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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 Florida Gulf Coast from this retro two-room cottage set in a pretty back yard. Kayaking, birding, biking, tennis, boating nearby. 45 min from Ft. Myers Beach/Sanibel. Wi-fi, A/C, kitchen, v small bathroom w/shower, 1 bedroom (queen Select Comfort bed), cozy private deck, screened lanai. Perfect for 1 or 2. Avoid the motel feel and enjoy your privacy. Generous discounts weekly/monthly bookings. Need more space? Check out Seagrape Escape, the main abode on the property.

It is a tradition in Florida to throw up a fisherman's shack in the back yard for guests and annoying relatives. That's how Susie's Cottage began, many years ago. And the funky construction quirks of the original can still be seen in today's renovated version. Don't expect the walls to be plumb or the layout to make sense! But paint and funky furnishings have done wonders. A/C, ceiling fans, full kitchen, and a cute (but very small!!!) bathroom (shower only). The cottage is the February retreat of Susie, my sister, a retired opera singer (she painted the heron bathroom door). Off season (April through January), it is available to vacationers who want privacy and some 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.

Susie's Cottage is tucked in behind Seagrape Escape (the park-model trailer where I live in winter. It is invisible from the road. Gail, my manager, lives a few streets away and is there to help you should you have questions or run into problems. The garden comes every other Sunday.

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Ellen Larson
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 27, 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, in my nice trailer in Bokeelia, which I call Seagrape Escape, thanks to my love seagrapes. There is also a cottage on the property, which I call Susie's Old-Florida Cottage, in honor of my sister, Susie, who resides in the cottage each February. In the off season I rent out the cottage to responsible travelers to make ends meet.

Ellen Larson purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Ellen Larson chose Bokeelia

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 trees 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 dwellings are definitely old-timey--comfy and mellow with the best yard-sale furniture money can buy. The main dwelling, Seagrape Escape, is an ancient park-model trailer that has sprouted additions to become a retro two bedroom home with 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 in the artists' hamlet of Matlacha (mat-la-CHAY). Susie's Old-Florida Cottage is noteworthy for its privacy and old-style charm. You won't have to watch what your neighbors are doing, and they won't see you. With a full kitchen and access to a washer, you can make yourself instantly at home. Beach towels and beach chairs are provided. Bikes available (ask about signing a release).

Pine Island is not a particularly active tourist spot (no beaches). Rather it is a place were average people of the snowbird variety can afford a winter residence, go fishing, play tennis, or indulge in the primary activity on the island: eating out. It is a low key spot. You definitely need a car--I have had two guests who thought they could get by with just a bike, and neither was happy in the end. Pine Island is very different from the posh snowbird areas of Sarasota to the north and Naples to the south. We are the blue-collar zone, and proud of it.


Bokeelia Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 364 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • 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 , Note: The bathroom is very SMALL. Cute, but very SMALL.
  • Yes, the bathroom is SMALL. Toilet, sink, good-sized shower stall. Medicine cabinet and mirror. Exhaust fan. It's a little on the dark side (adding a light is on the list for next year's improvements).
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Select Comfort Bed
  • The bedroom is small (12 x 12) but comfy. A/C, ceiling fan for temperature control. Dresser and closet for your clothes. There is a spare set of sheets in the bottom drawer of the dresser. Both the lanai and the deck are accessed from the bedroom.
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
You will be sharing your space with my two osprey, Benedict and Beatrice, who live in the nest on top of the phone pole. You will hear them in the morning and see them going about their business throughout the day. Except in August, when the go on vacation to Georgia.


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Private getaway on Pine Island. Full kitchen, lanai, deck. Beautiful yard.
average rating of 4.0 based on 3 reviews

Cute cottage

  • 4 of 5

This cottage is very eclectic and it is small but they don't try to claim it is anything else. It is very artfully decorated. One drawback is the sliding bathroom door since it comes off the track and doesn't quite cover the doorway. It is creative though! Ellen was very attentive and came over to fix the wifi when we requested it. She was very helpful with local places and friendly. My only one complaint was when she said she was going to lower the price after we left. We both felt like we had been overcharged by 100.00 at that point. However, she was willing to work with me before we booked on service fees.

I can honestly say we never had a bad meal while we were there. Paradse Deli, Berts, Miceli's, Ragged Ass Saloon - alll of them had good food and service. The thrift shops in Cape Coral were terrific too! Sunken Treasures is a metaphysical store in Cape Coral that was beautiful. The owners are incredibly friendly and it is a great place to browse.


  • Submitted: May 31, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review, Ruth! I have taken steps to fix the sliding door. :-) And I have put up a hook in the bathroom as you suggested too. Just to clarify about the rates: The high-season officially ends in mid May, and that is why the rates drop at that time. I did not mean to imply that you were charged a higher fee than normal. I'm so sorry I did not make that clear, as I can see how that must have been annoying. You were the best of guests--thank you so much for leaving the cottage neat and tidy. -Ellen
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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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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 Train
15 Miles
Ft Myers Travel Plaza
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Little Lilly's Island Deli
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Fort Myers Beach
Car: necessary

Pine Island is still technically a farming area (mango and palm). Note: there are no beaches on the island itself. There is a pleasant mix of snowbirds and permanent residents. Rent boats for fishing or pleasure, as well as kayaks, at Pineland Marina, Jug Creek Marina, Four Winds Marina, and at various spots in Matlacha. Phillips Park, a mile away at Pine Island Center, has a heated pool ($3/day, closed Mondays) and tennis courts (free). The highly recommended Island Lilly's Deli is right across 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, down in St. James City at the south end of the island, and in Matlacha (the artsy-touristy hamlet you pass through on your way to Pine Island. A walking and bike trail stretches from one tip of the island to the other. There are also half a dozen nature walks (watch for the brown signs!).

The Randall Research Center is around the corner in Pineland. For birders, off-island 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.

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 half an hour from the Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda. Note: I have had guests come without a car, thinking they could bike or walk to the beach or to tourist areas. They have all been disappointed, so please don't do this! There is no central, on the water spot for socializing; everything is spread out.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

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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