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Nellie's Nest - 5 Min to Open Water! Five star reviews!

Bokeelia, FL, USA
  • House1120 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

House, 2 Bedrooms + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)

Nellie’s Nest is named after the previous owner & long time Bokeelia creative personality, Miss Nellie. Now owned by her nephew, this home is cozy, well loved and beautifully remodeled. Reminders of Miss Nellie exist in her original art work, lush gardens, and historic memorabilia. The home is on a quiet, dead end street with water on both sides of the road & is 2 streets away from the public boat ramp. It is located on the northern tip of Pine Island, a mere 5 minutes to open water. Pine Island has a 15 mile long public bike path which runs the full length of the island but the real focus of this quaint fishing village is gorgeous Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico, and fantastic fishing for all ages. Cayo Costa State Park can be reached by private boat or ferry. Boca Grande Pass is the location of annual tarpon tournaments every June and is a brief 20 minute run by boat. You have to drive through Matlacha to get to Bokeelia so you already appreciated all the art galleries and restaurants (including Great Licks with home made ice cream!). Sit by the dock and watch the mullet jump in the canal while the egrets, herons, and osprey go fishing!

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Robert & Ellen

Member Since 2008
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Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 21, 2018
About Robert & Ellen

Robert grew up in Bokeelia and after years away from 'home' was able to return to southwest Florida. He loves being back on the water & goes fishing on the boat every chance he gets! We live 'in town', aka Fort Myers so are close by!

Robert & Ellen purchased this House in 2007

Why Robert & Ellen chose Bokeelia

This home was completely remodeled & updated after Hurricane Charley blew through in 2004. A lot of attention to detail was put into the renovation and it has been on the rental market since 2008. We now have guests returning for the 9th year in a row. Our guests rave about the peaceful location, the cleanliness, and how well appointed the house is - down to the wine bottle opener! Everything is on one level so there are no stairs to climb.

What makes this House unique

Outstanding salt water fishing - flats, inshore, & off shore; kayaking, sailing, boating, scuba diving. Tennis. Bike riding. Peace and quiet. Nature walks. Boat tours. Randell Research Center for Calusa Indian history & archeology. Bird watching. Shelling & swimming on barrier islands. Nature preserves. Sunset cruises on the Gulf. Mangoes, Key limes & other tropical fruit grown on the island. Museum of the Islands. Golf Course 2 miles away with 20+ other courses in the area. Post office within walking distance. Many restaurants accessible by boat or car. The Great Calusa Blueway paddling trail in minutes. Marina nearby for boat rentals. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel. Edison Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Cheeseburger in Paradise?? No further than Cabbage Key!


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, Pillow top mattress w quality linens
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single, Pillow top mattresses w quality linens
      • Den
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Dble pillow top futon w linens; Crib available on request
      • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)


      • 2 Bathrooms
        • Both bathrooms have large walk in showers. Both showers have safety grab bars. There are no bathtubs.

        Location Type

          • Near The Ocean
            5 minute boat idle speed to Charlotte Harbor
          • Waterfront
            Deep water canal with seawall.


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                        Full linens.
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Central air. Also several ceiling fans
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Full laundry room w some supplies available.
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Central heat
                      • Internet
                        Free Wireless.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Living Room
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                        We have a double lot so there is plenty of room to park a boat trailer.
                      • Towels Provided
                        Bath & kitchen towels provided.
                      • Washing Machine
                        Full laundry room w some supplies available.
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Microwave
                          • Coffee Maker
                            Including coffee filters, sugar.
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Dishes & utensils w service for 6. Several serving bowls, platter. Lots of drinking glasses of various sizes. Wineglasses. Teapot. Coffeepot.
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                            Large double sink which overlooks the canal.
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            Pots, pans, casserole dishes, mixer, blender, measuring cups/spoons, varied utensils for indoor or for grill use
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            Extensive spices, plastic wrap & sandwich bags, napkins, etc. Some condiments in the fridge.
                          • Refrigerator
                            Automatic ice maker
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                DR w seating for 6. Area opens on to the lanai.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 6 people


                                  • Books
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                    Puzzles, cribbage, cards, Bananagrams
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Comcast cable
                                  • Television
                                    2 flat screen TVs
                                  • Video Library
                                    Several DVDs - both children & adult


                                      • Bicycles
                                        2 adult bikes
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Golf
                                        Alden Pines golf course 2 miles away
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        2 kayaks w paddles & life jackets
                                      • Lanai / Gazebo
                                        Great outdoor seating under large Sunsetter awning
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Seasonal garden w tomatoes, peppers, herbs
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Gas grille
                                      • Tennis
                                        Community tennis court 7 miles away


                                          • wheelchair accessible

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                Heated outdoor community pool 7 mi from the house


