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Tropical, Beachy Decor,HTD Pool, Dock, Beach, Walk to Everything!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 8: Pullout sofa and futon Sunroom

The Island House - 1 block from Time Square, 200 steps to the gulf! Located on the first canal closest to the gulf with a refreshing in ground pool. Decorated in bright, beachy colors. Tropical vegetation surrounds this 'cracker' style cottage, built in 1981 and totally renovated in 2008. Barby is currently upgrading the furnishings with sea inspired vintage furniture and pieces from her shop in Maryland, The Mermaids Cottage.

Come, enjoy our island. Seven miles of beautiful white sandy beaches.

YOU WILL AVOID THE BEACH TRAFFIC BY STAYING AT THE ISLAND HOUSE! No need for the car, walk to restaurants, shopping and live entertainment, or ride the trolley for 50 cents. We have more than 18 restaurants within 2 blocks , most will have Live Music every evening!

For the shelling enthusiast, Sanibel/Captiva Islands are 15 minutes away. For the golfer, Shell Point Golf Club is only 10 minutes away, with a hundred more within 1 hour of our cottage. Two miniature golf courses are located just north of the island. Several marinas on the island offer day or night fishing, and boat rentals. There is a fishing pier located in Time Square. You can take the trolley (50 cents) to Lovers Key State Park (south of the island) and rent a kayak or canoe or explore the nature trails, hiking or bird watching. Para-sailing along the gulf coast or enjoy our gulf breezes windsurfing or kite boarding.

More Details

Property Manager
Jeff Greene / Barby Harms / Meagan Graves
Member since: 2006
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

About Jeff Greene / Barby Harms / Meagan Graves

Barby and I bought the Island House in 2008 and spent 6 months renovating it ourselves while working in Flip Flops and shorts. That was a great 6 months. We already owned 3 vacation rentals in Long Beach, Md. on the Chesapeake Bay, when we decided to buy in FMB. We work well together with my experience in construction and Barby's interior design and decorating skills. After we finished the main house....we enclosed the ground level garage and shop area and made a very primative owners apartment where we can stay when we get away from our home in Md. We tried renting this space to large families that needed more room, But do not rent this out anymore.

We both love boating, paddle-boarding and kite-boarding. Barby is very passionate about the shelling and loves to tell you about her favorite beaches in the area. We have 5 kids and 9 grandchildren, all living in Md.

Jeff Greene / Barby Harms / Meagan Graves purchased this cottage in 2008

Why Jeff Greene / Barby Harms / Meagan Graves chose Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Barby has been coming to SW Fla. for years with her sister to shell and enjoy the beaches. She took me on a 30 day trip one January starting in the panhandle and exploring all the gulf coast towns along the way. I wasn't sold on Florida until we drove across the bridge to FMB and I that's all she wrote. We love the laid back , casual , friendly atmosphere on the island. All the colorful Keywest like buildings and palm trees. We chose this cottage to fix up because of the great location on the canal and within 2 blocks of the Time Square area. We can walk to 15 different restaurants and bars ,most with live music nightly.

What makes this cottage unique

We enjoy meeting our guests and sharing our favorite local beaches, restaurants and shops. Relax around our solar heated pool,catch some rays in our lounge chairs, fish from the dock or nap in the hammock. It's all good here at The Island House.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a wonderful stay at your house in Fort Myers Beach. Everything was perfect-the weather, the pool, the beach, - We couldn't have asked for a better place to stay.
Oct 2013
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the Fort Myers Beach in the Lee County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • beach
  • waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Backpack
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Master bedroom with bath, sofa bed in living room, futon in sunroom. Sunroom can be closed off as 3rd bedroom with sliding doors.
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Terrace
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Conservatory
  • Small Cooler
  • Walkway to Water
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 deck chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • luaus
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
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
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Everything you will need, except food and your swimsuit, will be provided. New linens, towels, appliances including dishwasher microwave, washer and dryer. Beach chairs, towels, coolers beach toys and sand.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(51 traveller reviews)

Tropical, Beachy Decor,HTD Pool, Dock, Beach, Walk to Everything!
average rating of 4.882353 based on 57 reviews
Canton Ct.

A piece of heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

The Island house is beautiful inside and out. The location is perfect!! You have privacy in your own back yard yet are so close to everything. If this house could talk it would say, "Welcome to Paradise, come in and relax! " Every room is so nicely decorated. Our 16 year old son especially loved the surf board on the wall above his bed!!

We thoroughly enjoyed the pool and all of the tropical foliage that surrounds it. It is perfect for cooling off on a hot day.The decorative touches and colorful pottery add to this tropical backyard paradise. It was fun watching the pelicans dive into the canal for fish!!

We enjoyed having such a well equipped kitchen. The grill just outside the door was also great for grilling up the fresh grouper and delicious gulf jumbo shrimp which we purchased at the local farmers market. Just a short walk away.

