The Perfect Beach Cottage- - October, the Loveliest Month Locals Say.
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Private Homes cottage description
THANKSGIVING just rented but CHRISTMAS (just rented today 8/27) - Labor Day/August is rented - be the 1st request for 2015 (Sanibel a loved place - book early!)
If you are looking for the PERFECT Beach Cottage, old Flordia, style, with a pool, tennis and a very short walk to the beach....Then the Shellbox Cottage is for you.
If you normally prefer to rent from an agency - read our reviews and save $. We are helpful owners, who love our cottage and love Sanibel. We can help you in a jiffy with most needs and help you plan your visit.
A NOTE; our calendar is updated daily. Sanibel Island rules only allow homeowners to rent for 28 day periods, thus we only rent our cottage about 6-8 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 possibly move dates around.
The ShellBox is just down the street from the Gulf of Mexico, our cottage is free standing so there is no one above you - below you or attached on either side! No crazy steps or windows for others to walk 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 on Sanibel. With an unusual 3 places to relax outside; front porch [open air] back porch [screened in] & the pool area...plus the beach (and handy rinse shower in front) our house is the almost perfect place for a warm weather vacation.
Out back we have an amazing outdoor shower with hot and cold water and a rinse shower in the front so we don't track lots of sand inside.
Many days we go back and forth to the beach several times as Sanibel's famous bike path is just outside our front door. We walk to the Jac or Matzaluna and Sanibel Steakhouse for dinner and sometimes hit the Dairy Queen for a dip and see the birds of Periwinkle Park on the way home.
It's the perfect place for a couple & perhaps people with a 1-2 children or with friends visiting. It is truly a one bedroom although it will sleep 6.
Owned and furnished by a designer and a trained cook you will find the furnishings attractive, festive, fun and comfortable (no stock furniture) and the kitchen perfectly equipped for, well, almost any need.
This is a cottage however in the true sense - it once sat on the beach and was moved here in the 1960's - wood walls, old school awning windows, 1950's stove - no corian countertops or stainless steel appliances - beautiful in it's own way but not for everyone....
Keywords: cottage, house, condo, bungalow, beach house
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only:
- Pets Not Allowed:
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6
- King size beds (1) Master Bedroom King bed with down mattress topper - custom made silk comfortor., Double Beds (1) 2 full size beds in living room (futons) thick cushy futons
1 full size futon in sunroom - which can be closed off for privacy - all new linens, Twin or Single Beds (1) Day bed in loft - however loft 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 huge great winidows/ac a desk and television...moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Ice Maker
- Coffee Maker
Brand new cotton towels Brand new cotton sheets Brand new extra large beach only towels Real down pillows Feather topper on king bed Cushy futon beds - very comfortable Brand new twin day bed in loft (Sept. 2011)...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
- Air Conditioning:
- Washing Machine:
- Iron & Board
- Clothes Dryer
- Towels Provided
- Music Library
- DVD Player
- Video Library
- Mobile Phone:
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
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:
- Outdoor Grill
- Lawn / Garden
- Water Skiing
- Jet Skiing
- Sight Seeing
- Live Theater
- Fitness Center
ReviewsWrite a review
Great Location on Sanibel Island
Great Location on Sanibel Island
We are a family of 5 (2 parents and 3 children aged 8, 17 and 24) and spent six days in Frank and Terry's cottage. We had a great time there as their house is very comfortable and has everything that one needs to cook, relax, play (even games for children) etc. We also really enjoyed the pool which is big, clean and in a very nice environment (lots of plants). The location is very central and at walking distance from the nearest beach, yet it is very quiet! Furthermore, it was very easy to communicate with Frank before and during our stay. So we recommend this house to anyone looking to spend time in family or with friends on Sanibel Island. - - - Nous sommes une famille de cinq personnes (2 parents et 3 enfants âgés de 8, 17 et 24 ans) et avons passé six jours dans la maison de Frank et Terry. Notre séjour était super car leur maison est très confortable et a tout ce qu'il faut pour cuisiner, se détendre, jouer (il y a même des jeux pour enfants) etc. Nous avons également beaucoup apprécié la piscine qui est grande, propre et placée dans un très bel environnement (beaucoup de plantes). L'endroit, bien que très central, est très calme et la plage la plus proche est accessible à pied. Par ailleurs, il a été très facile de joindre Frank avant et durant notre séjour. Nous recommandons donc vivement cette location à quiconque souhaite passer des vacances en famille ou entre amis sur l'île de Sanibel.
