Note - March 2017 is only available as a 28 night rental (you stay as many nights as you like). We had to reschedule someone for March who we like. A rare treat for those Snowbirds who wish to get away from a lousy winter. Also the only free-standing rental left on the island we imagine? Please! Do not write otherwise - we will most likely - then - use it ourselves. We've had over 800 requests and it's difficult to respond to all although we are trying to be courteous.
For 2018 we are opening the entire season for the first time ever. Discount available for December through April.
WELCOME to Shellbox Cottage. Our fresh, bright & clean & classic 'Old Florida' Beach Cottage just down the street from the Gulf of Mexico.
PLEASE DO NOT REQUEST TO BOOK UNTIL WE CHAT FIRST VIA EMAIL OR PHONE! THANKS
Are you tiring of white wall cookie cutter condos with cheap art?
Admittedly, some have great water views during the day - although my dad used to say "you can't see the ocean at night" right? Kidding aside, if you're looking for that piece of old Florida, with a pool, a tennis court and a very short walk to the beach -- then the Shellbox Cottage may be for you.
Although it is not for everyone - read on - especially the last sentence.
The most frequent questions.....
- We only rent Shellbox Cottage 8 to 10 times a year. We use it 2-4 times annually & often lend it to family & friends. So we may be able to move dates around. We suggest ALWAYS writing first. One never knows - except for March.
- 'Is a true cottage?' Yes! It was moved from the beach in the 1960's. It is NOT a duplex. There is no one above, below or on the 'other side of the wall'. Classic original wooden walls and other details like true wooden blinds. A classic mid-century Florida design, mistakenly preserved! Great design leads to a very bright home. Our attention to detail means it's kept fresh and clean. Sanibel Islands first Real Estate Agent lived here (Pricilla Murphy). The woman who named Periwinkle.
- The pool (heated) is only a few steps from our back door. Shellbox Cottage is one of very few true old free-standing beach cottages left on the island with a pool and tennis court. Additionally, the pool deck, the pool heater, the tennis court and BBQ's are all brand new!
- The beach is a very short walk away. The famous 21+mile Sanibel multi-use path is right out the front door. Your kid will make it in 2 minutes but it will only take you 3-5 minutes to catch up. Use `Google Street view` to see exactly how short your walk would be. One of our photos is taken right from the cottage - you can see the Holiday Inn down the street - which is right on the water & a great place for a cocktail your first night or a dinner - then a stroll home.
- Our fun, exceptionally clean, bright & easy to use beach cottage offers the best of two worlds - your own cottage but part of a small, pleasant association with a fantastic pool & tennis court on a 4-acre oasis of gracious, lush, quiet grounds with mature tropical trees. No one walking past your door, or worse, smoking outside it. This means no worries about a crowd at the pool.
A quiet oasis on Sanibel, but close to everything.
Donax Village is more than half occupied by owners who do not rent. They are our friends and neighbors, so we are always delighted to rent to respectful people.
Also, while it does sleep 6 nicely keep in mind futons are not as comfortable as beds - so it's best suited for a months stay - for 2-4 people with the occasional guests, like children or grandchildren on the futons and in the loft. The beds are brand new (within 3 years) [with mattress pads/blankets/linens cleaned each time] & the master bedroom hosts a 2015-16 Tempur-Pedic king [no eating or drinking in bed please].
Your own cottage, no shared walls. All yours.
An Unusual 5 places to relax outside!
1. FRONT PORCH. Open air - perfect for evening cocktails
2. SCREENED IN BACK PORCH. Perfect for morning coffee. naps, looking over the pool or waiting for the cook to come back from the Weber) BBQ grills.
3. POOL DECK. Chaise, chairs and dining tables. We have lunch by the pool most days we are on Sanibel.
4. PICNIC TABLES. Right near the grilling/bbq area
5. and of course the BEACH and thee Gulf of Mexico just down the street.
