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The Shellbox Cottage, no shared driveways or walls. Small cottage behind you.


Last updated: 04/25/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

The Perfect Beach Cottage. Walk to Beach, Heated Pool, Porches. Clean & Fresh!

WELCOME to Shellbox Cottage. Our fresh, bright & clean & classic 'Old Florida' Beach Cottage just down the street from the Gulf of Mexico.


Are you tiring of white wall cookie-cutter condos with cheap art?

Admittedly, some have great water views during the day - although my dad used to say "you can't see the ocean at night"! Kidding aside, if you're looking for that piece of old Florida, with a pool, a tennis court and a very short walk to the beach -- then the Shellbox Cottage may be for you.

Although it is not for everyone! Read on -
Especially our last paragraph.

The most frequent questions.....
- We only rent Shellbox Cottage 8 to 10 times a year. We use it 2-4 times annually & we often lend it to our family & friends. So we may be able to move dates around. We suggest ALWAYS writing first. One never knows.

- 'Is a true cottage?' Yes! It was moved from the beach in the 1960's. It is NOT a duplex. There is no one above you. There is no one below you. Nor on the 'other side` of a wall.

It's a classic - original wooden walls, wooden floors & important details like true/real wooden blinds. A classic mid-century Florida design, mistakenly preserved! Great design leads to a very bright home. Our attention to detail means it's kept fresh and clean. Sanibel Islands first Real Estate Agent lived here (Pricilla Murphy). The woman who named Periwinkle.

- The pool (heated) is only a few steps from our back door. Shellbox Cottage is one of very few true old free-standing beach cottages left on the island with a pool and tennis court. Additionally, the pool deck, the pool heater, the tennis court and BBQ's are all brand new!

- The beach is a very short walk away. The famous 21+mile Sanibel multi-use path is right outside our front door. Your kid will make it in 2 minutes but it will only take you 3-5 minutes to catch up. Use `Google Street view` to see exactly how short your walk would be. One of our photos is taken right from the cottage - you can see the Holiday Inn (now The Sanibel Beach Resort) down the street - which is right on the water & a great place for a cocktail your first night or a dinner - then a stroll home.

- Our fun, exceptionally clean, bright & easy to use beach cottage offers the best of two worlds - your own cottage but part of a small, pleasant association with a fantastic pool & tennis court on a 4-acre oasis of gracious, lush, quiet grounds with mature tropical trees. No one walking past your door, or worse, smoking outside it. This means no worries about a crowd at the pool.

A quiet oasis on Sanibel, but close to everything.

Donax Village is more than half occupied by owners who do not rent. They are our friends and neighbors, so we are always delighted to rent to respectful people.

Also, while it does sleep 6 nicely keep in mind futons are not as comfortable as beds - so it's best suited for a months stay - for 2-4 people with the occasional guests, like children or grandchildren on the futons and in the loft. The beds are brand new (within 3 years) [with mattress pads/blankets/linens cleaned each time] & the master bedroom hosts a 2015-16 Tempur-Pedic king [no eating or drinking in bed please].

Your own cottage, no shared walls. All yours.

An Unusual 5 places to relax outside!

1. FRONT PORCH. Open air - perfect for evening cocktails

2. SCREENED IN BACK PORCH. Perfect for morning coffee. naps, looking over the pool or waiting for the cook to come back from the Weber) BBQ grills.

3. POOL DECK. Chaise, chairs and dining tables. We have lunch by the pool most days we are on Sanibel.

4. PICNIC TABLES. Right near the grilling/bbq area

5. and of course the BEACH and thee Gulf of Mexico just down the street.

Plus - a hot & cold shower in back - the finest shower in the world if you ask us!

[and cold water rinse shower out front for shells and feet and keeping the beer cooler ready]

Two full bathrooms - the master bath, newly redone for 2017, was designed by a well known decorator from NYC & East Hampton NY in return for a stay at Shellbox! He also advised us to keep the charm of the original [and adorable] guest bathroom under the loft.

Sanibel's famous bike path-- just outside our door.

Walk to the Jac or Matzaluna for dinner or hit Dairy Queen for a `dip`

Walk over to Periwinkle Campground and say hello to the birds

Close to premier bike rental places with our beach clunkers thrown in FOR FREE [more unusual on Sanibel than you would think and big money saver for the casual biker]

A big old box of everything: sand toys, boogie boards, umbrellas, shovels & pails, and even POOL RAFTS and some decent tennis rackets all for the price of putting it all away clean.

