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CASTAWAY in MATLACHA on deep water canal with BOAT LIFT/DOCK

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Matlacha Isles - CASTAWAY in MATLACHA

1565 sq.ft. 2BR/2BATH house on deep water canal DOCK/BOAT LIFT

We are opening up our house to let more people like YOU enjoy our Florida PARADISE.

This is truly Florida's Best Kept SECRET!

MATLACHA pronounced (MAT-la-shay)! Located in SW Florida, 30 mins from Fort Myers Beach, 40 mins from Sanibel Island, served by 2 major airports, 30 mins from (RSW)Southwest Florida International Airport, 25 mins from (PGT) Punta Gorda Airport with many non-stop flights on Allegiant Air, 90 min from Venice/Sarasota and 2.5 hrs from Fort Lauderdale.

This home offers the best of both worlds, close to endless shopping, restaurants, beaches, a myriad of outdoor activities and some of the best fishing in SW Florida. A boating oasis and a real fisherman's dream.

Matlacha is Florida's last hidden gem often referred to as 'the Old Key West' that boast unique art galleries, shops, restaurants and bars that provide daily live entertainment.

Come and enjoy our beautifully appointed 2BR/2BA 1565 sq. ft. fully equipped home. The only thing you need to bring is YOU!

We provide a fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher, oven, cook top, refrigerator, microwave, Cuisinart coffee maker, blender, place settings for 12, all utensils, everything to make a gourmet meal. For the griller in you, we provide an outdoor gas grill too.

Don't worry about the linens, we provide sheets, wash clothes, plush towels and even beach towels.

WiFi internet and cable TV also provided.

We also have a PRIVATE boat lift and dock on a deep water canal with direct access to Matlacha Pass, Charlotte Harbor, Cayo Costa State Park, Cabbage Key, Captiva, Sanibel Island, Boca Granda, and the Gulf of Mexico.

If you have a boat, bring it and tie it up to our dock. It's only a short 10 min ride to Matlacha Pass. If you want your boat out of the water we also provide a #6000 boat lift available upon request. Boat rentals are always an option and can be rented a short distance away. A boat ramp is less than a mile away.

Enjoy the living room as you watch the huge flat screen TV while you lounge on the leather couch or just wind down as you read a book in the Florida room overlooking the canal.

The master bedroom has a queen size bed and also has a full bathroom, and walk in closet.

The second bedroom has two full beds and is also well appointed. It too has a generous closet for your clothes.

If you need to do some laundry, NO WORRIES... there is a washer and dryer located in the laundry room located just off the kitchen.

If you like fishing, boating, beaches,sunshine,shopping, the Old Key West lifestyle, relaxation, or you just want to get away from the cold up north, then this is your PARADISE.

We want to make your experience one that will bring you back for more. Our local managers Karin and Christina will provide that personal touch and should you need anything during your stay are available only a short distance away.


If you think our home is nice now......just wait and see what's next.

Each year we plan on making subtle changes to make your stay more enjoyable.

CHECK-IN TIME is 3PM on day of arrival.

CHECK-OUT TIME is 10AM day of departure.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Keith E. Sidehamer
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 November, 2016

About Keith E. Sidehamer

We currently live to the north in Pennsylvania and enjoy everything about the outdoors, from fishing, hunting, skiing, swimming, cycling, hiking, boating, and just plain ole relaxing!

Keith E. Sidehamer purchased this house in 2013

Why Keith E. Sidehamer chose Cape Coral

We fell in love with the laid back atmosphere and Old Key West lifestyle of Matlacha over 7 years ago. My friends and I began fishing in the north and slowly migrated to warmer waters to escape the bone chilling cold, especially in early spring. My good friends Capt. Terry "the Fish Whisperer" and Capt. Paul from "Team Tarpon" have been instrumental in our decision to chose Matlacha. Matlacha was that hidden gem which was recently featured on HGTV and other TV programs as a great place to own a beach house or second home. Not to mention some of the best fishing in Florida, from fishing the flats for reds, mangrove snapper, snook and trout to fishing the deeper waters for tarpon, grouper, shark and mackerel.

Matlacha is close to everything from fast food, grocery stores, to the local bars and restaurants. This town really has it all. It's a great place to relax and enjoy the local artist with shops and displays throughout the town or to kick back at some of the local pubs.

It truly is a whimsical historic fishing village and the last remaining "Old Florida".


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(12 traveller reviews)

CASTAWAY in MATLACHA on deep water canal with BOAT LIFT/DOCK
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 12 reviews
San Diego, California

How charming and welcoming!

  • 5 of 5

If you're looking for a relaxing, clean, friendly and very charming place for your get away vacation, I have to tell you, this is the place! We walked in to a basket of fresh fruit and a chilled bottle of great wine! It was a welcome sight for sore eyes after traveling from San Diego, CA to visit local family!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Judy and Gene we are so happy you enjoyed your stay. We strive at making your stay a pleasant and enjoyable experience each and every time you visit with us. We look forward to having you back soon.
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1 6

Great place !!

