Keys Kottage; Remodeled Villa in Native Hammock on Florida Bay
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- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Islamorada cottage description
The Kottage is a free-standing 2 bedroom/2 bath villa located on a small resort property nestled in a native hammock on Florida Bay. The Kottage is a “conch-style” cottage which was just completely remodeled and renovated and is completely new, from the tile floors to the new tongue-and-groove ceiling.
The property is directly on Florida Bay on Upper Matecumbe Key, and the Kottage is approximately 100 feet from the water. The Kottage is fully air-conditioned and has ceiling fans throughout. The bedrooms can accommodated up to 6 people and with the queen-size sofabed in the front room, two more. The appliances, and furniture are new.
We provide pillows, sheets, blankets, and towels and all of your cooking and eating utensils. A washer and dryer are provided for your convenience.
A television with cable tv, a VCR and DVD player, and a stereo are provided for rainy day entertainment. Smoking is not permitted inside the Kottage.
The property is beautiful, based in a native hardwood hammock, extending from US 1 to the bay. It has a protected boat basin which will accommodate boats up to 26 feet. There is a launching ramp for boats up to 17-18 feet, and a swimming area right off the property. Larger boats can be launched at one of several nearby ramps. Rental boats and fishing charters are available locally.
Guests renting the Kottage are able to visit the Village of Islamorada Founders Park with its olympic-size pool, beach, and ball fields. The nearby area has a multitude of restaurants, historic sites and nature preserves, shopping and many activities for children. Local shopping for clothing, souvenirs, and fishing and boating needs is plentiful. Grocery stores are convenient. There are several local attractions if you need a day out of the sun. Key West is a day-trip away.
Islamorada is the Sportfishing Capital of the World. You're minutes away from the best back country (bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, redfish), blue water (sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, cobia) and reef fishing (grouper, snapper, yellowtail) in the entire Florida Keys. There is quick access to the ocean-side both east and west around the key. Fishing off of our jetty in the evening is alot of fun for the kids. Magnificant snorkeling and scuba diving sites abound in the local area. A wide range of boating activities are available year round since our area of the bay is well protected. Sea Kayacking and canoeing along our shoreline is popular. Of course water skiing and knee-boarding are a hit with the kids.
In addition to the rare and tropical flora which abounds on the property, the fauna which call the property home will entertain you during your stay. An osprey (called Ozzie by the locals) sits atop the trees in the area during the early evenings. We have an octopus in the marina who will look after your shrimp bucket if you leave it in the water. He may even play tug of war with you in the morning, and has been known to become a land animal when he is looking for a handout.
Pete, the Great White Heron, frequently stations himself on the seawall. When you have had a successful day fishing he always seems to have gotten the message and is waiting for you upon your return to the dock. Watch your fillets carefully. If you get diverted, you will see how fast these creatures can move where food is concerned. His cousins, the pelicans, are usually right behind him when the fish cleaning begins and are just as brazen. And don’t be surprised if you walk out to the boat basin and find Izzie, the Iguana sunning himself .
The Kottage is an unique place, and the people who visit, both owners and guests, feel very special about the property. The privacy is wonderful, the accommodations are new and clean, the property peaceful, and the access to the fishing is the best in the Keys, indisputably. We hope you will also find it as special as have we, and will add your name to the growing list who return to enjoy the most gorgeous sunsets and the best fishing and diving in the world.
The Keys Kottage generally rents for 1 week intervals, from Saturday to Saturday. If the Keys Kottage is what you are looking for, please contact us and to reserve the dates. The reservation will be confirmed upon receiving a check for 25% of the total cost of the rental including tax and security deposit.
We look forward to your visiting our little piece of paradise, and are sure you will have a wonderful and special visit. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at any time.
- Vacation Rental
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils
- Air Conditioning:
- Parking Off Street:
- Clothes Dryer
- Linens Provided
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Wireless Internet
- Deck / Patio
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Jet Skiing
- Water Skiing
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
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On September 19, 2013 Elizabeth wrote, in partGuest comment entered by owner
On September 19, 2013 Elizabeth wrote, in part
Dear Bernie, Pardon the delay in sending you this note. Things have been pretty hectic since we returned catching up with work and getting ready for a move to a new house. Greg and I want to thank you. We had an amazing time at the Keys Kottage. Both the cottage and the entire property and location are absolutely beautiful. Staying there brought back many childhood memories when my family and I would spend summers at the keys. We enjoyed every single day. We rented a boat and visited various reefs, snorkeled, fished, and just cruised the beautiful waters. We also snorkeled right around the bulkhead and saw giant spider crabs and all types of fish. It was very difficult to leave. The cottage was very comfortable and appealing. We also enjoyed the very friendly widelife. We had a few squirls that practically sat on our laps asking for treats when we sat outside on the cottage terrace. ........I don't know if it is possible to reserve it now for next year........... Please do let us know. We would love to make the cottage our second home in the Keys. All our best to you, Elizabeth and Greg
- Guest Elizabeth and Greg
- Date of stay 08/24/13
- Review Submitted 11/14/13
Great Time!Guest comment entered by owner
On September 24, 2012 RJ sent the following email: Bernie, We had a great time at your place last week. It was a perfect spot for the boat and nicely secluded off the busy road. We will definitely be back again next year likely around the same time… Best Regards, RJ
- Guest RJ
- Date of stay 09/15/12
- Review Submitted 01/29/13
This was the perfect vacation. The Villa is lovely, and Bernie is a great guy. It's very friendly and relaxed. Everyone goes to the dock each night and celebrates the sunset. I plan to stay there every chance i get!!!
