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Classic waterfront estate in beautiful Sombrero Beach with 200' of dock space.

52 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
7 nights


Marathon Villa Rental Photos and Description

5 bedrooms, 4 baths, 1 half bath, sleeps 12 -- optional 6th bedroom and bath .

To get a detailed accounting of rental costs please enter your rental dates in the upper right corner of the site and look for an instant quote.

Casa Del Sol is a classic waterfront estate situated on a large corner lot. The interior includes a new gourmet kitchen with granite counter tops and premium appliances. An old world charm is captured through the use of arches and stone columns. All rooms, including bedrooms and baths are large, airy, and sun drenched. At either end of the house, the two master bedrooms extend out onto beautiful covered balconies and include full private bathrooms. The floors throughout are laid with a rustic travertine marble.

A large brick patio and pool area on the water side overlook 250' of dock space. A covered barbecue area with built in appliances to include a premium gas grill, power burner, Big Green Egg smoker, and sink are surrounded by mature landscaping. An inviting setting for family and friends of all ages.

Casa Del Sol is Marathon rental # PLR 2012 00436

Weekly Rentals: Weekly rentals in the Keys {and generally elsewhere } are based on a Saturday - Saturday occupancy. Check - in is on Saturday at 3:00 PM, and check - out is on the following Saturday at 10:00 AM. If other times are required \ requested this must be discussed with the homeowner or rental agent. To get a detailed accounting of your rental costs , just enter the dates of your stay in the upper right hand corner of the site and then get an instant quote. Casa del Sol is Marathon PLR# 2011 - 00436.

# 335110 Gooseberry Island: Please also check out our private island in Kittery Point, off the coast of Maine, ' Home Away ' # 335110. Gooseberry Island is located at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbor and has an unobstructed view of the open ocean, three light houses , two pre - Revolutionary war forts , as well as the harbor itself. The beautifully appointed cottage and near by rustic cabin can accomodate up to six people. This is a totally private island with no other dwellings ----- your own private kingdom ! Excellent swimming, beaching, and fishing right from the island. Please see our site for complete details and pictures.

Please also see "Home Away" # 4087681 to view our newly renovated 1740 cottage. Very privately located, It has 6 bedrooms and 5 1\2 bathrooms and can accommodate up to 14 guests. Also in Kittery Point, Me., the cottage is directly on the ocean on a 3 1|2 acre point with 925 ' of waterfront which includes a deep water dock and dock house. The views of the harbor and open ocean beyond are unsurpassed.

More Details
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Jim Austin
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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About Jim Austin

For years we vacationed in the islands and then later went to Central America for holidays. We finally settled on Caye Caulker, in Belize ,where we spent many happy years. As we got older we wanted to find a place in the US where travel would be easier and medical services better.

Marathon offered all of that yet still had the island feel. Surprisingly it also turned out to be better fishing all around than any of the other places that we had been.

Jim Austin purchased this villa in 2001

Why Jim Austin chose Central Florida Keys

We chose this property for it's size and privacy. We have five boys and a girl and we wanted to have plenty of room for the whole family. The house needed total rennovation which was good as we were able to do just about everything that we wanted to do with it.

What makes this villa unique

Fabulous place for a family reunion or celebration of any kind. Large enough to sleep 14 people .


based on 52 traveler reviews

Classic waterfront estate in beautiful Sombrero Beach with 200' of dock space.
average rating of 4.980769 based on 52 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Our family rented this beautiful home for a week and didn't want to leave! We spent a lot of time at the home, fishing, swimming and just relaxing in the outdoor space. There's lots of room to stretch out and not be on top of each other. We even had a Manatee come visit one day which was definitely a highlight for everyone. We highly recommend this luxurious home where lots of family members or friends can come together and enjoy a vacation. Worth every penny! And to top it off, the owners were excellent to work with! Thank you Tudor and Jim!

  • Submitted: May 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Del, thanks for a wonderful review. We are very happy that your stay was such a success and that you had a manatee visitor. While manatees are sluggish and appear slow witted they are in actuality very smart and have an intelligence level not unlike a dolphin ! You were wonderful guests to host and we hope that you will return again some day, thanks, Jim & Tudor
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Gorgeous property

  • 5 of 5

Just returned from a week in paradise ! This house is beyond spectacular. Tudor and Jim have furnished this home top of the line ... Every room , lamp, table, chair, couch, and bed were wonderful. The landscape in both front and back is just breathtaking. We had 12 people in our family and the house was perfect for us. The lower suite worked out great for my parents who don't do stairs well ( this suite is very big ).The upper master bedrooms were amazing with their own bathrooms and balcony. The kids enjoyed the bunk room and the other bedroom was perfect with a king size bed. All though we had 2 days with higher winds and we were not able to get out on the boat as much as we wanted -Jim did get the guys out one day and came back with a cooler full of fish .... We had a great fish fry with Jim and Tudor! My only complaint was our vacation wasn't long enough , hated to leave this home !

