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Keys Kottage; Remodeled Villa in Native Hammock on Florida Bay

Bedrooms 2
Space 980 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible sofabed, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

The Kottage is a free-standing 2 bedroom/2 bath villa located on a small resort property nestled in a native hammock on Florida Bay. The Kottage is a “conch-style” cottage which was just completely remodeled and renovated and is completely new, from the tile floors to the new tongue-and-groove ceiling.

The property is directly on Florida Bay on Upper Matecumbe Key, and the Kottage is approximately 100 feet from the water. The Kottage is fully air-conditioned and has ceiling fans throughout. The bedrooms can accommodated up to 6 people and with the queen-size sofabed in the front room, two more. The appliances, and furniture are new.

We provide pillows, sheets, blankets, and towels and all of your cooking and eating utensils. A washer and dryer are provided for your convenience.

A television with cable tv, a VCR and DVD player, and a stereo are provided for rainy day entertainment. Smoking is not permitted inside the Kottage.

The property is beautiful, based in a native hardwood hammock, extending from US 1 to the bay. It has a protected boat basin which will accommodate boats up to 26 feet. There is a launching ramp for boats, and a swimming area right off the property. Larger boats can be launched at one of several nearby ramps. Rental boats and fishing charters are available locally.

Guests renting the Kottage are able to visit the Village of Islamorada Founders Park with its olympic-size pool, beach, and ball fields. The nearby area has a multitude of restaurants, historic sites and nature preserves, shopping and many activities for children. Local shopping for clothing, souvenirs, and fishing and boating needs is plentiful. Grocery stores are convenient. There are several local attractions if you need a day out of the sun. Key West is a day-trip away.

Islamorada is the Sportfishing Capital of the World. You're minutes away from the best back country (bonefish, tarpon, permit, snook, redfish), blue water (sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, cobia) and reef fishing (grouper, snapper, yellowtail) in the entire Florida Keys. There is quick access to the ocean-side both east and west around the key. Fishing off of our jetty in the evening is alot of fun for the kids. Magnificant snorkeling and scuba diving sites abound in the local area. A wide range of boating activities are available year round since our area of the bay is well protected. Sea Kayacking and canoeing along our shoreline is popular. Of course water skiing and knee-boarding are a hit with the kids.

In addition to the rare and tropical flora which abounds on the property, the fauna which call the property home will entertain you during your stay. An osprey (called Ozzie by the locals) sits atop the trees in the area during the early evenings. We have an octopus in the marina who will look after your shrimp bucket if you leave it in the water. He may even play tug of war with you in the morning, and has been known to become a land animal when he is looking for a handout.

Pete, the Great White Heron, frequently stations himself on the seawall. When you have had a successful day fishing he always seems to have gotten the message and is waiting for you upon your return to the dock. Watch your fillets carefully. If you get diverted, you will see how fast these creatures can move where food is concerned. His cousins, the pelicans, are usually right behind him when the fish cleaning begins and are just as brazen. And don’t be surprised if you walk out to the boat basin and find Izzie, the Iguana sunning himself .

The Kottage is an unique place, and the people who visit, both owners and guests, feel very special about the property. The privacy is wonderful, the accommodations are new and clean, the property peaceful, and the access to the fishing is the best in the Keys, indisputably. We hope you will also find it as special as have we, and will add your name to the growing list who return to enjoy the most gorgeous sunsets and the best fishing and diving in the world.

The Keys Kottage generally rents for 1 week intervals, from Saturday to Saturday. If the Keys Kottage is what you are looking for, please contact us and to reserve the dates. The reservation will be confirmed upon receiving a check for 25% of the total cost of the rental including tax.

We look forward to your visiting our little piece of paradise, and are sure you will have a wonderful and special visit. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at any time.

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More Details

Lloyd Wruble
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About Lloyd Wruble

We are Lloyd and Rae Wruble. Lloyd moved to Florida from Wilkes-Barre, Pa in 1968, and Rae is a native Floridian. We recently purchased this cottage from a dear friend, Bernie Holzman, who has decided to move North. Lloyd is recently retired as an Maxillofacial Surgeon and Rae remains working as a Genetics Educator for Breast, Ovarian, and other cancers. We are proud to co-own this property with Al and Linda Canal. Linda was the Manager of Lloyd's practice for 20 years, and Al recently sold his aircraft engine rebuilding factory. We have been friends for 30 years.

