|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
We are a small romantic cottage on a tropical island named Conch Key; a quaint & old Keys style lobster fishing village located about 10 miles from Marathon. Close to various state parks and beaches.
Centrally located we are the exact midpoint of the Florida Keys, or the halfway mark between the mainland & Key West, making us a perfect home base for day trips & sightseeing.
We offer a quiet underdeveloped island with an easy relaxing pace of life consisting of small residential streets, where you can take a leisurely stroll, bike ride on our bikes(no traffic), take an ocean water dip off our private dock, explore the island & find our hidden cove & beach, or take a nap under the large tiki hut in our hammocks, and still embrace the authentic charm of the Old Florida Keys.
Your next door neighbors Steve & Jeff, professional commercial lobstermen, will sell you fresh off their boats lobster and stone crab when in season; or ask your other next door neighbor Captain Dan, professional captain & fishing guide to take you on a 1/2 day or full day charter on his boat and catch your own fish without having to drive anywhere: just wake up, step off your back porch & onto his boat. After a beautiful day on the water Captain Dan will help or filet your fish & you can cook them on the grill as soon as you get off the boat, or take it to many of the local eateries that will cook your catch for a delicious meal.
If you like to fish without a boat, we are located within walking distance of the dedicated world class Long Key fishing bridge ( apx. 3 miles long) where you can cast your bait for tarpon & many other variety of salt water fish. The bridge is also a great place for a jog if you are a runner or a bike ride.
Tastefully furnished, the cottage is a cozy 2bedroom/2bath romantic getaway with WIFI internet access. Accommodations are comfortable for 2 guests on each queen size bed, and if necessary 1 guest on the couch (a bit crowded). The 2nd bedroom/bath is attached to the cottage but accessible by a private courtyard entrance/exit (just left off the front porch, not through the body of the main cottage) providing an extra level of comfort & privacy for 2 couples traveling together or families. Each side includes its own bathroom, Direct TV with premium channels, & separate thermostatically controlled central a/c & heat.
THIS IS NOT A PARTY HOUSE RENTAL, NO LARGE GATHERINGS. We love great guests that are respectful of our neighbors & our property on this quaint island & thus allow no more than a respectful number, or limit of non-booked guests at any time during your stay. Estimated rates from this sight are based on a 2 bedroom 2 bath rental for 2 couples or a maximum of 4 guests (sharing 2 queen size beds) during non-holiday or non-special event periods, additional guests incur additional charges and/or higher damage deposits. Additional guests & Holiday or Special Event periods are not reflected accurately on the estimated rental rate shown prior to our formal written quote. Families please provide the ages of any children in your initial inquiry to receive our best possible rates.
1BEDROOM/1BATH COTTAGE RENTALS - The cottage may be rented as a 1br/1bth rental at a cheaper rate for 1 couple renters only. 1br/1bth rentals require a request for the 1br/1bth option at the initial inquiry prior to a written quote. The courtyard 2nd bedroom with bath, is closed for individual couples who request (on the initial inquiry prior to booking) to rent as a 1br/1bth at the lower rates (*see our 1br/1bth rates under 'additional info about our rates'/ 'Notes') who would not have the need for a second bedroom (couple or couple with infant).The courtyard 2nd br/bth is never booked or available for booking by another party during a 1br/1bth cottage rental, insuring your privacy & exclusive use of the property. Again, a written request for the 1br/1bth cottage rental must be made with the initial inquiry prior to online (or automatic) booking, in order to receive the discounted rate (as we must edit the pricing manually).
On a wonderful romantic waterview setting, the back yard opens to a large Tiki hut with electric, ceiling fan, and night time lighting on the water. Under its roof you'll find swinging hammocks and dining table for relaxation, perfect for cocktail hour or outside dining & BBQ. Scenic and on the water, manatees, tropical fish & Loggerhead turtles often come by to visit. Daytime or shine a flashlight into the water at night, and you'll see tropical fish, lobster, octopus, and other marine life passing around the dock.
All our guests may enjoy the use of our kayaks & bicycles without charge.
For our guests who own boats, the boat launch is only about a block away from the cottage. Our large dock will accommodate a boat up to about 23' length (no additional charges) & there's plenty of room for your trailer storage on property. There is immediate bay and ocean access for flats or deep sea fishing, lobstering, diving, snorkeling and water activities.
To qualified boaters we can also offer (with additional charges) Small Motor Boat Options (SMBOs) - small motor boat rentals (available only with the cottage booking) capable of being used for island hopping, scenic on water exploring, and boat only accessible island beaches. Our small boats are capable of getting under the smaller bridges dividing ocean & bay, allowing more opportunity & easier access to island beaches, & skinny water exploration of scenic waterways, etc.
Interested in Deep Sea or a larger boat rental? We can certainly guide you to a close & practical boat rental company.
This is definitely a NON-SMOKING and absolutely a NO PARTY/NO PET rental.
