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Available This Winter-Quiet Open Water Retreat On Nature Refuge

Bedrooms Studio
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 90 nights

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Minimum Stay
90 nights

About the property

Studio / 1 bath sleeps 2

Relax in this peaceful, open-water, bird and wildlife sanctuary with private views of the State Park. From your private deck only 9 feet from water's edge, you can watch fish swim and birds fly, or if you prefer, you may simply sit and enjoy the ebb and flow of the tide. In these environmentally friendly surroundings, you can observe, in a way you never have, marine life and native birds in unobstructed waters. Just off the property you can find nature trails leading to quiet beaches. The downstairs patio offers views of a back yard aquarium and the spectacular beauty of the Florida Keys. Launch our canoe or kayaks into this ecological paradise and paddle your way along easy-to-follow, marked mangrove trails. * You will be very comfortable is these extremely clean and well-appointed surroundings. iPad 2, wireless internet, flat screen TV with all premium movie channels and NFL Sunday Ticket, Simmons Beautyrest bed, new linens/towels, Saltillo tile floors, new kitchen and granite tops.* Includes canoe, kayaks & binoculars.

*Idyllic Setting For Quiet Getaway: You will have the opportunity to relax in an open water nature preserve, offering private views of the State Park. From your sea wall, watch the annual migration of east coast sea birds. From the patio watch spectacular sunrises over the Atlantic Ocean. Later in the day walk across the street and watch a breath-taking sunset over the Gulf of Mexico. Or just hang out in the hammock and immerse yourself in the tranquility of this ecological paradise. Take morning or afternoon walks through the nature trails in the State Park and comb the beaches in undisturbed tranquility. Open your windows and enjoy the cooling ocean breeze. In the picnic area there is a tiki hut, barbecue and hammock.

* All wildlife and scenic photos were taken off back patio.

*Vacation Rental Amenities: Amenities include: iPad 2, wireless Internet access, flat screen TV with all premium movie channels and NFL Sunday Ticket, new state of the art washer and dryer, canoe, kayaks, binoculars, beach chairs and umbrella, beach mats, tiki hut, new Weber stainless barbecue gas grill, hammock, picnic table, outdoor furniture, yoga-stretching mats, books, snorkel/mask and fins, fishing poles and light tackle, bait freezer, cable, A/C, queen bed, ceiling fan, refrigerator, oven, microwave, coffee maker, blender, juicer, toaster, hair dryer, clothes iron, lobster pot, tea pot, dishware and cooking utensils, linens and towels.

*Activities and Attractions: Activities include: fish and bird watching, reading and relaxing, wildlife photography, canoeing,kayaking, beach combing, snorkeling, scuba diving, fly fishing, deep sea fishing, sailing, power boating, hiking and exploring nature trails in the State Park.

You can take day trips to the Everglades National Park, visit John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, The Turtle Hospital and Museum, Dolphin Research Center, The Theater of The Sea, Bird and Wildlife Nature Center, World Wide Sportsman, art galleries, enjoy fantastic seafood and watch the sunsets.

More Details

Property Manager
Jerry Schuman
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

What makes this villa unique

* Long-term leasing also available.

* Please call or email for availability of calendar.

* There are no cleaning fees.

* $5160 holds your dates.

* You may pay balance when you arrive.

* The property and its contents should be returned to its

original condition. Except for the laundry.

* Cancellation policy: deposit is fully refunded with a 60 day notice

Payment Options

* All major credit cards accepted.

* Money orders, cashiers checks and personal checks also accepted.

General Information

* Check-in is at 3:00 PM, check-out is at 11:00 AM.

* Maid service prior to check-in and after check-out only.

* Parking is available for 1 car.

* Boat dock available only by reservation.

* Boat trailer parking at local ramp.

In order to maintain the excellence of our accommodations and insure

that all guests share this ecological experience, we ask that you

adhere to the following regulations:

* All guests must be a minimum 21 years of age - valid I.D. required.

* Accommodations are for up to 2 adults - no overnight guests allowed.

* Smoking is permitted outside only.

* Sorry, no pets allowed.

* Please note this is a wildlife refuge, we recycle plastics, glass

and newspapers.

* The fish are our treasured residents, so we ask that you not fish

off the sea wall.

* There is a no disturbance policy after 10:00 PM.

