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Property Details

Updated: May 19, 2015
Cottage, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, 6 Sleeps

Mix the cocktails, light the tiki torches and come and hang out...

The best place to experience serenity and the laid-back Sanibelian lifestyle is on one of the island's east-end residential streets. On Cardium, most afternoons you'll rarely see a car go by.

Cardium Guest Cottage (Duplex) is an unpretentious cottage with a coastal blue, green and white palette. Nap in the screened lanai, catch some rays in the hammock and join locals walking to the beach on this lovely, quiet, crushed-shell lined street.

Walk to the gulf beach at the end of the street (about two blocks) or ride bikes to nearby shops, excellent restaurants, or Holiday Inn's tiki bar on the Gulf. The kitchen is well appointed for those who enjoy cooking and at-home dining and you'll find the islands' shops offer an extensive selection of foods and wines.

Relax in the screened room or barbeque on the private rear deck and enjoy the 100' x 60' back yard with dozens of mature tropical trees, native plantings and orchids that create private areas for entertaining or just relaxing.

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  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

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About the Owner

We are resident of downtown Chicago and really love the contrast between the hustle bustle of high-rise city life and the quiet and peacefulness of island living.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent a wonderful month at the Cardium Guest Cottage. Everything was wonderful. The new bikes were fabulous... hope you can enjoy them too. Weather was great!! A friend from Northern Wisconsin visited us and fell in love with Sanibel. This was our second visit to the Cottage and I'm sure we will return again. Thanks, Rich and Joy
Jul 2009
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Cardium Guest Cottage
Sanibel Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast
Medford, NJ,USA

Cardium Cottage, Sanibel, FL

  • 5 of 5
Cardium Cottage is a very special place!! We've always loved Sanibel and hoped to find a place to rent for a month. We found Cardium Cottage online and, based on the description and photos, it sounded great. Little did we realize how wonderful the cottage is until we arrived! The decor is perfect... a perfect balance: 'island', classy, and cozy. Every possible need has been anticipated! If we could just stop bringing too much where ever we go (we drive), we'd need only a satchel of clothes and our laptop. Did we mention that there is wi-fi as well as a great entertainment system? The tropical landscaping is terrific and really makes the cottage special as well as private. In addition, there are some marvelous potted plants! The beach? An easy 2 block walk. Stores? Shops? Very close! Questions? Whenever we had one, an email to the owners took care of it. Our visit was great and we are looking forward to next year at Cardium Cottage already. We feel very lucky to have found such a special place.
  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We love our guests and are happy to hear that everything you might need is in the cottage. When our family visits we like to travel light, make a quick stop at Jerry's grocery store on our bikes with the amazingly handy Burly cart attached and know that we have everything we might need during our stay. We are planning to visit ourselves this spring and with each trip we add something new to the cottage.

Based on first-hand experience, the cottage turned out to be a perfect spot for the elderly. We brought my 85 year old mother with us on one trip and she loved the cottage because there is only one step when entering making the use of her walker easy. The shower has a grab bar and along with a weather-proof kitchen chair placed inside, it proved to be a perfect arrangment for her. She also enjoyed the fact that there are many large windows that made it easy for her to keep up with all of us when we went in and out of the cottage. And, my favorite part is that Billy's bicycle shop provdies free beach-style wheel chairs for walks to and along the beach. What could be better for someone with limited mobility?!

Thank you to all of our past and repeating guests (and especially those that watch over the garden for us by watering the plants on occassion if it doesn't rain for a bit) and for all the wonderful things that they have written about the cottage.

We invite you to come to Cardium Cottage and live as a Sanibel local on our wonderfully non-touristy street. We have been delighted to learn that some of our guests have shared cocktails and dinners with neighbors at both Cardium Cottage and their homes, trip after trip. It's a great place to be if you want total privacy or a bit of socializing. Thank you nice neighbors.

Please come and share our little piece of paradise :)

One more thing... Our neighbor Kelly is available to dog sit should you need her services.
Cardium Guest Cottage
Sanibel Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast
St Charles IL

Wonderful charming cottage

  • 5 of 5
We loved our time in your cottage and found it adorable, well equipped and in a great location. So close to everything! You can walk right down to the beach, no need to drive! It is quiet, lovely and well taken care of. The bedrooms are roomy and have all the amenities you could want. Love sitting on the screened porch with a glass of wine at dusk and enjoying the quiet! I would recommend your cottage to anyone!
  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Cardium Guest Cottage
Sanibel Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast
lemont, illinois usa

our favorite place

  • 5 of 5
Stayed on the island for the last twenty years, once or twice a year. Been renting this property for the last eight years. Always delighted at the constant updates and improvements. A great street, near beach and shopping. We no longer rent a car, cab to the island and bicycles from there. Relaxing, cozy, laid back. Much better than resort properties we used to rent.Back yard is tropical, front screened in lanai is hard to leave. A great value.
  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2010
  • Stayed: Nov 2009
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Cardium Guest Cottage
Sanibel Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast
Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom

