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Lux Home, Private Heated Pool, 4K Home Theatre, Magnificent View, Great Locatio

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 10 nights


About the property

3/2 luxury home overlooks lakes & golf course, private heated pool, home theater

3 bedrooms / 2 baths spacious single-family house with private heated swimming pool, secluded sun deck surrounded by tropical gardens, and magnificent views overlooking the lakes and greens of The Dunes, an 18-hole championship golf course and tennis club, considered to be the best in southwest Florida.

An oasis of beauty and serenity just a 10-minute bike ride from Sanibel's best beaches.

15' x 30' heated swimming pool - private and secluded - surrounded by tropical gardens. Pool heater maintains water temperature at 87 degrees year round.

Large pool deck with top-brand lounges and comfortable patio furniture.

Private and secluded swimming pool and sun deck. Enjoy the sun in total privacy.

The soothing sound of waters falling from the large patio fountain fills the pool and patio areas.

The house enjoys a great location within a 5-minute drive to Sanibel's best beaches, shops and restaurants.

The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club is open to the public (user fees: golf $120; tennis: $25/hour) golf and tennis lessons offered, pro shop and fine restaurant on clubhouse.

Country-club living in quiet & peaceful community located near Sanibel's best beaches, shops and restaurants.

Link to The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club::

Enjoy the sounds of silence and the sights of nature! The house offers a magnificent view overlooking greens and lakes of The Dunes golf course which is sanctioned as a wildlife habitat by the Audubon Society.

The Dunes is a clean, quiet and beautiful neighborhood located near entrance to island. Avoid island traffic! House is a 10-minute bike ride away from best beaches, shops and restaurants.

Magnificent view overlooking greens and lakes of The Dunes golf course.

The house is professionally furnished and decorated - island style.

Outdoor shower with hot / cold water adjacent to pool deck. Shower in the garden!

1.2 miles to Gulf Beach (10-minute bike ride) ; .8 mile to Bay Beach (10-minute walk)

Large back yard with beautiful fountain & tropical gardens

Home Theatre - 65 inch Sony 4K - 3D - ULTRA HD LED TV. SONOS surround sound. Amazing home theatre experience!

Samsung 4K 3-D Blue Ray player. Enjoy a selection of just-released 3-D and 4-K movies. 3-D glasses provided.

NETFLIX - Over 20,000 film titles available at the flick of a button - free of charge!

Free Comcast high-speed internet & high definition cable TV.

Bar B Q grill on pool deck.

Two outdoor pool-side fire pits: 1) wood-burning fire pit and 2) propane fire pit.

UPSTAIRS PORCH - Large screened covered porch with dining table, ceiling fans and sitting area offers magnificent views overlooking lakes and greens of The Dunes golf course. Summer sunsets are spectacular.

DOWNSTAIRS PORCH - Large covered non-screened porch adjacent to pool deck features dining table, sitting areas and ceiling fans.

Bose sound system in porch. Ideal for enjoyment of classical music while contemplating the sunset and other wonders of nature from your porch. Note: House is located in "quiet nature zone". No loud sounds or music are permitted in pool deck or other outdoor areas.

Top-of-line Beautyrest mattresses, goose down pillows and comforters, linens and towels.

Brand-new kitchen cabinets and appliances.

Circular driveway, ground-level covered entry.

Central Air Conditioning and Heating - Ceiling fans in all rooms and porches.

MASTER BEDROOM - King bed with luxury Simmons Beautyrest mattress, down pillows and down comforter. Room sleeps 2 adults.

GUEST ROOM # 1: Two (2) queen beds with very comfortable Sertapedic mattresses and down pillows and comforters. Room sleeps 4 adults

GUEST ROOM # 2 - One (1) queen bed with very luxury Simmons Beautyrest mattress and down comforters. Room sleeps 2 adults

BABY READY - We provide a baby high chair, pack & play station and two railings for bed.

Washer and Dryer upstairs.

Large linen closet with full line of top-quality linens and towels.

The house is located on Sand Castle Road - a beautiful circular 3-mile "loop" around the golf course with 20 mph speed limit - ideal for walking, jogging, bicycling or roller-blading.

Complete amenities - all you need to bring is your toothbrush!

Beautiful landscaped gardens full of flowers and tropical fruits. Coconut palms surrounding pool were imported from Tahiti in the South Pacific. Nothing more refreshing than drinking water from Tahitian coconuts!