- Guest Cuda (East Meadow, NY)
- Date of stay 01/07/12
- Review Submitted 05/08/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway.
This was our first time renting a place that we had not seen before. We were pleasently suprised on how well the property and cottage was kept. The week went by so fast that we couldn't believe it was time to go. The Kottage was perfect for the four of us. Our two grandsons were able to vacation with us,and with the water access and central location to everything they will have memories that will last a lifetime. We went to the Diving Museum, Founders Park, Indian Key Park, Lignum Vite Park, the sand bar at Whale Harbor cut,and skied every afternoon in the bay. I even cought a shark on one of our fishing trips. We would go back tomorrow. Thank you for the use of your paradise. Dave & Debbie
- Guest David & Debbie Klaus (Pompano Beach, Fl.)
- Date of stay 08/20/09
- Review Submitted 08/20/09
Great native surroundings, including an iguana. Squirrels ate grapes right out of our hands. House was spotless. Doors a bit tough to secure, tho. Plenty of amenities available(everything we needed and then some) Fabulous cement deck for sunset watching. Boater friendly. Great food at Wahoo's What's not to love about the Fla Keys!!
- Guest knothead (Ocala,FL)
- Date of stay 07/04/09
- Review Submitted 07/14/09
Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, romantic getaway, pet owners, girls getaway.
Owner response: We're glad Stuart had a good time. This is the first we've heard about the doors, and since we're staying in the Kottage this week we'll be sure to take care of it immediately. Since the doors are all aluminium its probably no more complicated than some lubricant. Post-script: The doors needed, andd received new hinges. Works like a charm, now. Bernie
Linda and Bernie, Where do six weeks go? Your delightful Keys Kottage made them fly by again. After staying there the past few years its becoming a second home to us. We had considered trying different places in the Keys but simply cannot give up the unique facilities, the friendly atmosphere and the wonderful sunsets. As you know, we have already booked for 2010. Your cottage fits us perfectly allowing us to invite friends for visits and we even got our son to come down for two weeks this year. Thanks again for a wonderful vacation and we are looking forward to seeing you next year. Dick & Anne Broyhill Hopewell, VA
- Guest Dick & Anne Broyhill (Hopewell, VA)
- Date of stay 04/27/09
- Review Submitted 04/27/09
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April 27, 2005 Gretchen D. sent us this comment: Mr. and Mrs. Holtzman, Good afternoon, we just wanted to thank you for the opportunity to stay in your beautiful kottage last week. We had a great time and couldn't have asked for anything more in accommodations. The boat basin was so convenient for fishing and the property was an absolutely relaxing environment.. We had a great time and look forward to our next trip. If you have any questions, please feel free to call. Thank you, Jeff and Gretchen D. Gretchen D. Quality System Administrator Product Development Technician Boston Whaler Inc. and then in a separate email she added: You can also add in there that all of the residents were very friendly and helpful. Thanks for the great experience! -Gretchen guest name: Gretchen D. guest city-state/province: Edgewater, FL
- Guest Gretchen D
- Date of stay 04/11/09
- Review Submitted 04/11/09
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date entered: 04/12/2007 homeowner-added comment (although Jim & Sherry stayed in Bayside, their comments are very informative about the area in general): On Monday, April 9, 2007 Jim and Sherry L. wrote.... "Dear Bernie, We enjoyed alot the Bayside rental last week. Everything about the rental was as promised or better. We rented two kayaks for the week from the friendly business next door and used them about every day, going to the lagoon north and to the Lorelei south. The grocery a little to the south was terrific for us. We ate out one night at Lazy Days, one lunch out at the Lorelei on a kayak trip. All the other renters were welcoming to us and our children ages 6 and 3 had plenty of playmates. Thanks for helping our first visit to the Keys to be an extraordinary one. Regards, Jim and Sherry L" And on April 10, 2007 they added..... "Several comments occurred to me since the earlier note: (i) the nearby dive museum is extraordinary, the artifacts and presentation are worthy of the Smithsonian with the additional amenity that you can touch about everything, (ii) .... there was reliable wireless internet via a network called "Holiday House" the entire visit--it helped us locate Islamorada points of interest, and there was a DVD player though we didn't try to use it, too busy, (iii) we gratefully used your letter of introduction to enjoy a half day at Founder's Park, (iv) we spent a half day also at Theater of the Sea, (v) we chartered a half-day eco-tour with Ann's Easy Adventures (from World Wide Sportsman) to snorkeling at Port Antigua beach and to history and bug collecting at Indian Key, (vi) we walked five minutes to Paradise Yoga just across the street. It was too windy the day we tried to go to Lignumvitae, we are saving it for the return visits. We hope to thank you in person next time. Thanks again and regards, Jim" guest name: Jim and Sherry L. guest city-state/province: Charlottesville, VA
