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$700 off open weeks in December! Private beach and path!

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

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

Near the village of Captiva...your own private beach and completely restored and elegantly decorated beachfront cottage, brings you 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!

New heated pool coming in fall 2018! Stay tuned for renderings.

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More Details

Michele Osborn
Member since: 2011
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 5, 2017

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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Captiva House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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.
  • 3 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 - 2 murphy bed , 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
  • 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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$700 off open weeks in December! Private beach and path!
average rating of 4.952381 based on 23 reviews

Great place to stay.

  • 4 of 5

Beautiful house, steps to ocean. Essentially private beach. Very helpful that it has chairs and umbrellas for guest use. Gorgeous furniture and decorations. Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jeremy. Looking forward to having you back as our guest. Enjoy the Sunsets!
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Indianapolis Indiana

Loved Private Beach

  • 5 of 5

When we booked we knew Bliss had a private beach path but we had no idea how that related to having a private beach! Our family of 5 was able to spread out and enjoy ourselves at the waters edge every day with only an occasional passer by. The house was gorgeous and super clean....the beach so quiet and relaxing. Thank you for sharing your amazing cottage.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is amazing how Bliss beach is so quiet even though the cottage is still close to the village. Best of both worlds for sure! Glad you enjoyed it...please come back soon.
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Heaven on Earth!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I were looking for an original Captiva cottage to enjoy a quiet week together away from the cold and we have found it in Bliss. We will be back again this winter for sure! It seems to be one of the last, remaining island homes from the 1940's and the charm radiates throughout. We loved opening up the french doors and enjoying the privacy of the courtyard while we grilled our meals and experienced the sunsets from the comfort of the porch. The beach is such a short walk that we spent more time at the edge of the water than we have on any trip to the island through the years. We could even hear the waves from the bedroom as we slept. Heaven! Thank you to Michele for restoring this cottage and keeping some of the island magic alive! We will be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for commenting on the preservation of the cottage. It was built in 1942 and was a true labor of love to restore. I am grateful you appreciated the history behind it. Please come again! Michele
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  • 5 of 5

BLISS .... a most magnificent beach front cottage that totally was named to describe every detail the days we spent in every corner of the cottage! While we left the back door open to the courtyard , the trees, the ocean breeezes , the sound of the gulf was another part of the setting that was so "blissful"! Cannot think of anything even a utensil from the well equipped kitchen to bedding that was not perfect. BLISS will be remembered as a magnificent place to be on Captiva Island.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write that wonderful review. I am so happy that you see the "Bliss" our cottage has to offer. Please come back soon and be our guest again. Michele
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Shell Knob, MO

Wonderful cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Captiva has beautiful private beaches and this cottage will make your stay perfect. Grab your coffee in the morning and take a quiet walk on the beach. Spend the day swimming, kayaking, fishing, or just reading on the beach and then watch the sunset from the front porch. Eat in the beautiful well-furnished kitchen or dine out---and then come back and get in the hot tub under the stars. I've stayed at Bliss twice--once with my daughter and then I returned with my husband. It is quaint and so comfortable. Nice for a romantic getaway but plenty of room for a family with children. It is clean and has everything you need. Captiva is a beautiful island and Bliss is the place to stay for a wonderful vacation.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words and thank you for being a repeat guest to our cottage. It means a great deal when travelers choose to return to our home. I know vacation time is so precious and knowing you enjoyed Bliss enough to come very rewarding. We love to sit in the hot tub at night and watch the stars too! The island is so quiet at night and we see shooting stars and the milky way often. Thanks again for the note and enjoy the sunsets! Michele Osborn
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Springfield, MO

Quaint and Charming Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This is the most charming beach cottage and only steps away from the beach! The location is just a few minutes from town, but definitely far enough away to feel like an exclusive retreat. We loved cooking in the beautiful kitchen, and just hanging out with our friends. The sunsets are absolutely spectacular from the front porch! The hot tub and spacious TV room were a bonus, as well. The owner was very helpful and got right back to us when we booked our trip. This cottage has everything you need for a memorable family vacation or a romantic getaway. Would stay here again in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks for the wonderful Review. The effort required to keep a 1942 cottage in tip-top shape is all worth it when I see such positive comments from a guest. I am grateful you took the time to post your comments. We love sharing the beauty and peace of Bliss cottage. Enjoy the sunsets and come back soon! Michele
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.