club during their stay. The club is complete with an adult pool, a children's pool, tennis courts, a fitness center, rental kayaks, jet-skis and more. There is abundant fishing from the beaches, docks, boats or enjoy guided fishing charters. Enjoy watching the playful dolphins and large manatees on the bayside of the island.

Annie Gow
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 4, 2017

About Annie Gow

I am an English Physical Therapist and my American husband is a Strength and Conditioning Coach. We live in New York City. We got married on North Captiva in 2011. We love to escape the fast pace and noise of the city to the peace, beauty and nature of North Captiva. There are no cars, it is quiet, with beautiful sandy beaches, amazing sunsets, great fishing, wonderful long walks, fabulous swimming in the Gulf, and lots of interesting wildlife which we love to photograph. This is where we come to relax, unwind, and re-energise. Owning this house is a dream come true - an unspoiled, back to nature island.

Annie Gow purchased this house in 2009

Why Annie Gow chose Florida

We first visited North Captiva in 2007 as we had friends living on the island. We fell in love with the island and then had the opportunity to actually purchase a home here - the minute we get on the ferry we leave all our stresses behind. We LOVE IT!!

What makes this house unique

Our home is a very 'modern - one of a kind' beach house, which is exquisitely decorated with high end furniture, a well equipped kitchen (I love to cook so there is everything that one would need), beautiful bed linens and above all CLEAN!! The bath in the master bathroom is a great place to relax with a bubble bath and a glass of wine - sheer decadence!! Outside, the garden is well maintained and we often have dinner outside or just watch the world go by in our beautiful signature orange chairs. We love the views, the sunsets, and sunrises from the roof - which can be great for cocktail hour or the early morning cup of tea or coffee. The ability to do absolutely 'NOTHING' and not worry about it is a wonderful feeling!! Boat trips to nearby islands and dolphin watching is fun, as is fishing from the beach and shelling - have found fabulous shells and sand dollars. There are lots of photo opportunities of wildlife, sunsets and nature, and we absolutely love just BEING!! Just a minutes walk to the beautiful beach - and it is even more amazing at sunrise and sunset. Once you have experienced North Captiva you will never want to leave!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had such a great time, it was an adventure beginning with the boat ride over - the captian of island girl was great and circled around the dolphins for us... Lois met us to escort us to the blue door villa... The kids reaction when we walked into the front door was priceless and I think you would have enjoyed hearing it, they all were yelling WOW! There were so many things to love, the artistic flare, the architechture, the blue door (i loved) the orange chairs, the zen stone garden, the view from the top of the stairs to the bottom of the stairs, the soft linens and pillows, the roof top view, the stone showers, and all the splashes of color throughout your home!

We saw manatee, dolphins, sand sharks, turtles and snakes (yuk), the sun was shining from morning to dusk every day was a perfect 80 degrees, the ocean was a perfect aqua blue, the sunsets were breathtaking, and the stars never ever seemed so close... I felt like I was on another planet... so good to get away from civilization for a moment!

We cooked great food and had lots of laughs... We had a pirate/treasure hunt and all the kids dressed up like pirates - even the adults and we put pirate flags on the golf carts and we led the kids through a maze of hunting for clues leading to an awesome treasure buried in the sand at the beach... I think they will remember this trip forever! We found so many interesting things about the island, pieces of ships buried in the sand, tons of driftwood that formed beautiful pieces for photography, coves of shallow water behind the rocks and so many things that were interesting along our beach walks.

It was a home away from home... I hope to go back again very soon!
Feb 2011
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Car: not necessary

Our tropical retreat is on the beautiful island of North Captiva, Florida. North Captiva is a remote island several miles off shore in the Gulf of Mexico. It is accessible by water taxi, private boat or small plane. Upon arriving on the island you will travel by golf cart or bicycle, as there are no cars on the island. Miles of pristine white beaches, beautiful sunsets/sunrises, abundant fishing from the beach, pier or chartered fishing boats. A 'Get away from it all island of Paradise'! Once you have stayed on North Captiva you will never want to leave!

