TORCHVIEW SECLUDED PARADISE /FAMILY & PET FRIENDLY

Nothing like a family vacation (wish the Waldrons were here!)
Nothing like a family vacation (wish the Waldrons were here!)
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HOME AWAY FROM HOME
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
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WELCOME TO TORCHVIEW.........after Irma
WELCOME TO TORCHVIEW.........after Irma
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Turn right at the TORCHVIEW SIGN
Turn right at the TORCHVIEW SIGN
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SOLITUDE IS PARADISE AT TORCHVIEW
SOLITUDE IS PARADISE AT TORCHVIEW
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Visitor for lunch KEY DEER
Visitor for lunch KEY DEER
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Garden is looking good
Garden is looking good
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Your view from the 240' dock.
Your view from the 240' dock.
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Private beach.....
Private beach.....
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Margarita,pina colada, ice cold beers.........
Margarita,pina colada, ice cold beers.........
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Just the place for the little ones....don't forget the sunscreen SPF #50
Just the place for the little ones....don't forget the sunscreen SPF #50
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Living area
Living area
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Kitchen area
Kitchen area
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dining area with 'THE' view
dining area with 'THE' view
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Master Bedroom....King bed
Master Bedroom....King bed
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Master with an awesome view
Master with an awesome view
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Master Bath
Master Bath
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Guest Bath
Guest Bath
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Queen Bedroom...exceptional view of the SUNRISE
Queen Bedroom...exceptional view of the SUNRISE
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First class seats for ......SUNRISE and GARDEN VIEW
First class seats for ......SUNRISE and GARDEN VIEW
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Twin Room....comfy beds
Twin Room....comfy beds
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Twin Room....Graco Infant Portacrib and High Chair in closet
Twin Room....Graco Infant Portacrib and High Chair in closet
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Washer/Dryer and BAIT FREEZER-Room for fishing and snorkeling gear etc.
Washer/Dryer and BAIT FREEZER-Room for fishing and snorkeling gear etc.
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Wrap around Deck...RELAX, WATCH MAJESTIC VIEWS .....
Wrap around Deck...RELAX, WATCH MAJESTIC VIEWS .....
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Just left of Howell Key(island) you can see the NILES CHANNEL BRIDGE
Just left of Howell Key(island) you can see the NILES CHANNEL BRIDGE
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Pick your chair....
Pick your chair....
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240' dock ...........
240' dock ...........
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...with FISH CLEANING STATION
...with FISH CLEANING STATION
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Can you "see" FAT ALBERT.........?
Can you "see" FAT ALBERT.........?
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KAYAKS (DEC-APRIL)
KAYAKS (DEC-APRIL)
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WHO LIVES IN YOUR FRONT YARD...........
WHO LIVES IN YOUR FRONT YARD...........
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.................nurse shark......
.................nurse shark......
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......................starfish.....sea anemones.........
......................starfish.....sea anemones.........
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............lobster.......
............lobster.......
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........lobster......crabs.....
........lobster......crabs.....
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.......lobster.....rays.....
.......lobster.....rays.....
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FISHING.........
FISHING.........
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...DOLPHIN (MAHI MAHI)......
...DOLPHIN (MAHI MAHI)......
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.......I CAUGHT IT ALL BY MYSELF........
.......I CAUGHT IT ALL BY MYSELF........
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KIDS LOVE KEY DEER WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES...Lets go to 'TURTLE HOSPITAL!!
KIDS LOVE KEY DEER WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES...Lets go to 'TURTLE HOSPITAL!!
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Thanks for teaching us to snorkle Grampa
