About the property
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2br/2bth cottage on the water. *Option to rent as 1br/1bth (see rate schedule)
We are a small romantic cottage on a tropical island named Conch Key; It's a quaint & Old Florida Keys style lobster fishing village located about 10 miles from Marathon. Close to various state parks and beaches.
Centrally located we are the exact midpoint of the Florida Keys, or the halfway mark between the mainland & Key West, making us a perfect home base for day trips & sightseeing.
We offer a quiet underdeveloped island with an easy relaxing pace of life consisting of small residential streets, where you can take a leisurely stroll, bike ride on our bikes(no traffic), take an ocean water swim off our private dock, explore the island & find our hidden cove & beach, or take a nap under the large Tiki hut in our hammocks, and still embrace the authentic charm of the Old Florida Keys.
You can embark on an adventure, launch the kayaks and fish the flats or explore the island waterside, paddle to surrounding sandbars, other islands & scenic waterways, as well as island beaches accessible by small boat only. All our guests may enjoy the use of our bicycles & kayaks without charge.
On a beautiful waterview setting, the back yard opens to a large Tiki Hut with electricity, ceiling fans, and night time lighting on the water. Under its roof you'll find swinging hammocks and dining table for relaxation, perfect for cocktail hour or outside dining & BBQ. Scenic & on the water, manatees, tropical fish & Loggerhead turtles often come by to visit. Daytime, or shine a light into the water at night and you'll see tropical fish, lobster, octopus, and other sea life passing around our dock.
Your next door neighbors Steve & Jeff, professional commercial lobstermen, will sell you fresh caught, off their boats, lobster and stone crab when in season; or ask your other next door neighbor Captain Dan, professional captain & fishing guide to take you on a 1/2 day or full day charter on his boat and catch your own fish without having to drive anywhere: just wake up, step off your back porch & onto his boat. After a beautiful day on the water Captain Dan will help or filet your fish. You can cook them on the grill as soon as you get off the boat, or take it to many of the local eateries that will cook your catch for a delicious meal.
If you like to fish without a boat, we are located within walking distance of the dedicated world class Long Key fishing bridge ( apx. 3 miles long) where you can cast your bait for tarpon & many other variety of salt water fish. The bridge is also a great place take a bike ride, go for a walk, or jog if you are a runner, and catch a beautiful sunrise or sunset over the water.
For our guests who own or bring boats, the boat launch is only about a block away from the cottage. Our large dock will accommodate a boat up to 23' in length (no additional charges) & there's plenty of room on property to store you trailer (again no additional charges). There is immediate Bay & Ocean access for flats or deep sea fishing, lobstering, diving, snorkeling and other water activities.
To qualified boaters we can also offer (with additional charges & booked in advance with a minimum 7 night booking) Small Motor Boat Options (SMBOs) - small motor boat rentals available with the cottage booking only, capable of being used for island hopping, scenic on water exploring, and boat only accessible island beaches. Our boats are capable of getting under the many smaller lower height bridges dividing ocean & bay, allowing more opportunity & easier access to island beaches & skinny water exploration of scenic waterways etc. They are not for use in deeper ocean side water, if you are interested in a Deep sea or larger boat rental, we can certainly help guide you to a close & practical boat rental company.
Tastefully furnished, the cottage is a cozy 2bedroom/2bath romantic getaway with WIFI internet access. Accommodations are comfortable for 2 guests on each queen size bed, and if necessary 1 guest on the couch (a bit crowded). The 2nd bedroom/bath is attached to the cottage but accessible by a private front porch courtyard entrance/exit, not through the body of the main cottage, providing an extra level of comfort & privacy for 2 couples traveling together or families, but may be unsuitable for younger children. Each side includes its own bathroom, Direct TV with premium channels, & separate thermostatically controlled central a/c & heat.
THIS IS NOT A PARTY HOUSE RENTAL, NO LARGE GATHERINGS. We love great guests that are respectful of our neighbors & our property on this quaint island & thus allow no more than a respectful number, or limit of non-booked guests at any time during your stay.