Games, toys, the classic paperback book stack, some decent DVD's, videos, and a small diverse music library. An audio wire to our fantastic stereo system for your MP3 & Smart phone playlists.

Entertaining items (champagne, wine, water, margarita & cocktail glasses, ice bucket, interior & exterior tablecloths, candle holders lobster pots, etc). One of us is a professionally trained cook so we have lots of kitchen toys.

This is a true cottage (and it's pretty darn cute). It even sat on the beach in the late 1950/60's. It is clean. It's bright, comfortable & graceful in it's dotage and it has this really great energy everyone seems to feel the moment they enter.

HOWEVER it is NOT perfect & it is NOT brand new (there are no Corian counter tops, no stainless steel appliances, nary a Sub-Zero refrigerator or modern new furnishings. THIS is by design!

This would be more like borrowing your family's old beach house.

Not for everyone - but - perfect for some...

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Member since: 2011

Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1300 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Children Welcome:

    Children LOVE the loft - you may never see them again but the steps are steep - think ship steps so not perfect for all kids...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Car Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6

  • Master BR: 1 king


  • Lanai: 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Living Room: 2 sleep sofa /futon


  • LOFT (steep steps): 1 king, 2 twin/ single

    There are 2 twins with a king bed adapter (daybed)...moreless

  • Each bed has brand new fresh & attractive 100% cotton linens and comforters (purchased 2012). Futons are 'full size' and can sleep 2 people who really like each other, but better perhaps for 1 person. At heart the Shellbox is truly a 1 BR however the cottage sleeps 6 well and with 2 bathrooms 6 is not a problem. Please note the steps to the loft are steep and not recommended for disabled, elderly and some younger children....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    DVD player in lanai...moreless

  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Local cable...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Bay/Sound
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean:

    You could hop on a bike and be at Gulf in about a minute. Google earth it and see what the walk would be like! ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Paragliding
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Ice and champagne buckets, glasses for water, highballs, lowballs, wine, margarita and champagne. Outdoor tablecloths, candle holders and bar kit....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    The recreation center offers day passes and it is a marvel. Comprehensive - award winning and only 6 miles away by Doc Fords. We workout almost everyday when there. ...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    100% cotton...moreless

  • Living Room:

    TV, games, wonderful speakers and an excellent Onkyo system with MP3 audio wire. ...moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking:

    Some cottages have limited and/or shared parking - parking in your own private driveway (up to 3 cars) is a joyful convenience! ...moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Telephone:

    Shellbox no longer sports a landline -- but Verizon has put a new tower nearby and service is stunning....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen:

    One of us is a trained cook so we certainly have lots of the necessary toys. The only thing I bring with me is my special knives when I stay for a long time...moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    Since we tend to eat fresh food we selected a bottom freezer for convenience....moreless

  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles:


  • Golf:

    You can walk to the Beachview gold course in minutes! Read the reviews - fantastic public golf basically in your front yard...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    We have a kayak for our own use, but if you are bringing one perhaps we can lend you our kayak carrier - please ask and we can discuss - experienced kayakers only please! ...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Screened lanai facing east - wonderful in morning. great for late night drinks. ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    The Donax Village green is just a lush lovely oasis on Sanibel - we love being on this property....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda:

    Small lovely front porch facing west - great for coffee on hot mornings and lovely for drinks at dusk...moreless

  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis:

    Tennis court resurfaced in late 2011...moreless

  • Tennis Court
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway To Water
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Snorkle, fins, mask, kids floaties, life preservers, kadima paddles, sand buckets, What other cottage has all this great stuff!...moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Our pool is fantastic. Lovely, crisp and clean, 50 steps out the back door. We use it in the morning for exercise, we come home from the beach to lunch there some days and if the beach is too hot......moreless

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool


Write a review 4.9
from 31 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 1 - Oct 14, 2017
1 night min stay
Oct 15 - Apr 15, 2018
1 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Service Charge $140 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Tax Rate 11%


NIGHTLY RATE FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES. We cannot rent nightly (short term) per Sanibel city rules.

Short term dates you see already blacked out may be times we or our (lucky) friends & family are borrowing the Shellbox - so -

As these dates `may be able` to be changed PLEASE ALWAYS write us if you have dates you are interested in!

Also happy to tentatively block dates for you before deposits are received although we prefer to talk by phone for these situations.

$200 (basically an extra night) Holiday Surcharge for NATIONAL HOLIDAYS ONLY/PLEASE INQUIRE if your days overlap the following dates on either side of these days: Memorial Day, The 4th of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years

No surcharge for New Years if you stay Christmas Eve and Day. No other fees other than tax and cleaning.