Thanks for teaching us to snorkle Grampa
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SWIMMING AND THANKS FOR TEACHING US TO KAYAK...
SWIMMING AND THANKS FOR TEACHING US TO KAYAK...
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LOOE KEY REEF-STEVEN WITH GOLIATH GROUPER
LOOE KEY REEF-STEVEN WITH GOLIATH GROUPER
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WOW!! THATS A FISH.............GOLIATH GROUPER
WOW!! THATS A FISH.............GOLIATH GROUPER
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JUST HANGING AROUND.......
JUST HANGING AROUND.......
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AT DAYS END......................SUNSETS.....................
AT DAYS END......................SUNSETS.....................
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..............................MORE............
..............................MORE............
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.............................................................MORE........
.............................................................MORE........
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..............................SPEACHLESS..........
..............................SPEACHLESS..........
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UNBELIEVEABLE..................................
UNBELIEVEABLE..................................
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....................SUPER SUNSETS........
....................SUPER SUNSETS........
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Cotton Candy.....
Cotton Candy.....
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.....................................LOOKING SOUTH AFTER SUNSET......
.....................................LOOKING SOUTH AFTER SUNSET......
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..........................................MORE
..........................................MORE
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Watch for the green flash.....
Watch for the green flash.....
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.............................................YOU SHOULD BE HERE..........
.............................................YOU SHOULD BE HERE..........
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..................................................TO SEE THIS...............
..................................................TO SEE THIS...............
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................................I DON'T WANT TO GO.............
................................I DON'T WANT TO GO.............
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Nothing like a family vacation (wish the Waldrons were here!)
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
WELCOME TO TORCHVIEW.........after Irma
Turn right at the TORCHVIEW SIGN
SOLITUDE IS PARADISE AT TORCHVIEW
Visitor for lunch KEY DEER
Garden is looking good
Your view from the 240' dock.
Private beach.....
Margarita,pina colada, ice cold beers.........
Just the place for the little ones....don't forget the sunscreen SPF #50
Living area
Kitchen area
dining area with 'THE' view
Master Bedroom....King bed
Master with an awesome view
Master Bath
Guest Bath
Queen Bedroom...exceptional view of the SUNRISE
First class seats for ......SUNRISE and GARDEN VIEW
Twin Room....comfy beds
Twin Room....Graco Infant Portacrib and High Chair in closet
Washer/Dryer and BAIT FREEZER-Room for fishing and snorkeling gear etc.
Wrap around Deck...RELAX, WATCH MAJESTIC VIEWS .....
Just left of Howell Key(island) you can see the NILES CHANNEL BRIDGE
Pick your chair....
240' dock ...........
...with FISH CLEANING STATION
Can you "see" FAT ALBERT.........?
KAYAKS (DEC-APRIL)
WHO LIVES IN YOUR FRONT YARD...........
.................nurse shark......
......................starfish.....sea anemones.........
............lobster.......
........lobster......crabs.....
.......lobster.....rays.....
FISHING.........
...DOLPHIN (MAHI MAHI)......
.......I CAUGHT IT ALL BY MYSELF........
KIDS LOVE KEY DEER WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES...Lets go to 'TURTLE HOSPITAL!!
Thanks for teaching us to snorkle Grampa
SWIMMING AND THANKS FOR TEACHING US TO KAYAK...
LOOE KEY REEF-STEVEN WITH GOLIATH GROUPER
WOW!! THATS A FISH.............GOLIATH GROUPER
JUST HANGING AROUND.......
AT DAYS END......................SUNSETS.....................
..............................MORE............
.............................................................MORE........
..............................SPEACHLESS..........
UNBELIEVEABLE..................................
....................SUPER SUNSETS........
Cotton Candy.....
.....................................LOOKING SOUTH AFTER SUNSET......
..........................................MORE
Watch for the green flash.....
.............................................YOU SHOULD BE HERE..........
..................................................TO SEE THIS...............
................................I DON'T WANT TO GO.............

