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Mango House - A Rare Gem! (on Sanibel!!!) - 15% off May 2018! Mango! Mango!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,279 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 0 - 28 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

--- Check out the Mango House video to see more photos of Mango House!

Mango House is an absolutely gorgeous, recently remodeled 2BR 2BA stilt house duplex with an open floor plan, located on its own private lake. The view East from the front of the house is into a protected wildlife refuge owned by the Sanibel/Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF). The view West from the backyard screened-in lanai is across our beautiful lake into another protected wildlife refuge owned by the 'Ding' Darling Wildlife Sanctuary. Sunsets viewed from the Mango House lanai are absolutely breathtaking.

The spacious Mango House master bedroom has a king-sized bed, private bathroom and a private balcony. The Mango House guest bedroom has a queen-sized bed, separate bathroom and a private balcony. With a large desk area, the guest bedroom can also double as an office. Both bedrooms are light and airy, with plenty of window space and sliding glass doors leading to each balcony.

Mango House is configured with a large living area where the kitchen, dining room, and living room are all open to each other - with four sliding glass doors that access the large Mango House Lanai.

The Mango House Beach is unspoiled and secluded. Only private homes have access to our beach - No condominiums or resorts - so it is never crowded. The sand is clean and pure. The shelling is spectacular! Share the beach with osprey, pelicans, herons, egrets, sandpipers, dolphins, sea turtles and more...

Leave all of your beach gear and bikes behind (!) as Mango House comes with all the beach and recreation equipment (chairs, umbrellas, coolers, shovels, pails, mask/fins/snorkels, noodles, tennis rackets, frisbees, etc....) as well as 5 aluminum beach cruiser bicycles. Bikes have baskets, helmets and locks. There is also a bicycle trailer. We also provide numerous books (a full library with over 350 titles in three bookcases), numerous puzzles, games, 80+ DVD's, and an IPod docking station to help you enjoy your stay. New this season is an additional Hot/Cold outdoor shower.

Mango House is centrally located to island shopping and restaurants with easy access to bike paths that cover the entire island. Our secluded beach with private access is 1/2 mile away. The Ding Darling Wildlife Sanctuary entrance is even closer. Both the San-Cap Conservation Foundation and Sanibel Recreation Center are less than 1 mile away.

Mango House has high-speed Wireless Internet. Email your friends or conduct business wireless from anywhere you wish - including the Mango House Lanai! We also have premium DirecTV satellite service as well as three flat-screen panel TVs, each with their own DVD players.

Mango house sits atop a huge garage with ample room for car or boat storage. We have several mature coconut palms, numerous saw palms, and mature orange, grapefruit, and mango trees. Help yourself!

Note: Another (longer) 5 minute 59 second Mango House video is located on the YouTube website. If you wish to view it, go to the YouTube website and search using the keywords 'mango house'

Mango House will truly be a memorable experience.....


More Details

Jay Cerny
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 27, 2018

About Jay Cerny

Welcome from Jay and Laura Cerny - the owners of Mango House.

Laura and I were married in 1986 (& 20 year 'renewed' on Sanibel in 2006 above - 5 months before we bought Mango House). We have three wonderful adult children, Austin, Madison, and Garret. Laura is a Colorado gal and I'm a Florida guy. We live the Vail, CO area where I am a school principal and Laura is an interior designer. We met in Dallas back in 1983 while at SMU for grad school. While Laura grew up in Boulder, CO, I lived in Boca Raton and Fort Myers during my childhood. I went to Fort Myers High before college in New York, and have fond memories of skipping school to go to Sanibel in 1975-79. I also worked college summers at South Seas Plantation on Captiva as a waiter at Chadwicks (sadly closed in 2004, but recently reopened as Doc Fords Captiva)

Laura and I have been going to Sanibel together since 1984, and we also own two timeshares at CasaYbel for weeks 51/52. About 11 years ago, we reached the (obvious for us) conclusion that we wanted to retire on Sanibel and set out to find a house that would suit our needs. We fell in love with and bought the house you see in the pictures - Mango House. Then, we spent the next year or so remodeling it and making it our own, adding everything we could think of to make it the perfect vacation home. Since we're not set to retire for several years, we rent out Mango House for most of the year.

Jay Cerny purchased this house in 2007

Why Jay Cerny chose Sanibel

What more can we say..... We just love Sanibel Island! Some people travel the world. We travel to Sanibel. It is everything we want in a vacation - and more! The beach access for Mango House is very secluded with no big resorts nearby, and being centrally located with respect to other fantastic private West Gulf Drive beaches, Ding Darling, SCCF, etc. is a huge bonus. When we bought Mango House, we also factored in the uncrowded beach for better shelling and beach strolling. Being on a fresh water lake also has great advantages. We love to look West out across the lake at all of the wildlife, and enjoy the year-round breezes and perfect sunsets.

