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Last updated: 08/27/2016
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Manager
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Grande Dame Key West – (The Watson House) vacation rental estate is an impeccably detailed 3-story Classic Folk Victorian home with 7 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms. An award winning renovation of this stately Victorian mansion has achieved an impressive balance of timeless charm, classic elegance, and modern convenience, making this property both aesthetically alluring and delightfully comfortable.

Originally built by the Watson Family in the 1840's, this mansion has kept the Watson name as homage to the original owners Susan and William Watson. Today this home is one of the most beautiful and unique licensed vacation homes of this size and stature on our island. It is the perfect place for the family or small corporate group with discerning tastes. Located right in the heart of Old Town Key West's historic section of beautifully restored 19th century mansion homes, this vacation rental is situated in the 500 block of Simonton Street, just steps away from famous Duval Street. From here you can easily walk to all features in the historic island village.

Interior Layout:
The interior of this wooden vernacular Victorian home provides 3 stories of living space. The 1st floor is comprised of a traditional Victorian parlor style living room, 'game-room' style family room, full dining room, and a fully renovated chef’s kitchen styled with granite counter tops, tile floors, and stainless steel appliances. The 2nd floor provides 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. The 3rd floor is configured as a penthouse style suite with den, and its own bathroom and kitchenette.

1st Floor: Ceilings throughout the 1st floor are an impressive 12+ feet height and the original ceiling architectural detail still exists. There are two bedrooms and two full bathrooms on the 1st floor. One bedroom provides an en-suite bathroom, and is done up in a charming New Orleans style, with a fashionable metal queen size 4-poster bed. The 2nd bedroom on the 1st floor, is set in the original mansion ‘sun room,’ a beautiful architectural space complete with Cuban tile floors, and provides a king size bed. The bathroom for the 2nd bedroom is located just steps from the bedroom.

2nd Floor: The graceful 1890’s banister staircase topped with elegant chandelier, leads to the 2nd floor to 4 more bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. All bedrooms on the 2nd floor are styled differently. The spacious front bedroom has a queen size bed and French doors that open to a porch that spans the entire width of the home with a beautiful view overlooking historic Simonton Street. The west side bedroom features a queen size pencil-style four poster bed off-set with knotty pine wainscoting, original Dade pine planked wood floors, and large sash windows to let in plenty of sun light.
The east side bedroom is in honor of Susan Watson, and features vintage wallpaper and offers wicker furnishings and a queen size bed. The back bedroom is more modern, offering a king size bed and double sets of French doors leading to a large covered terrace with a dramatic down-look view of the courtyard garden, and swimming pool below.

3rd Floor: Moving up to the 3rd floor, we find a beautiful private split-level ‘pent-house style’ suite with lounging sofa, large screen TV, small kitchen, bedroom, an additional sleeping space, and a full bathroom with tub. Since the upper level of the 3rd floor also provides all these amenities on a private floor, it is an ideal place for a couple who are traveling with a group to find a private “love nest.”

The focus of the space is the media area with lounging sofa and large screen TV on the first level. The scene is set with beautiful hardwood floors. It is built-out to feel spacious with soaring ceilings that are set right up next to the roof line. Double sets of French doors lead to a private verandah and the additional height from the 3rd floor captures even a more dramatic view from the terrace outside that overlooks the courtyard garden swimming pool below.

A split-level floor plan inside gives it added character and dimension. It offers an entertainment area with large screen TV and lounging sofa, and a few steps up to the upper level are a cozy bedroom, an additional sleeping area, the kitchen and the bathroom.

The 3rd floor bedroom is neatly tucked into an alcove. It’s cozy, but becomes an adorable little intimate hideaway space when the double set of doors is closed. It offers a trundle bed that can be made as a king size bed or 2 twin beds. Outside the door, on the opposite side of the room, a 2nd trundle bed, that can also be made up as 2 twins or a king size bed, offers a 2nd sleeping space.

Grounds:
An added feature of the house, is the exterior switchback staircase that starts at ground level from the back yard and leads to 2nd and 3rd floors. Both the 2nd and 3rd floor offer a verandah that expands the width of the house in the back.

One of the nicest features of the back yard is the expansive ground level sun deck and swimming pool scene that connects via French doors to the kitchen. This creates an ideal setting to move comfortably between the deck and kitchen for pool- side dining and entertaining. The back yard grounds are completely fenced for private pool-side lounging and sun bathing.
The front of the home has beautiful curb appeal with large front porches on the first and second floor that overlook the estate neighborhood of Simonton Street, expansive brick driveway courtyard, and private off street parking. An historic wrought iron fence graces the front of the property.