About the Property

  • Sleeps: 6
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2
  • Property Type: House
  • Minimum Stay: 7 nights
  • Living Area: 1875 sq. ft.

Big Torch Key is reminiscent of the Keys 40 years ago, seclusion and peace invade your senses immediately, sunset views will take your breathe away. Located on 1.4 acres on Niles Channel, in National Key Deer Refuge, the best boating access to the Atlantic (2 miles) and the Gulf (6 miles) in the lower Keys. Torchview has an open floor plan (kitchen/living room/dining room) with a huge master suite (king size bed)and two other bedrooms(one with a queen size bed and the other two twins). Completely furnished all you'll need for a terrific vacation....just pack your clothes. Fishing, kayaking, swimming and snorkeling off your own 240' boat dock with a 4' draft, you'll have an unparalleled adventure. You 'Will 'want to Come back to TORCHVIEW and the Florida Keys!!!

'VIRTUAL TOUR' is available on homeway#289591

WE ARE ON THE PREMISES from Dec to April. Read the 'reviews'of guests who have stayed at TORCHVIEW while we are there.

Unique Benefits

We have bought a house on Cudjoe and built another there too ( both on canals), it was crowded, noisy and our pets had no where to run. We wanted seclusion, privacy, open water and space to breathe. The first time we saw TORCHVIEW WE knew IT was home.
Steve & Kathy searched for the perfect spot in the Lower Keys, came across a diamond in the rough. You guessed it ....TORCHVIEW, with foresight and some hard work managed to make this piece of heaven 'our Paradise'. We know its 'Paradise 'because we have been told so by ALL who stay here. We KNOW you'll feel that way too, COME CHECK IT OUT!
The most incredible sunsets at TORCHVIEW will capture the tropical flavor of the Keys without leaving the country. Our views off the deck will give you peace and tranquility. Isn't that what we came for????

Why Kids Love It

Fishing...fishing...fishing....from the dock
SHALLOW sandy beach for the "guppies'.
SPECIAL SURPRISE FOR THE 'MINNOWS' A VIRTUAL AQUARIUM TO GET THEM INTERESTED IN LEARNING TO SNORKEL .shallow to graduated depth in water 4-5 feet at the end of the 240' long dock.
Torchview is known for its incredible 'up close and personal' encounter with the sea life under and around the dock.
Yes the adults can participate too!

Area Information

TORCHVIEW IS IN THE HEART OF "National Key Deer Refuge" and "Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge".
Deer roam the property often
Located 3 miles off Highway 1( MM28) on Niles Channel

Amenities

  • Beds
  • 1 King Bed
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 2 Twin Beds
  • 1 Crib
  • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Balcony
    • Beach Chairs
    • Beachfront
    • Bicycles
    • Deck / Patio
    • Dock / Boat Slip
    • Free WiFi
    • Full Kitchen
    • Heating
    • Internet
    • Kayak / Canoe
    • Kid Friendly
    • Linens Provided
    • Managed by Owner
    • Managed by Property Manager
    • Non-Smoking
    • Parking
    • Pet Friendly
    • Porch
    • Towels Provided
    • Waterfront
    • Wireless Internet
  • Appliances
    • Blender
    • Cable / Satellite TV
    • Ceiling Fans
    • Coffee Maker
    • Dishes & Utensils
    • Dishwasher
    • DVD Player
    • Freezer
    • Hair Dryer
    • Iron & Board
    • Microwave
    • Outdoor Grill
    • Oven
    • Refrigerator
    • Stove
    • Telephone
    • Television
    • Toaster
    • Washer / Dryer
  • Nearby Activities
    • Aquarium
      (onsite)
    • Boating
      (onsite)
    • Fishing
      (onsite)
    • Kayaking
      (onsite)
    • Sailing
      (onsite)
    • Snorkeling
      (onsite)
    • Live Entertainment
      (3 miles)
    • Miniature Golf
      (3 miles)
    • Grocery Store
      (5 miles)
    • Gym/Fitness Center
      (5 miles)
    • Ocean
      (5 miles)
    • Shopping Area
      (5 miles)
    • Beach
      (20 miles)
    • Golf
      (25 miles)
    • Parasailing
      (25 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities

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Rates

Rental basis: Per property
Rental rates quoted in 
Rate PeriodNightlyWeekend NightWeeklyMonthlyMin Stay
Sep 07 2019 - Dec 21 2019
$328 $2,300 7 nights
Dec 21 2019 - Jan 04 2020
$386 $2,700 7 nights
Jan 05 2020 - Sep 07 2020
$357 $2,500 7 nights

Fees:

CLEAN FEE: $200
PET FEE*: $100

Tax Rate: 12.5%

Notes:

STEVEN & KATHY ARE ON THE PREMESIS FROM DEC - MAY

RATES SUBJECT TO CHANGE & TRAVELERS SERVICE FEE PET FEE $100/EACH *

ALL BOOKINGS ARE SATURDAY-SATURDAY **
2019 HOLIDAYS & SPECIAL EVENTS: $2700/WK
MINI LOBSTER SEASON - WEEK OF JULY 20 - 27
REG LOBSTER SEASON - AUG 3-10 AUG 10-17
CHRISTMAS - DEC 21 - 28
NEW YEARS - DEC 28, 2019 - JAN 4, 2020

