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Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights

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King Bedroom, Queen Bedroom, 2 Double Beds; Gorgeous Beachfront, One-level Home

Near the village of Captiva and on the quiet 'Tween Waters stretch, you will find this completely restored and elegantly decorated beachfront cottage, Bliss. It is truly a blissful stay as you open the shuttered doors and windows to hear the ocean waves and feel the warm breeze from the Gulf of Mexico.

All the elegant and comfortable amenities are on one level. As you enter Bliss, you will enjoy the open and bright living, dining and kitchen areas where you can view the sunset and private beach located just on the other side of Captiva drive.

This is a chef's kitchen well-equipped with luxury appointments including all new appliances, bar area and Kuerig coffee maker. Adjacent to the kitchen area is a oversized dining room with table seating for 8. The living area opens up to the Gulf and the dining area opens to a private courtyard with new gas and charcoal grills and plenty of outdoor seating. This home is designed for indoor-outdoor living and entertaining!

Off of the living areas is the King Master Suite with en-suite bathroom, hot and cold outdoor shower, and walk-in closet. The windows of the master bedroom open to the Gulf of Mexico. The master suite is equipped with custom dimmable decorative lighting and flat-screen HDTV mounted on the wall.

Also adjacent to the living area is a Queen bedroom with separate full bathroom. This bedroom also has a flat-screen HDTV on its wall for private viewing.

Both bathrooms in the home have whimsical, beach-themed custom tile showers.

One of the most unique features of this private cottage is the gigantic theater/living room addition. A giant HDTV with Blu-Ray, XBox Kinect and superior surround-sound system make this a favorite for those occasional rainy days or family down time. For your comfort during game or movie time, there is a comfortable seating for 6, plus bean bags. Hidden within the tall ceilings are custom, built-in 'murphy' double-size beds each with their own lighting for night-time reading. Without having to move any furniture, you now can sleep 2 additional guests with ease. This room also continues the indoor/outdoor living by opening up to the private courtyard.

With its charming indoor and outdoor living, views and sounds of the Gulf and a private beach access and beachfront property, this home truly is Bliss!

NEW HOT TUB and private garden!

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More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Michele Osborn
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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About Michele Osborn

Our family was delighted to have the opportunity to purchase one of the last remaining original island cottages. Bliss was built in 1942 by a local man as a gift for his sweetheart on their wedding day. Instead of tearing it down to build another 3 story stilt home, we have committed a great deal of love and financial resources to restoring this historical property . Come, be our guest, and experience for yourself the peace and tranquility of Bliss.

Michele Osborn purchased this house in 2013

Guestbook comments from the owner

Second year staying here. We couldn't wait to get back, and we're already looking forward to next year. We couldn't imagine a better vacation. Everything you need is provided in this home, from the views to the amenities you want for nothing! With the fresh seafood available on the island (caught and bought!), we cooked at home most nights and the kitchen has everything you could possibly need. Comfortable beds, beautiful bathrooms, and all just steps from your own private beach!

Thanks again Michele!!
May 2016
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average rating of 5.0 based on 17 reviews
Saint Joseph, MO


  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Bliss, and it was as perfect as we remembered. This home has everything you could possibly need. The location is just far enough out of Captiva to be very private, but if you decide to run into town it's only a couple of minutes away. The kitchen not only has all the basics, but also all the little things that are appreciated by those of us who love to cook. The beach is only a few steps away, and is a private paradise with postcard sunsets. In the evenings you can sit out back and grill your catch of the day, or relax in the Jacuzzi. Throw in beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms and you'll see why we hope to return again and again.

Thanks Michele!!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kevin, Thank you for the glowing review. It means so much to me, as the owner, to know travelers are enjoying my cottage. Please come back soon. Michele
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Beautiful Beach Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our stay at Bliss, and highly recommend this property to any couple/family looking to spend some time on Captiva. The house is literally right across from the beach, each morning and night the house is filled with sunlight from the Gulf. You can sit on the patio drinking morning coffee or evening cocktails and listen to the waves crash. Bliss is an incredibly comfortable "cottage" with every modern amenity you could want. Rather than go our for dinner, we spent 4/4 nights either cooking in or enjoying take-out (Doc Ford's was great) and eating around the dining room table. The extra room in the back of the house is great for watching TV/Movies. As Denver fans watching the Super Bowl, we were particularly grateful for the big screen! Our favorite part of the house was the outdoor patio complete with two grills, an outdoor shower and an AWESOME hot tub. Truly, this house would be wonderful for anyone looking to relax next to the Gulf. Michele, the owner is incredible and very helpful as is the management company. If you are coming to Captiva don't look to stay anywhere but here.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

Bliss is exactly what it advertises! We loved our stay and anticipate many return trips to Bliss over the years. The owner, Michele, and everyone at American Realty were fabulous; not only prior to our trip, but during our stay as well. Any questions or concerns were promptly handled in an extremely pleasant manner. Michele even gave us some Captiva Island "insider tips" prior to our trip, which definitely gave us a leg up on things we wouldn't have known anything about otherwise.

Having coffee on the front porch and listening to the sound of the ocean was one of my favorite things. The sunsets from the porch/front room/dining room were gorgeous and made for some fantastic pictures. The private beach, which was just a quick walk across the street from the house made for easy trips to and from several times a day, with no need for packing up a day's worth of beach supplies and getting in the car.

Ending the night in the hot tub was pure relaxation, with outdoor showers (hot and cold water!) nearby to add to the experience and special amenities of the home.

I could go on and on about our stay, but it's impossible to sum up how pleased we were with our choice. You must experience it for yourself. Bliss captures the island charm perfectly, which says a lot when you see all that Captiva has to offer. I have no doubt that it will feel like your home away from home too.

