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Beautiful Sanibel home, close to Bowman's beach & 'Ding' Darling.

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 - 30 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 3 en-suite bathrooms, sleeps 6. Heated private pool

Welcome to our charming house on beautiful Sanibel Island. We would like to invite you to take some time to relax and enjoy all that Sanibel has to offer while staying at our home away from home.

Located alongside the luxurious Sanctuary golf course, our house is close to beaches, restaurants, shops, golf and the world famous J.N. “Ding” Darling wildlife sanctuary. Our home has been totally refurbished and is available for rental by the calendar month.

There are 3 double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, which will sleep up to six people. Quietly situated in an acre of garden, the house has a private heated swimming pool, which is fully caged for your comfort and has all the amenities you would expect including a fully equipped kitchen and separate utility area, 60' plasma TV, Xbox, Xfinity cable tv and US/Euro Blu-ray/DVD players, master bedroom with its own lanai and 50' plasma TV plus ultra fast broadband wireless internet so you can work or stay in touch with friends and family via the web.

While having a car is recommended, all facilities including Bowman's beach are an easy bike ride away. We have 5 adult bikes plus a bike trailer for your use. We also supply guests a cool box, beach chairs and sun umbrella.

Home away from home: The house is spacious and modern while retaining the charm of an island cottage. We have just completed a total refurbishment so everything is new and up to date for you to enjoy during your dream vacation.

Discounts are available for rentals of two or more months.

More Details

Property Manager
Desmond & Caroline Emery
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2018

About Desmond & Caroline Emery

We live in the south of England with our two children. We've been regular vistors to Florida since the 1980's and fell in love with Sanibel Island while visiting relatives in Fort Myers. We are now semi-retired, which enables us to visit Sanibel more frequently of late.Our ambition is to make all our guests feel welcome at Dinkins Cottage and that they leave feeling they have enjoyed their stay and would like to return. So far we have had many repeat rental guests, so we are achieving our aim.

Desmond & Caroline Emery purchased this house in 2011

Why Desmond & Caroline Emery chose Sanctuary

We have travelled extensively across the USA, Europe and Asia with our family; however we felt at home on Sanibel as soon as we travelled over the causeway! From the moment we saw our property in its fabulous acre lot, we fell in love with it. However, the property was run-down and badly needed re-modelling but we saw the potential to create a perfect vacation home for ourselves and for occasional rental guests. The property is well situated to access all the facilities of both Sanibel and Captiva.

We especially enjoy the tropical breezes that cool the house, lazing in the heated pool, sitting on the lanai, viewing the amazing wildlife and gently cycling to Bowman's beach or Blind Pass to swim in the sea and watch the sun go down.

What makes this house unique

This is our home, rather than simply a rental property and is very well equipped. As we primarily use the home ourselves and we ensure that it is kept in excellent condition and is truly a home away from home.


Sanctuary House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet
  • All bathroom suites use high quality fittings and feature granite countertops.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Ensuite bathroom, private lanai, 51' flatscreen & cable TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Ensuite bathroom, access to lanai, TV
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , Ensuite bathroom
  • The Master Suite has a King bed, a 51' TV with cable service and it's own private lanai. The master bath suite has a large tub as well as a rain shower. The Queen bedroom, with its own bathroom suite, has access to the main lanai overlooking the pool and a TV. The twin bedroom has its own bathroom suite too. All the bedrooms are fully air conditioned and have ceiling fans. Good quality bedding and bathroom towels are provided.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • 5 bicycles
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The house has been totally renovated featuring a new luxury kitchen with black granite worktops. The sliders enable the tropical breezes to help cool the house and the pool cage keeps the bugs at bay. There is a 60'' flat screen plasma TV with cable service and fast wireless broadband internet enables you to work and keep in touch with friends and family. Outside we have a BBQ and there are sun loungers and chairs around the private heated pool. There is a table seating for six on the lanai situated just outside the kitchen for meals al fresco as well as formal dining inside the house. There are adult sized bikes plus a trailer available to go to the beach and visit local attractions. We also provide a cooler, beach chairs and sun umbrella. The house is located near to the best beach on the island as well as next door to the J.N. 'Ding' Darling nature reserve. Captiva's attractions are close by too and some of the best bars and restaurants are within easy reach


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Beautiful Sanibel home, close to Bowman's beach & 'Ding' Darling.
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Private, quiet, family-friendly sanctuary

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the lovely Dinkins Cottage over the Christmas holidays for two weeks. It was exactly as we envisioned from the photographs and the description of the property -- clean, spacious and all the amenities for a busy family of four looking to slow down and unwind on the island. For us, the location was perfection; further away from the busier parts of Sanibel and closer to Captiva. The Cottage is located in a beautiful neighbourhood on a private and quiet large-sized lot. There is barely any car traffic and the lot is full of dense foliage that invites an abundance of bird life and the occasional appearance from the resident tortoise. The foliage also provides privacy from the neighbours as you can't see/hear the next house over.

Inside the Cottage you'll find all the appliances and furnishings in good working order and well-stocked with supplies (toilet paper, laundry soap, spices, etc.) that you don't always find when renting a short-stay home rental.

