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42 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 four and 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 and oriental carpets throughout.

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 -- just ask.

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

TAXES -- VRBO collects and pays directly the Florida State Sales Tax (6%). It does not collect the local Broward County Tourist Development tax (5%.) Legally, both must be collected and paid. The rate shown, includes the Broward County Tourist Tax only. VRBO will add the State Sales tax to your invoice.

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. But 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 an amphitheatre 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.) The cottage also comes with one FREE off-street parking space.

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. 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 Spirit, Silver, Frontier, Allegiant, JetBlue and WestJet.

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

- 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.

- 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 the hosts -- but rarely used by them.

- The hot tub is for your exclusive use. It operates seasonally (October-May).

More Details

Harvey Owen
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
27 April, 2017

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 Greater Fort Lauderdale

The Cottage is a beautifully 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.

- 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

- 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:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • 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 ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • 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 counter tops and a glass enclosed shower, sink and toilet. It comes complete with shampoo and soap, plus bath and hand towels. It has a small window that overlooks the pool area. There is also a tall chest of drawers for your toiletries. Plus we provide you with more than a dozen 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
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind property, located in one of Wilton Manors best neighborhoods. 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. The hosts are professional hosts 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. The Cottage is comparable to a four or five star hotel room, at a fraction of the price.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

42 FIVE STAR RATINGS -- Upscale, Private Wilton Manors/Ft. Lauderdale Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
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: Mar 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have rented houses all over the world for many years and this was one of the best. The cottage has plenty of room for a couple with furnishings very much superior to what is typical for a “rental”. The patio and pool areas are beautifully landscaped, private and well maintained.

Our hosts, Harv, Michael and Bill have mastered the fine line between being accommodating and engaging while respectful of their guest’s privacy. We started each morning with a fine breakfast and good conversation provided poolside by Harvey. Harvey was always available for local knowledge and ready to provide whatever we might need for the day’s activities; beach blanket, coolers, chairs, umbrella etc. My wife loves to swim and likes the pool temperature a bit on the warm side which Harvey was happy to accommodate. We would not hesitate to recommend this accommodation and, in fact, plan to return in the near future. Five star’s all the way!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Long Grove, IA

Amazing hosts, amazing property!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I came into town for a wedding and were looking for something other than an overpriced hotel room full of spring breakers. The cottage met every expectation we had and then some, from the welcome basket, to the personal recommendations, the beach gear they had for us to use, breakfast, it was all wonderful! I don't love the Atlantic side of Florida, but this stay made our trip, we had such a great time and felt completely at home! Thank you Harvey, Michael, and Bill for your amazing hospitality!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 13, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A hidden jewel and outstanding hosts

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage is much more than we could have ever wished for. It's quaint and beautifully furnished with all the comforts of home. Located on a quiet residential street, there is a private access that leads to a hot tub right outside the door and a beautiful pool just steps away. The back yard and patio are incredible with gorgeous landscaping and comfortable lounges. The best part of the Cottage, though, is the three wonderful hosts who make you feel right at home. They are so attentive and welcoming, serving a continental breakfast Monday through Friday, with fresh fruit and juices and delicious muffins or croissants. The kitchen is nicely equipped with refrigerator, microwave and Keurig coffeemaker. Anyone who is lucky enough to rent this treasure will have a wonderful vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Michael. You were wonderful guests...Welcome back anytime. Move here!
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Words simply aren't enough to describe how marvelous my experience was.

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage at Wilton Manors was the best getaway I could ask for. First, the hosts were so welcoming and engaging. The area is incredibly private and landscaped beautifully. I took advantage of the outdoor area as much as possible!

I felt safe every moment of my stay at The Cottage. The hosts' safety measures are well conveyed and shared.

The Cottage is beautifully decorated in a manner that made it easy to feel relaxed and at home. I loved getting to "know" the hosts simply through the pieces and books left for guests to interact with.

Any time I am in this area, The Cottage will be the first place I will check for availability.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Stephanie for the great review. We LOVED having you stay with us. You are welcome back anytime.
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Private and great location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time on our trip! This is a very private setting and in a good part of town if you want to have quiet but not be to far away. We plan to stay again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the FIVE STAR review Jeremy. We enjoyed hosting you and Jessica. Please feel free to come back any time. You were great and interesting guests. Harv, Bill & Michael
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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

Prices for this holiday cottage in Wilton Manors, Florida South Atlantic Coast

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Mid Season
12 Apr 2017 - 31 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early Fall
1 Sep 2017 - 17 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Mid Season -- Late
18 Oct 2017 - 25 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £45.78
Cleaning £27.16 + Tax
Tax Rate 6.0%

- 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.

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