About the Property
We are a small romantic cottage in a quaint OLd Florida Keys style Lobster fishing village, on a tropical island named Conch Key. We are located about 10 miles from Marathon and close to various state parks and beaches.
Sorry but we are a NO SMOKING , NO PET, NO PARTY HOUSE OR LARGE GATHERING RENTAL.
If you have children, this cottage is best suited for a family with older children.
Centrally located, we are the exact midpoint of the Florida Keys, or the halfway mark between the mainland & Key West. It's a perfect home base for day trips & sightseeing. We offer a quiet underdeveloped island (only 3 short residential streets) and an easy relaxing pace of life. You can take a leisurely stroll or bike ride on our bikes (no traffic) to explore the island, look for our hidden beach cove, take an ocean water swim off our private dock, or take a nap under the large Tiki hut in our hammocks and still embrace the authentic charm of the Old Florida Keys.
Embark on a scenic water adventure! Launch the kayaks and fish the flats or explore the island waterside. Paddle to surrounding sandbars or island beaches (close by) via scenic waterways accessible by small boat or kayak only. All our guests may enjoy the use of our bicycles & kayaks without charge.
Your back yard is on an old Keys, picturesque water view setting. Your back door opens to a large Tiki Hut with electricity, ceiling fans, and night time lighting on the water. Under its roof you'll find swinging hammocks and dining table, perfect for relaxation & cocktail hour or outside dining & BBQ. Scenic & on the water, manatees, tropical fish & Loggerhead turtles often come by to visit. Daytime or shine a light into the water at night and you'll see tropical fish, lobster, octopus, and other sea life passing around our dock.
Your next door neighbors commercial lobsterman Steve & Jeff, will sell you fresh caught lobster and stone crab right off their boats when in season; or ask your other next door neighbor Captain Dan, professional captain & fishing guide to take you on a 1/2 day or full day charter on his boat and catch your own fish. You won't have to drive anywhere, just wake up, step off your back porch & onto his boat. After a beautiful day on the water Captain Dan will help you or filet your fish. You can cook them on the grill as soon as you get off the boat, or take it to many of the local eateries that will cook your catch for a delicious meal.
If you like to fish without a boat, we are located within walking distance (a few blocks) from the dedicated world class Long Key fishing bridge (the old bridge converted to 3 miles of dedicated pedestrian fishing). Day or night you can cast your bait from land or bridge to hook up with tarpon & many other variety of salt water fish. The bridge is also a great place take a bike ride, go for a walk, or jog if you are a runner, and catch a beautiful sunrise or sunset over the water.
For our guests who bring boats, the boat launch is only about a block away from the cottage. Our large dock will accommodate a boat up to 23' in length (no additional charges). There's plenty of room on property to store you trailer (again no additional charges). There is immediate Bay & Ocean access for flats or deep sea fishing, lobstering, diving, snorkeling and other water activities.
To qualified boaters we also offer (with additional charges & conditions, booked in advance, with a minimum 7 night booking) a Small Motor Boat Option (SMBO) - Currently a Craig Cat, 2 passenger 30hp motor boat rental is available with the cottage booking only. This is a fun boat capable of being used for island hopping, scenic on water exploring, and boat/kayak only accessible island beaches. Our boat is capable of getting under many smaller lower height bridges dividing ocean & bay, allowing more opportunity & easier access to island beaches & skinny water exploration of scenic waterways etc. It is not for use in deeper ocean side water, if you are interested in a Deep sea or larger boat rental, we can certainly help guide you to a close & practical boat rental company. Again, this boat is available only for guests who book the cottage for a 7 day minimum or longer.
Tastefully furnished, the cottage is a cozy 2bedroom/2bath romantic getaway with WIFI internet access. Accommodations are comfortable for 2 guests on each queen size bed, and if necessary 1 guest on the couch (a bit crowded). The 2nd bedroom/bath is attached to the cottage, but accessible by a private front porch courtyard entrance/exit only, not through the body of the main cottage. It provides an extra level of comfort & privacy for 2 couples traveling together or families, and may be unsuitable for younger children. Each side includes its own bathroom, Direct TV with premium channels, & separate thermostat controlled central a/c & heat.
THIS IS NOT A PARTY HOUSE RENTAL, NO LARGE GATHERINGS. We love great guests that are respectful of our neighbors & our property on this quaint island & thus allow no more than a respectful number or limit of non-booked guests at any time during your stay.
ALL Advanced Bookings require a non refundable $500.00 - $1000.00 reservation deposit for each week or part of a week booked until 60 days prior to the check in date, when the balance and all monies are due & non refundable. Guests that pay in full then request to cancel more than 60 days before the arrival date, receive a refund minus the non refundable reservation deposit. We require a copy of your Drivers License with signed rental agreement (we provide this attachment in our answer to your inquiry) during or immediately after you book.
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY A NO PET, NO SMOKING, NO PARTY HOUSE RENTAL.
Conch Key Island is a small island (only 3 short streets) actually zoned as a working commercial fishing village. You can lay in the hammocks under the tiki watching next door neighbor lobster boats, fisherman, & divers hauling in their catch of lobster, stone crabs, and fish. In my opinion this Island, named Conch Key, is unique to other islands in that it still retains the historic lifestyle character & charm of the Old Florida Keys. Most of the homes on the island are original old Keys wooden cottage style homes built by fishermen who made a life from the ocean. They were inhabitants who wanted and still pursue a lifestyle filled with less stress & the beauty of ocean island life. They wanted their biggest decisions to be whether to go diving, sailing, fishing, finding lobster, or siesta in a hammock enjoying a cocktail.
