A group of 9 of us from Ohio stayed for a week in August and had a great time. The house was everything we expected and more. The pictures online were exactly what the house looks like in person. It is very clean and modern. For a group of 9, there is enough room. The beds are comfortable and everything in the house worked properly.
Merion, the property management was extremely pleasant. I called her prior to our stay to ask questions, and she was more than willing to help. She was also very friendly and willing to assist with whatever we needed during our briefing on the first day. She even provided a bottle of wine that our group drank on the first night!
Since most of the visitors are from Europe, and the owner speaks limited English, I had initial concerns about the validity of the house and if this was the right place for us. If this is a concern of yours, it shouldn't be. Beat was very friendly and accommodating with our requests. His focus is on making his guests happy, and he does a very nice job at this. He runs a first class operation, and I would recommend anybody contact him, especially if you are from the United States! We also got our full deposit back, except for about $80 in extra use of electricity, which we thought was very reasonable.
There are a lot of nearby attractions. Grocery store is 5 minutes away, and Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel can all be reached by car in less than an hour. Our group traveled there almost daily for shelling, going to nice beaches, or restaurants. Fort Myers beach had nice shopping, and I was told that one of the beaches had the best shelling they've ever seen.
The weather was hot, but manageable. People thought we were crazy for going to Florida in August, but it was fine. It rained every day for an hour at about 5:00, but that was a nice relief as it cooled everything down. We went golfing one day and that was the hottest we felt all week.
We used the pool and jacuzzi every day. I had never been in a salt water pool before, but it felt no different than any other pool. It was clean and large enough for all 9 of us to be in there at once. The jacuzzi was nice at night when the temperature cooled off. The patio and pool area was the highlight of the house. The grill on the patio got plenty of use from our group as well. We made steaks one night and burgers another night. Everything turned out great.
In addition to renting the house for 8 nights, we also rented the boat for 5 nights for an extra cost. The boat is in great shape, and large enough for 9 people to fit in at once, although that is a tight squeeze. It is easy to operate if you have any experience driving a boat. To get to the main river, it's about a 20 minute boat ride. To get to Sanibel, it's about 1.5 hours, which seems like a lot, but it's not at all. The time flies, and it's a very manageable ride. There is a bridge you have to go under to get to the river. It's a little bit of a tight squeeze, so if you've never operated a boat, you shouldn't rent this one. We didn't have any trouble though as my father in law did a nice job getting us through. There are also restaurants you can dock right up to and eat. The one thing I'll say is if you are looking to go fishing, this boat is not what you should use. It's not setup for fishing, and makes it nearly impossible. We still fished, but it wasn't ideal. If we had to do it over again, we probably would not have rented this boat, and picked one more suitable for fishing. If you're looking to just cruise around though, this boat is perfect. The waves on the river were no problem. If you went far out in the gulf, the waves would be an issue, but that would be a long trip out. Fuel on the boat was reasonable. It probably cost $250 total for 5 long days on the water. The boat manager Peter is all business. He's not very friendly, but he is knowledgeable.
If you're looking for a large place, that is reasonably priced and is really high quality, Early Sunset is the place for you. It's really hard to find a place with 4 bedrooms and a boat, which is what drew us to this place. Everything is terrific. We would stay again.