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The SHELL HOUSE with BOAT RAMP and LIFT. Water front and back. Beautiful views.

The SHELL HOUSE with BOAT RAMP and LIFT. Water front and back. Beautiful views.


Property Details

Updated: May 23, 2015
2 story House, Water front and back, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths,Sleeps 5

We take pride in providing a good get-away and we are fortunate to have so many return guests.

Currently $120 for one couple / one bedroom (extra for additional guests ) the Shellhouse offers the following:

The Shellhouse has its own private boat ramp and lift.

It is a tastefully decorated house. The kitchen is bright and airy, clean and fully equipped, with all modern appliances. The Shellhouse provides crisp bed linens and towels. The queen bedroom upstairs has a full private bath and laundry. The living area and dining area upstairs are comfortable for yourself and guests. There are ceiling fans throughout, including on the screened veranda. It is great to watch the boats head out in the morning and return at day's end. There is so much to see, just from the porch.

The downstairs has a twin suite with separate full bath and access via sliding door to the canal, ramp, and lift.

Outside, the Shell House has a newly renovated canal-side patio with wet bar, lounge chairs, table and chairs, umbrella. There is a utility/storage room to safe guard your gear as well as bikes, gas grill and a freezer for your catch. At the lift there is a cleaning station and fresh water for fish and boat rinse.

Located on the northern shore of Pine Island, the Shell House is on the small tropical location called Bokeelia.

Water everywhere but so accessible by car, and less than an hour from I-75. This is one of the Palm Beach Post's top ten 'picture postcard perfect Florida vacation destinations'. No high rises, traffic lights, or fast food restaurants in Bokeelia. . Experience world-class fishing or kick back and breathe in the salty Gulf breezes. Bike to the great local seafood restaurants or to the pier.

At the Shell House you can enjoy the screened veranda overlooking the canal or idle the four minutes out to Charlotte Harbor and your Gulf Slam. The waters have been named by Field and Stream Magazine as the 'Hottest Spot In Florida' for saltwater fishing. Boca Grande Pass, home of several of the world's richest tarpon tournaments, is a 15 minute run. Purchase fresh seafood right off the boats that pass by on the canal.

Fish open and backwater spots or boat out to the most pristine island beaches anywhere. The Great Calusa Blueway kayaking trail passes the end of our canal. Visit Cayo Costa (a Florida State Park), and North Captiva , Useppa Island and Cabbage Key.

An ancient home of the Calusa Indians, Pine Island Sound and Charlotte Harbor are scattered with Indian mounds and history. Shop our local communities' galleries. Enjoy the local art fests, mullet/mango fests, seasonal music fests.

We invite you to come stay at the Shellhouse . Play, fish, relax. We're on island time.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

We have been renting the Shell House as a successful vacation rental since 2000.

The majority of our clients are return customers and we thank them.

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The SHELL HOUSE with BOAT RAMP and LIFT. Water front and back. Beautiful views.
+1 -2392814584
Pine Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast

The Shell House is a Gem!

  • 4 of 5
The Shell House was immaculate, well-provisioned (all matching flatware, dishware, etc), cozy and comfortable. We enjoyed the quiet of Pine Island. Among our favorites on the Island--the Tarpon Lodge for lunch, the Lazy Flamingo and of course visiting Matlacha. The location is perfect for exploring the west coast of Florida. The owners provided excellent customer service. Our only request was a larger coffee maker!
  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for visiting. See you again. And, Santa brought us a big coffee pot.
The SHELL HOUSE with BOAT RAMP and LIFT. Water front and back. Beautiful views.
+1 -2392814584
Pine Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast

Great Property and Great Value

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I and our two college age children visited Shell House right before Christmas. The house is basically set up as two units--a larger unit upstairs with the master bedroom and restroom, kitchen and a nice seating area connected to a screened balcony area. This set up worked well for us and allowed privacy for everyone. That said, the house would be perfect for just a couple and the owners offer an even more affordable rate for parties of two. My wife and I plan to take advantage of this. The house was better equipped than most and included plenty of pantry items and having bikes to use was a nice bonus. We did not use the boat lift because the marina where we rented our boat prohibited the use of the lift, but it would come in handy for those not faced with this prohibition. The owners were very accommodating and offered suggestions on things to do on the island. They also mailed back an expensive car key that we left behind--thanks! We will return to Shell House.
  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. We are glad that the Shellhouse was a good choice for you and the family. We look forward to your next visit.
The SHELL HOUSE with BOAT RAMP and LIFT. Water front and back. Beautiful views.
+1 -2392814584
Pine Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast

A boater's honeymoon paradise!

A boater's honeymoon paradise!
  • 5 of 5
We cannot say enough how much we love this place! This was our 4th time staying at the Shellhouse. When choosing a location for our honeymoon there was no question that this is where we wanted to be. The house is appointed with everything you need to relax, and Bokeelia is a perfectly quiet, artsy, sleepy town. We bring our boat every year and love the personal boat launch and lift behind the house. The fishing in the area is amazing, and we love taking the boat out to Cayo Costa to shell and enjoy the almost empty beach. We couldn't have asked for a better place to snuggle in and celebrate our marriage and have some new adventures together! Thank you so much Steve and Ingela for your hospitality and thoughtfulness, we will be back!
  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This put a smile on our faces. You made us feel good too. Thank you.
The SHELL HOUSE with BOAT RAMP and LIFT. Water front and back. Beautiful views.
+1 -2392814584
Pine Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast

This place is really something, we will go back.

