About this listing
SPECIAL SUMMER RATES Monday thru Thursday* - SAME GREAT RETREAT. Private Suite INSIDE home, on our low key, quiet working salt farm: 2BR with private entry & bath with access to sitting room and kitchen, shared by all. *Keys holidays not included.
A Relaxing Retreat in the Fabulous Florida Keys - enjoy island life like a local. Relax in restful seclusion on the edge of the remains of wilderness. Serene and soothing retreat on our small working family farm.
We are most happy to offer PRIVATE ROOMs in our home on our quiet, working farm. Bright BR with Queen bed; large closet, PRIVATE entrance and PRIVATE en suite bath; PLUS second room (meditation room) with full futon and seating area. (be advised - airbnb will only allow us to show 2 BR if we also choose 'entire house' as our accommodations - see 'other things to note' below)
We all share our large deck overlooking the Great White Heron Wildlife Refuge for coffee, meals, bird watching or simply relaxing. For more indoor private space see our Mariposa Retreat Suite!
The serene vistas and relaxed atmosphere of Mariposa Retreat at Earth and Sea Farm is a joy to share, Read our Reviews to see how well folks are able to relax on this unique and restful land.
Includes: Coffee or tea service each morning in kitchen; dedicated shelf in refrigerator for guests; use of tea kettle, m/wave included. Meals available on request, in advance.
We offer beach towels, beach blanket, wet bag, beach chairs, reusable water bottles, cooler and beach umbrella for your use during your stay and share of our conch cruiser bicycles for on island use ... as well as a spacious outdoor hot/cold shower to enjoy any time.
Fabulous beaches are nearby: Bahia Honda State Park is at Mile Marker 37 (20miles/30 minutes) and Fort Zachary Taylor State Park is in Key West at the west end of Southard Street (19+miles/45minutes) via the stunning Overseas Highway.
Walking/biking trails and wilderness rambles are available on island.
Local restaurants offer breakfast, lunch and dinner in a range of cuisine and price points. House Manual for booked guests includes restaurant list and an extensive list of our locally owned healthy food stores from Marathon to Key West. Meals available on request, best in advance to offer most options.
Enjoy your stay with no curfew, we offer private entrance with a key to come and go as you wish.
15miles/30minutes to Key West; 20miles/30 minutes to Bahia Honda State Park.
Deck overlooking Great White Heron Wildlife Refuge, bicycles for loan, beach supplies, shared sitting room and kitchen.
Interaction with Guests
Hosts usually greet guests and show them around the house and help out first morning with coffee service then leave it to guests to enjoy their holiday in our island home.
We are on a small island on the edge Great White Heron Wildlife Refuge and near a quiet neighborhoods. Very little city lights and lots of dark sky at night.
Bicycles for on island exploring, bus service $3 to Key West or Marathon with bus stop a short walk from Mariposa Retreat.
Other Things to Note
1. Entire Home/Apt: Listing includes Private Space of 2 bedrooms & private entry, private bath on south side of house PLUS Shared Space - hosts have their own suite on the north side of house in this split home. THIS listing is not an entire home/apt - airbnb will only allow host to identify more than one bedroom IF we select 'entire house/apt'. Kitchen, Sitting Room & 1/2 bath are shared space.
2. Free Parking - Parking is abundant.
3. Washer/Dryer - Laundry Service available by arrangement with hosts: in by 9a back by 9a next day, $10 load; wash/dry/fold.
How to compute airbnb fee calculations for this listing: Mariposa Retreat rooms are $30 more per night on weekends (Fri, Sat, Sun), rooms accommodate four guests with extra charge after two, plus cleaning fee that is separate but included in final total PLUS the airbnb fee.
ENJOY: We are here to help make your visit to the Florida Keys the best possible, We Trust that our guests will let us know how we might serve that goal.
TOBACCO: Please, no tobacco on the land.
FRAGRANCE/CHEMICALS/SCENTS: Please no fragranced products while with us. Unscented shampoo and soaps are provided for your use during your stay on the land. Hosts have intolerance to fragrance chemicals & VOC/volatile organic compounds and we ask that you refrain from using these while in our home.
SHOES: NO Shoes In House for health of all.
There is NO CURFEW, you have a private entrance with a key to come and go as you wish.
