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Historic Beach cottage located on Estero Bay, pet friendly.

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,352 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Unique Designated Historic Cottage located on Estero Bay with sweeping views of the bay and harbor where you can watch dolphins play, view many sea birds, manatees and watch the boats go by. Our dock is still waiting repairs after Hurricane Irma. The cottage is designated Historic so you get the true florida feel. It is decorated in beautiful Florida colors and comfortable beach cottage furniture. The kitchen has been updated with beautiful & rare green granite countertops. The kitchen is well equipped with everything you need, all linens are included as well as beach towels, cooler, beach chairs, beach bags and a tote for getting everything to the beach which is just across the street.

Can be rented as a 2 bedroom 2 bath as well. Contact us for rates.

The cottage also has a private 1 bedroom studio apartment downstairs which sleeps 5 more. This suite is available to rent separately or in addition to the cottages upstairs for an addition fee.

The master bedroom has a king bed and the guest rooms have a queen and 2 twins, there is a sleeper sofa in the living room and there is a den. There are 2 full baths with hair dryers. The large open deck is great for family entertainment, watching the dolphins play, to see a manatee, bird viewing, watching the local shrimp boats go by, or to just relax. There is also a gas grill.

The separate studio has a king and a day bed in the bedroom and a futon sleeper in the living area. There is a studio kitchen with a cooktop, full refrigerator, microwave and toaster oven. There is a large screen porch off the living area and bedroom which doubles the living area. The studio Includes all housewares, linens beach towels and chairs and a grill. The studio is also decorated in the casual beach style.

Estero Bay is visible from all living areas and some of the bedrooms, the sunrises over the bay are spectacular. The beach and Gulf of Mexico is just steps away, less than a block.

This cottage is a true Florida experience, very comfortable for families or couples. We are pet friendly so pets are welcome for a small additional fee.

More Details

Gini Smith
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
15 July, 2018

About Gini Smith

Our family owned and operated a beachfront resort on Estero Island for almost 50 years, this cottage was the beginning of that resort and has been honored with an Historic Designation. Our family has lived on the island since the 50's and 2 generations of the family still reside on the island and are involved in many community activities.

Gini Smith purchased this cottage in 1950

Why Gini Smith chose Ft Myers Beach

The cottage has been in our family since the 50's and was the center piece of our resort. This cottage was our most popular and generations of families returned year after year. The cottage is large and spacious giving families or couples lots of room to relax. You can see the bay & harbor from the living area, dinning area, bedrooms and even the kitchen! There is a large open deck with plenty of space for entertaining family & friends as well as just relaxing watching the dolphins & boats go by. The dock offers a great place to fish, sun, and can accommodate a boat or jet skis. Enjoy old Florida living at its best.

What makes this cottage unique

This cottage has beautiful views of the sunrise over Estero Bay. Our local bottle-nose dolphins can be seen daily, as well as an occasional manatee and our native birds can be seen in abundance. the location is quiet but within an easy walk of the Times Square entertainment district where you will find many shops, restaurants, ice cream shops and a candy shop. The is a nightly sunset celebration with music and entertainment.

There is also a beautiful county park in easy walking distance where you can see many endangered Gopher tortoises as well as native beach plants. On Wed. mornings the county offers a guided nature walk Oct thru April.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Absolutely perfect get-away cottage. The cottage itself is very open and spacious and the view of the bay from the deck is stunning! Wish we had more time to spend.....will definitely come back!
Jan 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the Ft Myers Beach in the Lee County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2352 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • city centre ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Has master bath
  • The Private Suite downstairs which rents for an additional fee is under the the main cottage with private entry. It may be rented with the main cottage or separately. It has a king and a twin in the bedroom and a futon in the living area. Features a large screened porch and a studio kitchen. The bath has a tub shower combination, 2 vanities and the toilet in it's own room. So more than one person can use the bathroom at the same time.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(9 traveller reviews)

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Historic Beach cottage located on Estero Bay, pet friendly.
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Wonderful, relaxing vacation

  • 5 of 5

We were thrilled with every aspect of this lovely home. The beds were very comfortable, the kitchen was well-appointed, and it was beautifully furnished. We loved sitting on the deck and watching the water. The home is well-situated -- in a quiet area, but close proximity to everything we wanted to do. We could walk to the 7-11, walk to the park, and the beach access was right across the street. We especially appreciated the available beach towels, chairs, toys, and cart -- all those made things so much easier for us. This is our first time in Ft Myers Beach, but it won't be our last and we'll definitely want to stay in this comfortable home again and again. Thank you for making our trip perfect!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joan thank you so much for your lovely review . We certainly enjoyed hosting you and your friends we try hard to keep our cottage beautiful and comfortable. We certainly look forward to having you back. Gini
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Perfect Vacation

  • 5 of 5

After an inconvenience with our first rental property and a last minute reservation we ended up at this property and it couldn't have worked out any better. Many thanks to the owner for getting us in right away and confirming our reservation. The accommodations, for 6 adults, were everything we needed and more. The view is spectacular with the boat traffic and dolphins playing out in the bay. It's rare to see an owner helping the cleaning crew but that is what we experienced upon our (slightly early) arrival. When you have someone who takes such pride in their property you are destined to have a good experience. I look forward to re-visiting this property in the future.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love this place!

  • 5 of 5

I really cannot say enough about this cottage. Gini is awesome and makes you feel very comfortable and makes sure you have everything you need. The beds were very comfy, kitchen was very well stocked. The view was amazing with all the boats, birds and dolphins playing right in front of the deck. The location is great to be able to walk to everything. We will absolutely be back! Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful wedding weekend. The cottage is adorable !

  • 5 of 5

Daughter's wedding was at the pink shell which is in easy walking distance of the cottage. The owners are very welcoming and offered their help if we needed anything.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent cottage...great property...wonderful owner..

  • 5 of 5

Big spacious cottage.. loved sitting on the deck and grilling watching dolphins, fishing off the dock. Launching our kayaks. kitchen and everything inside was perfect for the 4 of us. 2 adults and 2 kids. beach right across street. It was truly relaxing. Thanks Gini. On the top of our list for sure.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review. I The deck is great for viewing our dolphins, manatees and the many sea and shore birds. We try to anticipate our guests needs and equip the kitchen and cottage with everything to make our guest feel at home. I enjoyed hosting you & your family. We hope to see you again in the future.
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Beautiful and historic! The home was immaculate clean and very well appointed.. We were very happy.

  • 5 of 5

The owner was very welcoming but discrete and respected our privacy. The view and location were one of a kind. We are already planning our return.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Sharon for your kind review. We look forward to having you as a guest again. gini
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Located on the quiet north end of Estero Island also known as Ft. Myers Beach, yet within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of the Times Square and Bay Walk entertainment districts. The majestic everglades are just a short drive away, as well as Bush Gardens and all the theme parks of the Orlando area.


Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
30 May 2018 - 30 Aug 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Labor Day
31 Aug 2018 - 3 Sep 2018
4 night minimum stay
4 Sep 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Christmas 2018
22 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Jan 2019
6 Jan 2019 - 31 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Feb 2019
1 Feb 2019 - 9 Feb 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Spring break 2019
10 Feb 2019 - 27 Apr 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £76.27
Property Damage Protection £60.25
Cleaning £102.96 + Tax

Tis cottage can be rented as 2 bedroom 2 bath. Contact us for rates.
Rates are subject to change until confirmed with deposit. Rental of the additional 1 bedroom, 1 bath downstairs is extra and can be rented separately or with the 3 bedroom cottage upstairs. Special rates may apply for holidays.

Owner'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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