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Historic Beach cottage located on Estero Bay, pet friendly.

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 4
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Unique Designated Historic Cottage located on Estero Bay with sweeping views of the bay and harbor where you can watch dolphins play, view dolphins, manatees and watch the boats go by. There is a dock for fishing and can accommodate a boat. The cottage is designated Historic so you get the true florida feel. It is decorated in beautiful Florida colors and comfortable beach cottage furniture. The kitchen has been updated with beautiful & rare granite countertops. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need, all linens are included as well as beach towels, cooler, beach chairs, beach bags and a tote for getting everything to the beach which is just across the street. The cottage also has a private 1 bedroom studio apartment downstairs which sleeps 5 more. This suite is available to rent separately or in addition to the cottages upstairs for an addition fee.

The master bedroom has a king bed and the guest rooms have a queen and 2 twins, there is a sleeper sofa in the living room and there is a den. There are 2 full baths with hair dryers. The large open deck is great for family entertainment, watching the dolphins play, to see a manatee, bird viewing, watching the local shrimp boats go by, or to just relax. There is also a gas grill.

The separate studio has a king and a day bed in the bedroom and a futon sleeper in the living area. There is a studio kitchen with a cooktop, full refrigerator, microwave and toaster oven. There is a large screen porch off the living area and bedroom which doubles the living area. The studio Includes all housewares, linens beach towels and chairs and a grill. The studio is also decorated in the casual beach style.

Estero Bay is visible from all living areas and some of the bedrooms, the sunrises over the bay are spectacular. The beach and Gulf of Mexico is just steps away, less than a block.

This cottage is a true Florida experience, very comfortable for families or couples. We are pet friendly so pets are welcome for a small additional fee.

More Details

Owner
Gini Smith
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2017

About Gini Smith

Our family owned and operated a beachfront resort on Estero Island for almost 50 years, this cottage was the beginning of that resort and has been honored with an Historic Designation. Our family has lived on the island since the 50's and 2 generations of the family still reside on the island and are involved in many community activities.

Gini Smith purchased this cottage in 1950

Why Gini Smith chose Florida South West

The cottage has been in our family since the 50's and was the center piece of our resort. This cottage was our most popular and generations of families returned year after year. The cottage is large and spacious giving families or couples lots of room to relax. You can see the bay & harbor from the living area, dinning area, bedrooms and even the kitchen! There is a large open deck with plenty of space for entertaining family & friends as well as just relaxing watching the dolphins & boats go by. The dock offers a great place to fish, sun, and can accommodate a boat or jet skis. Enjoy old Florida living at its best.

What makes this cottage unique

This cottage has beautiful views of the sunrise over Estero Bay. Our local bottle-nose dolphins can be seen daily, as well as an occasional manatee and our native birds can be seen in abundance. the location is quiet but within an easy walk of the Times Square entertainment district where you will find many shops, restaurants, ice cream shops and a candy shop. The is a nightly sunset celebration with music and entertainment.

There is also a beautiful county park in easy walking distance where you can see many endangered Gopher tortoises as well as native beach plants. On Wed. mornings the county offers a guided nature walk Oct thru April.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Absolutely perfect get-away cottage. The cottage itself is very open and spacious and the view of the bay from the deck is stunning! Wish we had more time to spend.....will definitely come back!
Jan 2014
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Amenities

Fort Myers Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Private suite with 1 bedroom & living area screened porch. - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) are available for rent by a local vendor., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

5/5 -
(4 traveler reviews)

Historic Beach cottage located on Estero Bay, pet friendly.
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews
5

Beautiful and historic! The home was immaculate clean and very well appointed.. We were very happy.

  • 5 of 5

The owner was very welcoming but discrete and respected our privacy. The view and location were one of a kind. We are already planning our return.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Sharon for your kind review. We look forward to having you as a guest again. gini
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Seekonk,MA, USA
5

Pleasantly surprised

  • 5 of 5

My wife and 2 year old have been going to Fort Myers Beach for the last three years and this location has been the best so far.

The cottage is spacious and well appointed with everything you need to cook and serve a family or a group.

You can walk to the beach right across the street, or just sit on the back deck over looking the bay and watch the boats go by and look for dolphins and water foul.

The down town area is a short walk as well.

Overall a great location and property, for any type of group to stay and hang out and/or enjoy the beach.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

family frozen from the north

  • 5 of 5

Perfect vacation spot. As described. Walking distance to the pier and shopping with the beach across the street and privacy as well. Plenty of room for 7 of us. Well maintained and clean. Kids had a great time fishing at the pier and from the dock on the bay. Owner was easy to reach and answered questions promptly. Would love to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beach Cottage Bayfront

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely perfect get-away cottage.

The cottage itself is very open and spacious and the view of the bay from the deck is stunning!

Wish we had more time to spend.....will definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Located on the quiet north end of Estero Island also known as Ft. Myers Beach, yet within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of the Times Square and Bay Walk entertainment districts. The majestic everglades are just a short drive away, as well as Bush Gardens and all the theme parks of the Orlando area.

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Rates & Availability

Fort Myers Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2017
Apr 10 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
$300
From
$350
Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,700
$3,000
 
 
Fall 2017
Sep 6 2017 - Nov 21 2017
3 night minimum stay
$275
$1,700
$2,750
 
 
Winter 2017/ 2018
Dec 23 2017 - Apr 21 2018
7 night minimum stay
$3,000
$6,200
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$325
From
$350
Fri,Sat
$1,700
$3,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $79
Cleaning $125 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Rates are subject to change until confirmed with deposit. Rental of the additional 1 bedroom, 1 bath downstairs is extra and can be rented separately or with the 3 bedroom cottage upstairs. Special rates may apply for holidays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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