- Guest Martine (France)
- Date of stay 07/19/13
- Review Submitted 07/23/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with young children, age 55+, families with teenagers.
Owner response: Chère Martine & Marion, Au revoir et profitez de vos visites à Cape Canaveral, Key West, Savannah et New York. Merci de prendre bien soin de Shellbox Cottage. Très cordialement, Frank
My vacation paradise
My vacation paradise
My two friends and I had a fantastic week in the Shellbox in June. Walking distance to the beach as well as restaurants. The first time I tried renting a house and it is highly recommended! Or it was just us being lucky with our landlord. We felt right at home and could have been at least 2 more staying there, certainly plenty of room in the cabin and also with a well equipped kitchen. After the thunderstorm knocked out the electricity in half the house the helpful neighbor came by and fixed the problem quickly. Frank had provided us with a lot of suggestions on what we could see and do, as well as restaurants. Very helpful! And we were more than pleased with the restaurants we ate at, very good food. So maybe it was lucky we couldn't spend more than a week on the island.. I'm already thinking about when I can go back, and then try to be there for longer than a week! Sanibel is really my vacation paradise and the Shellbox cottage to stay in.
- Guest Frank C. (-)
- Date of stay 06/19/13
- Review Submitted 07/22/13
Owner response: Thank you Anna & friends. We rented the month of June to these lovely ladies from Sweden who ended up all over the East coast - we even made them a restaurant reservation in NYC (Gaonnuri on 39th floor of a midtown building- fantastic) and then they came to Sanibel to relax! So glad you all enjoyed it, we were worried it would be too slow after all your travels, but it really is a special paradise like no other in Florida - and the cleaning lady said you left it as clean as she left it for you - thanks and please come back! Glad sommar Frank & Terry
We'll be back!!!
We'll be back!!!
The shell box cottage was a perfect little spot for our family vacation! The cottage was spacious and clean with all the beach equipment you would need. The property was beautiful and well maintained. The pool was basically our own for our entire stay, not to mention the nice neighbors. The best part was dealing with Frank. Great property owner willing to go out of his way to make sure we were enjoying our stay. We'll definitely be back!!!!!
- Guest Frank C. (-)
- Date of stay 07/01/13
- Review Submitted 07/16/13
Owner response: Dear Cari and family - thanks so much for the kind words. I'm so glad it worked out. You were our first guest from Georgia too! Warm Regards, Frank
best of everything!
best of everything!
wonderful holiday in a wonderful place - Shellbox is central to beach and town - no car needed. The cottage is cute as a button and comfortably equipped. We made great use of the tennis court and pool and enjoyed the peacefulness of the surrounding complex. Frank is a gem to work with and the neighbours too made us feel right at home - no, better - because nobody at home bakes us cookies!!! Highly recommended for all groups, couples, families, seniors.
- Guest h j.
- Date of stay 01/04/13
- Review Submitted 01/09/13
Don't tell too many people about Shellbox Cottage!
Don't tell too many people about Shellbox Cottage!
We wondered if "old Florida"-style living could be found on Sanibel, and can report that it is. Here's what's perfect about Shellbox Cottage: *The owner's attention to our needs and to the details, including a table-top driftwood Christmas tree. This is not a corporate big-box rental with generic "beach" art made in China. Shellbox smacks of another era. *Spaciousness: plenty of room for "alone time," from the loft to the lanai. *The well-equipped kitchen: everything needed for cooking (One exception might be a smaller coffee pot. With only one of us a coffee drinker it was hard to get that perfect one cup to start the day. I did try to engineer something with a pen shell, a binder clip, and a paper filter, to no avail. Next time, I'll bring my cup-top filter holder). *Proximity to everything, at least for us. We decided to use only bicycles for transportation (No rental car!), and readily traveled from the lighthouse on one end to the Captiva bridge on the other, and visited every beach in between multiple times. We easily transported our groceries, wine, beach towels, binocs (for regular trips to the Refuge), etc. One can easily walk to the beach from Shellbox, and a good mix of restaurants are nearby. *The pool: large enough for lap swimming! *Lots of windows and cool breezes! With the cooler December temperatures, we needed neither heat nor air conditioning. And we did not use the indoor shower even once!