Availability

Last updated on September 18, 2019

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Map

Nearest Airport: KEY WEST - 30 miles
Nearest Bar: BOONDOCKS & LOOE KEY TIKI BAR - 3 miles
Nearest Beach: BAHIA HONDA - 8 miles
Nearest Golf: MARATHON OR KEY WEST - 30 miles
Nearest Restaurant: BOONDOCKS & LOOE KEY TIKI - 3 miles

Owner Info

Kathleen (Kathy ) Anderson

Kathleen (Kathy ) Anderson

Year Purchased: 1993

Calendar last updated: September 18, 2019

Phone number: +1 (616) 690-2097

Guestbook comments from the owner:

Best family vacation spot ever, Apr 09, 2018
By Ehrin, Carlsbad, CA

My husband and I, along with our 3 kids, ages 11, 9 and 5, just returned from what was without a doubt our favorite vacation we've ever taken. All of the reviews are completely spot on. The dock is amazing, the hosts so unbelievably kind and the location is spectacular. This was everything we could possibly have asked for! Our kids spent their days rotating between snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and playing in the huge front yard. My husband too, who is an avid snorkeler and diver, spent all of his time in the water. Upon arriving, we discovered there was just no reason to possibly leave. We were all so happy just to BE there! We even ended up making dinner at the house every night because we just didn't want to miss the beautiful sunsets from the deck. We are already planning our return trip here next year! Thanks Kathy and Steve! We can't wait to see you again!


Mar 2018

Could Not Get Better!, Apr 10, 2018
By Scott and Jacqueline ,Altoona, PA

We are in love with Torchview! We were there in February, 2018. Steve & Kathy are stellar hosts. They made us feel welcomed and at home from the minute we drove onto the property. We had our 3 chocolate labs with us. Steve and Kathy were so accommodating on accepting our pack. They showed us the ins and outs of the property and gave us tips on beaches, restaurants, grocery stores, and even a vet nearby. The amenities were exactly as described. Sunsets were superb. The beach and dock was so relaxing. We were close to plenty of restaurants and grocery stores. Only 30 miles from Key West. If you want privacy and seclusion this is the place for you. Thank you Steve and Kathy for one of the most relaxing and enjoyable stays ever!


Feb 2018

Hi Kathy,
We are back from another fabulous visit to Torchview! I saw you called last Friday but we were at Looe Key at the time. As always we had a great time! We rented another boat from Maya at Big Pine Key Boat Rental (who said she has had a boat at Torchview each week since the end of June) and fished and dived daily. We found a great fishing area about 25 minutes by boat from Torchview the last day of last years trip. It was even better this year!! We caught tarpon, 'cuda, jacks, and snapper daily, and the last day we added some big sharks to the list. Everything was released except a few keeper snapper.
Snorkeling at the Torchview reef was fun as usual. There seemed to be more angelfish (French or gray, as well as queen) than ever before, but way fewer lobster. I'm not sure if the lobster numbers are down because of the young resident Goliath grouper that has moved in, but either way he is really cute. Also saw a single moray cruising through the structure.
Deer visited us each day this year, always looking a bit surprised that I was outside early. The mosquitos weren't too bad but the no-see-ums were thick once the sun went down. Last year we had daily and nightly storms. This year very little wind or rain, which was a nice change. The skies were so clear and dark that each night I would marvel at being able to see the Milky Way so clearly!
I hope we continue to visit Torchview!
Thanks again!
Andy


