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Private getaway on Pine Island. Full kitchen, lanai, deck. Beautiful yard.

Bedrooms 1
Space 364 sq ft
Property type cottage


About the property

Explore Pine Island and the Gulf Coast in this pretty cottage for one or two.

Explore Pine Island and the Gulf Coast from this quaint two-room cottage set on a pretty lot behind the main house (Seagrape Escape). Kayaking, bird-watching, biking, tennis court, and boating nearby. 45 min from Ft. Myers Beach and Sanibel. Wi-fi, A/C, kitchen, toilet w/shower, 1 bedroom (queen-sized sleep-number bed), ultra-private deck, and screened lanai. Perfect for 1 or 2 guests. Avoid the motel feel and enjoy your privacy. Generous discounts for weekly and monthly bookings.

The Space

Having a shack somewhere on the property is an old tradition in Florida, and that is how my Susie's Old-Florida Cottage began its days. The funky construction habits of the original can still be seen in between the renovations. But we have A/C in both rooms, ceiling fans, and a small but nice bathroom (shower only). These days, the cottage is the winter retreat of Susie, my sister, a retired opera singer. Off season, it is open to guests who want privacy and Old Florida charm.


My street is a short, unpaved road off Stringfellow Rd. ("the" road on Pine Island, which runs 18 miles from north to south. The Cottage is at the back of the property, behind the main house and separated from it by a trellis upon which Carolina jessamine grows. Guests have sole occupancy of the cottage, including the little lanai and the secret back deck, as well as a parking space. My goal is to make you feel that Susie's Old-Florida Cottage is your home during your stay.


Phillips Park, a mile away at Pine Island Center, has a heated pool and tennis courts. The highly recommended Island Lilly's Deli is right aross the street from the park. There is also a library and a small but fascinating museum. Just south of Pine Island Center is a Winn-Dixie and a CVS. There is a cluster of amazing restaurants, many of which feature live music, at each end of the island and in Matlacha (the artsy-touristy hamlet you pass through on your way to Pine Island. Though it has no beaches, there are several public marinas on the island, and a bike trail that stretches from one tip of the island to the other. You can rent bikes on Pine Island Road just east of the Center, and kayaks at any marina. The Randall Research Center is around the corner. For birders, there are the Myakka and Crew Nature Preserves, the Rookery, and, of course, the Everglades (about a two hour drive). Check out the Alden Pines Country Club for golf, right on the island. And of course, enjoy the dozens of restaurants and cafes in Bokeelia, St. James City, and Matlacha.

Getting around

There is no public transport on Pine Island, so you'll need a car. The cottage is about 45 minutes from RSW, which is the Fort Myers International Airport, and about twenty minutes from the Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda.

Other things to note

The Cottage is an older home, and it is most definitely not a motel. We are not hoteliers. This is my winter home, and it has both the charms and the annoyances of a home. You make your own bed and sweep/vacuum the floor yourself. For longer stays you can arrange with Tammy to change sheets/towels and tidy up. Otherwise, you're on your own! If such things bother you, skip it. If the idea of having osprey for neighbors sounds appealing, this is the place for you!

More Details

Ellen Larson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 3, 2018

About Ellen Larson

I am a freelance writer and editor who understands the desire to travel. I have been around the world in my day, and lived for three years in England and for fifteen years in Egypt. In summer I live in an off-grid cabin in upstate New York. In winter, I live on Pine Island, now in my nice house in Bokeelia. I keep the cottage open throughout the winter for my sister, Susie, and for other guests. In the off season I rent out the cottage at low cost to responsible travelers.

Ellen Larson purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Ellen Larson chose Pine Island Center

I bought this property in the fall of 2014, but I had my eye on it for almost ten years, because I wanted to rent the cottage myself. I fell in love with the yard, from the magnificent Bismarck Palm to the fragrant gardenia bush. I love to garden, so I have planted citrus trees and a seagrape hedge, which will, over time, provide even more privacy. The main house, Seagrape Escape, is older, and was originally a park model trailer. Over time, rooms have been added to it, so that today it appears as a rambling two bedroom house with strangely low ceilings. The cottage, Susie's Old Florida Cottage, is the ideal getaway: Sweet as can be, with all the essentials, and capital P Privacy.

What makes this cottage unique

There are plenty of vacation rentals in Greater Pine Island, including on quaint Matlacha. Susie's Old-Florida Cottage is noteworthy for its great privacy. You won't have to watch what your neighbors are doing, and they won't see you. The furnishings are more low-key that traditional motels, but still nice, and suitable to the Old Florida style of the cottage and house. But most of all, the prices can't be beat!


Pine Island Center Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 364 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Small but cute and functional.
  • Small bathroom, but very cute and fully tiled: sink, toilet, and shower. Small Exhaust fan. Linens provided.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Select sleep-number bed.
  • Enjoy a delightful sleep number queen-sized bed in a 12 x 12 bedroom with A/C and ceiling fan. Dresser and closet for your clothes.
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Susie's Cottage is tucked in behind the main house, invisible from the road. My wonderful manager lives next door, and is there to help you when you need it. The plants have to be watered every couple of days, but other than that, you're on your own!


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Private getaway on Pine Island. Full kitchen, lanai, deck. Beautiful yard.
average rating of 4.0 based on 2 reviews

Old Florida It Is!!!

  • 3 of 5

No bar/restaurant nearby and room for no more than two. Bathroom is very small/tight but newly remodeled. Pretty much a place to sleep, shower, jump in your car and go. Car a must to go anywhere; nothing nearby. NO Beach. Great restaurant/bar at north end of island but need a car to get there. Owner lives in main house and very accommodating if you need something.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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small but very nice

  • 5 of 5

The unit is small but very clean and has everything you need. It's very cute too.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bert's Bar & Grill
The must-visit bar located in Matlacha.
Royal Tee Country Club -- CLOSED
Golfing in Cape Coral. Beautiful. Private course, but the public is welcome
Woody's Surfside Island Rum & Grille
My favorite honkytonk on Pine Island. I love me the veggie burger!
Perfect Cup
Best place for breakfast or lunch in Matlacha. Open till 3.
Pine Island Pool
Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve
Try the homemade cookies!
Great Licks Ice Cream
Little Lilly's Island Deli
Another great veggie wrap!
Le's Oriental Cuisine -- CLOSED
Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Bert's Bar
Nearest Ferry
5 Miles
Pine Island Marina
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Alden Pines
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Little Lilly's Island Deli
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Fort Myers Beach
Car: necessary

Susie's Old Florida Cottage is located a mile from "The Center," where you will find tennis courts, a swimming pool (for a small fee), a library, and a sweet museum. Just north of the Center is Little Lilly's Island Deli, where you'll enjoy lunch and a great selection of deli foods to take home. Winn Dixie and CVS are half a mile south of the Center. And no guide to Pine Island is complete without a mention of Matlacha, the funky little town full of colorful art galleries and gift shops. There's also a post office, an ice cream shop, Le's Chinese Cuisine, and the Chocolate Factory. What more do you need?


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Damage Deposit $300

Susie's Cottage is not a motel. We are not hoteliers. The Cottage is part of our home, and it has both the charms and the annoyances of a home. The bathroom is cute but tiny. The a/c is too loud. The kitchen cabinets need to be replaced. You make your own bed and sweep the floor yourself. Longer stays can arrange with the wonderful Tammy to change sheets/towels and tidy up. If such things bother you, skip it. If the idea of having osprey for neighbors sounds appealing, this is the place for you!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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