I highly recommend you rent the golf cart as it made for quick and easy transportation around the island.

Counting the days until we can return!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gina, You made my day. Your comment is the reward I hoped for when I set out to preserve the 1942 island cottage. I waited to name the property until it was completed and I had the opportunity to stay in the home as a guest, myself. "Beachfront Bliss" was what I felt and I am grateful to know that you and your family found your "Bliss" as well. Please return soon! Michele
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Springfield, MO

Best Place Ever

  • 5 of 5

We may never stay anywhere else again! As the pictures show, this place is beautiful and well appointed. However, please know that:

1. The sunrise and sunset fills the main living area with light through the french doors in such a vibrant manner.

2. We felt such peace, comfort and warmth in this house.

3. We slept great!

4. The neighborhood is very quiet and soothing.

5. Come on - you have your own beach and walkway! Amazing!

6. Distance to each end of Captiva is perfect for walking or jogging.

7. Have you ever showered outside? Please try it - you will do it again, I promise.

8. Every appliance worked perfectly.

9. Everything needed for comfort and island beach living is here.

10. The beach equipment (chairs, toys, umbrella, etc) were all in great shape.

11. Please get in the hot tub when it is raining - feels great.

12. Nowhere else can you sit on your front porch and witness such a fantastic sunset.

13. The TVs and service where great.

14. The drop-down beds in the large "TV room" are perfect for kids and movie watching/gaming.

15. We love this place.

Also, when at the beach, put the beach chairs in the water and feel the waves and sand on your feet; wish I had done this day one.

Finally, keep sun screen on your feet - it washes off!!!



  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! What else can we say, but, "Thank you." All the hard work paid off. Oh, and great tip wit the beach chair in the water's edge. There are so few people on our private area of the beach that it makes the experience even sweeter. Enjoy the Sunsets, MIchele
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Hamden, CT

Simply Amazing

  • 5 of 5

It seems rare that a place lives up to the hype when you see amazing reviews, great pictures and a 'too-good-to-be-true" description online, the way this property has. Bliss did not a matter of fact, it SURPASSED expectations.

Beachfront Bliss is nothing short of amazing. My wife and I were looking for a private, secluded spot for a get away and when I tell you we hit the jackpot, it is true. Bliss is the perfect location for a romantic get away or just for an escape from everyday life. On a beautiful island where large somewhat gaudy houses have become the norm, the charm and beauty of this wonderful, spacious cottage is beyond refreshing.

The cottage is decorated wonderfully in that it is very fresh and current with great style, but still definitely maintains the charm, tradition and beauty that a beachfront cottage should have, all the while containing every little creature comfort you might ask for during the rare times you are in the cottage and not on the beach. Flat screen TV's, iHome's all around the house for music, a Keurig for morning coffee, up to date appliances, a wonderful great room with a fantastic media set up in case you are unlucky enough to catch a rainy day...I could go on, but this review only allows for so many characters!

Outside the cottage, the hot tub is a refreshing treat for evenings under the stars or simply to relax after coming in from the beach. And of course, the beach...oh the beach. When I read 'private beach', I don't know that I truly grasped how special it would be. When I tell you we couldn't see anyone for AT LEAST 100 feet every day (and often much more), it is no exaggeration. We had our own little slice of beach to relax on in complete and utter peace and quiet with nothing but the sounds of the Gulf of Mexico to listen to if we chose. If you did see someone 100 or more feet away (usually more) it was 1 small family or another couple, not a crowded beach. We watched the sun set from the most perfect vantage point I have ever seen every night. Serenity is actually an understatement!

I know it probably seems like I am gushing, but it is no exaggeration when I say we had the perfect trip. The owner was wonderful to deal with and as others have mentioned was great about responding quickly to any questions we had leading up to and during our stay. Leaving Bliss was 1 of the hardest departures we have ever had to make

The question is not will you love it, but how much will you love it.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mike, I am filled with gratitude for your eloquent way with words. You have captured my feelings about Beachfront Bliss cottage in a way I never could have summarized. I too, am always blown away by the utter privacy of the beach and the beauty of the sunsets. Like you, no matter how long I stay I am so sad to leave. Somehow this cottage has its own nurturing spirit that brings peace to those who reside there. Please travel back soon and I look forward to hearing from you again. Sincerely - Michele
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San Diego california

True to its' name!

  • 5 of 5

Delightful and serene. Exquisite decor. Phenomenally appointed with latest electronica and appliances. Updated and fresh and clean. We've traveled across the globe, but if you are looking for a relaxing beach getaway, Bliss is for you! Miles of pristine beach. We watched the Dolphins play. Can't say enought. The owner was very accommodating and quick to respond. We've been staying on Captiva/Sanibel for over 40+ years. Bliss is by far our favorite place to stay.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Captiva House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Oct 15 2016 - Nov 18 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 25 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 26 2016 - Dec 23 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
Holiday. Christmas and NYE
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 6 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
January / Shoulder
Jan 7 2017 - Jan 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jan 28 2017 - Apr 28 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Apr 29 2017 - Aug 11 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
Fall Discount
Aug 12 2017 - Oct 13 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
5 night minimum stay
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Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Protection $45
Reservation Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

May cancel up to 90 days prior to arrival less reservation fee and $50 cancellation fee

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Captiva House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , full bathroom with large shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , full bathroom with oversized shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Bliss has two hot and cold oudoor showers
  • Two full bathrooms, both with large showers. Also, Bliss has two outdoor, hot and cold showers.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , En-suite full bathroom plus outdoor hot/cold shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen bed with separate full bathroom
    Bedroom 3 - Large bonus theater/living room with 2 dbl murphy beds
  • 3 bedrooms: King with en-suite bath and outdoor shower. Queen with view of the garden. Two Double murphy beds in third huge bonus room.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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