Oh and the fishing was pretty good from the dock as well - the kids got a kick out of catching nurse sharks ... They would put a fish head on their line at night and just let the line out and sure enough they got 3 sharks in one night !! That was so exciting !

Don't second guess this property trust me you won't be disappointed it's an absolute GEM. Beach is around the corner and all shopping needs down the road about a 3 min drive . Great restaurants on Marathon... My favorites Sunset Grille and raw bar and Key Fisheries !

Thanks Jim and Tudor for everything.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Amy, Thanks for a great review,and we enjoyed meeting you as much as you enjoyed staying at our house ! We hope that we can see you all again, if not in Marathon, then at our island cottage in Maine. Thanks , Jim & Tudor
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Beautiful Upscale Home!!!

  • 5 of 5

I just returned from a week stay and absolutely hated to leave. The home is very upscale and the grounds are just beautiful. The Owners and Jackie are very nice and great to work with. We had a handicap person with us and when we arrived we found that they had special handicap supplies set up for her, this made her feel very welcome. It was so nice of them to go out of their way to do this for her. She also enjoyed having her own privacy in the downstairs suite which is a lot larger than it looks in the pictures. We had a party of 9 and the home provided more than enough room for entire family. My husband loved the outdoor grill and smoker and I loved the kitchen. My favorite part of the day was sitting on the balcony of the master bedroom suite in the evenings and sunning by the pool. We had and easy time navigating the boat though the canal to the open waters. I just love the Keys. We had such a great time and will be sure to return. I would recommend with home to everyone.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a great review !
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Beautiful and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time! Thank you so much! The house and property are beautiful! Plenty of room for our large family of 13. The kids had a great time swimming and fishing off the dock. We enjoyed watching the manatees on the dock. Jackie was great! We hope to come back again in the future.

Our only request - a bait freezer outside somewhere and a light on the fish cleaning station. Otherwise, everything was perfect!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind review. You are right about the bait freezer, and we are in the process of adding one. There is a light for the fish cleaning table although it is hard to find as it is in the palms next to the table. We are glad that the manatees cooperated as they are great to observe. We do hope to see you again back in Marathon ! Thanks, Jim & Tudor
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Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

Luxury living at its finest. Our fishing team has spent one week in Marathon (preferably Sombrero) for the last 20 years and quite honestly - this is the finest home we've ever stayed in. Every aspect was phenomenal - fairly priced, over the moon amenities, more space than the law allows :), gourmet kitchen, beautiful decor - and I could go on and on. The grounds were exquisite - easy access to the Atlantic or the Bay - tarpon frolicking off the dock - it just gets no better. And the property manager was awesome - readily available whenever called upon. We can't wait to stay here again and really appreciate how wonderful the owners Jim and Tudor are to work with. Do yourself a favor and book this home today - you can thank me later!

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Deb, Many, many, thanks for your wonderful review of our house in Marathon. You are the kind of guests that we dream about ! We look forward to seeing you again next year, Jim & Tudor
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Dream Vacation

  • 5 of 5

I don't think I have ever had a more relaxing vacation. My family of 12 (parents, in-laws, teenagers, young adults and friends) all spent 2 glorious weeks at Mesa del Sol in Marathon, Fl. This place is everything is looks like in the pictures and so much more. My parents who don't do well with stairs (not until a new knee is installed anyway) had their very own suite just off the kitchen which walked right out onto the patio. They were thrilled! All of the extra refrigerator space came in handy as well in that little kitchenette! Everyone else was very comfortable in our bedrooms upstairs and never had any issues with finding shower time for all. I loved the pool on the patio. Being about 8 months pregnant during our visit, that is where I spent most of my time! The water was perfect day and night. It is not a pool to swim laps in but it is one where you can lounge and soak up some sun while reading a book! I love the bench seat in the deep end! What a treat! The kitchen was well stocked with the essentials for cooking and baking. We made most of our meals in the house. The grill was used some but we didn't use the smoker. We found everything we needed in the stores nearby. Just a mile away you have Publix and Winn Dixie for groceries and the guys found the KMart right there very handy for all of the fishing supplies and fishing license. We really only left the house about 5 times in two weeks to check out nearby Bahia State Park and of course, Key West. Easy drive to both - Key West took just about an hour and was easy to get to. Thank you for sharing your home with us! We will definitely look into staying again should we choose Marathon as a repeat vacation destination!

