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The Shellbox Cottage Classic Old Florida


Last updated: 05/24/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Tiring of white wall cookie cutter condos with cheap Chinese art? (Admittedly they have better views during the day - although my dad said "hey you can't see the ocean at night!") Kidding aside if you are looking for that fast disappearing piece of old Florida, (with pool, tennis courts and a very short walk to the beach) then the Shellbox Cottage may be for you.

Although it is not for 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 help guests avoid the awful 4pm check in day (lost day) & strict check out times when we can. And we try not to go exclusively from Saturday to Saturday if your schedule is out of the ordinary!

We are not only flexible, but helpful owners. We 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 (you may leave earlier of course!) so we only rent our cottage about 8 or 9 times per year, so PLEASE INQUIRE! no matter what the calendar says - we often lend it to family or friends and can often move dates around.

The ShellBox is just down the street from the Gulf of Mexico. The cottage is free standing -- so no one above you or below you or attached to you. No crazy steps (hello luggage - groceries). No windows for others to walk (hello smoke and noise). No "motel style" balconies.

We offer the best of both worlds; your own cottage yet part of a small homeowners association with a fantastic crisp clean (heated) pool and decent tennis court all on 4 acres of gracious, quiet, well landscaped grounds with mature tropical plants & trees. A special oasis.

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. We have 3 great places to chill -
- a small front porch [open air]
- medium sized back porch [screened in w/ new no-see-um screening 2015]
- of course the pool area (dining tables & umbrellas & chaise lounges)
and where I eat breakfast most morning]

And of course, the white sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico (where you can 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 we have a sweet little shell garden and what we think is the most amazing hot/cold outdoor shower. We rarely take showers indoors when there - 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, well, you know who you are.......

Keywords: cottage, house, condo, bungalow, beach house, Sanibel cottage, Sanibel, Gulf Coast, Sanibel beach house, old florida, olde Florida, guest cottage, guest bungalow, Sanibel Beach House, Sanibel Beach Cottage


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Property Type

  • Cottage

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only:

    As homeowners and health care professionals we are non-smoking with a strict non-smoking policy at the house or on the porches. Thank you....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Loft + Den


  • MASTER BEDROOM (1) king size bed with down mattress topper & custom made silk comforter. Soft. SUN ROOM/DEN (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. LOFT: (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. LIVING ROOM (2) full size futons can be used as beds - little privacy. Firm....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1


  • Bathroom 2


  • Blow dryer. Curling Iron. Nail polish remover (for people who fly in) Hot Water Bottle. Tissues. First AID kits. Usually people leave "pay it forward items" ; lotions, aloe, etc. around for others to use. Help yourself!...moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    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

  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Shelling
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Candle holders - placemates - cloth napkins...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Brand new AC/heat system and brand new duct work (no mold - no allergens!) as of Sept. 2012...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating:

    We have a heat pump with 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

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    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

  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone:

    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

  • Parking:

    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

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    A washer and dryer closet right off the master bedroom! Awfully sweet and convenient....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    We pay monthly for a higher speed broadband service....moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    lobster pot pasta pots sauce pots colander grill coffee grinder french press coffee maker 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

  • Dishwasher:

    purchased in 2009...moreless

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator:

    Bottom freezer with ice maker...moreless

  • Stove:

    Classic Frigidare stove and oven -from the oldest house on Pine Island...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Bicycles
  • 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
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    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



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from 23 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
The Warmest 6 Months
May 1 - Sep 30, 2015
1 night min stay
The Coolest 6
Oct 1 - May 31, 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


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $350
  • Cleaning Service 28 day $125 + tax
  • Tax Rate 11%


A 28 day stay is required - which ,means you rent it for 28 days no matter how long you stay. We often lend our cottage to family and friends so if you see a date less than 28 days PLEASE WRITE! ya never know & rate are certainly negotiable at times depending on circumstances! No hidden fees or charges. It's the rate - tax and cleaning - no charges for bikes or towels and best of all no messy check in and check out times (if avoidable)

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28 Miles
Nearest Airport
Southwest Florida International

Car: Not Necessary


Owner info

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 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.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian



  • The Shellbox Cottage
Classic Old Florida

    The Shellbox Cottage Classic Old Florida

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Dining room (master bedroom door in background)

    Dining room (master bedroom door in background)

  • Master Bedroom (2015 new temper-pedic king), full bath ( laundry room)

    Master Bedroom (2015 new temper-pedic king), full bath ( laundry room)

  • Cute but very "cottage like" kitchen w/ the all the toys that make cooking fun

    Cute but very "cottage like" kitchen w/ the all the toys that make cooking fun

  • Heated pool.  Crisp & clean. We eat lunch here most days.

    Heated pool. Crisp & clean. We eat lunch here most days.

  • As great outside as inside

    As great outside as inside

  • Beach box, chairs, umbrellas, paddles, sand toys, bats, fish poles. Have it all!

    Beach box, chairs, umbrellas, paddles, sand toys, bats, fish poles. Have it all!

  • Sanibels' famous 21mi bike/walk path just outside the door & beach there at end.

    Sanibels' famous 21mi bike/walk path just outside the door & beach there at end.

  • A quiet day on Donax. January 2015

    A quiet day on Donax. January 2015

  • See ya!

    See ya!

  • Back of Shellbox from the heated pool - 50 steps away

    Back of Shellbox from the heated pool - 50 steps away

  • Lanai/desk-office/back door.

    Lanai/desk-office/back door.

  • A relaxed clean fresh design

    A relaxed clean fresh design

  • Screened Back Porch - Perfect Place for After Morning Swim Coffee

    Screened Back Porch - Perfect Place for After Morning Swim Coffee

  • Tennis court on the other side of pool

    Tennis court on the other side of pool

  • Front Porch - Watch the Sunset  & Contemplate the bike path

    Front Porch - Watch the Sunset & Contemplate the bike path

  • Always plenty to do here without leaving the island

    Always plenty to do here without leaving the island

  • Birding at Ding Darling

    Birding at Ding Darling

  • from the kayak

    from the kayak

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