We booked this cottage a year ago, planning for three weeks vacation this February 2016 in Key West, Florida. Travelling from Canada in February, we were so excited to immerse ourselves in the energy and warmth of The Keys. We researched the cottage and agreed that this would be the best place for this wonderful holiday. We were ( almost ) right. The cottage is clean and cute. The property is lush and beautiful, however - after our arrival it became VERY clear that the yard ( including the pool ) were covered by complete shade ( basically all day ) - there was NO sun in the yard for us to enjoy the pool during the day. One of the reasons we chose this place - having our own private pool !! We were forced to head to a public beach - every day - IF we wanted to enjoy any sun. That cost us an additional $25.00 a day for chairs on a very crowded public beach. We tried to communicate with the Rental Agency DAILY for the first full week - asking for some assistance. Also some compensation. Nothing. We continued to communicate daily. We asked for help in finding a pool we could use - or in helping us find another location. We would gladly leave - as it was depressingly dark and very cool. Nothing. Finally, at the end of week one - we met the owner. She was wonderful - understanding, apologetic - and acted immediately in having the trees dramatically trimmed so that we could enjoy some sun around the pool for a portion of the day. What a relief ! The Management firm was disrespectful - and showed no level of understanding. They were at times rude - and very dismissive. Honestly - if not for the owner helping us out - this could very easily have been the worst Holiday ever. As it was - we lost a full week using our pool due to the lack of sun in the yard. Plus we incurred an additional $200.00 for unexpected beach fees. For some - an excessively shady yard might be what you are looking for. Then this place will be great for you. We went to The Keys for some sun and fun - preferably starting in our own backyard. The vacation was saved, however, we will never rent through Key West Vacation Rentals again. The management staff were borderline rude. It was one of the most stressful weeks we have had to endure - ridiculous when you think of the money that goes into a trip like this :-( Please note : the owner was a wonderful person - and did everything she could to improve the situation. She truly saved the day !
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I've been to Key West at least 20 times. This is the best place I've ever stayed in, including location. It's quiet, despite the fact it's on Duval. The beach at the end of southern most is great. The heated pool, is fantastic! In fact, the pool heater broke on our first day here........to my surprise the owner simple installed a new heater, even though we were not scheduled to have heater, and only asked for it after we got here. She cares about the property, and it shows. My wife will only come back here now. This is the first time we stayed two weeks instead of just one week. My wife said to me after one week...........honey, I'm not ready to go home yet. This place is perfect. I'm glad we booked it for two weeks. We will be back.
The cottage was emmaculate and in the best location I'm Key West. On the quiet, south end of Duval St just minutes from all the action. The private pool and patio are pristine and the adjacent Grand Vin wine bar is great. We'll be back!