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60+ FIVE STAR RATINGS -- Upscale, Private Wilton Manors/Ft. Lauderdale Cottage

Bedrooms 1
Space 400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

FIVE STAR rated/3 room cottage with hot tub, over-the-top hosts & heated pool

The perfect place for your Fort Lauderdale/Wilton Manors vacation, honeymoon, post or pre-cruise stay, special occasion, business trip or your visit to one of the many festivals here. Plus we provide personalized, concierge service.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: YOU MUST PROVIDE A PROFILE WITH YOUR REQUEST. We do not discriminate on any basis. 2 day minimum/7 Day maximum rental. Sorry, no pets. The Cottage is not appropriate for children.

The Cottage, its amenities, its hosts and location have all received FIVE STAR ratings from every guest who has stayed here on this and other booking sites.

Here are a few comments from some of our guests:

Amazing…fantastic…extremely welcoming…hosts went out of their way…definitely recommend...beautiful...backyard straight out of Home & Garden…six stars out of five…felt like royalty…spoiled us big time…something special…plenty of privacy…upscale furniture…great amenities…we hardly wanted to leave during the day…very private secret garden and pool were amazing…stunning…WOW…tropical paradise…awesome…absolutely perfect…fantastic…magnificent… If it were possible to give this property a 10 star rating, we would…gorgeous… The cottage house manual had all the information and suggestions you could ever want…this is the best BNB we have ever used…spotless…elegant…attention to detail was impressive… It’s clear that they really enjoy hosting and go out of their way to make your stay an awesome one… way beyond our expectations...a true treasure.


The Cottage is comparable to a four to five star hotel room in this area, at a fraction of the cost. Your elegant guest home-away-from-home has its own private entrance through a secret, landscaped garden walk. The door to your cottage has its own security code. This door is off a beautiful, private patio with double chaise lounge. high-top table for outside dining, a seasonally operated hot tub and grants access (or not, if you prefer) to the shared-with-your hosts sparkling new, salt-water heated swimming pool (clothing optional), gas grill, outside dining area all enclosed with a privacy fence and tropical landscaping. A double-doored gate separates the Cottage from the pool area. You may choose to leave it open or close it for complete privacy.

The comfortable living area comes complete with 40" flat screen TV that features all premium channels (HBO, Cinemax, STARZ, Showtime, etc.) plus free WIFI. Also, you'll find a comfortable, full-size sofa, a gorgeous upholstered chair for reading, an antique trunk (for a coffee table), a huge chest of drawers (for your clothing), books and book shelves for your reading pleasure, oriental carpets throughout and a charging station for your i-phone or Android.

Off the living room is galley styled kitchen with mini-fridge, toaster, microwave oven, Kuerig & regular coffee maker, sink, a cozy glass-topped breakfast table with two stools and a full washer/dryer. The separate bedroom boasts a queen-size, sleigh bed with new, firm mattress, two night stands, plus a large armoire to hang your clothes.

The entire cottage is done with taste, interesting antiques and furnishings and signed original artwork and posters. But it is not stuffy. It is comfortable, warm, cozy.

It also comes with these amenities: Tommy Bahama beach chairs & umbrella, two bikes, a welcome basket, continental breakfast on the weekdays, all linens & bath towels, plus beach towels, bath soaps & shampoo, plus all the kitchen fundamentals. Plus we offer many other amenities -- like massage table, iron, etc.

PARKING -- The cottage includes one FREE, off-street parking space.

TAXES -- VRBO collects and pays directly the Florida State Sales Tax (6%) and the local Broward County Tourist Development tax (6%.) Legally, both must be collected and paid. The rate shown, includes both taxes.

INTERACTION WITH YOUR HOSTS -- WE LOVE HOSTING PEOPLE!!!! Your hosts are three, exceptionally friendly men, originally from New York (upstate and Manhattan), Washington, D.C. and Lancaster, PA. All three of us like to have fun, go out, and – most importantly – host guests. We welcome EVERYONE.

