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An Artist's Retreat with Ceramics Studio and Gulf Access

Bedrooms 2
Space 750 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Villa, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

This Side Retreat is a unique vacation getaway with an emphasis on the visual arts. It was created by ceramic artists Ed and Kate Coleman to be a place for creative travelers to take a break and have a studio to create in. The house features the artwork of many artists from across the country. The clay studio is just a few steps out the back door. It includes the use of shimpo electric wheel and a Skutt 1027 electric kiln. It also has a large work table with tools, brushes, etc. The backyard is shared with another unit, #912597, but is very private. It is on a canal off the Imperial River which flows out to the bays and then to the Gulf. Rental includes two kayaks and use of our canoe for fishing and exploring. The property is about a ten minute drive to the public beaches and two state parks with miles of natural shoreline. Walk or bike to Old Bonita Springs with Riverside Park offering historic buildings, artists studios, concert series, and farmers markets. It is also a few minutes drive to the new malls in Bonita Springs including Coconut Point, a massive outdoor mall with what seems like every store and restaurant known to man.

Keywords: artist's retreat, ceramic studio, gulf access, pottery, art, river, quiet, kayaking, peaceful, tropical

More Details

Ed and Kate Coleman
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 December, 2017

About Ed and Kate Coleman

This was our home for seven years before we moved to the mountains of North Carolina. We are professional ceramic artists and sell our work to galleries across the country. We have put many original touches to this home to make it a unique experience.

Ed and Kate Coleman purchased this villa in 1999

Why Ed and Kate Coleman chose Bonita Springs

This property is in the heart of Bonita Springs. It's location provides quick access to all the town has to offer. It is on a quiet street that ends at the river. Bonita Springs is a great small town with beautiful gulf beaches. The Imperial River is an old growth Florida river that runs through the town. Bonita Springs is south of the Caloosahatchee River which makes it the warmest place to be in our country in the winter. It's location is fantastic, offering a short bike or kayak ride to charming historic Bonita, and a quick car ride to the beach to catch the sun setting into the warm Gulf water.

What makes this villa unique

Yes, this is cheesy, but it really is what we would do. An ideal day at this property would be:

Waking to the sound of brewing coffee. Sipping on some coffee on the lanai while looking out at the tropical landscape plants in the backyard. Looking out at the studio and thinking about what we will make that day.

Spending some time in the studio with the doors open, listening to fish jumping in the water off the back deck. Have some fun throwing something on the wheel. Enjoy trying to create what we had been dreaming up over coffee.

Head out in the kayaks or canoe with a fishing pole hoping to catch dinner.

Take a picnic to the beach to watch the sunset. Finish the daylight hours by going on a walk along the water's edge.

Finally, put a documentary on the flatscreen and begin to think about what tomorrow may bring.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday villa in Bonita Springs in Lee County

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • The master bedroom has a king size bed with a great mattress- firm but still soft. Everyone loves this mattress. The guest bedroom has a queen size mattress. Also a great mattress, and an additional set of sliding doors in the guest room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 2 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Ceramic studio with a pottery wheel and kiln, 2 sit on top kayaks with paddles, a two person sit in kayak with rudder and paddles, record player with record collection, cane poles for fishing in canal. Two cruiser bicycles with large baskets for getting around town. With a small boat or kayak one can access the Gulf from the backyard.


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An Artist's Retreat with Ceramics Studio and Gulf Access
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A creative and relaxing retreat! Book now!!!

  • 5 of 5

Incredible experience! Simple but well-appointed home with all the amenities you'd need for a comfortable stay. Kayaks, beach gear, bikes, everything! Close proximity to everything you need to make your vacation great -- community pool, park, great cafes are all in walking/biking distance; grocery stores and several beaches are only a short drive. The home is artfully decorated with Ed and Kate's creations.

And of course, there is pottery studio! Potters will love this space. You'll make some great art here!

Ed and Kate were so accommodating and helpful, letting me know about events happening in the neighborhood, providing access to their kiln, and even offering to glaze and ship my pieces back to me that I wasn't able to complete.

You won't regret booking this amazing space. Highly recommended!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place, good location.