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Teresa, many thanks first of all for staying at our house for two weeks ,and secondly for submitting such a gracious review. We were delighted to hear that the downstairs apartment off the kitchen worked so well for your parents. This space is frequently used for our elder guests and we even installed a separate central A\C unit for that area so that the temperature could be set to their individual liking. It is also apparent that you know how to relax ! We are glad that everyone had a good time except maybe the sharks ! Hopefully you will return at some time when we are in town as we would very much like to meet you. Thanks again for your kind words, Jim & Tudor
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Nearest Airport
4 Miles
Marathon Municipal
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
several in area
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Key West
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Sombrero Country Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
US Rt. 1 { Overseas highway --- mile marker 50 }
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Barracuda Grill
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Sombrero Beach
Car: recommended

The quaint tropical village of Marathon is conveniently located in the middle of the keys island chain. Fifty miles from Key West, and 100 miles from Miami, it has become the destination of choice for the outdoor enthusiast. Nature watching, abundant marine life, beautiful beaches and world class diving can be enjoyed by the entire family. Home to fabulous sport fishing; whether on the blue waters of the gulf stream or Florida Bay's renown back country, the variety of fishing is unparalleled. Other activities may include a dolphin show, Marathon's live theatre, a game of tennis or golf, or just plain relaxing. Marathon's climate is ideal,with average mid winter temperatures ranging from 65 - 80, and summer from 75 to the upper 80s. Area restaurants are many and varied, most of them built on or over the water. Whether the cuisine is local or international, most restaurants will feature the freshest of fish, lobster, stone crab, as well as the fantastic Key West pink shrimp.


Rates & Availability

Marathon Villa Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 27 2016 - Nov 18 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 25 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 23 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 24 2016 - Dec 30 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 31 2016 - Jan 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jan 7 2017 - Mar 3 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Spring Break
Mar 4 2017 - Mar 24 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Mar 25 2017 - Apr 28 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Spring
Apr 29 2017 - May 26 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
May 27 2017 - Jul 21 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Mini Lobster
Jul 22 2017 - Jul 28 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jul 29 2017 - Aug 4 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Regular Lobster Season
Aug 5 2017 - Aug 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 12 2017 - Aug 25 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 26 2017 - Nov 17 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Early Winter
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 22 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Dec 29 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
New Years
Dec 30 2017 - Jan 5 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Cleaning $295 + Tax
license holder's fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.5%

The "Fish Room" is available on request for an additional cost of $500. per week. It is ONLY available to guests renting the house.

Cobia 25 1\2' center console with 225 Yamaha 4 stroke is $1350 per week, $850 for 3 days. Glacier Bay 26' catamaran { Canyon Runner } with twin 115 Yamaha 4 strokes $2250. per week , $1250 for three days.

House rentals are from Sat. at 3PM to the next Sat. at 10AM. Boat rentals from Sat. after 3PM til Friday at sunset. Other times by arrangement.

Pets are an additional $250. per week with prior approval by the owners .

$1000. security deposit due upon reservation { refunded within 30 days of departure }. All payments must be paid by personal check, bank check, or wire transfer. Balance of rental due 90 days prior to rental week. A Full refund will be paid 90 days or more prior to rental week, with no refund after the 90 day period. Guests are reminded to look into rental \ vacation insurance options on line.

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Marathon Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , two sinks, walk in shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    powder room - toilet , sink
  • Bedrooms two and three share a full bathroom. There is an additional full bathroom with the addition of the optional "fish room" which is available ONLY to guests staying in the main house. The fish room is an additional $500. for the week.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 4 - 2 sets of bunk beds
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen
  • The two master bedrooms have king size beds, are large, and include private outside covered porches with stone arches and stone columns in the Mediterranean style. The third bedroom also has a king size bed, and the fourth has two sets of bunk beds. The master bedrooms have their own private bathrooms, while bedrooms three and four share a full bathroom. The fifth bedroom has a queen sized bed and full private bathroom. All bedrooms have full carpeting, and all bathrooms are laid with marble floors. An optional 6th bedroom { The "Fish Room" }, is a very private and wonderful space separate from the main house. It includes a nice bedroom with king size bed , 10' ceilings , and a desk built into a bay window overlooking the waterfront. There is a full bath room including a walk in shower with a glass enclosure. All counter tops are granite and the floor is marble. It includes WIFI, cable TV, and central AC. Used as an overflow for the main house at only $500. additional cost per week.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Car Optional
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Casa Del Sol , unlike most houses in the Keys, is built at ground level. This translates to ease of entry as well as no stairs to navigate to put away those heavy groceries! Being able to walk directly out to the pool and barbeque area without going up and down stairs is a real advantage. Imagine yourself running up and down those stairs to tend to the outdoor grill !! Owners of smaller boats will appreciate the step - down section of our dock. Entry and exit from your boat is made easy by greatly reducing the distance between the dock and the gunwhale. Pool heat is available at an extra charge for those that need it. If the pool is heated to maintain a constant temperature of 84 degrees, the weekly charge is $250.. There is a small folding bed, also a booster seat with tray . We also have a child gate and a 'pack 'n play

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