We apologize in advance as the VRBO/Homeaway platform, programming & logarithms don't always mesh with our practical needs & policies concerning online rentals, it works but does not always work flawlessly. Estimated rates (the "enter dates to see accurate pricing" tab) from the VRBO/Homeaway sight are based on a 2 bedroom 2 bath rental for 2 couples, a maximum of 4 guests (sharing 2 queen size beds) DURING NON HOLIDAY & NON SPECIAL EVENT PERIODS only & therefore may not be an accurate pricing for your selected dates. HOLIDAY/SPECIAL EVENT PERIODS & ADDITIONAL GUESTS are not reflected accurately on the estimated rental rate (the "enter dates to see accurate pricing" tab) prior to our formal reply or our edited quote, & incur additional charges and/or higher damage deposits .
LOBSTER MINI SEASON (usually the last Wednesday & Thursday in July) REQUIRES A 7 NIGHT BOOKING & other Special Event or Holiday periods may require a minimum number of nights to reserve a booking also.
Families please provide the ages of any children in your initial inquiry to receive our best possible rates.
We require a copy of your Drivers License with signed rental agreement after you book.
1BEDROOM/1BATH COTTAGE RENTALS
The cottage may be rented as a 1br/1bth rental at a cheaper rate for 1 couple renters only, with a minimum 7 night booking. The "enter dates to see accurate pricing" tab where you enter your booking dates, will not provide this pricing for 1br/1bth rentals. For 1br/1bth rentals click on "send e mail" (inquiry only, not automatic booking), request a quote for the 1br/1bth option, 7 night minimum.
The courtyard 2nd bedroom with bath, is closed for individual couples who request (on the initial inquiry prior to booking) to rent as a 1br/1bth at the lower rates (*see our 1br/1bth rates under 'additional info about our rates'/ 'Notes') who would not have the need for a second bedroom (couple or couple with infant).The courtyard 2nd br/bth is never booked or available for booking by another party during a 1br/1bth cottage rental, insuring your privacy & exclusive use of the property.
Again, a written request for the 1br/1bth cottage rental must be made with the initial inquiry prior to online or automatic booking, in order to receive the discounted rate (as we must edit the pricing manually).
Advanced Bookings require a non refundable $500.00 - $1000.00 reservation deposit for each week or part of a week booked until 60 days prior to the check in date, then the balance and all monies are due & non refundable.
This is definitely a NON-SMOKING and absolutely a NO PARTY/NO PET rental.
Kenneth E. Solis
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Kenneth E. Solis
I grew up in Dade County and Biscayne Bay where my family always enjoyed boating, diving, and general water activities. I became a firefighter and retired from Dade County Fire Department after 31.5 years of service.
Kenneth E. Solis purchased this Cottage in 1993
Why Kenneth E. Solis chose Conch Key
I always enjoyed spending so much time in the Florida Keys with great friends, & grew a fond attachment to this particular island for its old style Fla. Keys ambience. This island fishing village is unique to the Fla. Keys experience and it is easy to visualize why its residents chose to call it home. Because friends & family enjoyed my cottage so much also, they suggested & encouraged me to start the rental on a lark. Not intending more than an occasional rental I was quickly rewarded with a sense of pride from guests that raved about the cottage which fueled my interest on continuing.
What makes this Cottage unique
Centraly & practically located, it is exactly the hafway mark from the mainland to famous Key West, approximately 1.5 hour drive to either, from the property. Located adjacent to the Long Key bridge it provides immediate bay and ocean access to the best diving, fishing, kayaking, beaches, and boating activities in the Keys without having to travel time consuming miles to reach a location to cross over from the bay to the ocean or vise versa for water activities. Far enough to feel disconnected from mainland society and relax on the hammocks under the Tiki hut in a very romantic setting.
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Quaint little cottage, perfect for a quiet getaway to the Keys
Ken, the owner was very hospitable and responsive as we researched and considered his cottage as we reviewed many properties to rent in the Keys. The cottage is a slightly older, one bedroom, one living room, small kitchen cottage with an adjoining 2nd bedroom with separate bathroom (sort of a mother-in-law room) if you need it. Our daughter slept there, while my wife and I had the main cottage to ourselves :-) . The cottage is on a canal a very short boat ride into the larger bay and less than a mile from the ocean. A boat rental is highly recommended to see the area, snorkel and fish. I used Pier 68 (Jay is excellent!) for a two day rental of a 22' deck boat that I tied up to Ken's pier (fit perfectly). Just an hour or so by car from Key West, it was an easy trip to go visit the Cat Man, do some shopping, and people watch. Evenings at the cottage under the stars on the back deck were beautiful. Should have been a 5 star rating but we had a little trouble with water temperature control in the showers that caused us a little discomfort. Ken was quick to apologize and refunded a substantial portion of our rental cost to compensate us for the inconvenience. I am sure he has fixed or replaced the water heater, but be sure to ask about it. This is a very reasonably priced property for a romantic stay almost exactly in the middle of the Florida Keys. There isn't much to see ashore on Conch Key, but Marathon and Islamorada are both only 15 minutes away. With a boat though, you have immediate access to crystal blue, clear water a short ride away. If prices in Key West are too high, or you want more quiet and solitude at night, Ken's Cottage is an excellent choice.
