3 bedroom 2 bath house with heated pool & a short walk to the beach
About John Tobin
We are John, Elizabeth, (pictured) and Carol Tobin, sibling owners of this special house.
John Tobin purchased this House in 1987
Why John Tobin chose Chateaux Sur Mer
The house was purchased by our late mother, Barbara, and she loved the tranquility and natural surroundings of the house.
What makes this House unique
A wonderful location near the beach, privacy, and a relaxed, comfortable feel.
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Beautiful location, wonderful house lots of room, sparkling pool, everything you could possibly need
We loved this house, large rooms with a wonderful Florida room. Pictures do not do this house justice. The landscape is lush and tropical. The wildlife was exciting. We saw ibis, egrets, blue herons, and many others. This house has all sorts of books for identifying the wildlife and shells. We loved using the binoculars. We rode the bikes to the beach and used the chairs provided.
Peaceful, Relaxing, Lots of Nature
Another great stay in this relaxing house. Close (walking distance) to very private beach. Quiet, beautiful neighborhood, lots of nature and wildlife in your own backyard! We were fortunate to see many kinds of birds, turtles, aligator and even iquana! Nice pool with a shower and pool/beach toys!! We also enjoyed sunroom, even in the summer. You can also use two of their bikes! Thank you for sharing your house and perfect vacation!
Wonderful relaxing vacation home. Could not ask for more. Owners are great. Quiet area and very close to beach. Lovely heated pool to enjoy right outside your back door. Very clean and comfortable.
GETTING AWAY IN COMPLETE PRIVACY
We stayed at this home in Aug/17. John was a complete gentleman throughout our booking, providing information, and promptly responded to any queries we had while at his home.
We were in the pool every day as it is very private/secluded and well looked after. The vintage bicycles were our principal means of just exploring Sanibel and Captiva, although our car rental was always available.
This home is well stocked and equipped with everything you will need for a vacation stay. Stores/shopping are all within a 10-15 minute bike ride or less in the car. Access to the beach is close by and without any issues..ie do not have to worry about parking/availability or whatever. Dolphins put on a private show for us one day. A number of them took turns jumping completely out of the water, no less than (we counted ) 32 times, doing flips and splashing about! Amazing!! Most days otherwise, we were by ourselves while enjoying the warm gulf waters.
During our stay we also encountered owls, woodpeckers, turtles, a 5 foot Iguana, any number or other bird species. and, if you go looking there is no shortage of 'gators' to be found.
One day, while cycling back from (Bailey's) shopping, on West Gulf Drive we discovered a large gator stuck in a driveway overpass conduit. We went to C.R.O.W. to advise them of an animal in distress, wherein they phoned and had Wildlife Services come and extract the gator to relocate!
Overall this was the best home/vacation we have had in this area in nine years. A very private oasis located in a friendly and safe neighborhood.
The reasons for not giving a 5 star rating are due to personal preferences, (would have preferred a queen/king masterbed, some appliances, dishes, need to be update or refreshed), and do not reflect negatively on the entire experience.
John, one feature you should be advertising is the outdoor shower!! I think we only used the indoor showers 3-4 days. Whether coming back from the beach, from cycling, or out of the pool we found this to be a welcome, 'must do' refreshing part of our day.
We look forward to rebooking asap.
The weather in these parts, in August is hot and you can count on threats of rain or thunderstorm activity most afternoons/nights; but by this time we needed to heat out of the sun/heat!...and this is why we are here in August.
We hope the island and all the homes in the area survived the onslaught of 'IRMA'.
Nice house, great pool, perfect location! We stayed during month of July. If we had any problems, we contacted the owner and he responded right away.
Seculded Wildlife Retreat
We stayed in this house in June of 2016 & had a wonderful time. This is a great house in a secluded neighborhood. It's a short walk to the beach & there was next to NO ONE on the beach as far as the eye could see. It was almost like a private beach. It is right on a creek so we saw lots of wildlife & the pool was enjoyed daily. The owner was very accommodating & would promptly respond to any questions I had before & during our stay. I would recommend this house to anyone looking to get away from it all.
Sanibel is one of the prettiest places in Florida. Relatively unspoiled, with a large portion of the island set aside for conservation, Sanibel features beautiful beaches and is world-famous for its shelling. Nearby attractions include the Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, the Shell Museum, the historic lighthouse, the Sanibel Recreation Center with a lap pool and full gym, numerous restaurants, shopping, and art galleries. Sanibel has an extensive network of bike paths that traverse the entire island. Sanibel has a spectacular assortment of wildlife, including herons, egrets, eagles, dolphin, and many other fascinating birds and animals.