Chris and Mandy, delighted

  • 5 of 5
This is a delightful place to stay on Sanibel Island. So quiet and a lovely garden. Close to the beach and very well equipped, very clean and beautiful fittings and facilities. It is so much better than being in a large complex, with lovely privacy. We were very satisfied by the nearby amenities - so we stayed another 3 weeks beyond our original rental agreement. We loved the 'Ding' Darling Refuge and the other associated wildlife enterprises and hope they will prevent further human encroachment on this fragile 'paradise'. This has to have been one of the most lovely places we have visited in our 3 month, extensive tour, of America. We will be very sad to leave.
Chris and Mandy
  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Cardium Guest Cottage
Sanibel Island Florida South Central Gulf Coast
park ridge, illinois usa

Home away from home!

  • 5 of 5
We have no idea where to begin, the accommodations both inside and out, were phenomenal. Cardium place was super clean and comfortable. It was like home away from home, only better! The grounds were kept impeccable! There were so many relaxing havens to choose from including the hammock under the palms, the lounge chairs and umbrella, the Adirondack chairs on the front patio and the comfy screened in front porch. The beach was lovely and so close we walked the dogs there each morning to watch the sunrise and collect shells. We could even see dolphins jumping at dusk or early am! Cardium felt tucked away and private, yet we were close to everything! Jerry's supermarket was close and convenient for all our needs including a dining room with great inexpensive food. My daughters enjoyed the parrots outside in the mall and the gelato shop. Our family favorite was Island Cow for breakfast,lunch and dinner! You can ride your bikes everywhere! I must say Sanibel is by far the closest climate and foliage to Hawaii, in the USA. Although we were there in July, and the heat was unbelievable, we coped by going walking or biking early in the morning or just before dusk. Also, there was a fantastic showerhead like hose in the backyard that was ideal for cooling us and the dogs off at anytime during the hot afternoons. The house was completely air-conditioned and ceiling fans were in every room. It was perfect! The kitchen was so complete that you could cook all your meals right there! We even grilled out some evenings. The "No See'ums" were out and about, however, bug spray worked wonders and, speaking of bugs, the house was roach and pest FREE! Captiva Island is connected at the north end of Sanibel and we loved spending the day at Tween Waters Resort where you could use their pool and beach facilities all day for just $25.00 You paid that to park your car and then the $25 was given back to you to use for food and drink at the poolside bar and restaurant. We, a family of 5 from the midwest, would highly recommend Cardium Place for a getaway anytime of the year! We miss it already!
  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2010
  • Stayed: Jul 2010
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway


From the Owner

Because it is situated in a quiet residential street away from the noisy beach-front condos, and, because the shaded walk down to the end of our one block sandy lane brings you right to the beach!!!!!

Activity and Interests

Car: not necessary

Come to Sanibel to enjoy wildlife, world-class shelling, canoeing, kayaking, boating, windsurfing, golfing, fishing, tennis, bird watching, live theatre, more shelling, a movie theare, fabulous dining, specialty shops, more shelling, art galleries and more without ever leaving the island. Sanibel Island abounds with nature preserves and is noted for it's natural beaches.

Thanks to all of our guests and especially those that have returned year after year.

We absolutely love our beach cottage and know that you will too! Cheers!!!


From $2,000 Per month

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May-October 2015
May 1 2015 - Oct 31 2015
30 night minimum stay
November 2015
Nov 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
30 night minimum stay
December 2015
Dec 1 2015 - Dec 31 2015
31 night minimum stay
January 2016
Jan 1 2016 - Jan 31 2016
31 night minimum stay
February-March 2016
Feb 1 2016 - Mar 31 2016
30 night minimum stay
April 2016
Apr 1 2016 - Apr 30 2016
30 night minimum stay
May-October 2016
May 1 2016 - May 31 2016
31 night minimum stay
November 2016
Nov 1 2016 - Nov 30 2016
30 night minimum stay
December 2016
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 31 2016
31 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Pet Fee $240.00
  • Tax Rate 11.0%
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From the Owner

Privacy and lush vegetation where you can truly get the feel of Sanibel Island living. No public parking lot, stairs or elevators. And, did we say it's quiet???

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...


  • Dining Area


  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets considered ...


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1
  • Walk in shower with teak bench, grab bar and detachable shower head with cord. Additionally, there enjoy the outdoor (hot/cold water) shower on the outside deck.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single


  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Landscaped backyard with private deck shaded with huge figs and palms, fully equipped kitchen, outdoor hot/cold shower, screened lanai, central AC/heat, charcoal grill, wireless internet, fax/printer, laundry room, three cable TVs, GT Aerostream belt drive comfort bikes with Burley brand trailer, hammock and beach cart, towels and chairs. Green Idea: Travel the island by bikes with trailer to accommodate your shopping needs and eleiminate the need for a car. Good to Know: Property manager's office is on Sanibel Island and available to help with information and/or anything you might need. Accommodations: Sleeps six with two bedrooms- one queen, two twins and a sleeper sofa.

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