Aug 2017

ANDY

Photos

  • Nothing like a family vacation (wish the Waldrons were here!)
    Nothing like a family vacation (wish the Waldrons were here!)
  • HOME AWAY FROM HOME
    HOME AWAY FROM HOME
  • WELCOME TO TORCHVIEW.........after Irma
    WELCOME TO TORCHVIEW.........after Irma
  • Turn right at the TORCHVIEW SIGN
    Turn right at the TORCHVIEW SIGN
  • SOLITUDE IS PARADISE AT TORCHVIEW
    SOLITUDE IS PARADISE AT TORCHVIEW
  • Visitor for lunch KEY DEER
    Visitor for lunch KEY DEER
  • Garden is looking good
    Garden is looking good
  • Your view from the 240' dock.
    Your view from the 240' dock.
  • Private beach.....
    Private beach.....
  • Margarita,pina colada, ice cold beers.........
    Margarita,pina colada, ice cold beers.........
  • Just the place for the little ones....don't forget the sunscreen SPF #50
    Just the place for the little ones....don't forget the sunscreen SPF #50
  • Living area
    Living area
  • Kitchen area
    Kitchen area
  • dining area with 'THE' view
    dining area with 'THE' view
  • Master Bedroom....King bed
    Master Bedroom....King bed
  • Master with an awesome view
    Master with an awesome view
  • Master Bath
    Master Bath
  • Guest Bath
    Guest Bath
  • Queen Bedroom...exceptional view of the SUNRISE
    Queen Bedroom...exceptional view of the SUNRISE
  • First class seats for ......SUNRISE and GARDEN VIEW
    First class seats for ......SUNRISE and GARDEN VIEW
  • Twin Room....comfy beds
    Twin Room....comfy beds
  • Twin Room....Graco Infant Portacrib and High Chair in closet
    Twin Room....Graco Infant Portacrib and High Chair in closet
  • Washer/Dryer and BAIT FREEZER-Room for fishing and snorkeling gear etc.
    Washer/Dryer and BAIT FREEZER-Room for fishing and snorkeling gear etc.
  • Wrap around Deck...RELAX, WATCH MAJESTIC VIEWS .....
    Wrap around Deck...RELAX, WATCH MAJESTIC VIEWS .....
  • Just left of Howell Key(island) you can see the NILES CHANNEL BRIDGE
    Just left of Howell Key(island) you can see the NILES CHANNEL BRIDGE
  • Pick your chair....
    Pick your chair....
  • 240' dock ...........
    240' dock ...........
  • ...with FISH CLEANING STATION
    ...with FISH CLEANING STATION
  • Can you "see" FAT ALBERT.........?
    Can you "see" FAT ALBERT.........?
  • KAYAKS (DEC-APRIL)
    KAYAKS (DEC-APRIL)
  • WHO LIVES IN YOUR FRONT YARD...........
    WHO LIVES IN YOUR FRONT YARD...........
  • .................nurse shark......
    .................nurse shark......
  • ......................starfish.....sea anemones.........
    ......................starfish.....sea anemones.........
  • ............lobster.......
    ............lobster.......
  • ........lobster......crabs.....
    ........lobster......crabs.....
  • .......lobster.....rays.....
    .......lobster.....rays.....
  • FISHING.........
    FISHING.........
  • ...DOLPHIN (MAHI MAHI)......
    ...DOLPHIN (MAHI MAHI)......
  • .......I CAUGHT IT ALL BY MYSELF........
    .......I CAUGHT IT ALL BY MYSELF........
  • KIDS LOVE KEY DEER WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES...Lets go to 'TURTLE HOSPITAL!!
    KIDS LOVE KEY DEER WILDLIFE ACTIVITIES...Lets go to 'TURTLE HOSPITAL!!
  • Thanks for teaching us to snorkle Grampa
    Thanks for teaching us to snorkle Grampa
  • SWIMMING AND THANKS FOR TEACHING US TO KAYAK...
    SWIMMING AND THANKS FOR TEACHING US TO KAYAK...
  • LOOE KEY REEF-STEVEN WITH GOLIATH GROUPER
    LOOE KEY REEF-STEVEN WITH GOLIATH GROUPER
  • WOW!! THATS A FISH.............GOLIATH GROUPER
    WOW!! THATS A FISH.............GOLIATH GROUPER
  • JUST HANGING AROUND.......
    JUST HANGING AROUND.......
  • AT DAYS END......................SUNSETS.....................
    AT DAYS END......................SUNSETS.....................
  • ..............................MORE............
    ..............................MORE............
  • .............................................................MORE........
    .............................................................MORE........
  • ..............................SPEACHLESS..........
    ..............................SPEACHLESS..........
  • UNBELIEVEABLE..................................
    UNBELIEVEABLE..................................
  • ....................SUPER SUNSETS........
    ....................SUPER SUNSETS........
  • Cotton Candy.....
    Cotton Candy.....
  • .....................................LOOKING SOUTH AFTER SUNSET......
    .....................................LOOKING SOUTH AFTER SUNSET......
  • ..........................................MORE
    ..........................................MORE
  • Watch for the green flash.....
    Watch for the green flash.....
  • .............................................YOU SHOULD BE HERE..........
    .............................................YOU SHOULD BE HERE..........
  • ..................................................TO SEE THIS...............
    ..................................................TO SEE THIS...............
  • ................................I DON'T WANT TO GO.............
    ................................I DON'T WANT TO GO.............