- Guest Jim & Sherry L
- Date of stay 04/11/09
- Review Submitted 04/11/09
Guest comment entered by owner
date entered: 04/11/2009 homeowner-added comment: On December 8, 2009 Ben H sent us the following comments:"Bernie,Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for the great time we had at your Keys Kottage!!! We Your place was great and the overall layout of the property and dock really was spectacular. We will definitely be contacting you about renting the unit again hopefully in March sometime.Thanks again and we’ll be in touch, Ben
- Guest Ben H
- Date of stay 04/11/09
- Review Submitted 04/11/09
It is with much trepidation that we comment on the Holzman’s “Keys Kottage” for fear of not being able to get reservations in the future. After painful consideration, we have decided that it would be unfair to not provide remarks on our recent stay for others. The “Kottage” was everything as promised …..and more! The web photos do not do it justice! We have been visiting the Keys since the 70’s, and have stayed at many different accommodations. The week we spent was by far the most relaxing and comfortable because of the cleanliness, prime location (land and water), privacy, boat dockage, option to bring our two dogs (empty nest substitutes), sunsets, landscaping, spacious rooms, comfortable bed,……….. I could go on and on.The only negative about our stay? Having to pack up and head home.Thank you again Linda and Bernie, we are already planning another stay soon!
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 01/24/09
- Review Submitted 01/24/09
$1295/week (up to 4 adults); $60/person/night (over 4). Rates DO NOT include Taxes (12.5%) & Refundable $100 Security Deposit. Special Fall Rate of $1095/week Labor Day through the week before Thanksgiving. Special Discounts for multiple weeks. Deposit of $500 to hold the reservation. Balance due 8 weeks before arrival. Mastercard, Visa and PayPal accepted with $40.00 surcharge additional
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Year Purchased: 1991
About the owner: We're Bernie & Linda Holzman and the Keys Kottage is one of two units we have on this property. We're originally New Yorkers but have lived in Florida for more than 30 years. Our kids grew up on this property and we consider ourselves very lucky that we have had the opportunity to enjoy it and help develop it into a special vacation destination for families and couples who love the water, boating, diving and fishing as do we.
Why the Owner Chose Islamorada:
We were introduced to this property in 1984 by very close friends, Phyllis & Bob Mitchell (VRBO#34491) who had just purchased their unit. It was love at first sight, the open views of Florida Bay, the magnificent sunsets, the privacy and great boating facilities. It took 7 years for another unit to come up for sale and when it did we jumped on it in 1991. In fact, it took two years to completely remodel the unit, every weekend and vacation. We enjoyed being there so much that when we finished and began to rent the Keys Kottage to special guests we had to buy another unit (VRBO# 72385) and start all over again, just so we could spend our free time there. In 2008 we completed a total renovation of the Keys Kottage with new everything from floor (actually sub-floor) to ceiling making it brighter and more comfortable than ever before.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The Keys Kottage, and the property we know as Holiday House, is a unique property unlike almost anything in the keys. It is small and private, yet the owners and guests who vacation here are warm and friendly. We are centrally located in the heart of Islamorada and convenient to restaurants, grocery stores, tourist attractions, marinas and fuel docks and access to the back country or the patch reefs and offshore fishing. And without a doubt this is the finest location to watch the most gorgeous sunsets over the water,........ and if you're real lucky you just might see the green flash!
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A typical Keys pelican grets you at the front door
The rear (parking lot) entrance
The front room has a queen-size sleeper couch for comfortable relaxation
The kitchen is fully equipped with new appliances
The second bedroom can sleep four
The evening view is not too bad either
Orchids are just one of many species growing throught the property
African Pompano off one of the nearby wrecks
Snapper are everywhere
Virtually every night the sunsets are magnificant
A new walkway and patio outside the front door
The Kottage floorplan provides plenty of room for everyone
The front room dining area is light and airy
That's a queen-size bed in the master bedroom
The View as you Leave the Boat Basin for a Day of Fishing or Diving
Pete the Great White Heron guards the marina
Offshore fishing for marlin, as well as dolphin, sailfish, wahoo and kingfish
Amberjack abound, if you have the stamina
And during lobster season, they are yours for the picking
Visit us in the Keys and see for yourself
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