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Recent Key West property reviews

  • Hope to return again next year

    "We had another excellent stay again this year. The new home theater system was a really nice addition, even though we were not watching much TV with all the other fun just a short walk away. When peace and quiet was in order, there was always a place to get away and take a nap or read a book, with three different floors and two porches. We enjoyed our week tremendously and the only regret I had was that it had to end."
    Guest: JS Date of Stay: August 2013 Review Submitted: August 19, 2013
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  • Hidden Gem

    "This past year I had the chance to travel to the Keys with my son of four and wife. As I began to plan the trip, I knew we would prefer to stay at a place that was more of a home than a hotel or room. Many of the places in Key West and the surrounding area were extremely expensive and location was tough to find. I came across this property through a colleague who stayed here a few years ago and loved it. I must say, I was very fortunate to come across this property. From day one we felt immediately at home, as the property lies off of Route 1 enough that you feel the seclusion of the water and surroundings. The cottage itself had a very warm feeling and all the things we needed to make it home for the next week. During our stay, Mike the property owner, went out of his way to make our stay memorable, offering to cut fresh coconuts for our son, as well as offering different dining ideas in and around the area. The location of the property was great, as it was a 12 minute drive to Bahia Honda, which is a beautiful beach and wonderful location to visit for the day and Key West was a mere 25 minute drive or so....and with the construction in the Keys, having the chance to drive in and "visit" was great! At the end of the day, we could always retreat to the cool surroundings of our cabin and a dip in the pool on the property, which felt like our own, for the most part. If you are thinking of visiting the keys, this property is a sure bet! When we return, one of our first calls will be to Mike and Sue for their rentals! You won't be disappointed with this choice as its close enough to everything you need yet far enough to call it your own!"
    Guest: Tim Date of Stay: June 2013 Review Submitted: June 27, 2013
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  • high tech home, nicely decorated, fully equipped - close to Duvall

    "We came late on Thursday and Key West Hideways had keys and welcome package ready for us at their office drop box. We booked with Surrey and she was very pleasant, helpful and accommodating. The owner of Key West Hideways, Mr. Kevin came by next morning to check on us was also very helpful and accommodating. It is good to have that level of service and people who know what they do - you will be in good hands with them. Also, we booked the home 3-4 hrs prior to arrival - last minute deal and they allowed us 2 day stay instead of 3 minimum or 7 minimum as most places require - I am definitely going to use them always and recommend to family and friends. Six of us stayed including young baby and we were very comfortable. Home is amazing, loaded with all latest gadgets, free WI-FI, fully equipped, plenty of towels, washer, dryer, nice kitchen - because our girls like to cook and were impressed. Barbecue Grill in the back is also a bonus and works well. Private Pool Area is like a tropical garden with shade from the sun, lounge chairs - perfect for entertaining or chilling - I took a deep in the morning and they even had a floating mattress which is perfect to lay on in the middle of the pool. Size of the pool could be bigger, but still enough for 3 people to hang in. Duvall is 4 blocks away - so if you are looking for proximity and a quiet retreat from all the noise of Duvall - this place works very well. Parking was available right in front of the home. We had 2 vehicles and no problem parking. It felt good not to deal with parking on Duvall ST and be able to walk there."
    Guest: Dmitry Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 24, 2014
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  • Best Christmas Holiday

    "Wonderful experience & holiday with friends. We have been to Key West before but for shorter visits. This was a spectacular vacation home. Beautiful decor, amenities, and pool area. Very well appointed. We enjoyed the location as we were a short walk or bike ride to the beach and Casa Marina and our favorite restaurant "Salute" and only a 12 minute bike ride to the Duval St. area. We can't wait to come back."
    Guest: donna f. Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: January 9, 2014
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Key West Travel Tips

Key West is a veritable hot spot for literary icons, both today and in the past. This small Florida island was loved by the likes of playwright Tennessee Williams, and poets Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens and Shel Silverstein.

Today, beloved children’s author Judy Blume keeps a home here, and every January for more than 30 years, writers and readers from around the country gather at the high-profile Key West Literary Seminar - spread over two weekends - for lectures, readings, discussions, workshops and parties. The event has featured the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Junot Diaz and Gore Vidal.

Key West should be high on the list of travel locations for any literary lover and creative soul because of its deep history in extraordinary American literature. Ernest Hemingway even kept a fabulous estate in Key West that today has been converted into a museum and bookstore. Visit the beautiful and historic Ernest Hemingway Home and then check out some of the writer's rumored favorite spots.

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Hemingway’s stately, olive-shuttered two-story cottage at 907 Whitehead Street in Old Town Key West is no doubt a visitor favorite. If you’re a die-hard Hemingway fan, you’ll have to brave the crowds and come here.

The home was built in 1851 from limestone excavated from the exact land upon which it is built. Hemingway bought and lived in the estate from 1931 until 1940 with his wife and kids before he left for Cuba. This spectacular estate, which includes a rear guesthouse and is surrounded by elegant gardens and rustling palms, is still the largest residential property in Key West.

You might be surprised to see that the beds are made in full linens and the home looks recently lived in - it’s as if the family just stepped out for lunch and will be home shortly. Here are the highlights you should take note of inside and around Hemingway’s marvelous estate:

The Ritzy Pool

A pool this large - or any pool at all - in 1930s Key West was a luxury. To fill it, construction workers had to drill to the salt-water table deep in the ground and install a water pump. Hemingway’s wife - Pauline - had the costly pool built as a surprise for Hemingway while he was in Spain in 1938 working as a correspondent during the Spanish Civil War.

The Happy Cats

Hemingway’s six-toed cats - or polydactyls - are legendary. Recently uncovered letters from Hemingway to a friend explain just how sad he was at the loss of one of his cats - Willie. The Hemingway Home and Museum curators maintain that each of the 40 to 50 cats on the grounds is a direct descendant of Hemingway’s first cat, a white polydactyl named Snowball (Though they don’t all have six toes on each paw, all are said to carry the gene for polydactyly). The cats living here are very friendly and many will actually pose for pictures. They’re all vetted and well-taken care of - not your average strays!

The Lush Gardens

The Hemingway House gardens are stunning, featuring a vibrant array of tropical flowers - shrimp plants, heliconia, bleeding hearts and the funky looking pelican flower - and banana, Barbados cherry, papaya and Spanish lime trees, among many others.

Other Literary Tour Stops

410 Caroline Street is Jessie Porter’s home - a fifth-generation Key Wester - who was good friends with Robert Frost. He spent several winters in the cottage in Porter’s backyard. The site used to be the Heritage House Museum, though it has been closed since 2010. If you want to see things the iconic Frost saw, at least take a stroll past the home!

Green Parrot Bar and Sloppy Joe’s Bar are rumored to be hangouts of Hemingway and his friends like Wallace Stevens.

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