Lloyd Wruble purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Lloyd Wruble chose Islamorada

This property is very unique in the Florida Keys, and is situated in a natural hammock on the island of Islamorada. Both owners love the Keys and feel very fortunate to be able to introduce many people to the best that the Florida Keys has to offer. Onsite is also a boat ramp and a protected Marina with immediate access to florida Bay with easy access to the ocean. Boating,canoeing, kayaking, biking, and fishing are all available at your fingertips, not to mention the beautiful sunsets.

What makes this cottage unique

The Keys Kottage, and the property we know as Holiday House, is a unique and unlike anything in the keys. It is small and private, yet the owners and guests who vacation here are warm and friendly. We are centrally located in the heart of Islamorada and convenient to restaurants, grocery stores, tourist attractions, marinas and fuel docks and access to the back country or the patch reefs and offshore fishing. And without a doubt this is the finest location to watch the most gorgeous sunsets over the water,........ and if you're real lucky you just might see the green flash!


Islamorada Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 980 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (1) Master bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 twin trundle beds in second bedroom, sleeping 4 in individual beds, Baby Cribs (1) Available with advance notice, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Queen-size sofa bed in living room
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Tennis ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Spectacular sunsets over water from marina and pier. Good fishing from pier. Tarpon are caught from pier in season.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews
Cleveland, TN

Can't wait to go back!

  • 5 of 5

We have been visiting Islamorada for 10 years. This stay was by far our favorite. We will be returning just as soon as possible and I can only hope this unit is available. We started out with coffee and crapes from a wonderful French restaurant across the street, then kayaked over to LoriLei's for cocktails and music. The unit is spacious, comfortable and has everything needed after catching your dinner. Thanks again!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kim, I am very happy you enjoyed your stay at our Keys Kottage Villa and hopefully you can come back next year. Linda and Lloyd
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  • 5 of 5

This was our 10th spring break at Keys Kottage. We love the location and the view is spectacular. The convenience of being able to have our boat in the marina a few steps away from our villa is great. The villa is clean and dog friendly. We have not thought of staying anywhere else for our vacation.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Place to be

  • 5 of 5

Quant, Quiet and clean with good neighbors. Stayed March 17, 2018 to March 31, 2018 again this year. Hope to return again next year.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wall New Jersey

Family vacation

  • 5 of 5

Awesome location property gorgeous house immaculate!!!! Weather just perfect.... def coming back!!!❤️💯❤️ Thanks Lloyd

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Patti, I appreciate the kind review and I am pleased that you were able to enjoy the ambience of our property and get that true Keys feeling. See you next year. Lloyd
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Great Family Week

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful week at Keys Kottage with our sons and their girlfriends. Our son proposed at Morada Bay during our stay, which made it extra special.

The Cottage is nice and clean and found everything we needed for cooking. The guys had a great time fishing from the dock at night along with beautiful sunsets each evening!

Thank you for a memorable week, Lloyd!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Attractive, clean, private cottage on beautiful grounds. Decorator touches, and everything in working order! Special touches like books, fully equipped kitchen and I mean fully equiped! Beautiful fenced courtyard is equipped with nice gas grill plus glass patio table as well as ample matching chairs. There was even a table umbrella. The lagoon water was clear with an abundance and variety of sea visitors. Ample room for boat parking. Lots of seating available for watching the beautiful sunsets.

We have stayed in lots of places from Key Largo to Marathon, and what we were most impressed with is that Keys Kottage was better than the photos! Nothing broken or overly worn. Our rat terrier, Chloe, especially enjoyed the resident squirrels.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Miami International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Overseas Restaurant
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Founders Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Back Country Cowboy Kayak Outfitters
Nearest Point of Interest
Theatre of the Sea
Nearest Point of Interest
Robbies Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Chef Lupe's Lazy Days Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
History of Diving Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Lorelei Restaurant and Cabana Bar
Nearest Point of Interest
Whale Harbor Restaurant & marina
Nearest Point of Interest
World Wide Sportsman Store and Marina
Nearest Point of Interest
Islamorada Fish Company
Nearest Point of Interest
Bentley's Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Founders Park
Car: recommended

Sport fishing paradise, including flats fishing for bonefish and permit, back country fishing for redfish and tarpon, reef fishing for snapper, grouper and yellowtail and blue water fishing for sailfish, dolphin (mahi mahi), wahoo, cobia and marlin, all within 15 minutes of our marina. Also kayaking and standup paddleboarding.




Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.5%

Deposit of $500.00 required to guarantee reservation. Balance is due 8 weeks before arrival. Rental fee includes use of our boat ramp for vessels up to 18 feet, storage for boat trailers up to 26 feet, and dockage for a boat up to 26 feet in our marina. If bringing a pet there is a cleaning fee of $100 for the first dog and $150 fee for a second dog. There is a limit of two dogs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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