photos by Barry Fitzgerald
Imagine the quintessential Caribbean island village, its cottages nestled hand-in-hand on charming historic pedestrian streets. As people stroll by, sun kissed from an afternoon of beaching and sight seeing, they'll say hi to one another even if they've never met. This is your neighborhood during your stay at the Caribbean Cottage vacation rental. One of the best vacation rental locations on the island - without a doubt. Around the corner "Grand Vin" wine bar stands ready for an evening wine tasting session while "Flamingo Crossing" ice cream parlor offers up a new flavor of home made glace.
Recently restored, this historic Caribbean Cottage has an authentic Caribbean island feel, with original wood planked polished floors, vintage hand-hewed beams, bright blue tile (accented with marble), and Bahama style wooden window shutters. Artist owners painted the original pine walls with elegant historic colors of olive and cream, and adorned the sash style windows with wooden shutters and French linen curtains. Reserved for owner's use only for many years, original artwork from their private collection is displayed throughout for you to enjoy.
The living room is a generous cottage size with plenty of room to gather. On the side closest to the kitchen, a dining table is placed to create a roomy eating area. The adjoining "butler-pantry" style kitchen is spacious, has a charming French-Caribbean style ambiance, and is fully equipped and easy to cook in.
The interior lay-out of this cottage maximizes privacy with the bedrooms and bathrooms on one side and common living areas on the other. The cottage has two full bedrooms. It offers one full bath with nice large walk-in shower big enough for two. The second bath (a one-half) can function like a full bath with a sink and commode in a nice size room, and the Jacuzzi spa around the corner in an intimate side garden courtyard. This outdoor bathing area is made completely private with a tall fence.
Bedding in this vintage cottage includes a king size bed in the master bedroom, and a queen size bed in the other. The master bedroom boasts a beautiful rich wooden armoire, and French doors lead from the bedroom to a pretty outdoor sitting area for reading and lounging. For extra sleeping, the living room has a comfortable double bed sleeper futon.
From the outside front, the cottage has charming curb appeal with a large beautiful Royal Poinciana tree and the Key West quintessential white picket fence, and of course the porch to sit and watch the world go by. The general design and layout of the cottage lends itself perfectly for versatile use. It is ideal for up to four, and can sleep up to six people comfortably.
If you are looking for a truly authentic Key West experience, this cottage could be the perfect one for you. This charming property is located in the Upper-Duval Street historic neighborhood - a special section of Key West offering many up-scale attractions and interesting features including excellent gourmet restaurants, art galleries, boutiques, a high-end wine tasting store, an award winning home made ice cream shop, a coffee and tea house, South Beach around the corner, and .just a short walk to down to Mallory Square.
There is off-street parking for one full size car, but from here you really never need to get in your car. Upper Duval Street is right out your front door, so forget the hassle of parking and enjoy walking or biking everywhere. Enjoy the island to the fullest, and then come home to relax in the spa.
Master bedroom - King size bed
2nd Bedroom- Queen size bed
Living Room - Twin daybed
Amenities: Champagne for the newly weds! Private Jacuzzi spa garden, fenced yard, fully equipped kitchen. A/C, washer / dryer, Flat screen color cable TV, C/D player and stereo, wireless internet. Linens and towels are provided.
Activities: Shopping, restaurants, nightlife, museums, sailing, boating, snorkeling, diving, theatre, night life, family activities. Everything is within walking distance. Cafe neighborhood features art galleries, wonderful eateries and internationally famous fine restaurants, coffee house, fine gift and clothing stores. Right out your gate find Grand Vin Wine Bar, where you’ll enjoy a broad selection of wine by the glass and Flamingo Crossing, the award winning homemade ice cream store with some of the best ice cream you’ll ever eat.
Activities: Shopping, restaurants, wine tasting and home made ice cream around the corner, museums, sailing, boating, snorkeling, diving, beach, theatre, night life, family activities. Everything is within walking distance. Leave your car at home.
Area: Upper Duval or 'Uptown Key West' has evolved into the "elegant end of Duval" and offers an exceptional variety of restaurants, beautiful boutiques, and art galleries. Walk to South Beach in 3 minutes and the Southernmost Point of the United States is just down the street and around the corner. Walk to the Mallory Square Sunset Celebration in 15 to 20 minutes.
Parking: Off-street parking for one car.
Restrictions: . Smoke free house. Only well behaved children. No Pets. (Please don't ask)
Note: If you love this cottage but need to sleep more than 4 in beds, you can rent it with the one bedroom Vintage Luxury Cottage. You can combine a rental of both cottages and sleep 8 by renting the Fantasy Resort Villa.