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Are you tiring of white wall cookie cutter condos with cheap Chinese art? (Admittedly, they have better views during the day - although my dad said 'you can't see the ocean at night!'). Kidding aside if you are looking for that piece of old Florida, with a pool, tennis courts and a very short walk to the beach -- then the Shellbox Cottage may be for you.
Although it is not for everyone....read on....especially the last paragraph.
If you normally prefer to rent from an agency - please read our reviews for piece of mind. Plus you will save money. We also help guests avoid the awful 4pm check in day and strict check out when we can. Further, we do not go exclusively from Saturday to Saturday). We are not only flexible but also helpful owners, who love our cottage and love this special island. We can help you in a jiffy with most needs and help you plan your visit, especially if coming from abroad.
Our calendar is updated (almost daily). Sanibel Island rules only allow some homeowners to rent for 28 day periods, thus we only rent our cottage about 8-10 times per year, but please inquire into the cottage no matter what the calendar says - we often lend it to family or friends and use it ourselves and can often move dates around.
The ShellBox is just down the street from the Gulf of Mexico. The cottage is free standing -- so there is no one above you, below you or attached on either side! Though there is another cottage (never rented) with quiet, lovely, snow birds just next door.
There are no crazy steps or windows for others to walk (or smoke) by on 'motel style' balconies. We can offer the best of both worlds; your own cottage yet part of a small homeowners association with a fantastic crisp clean (heated) pool and tennis court....on gracious, quiet, well landscaped grounds with mature tropical plants & trees.
Donax Village is a quiet, special oasis. There are only 12 buildings on 4 acres around the pool - it will be quiet!
The cottage has an unusual 3 places to relax outside! We rented many years at great cottages but always found ourselves sitting out front on some driveway right next to everyone else trying to be outside.
There is a small front porch [open air], a medium sized back porch [screened in with new no-see-um screening 2015] & of course the pool area (with dining tables & umbrellas where I eat breakfast most morning] and lounge chairs.
And of course there is the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico (where you wash the sand away at our handy rinse shower in front). Our cottage is the almost perfect place for a warm weather vacation.
On the side of the cottage along a sweet little shell garden we have (what we think is) the most amazing hot/cold outdoor shower - we rarely take showers indoors when here - but we live in NYC, so maybe we think it' more interesting than it is? LOL
Most sunny days we scoot back and forth to the beach several times on Sanibel's famous 21 mile bike path, just outside our front door. We grab a flashlight and walk to the Jac or Matzaluna and Sanibel Steakhouse for dinner and sometimes we hit the Dairy Queen for a post lunch 'dip cone' and visit the birds of Periwinkle Park on the way home. Don't forget to catch 'Libby The Bird Lady' there (even if you do not choose us... 10:00 in season M/T/TH/F
It's the perfect place for a couple & perhaps people with a 1-2 children or with friends visiting for a short time in between. It is truly a one bedroom although it will sleep 6.
Owned and furnished by a design+build designer and a trained cook we hope you will find the furnishings fun, festive, interesting and comfortable and the kitchen perfectly equipped for, well, almost any need.
This is a cottage however in the true sense! It was originally built on the beach by an architecture student in the 1950's and moved here in the 1960's. It's worn wood walls, old school awning windows, and a 1950's stove, that sometimes act it's age. We do not have granite or corian counter tops nor stainless steel appliances (nor do we want them). It is beautiful in it's own very special way, as everything is to someone. But it is not for everyone. But you know who you are!
(1) king size bed with down mattress topper & custom made silk comforter. Soft.
(1) full sized futon in room that can be closed off for privacy with 2 sets of sliders/vertical blinds. All new linens. Very firm.
(1) daybed with 2 twins or (1) king bed. Steps are very steep so we technically call our house a 1 BR but a responsible nimble person can negotiate the steps - the loft is 15x10 with big huge windows & desk. Great for writers, privacy, kids.