Plus - a hot & cold shower in back - the finest shower in the world if you ask us!
[and cold water rinse shower out front for shells and feet and keeping the beer cooler ready]
Two full bathrooms - the master bath, newly redone for 2017, was desgined by a well known decorator from NYC & East Hampton NY in return for a stay at Shellbox! He also advised us to keep the charm of the original [and adorable] guest bathroom under the loft.
Sanibel's famous bike path-- just outside our door.
Walk to the Jac or Matzaluna for dinner or hit Dairy Queen for a `dip`
Walk over to Periwinkle Campground and say hello to the birds
Close to premier bike rental places with our beach clunkers thrown in FOR FREE [more unusual on Sanibel than you would think and big money saver for the casual biker]
A big old box of everything: sand toys, boogie boards, umbrellas, shovels & pails, and even POOL RAFTS and some decent tennis rackets all for the price of putting it all away clean.
Games, toys, the classic paperback book stack, some decent DVD's, videos, and a small diverse music library. An audio wire to our fantastic stereo system for your MP3 & Smart phone playlists.
Entertaining items (champagne, wine, water, margarita & cocktail glasses, ice bucket, interior & exterior tablecloths, candle holders lobster pots, etc). One of us is a professionally trained cook so we have lots of kitchen toys.
This is a true cottage (and it's pretty darn cute). It even sat on the beach in the late 1950/60's. It is clean. It's bright, comfortable & graceful in it's dotage and it has this really great energy everyone seems to feel the moment they enter.
HOWEVER it is NOT perfect & it is NOT brand new (there are no Corian counter tops, no stainless steel appliances, nary a Sub-Zero refrigerator or modern new furnishings. THIS is by design!
This would be more like borrowing your family's old beach house.
Not for everyone - but - perfect for some...
You know who you are......
We live in NYC. We are from NYC & Ohio originally. We rented here for the first time in 2008 and were hooked! We rented for several years before we bought the Shellbox and hope to retire here. 10 years to go.
Frank purchased this cottage in 2012
The cottage was designed by an architecture student as his graduation thesis. His parents were early developers on the Island and his mother refused to destroy the house. So it was saved and moved to this location. It's a great cottage - interesting and efficient layout, bright, old wood walls that still smell like the beach and it belonged to the islands first real estate agent - a woman - who also named Periwinkle!
Several agents tried to steer us to the west end, which we love for it's seclusion but we really fell in love with the Sanibel Shores area. It is true the east end is busier - but we love the way streets run north south here (easier beach access) and we liked the convenience of riding our bikes to the Dairy Queen, the liquor store or a stroll home from Matzaluna or the Lazy Flamingo. We also think of ourselves and environmentalists. We see how many days we can go without using our car and this is the perfect part of the island for that. It's also kind of a romantic area in a way, so it's good for our soul.
Shellbox Cottage provided a comfortable, relaxing place to stay, in a good location on the lovely island of Sanibel, when my husband and I, and our children, 13 and 11 years old, visited in October. The owners have furnished the property with thought and style. It is very well equipped and providing the use of bikes, tennis rackets, pool toys, games, books etc makes the cottage feel like a home from home. The outdoor shower proved a hit and gave a real feeling of being at one with nature. Frank was a pleasure to deal with and went beyond what could've been expected by offering flexibility in our stay after we were delayed by hurricane Matthew. We hope we may be able to return one day, it is a very special place.
Shellbox is a charming renovated cottage with Old Florida appeal! My husband and I were fortunate to spend a month there. Shellbox is very open concept, brightly lit, impeccably clean and decorated with charm and warmth. It doesn't take long for it to feel like home! The large heated swimming pool is just steps away - it is virtually deserted in the morning so I swam lengths to my heart's content. The beach is a 5 minute walk away and all the beach equipment you could possibly want is provided. The complex is quiet and the neighbours are friendly and helpful - we even got invited to an Easter potluck :). The owners are easily reachable for any queries and are generous and accommodating. Location is great - restaurants and shopping a short walk or bike ride away. Just fabulous!