Bedding Summary:
• First Floor - 1 king size bed, 1 queen size bed
• Second Floor- 2 Queen size beds, and 2 King size beds
• Third Floor – 2 trundle beds (can be made to 4 twin beds or 2 king beds)

Keywords: Private Victorian Estate

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Property Type

  • Estate
  • 5047 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Non Smoking Only

Bedrooms: 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 14-16

Bathrooms: 7 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • This estate home has 2 kitchens, on one the first floor, and one on the third floor. The third floor of this home has a pent-house media center....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining
  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Central Air conditioning...moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer
Aug 13 - Oct 22, 2016
7 night min stay

$7,950
Fantasy Fest
Oct 23 - Oct 29, 2016
7 night min stay

$12,570
Summer
Oct 30 - Nov 6, 2016
7 night min stay

$7,950
Boat Races
Nov 7 - Nov 13, 2016
7 night min stay

$9,150
Summer
Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016
5 night min stay
$1,590
Thanksgiving
Nov 19 - Nov 25, 2016
7 night min stay

$9,150
Summer
Nov 26 - Dec 17, 2016
7 night min stay

$6,750
Christmas
Dec 18 - Dec 25, 2016
7 night min stay

$10,475
New Year's
Dec 26 - Jan 1, 2017
7 night min stay

$12,570
Winter
Jan 2 - Jan 13, 2017
7 night min stay

$8,900
Sailboat Races
Jan 14 - Jan 20, 2017
7 night min stay

$11,500
Winter
Jan 21 - Jan 27, 2017
7 night min stay

$9,200
Winter
Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2017
7 night min stay

$9,450
Winter
Feb 4 - Feb 17, 2017
7 night min stay

$10,475
President's Day
Feb 18 - Feb 24, 2017
7 night min stay

$11,100
Winter
Feb 25 - Apr 21, 2017
7 night min stay

$10,475
Shoulder
Apr 22 - May 29, 2017
4 night min stay
$1,825
$9,150
Shoulder
May 30 - Jun 16, 2017
4 night min stay
$1,590
$7,950
Shoulder
Jun 17 - Aug 11, 2017
7 night min stay

$9,150
Summer
Aug 12 - Oct 21, 2017
7 night min stay

$7,950
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

$10,475

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning $475 + tax
  • Processing $75 + tax
  • Pool Heat $150
  • Tax Rate 12.5%

Notes:

50% Total Balance to Confirm Rental. Balance Due 60 Days Prior to Arrival


Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking


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Calendar

Last updated: 08/27/2016
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Location

Car: Not Necessary

This estate is located in the center of the heart of Old Town Key West Historic District - just one short street of the center of Duval St.

 

Manager info

Vacation Homes of Key West (VHKW)


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Speaks: english, czech, Bulgarian

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Photos

  • Curbside view showing the front of the house and driveway.

    Curbside view showing the front of the house and driveway.

  • Elegant Victorian staircase leads to the 2nd floor from front door entrance

    Elegant Victorian staircase leads to the 2nd floor from front door entrance

  • Lounge room between living room and dining room, looking toward front room.

    Lounge room between living room and dining room, looking toward front room.

  • First floor bedroom with King size bed adjoins the front living room.

    First floor bedroom with King size bed adjoins the front living room.

  • Bedroom 2 on the 1st floor offers a Queen size 4 - Poster bed.

    Bedroom 2 on the 1st floor offers a Queen size 4 - Poster bed.

  • Bathroom 1 on the 2nd floor

    Bathroom 1 on the 2nd floor

  • 2nd bedroom on 2nd floor features pencil-style wooden queen size 4 poster bed.

    2nd bedroom on 2nd floor features pencil-style wooden queen size 4 poster bed.

  • Bathroom on second floor

    Bathroom on second floor

  • Balcony on second floor has nice outdoor furniture to lounge around.

    Balcony on second floor has nice outdoor furniture to lounge around.

  • Bathroom 4 on the 2nd FL

    Bathroom 4 on the 2nd FL

  • 3rd floor can also be used as spacious media room. Has 2 trundle beds.

    3rd floor can also be used as spacious media room. Has 2 trundle beds.

  • Brand new (completely renovated in 2015) bathroom on 3rd floor

    Brand new (completely renovated in 2015) bathroom on 3rd floor

  • Swimming pool & back deck join the 1st FL kitchen and dining area.

    Swimming pool & back deck join the 1st FL kitchen and dining area.

  • Main Front room downstairs lounging area provides 2 comfortable tropical sofas

    Main Front room downstairs lounging area provides 2 comfortable tropical sofas

  • Renovated kitchen on the 1st floor. Open to dining room and outdoor pool deck.

    Renovated kitchen on the 1st floor. Open to dining room and outdoor pool deck.

  • First, 1st Floor bathroom

    First, 1st Floor bathroom

  • First floor bathroom provides a bath tub with in-tub shower.

    First floor bathroom provides a bath tub with in-tub shower.

  • Susan Watson bedroom on 2nd floor wicker furniture & historic wallpaper.

    Susan Watson bedroom on 2nd floor wicker furniture & historic wallpaper.

  • 3rd bedroom on 2nd floor offers a queen bed. Spiral staircase leads to 3rd floor

    3rd bedroom on 2nd floor offers a queen bed. Spiral staircase leads to 3rd floor

  • 4th bedroom on 2nd floor features a king size bed and private en-suite bathroom.

    4th bedroom on 2nd floor features a king size bed and private en-suite bathroom.

  • Bathroom 3 on the 2nd FL

    Bathroom 3 on the 2nd FL

  • Entire 3rd floor provides a private 'honeymoon suite.'

    Entire 3rd floor provides a private 'honeymoon suite.'

  • French doors on 3rd floor create private 'love nest' bedroom.

    French doors on 3rd floor create private 'love nest' bedroom.

  • Down view of swimming pool from 3rd FL Balcony

    Down view of swimming pool from 3rd FL Balcony

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This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Monday, August 29, 2016

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  • Bathrooms
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