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RE/MAX of the Islands

Member since: 2005
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Speaks: english

Gingerbread House,Nestled in Subtropical Vegatation, Steps to Beach

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-6)

Danny Morgan islander ballader, wrote in the late seventies about Captiva Island, 'The Island of My Dreams.' He sang of the island's beauty and our home was built to forever portray that beauty. Some call it, 'The Old Key West House' and some younger folks call it 'The Tree House', but whatever you call it,you will love being nestled in the natural lush vegatation like a tropical rain forest. The house has many special architectural features like an English antique stain glass front door, a hand carved veranda from a victorian home in Chicago inverted over the bar, and antique furniture throughout. This home has a lovely contrast to the typical Florida decor.

Captiva has miles of luxurious award winning sandy beaches, pristine waters, unprecedented shell hunting opportunites, a charming village with resturants & live music, shopping, and it is all within walking distance of a picturesque, unforgetable sunset.

Our home is only steps away from the beach, a two minute walk by the historical cemetery and the Chapel By the Sea. Watch a beautiful sunset, walk to the Mucky Duck for dinner or come home and enjoy one of the more tranquil parts of Captiva


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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
RE/MAX of the Islands (Owner)
Member since: 2005
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About RE/MAX of the Islands

My husband has been a college professor for over 40 years. His career began at Cornell University and he has been traveling south every since which is why we now reside in Nashville, TN and we built our home on Captiva Island. My husband's hobby or passion, whatever you want to call it,is restoring antique automobiles. The love and the details of restoring a vauable antique is reflected throughout our home in the hand carved gingerbread on the veranada and the selection of architectural pieces used in the construction of the home.

My career for the past 25 years has been in real estate managaing our property in Nashville, Alligator Point and now our home on Captiva. My hobby is moving plants from one spot to another...never would I describe myself as a gardner but my love for vegatation is reflected in the surroundings of our home. We are one of the few on Captiva that has maintained the orginial lush, tropical vegagtion.

Our home is not like so many of the cookie cutter mansions you will see. It is a reflection of our love for the purest of designs and 2 years of labor reflecting alot about who we are.

RE/MAX of the Islands purchased this house in 1987

Why RE/MAX of the Islands chose Florida

Wiles and Gore is near the down town area, The Village, but one of the more peaceful streets. Our home is surrounded by original tropical trees and plants.

What makes this house unique

We built the house with architectural antiques that make this home different than most Floridian homes adding warmth that only antiques can give.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We loved our November, 2013, stay at Gingerbread House. On stilts, in the jungle 100 yards from Captiva's beach.

Second floor screened veranda with wicker furniture for reading, bird watching. McMansions in the neighborhood, but you can barely see or hear traffic from this

corner lot with flowers, coconuts, orange flavored bananas, sea grapes, Gumbo Limbo, Zebra butterflies and an Osprey roosting in the Australian pines.

Interior woodwork and furnishings stylish and comfortable. Fluffy towels.

Day trips to the Everglades, Big Cypress and Corkscrew Swamp and a canoe tour of Ding Darling mangroves with Ken,"Bird", Westall.

Wish my family had kept house near South Seas Plantation; too brief stays at Gingerbread House will have to suffice.
Nov 2013
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Gingerbread House,Nestled in Subtropical Vegatation, Steps to Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

The Best Rental in Captiva!

  • 5 of 5

This summer was our family's 15th (at least) trip to Captiva and all at Gingerbread House! When we 1st rented in June 1989, my wife and I were utterly blown away by the peaceful serenity, impeccable furnishings, and amazing beach and property! This is the best value in Captiva or Sanibel, for that matter! Over the years, and 2 children later, we still find Captiva and Gingerbread House "magical." I lost my wife to cancer in 2014 and when I told the children we would take a vacation trip this summer -- they said Captiva! Not Disney; Not Universal -- The Gingerbread House! Thank you Kathy and Henry for creating such a wonderful retreat! As long as you own the property, we will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Rental Home!

  • 5 of 5

We returned home a week ago from spending a wonderful week in the Ginerbread House! The home was even better in person than in the photos provided. Plenty of room to spread out and have your own space if desired. Very short walk to beach and centrally located to shops and restaurants. The weather was great to escape our very long, snowy New England winter. The beach chairs and umbrella were in poor condition but the owner had made it clear to us that she couldn't guarantee beach equipment. We hope to be able to rent this great vacation home again. Thank you to Kathy and Henry!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful experience, fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at this lovely home on Captiva over Christmas. The house itself is very spacious, relaxing and beautiful. Amazing location - with two little ones, it was great to be a short walk to the beach and be able to run back to the house for snacks, etc. Very well located on Captiva as well - in a lovely residential neighborhood and an easy walk to shops, restaurants and the lovely library, which was a big hit with our 3 year old. Very private and perfect. I'd go back in a second!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for commenting on our home and the location. It is a quite spot on the island and near the restaurants as well. We love being near the library which is such a wonderful place to spend sometime on a hot summer day, or just read the daily newspaper, magazines galore, the latest book releases, or you can choose to be entertained in a children's program. We are not beach front but your right, it is an easy, quick walk. We can do it in Two Minutes.
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  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Gingerbread house last Oct. with a friend, we left the husbands at home. We had a , great relaxing vacation! Walking distance to restaurants , and the beautiful beach. Very quiet location. The house is tastefully decorated , beautiful ! I will be back this year and will bring my husband this time. We have stayed at resorts in the past , but this is so much quieter and private. I highly recommend the Gingerbread house! Can't wait to be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to hear that you plan on returning and that you enjoyed your stay. We have enjoyed our location for years, quite, and within walking distance to the restaurants and so near the beach. Thank you, Kathy
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Too good to be true!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at this house in Captiva! Thank you! We loved the house, the location, the area, etc. We would definitely like to spend more time at the Gingerbread House in the future. It's tempting to try to book time for next and upcoming years right now! Quick walk to the beach, endless walks in either direction, quiet street with town nearby. House has beautiful woodwork, good-sized rooms, high ceilings, house length screened in porch, and beautiful private lot. There is so much that made this house part of a dream vacation!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Steve for allowing us to share our home with you. We hope it will work out for you to return in the near future. You have been a delight to correspond with over the past couple of months.
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As Paradise as it gets

  • 5 of 5

The Gingerbread House is the perfect home for a family like us. Cozy, romantic and very close to the beach. The boys were happy playing with the many coconuts they had found in the garden while us parents enjoyed the screened front porch reading a book in the rocking chair!

If shopping and nightlife activities are not on top of your priority list but remoteness , bird watching, boating and shelling are, then you are definitly in the right place on Captiva Island.

We have fallen in love with this place and this house and will come back as soon as possible!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Green Flash
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
The Green Flash/ Two blocks from Ande Rosse/center
Car: recommended

Captiva Island, South West Florida,USA, Gulf of Mexico


Rates & Availability

Captiva Island House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Apr 9 2016 - Dec 23 2016
7 night minimum stay
Christmas / New Years
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Protection Fee $45
Tax Rate 11.0%

Please note that a reservation fee may apply. A 20% deposit would be required using any major credit card with the balance due by check 30 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Florida House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1850 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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