*** fyi *** farm cat lives outdoors
*** Honey Bees: April to September, Earth & Sea Farm hosts honey bees on the land. Bee Yard is located beyond the forest to east of retreat house. Guest access to this area ONLY by prior arrangement and in company of host farmers.***
We had fantastic vacation at Mariposa Retreat, the place was very clean and the host was very friendly. We had a great breakfast and fantastic country side, I highly recommend you want to chill out.
Awesome people, clean relaxed accommodations.
Thank you for your message which I think you must have meant to be public:
""What Michele loved about your listing:
We had an entire section of the house to ourselves and our hosts were gracious without being imposing. I highly recommend this place!""
We had a fantastic time at Mariposa Retreat. We only wish we could have stayed longer. The rooms offer a supremely relaxing, homey and comfortable atmosphere. The space looked and felt impeccably clean when we came in, the beds were comfortable and the coffee was delicious! Being able to be in the Keys and enjoy the peace and quiet of Midge and Tom's property and the nearby preserve was such a treat. We hope to be back!
We loved staying with Midge and Tom. Very nice and helpful hosts. offering an enjoyable breakfast in the morning. Situated ideally between beaches in marathon (check out sombrero beach), Baia Honda National Park and Key West.
Thank you for this absolutely lovely night at your place! Incredible place in total nature. Great accommodation and amenities. Tom warmly welcomed us despite our late arrival.
We had a great stay here! The Mariposa retreat was very quiet and peaceful, and it really felt like home. Coffee in the mornings on the porch was fabulous, and catching the sunset from the porch was a must as well. Definitely recommended.
What a joy to spend another vacation at Mariposa retreat with Tom and Midge. This beautiful property allows you to experience the wild nature of the keys, a totally unique experience. The space is serene, comfortable, clean and quiet. Midge and Tom were gracious hosts as always. Mornings on the porch sipping coffee and watching the wildlife were a dream come true for these Mainers escaping a long, cold winter.
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About the Host, Mariposa Retreat @ Earth & Sea Farm
Thank You for your interest in Mariposa Retreat @ Earth & Sea Farm.
We are Midge & Tom, long time keys residents who raised our 3 keys born (now adult) sons on this island. We are most happy to host your visit to our quiet, rural oasis with stunning views from our west facing decks that overlook the Great White Heron Wildlife Refuge. Our island paradise also offers great walks and lots of quiet. We invite you to be at home, relax and enjoy our very special location close enough for a quick trip to town and far enough away to imagine yourself on a remote island.
Having lived in the Florida Keys for over 33 years/Midge & 39 years/Tom we have extensive local information with referrals for boating, beaches, fishing, snorkeling, art & history. It is our pleasure to also support the independent traveler who is looking for a quiet retreat with easy access to Key West entertainments and Bahia Honda's spectacular beaches.
We make every effort to support the type of experience you wish to have while our guest on the land. Well appointed kitchen is available for guest use 8am-5pm with access to our small staples (oil, salt, spices, etc.) and a dedicated shelf in refrigerator with mostly organic fruit, bread coffee service every morning 730-10am.
Mariposa Retreat @ Earth & Sea Farm is located on the edge of the Great White Heron Wildlife Refuge and there are thousands of acres of native land on our very small island. We are only 15 miles/30 minutes (some say 20 minutes) from Key West to the west with the unique Ft. Zachary Taylor beach where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Atlantic Ocean and to the east, the beautiful Bahia Honda State Park with highly rated beaches.
IMPORTANT NOTES: We are fragrance and chemical free to highest degree possible. We appreciate that all guests will avoid bringing fragranced/chemical products to our home and if you must bring something, apply product outdoors. This is for the health and well being of us all, especially your hosts who are fragrance and chemical sensitive.
NO Shoes In House for health of all.
Although we are a working farm, Rarely do farm activities begin before 10am within hearing distance of the guest rooms.
FARM STAY: Ask about our special custom designed programs for farm stay experiences. Additional fees apply.
Special interests of your hosts:
--- the land, the sea, reading, sailing, birdwatching, the road less traveled ---
*Tom: historical fiction, NFL & College football
*Midge: speculative fiction, anything & everything to do with real food
Earth & Sea Farm motto ... may all benefit