Why Kids Love It
Adults & kids old enough to sleep in the private room attached to the cottage (2nd br/bth that includes a private courtyard entrance but no direct access to the main cottage thru the bedroom), enjoy feeling like they have their own private bungalow.
Kids can fish off the dock or the Long Key fishing bridge (a couple of blocks from the cottage) explore & ride bikes on the island, kayak, and swim. We are close to beach parks, facilities to Swim With The Dolphins and other attractions, and centrally located for day trips in the Florida Keys.
Various Swim with the Dolphins Facilities.
Jet ski rentals, boat rentals,Para sailing, fishing charters, diving charters.
No Name Bar & Grill a must see for a day trip or on the way to Key West.
Beaches - Curry Hammock State Park, Long Key State Park, Farro Blanco
John Pennekamp - Daytrip for ocean reef snorkeling & sightseeing.
Attractions Within Walking Distance
Long Key Fishing Bridge. Launch the cottage kayaks, paddle to sandbars island beaches and tour the island or scenic waterways.
Favorite Places To Eat
SS Wreck & Galley Grill
No Name Bar & Grill
No Name Bar & Grill
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Near The Ocean
Sports & Activities
Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
Outdoor Charcoal Grill
Water Sports Gear
Deep Sea Fishing
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|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Min Stay|
Feb 18 2020 - Apr 05 2020
Apr 06 2020 - Apr 12 2020
Apr 13 2020 - May 21 2020
May 22 2020 - May 25 2020
May 26 2020 - Jul 01 2020
Normal Checkout cleaning: $0
Tax Rate: 12.5%
Your booking charges include a minimum $500.00 per week or part of, non refundable Reservation Deposit that secures your dates. All Charges are due 60 days prior to your arrival date. Guests that pay in full and request a cancellation more than 60 days before the scheduled arrival or check in date are refunded the difference between monies collected and the non refundable reservation deposit.
No Smoking, No Pets, No large Parties, no additional overnight guests other than the number of guests indicated for the booking. You must be 26+ yrs to book the property, 30+ yrs to include the Small Motor Boat (rental) Option. We require a copy of the booking persons driver license on a signed copy of our rental agreement, & credit card holder booking guest must occupy the premises.
We provide NORMAL CLEAN UP & HOUSEKEEPING at your departure. Extraordinary cleaning,scrubbing pots and pans, tracking down equipment, extraordinary housekeeping etc., at your departure will be charged and deducted from your damage/security deposits if necessary. All equipment, bicycles, kayaks, life vests, and etc., are your responsibility to return to their correct places in the same reasonable condition you found them.
Last updated on February 09, 2020
Year Purchased: 1993
About the owner: I grew up In Miami Florida, graduating from a local high school and Miami Dade Community College. Eventually I applied to and was hired on the Metro Dade County Fire Department. I Retired after 31.5 years of service from one of the busiest stations on the Eastern Seaboard.
Why this property? I loved growing up in Miami Florida, boating in the waters of Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys. My dad loved the ocean water here and introduced us to fishing, boating, and diving at an early age. I spent a lot of time on this island with friends. I fell in love with this Island because of its historical Old Keys character and charm, and jumped at the chance to buy the cottage when the opportunity presented itself.
Calendar last updated: February 09, 2020
Guestbook comments from the owner:
I loved being in the middle of the Keys, an easy drive to anywhere. The cottage was clean and just what we needed. The beds were firm and there was plenty of seating. The area felt safe and we enjoyed walking around the neighborhood. Although we didn't use them, the kayaks and bicycles are an added bonus. We did enjoy the tiki hut and the back patio. I would stay there again.
The cottage was very cute and well maintained. The tiki hut and hammocks were a perfect and relaxing ending to a long day. The 2nd bedroom was a nice separation for my college aged son and me. He could go relax and do his own thing after spending all day with his mom! Ken was very prompt on all emails, calls and texts. And to top it all off, the weather was perfect the entire week!
03/18/2019 at 7:27 PM
Great location, great outdoor space, great indoor space!
We had a great time! The Cottage was clean and ready for us. Ken was attentive to all our needs and very responsive. We had a very relaxing and great time at Ken's Cottage.
The cottage was very clean and well equipped. We enjoyed the outdoors, being near the water and star gazing in the evening. There was a large tortoise (I think a Loggerhead) in the channel. We visited a few state parks and the Crane Nature Center along with Key West. Thank you Ken for such great accommodations and a wonderful stay.
The bungalow was a perfect size for us and a true central point to other destinations. The only disappointing aspect was the fact we did not see any kind of sealife except the jellyfish. I was hoping to see a manatee up close and personal but other than that, it was perfect!
Claire D. said...
Four of us stayed 5 nights at Ken’s cottage as part of a fishing holiday to celebrate my partners 40th birthday. We picked this cottage because it was on a key that wasn’t a tourist spot and we wanted to feel part of the community for the short time we were there. We also loved the look of the dock and how close it was to the bridge where we would be fishing. Ken’s cottage was quirky, cosy and certainly felt like a home from home. It was so well stocked with equipment that it was easy to do meals at home to then enjoy our on the dock. The dock is just magical. Evenings under the tiki hut were fun, daytimes we were able to catch fish and watch the nurse sharks swimming past. This home was comfortable and Ken was really helpful with making suggestions before we checked in. We were all really sad to leave and hope to be back one day.
Our first visit to the keys was stress free with this cottage rental. From first inquiry to end of vacation, Ken made this so easy. The cottage had everything we needed. After a day of exploring it was quiet and restful to come back to. It was clean and comfortable. Ken is very responsive to questions and has great tips on places to eat and local attractions. On our final night we saw a beautiful turtle in the channel. We would definitely stay here again.
Stayed: January 2019Submitted: January 27, 2019
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