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Are you tiring of white wall cookie cutter condos (although they do have better views during the day!). 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....
If you normally prefer to rent from an agency - read our reviews and save $ and avoid that awful 4pm check in day (also we do not go exclusively from Saturday to Saturday) We are not only flexible but also 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, especially if coming from abroad.
A NOTE; our calendar is updated (almost daily). Sanibel Island rules only allow 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, 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. When you walk onto the 4 acres in teh back With an unusual 3 places to relax outside! The small front porch [open air], the medium sized back porch [screened in] & the pool area. And of course the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico (where you wash the sand away at our handy rinse shower in front) our house is the almost perfect place for a warm weather vacation.
On the side of the cottage along a sweet 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 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 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 design+build designer and a trained cook you will find the furnishings 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 actually was sited on the beach 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. No corian counter tops or stainless steel appliances - beautiful in it's own very special way, 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
Two Rates from May 1 - Oct 31, 2015 28 night min stay
The Coolest 6 Months Nov 1 - Apr 30, 2016 1 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 (Christmas, New Years, etc.). 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.
Certainly negotiable at times depending on circumstances, so please feel to write!
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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.