Located on a nearly deserted, tropical island, Chateau Le Mer, features three bedrooms, all with direct ocean views, two baths with exotic European tile, handmade Persian rugs, fancy stained glass windows and Tiffany style lamps. Full kitchen amenities include a trash compactor, microwave, and water purification system. Rental includes all linens, dishes and utensils, a hammock, and a free dock slip for your boat, and the services of our island concierge. Just steps to the beach!
One of the best features of the Chateau is its upstairs sunning porch which overlooks the beach. Each queen bedroom upstairs opens to the porch for a very private spot to sunbathe, and enjoy spectacular views of the beach. The upstairs also offers a full bathroom with a large jetted soaking tub, large walk-in shower with European tile and it also has its own air conditioning unit for individualized comfort.
Downstairs, another queen bed (a Craftmatic adjustable bed) also offers gulf views and this bedroom also has a private bathroom with shower. The living room offers leather sofas, his and hers recliners, a large bamboo dining table, leaded glass windows and lamps and two large oversized doors that lead to the screened porch. The porch offers a table for outdoor dining, a sofa for reading and relaxing and two chaise lounges for reading or napping.
Interaction with guests
We have a home on the island, and another home on the mainland 10 minutes away. We value your privacy so we will not bother you or be intrusive, but we can get to the home quickly if you have issues. Our housekeeper lives on the island 10 minutes away and we have a local handyman that we can send out if there are maintenance issues. Please note, however, that the handyman is subject to the same problems getting to the island that you were. If something breaks after 4 PM chances are almost 100% that it will not be repaired until the following day. This is a remote barrier island and our mantra is "go with the flow".
Other things to note
WiFi: There is no wired internet service available on Litlle Gasparilla Island. We can provide a pay as you go hotspot (upon request) or guests frequently hotspot from their personal phones. This is NOT the internet you may be used to on the mainland. Consider wi-fi for staying in touch with the office or checking e-mail but not for "entertainment" purposes. You will run out of data quickly if you are streaming videos or downloading content.
Other Consideration: Please note this is the tropics and there will be mosquitoes and noseeums. (Also known as midges or sand gnats.) Bring bug spray! For noseeums, the best product is Avon Skin-So-Soft.
- Each booking guest agrees to provide list of all occupants and other contact info, and agrees not to exceed the number of occupants listed on the booking request submitted.
-Pets are welcome with the payment of a $100 pet fee per pet; pets must be current on their vaccinations and must be on preventative flea and tick control. Pets are not allowed on the beds or furniture. Please rinse sand of your pet before allowing him/her back into the house and police the yard and beach of pet waste. You must notify us upon booking if you plan to bring a pet.
-Prior to departure you are required to wash your dishes and launder any beach towels you have used. Laundry facilities are provided. No smoking anywhere inside the house.
-No parties allowed; only the people in the reservation may be at the house without prior permission. You will be required to sign our rental contract listing these terms.
-At least two members of your group must be age 25 or older.
Please don't take these rules to mean you are not welcome. To the contrary, they are how we help ensure that the beach house stays lovely and clean so all our guests can have the best vacation of their lives!
My husband Buddy and I have lived on Little Gasparilla Island for over 30 years and we love to introduce guests to the joys of tropical island living. We love the pristine beauty of the beach, the friendly atmosphere of the island and the "old Florida" laid back ambiance. The peace and quiet and relaxation that you experience while on the island make it unlike any other vacation!
We have another home on the mainland, so when you stay on the island, we give you lots of space and privacy...but if you need anything, we are nearby and our housekeeper lives on island if you have any maintenance issues. We want you to relax and embrace the island lifestyle.
No roads, no cars, no stress...long, lazy days spent reading a book on the beach, snorkeling off the sandbar, collecting shells from the beach and enjoying a fabulous sunset from the front porch....THIS is what makes a vacation on Little Gasparilla different from other Florida vacations! Tourists and traffic are just a mainland memory!
We can tell you where to find the best shells or shark's teeth, help you rent kayaks or stand up paddle boards, and tell you where the freshest seafood can be found (other than what you catch off the dock!)
Just bring your groceries, flip flops and a tropical attitude!