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Private & Peaceful Cottage Feel With 7 NIght stay 1 night Free

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)


TIL 10:00PM eastern std time

You will love staying in this great location where 90% of the residents are local. They each have an interesting Key West tale to tell and are a very warm, friendly and diverse group. Here you will absorb the ambiance that made Key West what it is today.

Varela St. Retreat is located in historic Old Town away from the bustle on famous Duval Street. It is only half a mile to the closest beach and a 7 minute walk to Duval Street. It is less that one block to the White Street art gallery district, the grocery, the laundry, the largest city park,restaurants, shops, bike rental shop and more.

Go ahead, kick your feet up and make yourself at home! You are about to enter Varela St. Retreat. Here you will meander back a secluded stone pathway to reach your very own private, spacious wood sun deck complete with lush overhanging tropical vegetation.

A table and chairs and chaise lounge await you. You can dine out and soak up the warm inviting Florida sunshine,chat with your friends or just catch up on some reading. The front room of your apartment is a combination of a full kitchen and a separate dining/office area. The back room has a queen-size bed and a living area complete with a sleeper sofa. The bathroom has a stall shower. The apartment has all new ceramic tile and wood laminate flooring.

Varela St. Retreat offers FREE parking right on the sides of the street in front of the Retreat. Also, ask me about a pool hook up if needed. So please come and make Varela St Retreat your temporary home while away from home!

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Marilyn Henley
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2017

Why Marilyn Henley chose Key West

If you want to know what it feels like to really live in Key West and you like the benefits and homey feel of having your own kitchen, living area and either deck or porch this is a good fit for you. Plus my location is grand. I love being literally so close to everything and the beach.


Old Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa Futon full (1)
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Private & Peaceful Cottage Feel With 7 NIght stay 1 night Free
average rating of 4.766667 based on 30 reviews

Awesome spot

  • 5 of 5

My fiance and I stayed here for 8 awesome days back in October and it was fantastic. The unit had everything you could need; great internet, AC, stove, and a comfortable futon and bed! We rented a car in Miami and drove down. Key West in general can have tricky parking but we never had an issue parking our car at the home during our stay (worst case scenario we parked it down the block). We drove to the beach but it is definitely walk able. Marilyn was awesome to work with and really knows her stuff! Not on only would I recommend this spot to future renters, I myself would absolutely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great rental; everything as advertised

  • 5 of 5

I had a very nice 4-night stay at Marilyn's place in Key West. Really liked the location; quiet residential neighborhood, less than a 10-minute walk to Duvall Street. The apartment was clean and well taken care of; exactly as described by the pictures and narrative on the VRBO site. Marilyn was a delight to work with; very responsive and helpful in her communications. Necessities close by, neighbors very pleasant. Would definitely book this place again on a future trip. Thank you, Marilyn.

Steve C.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lehighton, PA

Cozy and comfortable - everything you need

  • 4 of 5

Found Marilyn and the Varela Retreat when looking for a place to stay for a ceremony in KW. It was perfect for my sister in law and myself!! Everything you need is right in the neighborhood and it's a nice walk to the top of Duval Street. The apartment is vintage and highly functional. I would definitely stay here again. Thanks so very much, Marilyn!

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Rental in Old Town

  • 5 of 5

This was our first VRBO rental, and it was great. We've been to Key West many times, but it was fun to stay away from Duval Street area. Marilynn was great to work with, and the unit was exactly as described. Very clean and quiet neighborhood. Short walk to Sandy's Cafe, laundromat, bike rental and grocery store. We can also recommend The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. restaurant, located two blocks away - the food is incredible and the service is outstanding.

  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Richmond, Virginia

Wonderful pace to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Will definitely stay here again! Being first timers to Key West and during the boat races one can imagine the lively atmosphere on and around Duval St. However when we needed a break from it all, serenity could be found within minutes by returning to the cottage. We found many great places to dine in walking distance, and the Grocery store is a block away. We rented bikes with plenty of places to keep them secured. It's a great place for couples to stay and for being on vacation it really gave us the feeling of being home. The owner was wonderful to work with and promptly responded to any of our question. best of all there were no surprises, everything was exactly as it's described and instructed. Again, we would definitely recommend that travelers consider this home as a place to stay when visiting Key West. We certainly will on our next visit.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay! We will be back again, owner is a pleasure to work with. Great location, easily get to anywhere walking(10-15minute to Duval)bikes, or scooters. Already looking forward to our next visit.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2.25 Miles
Key West Airport
Nearest Ferry
1.25 Miles
Ferry to Fort Meyers1.
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Key West Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
North Roosevelt Boulevard
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
White Street Restaurants
Nearest Ski
0.5 Miles
Water sports and Jet ski shop
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Higgs Beach
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.5%

1/2 of the total which includes all lodging, taxes and cleaning and laundry fees is due at time of reservation and the final 1/2 is due one month before check in along with the security deposit. Online payments due in 36 hours or less after reservation is made and if paying by check the check is to be received by me in 10 days or less after the reservation is made.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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