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Lrg Waterfront Pool Home, Gazebo, Dock, Kayak, Sunsets, Spectacular open water

Bedrooms 3
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

1 1/2 ac peninsula, 3 bed/, 4 full baths, sleeps 8/2 w/awesome open water views

Upon entering Pioneer Del Layton's private estate, you will experience spectacular sunsets and one of the most beautiful views of the Florida Bay. Centrally located between Islamorada and Marathon, you are moments from all water activities, parks, museums, shops, restaurants, etc. Cross under Long Key Bridge and you are home to Hemmingway's offshore fishing. Run across the Bay to Flamingo for back country fishing at its finest. Dock your boat at the private 70+ foot dock (boat rentals available), swim in your private circular pool, and cook your catch at the spacious Gazebo. 1 hr. 45 minutes from Miami Intl. Airport, 1 hr. 20 minutes from Key West.

Property Manager
Linda Lange
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 March, 2018

About Linda Lange

I am the owner's daughter, grandaughter to Del and Mary Layton, and I manage the property for my mother. I grew up in Miami and came to the Keys often as a child with my grandparents, spending many summers here with them. I remember fondly the 'long' drives down on the rough roads and the rattling draw bridges in the back seat of the Chevorlet Impala with Pat, the family dog. After marrying and having two sons, we continued coming down to see my grandparents each chance we could, bringing friends and church groups to enjoy our blessings. Mary and Del were gracious, enjoyed people and were loved by all that knew them. I hope to continue sharing the joy that the Layton House has brought to so many over the years as families and friends build lasting memories.

Why Linda Lange chose Layton

This property has been passed down from my grandfather, Del Layton, to his daughter, Aileen Howard. He founded this little piece of paradise in the Middle Keys after selling his grocery business in Miami in the late 1940's to follow his dream. You can read the history in his biography, Pioneer in the Florida Keys. The property is very spacious, tranquil and private.

What makes this estate unique

The Layton property is one of the most beautiful in the Florida Keys with views of the Bay, gorgeous changing sunsets, and swaying palm trees from the many windows in the home. The huge kitchen with a large semi-circular bar area is the gathering place for young and old to cook, eat and enjoy each other's company. Pictures displayed around the home recall moments from the past. The large circular fresh-water pool, surrounded with native landscaping, is a fantastic place to unwind and relax before grilling your catch and having dinner in the tiki.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday estate in Layton in Monroe County

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Property is limited to guests listed on contract. Absolutely NO smoking; NO pets! No bait/chum in refrigerator; use outside freezer.
  • Housekeeping will wash all white inside towels. Beach towels in linen closet. Roll umbrella down and turn off floods when you go to bed.
  • Garbage pick-up Mon & Thurs a.m. NO fish carcass/shellfish in garbage. Lids on tight. ALL dishes cleaned. Furniture in original location.
Location Type:
  • town
  • Water View ...
  • waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Split-System Air Conditioning
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 16 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Outdoor - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Master suite has his and hers full baths connecting with shower in the middle and a tub/shower combination. Full downstairs bath, and full outside bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Sleep Sofa/ Fam. Rm pulls out to Queen. Trundle upstairs.
  • Master suite with King sized bed, 1 bedroom with Queen bed, 1 bedroom with 2 twin beds, plus sleep sofa in family room.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Terrace ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Barbecue ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Decking
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving ...
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Enjoy gorgeous sunset views from anywhere on the property. Spacious master bedroom with king, his and her baths, enclosed porch - entire upstairs. Downstairs, queen bedroom, 2 twin beds with Jack n Jill bath. Huge kitchen, dining, living area with bar to seat 8 and table to seat 6-8. Open, spacious, and bright. Private waterfront home built by founder of town. Charters, activities can be arranged. Catering/Events available.


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average rating of 4.909091 based on 44 reviews

Very spacious property with something for everyone

  • 4 of 5

The property is great with the kids enjoying fishing off the dock, kayaking, wading the ocean and the pool when the weather cooperated. We enjoyed our morning coffee in the gazebo and our evenings near the ocean with the out door fire pit. Linda was a very nice and gracious host. We enjoyed meeting her and learning about the house and surrounding property. Jim and Elyce

  • Review Submitted: 05-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A great house with a wonderful host

  • 5 of 5

My family had a great time at the Layton House. Every aspect of the house was fabulous and the owner is a wonderful woman who is an absolute pleasure to deal with. I have traveled and stayed throughout the keys and this was my personal favorite.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you, Shannon and the girls had a nice visit at the Layton House. It was a pleasure having you and I hope your parents will be able to join you next time. I look forward to seeing you in the near future. Have a healthy, joyous New Year! Linda Lange
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Exceptional Waterfront Estate

  • 5 of 5

Our family just returned from a weeks long stay at The Layton House in Layton, Florida. We had use of the house, dock, private pool, pavilion and grounds. The kitchen was amazing in reference to the size as well as items to use in the kitchen. We simply didn't want for anything and ate most meal at the house. We enjoyed sitting beside the bay at the end of the day to watch each amazing sunset. Linda was a great host as we found a very tasty treat awaited our arrival and really enjoyed learning the history of the family, the keys, Layton and South Florida in general. Although my husband and I come every July/August to the Keys, this was our first stay at the house. We hope to return again soon! Thanks, Linda for allowing us to stay in your home!

