3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms - private heated pool
Tim and Connie Rucker
About Tim and Connie Rucker
We have vacationed at Bonita Beach for over 30 years, and owned property here for over 20 years.
Tim and Connie Rucker purchased this House in 1998
Why Tim and Connie Rucker chose Bonita Springs
Proximity to the beach, which is the primary attraction for southwest Florida. Private enclosed pool. Fully renovated in summer 2019. 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, can accommodate 4 adults and 2 children in beds.
What makes this House unique
Walk to the beach for morning fishing and evening sunsets. No car to park, no planning, just go when you feel like it.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
Responseiveness of the Owner
We really enjoyed out stay in this unit. The owner was extremely supportive and responsive to any of the issues we encountered. When we called he initiated a response within 24 hours to work on resolving any issue we had. We definitely would recommend this unit to anyone especially since he was going to initiate a complete remodel of the unit after we departed. We reviewed his plans and were impressed with the potential outcome. Thanks to Tim for all his help during our three month stay.
Thanks for taking the time to write a review Steve. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay and hope that you can return some day.
Perfect Location. Love having a private pool.
This home is located in an excellent location and is our 2nd year renting it. It’s just steps away from the beach with beach access two houses down and across the street. Owners are available and responsive. The pool is awesome and clean and the screened enclosure is new thanks to Hurricane Irma.:( The house itself could use a few updates but overall met our needs. The only two things I will highly suggest are getting a TV in the 2nd bedroom and a door on the master bathroom. Other than needing a few very minor updates, we love the house, pool, location and the owners are great! We would definitely recommend this rental and look forward to renting this home again.
Debbie, thanks very much for sharing a review of your stay at Dolphin House. We are initiating a renovation next year starting in April.
Our recent stay at The Dolphin House was perfect in every way. It was everything Tim and Connie said it was. It was both comfortable and cozy. Clean with everything you need for the pool and beach. Pool was nice and clean. Access to the gulf/beach and back bay steps away. Quiet location but close to restaurants, shopping and local watering holes. Doc's and Coconut Jack's our favs. And your tips on what to see were spot on - we went to the Corkscrew Swamp and it was awesome. We plan to come next year and will look to stay at The Dolphin House again. Thanks Tim and Connie !!
Justin, glad to hear that you enjoyed your vacation and all that Southwest Florida has to offer. Also thanks for the compliments on Dolphin House. We look forward to having you return.
If you are looking for a rental close to the beach with a great pool, this is it. The home is a bit worn out. The master bathroom has no door and the DVD player is broken. That being said: the appliances were new and the bed was comfortable. We called the owner about some burnt out light bulbs in the shower and closet. The man showed up, that day to fix it. Tim Rucker is great getting back to you. He told us he is doing a total redo of the home in 2019. We would go back for sure. It was a wonderful 3 weeks.
Thanks Marie for writing a review of your stay at Dolphin House. The DVD player must have quit from lack of use! We have Google Chromecast on the TV so you can watch Netflix or other streaming services.
Perfect for family vacation with private pool and easy beach access!
The Dolphin House was perfect for our family of five. We loved the spacious living area and the way it opened to the pool as well as the clear view of the pool from the kitchen table. Some of the other reviews noted some wear of the place, but we found it to be well-maintained and in good shape with exception of some minor damage to a kitchen cabinet. Also, very comfortable beds which are hard to come by in the VRBOs I’ve stayed in. The pool is fantastic and we loved the quick walk to the beach- if that’s what you’re after in a vacation home, this is a great value.
Thanks Cyrena for the complimentary review. We have always felt that proximity to the beach and having a private pool are the most important attributes of the house.
Location Location Location
There are three important things in business. Location, location, location! This place has it. The positives of the location make up for the little problems we faced. Main TV in living room was nice and big, the one in the master bedroom not so much it has a dark shadow across the middle of the picture. Remotes needed new batteries and there were a few lightbulbs that needed to be replaced. As previous renters have stated the refrigerator has issues. All the shelves in the door don't work as the metal retainer is either missing or falling off. Not a problem just annoying. The second bathroom floor needs some attention as the stick-on tiles are coming off. The master bedroom bath has carpeting in it appeared and smelled clean but I have my doubts. The kitchen cabinets need to be replaced as some are falling apart at the base.
That being said the pool was great. A day at the beach and coming back for a relaxing dip in the pool was awesome. The couches were clean and comfy to sit on. The beds were comfortable and clean. The master shower was nice and big. Plenty of closet space with an abundance of hangers. There is a nice garage to park in. All the appliances worked and the washer and drier are brand new as they were delivered when we were there. Plenty of dishes pots and pans to cook with. A gas grill would be nice. The beach chairs and umbrella were in the garage and ready to go. There were also two bikes in the garage that we used daily to go to happy hour at Jacks and The Fish House. Overall I give it 5 stars because of location and the fact that we stayed towards the end of the season and who knows when some of these issues happened. A fresh coat of paint after season and it will be in good shape. Tim responded to any questions we had in a very timely manner usually within 10 minutes.. I would recommend it to a friend and I would stay there again.
Thanks Thad, for taking the time to provide such a detailed review, as we appreciate all comments. We have reserved the second half of the year on our rental calendar in 2019, in order to provide a complete remodel of the house. All of the above items mentioned will be addressed during the process.
Dolphin House is located on Little Hickory Island in sub-tropical southwest Florida. We are surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico to the west and Fishtrap Bay to the east (see aerial photo). The setting is authentic Florida with coconut palms and seagrass on the beach dunes. This section of Bonita Beach is residential single-family housing only, and the beach is very natural and uncrowded. From the beach, Fort Myers is visible to the north and the Naples skyline can be seen to the south. During winter months, southwest Florida is the warmest spot in the U.S. and during summer months, an ocean breeze moderates the temperature. Bonita Beach has great opportunities for shell collecting along it's six miles of sand beach. A fishing pier is located in Fort Myers Beach, a 20 minute drive north along the coast. The convenience of walking across the street to the beach provides easy access to the natural beauty of the ocean, providing for a carefree and relaxing vacation.
See our other property Casa Bonita Royale, property number 1722736 on Homeaway.
Other Activities: jet ski, parasailing, kitesailing