This home was nothing short of amazing!
My family and I just stayed at this beautiful home two weeks ago. All of us loved the home and everything there was to do in the surrounding area. If this were my home, I don’t think I could rent it out to anyone EVER, but thank god for the family that does own it and let’s others stay there for vacation. This house is stunning, from the custom kitchens and bathrooms to the pool and bar area outside. My family fished on the dock out back every morning, swam in the pool every day and ate dinner at the outside dining area almost every night. We will be going back ASAP!! Thank you for letting us vacation in your AMAZING home. The Brooks family
Our family could not be more pleased! This place is awesome. Everything we needed for a fun, relaxing week was in this home. The house is luxurious and convenient to everything. We will definitely be making this home a “HomeAway” when we come back to Marathon.
We have found our new forever
The house is amazing, everything you could ever possibly want! But is not just that. Dealing with the owner makes this property. It’s no stress quick and easy. Bill know what people want. The house is easy access to all the sites and stores, yet you feel like your on and island.
This is our new yearly place.
Thank you for everything.
Beautiful, fun home made for an excellent vaction
I stayed in this home with my family and friends the first weekend in march. Needless to say, this home made for the ultimate vaction experience. It was a great combination of relaxing comfort, mixed with fun activites and entertainment. For starters, my boyfriend and I are in a pool league, so having an outdoor pool table made for fun competitive evenings. The pool and hot tub were amazing to relax in, while friends cooked burgers, hot dogs and other meals using the outdoor kitchen. On the days where we didnt feel like leaving the home, we had the option to drop kayaks off the back dock into the canal. We saw all kinds of birds and beautiful homes on our exploration through the canals (just make sure to bring the map!!) The home was incredibly spacious, yet cozy at the same time. The middle balcony was a great area to escape the morning sun and sip on coffee and mimosas. The upper-most patio opened up to they sky and made stargazing breathtaking. We even saw a shooting star. Once our trip had ended….such a sad day
…we left in such a rush. I left behind, quite a few articles of clothing. The owner and cleaning lady were kind enough to ship all my items back out to me. This home is a great getaway, especially for large groups. I will absolutely be recommending this place to friends, and i will 100% make it a point to return in the future.
Wow this house was just amazing.
Let me start by saying this home is very clean and the amenities are fantastic . We took our family vacation during mini lobster season, we had a total of 4 families and there was plenty of room to move around and not feel to crowded. We also brought our 30ft boat and there was plenty of room to moor on his private dock and the marina/boat dock is just around the corner. Access to the open water is very easy to get to and sombrero beach is just at the road.. so very convenient to visit by vehicle.
The kids of course loved the pool, my son-in-law and grand daughter enjoyed the 2 kayaks that he allows you to used , there are also 2 paddle boards you can venture out on.
We spent a lot of time at the outdoor kitchen and bar.
Convenient shopping and great restaurants are very close to this home. To visit the Key deer is just a short drive to Pine Key and it’s a must the kids loved seeing and petting them.
The living room area is kinda small but it wasn’t a problem because we spent most our time outside enjoying the pool, fishing and lobstering.
The down stairs apartment makes it awesome for the family that may need more privacy , your in the same home but at the same time have your own space fully equipped with washer and dryer, dishwasher and fridge.
Bill is very easy to get ahold of and responds quickly.
I would highly recommend this home.
We had zero issues with this rental, with the exception of the downstairs apartment air condition not really keeping up during the day , it stayed about 76-77 during the day but would cool off to 73 at night. But we just figured that it was the hottest part of the summer.
It wasn’t bad enough to complain about .. and in no way inconvenienced us or ruined our trip ..
Hope this helps anyone looking to use this home. Trust me .. you won’t be disappointed .