Professional House Cleaning - Prior to the arrival of each guest, the house is thoroughly cleaned and serviced by professional cleaners. They will place a certificate of service at the door stating that the house has been thoroughly cleaned and inspected. It is our way of assuring our guests that they will always find a clean property that meets their highest standards.

House completely renovated in 2016! New master bath, new kitchen, new wood laminate floors throughout the house.

This is one of Sanibel's finest rental properties. Go First Class in Paradise!!!

More Details

Ralph A. Penalver
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Ralph A. Penalver

I first heard of Sanibel while on a visit to Tahiti in French Polynesia in 1976. There I casually met a couple who were making their way around the world on a sailboat. When I said I lived in Florida, they said, "The closest thing to Tahiti in the continental United States is Sanibel Island in Florida." The first thing I did when I returned from my trip was to check out Sanibel. It was love at first sight. I decided to buy a place in Sanibel as a second home and searched all over the island for a location that offered me beauty, peace and tranquility - and close contact with nature. I searched and searched until I found a spec house under construction overlooking the lakes and greens of The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club. The view from the house was magnificent and there was wildlife everywhere. The Dunes is adjacent to Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge and many of the birds come to swim and feed in the lakes of the golf course. The moment I saw the property, I knew I had found my place. It was private and quiet - yet centrally located with Sanibel's best shops and restaurants less than five minutes away. I had a professional 18-hole golf course with beautiful greens and lakes in my backyard. The gulf and bay beaches are just a short bike ride away. So are the groceries, shops and some of Sanibel's best restaurants. Bill Frey one of Sanibel's most renowned builders and architects, designed and built the house. He called it the Sand Castle. It has truly been a castle of joy and wonderful memories for my family and for the many renters with whom we have shared this island paradise.

You will marvel at the magnificent view overlooking the lakes and greens of The Dunes Golf and Tennis Club and the beauty of the pool area and tropical gardens. We hope that you will love our vacation house as much as we do. Thanks for taking our home into consideration for your Sanibel Island vacation.

Ralph A. Penalver purchased this house in 1980

Why Ralph A. Penalver chose The Dunes

The Sand Castle is not your typical rental property. We love our Sanibel home and have devoted much time and effort over the past 30 years to make it a truly unique property. As such, we have furnished and equipped our Sanibel house for maximum comfort. We have been fortunate to have good renters over the years - persons who appreciate our house and cared for it as if it was their own. Some have been coming back every year for the past two decades. This year we completely renovated the house, installing new floors, bathrooms and kitchen while maintaining the warmth and happy feeling that brought us so many wonderful memories over the years. We take special pride in the garden and landscaping of our Sanibel home. We have planted every tree on the house with the idea of creating a tropical paradise. Guests to our Sanibel house are welcomed to take home with them a small potted "Tahiti coconut palms". These are the "offspring" of the Tahitian coconut palms we brought from our trip to Tahiti and the South Pacific. Take home a Tahitian coconut palm from our yard and plant it in your yard. The Tahitian coconut palm will be a souvenir of your Sanibel vacation and bring back fond memories of your stay at our Sand Castle.

What makes this house unique

The Sand Castle is beautifully-designed will be specially appreciated by people who enjoy a home with a "happy feeling" - beautifully designed and decorated in simple, yet elegant, island style with all the comforts you would expect in a luxury house. The yard and pool area are magnificent. It offers a private heated swimming pool and a secluded sun deck surrounded by tropical gardens.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Wonderful! Ralph’s home is lovely and well appointed and in a perfect location. Quiet neighborhood but close to shops and restaurants. Beds were comfy, the pool was warm, and the space was pretty and functional. Ralph is an awesome host and a great communicator. He had lots of great tips including pre-ordering bikes and suggestions for day activities and dining. We would definitely stay again and would recommend to a couple or a family for a fantastic location.
Nov 2017
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The Dunes House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Children in yard and pool must be accompanied by adult. No diving in pool; no running in pool deck. No loud voices or music. No events or parties.
  • Please shower in garden shower before entering pool. This helps maintain chlorine level in pool and keeps water clear.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Golf Course Front ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Master Bathroom beautifully decorated in Coral Reef theme.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Outdoor hot and cold water shower next to pool & gardens.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Fantastic master bedroom and bath. Opens to porch and pool.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Luxury queen mattress. Crib, Pac n Play available by reques
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , Sertapedic mattresses. Luxury queen beds. Super comfortable
  • MASTER BEDROOM - King bed, two night stands, dresser, rocking chair. Double glass door leads to screened porch overlooking pool and golf course. Direct outdoor stair from porch to sun deck and swimming pool. Separate dressing area with closet. Master bathroom. GUEST BEDROOM #1 - Two luxury queen beds with Sertapedic mattresses, one night stand, one dresser. Royal wicker chair. Closet. GUEST BEDROOM #2 - One luxury queen bed with Sertapedic mattress. Corner dresser. Two chairs. Bookshelf with wide variety of books. Room can be converted to kids' playroom or office. Pack n Play crib available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
The house theme is a celebration of Sanibel Island and its natural habitat. You will fall in love with the peace and serenity of this wonderful house and its magnificent views. A private heated swimming pool surrounded by a secluded pool deck and tropical gardens. Enjoy the sun in total privacy - a sun worshiper's paradise. Some of the coconut trees in the garden were brought by the owner from Tahiti. You will feel the warmth and the love of this house. It's official name is The Sand Castle. We call it "Paradise".