Owner's cancellation policy:

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

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Last updated: 04/25/2017
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28 Miles
Nearest Airport
(RSW) Fort Meyers International or Southwest Inter
Sanibel Island, FL, USA
Nearest Barpub
Sanibel Island, FL, USA
Nearest Restaurant
Sanibel Island, FL, USA
Nearest Beach
Donax & Nerita Streets beach access

Car: Not Necessary

Many people know of Sanibel's tranquil beauty, pristine white beaches and laid back charm. But there are other things just as important to a vacation you may want to consider on your vacation. Sanibel & Captiva Island is one of the best place in the world for a beach vacation and shelling with half the island a federal wildlife preserve. We have visionary land which means few chain stores (no big box stores, no high rises and no buildings no taller than a Royal Palm Tree) so our Island is pristine and beautiful from one end to the other (no matter who's home you choose). No traffic lights. No McDonalds, no cars going faster than 35mph. Just laid back island life. There are over 21+ miles of paths for walking jogging strolling & biking - one of the finest in the United States and we are only 28 miles from and efficient and well planned `international` airport (& only 2.5 hours from Miami). Few great beaches in the world are this close to an international airport. And a narrow 3 mile causeway places it far away from everyday life.

Come relax & reunite with yourself & those you love.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: We live in NYC. We are from NYC & Ohio originally. We rented here for the first time in 2008 and were hooked! We rented for several years before we bought the Shellbox and hope to retire here. 10 years to go.

Why the Owner Chose Sanibel Island, FL, USA:
The cottage was designed by an architecture student as his graduation thesis. His parents were early developers on the Island and his mother refused to destroy the house. So it was saved and moved to this location. It's a great cottage - interesting and efficient layout, bright, old wood walls that still smell like the beach and it belonged to the islands first real estate agent - a woman - who also named Periwinkle!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Several agents tried to steer us to the west end, which we love for it's seclusion but we really fell in love with the Sanibel Shores area. It is true the east end is busier - but we love the way streets run north south here (easier beach access) and we liked the convenience of riding our bikes to the Dairy Queen, the liquor store or a stroll home from Matzaluna or the Lazy Flamingo. We also think of ourselves and environmentalists. We see how many days we can go without using our car and this is the perfect part of the island for that. It's also kind of a romantic area in a way, so it's good for our soul.

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Speaks: english, french, german, italian
Response time: Within 24 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/25/2017

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  • The Shellbox Cottage, no shared driveways or walls. Small cottage behind you.

    The Shellbox Cottage, no shared driveways or walls. Small cottage behind you.

  • View from the side of cottage.

    View from the side of cottage.

  • Lanai/Den Large flat screen TV.

    Lanai/Den Large flat screen TV.

  • Master bedroom (full bath & washer/dryer just off room) Two c

    Master bedroom (full bath & washer/dryer just off room) Two c losets.

  • Use of beach bikes - no charge. Ride at own risk of course!

    Use of beach bikes - no charge. Ride at own risk of course!

  • Shower in the garden (hot and cold water).

    Shower in the garden (hot and cold water).

  • The pool is just the perfect distance away from cottage.

    The pool is just the perfect distance away from cottage.

  • Pool has tables, chairs, umbrellas & chaise chairs.

    Pool has tables, chairs, umbrellas & chaise chairs.

  • Great front porch. Perfect for sundowners or contemplation of exercise on path

    Great front porch. Perfect for sundowners or contemplation of exercise on path

  • Sanibel Lighthouse 1940's

    Sanibel Lighthouse 1940's

  • The approach from your car.

    The approach from your car.

  • The living room. Newly redone (2015) southern oak floors

    The living room. Newly redone (2015) southern oak floors

  • From lanai to living room (east to west)

    From lanai to living room (east to west)

  • Cool stove huh? It works. It's quirky sometimes.

    Cool stove huh? It works. It's quirky sometimes.

  • Screened back lanai - our place for the after morning swim coffee and newspaper

    Screened back lanai - our place for the after morning swim coffee and newspaper

  • Fresh clean newly renovated and usually very quiet pool area.

    Fresh clean newly renovated and usually very quiet pool area.

  • Tennis court is to the area left of the pool

    Tennis court is to the area left of the pool

  • Sanibel's famous 21mi path right outside our door and that's the beach @ the end

    Sanibel's famous 21mi path right outside our door and that's the beach @ the end

  • The fantastic Gulf of Mexico

    The fantastic Gulf of Mexico

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