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Private Deck
Studio
Kitchen
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Sliding Doors
Table & Chairs
Sunrise
Roseate spoonbill & blue heron
Manatees
Friendly guest
Sea Turtles
Bird watch from sofa
Tiki hut & picnic area
Manatee
Treasured resident
Sunset
State Park
Fish watching
Relax under the palms
Two roseate spoonbills
Bird watch from hammock
Nature
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Blue Heron
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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Marathon, Florida Keys, Florida

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SAVANNAH
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“This teacher was fully rejuvenated before the new year started”
Reviewed August 9, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

Jerry, the property owner, is an ABSOLUTE dream to work with. He answered all of my questions including recommending restaurants that served vegetarian options. He even meets you there to personally show you around the property.

The property is terrific. It is a large home that has been converted into four rentals. The downstairs units are two bedroom with a couch/futon. There are two upstairs units, but only one was rented the week we were there. It was a one bedroom. I am not sure about the other upstairs unit. One has a small deck and the other a screened in porch. The downstairs units share a very large patio. There is also a hammock, picnic tables, chaise lounges. These are communal, as are a large outdoor kitchen, Jerry also provides use of a canoe, several kayaks, bikes, coolers, and snorkel equipment. There is a large washer and dryer. Jerry thinks of everything, I had almost every kitchen utensil I needed. There is a coffee pot, toaster, and blender. He even has containers to stow your leftovers.

The unit we stayed in (downstairs, first unit) had a small bathroom with a shower only, an eat in kitchen, small living room and two bedrooms with queen beds. The porch looks directly into a nature preserve that is part of the state park. Oh and the mattresses. I love my mattresses, but the mattresses in this unit put mine to shame. So soft and wonderful. I need to find out what brand they are!

While this is listed as being in Marathon (one of the largest keys) it is actually in Long key. Long key is about 15 minutes south of Islamorada and 20 minutes north of Marathon. There is a Publix in Marathon as well as a small farmers market. They both have a great selection of fruits and vegetables. I cannot recommend this place enough if you want somewhere to rest, relax and recharge.

You are about an hour from Key West so this is not a party area. A huge selling point for us! Stay here. You will not regret it!

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Liked best: Being able to sit and watch the birds, crabs, parrot fish, Sharks, etc... Right off the porch
Liked least: Nothing, although sad a manatee did not pay a visit. :)
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Larry D
Burleson, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Another memorable week!!”
Reviewed June 30, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

My wife and I decided to return to The Keys this summer and we decided to return to this place. I honestly have nothing bad to say about this place. Jerry is a gracious host who keeps a well maintained property. We were impressed with the accommodations last year, but many improvements had been made since 2014. Located in the middle of Marathon and Islamorada, you have easy access to restaurants and activities. But Layton is so quiet and peaceful when you just want to relax.
There is a full kitchen setup, just bring your food.
Full laundry
Bicycles
Canoes/ Kayaks
Outdoor grill and gazebo

We will be returning again for sure!!

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Liked best: Peace and quiet
Liked least: The Manatees didn't visit us this year
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Madhuri R
Oakland, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fantastic setting”
Reviewed May 7, 2015 for a stay in April 2015
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This was a great vacation! Relaxing, quiet, peaceful; just what we needed. We loved using the kayaks, canoe, snorkel equipment and bicycles. We'll come again!

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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donna_ber...
Cos Cob, Connecticut
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nature lovers Paradise”
Reviewed January 21, 2015 for a stay in January 2015
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Situated on the edges of a State park, this peaceful quiet place is just awesome. Located right on the water with Mangrove trees and beautiful views. In our one week stay, from our deck, we saw stingrays, jumping fish, pelicans, blue and grey herons, ibis, rosate spoonbills and an eagle up close and personal while kayaking. The studio is small but in a cozy comfortable way. It was clean and Jerry is attentive to all your needs. We loved it!

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Liked best: the location
Liked least: the studio was small
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Rising Sun, Maryland, United States
Reviewed December 28, 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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Liked best: location and attention to details
Liked least: no changes needed
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
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Burleson, Texas
Level 3 Contributor
23 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed June 30, 2014 for a stay in June 2014
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Liked best: Quiet location, nature and views.
Liked least: Nothing
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
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