This House is Amazing
As great as this house looks in pictures, it is even better in person!…the entire house is decorated in top of the line everything!…travertine, marble, granite, stainless steel appliances…the house looks brand new ! There are three complete kitchens, one on the main (second floor), one in the mother in law suite, and an outdoor kitchen that is just amazing. The outdoor kitchen has a full refrigerator and freezer, a full gas oven with 4 burners, a flat top griddle; and there is also a large barbecue, and a chest freezer for your own ‘catch of the day’.We would awaken and have coffee and breakfast outside. (I must admit, we brought our own cappuccino machine with us ) There is even a giant screen tv in the outdoor kitchen, so we were able to watch the NFL Playoff games while floating in the pool. We spent the entire week hanging out at the outdoor kitchen. All three kitchens are completely stocked. The downstairs mother in law suite is huge… but most of all, the house is immaculate. The home owner is always responsive, usually within an hour of sending him an email. The pool is huge, heated, and wonderful. There are two kayaks, and two paddle boards.
There were 7 of us staying for the week. We rented bicycles (they were delivered right to our door, with helmets, and picked up the same way when we finished). We rented a boat, docked it at the house, and went fishing, and snorkeling. The beach is less than a mile away, the Publix grocery store is a mile away, and both of these are on the same street as the house.
If you decide to stay here, please do not overpack; we brought enough clothing for the week, but spent almost the entire week in our swimsuits; and the on site washer and dryer kept all our towels dry (there are sufficient bath towels for everyone in the pool bath; did i forget to mention the pool bath?)
We either stayed by the pool, went for bike rides, took the boat out, or just made friends with the iguanas, and watched the manatees in the canal.
The week we just spent here was a week in paradise.
You MUST book this house…it is everything you could hope for, and more.
The home is as nice as it was described. The owner is great to work with, he is very responsive to emails. The home has very nice furniture, linens and is overall very clean. The pool was so nice that it was hard to get everyone to leave it to go to the beach. Great location close to the grocery stores, and the beach. We had six couples in the house and it never felt crowded. It was fun to see the iguanas everyday come by the pool. We used the outdoor kitchen a lot. We all had a great week.
WOW–what an fantastic vacation. This house is nothing short of amazing and we will definitely be back! Spent Thanksgiving here with 10 family members and had plenty of space–loved the suite upstairs and the mother in law’s suite downstairs–we all had plenty of space of our own. Everything was literally perfect–nice-sized pool, plenty of outdoor furniture, excess linens and towels, every kitchen/bar item you could possibly need, multiple refrigerators, beautiful balconies, kayaks, paddle boards and more! The dock access was also very convenient for our boat rental and the canals were a nice, easy route to main ocean waters. The outdoor TV and bar was also a huge hit with our family for football games. Can’t go wrong with this house–though selfishly I don’t want others to know just what a GEM it is :-). Also, very convenient to Publix and Winn Dixie, as well as Sombrero Beach. Overall can’t beat it…the absolute perfect family vacation.
This One is Really Nice
Came down for a holiday family vacation. Ten of us enjoyed this property so much we didn’t want to leave. We barely left the house as it had everything we needed. The outdoor patio had plenty of seating and lounge chairs. The pool and hot tub were a plus. We spent hours playing pool, watching football on the outdoor television, lounging in the hot tub and swimming in the heated pool.
Wasn’t sure if I was going to like the canal location (have always had ocean or bay frontage) but this was really cool. Two kayaks and paddle boards at your disposal and they did get used! Calm mornings padding through the canals right next to the manatees and shore birds. Loved it! Fishing from the dock and catching channel cat in the evenings.
Good sized kitchen with every appliance and gadget you can think of. Plenty of dishes and glasses and cups for a large group. Seating at the dining table for ten.
One of the best houses I have been to in the Keys. Didn’t want to leave the property, but if you have to….there’s all your shopping needs within a four minute drive. Great house, thanks again!
Excellent large family getaway
Without question one of the nicest homes we have stayed at in the Keys. The dock was perfect and access to the ocean was an easy 15 minute cruise through a beautiful canal. The inside of the home was spacious and inviting. But the majority of our time was spent at the outdoor bar and kitchen. For our group this amenity was tailor made. Every meal was prepared an enjoyed here. Great, great place. Don’t miss the opportunity to stay here. You won’t be disappointed.
