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5 STAR, Pet Friendly, Sunny,Private Cottage with Old Florida Charn Mins to Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bathroom

Surround yourself with sunshine, seclusion and the sound of the sea.

This lovely, cheerful 2 bedroom 2 bath cottage has old Florida Charm ...and is newly updated.

Situated on a private, sleepy lane it is only a 2 to 3 minute walk to the beach. The Cottage has all the amenities of home WiFi, 3 TV's, DVR, washer and dryer, granite kitchen and dishwasher. Wake to the sound of the waves breaking, perhaps a visit from an Egret, Heron or Ibis all while enjoying fresh brewed coffee on the privacy of your own sunny deck.

This Sunny Shell Basket cottage is one of the very few homes that can rent for less than a full week on Sanibel Island. Comfortable, charming and cozy…not your typical vacation rental. For those who are looking to get away, enjoy each other, your family, nature, and the serenity… stay at Sunny Shell Basket Cottage.

Why choose this BRIGHT, CHEERY and UPLIFTING rental!!

1) Walk to the beach in less then 3 minutes

2) Free standing home no Condo

3) Park right next to your front door

4) Short bike/car ride to many restaurants

5) Umbrellas, chairs and towels

6) Netflix

7) Wi fi

8) Gas grill with gas

9) HD TV

10) Well stocked kitchen

11) all 5 STAR reviews

12) Perfect location

13) Did I mention BRIGHT, CHEERY and UPLIFTING!!

More Details

Leslie & Jim
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

Why Leslie & Jim chose Sanibel

We started renting this lovely cottage in 1985...fell in love with the cottage and Sanibel and in 1993 when it came available to purchase we didn't hesitate.

It has always represented freedom, peace and a real vacation to us.

What makes this house unique

Every morning and evening we would take the short walk to the beach and totally feel revived and relaxed. Loved the southern exposure and big sliding patio doors that would always allow the cottage to be bright and cheery. This place will up lift any spirit. Perfect!


Sanibel House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 24
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , with Flat screen TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , with flat screen TV
  • Futon in living room that opens to bed.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Check out is 10 AM


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5 STAR, Pet Friendly, Sunny,Private Cottage with Old Florida Charn Mins to Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 89 reviews

Beautifully decorated cottage very near the beach.

  • 5 of 5

Leslie and Jim were wonderful to us from the very start of our reservation. They contacted us before we visited to see if we had any questions or concerns about the cottage or our stay. They were always available to get a hold of if needed and made sure we settled in when we arrived. They literally thought of everything a guest might need from extra sandals for the beach to bikes, an outdoor grill, beach towels, menus of nearby restaurants, guides of local attractions, and even some food, which worked perfect for us getting in late and not having a chance to get to the store. They left notes and instructions around the house for anything that might be confusing, like how to operate the lights and the TV remotes. The cottage was located away from a busy road, so it was nice and quiet, and yet only about a 3 minute walk to the beach. They were also very accommodating of a few last minute guests that needed a place to stay for a night who were part of our wedding party. I could go on and on about all the wonderful things these owners and their cottage have but I simply don't have enough space. We have never used VRBO before and I cannot imagine ever having a better experience than this. If I could give them more than 5 stars I would. Thank you for everything Leslie and Jim. You made our vacation and wedding on Sanibel absolutely perfect.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We are so happy that you had a wonderful time for your wedding. You were perfect guest and you would be welcome back anytime. We wish you the very best. Jim and Leslie
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Great Place - Great Owners!

  • 5 of 5

We have just completed our 2nd stay in the cottage and have already booked our 3rd visit. The owners (Leslie and Jim) think of everything and have it waiting for you when you arrive. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Just love this place-great location, house in great shape, wonderful responsive owners. This is my little piece of heaven!!

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always a pleasure to have you stay with us! Look forward to seeing you next year. Leslie and Jim
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Comfortable, convenient—close beach access, well-stocked.

  • 5 of 5

We’ve spent four Christmases vacationing in Leslie and Jim’s very nice, comfortable cottage. They provide nearly everything you would need—flip flops, beach umbrellas, beach chairs, beach towels. I even saw some sunglasses in the basket. Leslie also provides some condiments and pantry items—handy. We look forward to this vacation all year long. We bring our little dog. Our daughter visits and sometimes other family. We’ve made good memories in this cottage and on our beloved Sanibel.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Excellent Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is lovely and clean. Owners are wonderful and so accommodating with any requests. This is our 3rd visit and are looking forward to our 4th!

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

We visit every year and sometimes twice in a year! The cottage is tastefully decorated with all the comforts of home. No detail is overlooked. The owners are so very thoughtful and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! Always a pleasure to have you stay at our cottage. Wonderful guests and we welcome you anytime. Leslie and Jim
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Southwest Florida International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Tiki Bar
Nearest Golf
0.4 Miles
Beach View
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Star Fish
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
White Sands of Gulf of Mexico
Car: necessary

Lovely Cottage/home on quite private lane with short walk to beach, bars and restaurants.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 11.0%

Policies :
Rates are based on 4 persons.
No smoking
No RV's, boats
No parties
60 day notice for refund
$250 REFUNDABLE security deposit
$75 cleaning fee
$100 pet fee
Check out 10 am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 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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