(2) full size futons can be used as beds - little privacy. Firm....moreless
Blow dryer. Curling Iron. Nail polish remover (for people who fly in) Hot Water Bottle. Tissues. First AID kits. Usually people leave pay ot forward items; lotions, aloe, etc. around for others to use. ...moreless
Basic cable TV in LR
Brand new flat screen (01/12) TV in lanai (also a BR)
TV/remote in MBR
TV in loft with ports for gaming...moreless
Brand new AC/heat system and brand new duct work
(no mold - no allergens!)
as of Sept. 2011...moreless
We have a heat pumpwith heating coils - so if there is a cold snap you will be warm unlike many regular AC systems which can't keep up - but lets hope you won't need it....moreless
Iron & Board
new cotton towels
new cotton sheets
6 new extra large beach only towels
Real down pillows
Feather topper on king bed
Brand new twin day bed in loft (Sept. 2012)...moreless
Please note that cell service is spotty all over Sanibel Island for almost all providers and does not work well in most homes - although it is slightly better on our East End....moreless
2 or 3 cars can easily and safely park at the cottage...moreless
Parking Off Street:
No lugging your groceries and your luggage from the condo parking lot. NO climbing stairs or waiting for elevators! Your own private parking spots for your car/s - right in front of your cottage!...moreless
A washer and dryer closet right off the master bedroom!
Awfully sweet and convenient....moreless
We pay monthly for a higher speed broadband service....moreless
spoons-spatula-knifes-peelers - etc....moreless
Dishes & Utensils:
Classic white plates and bowls & mugs and plastic for lunch for the kids by the pool!...moreless
Classic Frigidare stove and oven -from the oldest house on Pine Island...moreless
Deck / Patio:
(2) Its always great to have options when you are on vacation to be outside and comfortable - our favorite feature of our home is that we can hang out on the front porch, the back porch, by the pool or head down the street to the pool - because when you are on Sanibel - you want to be OUTSIDE!...moreless
Lanai / Gazebo:
(2) Screened lanai with 2 antique wicker chairs and a ceiling fan - not fancy but sweet - perfect for morning coffee and afternoon cocktails or just a quiet place to sit and read (or nap)....moreless
Lawn / Garden
Pool / Spa
Our crystal clear and clean pool is just far away and just close enough to the cottage to be perfect. Our homeowners association is very small so the pool is always quiet and perfect. It is heated in winter and has great palm trees hanging over and shaded in spots for the summer months. Plenty of privacy - chaise lounges and round table umbrellas and chairs. We often have lunch here....moreless
Shellbox Cottage May 1 - May 1, 2016 28 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Cleaning Service$125 + tax
Refundable Damage Deposit$750
No hidden fees or charges except for $200 holiday surcharge (IF YOUR 28 day period includes Christmas, New Years, Memorial Day, Fourth of July or Labor Day). High security deposit because of high end brand new king Tempur-Pedic bed, a 350 million year old dining room table, bikes we lend to guests and some high end stereo and TV equipment/Ninja blender/lamps and personal effects. Thanks!
Certainly negotiable at times depending on circumstances, so please feel to write!
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You can also walk/ride down the street to the Nerita access. This is about a 3-5 minute walk from point A (the cottage) on the map. I can ride my bike (fast pace) from the cottage to the beach in about a minute if you are trying to sense how close the house is to the beach. We rise almost every day to see sunrise - no matter the weather - as a form of gratefulness for being able to live here.
CAREFUL and we mean it - amazing birds and 3 gators and the one we saw in March 2012 actually kind of scared us - but was fascinating to watch. Ride your bike over and go around the gate near the Matzaluna Restaurant (which we really like for dinner)
when you want a simple dinner - more on the homemade side - great for first and last nights at the cottage - and at least look at the giant chocolate cake just for kicks - also decent salad bar good for takeout too.
About the owner: We've been coming to Sanibel for several years and decided to be a part of this beautiful place just this year. Sanibel's commitment to staying a sanctuary island, devotion to the environment and keeping development in check were principle factors...plus finding a great cottage.
Why the Owner Chose Private Homes: In Sanibel Shores the streets run north south - offering better access to the beach from private homes - plus the streets are quieter than than the main drags yet you are still close to the causeway! We love the east end!
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage: Many people know of Sanibel's tranquil beauty, pristine white beaches and laid back charm. But there are other things just as important to a vacation you may want to consider! Sanibel & Captiva Island is one of the best place in the world for a beach vacation and shelling with half the island a federal wildlife preserve! Visionary land use means hardy any chain stores and with no high rises and buildings no taller than a palm tree our Island is pristine and beautiful from one end to the other (no matter who's home your stay at). There are no traffic lights! no McDonalds, no cars going faster than 35mph. Just the laid back island life style. There are over 20 miles of paths for walking jogging strolling and biking - one of the finest in the United States and we are only 45 minutes from and efficient and well planned international airport - making visiting the island one of the closest in the United States but a narrow 3 mile causeway placing it far away from everyday life.