We had a wonderful week at this beautiful house! The pictures do not do this house justice. It was more than we could have hoped for and exceeded our expectations. We feel like every detail was taken into consideration. We stayed there with 3 families (6 adults, 4 children) and never felt crowded. We thoroughly enjoyed the pool table, the outdoor bar area and the kayaks and paddle boards that were available. We also made friends with the local iguanas! 🙂 We hope to come back here in the near future!
Great for Large Families and Friends
This house is nicer than most 5-star hotels. There is tons of room, and the house is set up for the perfect keys lifestyle living. The owner communicated very well and gave plenty of recommendations for eating shopping and anything else you can think of. The owner also recommended a company that delivered a boat for our week stay right to the dock. I can’t wait to stay here again.
An amazing place to stay for a large family
The house was just like the pictures. The lay out is so nice for a large family it was big enough that we were not on top of each other. The mother in law apartment was perfect for the baby to take naps and not be far away. We stayed with 3 different families and everything we needed was there.
The pool and bar area with the fence around it was perfect to be able to relax and keep track of the kids. And with the pool, dock, paddle boards and kayaks no one was every board including the grown ups. The grocery store was right up the road with no way to get lost. We had a great time and the house and accommodations really helped it be stress free even with 8 kids
Perfect house for a family vacation!
I don’t even know where to start my review as there are so many fabulous things to say about this house. The pictures do not do it justice, it’s gorgeous, super clean and is fully stocked with everything you need for your stay.
My extended family of 7 spent a week here and after staying in different homes each year in Marathon we have found our perfect rental for years to come. Most of our time was spent outside, we only used the inside kitchens to make coffee in the morning. Any meals we had at home were outside at the bar or the large dining table. Sunday football at the bar was a blast!
The pool was perfect for a group, large enough for all of us to float around on tubes and rafts and having a pool side bathroom was an added bonus. We enjoyed visits from manatees at the dock more than once and it was great to have the paddle boards and kayaks right there for our use.
All of the beds and linens were 5 star hotel quality, so comfy! The bathrooms were fantastic as well. The downstairs in-law suite is perfect for someone that has trouble with stairs or for anyone needing extra privacy.
As hard as it is to leave the house when you do you can’t beat the location. Publix & K-Mart are just up the road along with many restaurants a short dive away. Sombrero Beach is a 5 minute or less drive from the house.
Thank you again Bill for sharing your amazing home with us!
Re: John m. Review (Dennis/Brenda)
I second John m review. My husband and I shared the mother in law suite with another couple. The set up was great (especially the kitchen/laundry)and so convenient to the outdoor Kitchen where we all enjoyed starting our day with coffee and breakfast.
Could not have designed a better house to fit our 6 couples. Great sound system. Outdoor kitchen and bar area by pool fantastic. Commercial griddle a real hit with our “chefs”,
Best Vacation EVER!!!!
Wow! This home is EVERYTHING it says it is and MORE! There were 4 couples sharing the space. PLENTY of room for all of us. We spent 99% of our time at the pool using the outdoor kitchen. We originally thought we would do some sightseeing and boating but after seeing the place, there was no reason to go anywhere. We had Debbie do our grocery shopping for us before we arrived so when we got there we just had to pop open a drink. There was even ice in all 3 refrigerators!!!! We took walks every morning to the beach and sometimes up to the Publix. I can’t say enough about how perfect this house is kept. Thank you Bill for responding so quickly with questions about the pool heater (it was too hot). Watching the Super Bowl outside was probably the BEST part!!!! Highly Highly recommend this property. If I could give it 10 stars, I would!
Dream vacation at this resort compound
We stayed at this amazing property to celebrate my 50th Birthday celebration and can’t imagine staying anywhere else. There were 10 of us and there was plenty of room for each of us to have our privacy. The pool and outdoor kitchen made it nice as we didn’t need to use either of the two indoor kitchens. This place is as new and nice as it gets plus it is only a short bike ride to the market.
