13 reviews

1 / 18 1 block from beach



Pets allowed:
Wi-Fi available:

2 Full baths

Description from owner

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TripAdvisor Property ID: 4904288

About the area

Desert Rose resides in the narrow middle of our barrier island's 7 miles of sugar sand beach. It is home to herons, snowy egrets, pelicans, ospreys and gulls. Watch for a pod of hungry dolphins accompanying you along the shoreline as you walk the beach with your morning coffee. Wildlife is abundant on the island's golf course as well just 3 miles from the house. Three miles further south, over the bridge at Big Carlos pass, is Lovers Key state park, a barrier island wilderness and preserve with a very popular beach for dogs. At the north end of the island is the fishing pier and Times Square with a variety of restaurants, shops and live music venues. At the very north end. is Bowditch park and preserve that borders the channel to the back bay harbor where the shrimp fleet is moored. Over the bridge on the mainland you will find a number of excellent shopping malls, casino gambling, greyhound races and many excellent golf courses. You can take a riverboat excursion on the Calusahatchee or explore the everglades in an airboat. There are a number of performing arts venues active year round as well asdinner theatres and a local symphony. Professional ice hockey and baseball teams call our area home. Or, you can stay on the island and take the gambling boat out for an evening on the gulf waters or a three hour boat ride on the Kew West express to explore the southernmost city in the U.S. Then again, you might just want to take a book to the hammock on the front porch and soak in the butter cream sunlight of late afternoon.

Owner profile

Robert M.
Years listed:

Languages spoken: English


Check in time:16:00, Check out time:10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This owner does not use online booking. Please contact them and they will be able to offer you a secure way to pay for your stay. Never pay for your holiday rental by wire transfer (such as Western Union or Moneygram) as this type of payment is untraceable.
No smoking at this property



  • Bedroom 1: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 2: Queen Bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Twin beds
    Beds in other rooms: Sofa beds


  • Air conditioning
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Private outdoor pool (heated)
  • Parking Included
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wi-Fi available


  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Video player
  • Washing machine


  • Bikes
  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding


  • 2 Full baths

Reviews (13)

Excellent – based on 13 reviews Excellent
13 reviews


Reviewed 5 Dec 2016

We had a very wonderful time at The Desert Rose!! The house lays out beautifully, the living quarters upstairs has awesome screen porches so gives tons of living space and beach is right down the street 3 min walk. Will be doing it again. The owner is a real great guy. Thanks for the stay!

“DOG friendly home/beach/pool - Great Location”

Reviewed 24 Jul 2016

Cathy & I enjoyed our stay at Desert Rose. The home is amazing, well maintained & beautifully decorated. The beds are comfortable and the space is huge. The outside area is a great place to relax and enjoy time, any time of the day or night. The screened in lanai keeps out the critters and the bugs at bay. The BEACH!!! The BEST PART for our experience was the provided BEACH CART which allowed us to haul all our gear with little effort to the beach. The beach itself is an excellent area which is only 2 blocks away, or actually 7 houses from the driveway!!!  The beach has direct access at the end of the street. No need to go ‘down the way’ to get to the beach. Just walked out – onto the sand *with a foot wash right there* and enjoy the water immediately. Our 9# MinPin, Leo, enjoyed the stay. The walks along the neighborhood and up and down the beach in search of Gulf/Ocean treasures left by the gentle waves is something he misses dearly (as do we). Being that we live on the East Coast near the ocean, we don’t have a local area where dogs are permitted to be on the beach. KEEP IN MIND, Dogs ARE allowed on LEE County beaches, as long as they are on a leash (and bring a bag in case (s)he does their business). With Publix close by, it was GREAT to get to Desert Rose without a lot of food baggage to haul. We went next door and stocked up our NEST with supplies and stock. There is a GREAT kitchen with about EVERYTHING you’d need there for your use. The LEMON/CITRUS press there was magnificent, once I googled how to use it.  The POOL is EXCELLENT in being so clean and refreshing (AND HEATED TOO!!!). The deck area around the pool is greatly decorated and relaxing to enjoy. We were surprised to learned that the owner lives on-site (as the live-in Super, as he said it) in a ground floor addition, but once we realized we had privacy and seclusion at the home, it was relaxing and enjoyable. We DID miss the performance Skip does at a local establishment Sunday morning, but look forward to watching him play his music on our next visit. **Oh, did I tell you? We BOOKED our NEXT vacation in November, before we left for home to the East Coast. Thank You Skip, for sharing your home with us on our bi-annual vacations in 2016. PEACE & Be Safe