What makes this house unique

We provide just about everything you'd want or need for the perfect vacation! Since we were always ferrying umbrellas and chairs, etc. back and forth from Colorado before we bought Mango House - and realized how much of a hassle that was - we decided to make them available for our guests. The same is true for cruiser bikes, DVD's, books, puzzles, games, binoculars, shelling/birding guides, tennis rackets, and other beach gear. We want you to use ours!

Mango House is newly remodeled and has a very clean look - mostly furnished with Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, IKEA, & West Elm. We have high-speed wireless (works great on the Lanai), DirecTV satellite, and have done our best not to skimp on anything.

For those new to Sanibel/Captiva, we also have a large organizer notebook that lists all of our favorite things to do and places to eat on Sanibel and Captiva. We have menus from most every local restaurant along with our favorite selections at each... Enjoy!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Visiting from: London, UK

Purpose of your trip: Returning to our winter "home"

Comments: Thanks so much for everything Jay and Laura. We're counting the days until next November - can't wait to be back again. Wishing you and the family a very happy and successful 2013.

How we traveled: Air

The weather was: November was perfect - not a drop of rain. December was cool at first, then very warm. Still great!

What we did: Pretty much what we did last year

People we met: Lovely to meet up again with neighbors next door and across the road. Plus, Dee at SCCF

Places we would recommend: The same as last year. Plus, we had a couple of very nice meals at Grandma Dots and the Green Flash.

Favorite moments / special highlights: Fantastic shelling in November (but sadly not a Junonia) and spectacular views of dolphins this year.
Oct 2012
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Sanibel House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1279 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , We have a hot/cold outdoor shower - a must!
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Convertible bed(s) - 1 king , Sweedish Living Room sofa converts to a king-sized mattress!
  • King size beds (1) King bed (Sealy Posturepedic) with MemoryFoam, Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Our Convertible bed converts from a sofa into a king-sized sleeper
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We provide all of the beach gear including chairs, umbrellas, coolers, and 5 new aluminum bicycles with baskets helmets and locks, brand new bicycle trailer, many DVD videos, numerous games, many puzzles, large library of books, CD player, IPod docking station/stereo, premium cable TV, elevated screened in porch with westerly view of the sunset, outdoor shower, new propane BBQ grill, mango, orange, grapefruit, lemon, key lime trees, 3 coconut palm trees. Very well secluded and private.


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Mango House - A Rare Gem! (on Sanibel!!!) - 15% off May 2018! Mango! Mango!
average rating of 4.875 based on 28 reviews

Clean, cute, comfortable and well equipped!

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed the property. Loved its proximity to Ding Darling -- a short bike ride away -- for our birding. Very private.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: S. L. - Thanks so much for your kind words about Mango House! We truly enjoyed having you stay at Mango House this year and are looking forward to your return in January 2018! Jay and Laura Cerny
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Nice place to stay on Sanibel Island

  • 5 of 5

I spent the month of December at Mango House and thoroughly enjoyed my visit. The house is well appointed and offers visitors close access to the beach, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and Doc Ford's Restaurant- all withing walking distance!! The owners provide bicycles for those who choose to use them. I used the house as a base for birding and photography, and it was very well situated for those activities. The neighbors are quite friendly and helpful- that's a plus. It was a nice stay, and I found the owners to be very responsive to any questions or issues. They made wonderful recommendations for places to eat and visit. Anyone who stays here will surely enjoy it.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

This has been my second year renting the Mango House. This home is so comfortable you feel at home! The Mango House is equiped with every thing you need. It is also centrally located to so many wonderful activities. The beach is very private, the sunsets off the Lanai are breath taking. The Mango House is great for families with many books, games and videos to keep you entertained. I would highly recommend this house, you won't be disappointed!

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Pam. We certainly enjoyed having you and your mother at Mango House. Safe Travels!
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Kalamazoo, Michigan

Deserves 5 stars and more

  • 5 of 5

We are getting ready to pack up after a wonderful month at Mango House. We liked it so much, we are booked for next year. We appreciated all of the suggestions provided by the owners for sights to see. Thanks to the bikes provided, we spent many hours on Sanibel's bike paths. We appreciated being able to lock up beach chairs to the beach access path fence and not have to carry them back and forth. The home is well equipped, both in the kitchen and on the bookshelves. We spent lots of time sitting on the screen porch looking over the Sanibel River and did see some alligators swim by. We did buy bike flashers for the bikes for the short time on Rabbit Road, which does not have a bike path. We found drivers to be courteous, giving way to the bikers and pedestrians. Thank you to the owners for making their home available to others so we can escape the winter of MI and enjoy Sanibel.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Stevie and Rob - We are so happy that you had a great February at Mango House and look forward to your return visit next February 2016. We're glad that the bikes worked well, and that you found everything in good order. Thanks for the positive feedback. It means a lot to us! Jay and Laura Cerny
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London, UK

Such a fabulous place to stay we bought a house across the street!