  • Review Submitted: 16-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Etna, Ohio

Home Away From Home....In Paradise

  • 5 of 5

There are countless private homes, condos and hotels throughout the Keys, but there is only one, truly special place that provides endless comfort, relaxation, amenities, breathtaking sunsets and hospitality usually reserved only for loving family members. That place is the Layton House. When we stay at the Layton House, we enjoy countless hours of swimming in the immense private pool, snorkeling out back, fishing, star gazing and absorbing the peace and quiet we crave so much in our hectic day to day lives. At the Layton House, we experience so much more than just a place to stay........we experience the history of the Keys through the vision and memories of one of it's pioneers in Del Layton. And you could look far and wide and not find a more caring and hospitable host than Del Layton's granddaughter (Linda Lange) who tends to your every need as if you were family. We've traveled all over the country looking for remote, peaceful and private places to vacation, but none compare to the Layton House. That's why we return every year............that's why we've spent holidays there.........that's why it's truly our home away from home and if you stay there once, you'll feel the same. The warm crystal clear waters, the palms blowing in the breeze and the legendary sunsets will call you back time and time again.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ellensburg, WA

It was a grand fourth of July spent in the Keys

  • 5 of 5

Linda -

Thank you for sharing your beautiful home - it could not have been a better fit. The welcome gift of pumpkin bread upon our late arrival was wonderful treat for the next morning. Your home was immaculate clean and you had every need covered. The grandchildren enjoyed the sparkling clean pool and the gazebo was perfect for late night bbq dinners. The extra nice bed linens and bath towels were noticed. There were enough dishes and glasses for our large crowd. The guys in our group did have fun fishing but the rest of us so enjoyed the house and property that we never left. Kelsey and Keith enjoyed the kayaks and we had lots of fun fishing off the dock. Again, thank you for your generosity.



  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sandy and Del, It was an absolute pleasure meeting you and your wonderful family as you vacationed here at the Layton House. We are indeed blessed to have such a large property where everyone can move about and fulfill their own desires. Enjoy the remainder of the summer!
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Wonderful and even better than the pictures!

  • 5 of 5

We looked at many options for this week including all down the Keys, including Key West and also at Bermuda. We knew it would be hot but decided to risk it with the easy access to water, pool and AC.

The host, Linda, provided excellent and timely communications allowing us to book flights and get things set on very short notice (four days prior!).

We could not have been more pleasantly surprised upon arrival. The location half-way down the Keys is perfect. Far enough to be in nice ocean but not the long slog down to Key West. Located between Islamorada and Marathon gave us many choices for shopping and activities with being in a town or with neighbors. The semi-private drive is nice, well paved and leads to a two-car pull through carport allowing you to keep your vehicle out of the hot sun and be able to get out barefoot without the hot pavement one would expect.

Let me walk you though our initial impressions:

First, we thought it was the wrong house. This was much larger than expected and had a 180 degree view west over the gulf.

The pictures on the site showed what looked like an above ground pool which we thought would be ok. It turns out the pool is a very large, round, elevated but in-ground pool. With a small seat on one side, full steps with hand rail on the other the pool is about three feet deep around the edge and drops gently to the center which is 7+ feet deep. The pool area was clean with lots of seating, plenty of shade if desired and lots of pool floaties and toys in a storage bin. Our kids walked the edge of the pool to create a fun whirlpool which was much more fun than in a small above ground pool. There are plenty of nice plants around the pool so it was very private.

Turns out you don't get enough space to write a proper review so I'll summarize:

The house is awesome. The kitchen rocks any other home we've rented and had everything you need, from coffee to pancakes to stir fry.

The master bedroom is huge and has to be seen to really appreciate it and it's TWO en-suite bathrooms!

The patio is amazing and we so enjoyed eating out there, even on scorching hot days.

Kayaks were available and the shallow water straight out was fun for all ages and deeper water off the main dock allowed us to rent a 27' boat for the week.

Easy drive to anywhere in the keys. We left at 3:30 PM, went down to Key West and snorkeled at the state park beach for two hours and we were by back by 9:30.

Rent this place, you will not regret it!

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Brian and Tracy, for the great review of the Layton House. I loved having you here and so pleased you enjoyed the property - inside and out. You challenged me to get out on the paddle boards as I watched your group tour around the property observing all sorts of ocean life. Your guests were wonderful and I hope they are able to return with you in the future. Possibly we can walk the 2 1/2 mile Long Key Bridge together. Have a wonderful rest of the summer and enjoy your blessings!!! Linda
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Car: necessary

Layton is centrally located between Islamorada and Marathon at Mile Marker 68 1/2, Bayside,on a private peninsula off U.S.1 in Long Key, FL. Shopping, dining, and entertainment are 10-20 minutes north and south. Enjoy immediate access to offshore or backcountry fishing from the 70' dock. Kayaks are available for your use. Boat Rental, canoes, jet skis, paddle boards, etc. can be delivered to the property/dock.

Other Activities: All watersports can be enjoyed from boating, fishing, skiing, snorkeling/diving, kite boarding, paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, etc. Swim with the dolphins, (Dolphin Research Center, Theater of the Sea), World Wide Sportsman,

Casual and fine restaurants and many, many more.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday estate in Layton, USA

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Jan 2018 - 28 Apr 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
29 Apr 2018 - 26 May 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Summer II
27 May 2018 - 20 Jul 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
Mini Season
21 Jul 2018 - 28 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Jul 2018 - 18 Aug 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
19 Aug 2018 - 17 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
18 Nov 2018 - 25 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas/New Year's
21 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Processing £36.1
Refundable Damage Deposit £722.1
Cleaning £216.63
Tax Rate 12.5%

Rates are subject to change according to season, number of nights and/or number of guests.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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