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Kens Conch Key Cottage-2Br/2Bth or 1Br/1Bth Getaway + Optional motor boat rental

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

2br/2bth cottage on the water. *Option to rent as 1br/1bth (see rate schedule)

We are a small romantic cottage on a tropical island named Conch Key; It's a quaint & Old Florida 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 swim 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.

You can embark on an adventure, launch the kayaks and fish the flats or explore the island waterside, paddle to surrounding sandbars, other islands & scenic waterways, as well as island beaches accessible by small boat only. All our guests may enjoy the use of our bicycles & kayaks without charge.

On a beautiful waterview setting, the back yard opens to a large Tiki Hut with electricity, ceiling fans, 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 & on the water, manatees, tropical fish & Loggerhead turtles often come by to visit. Daytime, or shine a light into the water at night and you'll see tropical fish, lobster, octopus, and other sea life passing around our dock.

Your next door neighbors Steve & Jeff, professional commercial lobstermen, will sell you fresh caught, 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 take a bike ride, go for a walk, or jog if you are a runner, and catch a beautiful sunrise or sunset over the water.

For our guests who own or bring boats, the boat launch is only about a block away from the cottage. Our large dock will accommodate a boat up to 23' in length (no additional charges) & there's plenty of room on property to store you trailer (again no additional charges). There is immediate Bay & Ocean access for flats or deep sea fishing, lobstering, diving, snorkeling and other water activities.

To qualified boaters we can also offer (with additional charges & booked in advance) Small Motor Boat Options (SMBOs) - small motor boat rentals available with the cottage booking only, capable of being used for island hopping, scenic on water exploring, and boat only accessible island beaches. Our boats are capable of getting under the many smaller lower height bridges dividing ocean & bay, allowing more opportunity & easier access to island beaches & skinny water exploration of scenic waterways etc. They are not for use in deeper ocean side water, if you are interested in a Deep sea or larger boat rental, we can certainly help guide you to a close & practical boat rental company.

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 front porch courtyard entrance/exit, not through the body of the main cottage, providing an extra level of comfort & privacy for 2 couples traveling together or families, but may be unsuitable for younger children. 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.

We apologize in advance as the VRBO/Homeaway platform, programming & logarithms don't always mesh with our practical needs & policies concerning online rentals, it works but does not always work flawlessly. Estimated rates (the "enter dates to see accurate pricing" tab) from the VRBO/Homeaway sight are based on a 2 bedroom 2 bath rental for 2 couples, a maximum of 4 guests (sharing 2 queen size beds) DURING NON HOLIDAY & NON SPECIAL EVENT PERIODS only & therefore may not be an accurate pricing for your selected dates. HOLIDAY/SPECIAL EVENT PERIODS & ADDITIONAL GUESTS are not reflected accurately on the estimated rental rate (the "enter dates to see accurate pricing" tab) prior to our formal reply or our edited quote, & incur additional charges and/or higher damage deposits . LOBSTER MINI SEASON (usually the last Wednesday & Thursday in July) REQUIRES A 7 NIGHT BOOKING & other Special Event or Holiday periods may require a minimum number of nights to effect a booking also. Families please provide the ages of any children in your initial inquiry to receive our best possible rates.

We require a copy of your Drivers License after you book.

1BEDROOM/1BATH COTTAGE RENTALS

The cottage may be rented as a 1br/1bth rental at a cheaper rate for 1 couple renters only, with a minimum 7 night booking. The "enter dates to see accurate pricing" tab where you enter your booking dates, will not provide this pricing for 1br/1bth rentals. For 1br/1bth rentals click on "send e mail" (inquiry only, not automatic booking), request a quote for the 1br/1bth option, 7 night minimum.

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).

Advanced Bookings require a non refundable $500.00 - $1000.00 reservation deposit for each week or part of a week booked until 60 days prior to the check in date, then the balance and all monies are due & non refundable.

This is definitely a NON-SMOKING and absolutely a NO PARTY/NO PET rental.

More Details

Owner
Kenneth E. Solis
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
October 20, 2017

About Kenneth E. Solis

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

Why Kenneth E. Solis chose Central Florida Keys

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

Map

Car: necessary

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.

