"If you want a unforgettable experience in the Keys that will completely wreck you for any other rental, then come to this house! The caretaker was on the ball and gave us all the information we needed to be comfortable. The house has 3 levels and is intelligently laid out, with two living areas (upstairs and down). Classic adults/kids scenario. There are two master suites, another bedroom big enough for a master, and four other bedrooms (two with bunk beds). The beds are all outfitted with luxury linens and the bedrooms are well appointed. Each bedroom has access to a deck. Bedrooms on the front have their own private decks, as well as one of the masters in the back. The master baths are mirrors of each other, each with fantastic showers and jetted tubs. The kitchen has everything - and I mean EVERYTHING - you could possibly want for cooking. I kept finding things in drawers that I wouldn't see even at my own house, much less expect in a rental. Towels, towels, towels...more towels than you can shake a stick at. Thoughtful little inclusions, like a fully stock spice cupboard, sugar, and such. Two refrigerators - one inside as a regular refrigerator, one outside for bait. The pool is always fantastically warm, and we braved Florida's summer mosquitoes to swim at night. Bahia Honda is close if you're looking for Bahamas water to swim in with the kids. Key West is only 30 minutes away. The house is utterly private, we never ever saw or heard any neighbors except to very occasionally pass them on the road when we drove in or out. The house is close to everything yet completely away. My favorite part was the dock, 165' long and looks out over the water in almost complete silence. The water around the dock is crystal clear as well. The grounds were immaculately contained and we had iguanas, geckoes, and chameleons every day for the kids to chase. Even if we hadn't gone out to Ft. Zachary Taylor beach or Bahia Honda, we would have been perfectly happy just to hang out at the house. There are no classic Keys missteps, like stinky air or water, road noise, rowdy neighbors, annoying bar music. It was a dream vacation and we are absolutely planning to come back. After the first 30 minutes, I turned to my husband and said, "We are coming here EVERY YEAR!" He enthusiastically agreed. Next year we plan on doing some dives off Looe Key and spending a bit more time sightseeing, but we're planning on doing it with the house as home base."
Guest: Kat S.
Date of Stay: August 2015
Review Submitted: September 2, 2015