“Family Vacation”

Reviewed 15 Jul 2016

We had a great week of vacation on the Desert Rose The pool is wonderful, Location is perfect everything is close to the house Thank you Skip for your attention ...Janeth E

“Great vacation”

Reviewed 7 Apr 2015

The house was fantastic, within walking distance to the beach and the grocery. The pool was great and was heated. Can't say enough good about our stay we would definitely stay here again.

“Awesome Ft. Myers Beach Home”

Reviewed 27 Mar 2015

This is a great place to rent. Skip is very helpful and fun. This house has all you need. Covered screened porches and pool. My grandsons and all of use had so much fun spashing around in this peaceful private setting. Beach across the road is very nice and not to crowded. Grocery store just on the other side of the fence and a great kitchen for cooking. My Family loved the fact that we did not have to plan a trip to the store, at night we just ran over and got things for the next day. House décor. was awesome and lots of room to sleep and play. Laundry on sight was handy as we went though a lot of towels for the pool and beach. I highly recommend this house for a bunch of people to share. Dead end street and very private. Lots of room to move around inside and out under the screened porches. Thank-You Skip, we all had a blast at your place, Blessings, Bud and Stacy- Mike and Tara - Melanie- Dylan , Brandon and Kylen.

“Family Vacation 2015”

Reviewed 23 Mar 2015

We stayed in the "Desert Rose" the first week of March 2015. The home was very clean, everything you need is there in the home. The beach is a very short walk from the home. Publix grocery store is right next door and very convenient. My family had great memories in the pool. Thanks again for renting my family the Desert Rose.

“Lovely stay in Desert Rose!”

Reviewed 4 Feb 2015

We absolutely loved our stay at the Desert Rose. The three bedrooms and two bathrooms were excellent for our family and friends, plus the open concept kitchen and living space were wonderful for entertaining. The pool was warm, clean, shaded and inviting after a hot, sunny day at the beach. We practically lived outdoors on the deck which is stocked with comfy couches ,tables, chairs, bbq, candles and loads of ambiance. All the amenities of home were available-washer, dryer, dishwasher, blowdryer, etc . The owner, Skip, was very accommodating and was available to help with any of our needs. We would return in a heartbeat!

“Fun & Eclectic House -”

Reviewed 1 Oct 2014

The house had everything we needed - comfortable beds, great pool, 3 outside areas to converge and 2 minute walk to beautiful Ft. Meyers Beach which is by far the my most favorite beach to date. The dryer broke on day 2 and Skip had a new one delivered to the house the same day! You can beat that kind of attentiveness. He also showed us how to operate the pool so we could adjust the temp to our liking where other houses we have had to beg the owner to turn it up/down. The house is just comfortable. You feel like you're visiting a close Aunt or Uncle who have a very creative and fun personality. The house has charm throughout and Skip's collection of books is very impressive. We also had great dinning experiences for every meal. We would recommend Doc Ford's, Matanzas Inn, and our absolute favorite Fresh Catch Bar and Grill. All dinning is right on the island and others just across the bridge. So convenient and overall reasonable versus Destin area. Overall our new home away from home is Ft. Meyers Beach. I just can't imagine any other place in Florida could top this vacation. And thank you Skip! You were so helpful and kind to us. We really got a personal touch from you and we wish you all the best! The Vincent/Zink family clan

“Excellent vacation”

Reviewed 31 Dec 2013

The home is large and comfortable. The pool is heated and so relaxing. The owner is very easy to work with and the location is great. The grocery store is right next door, the marina is directly behind the grocery store, and the trolley stop is right at the end of the block. The shelling was great. We went on a boating excursion with Chubby's Tropical Adventure and that was the best boat trip we have ever taken, saw dolphins jumping in the wake behind the boat, and can't wait to go again on our next visit. We will definitely stay at this home again and also think everyone renting the Desert Rose will be very satisfied.

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