Reviews

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review David P.

Secluded Paradise

Torchview is heaven, beautifully landscaped, we enjoyed the Key Deer, fantastic sunsets and ocean treasures. My grandson loved fishing on the pier, it was wonderful to be with family for a week at Torchview. The place was well equipped and very clean. Torchview is out-of-the-way secluded but close to anything the Keys offers. We enjoyed local restaurants and offerings but mostly the ambience of Torchview itself. All the locals knew Torchview and their owners and had great respect for them. What a great vacation from our northern winter.....we would love to make plans at Torchview for next year.

Stayed: March 2019Submitted: April 05, 2019

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review Jennifer W.

LOOK NO FURTHER....YOUR VACATION STARTS AND ENDS HERE!!

My family was sick of staying in hotels every time we vacationed and we wanted to rent a house this time that would suit everyone's needs. My husband likes to relax, my 17 year old son loves to fish, and the two friends he brought with wanted the action of Key West. I spent months online searching for the perfect place and finally settled on the Torchview, as it did not have a single bad review. Let me tell you, there is definitely a reason for this! As soon as we pulled in the driveway, I knew it was going to be a great vacation. Located only a few minutes drive off of Hwy 1, the house was conveniently located. It was not too far away from restaurants, grocery store, etc., yet it felt so alone and private. Not at all like the elbow to elbow living you usually see in Florida. The yard was beautiful as was the house. Upon arriving, Steve and Kathy greeted us warmly and made sure that we felt at home. Steve was so gracious to allow the boys to use his fishing poles, as well as setting them up with his own snorkeling gear. the house has a 240 foot dock with a reef under it that Steve has built over the years. We spent countless hours during the day snorkeling, seeing Parrot fish, Sting rays, Lobsters, Horseshoe Crabs, Sharks, and the resident barracuda "Bubba". I have a love/hate relationship with Sharks, but Steve convinced me that the docile nurse sharks that hang out there were harmless. i eventually worked up the courage to snorkel up next to one...Thanks Steve! We fished off the dock every night until 3a, tying into some BIG SHARKS. So much fun. We were located only 30 minutes from Key West and were also able to spend a day there. The boys had fun driving around downtown in a golf cart we rented. We also took a trip to Marathon which was also only about 30 minutes away. There we enjoyed parasailing. For us, the week we spent at Torchview was by far the best vacation we have ever had. I can not say enough about Steve and Kathy and their wonderful home. Definitely stay there..you won't regret it.

Stayed: March 2019Submitted: March 19, 2019

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review Debra Lynn S.

Absolutely relaxing

My son and I spent a wonderful week at torchview. It was very relaxing had everything we needed. The house was very clean and has a well equipped kitchen. We we're able to bring our puppy with us which was one thing that we were looking for in a place to rent. She had fun and plenty of room to play. Kathy and Steve was very helpful with restaurants and thing to do in the area. I can't say enough about how nice and gracious they are. The house is located close enough to enjoy Key West and Marathon. We made a lot of use the dock had naddie the puppy out on the paddle board. The area is great to explore around the docks for fish also had a manatees come and visit. One of the best vacations will be back again.

Stayed: March 2019Submitted: March 12, 2019

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review Michael and Patricia O.

Will not disappoint!! Awesome place

The house accommodates 6 comfortably. We had 5 adults and were very comfortable. Very clean and safe. Peaceful paradise, great fishing off dock and we LOVED the little private beach area!! Just beautiful views!! We had three adult children with us and they loved our vacation. House was well equipped coffee pots,dishes,cookware,hairdryers. Dinning table for 6 and seating at kitchen island. Comfortable beds ..and living room furniture to watch tv.

Stayed: December 2018Submitted: December 31, 2018

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review Steve R.

