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“Hemmingway Retreat!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sea Vista Estate

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Sea Vista Estate
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Hemmingway Retreat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

What a "Great place" to go and relax and enjoy the scene! Read a book, Kayak, Fish, and tour the town without the hustle and bustle of parking and large groups on a daily basis. Great place for a family reunion as the estate offers multiple properties for quests. The Key lime Pie and Champs to greet us on our arrival was a wonderful surprise. Many thanks to Troy, Carol, and Tony for giving us a holiday to remember! Travellers from a far...Sydney Australia...

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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3 Thank 4AussieTravellers13
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Omaha, Nebraska
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14 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2013

We stayed at the Hemingway House the week of July 27th, 2013. The house was perfect for our family of five. The overall layout of the property is great. You truly don't need to leave the property as the beach is very nice and there are kayaks to cruise around in. Also, the fishing off the dock is great fun. We caught several small sharks and barracudas and tons of snapper. The pool is probably the best part of the property. The owners are very friendly and the grounds person Tony is very helpful.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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2 Thank Bill K
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Gainesville, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013

Sea Vista Estate far exceeded the expectations of all four of us who stayed at the Lighthouse property. We have all traveled extensively, yet no place compares with the hospitality and amenities we found here. Anything that we expressed as an interest in was focused on by either Carol or Tony who provided a means or information as to how --- travel information to other keys, interesting sights, great restaurants, and shopping recommended were all so on target! A day of snorkeling around Sugarloaf Key and out to the lighthouse was an exciting adventure. Tony, thank you for bringing the boat to the dock and your directions which aided our confidence for this venture!!
Our immaculate villa was in the midst of a bit of heaven --- the palm shaded front deck faced the sandy beach and gorgeous water while in back we were only steps away from a beautiful pool complete with a swim-up bar, water fall, and jacuzzi.
Thanks also, Carol and Tony for the delicious key lime pie, the fruit from your gardens, and for the sumptuous fresh seafood.
We look forward to a return visit.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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2 Thank KDBE
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2013

I visited in early May and stayed in the lighthouse which is 15 yards from backdoor to wet feet ( the sea ) . i was looking for a fishing holiday on a budget , the 500 foot jetty fulfilled 90 pct of the fishing issues and the other 10 pct was down to the ever attententive Toni ( he really puts himself out to keep all 4 properties happy ) . I've been lucky to rent all over the world and Seavista I would say is the best accommodation I've stayed at , it was very well equipped ,clean and tidy , most of the necessaries were provided at no extra cost ( including reserve supplies )
dont worry about the mozzies Troy keeps them mangeable , just do yourself a favour and book up rental in an awesome location that ticks every box .( thx for the pie Carol )

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with friends
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2 Thank PL1965
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Mount Joy, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2013

We found Sea Vista Estate on the internet while searching for a place to vacation in or near Key West for our birthdays. We booked the first week (May 11-18, 2013) of our 2-week vacation in Palm Villa. We loved it so much, when we found out the next week was open, we stayed there our second week as well. Then when we found out Heminway House was open, we ended up staying a 3rd week! That's how much we loved it. We are already hoping to go back for our October vacation.

There's not much we can say that hasn't already been said in other reviews. We loved the fact that the place was so secluded and gated. We checked in to Palm Villa to find a bottle of champaign in the refrigerator and Carol brought us a delicious Key Lime pie the next day. It was a 2 bedroom, 2 bath with an open kitchen onto the living/dining area. The master bedroom and living room had 3-pane sliding glass doors that looked out over the small beach and ocean. There was also a deck along the front and side of the home overlooking the ocean. One night I was sitting out late and had the pleasure of watching a Key Deer walk along the water. Everything but food was provided, including a full washer/dryer, games & puzzles, tissues and nice bath soaps, hand soap, extra linens and beach towels, flat screen tv, bikes, kyaks, finshing poles, gas grills, you name it.

Hemingway house was even better. Three bedrooms, 2 baths, a laundry room and large open living/dining/kitchen area. The 3 bedrooms and living and dining areas all had multi-pane sliding glass doors facing the ocean. It was breathtaking. The private chickee hut had a gas grill, small fridge, ice machine, dining and sitting areas and large flat-screen tv.

For me, the best part was the pool. OMG, you have to see it to believe it. It's paradise! Surrounded by foliage and flowers, a grotto, waterfall and slide, whirlpool, lounge chairs, a poolside bar under a chickee hut with a small fridge, ice maker, flat screen tv and gas grill. And there were bar stools in the pool as well as out. I could have spent the rest of my life there!

The owners, Troy and Carol, and their helper, Tony, were wonderful. By the end of our vacation they felt like family to us. When Tony wasn't working, he was like a tour guide and quickly became a friend. He took us for a very informational boat ride, arranged for a musician by the pool one night where we had a pleasant time with Carol, Troy, Tony and the other guests, assisted guests with fishing and snorkling, and took us to the Tiki Bar at MM 17 for drinks.

The only downside to the whole vacation were the mosquitos and noseeums. They do spray for them, but you may want to take some of your own or purchase some there for extra protection.

All in all, possibly our best vaction ever. A tropical paradise with Key West perhaps 20 miles away - a nice drive on Overseas Highway. Also not too far from Big Pine Key and No Name Key where you are likely to site some of the endangered Key Deer.

Thank you again to Troy, Carol and Tony. We can't wait to return.

Ray & April
Mount Joy, PA

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank April S
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North Monmouth, Maine
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18 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

We visited Sea Vista Estates last week May 18-25th, 2013 and we were planning our next trip there before we left! We stayed in the Hemingway house which was perfect for my husband and I and our three children. It is a three bedroom home with two bathrooms, a full kitchen and living room and a washer and dryer. We also had the wonderful benefit of our own private Chickee hut, which had an outdoor kitchen, grill and television. The view was amazing from this home, sunrises were absolutely stunning. Everything we wanted to do was readily available to us, the pool, the beach, kayaks, bikes. There were pool toys and floats for my children to play with. The estate is so private with only 3 other houses on site. Sea Vista is just a short trip into Key West, or other local attractions.
Carol and Troy and Tony were wonderful hosts, we even had a poolside concert one night, which was an added treat. Carol baked us a pie and left us with a bottle of champagne, Tony gave us Florida lobster. I couldn't recommend this place highly enough, the only downside was leaving this tropical paradise.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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2 Thank juliebmomof2
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Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, United States
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2013

100% incredible!!! We needed a family vacation that was safe, clean and fun. Troy and Carol work harder than most to ensure that they deliver a high quality Keys experience for all of their guests. The property is absolutely amazing and is very close to having your own private resort while you stay there. Obviously, the food is up to the guests, but fresh fish/lobster is a real option on a daily basis by simply fishing off their dock, and AWESOME restaraunts are within a 10 minute car ride.

You will not regret this experience.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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4 Thank Jay S
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Property: Sea Vista Estate
Address: 15620 State Rd., Sugarloaf, FL 33042
Region: United States > Florida > Florida Keys > Sugarloaf
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Speciality Lodging in Sugarloaf
Number of rooms: 4
Also Known As:
Sea Vista Estate Hotel Sugarloaf
Sea Vista Estate Sugarloaf, Florida

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