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Historic Beach cottage located on Estero Bay, pet friendly.

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,352 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


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 many sea birds, manatees and watch the boats go by. Our dock is still waiting repairs after Hurricane Irma. 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 green 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.

Can be rented as a 2 bedroom 2 bath as well. Contact us for rates.

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

Gini Smith
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

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 Fort Myers Beach

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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Fort Myers Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2352 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Has master bath
  • The Private Suite downstairs which rents for an additional fee is under the the main cottage with private entry. It may be rented with the main cottage or separately. It has a king and a twin in the bedroom and a futon in the living area. Features a large screened porch and a studio kitchen. The bath has a tub shower combination, 2 vanities and the toilet in it's own room. So more than one person can use the bathroom at the same time.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • 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


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(8 traveler reviews)

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Historic Beach cottage located on Estero Bay, pet friendly.
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Wonderful, relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

We were thrilled with every aspect of this lovely home. The beds were very comfortable, the kitchen was well-appointed, and it was beautifully furnished. We loved sitting on the deck and watching the water. The home is well-situated -- in a quiet area, but close proximity to everything we wanted to do. We could walk to the 7-11, walk to the park, and the beach access was right across the street. We especially appreciated the available beach towels, chairs, toys, and cart -- all those made things so much easier for us. This is our first time in Ft Myers Beach, but it won't be our last and we'll definitely want to stay in this comfortable home again and again. Thank you for making our trip perfect!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joan thank you so much for your lovely review . We certainly enjoyed hosting you and your friends we try hard to keep our cottage beautiful and comfortable. We certainly look forward to having you back. Gini
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Love this place!

  • 5 of 5

I really cannot say enough about this cottage. Gini is awesome and makes you feel very comfortable and makes sure you have everything you need. The beds were very comfy, kitchen was very well stocked. The view was amazing with all the boats, birds and dolphins playing right in front of the deck. The location is great to be able to walk to everything. We will absolutely be back! Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful wedding weekend. The cottage is adorable !

  • 5 of 5

Daughter's wedding was at the pink shell which is in easy walking distance of the cottage. The owners are very welcoming and offered their help if we needed anything.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent cottage...great property...wonderful owner..

  • 5 of 5

Big spacious cottage.. loved sitting on the deck and grilling watching dolphins, fishing off the dock. Launching our kayaks. kitchen and everything inside was perfect for the 4 of us. 2 adults and 2 kids. beach right across street. It was truly relaxing. Thanks Gini. On the top of our list for sure.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. I The deck is great for viewing our dolphins, manatees and the many sea and shore birds. We try to anticipate our guests needs and equip the kitchen and cottage with everything to make our guest feel at home. I enjoyed hosting you & your family. We hope to see you again in the future.
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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: October 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

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: March 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $79
Cleaning $135 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Tis cottage can be rented as 2 bedroom 2 bath. Contact us for rates.
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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