- Guest Allison S.
- Date of stay 12/02/12
- Review Submitted 12/17/12
Owner response: Hey Guys, Someone is going to think we wrote this! LOL. This is exactly how we feel about the Shellbox and it really makes us happy you felt the same vibe. You were our first no car guests and we are really excited you wrote that in your review - as environmentalists one of many reasons we bought on Sanibel was because we could help save the planet and our Island by not needing a car. We will take care of the coffee - perhaps a miele drip or French press? Wishing you the happiest of holidays and you are welcome back at Shellbox and after that review at the same rate! Thanks so much.
What a great place for a perfect holiday! We are a family of 4: two kids (9 and 8 yrs old) and the cottage had all we needed and more. The owner made sure that we felt welcome, safe and comfortable at all time. The house is nice and clean and decorated like you imagine a beach cottage to be with little details everywhere so that you feel very much at home. We were provided with all kinds of information about the island, restaurants and best places on the island to visit. The pool was clean and fresh and the kids just loved it! We came home with great memories and new friends and we often think back. We hope we will be able to return one day and we want to thank Frank for being so kind and caring at all times.He is not just the owner but a great host to his guests. Best wishes from Germany!
- Guest Holger I.
- Date of stay 10/06/12
- Review Submitted 12/11/12
Owner response: Dear Anita & Holger, Thank you for such a nice review. We really appreciate it. We work hard to make sure our guests feel as welcome as people we rented from made us feel when we first rented on Sanibel. It's a special place that way. We've heard great things about you and your kids from our neighbors who said they were the most polite and brightest kids they had met in a long time. And how cool to hear you all keep in touch! Please write us again if you want to stay - we try and protect repeat guest from any rate increases. Happy Holidays. Frank
Mehr braucht man nicht
Mehr braucht man nicht
Ein wunderbares Haus mit toller Athmosphäre, sehr liebevoll eingerichtet und die Umgebung ist ideal zum Relaxen. Wer sich auf Sanibel Island heimisch fühlen will, ist hier genau richtig. Man fühlt sich nicht wie ein Tourist, sondern wie ein Eingeborener;-) Alles was man mit Kindern am Strand braucht ist hier reichlich vorhanden: Spielzeug, Sonnenschirme, kleine Surfboards etc. Wir haben es hier geliebt und Frank ist ein hervorragender Vermieter. Top! Wir kommen wieder!
- Guest Markus H.
- Date of stay 10/31/12
- Review Submitted 11/09/12
Owner response: (if you don't speak German it says: "Nothing else is required" A beautiful house with a great atmosphere, very loving, and the area is perfect for relaxing. Who wants to feel at home on Sanibel Iceland (Island) is the right place. You do not feel like a tourist, but as a native;-) Everything you need is on the beach with children abound here: toys, umbrellas, small surfboards etc. We loved our stay here and Frank is an excellent landlord. Top! We will be back! Thanks you Markus and family! We would love to have you and your family back - you took great care of the Shellbox. I arrived the evening you left and it looks great. Have wonderful holidays - your country is especially beautiful this time of the year....Frank
Our small family spent a week at the Shell Cottage. This was our first family vacation where it was just us. We have two small children our son was 23months and daughter 5months. The Shell cottage was just perfect. It was exactly what we where looking for in a "beach cottage". We enjoyed it so much and spent a lot of time just hanging out at the cottage. Our son loved being able to run room to room in circles. We were so comfortable and enjoyed the cottage very much. It was perfect for our small family! We will be happy to return!! Thank you, Carlson Family
- Guest Riggs C.