Our kids enjoyed the pool daily and we loved being a short bike ride from the back entrance to Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and to Bowman's Beach. Bikes are provided at Dinkins, though they are adult-sized and were just a tad too big for our kids. We rented a pair of kids bikes (comes with a helmet) from Finnimore's which worked out just fine.

The one thing that we weren't prepared for -- and this is not a slight against Dinkins Cottage whatsoever -- were the no-see-ums (otherwise known as midges or sand fleas). Ensure that you have an arsenal of bug spray with deet or pick up the local No No-See-Um Natural spray. Worse than a mosquito bite and you can't see them as the name suggests. There was some leftover spray at the Cottage, though we re-stocked and left ours behind for the next guests.

Working with the cottage owners, Caroline and Desmond, was a breeze. They kept us well-informed after Hurricane Irma came through (minimal damage thankfully though you wouldn't know it) and they were always responsive, provided clear instructions, and very pleasant to deal with. We would highly recommend this property and would consider it again for a future stay on Sanibel.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Home from home

  • 5 of 5

Dinkins Cottage is a comfortable and spacious home away from home; perfectly situated to enjoy all Sanibel and Captiva have to offer, while also offering peace and privacy for a relaxing vacation. We would definitely rent this property again.

The owners are easy to work with and very quick to reply to messages.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Sanibel Island Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We had a fabulous 2 week stay at Dinkins Cottage on beautiful Sanibel Island. The house is exactly as pictured; it is modern, spacious, immaculately presented, has a wonderful pool and we enjoyed dining outdoors on the covered lanai. The property feels very secluded set in its own lush tropical garden, complete with Gopher Tortoise! The location is great for exploring both Sanibel and Captiva, especially if you use the bikes provided - we hardly needed to use our car. Sanibel has no big chain restaurants or shops, instead it has independent local businesses and therefore feels very much like a true island getaway. We would have no hesitation in wholeheartedly recommending Dinkins Cottage.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property and vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We recently returned from our March 2015 stay in Sanibel, at the Dinkins Cottage. The house accommodated our family spaciously (adults and children), and we loved the house's privacy from neighbors and roads. It is well situated for a short bike ride to Bowman's beach, for our daily trips. We loved coming home from our daily trips to unwind in or by the pool or on the back deck in the evenings. The thorough house amenities were well appreciated and served us plenty! Great place to stay while visiting Sanibel island! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dinkins Cottage

  • 5 of 5

My family had the pleasure of staying in this beautiful home for the month of February, 2015. We could not have asked for a better place to enjoy Sanibel. Total privacy, quiet and lovely upscale neighborhood, beautifully maintained yard and abundant wildlife. Resident Gopher Turtle made several celebrity appearances and Osprey, Kestral and Red Shouldered Hawks made multiple daily visits to the roosting tree clearly visible from the dining room window!! The house itself is well equipped with all you could want, very easy to keep clean and the pool area is wonderful. The garage is stocked with all kinds of pool accessories and perfect bikes for enjoying sight seeing. We will be back!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed the wildlife and the facilities such as the heated pool and the bikes. We'd be delighted to welcome you back!
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Wonderful place to stay on Sanibel Island

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic place to spend Christmas in paradise. Excellent home in a beautiful area of Sanibel Island. Excellent information and communication from the owners and every attention to detail has been taken. Look out for the Gopher Tortoises and you must cycle around the Ding Darling Nature Reserve to get a true taste of wild Florida. Wouldn't hesitate tpo recommend and would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased to know you enjoyed your stay in December over Christmas and New Year. Glad to hear you enjoyed using the bicycles, had fun cycling around Ding Darling and watching the fabulous wildlife. We hope to be able to welcome you again to Dinkins Cottage.
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Nearest Airport
36 Miles
Fort Myers RSW (Miami, FLL, Tampa or Orlando)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Sunset Grill
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Mad Hatters or Sunset Grill
Nearest Beach
1.3 Miles
Bowman's Beach or Blind Pass Beach
Car: recommended

Located in the Santiva area of Sanibel, our home is located alongside the Sanctuary golf course. We are conveniently located for Captiva's beaches as well as Sanibel's premier attractions. We are a bike ride away from the world famous Bowman's beach and the J.N. 'Ding' Darling Nature reserve.

The area is convenient yet tranquil and the house is set in over an acre of private garden with abundant wildlife and birds. There is a residents' boat dock at the end of the road with easy Gulf access.

Golf: Sanibel, FL Golf Courses

Beachview Golf Club, Beachview Course

18 holes over 6,400 yards with a par of 71 (Public)

1100 Par View Dr

Sanibel, FL 33957-4628

The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, Dunes Course

18 holes over 5,578 yards with a par of 70 (Public)

949 Sand Castle Rd

Sanibel, FL 33957-3612

The Sanctuary Golf Club, Sanctuary Course

18 holes over 6,806 yards with a par of 72 (Private Equity)

2801 Wulfert Rd

Sanibel, FL 33957-2215


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

Sanibel city ordinance requires monthly rentals for homes on Sanibel..
Discounts are available for rentals of two or more months.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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