  • 4 of 5

We had a very relaxing time and truly enjoyed the home.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kevin, we are so happy you enjoyed yourself and our home. We look forward to you and your family coming back and staying with us soon. Thanks again.....
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1 5

Relaxing and comfortable stay!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Keith and Evelyn's home in Matlacha was wonderful. The house was cozy and very well equipped with all the comforts and conveniences we needed.We were greeted with a lovely bottle of wine which was most welcome after our late flight. The kitchen was well stocked with service for 12 and lots of utensils and gadgets available.The decor was colorful and lovely and the beds and linens were comfortable and clean.TVs were available on both bedrooms as well as the living area and the WIFI worked well. My favorite room was the "Florida" room that overlooked the canal. It was a great place to read and relax! The house is situated in a lovely residential community on a canal and was very close and convenient to loads of shopping areas. We took a lovely drive-about 45 minutes to Sanibel Island to visit the gorgeous beaches and saw dolphins and collected some lovely seashells.This home was a great fit for us as were visiting and entertaining our Florida family. We would recommend this house for a relaxing Florida stay!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and had the wonderful opportunity to visit with your new grandchild. We strive to make our guest stay a pleasant and enjoyable experience. Thanks for the wonderful review and for choosing our house for your getaway. We look forward to your return.
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4 28


  • 5 of 5

This house in Matlacha Fl was the cleanest, best maintained,home we stayed in during a two-week tour of Florida's West Coast.Every amenitie possible.Great dock and rear yard! Terrific UPGRADED showers and bathrooms.Owner very service oriented.Great sunrises,TV everywhere, WIFI perfect,safe quiet and beautiful.The town itself just a short bike ride away, a kayakers paradise.FISING RULES!!!! Beautiful catches daily fresh Pompano for dinner on rear deck nightly! coming back soon, more fish to catch!Garage, patio,etc...The best towels ever, not a corner cut in any way!First class offering! I'm a builder and I'm not easy! Can't wait for next trip there!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the kind words Anthony. It was an absolute pleasure having guest like you stay at our little Florida "paradise". We want our guest to feel right at home and we strive at making your stay a pleasant and enjoyable experience. We appreciate all the wonderful comments and look forward to having you back to stay with us soon. Thanks again for choosing our house.
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4 27

My get-away in Matlacha at the Castaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband, who couldn't get out of work, was kind enough to encourage me to take an adventure to relax and be carefree after being extremely stressed by work. That's how I ended up at the the Castaway. I immediately adjusted to the laid back Southern lifestyle. I read many books that were on my list while watching the water in the canal shimmer. I ate the ripened mangoes from the tree and enjoyed the sun-filled morning back deck. Yes, I found a place called serenity. The house was very CLEAN, delightfully and tastefully decorated with a palette of colors to match the shades of Matlacha. Even though I preferred being here with my husband, I felt at ease and safe on my own exploring the area; going to local eateries like Miceli's and Bert's that provided music and no cover charge with good food priced right. I ventured out for a hair cut at Neff Studio Salon and they called me the next day to see if I liked my cut and to check if I had a good experience. That was incredible! I also ordered some fish from the local market and Andy called to make suggestions as to other catch-of-the-day items being brought in from local fisherman. I also explored Cape Coral Yacht Club, Sanibel and Captiva Island and Ft. Myers beaches as well as some of the nature parks. When I come back to the Castaway, I will make sure my husband gets to enjoy our new home away from home when we need to escape the rat race! Truly a little piece of paradise!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Serenity, it was an absolute pleasure having you stay with us. We are so happy and thrilled that you got to relax and experience the "serenity" that many people fail to get. Now you know where to come to escape the "rat race". Please make sure you bring the hubby next time. We look forward to having you staying with us on your next getaway. Thanks again.
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2 80
Pittsburgh, PA

Marvelous Matlacha

  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend staying at the Castaway in Matlacha. We've stayed at other VRBOs and this one stacks up! Very clean, and comfortable for a family of 5. Our kids (8, 10 & 12) really enjoyed the friendly neighborhood and we felt very safe letting them walk the street since it was a cul de sac with minimal traffic. They also enjoyed fishing in the canal and picking fresh mangos from the tree on the property! (YUM!) The location was perfect for a short drive to either Fort Myers Beach or Sanibel Island. Lots of excellent places grab a bite to eat also...we highly recommend The Perfect Cup in Matlacha and of course being from PA we enjoyed several trips to Great Licks who serve Penn State creamery grade ice cream! Overall a wonderful place that felt like a home away from home. Highly recommend!!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Yarby..... We are so happy you and your family enjoyed our home. It was an absolute pleasure having you. You picked a fantastic time to come as our Valencia Mango tree was full of sweet delicious mango's. Nothing like pulling your breakfast right from the tree in the morning. Thanks again for choosing our house in Matlacha. We look forward to having you back.
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Fort Myers International or Punta Gorda AirportPGT
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Miceli's, Bert's Bar and Grill
Nearest Ferry
23 Miles
Fort Myers to Key West
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Perfect Cup, Sandy Hook Fish and Ribs,Pizza Bella
Nearest Beach
23 Miles
Fort Myers Beach/ Sanibel Island
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Matlacha Isles, Pine Island

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jan 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 May 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £47
Tax Rate 11.0%

100 % refund if cancelled at least 60 days prior to arrival.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Matlacha Isles in Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1565 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Double Bed
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Horseshoes
  • 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
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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