Other Activities: Shelling/Dolphin watching/Beautiful sunrises/sunsets


Captiva House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Paper Towels
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , 2nd Washing Machine and Tumble dryer
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - outdoor shower
  • Each bedroom comes with it's own bathroom - modern luxurious fixtures. Master bathroom with large walk in shower, soak -in bathtub, his and hers matching vanity sinks, sliding pocket glass doors for fresh gulf breeze and beautiful views. Each bathroom is equipped with a hairdryer.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , TV/DVD IPod/radio/alarm Ceiling fan Screened in porch
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , TV/DVD IPod/radio/alarm Ceiling Fan
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , TV/DVD IPod/radio/alarm
    Bedroom 4 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Each bedroom is equipped with new flat screen Toshiba TV/DVD players, ihome alarm clock/radio/ipod players. Satellite Dish TV and wireless DSL internet connection. Wireless phone in each bedroom -free local calls. Each beautiful bedroom has top of the line new bed linens. Plentiful hanging and shelf closet space. Great panoramic views.
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf Cart
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis Court
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 8 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
Central de-humidifier with Air-conditioning throughout the whole house. Our guests have full use of all North Captiva Island Club facilities: Pool bar with music/TV and great frozen cocktails, 2 pools (adult and children's), Jacuzzi/Hot Tub, Sauna, Fitness Center, Children's Playground, Har-Tru Tennis Courts, Basketball Court, Kayaks, Bicycles, Fishing Gear and Jet Skiing. Mango's Convenience Store/Restaurant - has Pool-side service from the take out menu. Fun dining for the entire family. The Boathouse Restaurant at North Captiva Island Club is conveniently located close to the pool and is open for fine dining overlooking a harbor view. A short Golf-Cart ride away- (on the Bay-side) is Barnacles, which offers both indoor and out-door dining. It is known for it's delicious Caribbean style menu.


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Luxurious Custom-Designed Contemporary Home, a Stone's Throw from the Beach
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Signal mtn, tn

Great house

  • 5 of 5

Had a wonderful week spent at blue door villa ! Great house and super close to the beach !We had amazing weather and lots of unbelievable sunsets 🌅 Would love to go back :)

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Carey, Great to hear that you had such a wonderful vacation! Thanks for being great guests! Look forward to seeing you again soon! Annie and Dave
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Well maintained property. Looks just like the photos.

  • 5 of 5

Home was beautiful and clean. Property management took care of us the moment we stepped off the ferry. Couldn't ask for more. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Merritt Island


  • 5 of 5

It is really not possible to put into words just how perfect our stay at Blue Door Villa was. The house was amazing and we enjoyed the numerous amenities from great cookware, dishes and wine cooler to the little things like Bounty paper towels, multiple washers and dryers, beach chairs and even puzzles and cookbooks. The house is set up to perfectly receive the chilly breezes that we experienced during our stay and everyone had their favorite lounging area--orange chairs, hammock, rooftop chaise lounges or the fourth floor reading futon.

The owner, property managers and cleaning staff were all communicative, helpful and on top of our every need.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Eau Claire

Wonderful retreat

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What a wonderful place and relaxing location...none of the typical Florida tourism, just nature at its best! As a frequent renter with Homeaway and VRBO, I take a lot of time researching available homes for rent. This was a great home with great caretakers (Dustin and his mom Laurie) who live on the island! Two standouts for us:

- We had some cold days when we were there. Dustin arranged for blankets to be bought on the mainland and delivered to the house for us.

- All of the basic amenities were already provided and ready when we arrived at the house: bath soap, liquid hand soap, shampoo and conditioner, dish and dishwasher soap, toilet paper, Kleenex, paper towels, etc. This is certainly not always the case when renting a home.

I'd definitely recommend bringing bottled water and NOT over-packing. This beautiful house has two sets of washers and dryers.

Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful island and beautiful house!

  • 5 of 5

North Captiva is the perfect place to truly get away from it all; no crowds, beautiful beaches and abundant wildlife. Blue Door Villa is comfortable, well located and well equipped.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Blue Door is an architectural gem with artwork that is equally impressive. The hammock felt like it was placed in secret garden - so relaxing. The master suite is especially well appointed. And never an issue with laundry since there are units on the second floor as well as the ground floor. The ground floor suite was an added convenience and offered grandparents some private away space. I've stayed at 4 houses on the island and this is the best.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $750

House cleaning included in price unless house is left excessively dirty
Golf Cart Rental included in price/ 1 Golf Cart, optional 2nd cart to rent.
North Captiva Island Club Resort Fees included in price
Ferry Service NOT included in price
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We hope that you will enjoy your stay in our beautiful home.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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