- Date of stay 09/02/12
- Review Submitted 10/26/12
Owner response: Dear Heather. Aw shucks! Thanks for the nice review and for introducing another generation to Sanibel. As many families have been doing for decades. We will help work to keep it the stunning environmental gem it is for your kids and their kids. Frank.
We had really relaxing vacation in and around the Shellbox. The photos give a perfect impression of the special atmosphere. Since it was low season (July) we were the only family in Donax Village and had the tennis court and the pool for ourselves. Everything is well-maintained and you feel the special dilligence of the owners to make the stay nice and comfortable. We got a huge list of recommendations with restaurants which was very helpful. We spend the evenings at the beach. The next beach is very close but we also liked to drive to Bowmans Beach or Blind Pass (best shelling). We also recommend a boat trip from Captiva to Cayo Costa!! Since we are Germans we don´t tend to show our enthousiasm to much, but we have to admit, that we fell in love with the Shellbox and the beautiful surroundings and we are sure that we couldn´t have made a better choice.
- Guest C S.
- Date of stay 07/07/12
- Review Submitted 08/20/12
Owner response: Dear Cordulla and Family, Thank you for a lovely review. We very much appreciate it. Although the Shellbox is a beach rental, it is also our home, so it's important to us guests like the cottage as much as they like Sanibel. We had to charge your deposit for 1 towel - we felt terrible doing it but you were so cool about that -- and we appreciate that too. With warm regards to you and your family. Frank & Terry
Shellbox Cottage Sanibel Island
Shellbox Cottage Sanibel Island
We had 3 beautiful weeks in this cozy cottage on beautiful Sanibel. Everything is exactly as it is described. The owners could not be more gracious or easier to deal with, and the neighbors of Donax Village make you feel right at home. This rental is great for a couple or a family with one or two children. The bikes made it easy to get back and forth from the beach. The tennis courts were just resurfaced and the community pool was always clean and inviting. If you have never been to Sanibel, this location is ideal for restaurants, shopping or just the always desirable shell hunting. If you are lucky enough to vacation on Sanibel this is a great place to stay.
- Guest Jane S.
- Date of stay 03/11/12
- Review Submitted 07/16/12
Owner response: This was our first year renting and these gracious guests dealt with the delivery of new blinds and landscaping - so glad you love the cottage for the same reasons we do and hope we can get you back here for 2013 and thanks for your interest in 2014. Gracious, and planners too!
RATE FOR 28 DAYS: MAY 15-NOVEMBER 15 2013 $3960-works out only 990 wk/142 night* Use higher weekly ($1125) for summer holiday weeks (Memorial, Fourth & Labor Day) RATE FOR 28 DAYS: NOV.16 -MAY 15 2014 $4900 (only $1225 a week/175 night* Add $250 if rental includes Thanksgiving Christmas New Years Presidents Day Rate negotiable at times depending on circumstances: so please feel to write us! NEXT WINTER IS MOSTLY BOOKED...SANIBEL, a loved place...book early! Please add $100 cleaning + 11%(5% to Sanibel & 6% to the Florida Governor! *night rate provided for illustrative purposes only.
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Year Purchased: 2011
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.
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MBR to sunroom full-size futon in den AND doors/blinds for privacy in both room
Loft (on 6/1/11 new day bed with 1 twin bed only-STEEP `scramble` steps to loft
Great vintage stove
Screened Back Porch - Perfect Place for After Morning Swim Coffee
Tennis court on other side of pool
Dining area - table will seat 6-8 with other chairs scattered around cottage
Front Porch - Watch the Sunset & Contemplate the bike path
The gulf is just down the street minutes away.....
Master Bedroom & Full Bath (PLUS Washer/Dryer & all new fresh linens
Original 1950's kitchen shelving opens to Great Room for great entertaining
LR & 2 full size bed futons-100% new cotton linens - futons are VERY comfort
The pool is 50 steps away from back lanai
Pool is heated in winter months!
Beach Box=Chairs/paddles/sand toys/bats/fish poles/towels... pls. keep it clean!
Sanibels' famous 20m bike/walk path just outside the door & beach there at end..
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