The cottage is conveniently situated on a channel that had easy access to the bayside. Cottage is in the heart of a fishing community. We rented a boat for 3 days from Pier 68 and spent our time fishing, snorkeling and sightseeing. The nearby SS Wreck provided excellent dining and seafood was our choice each day. Enjoyed shopping in Islamorada and feeding the tarpon at Robbie’s. A day trip to Key West was about 1.5 hours away and is a must do. The hammocks and tiki hut allowed us to enjoy a nap and some reading time. The cottage provided everything that we needed for a relaxing family vacation. Ken was very accommodating and helpful.
Great place to unwind and enjoy family and friends.
Great location centered in The Keys to do different activities. Great sunset kayaking. Wonderful RnR cottage.
Very Enjoyable Stay
The cottage is situated very centrally, so is ideal for exploring the Keys by car. (There is plenty of parking space). This is a small, "real" nieghbourhood cum working key, which we found a refreshing antidote to glitzy but band holiday resorts. Well equipped, cozy, homely and characterfully decorated, everything was very clean and worked well. The air conitioning was quiet and efficient. There is a good space outside the back door to sit on the quayside. The nearest public beach we found was Sombrero - lovely - (just beyond Marathon town) but there may be others; we were only there 3 days. Ken's pre-arrival information was very helpful and there seems to be plenty of opportunity for watersports here, although we didn't have time to explore these.
We stayed with another couple and this place provided privacy for all and great common space . We enjoyed using the kayaks and bikes the equipment was in good condition. The location was perfect and the neighbors were nice. We would love to return
Great Little Cottage
The stay here was great. I wish the weather would have cooperated a bit more, but what can you do? Loved the kayak rides we took, saw some sharks, and stingrays while we were out there. Did some fishing caught some neat looking fish. I would definitely stay here again, but next time, I will plan around the weather, and it will absolutely be a warmer stay. Thanks Ken for being so accommodating.
We offer small motor boat (option) rental for island hopping, boat only accessible beaches, & scenic exploration on the water close to land. Traditional beaches and state parks are close by also. Larger power boat rental, fishing charters, and fresh seafood are available literally feet away from the property. Also Hawks Cay resort, just around the corner offers a wide variety of water activities such as jet ski rental, para-sailing, powerboat rentals, and fish or dive charters. Lobstermen and local fishing guides with private charter boats are your neighbors and are happy to book a days activities. Fishing and diving are excellent and we are well situated with immediate bay and ocean access by boat. We have on many occasions caught our lobster dinners by snorkeling immediately around the island. Watching the neighbors bring in their daily fresh catch of fish, lobster, stone crabs, and tropical fish for aquariums is very interesting, and purchasing fresh caught from the neighbors for your meal, if you don't catch your own.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Holiday week/weekends & Special Event rates are higher. Each additional guest minimum $50.00 per night. Lobster Mini Season requires minimum 7 night booking 2br/2bth rates only @$1950.00. Minimum Advance Reservation deposit are non refundable minimum $500.00 per week, or part of. Balance & all monies due & non refundable 60 days prior to check in date. Minimum Damage deposits are $750.00 or greater Main Cottage only as 1br/1bth* for 2 adults only, @ the following standard non holiday rates (excludes Courtyard 2nd br/bth), 7 night minimum: Weekly (7nights) @ $1656.00 * Monthly Rentals (28 nights) Off season consideration *Special Event/Holiday week, weekend & daily rates higher for 1br & 2br rentals, additionally some Holiday/Special Event periods may require a minimum weeklong booking. ** Ask about rates for optional small motor boat (SMBOs) rentals with cottage.