Harv, now retired, worked in mergers and acquisitions in NYC and in retirement held several positions running non-profits and created Lancaster's only visual and performing arts center: The Ware Center. Out-going & knows how to be an exceptional host.

His partner, Bill, still works as a WIFI specialist for an internationally known printing company. Bill lived in D.C. for seven years before moving to Lancaster, PA. Bill loves to fish, plays tennis, pool, baseball, golf and poker.

Michael, the third member of the household, is also retired. He formerly worked alongside a former White House Chef as a caterer and had his own very successful catering and special event business and a hugely popular restaurant and bar. He originally hailed from upstate New York, lived in New York City and most recently Lancaster, PA. Excellent cook, good conversationalist, tends to the gardens daily.

"Over-the-top hospitality" is our thing. We will bend over backwards to make sure your stay with us in Wilton Manors and Ft. Lauderdale is a memorable one. Don't hesitate to ask us for recommendations on where to eat, what to see, and which bars are hot and for whom. We also will respect your privacy, if you prefer that. The important thing is: you get what you want. It is your visit -- our goal is to make it special."


We live in beautiful West Wilton Manors. It is a lively, upscale residential neighborhood -- only a few blocks from all the action on the famous Wilton Drive and an easy 10 minute drive to the beaches. The streets often have people walking their dogs, jogging or biking. There are hundreds of things to do and see, gay and straight.

Mikel Park -- which recently underwent a $1.6 million renovation and re-opened just this summer -- anchors the neighborhood and you are free to use it during your stay. It is a few steps from our home. The beautifully lighted and landscaped park features estate fencing, outside workout stations, a running/walking path, a sand-volley ball court and a pavilion for musical performances. The park is locked at dusk. There is also a police sub-station in the park and is kept lit all night.

We are located five miles from all the Ft. Lauderdale beaches, including Sebastian (the gay) Beach and Lauderdale-by-the-Sea (straight/family friendly), and less than five minutes from the bars/restaurants of Wilton Drive. And a short drive from the shops of Las Olas and Haulover Beach (the nude beach). 15 minutes from the Ft. Lauderdale airport. About thirty minutes (depending on traffic) from South Beach/Miami.

We are a two minute drive from Publix (a grocery store), Dunkin' Donuts, 24-hour 7-11, liquor stores, Home Depot & Lowes, Walmart Drug Store and many other retail stores, restaurants & bars.

We will be happy to recommend bars, gyms, restaurants, site-seeing spots, shopping areas -- depending on your preferences. Let us know what you want to do ahead of time and we'll prepare a customized list of suggested places to go and try. Suggestion: Check out Groupon.com for local deals on restaurants, massage services, attractions, theatre, etc. Also, upon your acceptance of your reservation, we will send you a specially-created-for-The-Cottage-Guests- only, 30+page manual that not only describes the house rules, but also places to go and see, recommended restaurants, location of nearest beaches and casinos, etc.


Although we are only a block or two from public transportation and taxi cabs are fairly easy to reach and inexpensive to use, we strongly recommend you rent a car so you can easily visit the attractions on Wilton Drive (about seven blocks away), all the beaches, restaurants, upscale shopping on Las Olas, and the nearby bars. Florida car rentals are inexpensive and parking incredibly cheap. (We'll show you where & how to pay, depending on where you want to go.)

Given the nature of the city and its party-atmosphere, UBER is very popular and easy-to-use here. It will take you anywhere in the city (or drop you off anywhere in the City of Wilton Manors). UBER from the FLL airport is less than $20. A cab may be double that. If you plan on having a drink out, USE UBER. We can also offer you two new bikes, if you prefer to get around that way.


- All the major airlines fly into Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). We highly recommend SouthWest Air, as they have less add-on “surprises” (like paying for luggage), when you book. Other good rates can be found with all the majors, plus Silver, Frontier, Allegiant, JetBlue and WestJet. We do NOT recommend Spirit.