I grew up in Dade County and Biscayne Bay where my family always enjoyed boating, diving, and general water activities. I became a firefighter and retired from Dade County Fire Department after 31.5 years of service.
Kenneth E. Solis purchased this cottage in 1993
I always enjoyed spending so much time in the Florida Keys with great friends, & grew a fond attachment to this particular island for its old style Fla. Keys ambience. This island fishing village is unique to the Fla. Keys experience and it is easy to visualize why its residents chose to call it home.
Because friends & family enjoyed my cottage so much also, they suggested & encouraged me to start the rental on a lark. Not intending more than an occasional rental I was quickly rewarded with a sense of pride from guests that raved about the cottage which fueled my interest on continuing.
Centraly & practically located, it is exactly the hafway mark from the mainland to famous Key West, approximately 1.5 hour drive to either, from the property. Located adjacent to the Long Key bridge it provides immediate bay and ocean access to the best diving, fishing, kayaking, beaches, and boating activities in the Keys without having to travel time consuming miles to reach a location to cross over from the bay to the ocean or vise versa for water activities. Far enough to feel disconnected from mainland society and relax on the hammocks under the Tiki hut in a very romantic setting.
Enjoyed buying lobster from the neighbors next door
The cottage was exactly as it shows in the pictures! Quaint and cozy and directly on the water which is just what we were looking for. We had everything we needed during our trip and enjoyed it very much.
Perfect getaway, big enough to be comfortable yet small enough to be intimate & romantic.
My sister & her husband thought it was just wonderful, would recommend it to anyone.
Hopefully we will get there again soon, Alan.
Nice little cottage for the 2 of us. We stayed 11 days & used this as a base to explore up and down the keys. Tiki hut with table was excellent for sitting out at night. Cottage was neat and clean. Ken was attentive when necessary and sent reminders about the property. We enjoyed our stay and I would recommend this to anyone who likes to fish, doesn't need a large space, inside or out and likes to relax and enjoy!
Cute little place right on an inlet. In a very quiet neighborhood with pleasant neighbors. (lobster fisherman on one side, sport fisherman that runs tours on the other) It's a working neighborhood, not the place to stay up late partying loudly outside, but if you're looking for relaxing and quiet...it's a great spot. There is a beautiful tiki hut to sit under and play cards. We rented the boats, they were small but adequate for 2 people. Fishing, kayaking, a few day trips out to Big Pine Key, Key West, etc. Nicely centrally located. Not a fancy place, but nicely stocked with pots/pans, utensils. Clean bedding and towels. A few minor issues, the hammock's needing to be replaced, and some new life jackets are in order. The owner was very responsive. There were bikes to ride, kayaks, a big cooler to borrow, a charcoal grill and washer & dryer. We saw sea turtles, porpoise, manatee, angel fish, parrot fish, puffer fish... The keys are beautiful with loads of things to do. The cottage is ideally located pretty much 1/2 way between Key Largo and Key West. Marathon is about 10 minutes away with ample grocery stores and restaurants. Look for the out-of-the-way restaurants, they're the best! Right on the water - Burdine's, Castaways, Sparky's to name a few. Another "must see" are the key deer on Big Pine Key. Make your way to Boondock's for dinner or the No Name pub for pizza. It was the perfect vacation for 4 old friends looking to get away. Thank you Ken for all your assistance & attention!
We offer small motor boat (option) rental for island hopping, boat only accessible beaches, & scenic exploration on the water close to land. Traditional beaches and state parks are close by also. Larger power boat rental, fishing charters, and fresh seafood are available literally feet away from the property. Also Hawks Cay resort, just around the corner offers a wide variety of water activities such as jet ski rental, para-sailing, powerboat rentals, and fish or dive charters. Lobstermen and local fishing guides with private charter boats are your neighbors and are happy to book a days activities. Fishing and diving are excellent and we are well situated with immediate bay and ocean access by boat. We have on many occasions caught our lobster dinners by snorkeling immediately around the island. Watching the neighbors bring in their daily fresh catch of fish, lobster, stone crabs, and tropical fish for aquariums is very interesting, and purchasing fresh caught from the neighbors for your meal, if you don't catch your own.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Holiday week/weekends & Special Event rates are higher.
Minimum Reservation deposit are $500.00 per week, or part of.
Minimum Damage deposits are $500.00 or greater
Additionally, the Main Cottage can be rented as a 1br/1bth for 2 adults only, @ the following standard rates (excludes use of the outside 2nd br/bth): Daily (3 night min.) @ $710.00 *
Weekly (7nights) @ $1650.00 *
Monthly (28 nights) Off season consideration
*Special Event/Holiday week, weekend & daily rates higher for 1br & 2br rentals, additionally some Holiday/Special Event periods may require a minimum weeklong booking.
** Ask about rates for optional small boat rentals with cottage.