Amenities

Conch Key Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Outside Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2 adults
    Main Cottage Master Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2 adults & can accommodate 1 additional on couch
  • Main Cottage Master Bedroom 1 has a queen bed and can accommodate a single cot for a younger child. Sofa can be used as a single bed. With the exclusion of the Outside Bedroom 2 it becomes the optional *1br/1bth cottage rental available at lower rates (see 'Additional information about rental rates' section below for 1br/1bth rate schedule, conditions apply) _______________________________________________________________________________ 2br/2bth Cottage Rental - Sleeps 4- 5 adults Main Cottage Master Bedroom 1 + Outside bedroom 2 with queen bed and private bathroom. Bedroom 2 is a room that enjoys its own private entrance/exit off the front porch courtyard(not accessible thru the main body of the cottage), and individual thermostat controlled central AC/Heat offering a higher level of comfort and privacy for couples and families. We are on the water, this bedroom may be unsuitable for younger children without an adult. Both bedrooms enjoy Direct TV with premium movie channels
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
Attractions:
  • festivals
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
Beautiful scenic sunsets on the water. Huge thatch roof Tiki hut with swinging hammocks for easy relaxation and lighted ceiling fan,table and furniture for outside dining and cocktails on the water. Kayaks and barbeque. Life vests and assorted snorkeling gear is available for guests use. Linens, towels (no beach or boating towels), basic supplies (starte soap, toilette paper etc.), cooking utensils. Washer/dryer are provided with weekly rentals or longer & available at charge for shorter rentals.

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Kens Conch Key Cottage-2Br/2Bth or 1Br/1Bth Getaway + Optional motor boat rental
average rating of 4.818182 based on 33 reviews
Wilmington, NC
5

Kens Place, Conch Key 8/12/17 thru 8/18/17

  • 5 of 5

Kens Conch Key Cottage was a nice place to stay during our vacation. An hour North up US 1from Key West, was perfect for evening drives watching the sunset. The A/C gets cold as you want it and it was appreciated due to it was in the upper 90's while we were there. This cottage also has Wi Fi fast enough for an X box, so it is kid friendly. Especially with the bedroom off of the main house, made it very nice for all. Ken also lined me up with Pier 68 boat rentals and we cruised around the gulf and off of Duck Key for 2 days. The rate is $175 a day for the boat I rented. His dock out back was very convenient for boating. Conch Key is a quiet commercial Lobstering Key, it was interesting to watch the fisherman work.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Outstanding

  • 5 of 5

my family and I had a wonderful time at Kens cottage. It was well appointed and roomy for my family of 5 to stay for the week. The boat slip at the cottage made for an excellent time when we rented a boat to explore and snorkel. With so many things to do and see from Key largo to Key west it was difficult at times to just sit and unwind but, the tiki patio and hammocks made our nightly wind down a breeze. I could go on and on but I will sum it up with, you will not go wrong staying here! Kenneth is so pleasant and helpful, Conch island so nice and quiet, the keys so beutifull and ready for adventure, you would be remiss to not come and check it out for yourself.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

AMAZING Keys Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This place was perfect!. We have stayed at alot of places in the keys but this cottage was very well maintained and provided everything we needed. I loved the in-law suite for the 2nd bedroom, allowed for just enough privacy for 2 couples. The cottage had bikes, kayaks, fishing poles, cooler, hammocks and an awesome tiki hut to site under and relax. The cottage is on Conch Key. Very small key, not much on the key besides rental properties and some local fishermen. Perfect for a relaxing vacation. The owner Ken Solis was a real gentlemen to work with. You cannot go wrong with renting this property

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mosinee, WI
5

A quiet little place of paradise

  • 5 of 5

Conch Key and this cottage is perfect for the person wanting the feel of the fishing villages of the past in the keys. No hustle and bustle or big shopping areas - just quiet and peaceful. The people were so friendly and the lobster was great! Would definitly go back and recommend it to others.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Tastefully decorated. Outside terrace very comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed buying lobster from the neighbors next door

  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What you see is what you get!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 12.5%

Holiday week/weekends & Special Event rates are higher. Each additional guest minimum $50.00 per night.
Lobster Mini Season requires minimum 7 night booking 2br/2bth rates only @$1950.00.
Minimum Advance Reservation deposit are non refundable minimum $500.00 per week, or part of. Balance & all monies due 60 days prior to check in date.
Minimum Damage deposits are $500.00 or greater
Main Cottage only as 1br/1bth* for 2 adults only, @ the following standard non holiday rates (excludes Courtyard 2nd br/bth), 7 night minimum: Weekly (7nights) @ $1656.00 *
Monthly Rentals (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 motor boat (SMBOs) rentals with cottage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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