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Spacious Getaway for 1 to 6 for Easy Going Nature Lovers on beautiful Pine Islan

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type mobile home
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

Explore Pine Island and the Gulf Coast in this pretty two bedroom home.

Comfy home w pretty garden on historic Pine Island. Nearby fishing, kayaking, birding, good eats, tennis. Visit pristine Cayo Costa (catch ferry from PI) & Ft. Myers Beach/Sanibel (45 min). Renovated 1970s mobile home. A/C + ceiling fans. Sleeps 6, but 1 or 2 is just fine. Full kitch, living, lanai, 2.5 bdrm, 1 bath. Wi-fi. My home in winter, yours off-season. Generous week/month discounts. $10/pers charge for + 4 guests. Need more space? Susie's Old Florida Cottage is also on the property.


Seagrape Escape began life in 1970 as a 12' x 46' 2 bedroom 1 bath single-wide mobile home. Over the years (in traditional Florida fashion) it gained a spacious living room, a third bedroom. and a large lanai. I've had fun doing seat-of-the-pants remodeling since I bought it, but at its heart it is an older home. It is comfortable and sweet, but it is not child-proof. I'm still in the process of adding art and upgrading the trim.

Guest access

My street is a short, unpaved road off Stringfellow Rd. ("the" road on Pine Island, which runs 18 miles from north to south. Guests have sole occupancy of the house, the yard, and a parking space. My goal is to make you feel that Seagrape Escape is your home during your stay.

Guest interaction

I am in my Summer Headquarters in New York during the off-season, but I am always available by text or phone. My wonderful manager, Mel Meo, lives next and will answer all your questions and assist you out if you need help. The gardener comes every couple of weeks to weed and mulch.

Neighborhood overview

Phillips Park, a mile away at Pine Island Center, has a heated pool and tennis courts. The highly recommended Island Lilly's Deli is right aross the street from the park. There is also a library and a small but fascinating museum. Just south of Pine Island Center is a Winn-Dixie and a CVS. There is a cluster of amazing restaurants, many of which feature live music, at each end of the island and in Matlacha (the artsy-touristy hamlet you pass through on your way to Pine Island. Though it has no beaches, there are several public marinas on the island, and a bike trail that stretches from one tip of the island to the other. You can rent bikes on Pine Island Road just east of the Center, and kayaks at any marina. The Randall Research Center is around the corner. For birders, there are the Myakka and Crew Nature Preserves, the Rookery, and, of course, the Everglades (about a two hour drive). Check out the Alden Pines Country Club for golf, right on the island. And of course, enjoy the dozens of restaurants and cafes in Bokeelia, St. James City, and Matlacha.

Getting around

There is no public transport on Pine Island, so you'll need a car. The cottage is about 45 minutes from RSW, which is the Fort Myers International Airport, and about twenty minutes from the Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda.

Other things to note

Seagrape Escape is an older home, and it is most definitely not a motel. We are not hoteliers. This is my winter home, and it has both the charms and the annoyances of a home. You make your own bed and sweep/vacuum the floor yourself. For longer stays you can arrange with Tammy to change sheets/towels and tidy up. Otherwise, you're on your own! If such things bother you, skip it. If the idea of having osprey for neighbors sounds appealing, this is the place for you!

More Details

Ellen Larson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2018

About Ellen Larson

I am a freelance writer and editor who understands the desire to travel. I have been around the world in my day, and lived for three years in England and for fifteen years in Egypt. In summer I live in an off-grid cabin in upstate New York. In winter, I live on Pine Island, now in my nice house in Bokeelia. I keep the cottage open throughout the winter for my sister, Susie, and for other guests. In the off season I rent out the cottage at low cost to responsible travelers.

Ellen Larson purchased this mobile home in 2014

Why Ellen Larson chose Pine Island Center

I bought this property in the fall of 2014, but I had my eye on it for almost ten years, because I wanted to rent the cottage myself. I fell in love with the yard, from the magnificent Bismarck Palm to the fragrant gardenia bush. I love to garden, so I have planted citrus trees and a seagrape hedge, which will, over time, provide even more privacy. The main house, Seagrape Escape, is older, and was originally a park model trailer. Over time, rooms have been added to it, so that today it appears as a rambling two bedroom house with strangely low ceilings. Susie's Old Florida Cotagge is the ideal getaway: Sweet as can be, with all the essentials, and capital P Privacy.

What makes this mobile home unique

There are plenty of vacation rentals in Greater Pine Island, including on quaint Matlacha. Seagrape Escape is noteworthy for its delightful garden, roominess, and casual atmosphere.The furnishings are more low-key that traditional motels, but still nice, and typical of Florida traditions. But most of all, the prices can't be beat!


Pine Island Center Mobile Home Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • mobile home
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 12:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Bedroom 1 has a ceiling fan and a window A/C along with the queen-sized bed. Bedroom 2 has a ceiling fan and a portable A/C. The fan squeaks!. Bedroom 3 is an off-the-hall alcove with a ceiling fan and a futon that can open up to a double bed. It is open to the hall, with a screen that can be arranged for partial privacy (good for the kids!).
  • Television ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • tennis


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Miceli's Restaurant
The Fish House
Four Winds Marina
Fish House Restaurant
Sandy Hook Fish and Rib House
Perfect Cup
Best place for breakfast or lunch in Matlacha. Open till 3.
Manatee Park
Captiva Cruises
Alden Pines Country Club
My favorite brunch spot in Cape Coral!
JetBlue Park
Capt'n Con's Fish House
Randell Research Center
Pine Island Flatwoods Preserve
Little Lilly's Island Deli
Another great veggie wrap!
Woody's Waterside
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Bert's Bar
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Pine Island Marina
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Alden Pines
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Little Lilly's Island Deli
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Fort Myers Beach
Car: necessary

Seagrape Escape is located a mile from "The Center," where you will find tennis courts, a swimming pool (for a small fee), a library, and a sweet museum. Just north of the Center is Little LIlly's Island Deli, where you'll enjoy lunch and a great selection of deli foods to take home. Winn Dixie and CVS are half a mile south of the Center. And no guide to Pine Island is complete without a mention of Matlacha, the funky little town full of colorful art galleries and gift shops. There's also a post office, an ice cream shop, Le's Chinese Cuisine, and the Chocolate Factory. What more do you need?


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $60
Tax Rate 11.0%

There are plenty of vacation rentals in Greater Pine Island, including on quaint Matlacha. Seagrape Escape is noteworthy for its sweet yard, spaciousness, and casual feel. . The furnishings are more low-key that traditional motels, but still nice, and suitable to the Old Florida style of the cottage and house. But most of all, the prices can't be beat!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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