This unique cottage is situated on a beautifully landscaped property with easy access to a large pool area. It has an ideal location, one block away from the beach. The bike path, across the street, allows for easy access to all the adventures the island has to offer. We much enjoyed biking to the various beaches, stores, restaurants, and other activities. We kayaked Tarpon Bay, rode the Thriller, and found a diverse collection of shells! The owners are unusually friendly, helpful, accommodating and knowledgeable regarding the island. Not only did they equip the cottage with many speciality items, they also provide a large variety of sporting equipment and games. We all had a great time!! Christa and Maureen
Fantastic cottage, just as described! Spacious & airy with every amenity.The bed in the large master bedroom is luxurious, with wonderfully soft sheets.Slept like a baby. Plenty of beach equipment, including chairs, umbrellas, & toys. I biked to the beach in minutes, but you could easily walk. Also a short bike ride to Jerry's Market for groceries, etc.Lots of great restaurants a bike ride away! The awesome Sanibel bike path is out the front door with 21 miles of well paved, safe trails. Look both ways when crossing a street, but a real thrill for this northeasterner to have traffic stop for bikes & pedestrians!
Shellbox Cottage was just as good as it looked online. It was a perfect place to use as a base on Sanibel and everything came with it to make it like home. We had a terrific time and would go back again in a flash.
I am sitting in my office in south London on a dreary rainy day thinking about what an amazing time we had on Sanibel Island. The Shellbox cottage was perfect, a really gorgeous place to stay that is very spacious, has amazing facilities and lots of little extra things like beach equipment and bikes to use that really made things fun for us. It is a very special little house, our two boys loved the attic room and there was a lovely comfortable bedroom for us. No one else seemed to be using the pool and tennis court during our stay so we had it to ourselves. It was a bit hot to cycle much but otherwise that would have been the perfect way to see everything. We particularly enjoyed the nature reserve and the different beaches we went to and saw tons of different creatures. Thanks very much for letting us stay in your house, Sarah and family x
Many people know of Sanibel's tranquil beauty, pristine white beaches and laid back charm. But there are other things just as important to a vacation you may want to consider on your vacation. Sanibel & Captiva Island is one of the best place in the world for a beach vacation and shelling with half the island a federal wildlife preserve. We have visionary land which means few chain stores (no big box stores, no high rises and no buildings no taller than a Royal Palm Tree) so our Island is pristine and beautiful from one end to the other (no matter who's home you choose). No traffic lights. No McDonalds, no cars going faster than 35mph. Just laid back island life. There are over 21+ miles of paths for walking jogging strolling & biking - one of the finest in the United States and we are only 28 miles from and efficient and well planned `international` airport (& only 2.5 hours from Miami). Few great beaches in the world are this close to an international airport. And a narrow 3 mile causeway places it far away from everyday life.
Come relax & reunite with yourself & those you love.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
SNOWBIRDS 28 nights
1 Oct 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
1 May 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
1 Oct 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£400|
|Cleaning Service Charge||£112 + Tax|
NIGHTLY RATE FOR ILLUSTRATION PURPOSES. We cannot rent nightly (short term) per Sanibel city rules.
Short term dates you see already blacked out may be times we or our (lucky) friends & family are borrowing the Shellbox - so -
As these dates `may be able` to be changed PLEASE ALWAYS write us if you have dates you are interested in!
Also happy to tentatively block dates for you before deposits are received although we prefer to talk by phone for these situations.
$200 (basically an extra night) Holiday Surcharge for NATIONAL HOLIDAYS ONLY/PLEASE INQUIRE if your days overlap the following dates on either side of these days: Memorial Day, The 4th of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years
No surcharge for New Years if you stay Christmas Eve and Day. No other fees other than tax and cleaning.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.