We did not need a car for anything. We rode the trolley to lovers key for 50 cents and found a ton of beautiful seashells. Stopped at Publix grocery store on the way home and stocked up on groceries for the week.

It was hard to leave such a wonderful place. We will cherish the great memories of the island house and hopefully create new ones in the future. Three cheers to Barby and Jeff for creating this little piece of heaven on earth!! It was just perfect in every way. Thank You so much. The pictures of this house are great...but being there in person is even better!! I would highly reccommend it to anyone looking for an extra special get away!!

  • Review Submitted: May 8, 2009
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our visit to The Island House was one for the record book! We have been to Ft. Myers for the past 4 years with our children during Spring Break and this year was by far our best. The house is beautifully decorated, extremely clean (which is very important in my book), fully stocked with anything you would need from fishing, swimming, going to the beach, etc. Jeff and Barby were amazing to work with. While relaxing around the pool one day, we were surprised to see a large manatee swimming past us in the canal. And thanks to the property owner, Jeff, and his advice, my entire family had so much fun giving the manatee a bath with fresh water from the hose located by the boat dock. Who knew manatee's liked fresh water that much? Well, he did, and wow what a treat for us! Mr. Manatee hung around for about an hour or so. The location of the house is just as described. So close to everything you would need. My 17 year old and her friend loved to go to the beach and Time Square daily and with this location, I was very comfortable sending them to do their thing. They literally had to walk a short way, cross the street, and they were there. I truly cannot say enough great things about this property other than if you choose to stay here, you will NOT regret it!!

Thanks again Jeff and Barby for your wonderful hospitality and we can't wait to visit again:)

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Flint, MI

Wonderful Vacation!!!!

  • 5 of 5

The accommodations were top notch and the communication before/during our stay was excellent! The location was perfect as everything was within walking distance...restaurants, bars, beaches, and of course Time Square!

Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Jeff and Barbies house.

  • 5 of 5

The house was amazing. Super clean and perfect location...a couple of minutes walk to the beach and the restaurants. We absolutely loved it and can't wait to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing, perfect, stress free week with 3 boys!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for us. Close to the beach and everything you need. Yet we all felt secluded and it was an incredibly peaceful week in paradise. Everything was great. We felt right at home.

The kitchen was well stocked. The bedrooms were great. Beds were comfortable.

We are a family of 5. 3 boys ages 17, 15 and 10. They declared this the best vaca ever. I have to agree. We all fell in love with this place. We fished and fished off of the dock. Caught catfish, Jacks, Sting rays, and so much more. We even figured out to go down at night with the lanterns to catch crabs under the dock to use as bait the next day.

The pool was amazing. We enjoyed every minute (or hours) that we were in it.

The walk to the beach and shops was refreshing....just the right distance.

We even took a drive to our favorite beach, Lovers Key. We appreciated the beach equipment that was there to use. Including coolers. This place is top notch. You wont be disappointed. Thank you for sharing your lovely home.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of our cottage. Barby and I take great pride in keeping our Island House in great shape for our guests. We hope you will stay with us again next time you want to relax in the sun! Jeff
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Love the Island House!

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Island House. It is so convenient to walk to the beach, bars, restaurants and shopping! Sitting by the private pool versus a shared condo pool was so much more relaxing and enjoyable! We hope to stay here again next year! Thank you Jeff and Barby for sharing your wonderful home! Beth and Mike, Fort Wayne Indiana

  • Review Submitted: Dec 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
100 Metres
Beached Whale
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Shell Point
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
I - 75 and Daniels Pkwy
Nearest Restaurant
100 Metres
Beached Whale
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
public beach on gulf
Car: not necessary


The biggest asset of The Island House is it's close proximity to everything on the Island. You can leave you car in the driveway and walk, bike or trolley to the beach, shops ,restaurants and the dozen open bars with live music nightly! The beach is across the street 200 steps from the door. If you have a boat...our house has a dock you can tie up for the week and be the closest access to the gulf...we are the first canal as you come onto the island. The boating , fishing and shelling are all fantasic in Ft Myers Beach. Barby is an expert sheller and is happy to share her secrets with our guests. There is a good chance we will be offering shelling trips and boat tours to some remote shelling islands...customize your boat trip with us!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in the Fort Myers Beach, Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Peak Season
29 Jan 2017 - 28 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 26 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Aug 2017 - 17 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
18 Nov 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Fall
25 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Jan 2018 - 26 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
27 Jan 2018 - 6 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Apr 2018 - 1 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £116.86 + Tax
Cleaning £116.86 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £233.71
Tax Rate 11.0%

$1200 - $2500
Saturday to Saturday, check in 3:00, check out 10:00
Credit cards accepted.
$300 security deposit
$130 cleaning fee
$150 fee /pet/week

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