* Payment in full is required upon arrival.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Available This Winter-Quiet Open Water Retreat On Nature Refuge
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 6 reviews
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Great place to relax

  • 5 of 5

We just came home yesterday from a relaxing week in the studio. The place was spotless, anything and everything that we needed was available in the studio. I loved sitting out on the balcony drinking my coffee in the morning and watching the resident Osprey fishing in the morning. Also loved watching the Nurse Shark and Parrot fish swimming. I will warn the readers about two things though, make sure to keep the bug spray on, and watch out for the crazy drivers! We drove to all the nearby parks and beaches, and found many excellent restaurants to feast on the seafood that we love. I would like to return again in the future!! tank you so much Jerry!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome, Private, Romantic Nature Getaway

  • 5 of 5

If you are looking to get away from it all this is the place. It is a nature lovers true paradise. This room was perfect for us as a couple to get away from it all. Jerry went above and beyond with thoughtful extras to make your trip memorable. From aloe and shampoo to binoculars, fish food and kayaks. We will never forget enjoying coffee on the balcony while watching the nurse sharks, finding deserted beaches and kayaking with the sea turtles and enjoying wine while watching peaceful beautiful sunsets. We definitely felt the unit was very private and truly enjoyed our unforgettable stay on Long Key.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Merritt Island, Florida

Amazing experience!!

  • 5 of 5

Despite how small the unit was, the experience at the property, along with the owner was great! When I initially booked this unit, I didn't realize just how small this unit was. Luckily, it was only me and my wife, on our honeymoon. Jerry was VERY VERY VERY accommodating. We literally could've just showed up with clothes to change into and food. He provided EVERYTHING else. I am anxious to contact Jerry in the near future to see if he has any other properties avail closer to Key West. It seemed like the other units that he has were very nice too! For a couple, I would HIGHLY recommend this unit! Please keep in mind that if you want to check out what the Keys have to offer, it is a drive. Key West was almost exactly 1.5 hrs away from this unit.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great spot!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here the first week of June. The property is exceptional. Very clean and has everything you will need and then some! The back patio overlooking the lagoon is beautiful. There are a lot of fish and we even saw a manatee. The area is quiet and peaceful with no noisy neighbors. Very close to all the sights in the keys since it's centrally located. The owner was very helpful and answered any questions we had. Will definitely be staying here again!

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fife, Scotland, UK

"We're at the Beach" - Jan 2011

  • 4 of 5

The compact studio apartment was very clean and tidy. It is well appointed with everything we needed for our week's stay. The owner was on hand when we arrived and was friendly and helpful at all times. Although we probably didn't pick the best time for wildlife watching, the views from the balcony are stunning.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Central Indiana

Awesome: wildlife, quiet, and relaxing!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent the week here for our anniversary in May of 2008. It really exceeded our expectations! The views are beautiful! Kayaking through the reserve was relaxing. Seeing the stingray, the parrotfish and all the other wildlife was wonderful! The wildlife highlight was seeing an osprey pick a fish out of the water just like you would see in a wildlife documentary. The location is ideal, in that you are close to Marathon to go to the store, and you are practically the same distance from Key Largo and Key West. We felt it suited all of our needs.

The owner was very easy to work with and the place was very clean.

But this is a small room. If you need a lot of indoor space, choose the other room at this location. But if you like the outdoors and sitting next to the water and watching the sun set, this is a great place to consider.

I rarely give 5 stars to anything, but this was a vreat vacation spot.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
90 Miles
Car: necessary

We are a few minutes from Marathon, only 1-1/2 hours from the Miami

International Airport, and an hour's drive to Key West, which makes

this a centrally located vacation destination.


Rates & Availability

Layton Villa Rental Rates

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Dec 14 2016 - May 1 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

* Maid service prior to check-in and after check-out only.
* Parking is available for 1 car.
* Boat dock available only by reservation.
* Boat trailer parking at local ramp.
* All guests must be a minimum 21 years of age - valid I.D. required.
* Accommodations are for up to 2 adults - no overnight guests allowed.
* No Smoking and No Pets.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Layton Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 240 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • New Saltillo tile floors, new shower and large vanity with plenty of storage.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Studio - 1 queen
  • New Simmons Beautyrest queen bed, new comforters, new pillows and linens.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Boat Dock
  • Canoe
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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