Although a little further and not nearly as accommodating as FLL, you may also want to check airfares into Miami (MIA) or Palm Beach International (PBI). Both are about forty minutes away.

Note: You can pre-send a package (with clothes, for example). We’ll hold the package for you until you arrive.

- We offer a continental breakfast each weekday morning of your stay, plus you’ll find a Welcome Basket on your arrival, full of snacks, some libations and tips on what to do and how to get around. Soft drinks and water are provided free throughout your stay.

- The cottage is attached to our home, though there is NO direct, inside access from the main house to the cottage. Your privacy is assured: there are no direct visual lines between the two buildings & sound does not carry between the cottage & the main house.

- The pool is surrounded by a high, cannot-see-over-it privacy fence. So you can consider the pool a clothing optional area. If you prefer to not sunbath nude, that's fine too. Since we only rent out this one space, you pretty much have these areas to yourself. They are shared with your hosts.

Remember -- our no. 1 goal is to make sure your vacation is a special one.

More Details

Harvey Owen
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
19 January, 2018

About Harvey Owen

You get three hosts for the price of one. The hosts have received FIVE STAR ratings from every guest who has stayed here. Harv is a retired mergers and acquisitions specialist. Michael is a retired chef who used to work with a former White House chef and owned and operated a popular Irish restaurant and bar. Bill currently works as a Business Analyst for a large printing firm.

Harv & Michael lived in NYC. Bill lived in Washington, D.C. All three most recently hailed from Lancaster, PA, before moving permanently to Fort Lauderdale.

All three of us have extensive hospitality experience and will make sure your stay with us is an unforgettable one. We can guide you to the best places (based on your preferences) or give you complete privacy and let you discover our wonderful city yourselves.

We are available on a 24 hour basis, seven days a week. And, we will do our best to accommodate all your needs. Consider us your personal concierge service. Our goal is to not only meet your expectations, but exceed them.

Harvey Owen purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Harvey Owen chose Wilton Manors

The Cottage is a beautifully, uniquely appointed, private 3-room unit, attached to the main house. However, there is no access from the main house. It has its own private entrance. It has been designed for maximum comfort and allows you to come and go as you please. It is one of the few BnB type places with its own entrance. It features a private patio with your own hot tub, plus a double doored gate to the shared with the hosts (but rarely used) pool, sunbathing patio, grill and outdoor eating area, set in a gorgeously landscaped lawn and tropical garden. We consider ourselves to be the best, most friendly and most accommodating hosts you'll that's what we did for a living: Cheers-like restaurant and bar owner, professional bartender, event specialist and former creative director of a visual performing arts center. We are very outgoing and friendly. We have received FIVE STAR ratings from every guest who has stayed with us from this and other booking sites.

What makes this cottage unique


“The Cottage” is a true treasure…far above and beyond anything I could have anticipated… beautiful pool and patio…great location…went beyond our expectations…we highly recommend it….amazing hosts. We'll send you our ten page pdf file of guest comments.

- Twelve minutes from Fort Lauderdale airport. Thirty plus (depending on traffic) to Miami International or Palm Beach International Airports

- In an upscale, safe neighborhood near all the popular bars and restaurants of Wilton Manors.

- Minutes to the popular beaches, downtown Fort Lauderdale and shopping centers.

- Private, plush accommodations. -- with its own security system.

- Private patio & hot tub, with shared-with-the hosts designer pool.

- FREE internet, WIFI and Premium TV Channels on large screen TV and free docking station to charge your phone and computer.

- Within five blocks of grocery & drug stores, restaurants, gyms, liquor stores and shopping.

- Comes with many extras such as new bikes, beach chairs and umbrella.