Absolutely Beautiful Property!
If you’re looking for a place to relax with lots of friends or family, look no further. My husband and I had been looking for months for a house big enough for both of our immediate family’s to enjoy the week of our wedding. We couldn’t have picked a better house. With three kitchens, 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, our combined family’s were able to relax and be together with being on top of each other. These plenty of room to have your own space. Everything was beautifully decorated and exceptionally clean. The ohotos of this property do not do it justice. We were able to bring our boat and had plenty of parking for the boat trailer and 5 cars. The property owners were a pleasure to rent from. Very responsive with questions and made us feel very welcomed. We will definitely be back again. This is an exceptional rentle home especially of you have a big family and want lots of space. Every thing could could possible want is this house. State of the art kitchens and bathrooms, an industrial outdoor kitchen and top notch Barbecue area. Wifi and surround sound throughout. Almost every room in the house has a flat screen including the pool area. I can’t say enough good things about our stay here. Thank Bill Blum! We will be back!.
This Perfect Property made for A True Keys Vacation
Just returned from this wonderful House in Marathon Key in the Lower Keys the weather in December was just awesome, There were 5 couples and more room then we needed, Everyone had their own areas and the common areas were large enough for us all to enjoy each other without feeling crowded. Clean Clean Clean !!! from the fresh linens, to the pool towels and the polished marble floors you can see yourself in. Everything you could want, washer and dryer in the main house and the In Law Suite, fully stocked kitchen !! The real fun is all outside though, the pool and HUGE patios with WiFi stereo and The Bar and Kitchen with Outdoor Pool Table and all just steps to the brand new dock with our boat. What else could you ask for, Oh the nicest beach in the Marathon is less than a mile away (we rode rented bikes) Sombrero Beach was clean and scenic with palm trees and beautiful park with walking paths and showers. The Sombrero Country Club where the public is welcome is less than a mile also. Anything we needed was half mile down road, Many grocery stores, chain Drug Stores, Restaurants everywhere, Views in every direction. Sunsets that i will never forget. Thanks Bill not just for sharing your wonderful home but for the direction and info that you shared made our time a True Vacation !!! We are rebooked already See You Nest Year 🙂
Its CERTAINLY IS A “WOW” RENTAL !!! A TRUE “TROPICAL PARADISE”
You walk in the front door and can’t help but “WOW” was my reaction Coming from CA i have seen my share of “rental” properties and this is not that. The beautifully furnished living room and kitchen is set off by the appointments and the art work. Open the rear doors to the outdoor paradise where we spent most of our time. The outdoor kitchen / bar with pool table had something for everyone, wifi stereo with the lighted heated pool and the jacuzzi that sat us all. There is a full outdoor COMMERCIAL kitchen with giant stove / oven and it even had a griddle (no really). The adults couldn’t wait for the night times at the “bar” I’m sure i have not had that much fun in years, even a TV so the guys at least saw whatever sporting event they were afraid them would miss. All of which is steps from the huge lighted brand new dock, we rented a boat it was delivered and waiting for us when we arrived (thanks again Bill) kids caught fish right at the dock and everywhere else we went, straight to the docks cleaning table and steps to the grill !!! yes as i write this i am missing it hard (we are rebooked already). The short walk to the sandy shores of Sombrero Beach and a even nicer playground was the little ones favorite. Clean beach with plenty of room to spread out and then some.We took the Kayaks through the canals exploring everything and the snorkeling / diving was for everyone. Took the boat to the seven mile bridge for sunsets more then once, its a 10 minute ride through the beatitful canals and another 5 min to the bridge, fishing, diving, snorkeling whatever we wanted. We were supplied with so much local info and months before we even got there that we had more time enjoying and not so much planning, the planning was done and done down to the dinners out, follow the recommendations they know !!! The turtle hospital is a huge hit, rented bikes to ride the bridge. We did it all and I’m tired of the kids asking when were returning already. My favorite of course was the morning views with coffee and quite from the raised covered decks large enough to get one dinner for everyone away from the pool / bar / kitchen area, next year I’m gonna get at least two. Clearly Bill loves his house and we love his house, we appreciate how clean and inviting the house is and hope to return for years to come. It be hard to find one as family friendly as this! Thanks again Bill for making our Keys Vacation Extraordinary!!!
