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Christmas & New Year's Available in Pet-Friendly Tropical Paradise!

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + , 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8 in beds; 4-futons)

L'Etoile de Mer -- Star of the Sea -- is the name of this uniquely lovely home just across from the beach on Sanibel Island. This beautifully decorated and appointed home includes a 3-bedroom main house plus a separate guest suite that easily accommodates a family of four! There a 'bonus' room just off of the pool area, and, in addition, we've added a rec room with a pool table, TV & game system and card table. The house, guest suite, pool & spa, BBQ & sitting area are all screened in. The amazing tropical surrounding adds maximum privacy and an exotic setting!

The house is part of the Butterknife Subdivision that gives you access to an additional pool plus a tennis court just down the street. The exclusive Casa Ybel resort, with its intimate restaurant and lively tiki bar, and miles of sandy shelling beaches are right across the street.

L'Etoile De Mer is perfect for a romantic getaway or a family reunion.

Keywords: Beach, Pool, Luxury, Tropical Paradise

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Butterknife House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
New Rec Rooom with Pool Table, Flatscreen TV & Game System, Poker Table & Futon Couch; Printer & Fax Machine; DVD Blue Ray; Home Entertainment System with 46 ' flat screen, Bicycles included Across from Beach & Casa Ybel Resort


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(6 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Sanibel home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Our family loves Sanibel and now that we have found our home away from home at L'Etoile de Mer in the beautiful Butterknife subdivision, we get very excited each January knowing we've only a few weeks left of Minnesota winter. Laura and Jeff are consientious and responsive home owners and share their beautiful property with us through VRBO!

We have visitors each week throughout our stay and everyone comments what a comfortable homey property it is. Between the main house, the Treetops guest house, the cute Mermaid room or the Swamp entertainment area, there's lots of space to play together or be alone for a nap. Outside opportunities for activities are abundant as well----the upper lanai is where we take all of our meals (unless we are eating out at one of the many restaurants on Sanibel or Captiva), or perhaps sit on the outdoor couch to read the paper, We usually set up the extra big round table as a shell craft station--there's plenty of space. On the lower section of the screened in pool and patio area there's room for laying in the sun on the lounge chairs, or sitting in the shade in the downstairs lounge area. The pool is big enough for swimming, floating or splashing! It is the favorite activity when my grandkids come to visit. Hottub is lovely place to relax in after a long day at one of the beautiful Sanibel beaches. It is a quick 5 minute walk to the beach from the house--or a short bike ride. The owners provide many bicycles, beach wagons, chairs, towels, and umbrellas for beach visits.

I highly recommend this Sanibel home to anyone wanting a comfortable and spacious stay in a place I refer to as 'my heaven here on earth!' Terri W

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly a Tropical Paradise!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 10 adults and 1 grandchild actually stayed at this amazing home from 12/26/14 to 1/2/15. We are a very close family who relish time together since we are now spread out over the country. The week we spent together in this warm and beautiful home was unanimously voted as "the best vacation ever, " which is quite a tribute given we travel each year together. This property is the main reason we had such a great time. Everyone had their own bedroom and bathroom, which gave them needed private time. The many common areas where we could gather together--pool deck, screened porch, living room, dining room, kitchen--allowed us to spread out. The pool was put to use from the moment our granddaughter woke until dark. The lanai was so nice to keep out any bugs, and the house is surrounded by beautiful tropical trees and foliage, giving you complete privacy. The beach is a 2 minute walk, there's a bike and jogging path right behind the property, and you are close to restaurants and Jerry's, the local market. We usually eat out in the evenings, but our children so loved being in the house, they wanted to cook together each evening. It was truly a magical week for us. The owners are so accommodating and friendly--and the communication was excellent. I would wholeheartedly, 100% recommend this home to everyone.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Madison WI

Something for Everyone!

  • 5 of 5

We love Sanibel, and are excited to have found the perfect house for our family when we visit in the winter. The main house has a master suite and two additional bedrooms. There's a separate suite off the lanai and another room downstairs with futons, and its own bathroom so large groups have plenty of space, and even some privacy. The entire lanai and pool are enclosed in a mesh cage, making outdoor activities free of worries about bugs and weather. We loved reading, talking and eating out there. The swimming pool was the perfect temperature, and the spa a nice way to relax at the end of the day. Our techie grandson loved that there were wall-mounted TVs & integrated systems throughout the house. He and our grand daughter liked to use the playstation for games in the little downtime we had. Our other grandson liked to have a place to watch movies on the big screen. The kitchen is well-equipped and there are numerous spaces for large family gatherings. There are bicycles, beach chairs, sand toys and floats to use, so we didn't need to get our own. The walk to the beach through a tropical setting was magical, especially when we unexpectedly popped out on West Gulf Drive! Once crossing the street, the beach was an easy walk via a deeded walkway. The beach was never crowded, always a plus when with a large group. The location is ideal as the house is in a private, quiet development, yet with easy access to all points on the island. Jerry's & Bailey's grocery stores and shopping centers are both within walking distance.

