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Cute, Clean, Cozy and Close to All

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

You will love staying in this great location where 90% of the residents are locals.

They each have an interesting Key West tale to tell and are a 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 the historic Old Town section away from the hustle and bustle of noisy Duval St.

It is only 1/2 mile to the closest beach and a 7 minute walk to Duval the main street. It is less than 1 block to the White Street art gallery district, the grocery, laundry, shops, restaurants, park and more.

Go ahead and kick your feet up and make yourself at home! You are about to enter Varela St Retreat. Here you will have your very own private full front porch to enjoy. It is a good place to eat, exchange local gossip or just plain curl up and read a good book.

The apartment features a luxurious oversized shower, full kitchen, internet, cable and more.

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Marilyn Henley
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
July 22, 2017

Why Marilyn Henley chose Key West

If you want to get the feel of what it's like to live in Key West and like to stay in a homey environment complete with kitchen, living area and either deck or front porch. This is a good match for you. It will accommodate 4 people but I think it works best for 2 adults simply because it is about 500 square feet.


Old Town House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Cute, Clean, Cozy and Close to All
average rating of 4.8 based on 35 reviews
Ocala, FL

Very cute and very clean!!!

  • 5 of 5

This cute house was perfect for me, my husband, and baby. The neighborhood was safe and the neighbors were friendly. We spent a lot of time in the house because we brought our 8 month old - it was very clean - and I'm very picky about cleanliness.

The owner was nice to communicate with and got back with me on every question. We walked to the beach a couple of times and it wasn't too far. We usually drove to Duval St. and Mallory Square in the evenings . . . there is plenty of parking everywhere. If we hadn't had the baby we probably would have walked it though.

Feel confident that you are getting what you pay for with this rental. We are already planning on coming back and will be staying at the Varela Street Retreat again!!!

Tim, Julie, and Rylee

  • Submitted: May 9, 2008
  • Stayed: May 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great experience

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience in Key West. It was our first time down there and also our first time renting from VRBO. We couldn't have had a better experience. This rental was great, Marilyn was easy to work with and is true to her words. Rental was clean and smelled great. There was just enough room for three adults and one child. We enjoyed evenings on the front porch. There's a delicious deli near by and a bike rental shop. We will definitely rent from Marlyin again.

  • Submitted: May 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Vacation Retreat

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed for 5 nights at this property, and we were very pleased with everything. First let me say it was VERY CLEAN! The size was great for the 2 of us, or it would be great for a family of 4. Kitchen was great to have as an option. It has a nice, large bathroom. The place was well stocked, and because it was cool at night when we were there, we very much appreciated the 2 space heaters that were there. Loved sitting on the front porch. We rented our bikes from the place down the street. They were great to work with. I would highly recommend renting bikes. Great way to get around the island. We had a rental car as we drove down through the Keys to get to Key West, and we had no problem finding free street parking. Very easy. The home is in a great location. Accessible to everything. When we return to Key West, we will plan on staying here again. I will definitely recommend it to friends and family heading down to get away from the cold. Marilyn was great to work with.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sundance WY

Great location - already planning for next trip!

  • 5 of 5

We came to Key West to escape the snow and celebrate my New Year's Eve birthday. We found the Varela Street retreat and chose it because of it's distance from Duval....close enough to walk or bike, but quiet and nestled in a neighborhood of residences.

Upon arrival we found the house spotless and fell in love with it immediately! There is ample storage for clothing and personal effects in the bathroom. The kitchen is well stocked with necessary dishes and utensils as well as various items left behind by previous tenants (such as coffee filters!). There are nearby local grocers or two larger stores up the road. We were able to find a home for our rental car which sat unused most of the time as we rented bikes from the shop at the end of the street - those guys are terrific and we'll rent from them again.

We met a neighbor who was very friendly and getting around the island on bikes is the best way to go. We found coming back to the house for lunch and a nap was perfect because the neighborhood is so quiet.

You can't go wrong with this rental. Assuming you leave it as required for the cleaning up chores, you'll get your deposit back within just a few days. The owner is great to work with, provided ample communication and we will definitely return here on every visit we make to Key West in the future!

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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GREAT, Private Place--When can we come back??

  • 5 of 5

We came to Key West for our Honeymoon and this was the perfect little getaway cottage!

I was worried at first about the size but once we got there, it was perfect for just us!

It was on a quite street, we never heard anything out of the neighbors and it was so relaxing even just sitting on the porch!

It's very close to everything. The house is great, we bought our own groceries and used the kitchen all week. TV and AC worked great while we were just hanging out at the house.

The owner of this place is super sweet and very accommodating!

Definitely loved her recommendation for the poolside restaurant - Dante' was a very nice place to eat lunch then go swim for a bit to cool down!! Plenty to do nearby!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Treasure Coast, FL

Fabulous Fun in Key West

  • 5 of 5

This one bedroom apartment was small, but perfect! My husband, two college age children and I stayed for three nights. The bedroom was comfortable where my husband and I slept. The girls were able to share a small futon in the living room. They had no problems sleeping there, but they are petite adults! We used the kitchen to cook and found all the dishes and utensils that we needed. The bathroom and kitchen are clean and look recently updated. We rode our bikes to the beach and to Duval Street without any problem at all. The neighborhood is safe and quiet. The instructions regarding check in/check out, how to find the key, and how to use the apartment facilities were easy to understand. I definitely recommend renting this space.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
2.5 Miles
Key West
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
1.5 Miles
Key West
Nearest Golf
3.5 Miles
Key West
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles

My place is in a very good location. There is a grocery store and laundry extremely close by and also a nice bike rental shop only 9 houses up at the end of my street.

Additionally there is a tennis court and 2 parks close as well as many restaurants, shops, gas station, liquor store, and more. I am located in historic Old Town Key West.


Rates & Availability

Old Town House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jun 1 2017 - Nov 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Nov 2 2017 - Dec 23 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Dec 24 2017 - Apr 15 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning and laundry fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.5%


1/2 of the total fees is required to be paid at time of reservation, If payment is made by credit card this payment is due within 48 hours. If paid by check the first payment must be received in mail within 10 days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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