My family and I are very much enjoy Fl, we have spent a lot of time vacationing there. This home is the best home we have ever rented. You walk in and the stress and troubles of the world disappear! You feel as if you have walking in to your own home. The kids loved the pool and my wife and I loved the space and rooms. We have already books for next year.
Also The fishing is the best and we were minutes for wetting a line.
the owners are great, however,we may get an eviction notice the next time we stay… We might not leave..ever!
Thank you for opening your home up to our family
When searching for a place in the Keys to celebrate my big 5-0, there were many to pick from. I actually had another home booked until I came across this one. There were 10 adults and the house had more than enough room. Honestly, all our time was spent outside. The second floor balcony was where we had our morning coffee. All meals were prepared in the outside kitchen. With the pool, hot tub, outside TV & pool table……. why would you sit inside?
Key West is about an hour away and we made several trips down. It was so nice to come back to the quiet neighborhood and relax in the pool.
This house is even better than the pictures! A true Gem! The owner Bill makes the process so easy. He is very responsive to emails. I’m so thankful he opens his home to vacationers.
We hated to leave but will definitely be back!
Without question this was the best rental ever. This home is not only beautifully appointed, highly functional, but fully equipped down to the dual icemakers! My family enjoyed every moment. If we weren’t around the kitchen or dining room table, we were in the pool, at the outside table, making use of the dock, paddle boards and kayaks. Even with the beach around the corner, this beautiful home was definitely the focal point. Its location makes for easy access to many points of interest. Mr. and Mrs. Blum were very easy to work with and most accommodating. Thank you for the use of your lovely home.
The perfect vacation home
This house has it all! Pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen, perfectly stocked kitchen, outdoor bathroom, dock, pool table, abundance of pool lounge chairs, in law suite, beach towels, TVs, large rooms, decks and on and on.
We marveled at the attention to detail and comfort not to mention how clean and well maintained the property is. Bill is quick to answer questions or make recommendations. We have travelled quite a bit and can honestly say, this house is amazing and certainly sets up for the perfect Florida vacation.
We had a wonderful week with our family of eight including a 14 month old.
We hope to come again.
Great house Quiet street
This house was a pleasure to stay at. Privacy with all bedrooms on one end of the house or the other. Private guest quarter fully equipped. Lovely pool with very nicely done landscaping. No neighbors to one side on a quiet canal with view of the ocean.
Best of all a short drive to Publix.
Loved It All – Can’t Wait to Go Back!
We stayed in the Big Marathon house in the middle of June 2019. It was exactly as described and Bill and Monique were extremely hospitable, helpful and such a pleasure to talk to. I would absolutely recommend their rentals to anyone, anytime.
The kayaks, paddle boards and pool table were such a huge bonus. We were a group of 9 and were more than comfortable either inside or out. My father is disabled and cannot climb stairs but the in-law suite was more than accommodating and manageable for him. We ate together every morning and night at the outside bar and enjoyed playing pool afterwards. Fishing from the dock, we caught lots of fish, including a little barracuda which we released. We also were entertained by a manatee for 20 minutes one morning. The dock was a huge benefit since we rented a boat during our stay. We were greeted daily by iguana’s (which I know is a nuisance in Florida but was exciting for us Californians). Even the few times it rained, we still had fun hanging out watching tv and listening to music outside in the covered areas.
(We would also recommend a visit to Robbie’s Marina in Islamorada to feed the Tarpon and have a snow cone. That was a highlight for all ages.)
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