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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Lux Home, Private Heated Pool, 4K Home Theatre, Magnificent View, Great Locatio
average rating of 4.642857 based on 30 reviews

A wonderful place

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at this wonderful house! The interior is lovely. The house has got a beautiful garden and a big pool. The neighborhood is friendly and quiet. The beautiful beach is not far away.

We had a friendly and good contact to the owner. Thank you Ralph!

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Armin and Michaela, Thank you so much for your wonderful review of my Sanibel Island vacation house and for your 5-star ranking. And thank you for taking such good care of my property. You left the house spotless! It was a pleasure to host you. I hope you come back soon. Best, Ralph
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Great family & friends house in sanibel! 

  • 5 of 5

Great family & friends house in sanibel! 

As soon as I arrived to the house they had a very cute note with a sparkling wine bottle by its side (great gesture as is was also my Birthday weekend). We had rented the house for 3 nights and after staying would have loved to stay longer but we had to work on Monday. We were a party of 8 adults and we were super comfortable. The 3 rooms are very spacious with very comfortable beds 1 king size in the master, 1 full size in another room and third room with 2 more full size beds. The kitchen is supplied with enough pots and pans, coffee makers, cups and utensils. Everything was spotless, very clean with enough towels and pillows for everyone. There is a super cool 3D tv in the living room with with glasses. My favorite part of the house was the backyard. In the morning we would see it filled with rabbits and a great view to the golf course. The pool, burners, BBQ and scenery were amazing. The second night the temperature dropped a little so we used the burners to warm up and to do s’mores. We spent most of the time in the pool and in the beach. The pool area has a shower which Ralph (the owner) had asked us to use before getting in to the pool to get the sand off. It was great because not only have hot water it kept the pool sparkling clean. The BBQ was spotless clean and they provided all the cooking gadgets and 3 tanks of gas that came supper handy. The house also provides you with several beach chairs, umbrellas and some floaters and plenty of fire wood to use as well. Overall a beautiful community, great views and sunset, very well equipped house. Highly recommended and most of all Ralph’s attention to detail was great and always available for any request. Thanks again for a memorable weekend.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Michelle for your five star ranking, your wonderful review and for taking such good care of my property during your stay. I hope you and your family come back soon. As a way of clarification, the beds in the house are follows: one king bed in the master bedroom; one queen bed in guest bedroom number 2; and two queen beds in guest bedroom number 3. We do not have full beds. The burners to wish you refer are the fire pits of which we have two: one wood-burning and the other propane. The poolside fire pits have proven to be a real favorite. Guess really enjoy taking a dip in the heated pool under Sanibel's beautiful starlit skies and then having a drink or doing s'mores around the fire pits. Thanks again!!
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sanibel getaway

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely week here. The pool and yard are great, especially as the beach was quite windy last week. Loved sitting in the sunshine and listening to the birds. Ralph is a great owner and will keep in touch while you are there. We rented bikes and went dolphin watching, all in all a great week.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful vacation house!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great rental! The location was perfect, we were close to the bike path and the beach was a ten minute ride. Ralph was great, and gave us the recommendation to rent bikes, which we used every day. The house itself is very nice, and had everything we needed. The pool and backyard were fabulous, my kids (5,8 and 9) loved it. Great place, thanks for sharing your home, Ralph!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Jen for your 5-star ranking and wonderful review. Thanks, too, for the excellent care you took of the house. 5-stars to you, too! Hope you come back soon. With appreciation and best wishes, Ralph
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Great stay, excellent communication, can’t wait to return

  • 5 of 5

Ralph’s communication was the best we have ever experienced in our years using VRBO. He ensured that there were no issues and that everything was absolutely perfect. We had great weather and really enjoyed the pool. The grill was great too. We took Ralph’s advice, shopped at Jerry’s for some steaks and seafood, cooked on the grill and had a wonderful time. Eating on the screened porch area was really nice.