  • 5 of 5

We’ve been renters at Mango House for the past 5 winters and have loved every minute of our time here. It’s spacious, comfortable, modern and stylish and the open plan main room and lanai have beautiful water and sunset views. The house is equipped with everything you could possibly need, from bikes and beach gear, to a library and huge puzzle collection, to a kitchen that has it all. Added to that, Mango is in a great position, right in the middle of the island. That means it’s really peaceful and surrounded by wildlife; we’ve seen eagles, ospreys, woodpeckers, ibis and all kinds of heron from the yard. But you’re only a short bike ride or walk to the famous refuge at Ding Darling, or to the fabulous uncrowded shelling beach at the bottom of the road, or to Doc Fords (a really great restaurant). And it’s only a couple of minutes drive “downtown” to the shops and restaurants along Periwinkle, or the kayak rentals at Tarpon Bay, or a bit further to the boat trips running from Captiva. When you're not busy relaxing, there is just so much to do here.

Sanibel is, pretty much, a perfect place and this has been the perfect Sanibel rental for us. We’ve now lived in the house for 10 months over the past 5 years - we felt completely at home the moment we first arrived and we still really love living here. Thank you Jay and Laura for being fantastic owners and making us feel so welcome, we’re going to miss the place a lot. But we’re not going far, and now we’re your neighbors!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2014
  • Stayed: October 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sally and Chris - We will truly miss you! - but we're still happy because we're now neighbors. You were such wonderful guests and always friends. We look forward to seeing you during our (all too) brief ventures back to the wonderful island we love so much!
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Best place ever!

  • 5 of 5

Mango house is tucked away down a quiet lane. It is the perfect place to get away from it all and enjoy a magical island time! We all enjoyed taking out the fun beach cruiser bikes and riding them to the. Each or to the grocery store or just all around the island. There are wonderful bike paths all over the island.

The house is beautiful! It is clean and comfortably furnished. The owners have thought about everything we might want while we are there. We have a wonderful experience with the owners! They went out of their way to think of ways to make our trip better. We loved our beach access and we Re looking forward to returning again and again!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2014
  • Stayed: February 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Karen. We are also looking forward to having you back. I'm so pleased you and your family were able to ride the bikes so much and all over Sanibel. We appreciate the feedback. Jay and Laura
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Car: recommended

Sanibel Island is world-famous for year-round shelling and bird-watching. From Mango House, the entrance to the J.N. 'Ding' Darling Wildlife Refuge is 1/2 mile away; extraordinary private beaches and shelling are also 1/2 mile away; the new Sanibel Recreation Center is also 1/2 mile away. Mango House is perfectly situated for multiple excursions.

At least one trip per visit through Ding Darling is a must, as well as a trip to SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation), the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum, the Historic Sanibel Museum and CROW, the center for wildlife rehabilitation. SCCF offers great hands-on programs on diverse topics such as Loggerhead turtle migrations/nesting and Sandpiper mating - using the beach as a classroom.

The birding from the Mango House Lanai is also exceptional. The lake behind Mango House is not salt water but fresh, and thousands of birds and other animals stop by daily for a drink and a little socialization. Since the Mango House Lanai faces west, evening sunsets are also a highlight when viewed from the Lanai across the lake.

The family favorite - a must at the end of the day - is to watch the sunset - no two are the same. We do this from either the Mango House lanai, or from one of the many nearby private beaches.

Although Mango House comes equipped with a full kitchen, Sanibel dining opportunities are also outstanding and numerous. Our favorites on Sanibel are Doc Fords, the Sanibel Bean, Timbers (and the Timbers Sports Bar), the Island Cow, the Pink Flamingo, and the Lighthouse Cafe (navigated to on a family bike trip at the beginning of every stay). Favorites on Captiva are the Bubble Room (you can also buy desert only here), Mucky Duck, R.C. Otters, and the Key Lime Bistro. The 'Tween Waters marina restaurant and Crows's Nest restaurant are also great.

Sanibel boasts over 25 miles of bike paths, making every beach, restaurant, wildlife refuge, store, museum, marina, etc. accessible by bike, as well as the island of Captiva to the north. Mango House guests can take advantage of several beach cruiser bicycles as well as a tandem bicycle and a bike trailer.

Nearby in Fort Myers are the Thomas Edison Home and Ford Museum. Fort Myers also boasts an international airport, several hospitals, factory outlet stores, and additional shopping, dining, and entertainment.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

Initial 25% payment through credit card
Final 75% preferred by check or money order 120 days prior to first day of rental. (Will process by credit card for additional 2.5% fee (our cost))
Repeat renters do not pay a damage deposit
Repeat renters may store personal supplies in Mango House owners closet
Discounts available for multiple months

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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