  • 4 of 5

We liked our stay at Ed and Kate's place. The location was perfect for what we wanted to do. Easy to go North to Estero, Fort Meyrs. Easy to stay local in Bonita Springs and short drive the beaches and also not too far from Naples. The hosts have good recommendations and helpful tips on places to go for dining, entertainment, etc., Although, you can stay right there and enjoy the peaceful home and yard. We didn't get time to use the pottery/ceramics studio because the weather outside was just too beautiful, but I'm sure it would have been great as well. We used the kayaks and bikes (that was very nice and convenient. Size was perfect for our family of 4.

Only one possible 'negative' (and this depends on how you travel), we've used Airbnb and VRBO's for years. The Artists Retreat didn't have some of the basics we're accustomed to like spices, more complete kitchen set up, available beach towels/cooler, etc. Ed and Kate were responsive when we brought it up, however, and they are very nice and sincere. So really, my suggestion is to just let the host know in advance.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Davenport, Iowa


  • 5 of 5

We came to Bonita Springs to look at real estate so our week didn't allow us to take advantage of all of the amenities offered, however, the location was perfect...close to the beautiful beaches, restaurants, shopping, and residential areas. The owners hints and suggestions were very helpful and accurate. All in all...a lovely spot!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Artistic Get-away

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here as we were visiting family that lived nearby. We wish we could have stayed much longer! There was so much to do! Beaches nearby with beautiful sunsets. Kayaks to explore the waterway from the backyard. Enjoy the Cyprus trees with beautiful sculptural trunks on the float. The home is decorated with creative art that is hand-crafted by the owners. We had a couple of questions before we left home and Ed and Kate were very helpful. This was our first VRBO experience, and it was excellent!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Greenwood, Indiana, USA

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  • 5 of 5

Hi - Please let me assure you that this review is true and 100% unbiased although the 2 owners are my son Ed and my wonderful daughter-in-law Kate (I would not lead you astray in any way). When you arrive at the condo,you will finf a plac that is very clean and very comfortable, you will have what you need in the way of readig material, a furnished full kitchen with artful plates and drinking glasses and mugs. Furnished with the units are bikes, a newly purchased canoe, a water canal almost in your backyard with easy access by water to the canals, river and for the true canoers , access to the bay. However what is most important is you will have 2 of the most gracious hosts tht you will ever encounter. Ed and Kate will do everything to let you know what is going on in the area, what types of recreation you can enjoy at your leisure, what sort of resturants are available (and there are many types and expense levels) , they will help with any of your needs, They have a working ceramic studio available for you use. We certainly enjoyed our stay and it had to be cut short by a death and funeral or we would have had another wonderful week in Florida. I would be more that willing to talk to anyone about their condo and te experience tht we enjoyed and you can get our phone number from Ed or Kate if you would like to talk to us on the phone. Do yourself a favor and read th other reviews from previous clients that are not so closely related. This is just a charming place and it is especially designed to make you feel relaxed and wonderful hile there

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved this rental home!

  • 5 of 5

My 13-year old daughter and I stayed here during our Spring Break this year. What a wonderful home! It was cozy and comfortable and cute. The house was very clean and decorated well. Especially loved all the wonderful clay art pieces throughout. And most especially the clay plates and mugs made by the owner! So cool. The backyard is beautifully done...a wonderful and serene place to relax. The home location is FANTASTIC. Very close to Publix and Fresh Market grocery stores. A 10 minute drive to Barefoot Beach. Easily accessible walking/bike path on Terry Road. We used bikes and rode over to nearby Riverside Park one evening. Comfortable beds and quiet area. Having laundry was convenient. Great kitchen setup...we had everything we needed. We had a GREAT stay at this house - we would definitely stay again and we highly recommend to others. :-)

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2016
  • Date of Stay: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Ft. Myers
Nearest Ferry
21 Miles
Key West Express
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Bonita Fairways
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Bonita Beach
Car: recommended

It's a short walk to the recreation center with a community pool, tennis and basketball courts, and an 18 hole frisbee golf course. This Side Retreat has a great location. Very close to Riverside Park and the charming heart of Bonita Springs. Rental also includes two cruiser bicycles for getting around town.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday villa in Bonita Springs, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter 2018
1 Jan 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 May 2018 - 30 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Jul 2018 - 30 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £225.15
Tax Rate 11.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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