- Your hosts will customize a "Things to Do During Your Stay," based on your personal preferences, plus can provide concierge services, if you need them.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Joe & Norm stayed at The Cottage for a week. What wonderful guests they were: polite, neat, friendly, respectful and incredibly interesting. I would recommend them to any VRBO host.
Feb 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Wilton Manors in Broward County

Property Type:
  • cottage
Building Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The beautiful bathroom has marble tile and a glass enclosed shower, sink and toilet. It comes complete with shampoo and soap, plus bath, hand and face towels and a hairdryer. It has a small window that overlooks the pool area. There is also a tall shelving unit for your toiletries. Plus we provide you with more than a dozen, current magazines to read.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • The bedroom includes a queen-size sleigh bed with new, firm mattress. There are two night stands with lights, plus a third night stand near the foot of the bed. The walls are covered with original artwork and it has a window overlooking the entrance to The Cottage's garden walkway. It also features a large, pine antique armoire so you can hang your clothes. The living room has plenty of drawers so you can unpack everything. It is very quiet and private. And, it has its own a/c unit, if you like it cold.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • limited accessibility ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • 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:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a stunning, ALL FIVE STAR rated, very private, one-of-a-kind property, located in one of Wilton Manors best neighborhoods. The hosts are professional hosts -- with designated SuperHost status -- and will make sure your stay is a special one. Give us your preferences in advance and we will customize a "Things to Do" List created just for your stay. We are one house away from the newly $1.6 million renovated Mikel Park which features walking paths and estate lighting. We are within walking distance of all the bars and restaurants of Wilton Drive and several gyms. The Cottage is comparable to a four or five star hotel room, at a fraction of the price.


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60+ FIVE STAR RATINGS -- Upscale, Private Wilton Manors/Ft. Lauderdale Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
Bronx, New York

Lovely property. Beautifully maintained

  • 5 of 5

Wanted a place to stay while hunting for a Condo in Wilton area. Was really Impressed with the cottage, the backyard/pool area, and a separate private patio with a hot tub.

Added bonus, the hosts were all lovely. Harvey, Bill and Michael couldn’t have been nicer. Truly a wonderful week.

Poolside breakfast was also a nice perk, one of which i’ve never been offered with prior rentals.

Harvey connected me with a local realtor, and I did find a lovely place and bought it!

Exceptional service. Lovely place. Nice group of guys. A++

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gallipolis , Ohio

Perfection in Wilton Manors

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I were forced to schedule our annual trek to south Florida with little advanced notice this year. With only a few weeks to find a place we had to look at different venues than we had used in past years. WHAT A BLESSING! We found that The Cottage in Wilton Manors was available for us. Having never stayed there before we were a bit cautious as we had experienced the "pictures-and-descriptions-on-the-website-don't-match-the-reality" phenomenon in the past. The Cottage was everything it was touted to be and more!!! Harv, Bill, and Mike went out of their way to make us comfortable. The facility was spotless and the landscaping was breathtakingly beautiful. Each morning we were provided with a delicious breakfast to start our day. The hosts spoke to us as if we were long-lost friends and shared information on sites to see while we were in town. They had coolers, chairs, umbrellas, etc. available for us to take to the beach if needed. I don't think I have ever experienced a more accommodating vacation arrangement in my lifetime.

I would highly recommend this facility to any individual or couple who is looking for a relaxing place to stay while in the Ft. Lauderdale area. You can't beat the price, facilities, and hospitality that is provided at The Cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The most wonderful vacation

  • 5 of 5

My bf and I had the pleasure of staying at The Cottage. It was everything we hoped it would be and more. Unfortunately we did not get to meet Harvey or Bill, but Michael was an AMAZING host. I truly enjoyed getting to know each other a little more at breakfast, which was delicious. The backyard feels like an oasis and the pool was perfect. The pictures do not do this place justice. It was even better in person. We had as much privacy as we wanted. Michael was helpful in any way that we needed and gave wonderful recommendations. Harvey also helped with any questions before we arrived and got us set up perfectly for our trip. We really couldn't have picked a better place or had a better time. We will definitely book this place again next time we are in the Ft. Lauderdale area. Also, on our last day before we left Michael chilled us a coconut from the backyard. It was a really sweet and neat experience for us to try fresh coconut water straight from the backyard.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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An amazing getaway in a beautiful setting with wonderful hosts!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much Harv, Bill, and Michael for our amazing weekend getaway in your lovely cottage!!! Your attention to detail in the decor and amenities was 5 star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. We truly enjoyed the pool and hot tub surrounded by your lush gardens! It's a mini tropical paradise complete with beautiful flowers, birds and butterflies!