                                                  • churches
                                                  • health/beauty spa
                                                  • library
                                                  • marina
                                                  • museums
                                                  • playground
                                                  • recreation center
                                                  • restaurants
                                                  • water parks

                                                    Leisure Activities

                                                      • photography
                                                      • antiquing
                                                      • bird watching
                                                      • boating
                                                      • eco tourism
                                                      • paddle boating
                                                      • beachcombing
                                                      • scenic drives
                                                      • shelling
                                                      • shopping
                                                      • sight seeing
                                                      • walking
                                                      • wildlife viewing

                                                        Local Services & Businesses

                                                          • ATM/bank
                                                          • fitness center
                                                          • groceries
                                                          • laundromat
                                                          • massage therapist
                                                          • medical services

                                                            Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                              • kayaking
                                                              • basketball court
                                                              • fishing
                                                              • fly fishing
                                                              • golf
                                                              • hiking
                                                              • jet skiing
                                                              • cycling
                                                              • pier fishing
                                                              • sailing
                                                              • snorkeling/diving
                                                              • sound/bay fishing
                                                              • swimming
                                                              • tennis


                                                                  • Single level home, fully remodeled & tastefully furnished. Exceptionally clean. Pantry has basic paper goods & spices. Use of garden in season. Central heat/AC & several ceiling fans. On deep water canal with FREE dockage for up to 24 foot boat. On site parking for boat trailer. Deluxe fish cleaning station. Kayaks w/ accessories.

                                                                    House Rules

                                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                    58 Reviews


                                                                    Latest reviews

                                                                    Well maintained ,well equipped, relaxing.

                                                                    David W. F.

                                                                    It was everything we hoped for. It was clean and well appointed. The patio in the back is wonderful and very relaxing with a nice view of the canal. I would recommend this property to anyone.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Thank you for taking a New Year’s moment to write a review of your stay at Nellie’s Nest! That patio is a very relaxing spot to read, watch the birds, & check out the boats going by. I’m glad we had a chance to meet during your stay & hope your drive back to the frozen tundra was uneventful. Please come again!

                                                                    Fisherman’s Paradise

                                                                    Robert B.

                                                                    I have been coming to the Port Charlotte area for many years to get away from the stresses of everyday life and fish the back waters of Bulls Bay. We used to stay on little Gasparilla Island which is very nice but a little too secluded. We would spend half a day transporting all of our gear and supplies by boat to the place we were staying by boat. A couple of years ago we discovered Bokeelia and have not been back to Gasparilla Island since. Now I have discovered the perfect place to stay in Bokeelia. Nellies nest is very clean, modern, comfortable and most of all convenient. My three buddies and I arrived on a Thursday and within 20 minutes we had the boat in the water and all of our stuff unpacked and we were ready for some much needed R&R. The house is located on a canal within 150 yards from the waterside bait store which by the way has the cheapest bait and ice anywhere that I have been. The kitchen had everything that we needed to cook all of our meals and enjoy hanging out on the covered back porch. We used the gas grill to cook steaks and blackened fish. We had a absolute great time and I will definitely be back next year.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    Hi Rob, Thank you for taking a moment to review Nellie’s Nest & for your great comments. We’re glad you had such a good time in our corner of paradise! Jug Creek Marina & ship store at the end of the canal is very handy to gas up the boat, to get fresh bait, or to buy fresh seafood. The Tropic Star ferry also departs from there to Cabbage Key or Cayo Costa state park. It doesn’t get any better so come back soon!

                                                                    Ellen & Robert

                                                                    Great stay

                                                                    Jared H.

                                                                    Nellie's Nest is a great place to stay. The house was clean, comfortable, and welcoming. Ellen called before, and during, our trip to make sure everything was good. I will definitely be staying here again.

                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    It was great to have you for your last minute trip to Pine Island. I hope the fishing was good!


                                                                    Philip Z.

                                                                    As always, it could not have been better. Counting the days until our next visit.


                                                                    Owner's Response:

                                                                    It's always great to have you. I'm glad that we are post Hurricane Irma w electricity back on (yay AC!) & yard clean up done so you can come back soon!

                                                                    Great House

                                                                    Rebecca N.

                                                                    Lots of room, very clean and nicely decorated. Boating is so easy with access to beautiful islands and beaches.

                                                                    Great Place To Stay !

                                                                    kebra d.

                                                                    Enjoyed your home very much !

                                                                    Will definitely be our go to place when

                                                                    we are in Pine Island ! Has everything you need for a great time.


                                                                    Bokeelia, FL, USA

                                                                    Public boat ramp 2 streets away (0.25 mi), marina close by for power boat rental.

                                                                    Rates & Availability

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                                                                    No additional charge for boat docking or trailer parking. We do not allow pets. Additional cleaning fee for more than 4 guests.

                                                                    58 Reviews
                                                                    Wonderful 4.9/5
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