Laura, the owner, was wonderful to work with & responsive to all our requests. Her on island manager, Diane, was very helpful as well. We've rented many places on Sanibel, each with something special about it. Everyone agreed that L'Etoioe de Mer is the best!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wales, United Kingdom.

L'Etoile De Mer!

  • 5 of 5

My family and I stayed at L'etoile De Mer at Sanibel Island for our holiday throughout september. The Villa was absolutely out of this world. Its size, facilities and location was just second to none.

During our stay we travelled along miles of cycle tracks and refuge areas using the bycicles provided, and to top it all off the beach was just minutes walk from our front door!

Sanibel Island is a wonderful place to take a family holiday with plenty to do, from dining at top quality restaurants and bars, relaxing on countless white sandy beaches or calmly canoeing through lakes and covered mangroves. We were surrounded by beauty at Sanibel Island, and it is one place on earth we would love to see again.

Laura, the L'Etoile De Mer owner, provided fantastic communication and information throughout our booking process, the villa far exceeded our expectations!!

L'Etoile De Mer is the place to stay in Sanibel, and this truly was the icing on the cake.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2010
  • Stayed: September 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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L'etoille est ciel sur la terre!!!

  • 5 of 5

Tucked away in a private, luxurious, enclave of large, Mediterranean style homes, this was definitely just the type of place I was looking for. For the rainy days, every room (and there are many) has a beautiful LG plasma television, amazing sound system and a screened in patio area to curl up with a book and an espresso (yes, there was one of those too). On sunny days, the beach, a 5 minute stroll, was gorgeous and serene and they allow dogs! Everything was within biking distance and the bike paths are amazing. There is an attached guest house that was adorable and perfect for loudly snoring friends. The place was so comfortable I added on a few days to my vacation. Comfortable furniture, fun gadgetry, free wireless and ceiling fans the size of windmills made this place more than a home away from home! Also, the ladies with the management company were very friendly, and extremely accommodating. I definitely plan on returning!!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2010
  • Stayed: June 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sanibel Home,L'Etoile de Mur, is designed for family entertainment on a spectacular paradise island

  • 5 of 5

If you think you made the wrong turn, you are at the right place. At home with the mansions. All new furniture,electrical appliances,wall digital televisions and DVDS, audio sound systems to hear European music,lastest telephone and computer connections, Wifi,heated pool and hot tub,sleep like babies mattresses and pillows,outdoor living in luxury paradise,indoor living in grand style,everything available,nothing missing,with beach smells and ocean sounds,dog friendly,feels like another country,experienced travel owners,colorful and relaxing decor, artistic pictures reflecting excellent knowledge in art,not cluttered with owners' collections,near fantastic expensive and family restaurants,sights and sightings of OLD Florida, manatees swimming,yachting everywhere,marines surround the islands,easy access to roads, toll road,eagles everywhere with nest throughout the islands,a bird watchers delight, might even see an alligator, turtles crossing streets and traffic must stop,friendly natives, island stores even a Goodwill, movie theater, outlet malls off the island but nearby,Ice cream shops,you never have to go more than 10 minutes away for what you want. This home is well placed and almost unbelievable.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2010
  • Stayed: May 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Laura DeBruce
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
January 10, 2018

About Laura DeBruce

We love Sanibel and try to visit as often as we can.

Laura DeBruce purchased this house in 2010

Why Laura DeBruce chose Butterknife

Sanibel Island is uniquely unspoiled, a brilliant combination of perfect beaches, laid back attitudes, amazing wildlife and great boating and fishing. We have always loved Sanibel and are thrilled to share our beautiful house with others who will do the same. For more on the island, check out my blog:

What makes this house unique

Etoile de Mer is a beach house situated among the treetops with its own private pool, spa, pool table and space for a dozen of your best friends.


Sanibel is a very special place to see dolphins and manatees and hundreds of types of birds and other animals in their natural setting.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
Pet Fee $500
Cleaning Fee $350
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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