  • 5 of 5
The Shell House was everything it was described and more. What a wonderful place to do as much or as little as you like and be very comfortable to boot. The place was spotless and secure. The fixtures, décor along with the many little things Steve and Ingela had done made us feel both welcome and relaxed. It is obvious that they care very much about this place.
The screened in balcony, with it's ceiling fans, comfortable chairs afforded a great place to just sit relax and observe the air and sea marine wildlife. Many different kinds of fish can be seen in the waters below. The onsite boat ramp and lift is a huge plus. We were fishing in a matter of minutes from the lift. Everything I needed to take care of the boat and fish was right there. How thoughtful to have a separate freezer downstairs to store your catch.
It is great place to do as much or as little as you like. We did enjoy going to the local fruit plantation for fresh fruits and the local cupcake shop for some novel cupcakes. We took several day trips both on and off the island.
We found Steve and Ingela to be very helpful with our questions before our arrival and were pleased when we were asked if anything was needed after we got there.
Bottom line - We will go back and yes we will tell our family and friends.
  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you both for your submission. It is important to us that we present an affordable place, a nice mix of vacation getaway and a bit of home. We are pleased that you will consider a return to the Shell House and look forward to adding you to our long list of returning guests. We value your wonderful recommendation and are glad that you gave the Shell House your stamp of approval. Sincere thanks to you both.
Steve & Ingela
The SHELL HOUSE with BOAT RAMP and LIFT. Water front and back. Beautiful views.
+1 -2392814584
Pine Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast
Ft. Myers

A Great Getaway...

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I just returned from the Shell House for Memorial Day Weekend. What an incredible weekend we had! This house is fully equipped with everything you need and so very clean. Such a convenience having a boat ramp, boat lift and a marina at the end of the canal. The fishing was awesome, snapper, trout, redfish, blacktip shark...we didn't want to leave. Only means one thing, we will definately be returning to stay at the Shell House! Thank you Ingela and Steve for your home, our home.
  • Submitted: May 27, 2013
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
The SHELL HOUSE with BOAT RAMP and LIFT. Water front and back. Beautiful views.
+1 -2392814584
Pine Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast
Oakton, Virginia, U.S.A.

Shell House- Wonderful for relaxing and fishing.

  • 5 of 5
We rented charming Shell House for the second time and love it. There are near by resturants and charming shopping.

It is perfect for relaxing and fishing on Pine Island. There is a boat lift that accomodated nicely my 26 foot Andros fishing boat. Access to Pine Island sound and good fishing is excellent. We literally caught fish within 7 minutes of launching the boat. It is a also only a 20 minute run to famous Boca Grand Pass and it's exciting Tarpon fishing. There were also plenty of opportunities for great wildlife photography with Ospreys, herons and pelicans abundant(sometimes stealing bait from the live-well).

We truly enjoyed our stay at Shell House with our two little dogs on beatiful tropical Bokeelia.

Steve and Ingela were wonderful hosts and helped with everyting we needed.

Thanks for a great vacation !!

Gene and Carol
  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2012
  • Stayed: Apr 2012
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Families with Teenagers


From the Owner

A nice quiet location for lovers of boating.

Activity and Interests

The Shellhouse is known as 'the fishingist' house in Bokeelia. Water everywhere. World-class saltwater inshore and offshore fishing, sailing, boating to the most beautiful islands like Useppa, Captiva, Cayo Costa, Cabbage Key, water skiing, snorkeling, diving, Calusa Blueway kayaking, shelling, nature watching, beach combing, historical and archeological adventure, great restaurants accessible by car or boat, bicycling, boat tours, Cayo Costa State Parks, nature preserves. Museums, golf, and shopping within minutes.

The cities of Cape Coral and Fort Myers are an easy drive. These cities offer a variety of shopping experiences as well as cinemas, theaters, hospitals and medical care, and all that comes with thriving communities


From $120 Per night

Rental rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $250.00
  • Pet Fee $200.00
  • Tax Rate 11.0%

Payment is in US Dollars / personal checks

Nightly Rate: $120 - $ 160 US
$250 refundable reservation/security deposit
Currently $120 US/night for a 1 couple/ 1 bedroom occupancy. There are charges for additional guests.
Some pets may be allowed. There is a fee.

Three night minimum.
Advance payment in personal check .
We are licensed in the county and in the state

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Updated: May 23, 2015


From the Owner

Easy access to some of the best boating waters anywhere.

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television


  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...

Location Type

  • Water View
  • Waterfront


  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Both bathrooms have walk-in showers with fresh crisp towels and bright linens. The upstairs bath has a full washer/ dryer and plenty of linen closet space behind louvered doors.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Upstairs there is a bedroom with a queen bed and a full private bath. There is also a queen sleeper as well as a futon in the main living area. Downstairs, the private bedroom suite has twins and its own private full bath as well.


  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Come and enjoy our home for a weekend getaway, a fishing tournament or an escape. We are a non smoking vacation rental. With a ramp and lift, No extra fees, no hassles, no public ramp to go to. Cleaning station by the water and lift. Hoses for easy boat and trailer rinse. Dockside gas & bait -200 yards. Upstairs; Modern,Central air/heat, Fans throughout, one queen bedroom, one large bathroom w/shower, all linens, washer, dryer, spacious living room with sleeper, full eat-in kitchen, well appointed kitchen w/ fridge, microwave, dishwasher, blender, coffee maker, all you would want for entertaining, cooking, and dining indoors or out, cable TV, screened porch with fans, water views, front and back. Downstairs; Modern, Central air/heat, one bedroom suite (sleeps 2) w/twin beds, full bathroom, cable TV, access to the canal and to the boat lift. A lockable storage area for your gear w/utility sink, gas grill, two adult bicycles and bike pump, boat ramp, boat lift, cleaning station, covered parking for one car, parking for two boat trailers, table and chairs, and two lounges for sun bathing. Crisp clean bed linens and towels are provided. Secure internet

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