One of the best things though was watching the EAGLES win the Super Bowl on that 65 inch TV. It was a spectacular game and watching the Birds win was the icing on the cake. We even had an eagle flying over the golf course out back......must have been an omen :-)

Thanks again for your hospitality,

John and Missy

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious, comfortable and quiet house

  • 4 of 5

Our family enjoyed an activity-filled week in Sanibel. Ralph's house was the perfect space for us, with it's lovely view, a heated pool with a totally private backyard and plenty of space inside. We enjoyed browsing through the little library. The area is very quiet and was very convenient for us. Ralph was very responsive to any questions we had. We would recommend Ralph's property to our friends.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Ft Myers International Airport (RSW)
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Key West Ferry - Daily ferry from Ft. Myers Beach
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
The Dunes Golf & Tennis Club (backyard)
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I-75 - 2 hrs. to Tampa; 2.5 hrs to Miami
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sanibel's best shops and restaurants
Nearest Beach
1.3 Miles
Gulf Beach (1.3 mile), Bailey Beach ( .8 mile)
Car: recommended

Sanibel Island offers fantastic opportunities for a family vacation. Over half of the island is a nature preserve. Sanibel's bicycle paths take you from the Sanibel Lighthouse on the south end of the island to Captiva Island on the north. Along the way you will pass the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, known for its migratory birds populations. Tarpon Bay offers fantastic boating and kayaking. You will not want to see the sunset cruise. Another great place to celebrate the sunset is Mucky Duck, an Irish pub in Captiva. Live music on the beach and a truly festive ambiance to watch nature's grandest spectacle. Sanibel's Farmers' Market on Sunday morning is a "must". For those who love history, the Sanibel Historical Park offers the chance to visit some of the actual homes of the island's early settlers and other places important to understand the island's history. Less than 30 minutes from the Sand Castle, you will find the winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. A visit to the Edison and Ford Estates will offer fascinating insights into that era of America's history and great exhibits. Koreshan State Historic Site, 30 minutes from the house, offers interesting history and fabulous kayaking. Two hours away is the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. It is an amazing complex - a first quality art museum as good as the best of any European capital. The history of the Ringling Circus is displayed in a way that will leave you speechless. Combine a day at the Ringling with shopping and lunch or dinner at St Armand's Circle. The Boating to Sanibel's nearby islands is a delight. I highly recommend taking a cruise to Cabbage Key and having lunch or dinner at its historic restaurant. The isolated beaches of North Captiva in the north and Lovers Key offer a romantic get-away. You will see dolphins, turtles and a wide variety of birds as you cruise the waters of San Carlos Bay. An hour away from Sanibel is the city of Naples, known for its fine shops and restaurants. Drive another half hour and you will discover the beauty of the Everglades National Park. I recommend an airboat ride with a stop at one of the Micosukee Indian villages. Sports lovers will not miss the spring training centers for several major league baseball teams. The Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins both have their spring training in Ft. Myers - just 30 minutes away from the house. The Miramar Outlets, 30 minutes from the house, are world famous for top brands at the lowest prices.

But I do not exaggerate when I say that you will spend most of your time enjoying the house. The views overlooking the greens and lakes of The Dunes Golf Course are magnificent. You will enjoy the wildlife - from bald eagles flying above the house to the birds that come to bathe in the backyard fountain. One of my favorite things to do is a poolside bar-b-q, or a bonfire at night followed by a swim in the heated pool. The 65" high-definition TV is an entertainment center in itself. The 3-D movies will amaze you. The house is decorated in island style. The beds are comfy and the whole ambiance is cozy. Your family will enjoy your time together at Sanibel's Sand Castle. Thanks for taking the time to consider our Sanibel house for your family vacation.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Property Damage Insurance $99

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.