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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,120 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

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 Pine Island

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The house was spotless & comfortable & well equipped. It was great having the kayak. We liked that it was close to biking & fishing yet is very peaceful"
Mar 2012
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Bokeelia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1120 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • All vehicle & boat trailer parking must be on our property, not in the vacant lot across the street or next door.
  • Respect the septic system & our precious Florida waters. See #10 on the rental contract!
  • NO PETS.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both bathrooms have large walk in showers. Both showers have safety grab bars. There are no bathtubs.
  • 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)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Nellie's Nest - 5 Min to Open Water! Five star reviews!
average rating of 4.980392 based on 63 reviews

Beautiful Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

Just a beautiful relaxing home...the house is beautifully kept ..we where pleasantly surprised and enjoyed each and every day we spent in it..Highly recommend this rental for peace and relaxation!!! Thanks Nelly's Nest!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Wonderful and very relaxing week !

  • 4 of 5

Nellies next was very nice and had all the essentials we needed . Really enjoyed sitting out back at night on the porch !! Wish the fishing and weather had been better . Other than that it was a very peaceful and relaxing week . Hopefully will be back next year

Thanks again

Sandy and Gary !

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best in Pine Island.

  • 5 of 5

Great location and a wonderful house. We would definately like to come back.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My little bit of sunshine

  • 5 of 5

When you find the perfect place there is not much more you can say about it. This was my second time staying here. Love this place. The owners are great, the area is wonderful and lots of places to eat or hear entertainment. You can't go wrong booking this place.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

As VRBO uses the term "Home Away From Home" it certainly applies here. In fact it may be a bit nicer than your home. Every aspect of "Nellie's Nest" is outstanding, from the facility, cleanliness, amenities, pantry. and history make it a memorable experience for your visit to Southwest Florida If you want a taste of "Old Florida" Bokeelia is the place. I am always reluctant to write a positive review as it will probably make it more difficult to find an open date for my next visit. Thank you Robert and Ellen for your hospitality and what you have provided

Phil, West Palm Beach

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Phil, Thanks very much for your glowing review! We do work hard to make Nellie's Nest everything you described and we very much appreciate that our guests consistently recognize this. We will be heading out there in a few days to stay a couple weeks - it's time to get the tomatoes planted! We are also having a new screen slider for the lanai installed. The weather has finally cooled off enough and it's time to open up the windows! See you next time, Ellen & Robert
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  • 5 of 5

All advertised amenities' are correct, house was very clean and organized, boat ramp is only three blocks away. Easy access to open water and the fishing is very good. Very nice fish cleaning station with water supply right on the property. We have rented this home several times now and plan to return as soon as we can. Very well maintained home and property with plenty of space to park your boat trailer.

You'll love it!

Bob & Kaye S.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bob & Kaye- it's always good to have you! Thanks for taking a moment to submit another 5 star review- we sure appreciate it. Til next time.... Ellen & Robert
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Fort Myers (RSW)
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Lazy Flamingo 2 mi. Bert's Bar in Matlacha. Etc
Nearest Ferry
0.25 Miles
Tropic Star
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Alden Pines
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Lazy Flamingo Restaurant & Bar
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Cayo Costa - by personal boat or ferry
Car: necessary

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


Rates & Availability

Bokeelia House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Season 2017
Oct 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee for 1-4 $100
Property Damage Protection $59

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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