We very much enjoyed sharing a breakfast with you poolside and getting to know you personally! Your joy in hosting and meeting new people is evident and greatly enhanced our stay; a touch we've never experienced in any other vacation rental.

Your attention to our every need (even the ones we hadn't thought of yet) was above and beyond. Thank you for your kindness and generosity!

We so appreciated the welcome basket and information about local attractions and restaurants! Future guests may enjoy a private weekend, as we did -or venture out to the many destinations Fort Lauderdale (and surrounding areas) have to offer!

We look forward to returning to the cottage in the future and will HIGHLY recommend it!

Thank you again for an AMAZING weekend!

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Toronto Ontario

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we booked our trip to the moment we left this Florida getaway, we experienced great customer service. Harv emailed us, letting us know places to eat, places to go, etc. before we even got there! You can tell that their main goal was to make our stay as comfortable and above and beyond as possible. They had everything we needed; we were even given a welcome basket, two outstanding breakfasts, items for the beach and more. The saltwater heated pool and hot tub was amazing! The places that were recommended to us were the perfect places to go for dinner, things to do, or places to see. we very much enjoyed our stay at the cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kemptville, ON


  • 5 of 5

I can not say one thing bad about our stay. From Harv meeting us in the driveway and helping us unload the car to breakfast every morning!

They all went above and beyond for us....

Great location, close to the Hwy and close to beach.


Will stay again!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Fort LauderdaIe Intl. (FLL)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
All the Wilton Drive Bars
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Tri Rail Fort Lauderdale (Broward Station)
Nearest Motorway
0.4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Hundreds within 5 mile radius
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Sebastian Beach/Lauderdale-by-the-Sea
Car: recommended

Wilton Manors is an "Island City" within the city of Fort Lauderdale. It is a huge tourist area, mainly with gay men and women. There are literally hundreds of things to do and see, great restaurants and bars of all types. When you check in, we'll provide you with a personalized list of things to do in our area during your stay, recommended bars/restaurants, and suggestions on where to shop, etc.


Prices & Availability

Ask Owner a Question

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £25.19
Damage Insurance £42.47

- Please provide a profile with your request to book. Requests without will be declined.

- All the major airlines fly into Fort Lauderdale International Airport (FLL). We recommend SouthWest Air, as they have less add-on “surprises” (like paying for luggage), when you book. Other good rates can be found with Spirit, Silver, Frontier, Allegiant, JetBlue and WestJet. You can pre-send a package (with clothes, for example). We’ll hold the package for you until you arrive.

- Although a little further, you may also want to check airfares into Miami (MIA) or Palm Beach International (PBI).

- We offer a continental breakfast each weekday morning of your stay.

- The cottage is attached to main house, but there is NO direct, inside access from the main house to the cottage. You have your own, private entrance and your privacy is assured.

- The pool is surrounded by a high, privacy fence. So you can consider the pool a clothing optional area.

- We require a two-night minimum stay; seven night maximum stay. The cottage is not appropriate for children. No pets. Maximum 2 people.

- The rate includes the Broward County Tourist Tax (5%), but does NOT include the Florida State Sales & Use tax of 6%. VRBO will add to your invoice, collect and remit the state tax. Your hosts collect and remit the County Tax, which is already included.

- We ask that you leave the house as you found it.

- Be sure to turn the hot tub off when not in use and use care when using it.

- Do not use glass containers in the patio/hot tub or pool area, please.

- Be sure to lock the doors to the cottage every time you leave the house.

- Please keep noise down after 11 p.m, since we do live in a residential neighborhood.

- You may smoke by the pool or outside

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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