Private and relaxing get away

We celebrated our 43rd anniversary at Torchview and had the BEST time! The house was very comfortable and well equipped. The views were priceless from the balcony that wrapped around the entire house. We saw deer, turtles, raccoons, and iguana's (sunning in the trees)on the grounds. We watched storms, snorkeled off the dock, and enjoyed each sunrise and sunset. We discovered GREAT restaurants close by and met locals who shared stories of perseverance. Enjoyed Looe Key snorkel trip and swam with sharks, grouper, turtles and so many beautiful fish. Kathy and Steve have a beautiful home and were great to rent from.

Stayed: September 2018Submitted: October 02, 2018

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review Heather S.

Blew us away!

We live full time on a small bridgeless barrier island in SW Florida so we are hard to impress........... Seriously this place blew us away. The fact that you are down a private road with a private yard facing the water and not someone else’s house is almost unheard of in the keys. We actually watched Fat Albert daily. When Fat Albert comes down you know to get back to the dock because a storm is coming. The location is amazing we played in the Content Keys on the gulf side and we went to Looey Key on the Atlantic side. The house is big and spacious we had 6 people (max allowed) and our 2 dogs. Everything was clean and comfy. Our cooking needs were more than met. Waffle iron, griddle, gas stove with big pots. You will like that because you will need big pots.......... Of course the minute we got there we had to run out to the dock and ohh and ahhh the whole way to the end. When I say thousands of fish I mean thousands of fish. I kept reading reviews calling it a virtual aquarium and quite simply there is no better description. The “table fare” is beyond delicious. Fresh snapper for dinner for 6, send your seven year old down to the dock and in 10 minutes you better be ready to start cleaning fish. Several other excellent dinner options going on below that dock if you catch my drift. We went out to Looey Key and honest to god the snorkeling was better right in front of Torchview. (Don’t get me started on Looey Key, such a sad state of affairs for our reefs) The beach out front is fun and even snorkeling in the shallows was amazing. We found sea horses, baby lobsters that were hiding in rock crevices that you would never see if u didn’t have your head in six inches of water. At the end of the dock were a couple nice barracuda that got a snapper of two from us....no problem because there were 1000s more. Nurse sharks did their daily patrol. Again the term virtual aquarium could not be more accurate. If u have a boat the dock is great and the location allows you to wake up and decide to go Gulf or Atlantic that day. However if you don’t have a boat don’t let that bother you. ThisIS the place to stay. Shallow to shoulder deep water will keep everyone happy. Fun areas to kayak too. The owners were excellent to work with. We needed for nothing. I’m giving this place 5 stars only because they won’t let me give it more.

Stayed: June 2018Submitted: July 17, 2018

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review Scott and Jacqueline L.

Could Not Get Better!

We are in love with Torchview! We were there in February, 2018. Steve & Kathy are stellar hosts. They made us feel welcomed and at home from the minute we drove onto the property. We had our 3 chocolate labs with us. Steve and Kathy were so accommodating on accepting our pack. They showed us the ins and outs of the property and gave us tips on beaches, restaurants, grocery stores, and even a vet nearby. The amenities were exactly as described. Sunsets were superb. The beach and dock was so relaxing. We were close to plenty of restaurants and grocery stores. Only 30 miles from Key West. If you want privacy and seclusion this is the place for you. Thank you Steve and Kathy for one of the most relaxing and enjoyable stays ever!

Stayed: February 2018Submitted: April 10, 2018

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review Ehrin

Best family vacation spot ever

My husband and I, along with our 3 kids, ages 11, 9 and 5, just returned from what was without a doubt our favorite vacation we've ever taken. All of the reviews are completely spot on. The dock is amazing, the hosts so unbelievably kind and the location is spectacular. This was everything we could possibly have asked for! Our kids spent their days rotating between snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and playing in the huge front yard. My husband too, who is an avid snorkeler and diver, spent all of his time in the water. Upon arriving, we discovered there was just no reason to possibly leave. We were all so happy just to BE there! We even ended up making dinner at the house every night because we just didn't want to miss the beautiful sunsets from the deck. We are already planning our return trip here next year! Thanks Kathy and Steve! We can't wait to see you again!

Stayed: April 2018Submitted: April 09, 2018

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