previously known as Mariposa Retreat Suite w. Living Room
view to south from west deck overlooking Great White Heron Wildlife Refuge and Sugar Lake, see other photos for more views
15 miles from Key West
18 miles from Bahia Honda State Park
... meditation room, sunny south bedroom (private entry) with space to sleep up to FOUR people, 24x24 living room can accommodate additional guests, with use of West deck overlooking Great White Heron Wildlife Refuge. Private bath with tub/shower and access to shared 1/2 bath in common area of house, tropical outdoor shower. All in an open style home with all necessary linens, fragrance free shampoo & conditioner, fragrance free soaps supplied. Coffee/Tea Service 730 - 10 am - organic accompaniments, good fruit bread, fresh local fruit, from our farm - when available, are included. EXTENDED stay rate negotiable. Kitchen available 8a-5p.
VISIT OUR OTHER LISTINGS to see more photos of the land and grounds, usually shown underneath photo on our profile.
All areas of home, save host suite and associated decks. Underneath house, spacious areas for socializing, all farm areas adjacent to house - farm tours often available by arrangement for $13 person.
Interaction with Guests
We aim for in person welcome and orientation to house and land. After that interaction is variable depending on farm duties and guest wishes.
We are at Mile Marker 19.5 with local amenities ...
FOOD: Prepared Meals available on farm - on request. Several local restaurants within 10 miles; no chains:
Mangrove Mamas (on island; serves breakfast), Square Grouper, The Wharf - all east/north of us; Kaya Island Eats, Bobalu's, Geiger Key - all west/south of us.
BEACH: Bahia Honda State Park, great beach is MM 37
Ft. Zachary Taylor (in KW) is past MM 0 (zero)
Plus several other beaches in Key West
Key West Shuttle is just under one mile walking distance from the farm. For more info contact City of Key West Transportation.
Other Things to Note
1. Entire Home/Apt: Listing includes Private Space & Shared Space - hosts have their own suite. 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, $9 load; wash/dry/fold.
ENJOY: We are here to help make your visit to the Florida Keys the best possible,
TOBACCO: Please, no tobacco on the land.
SCENTS: We provide unscented shampoo and soaps for your use during your stay on the land and request that you use no other. Hosts have sensitivities to VOC/volatile organic compounds; fragrance, additives, chemicals and we ask that you refrain from using these while in our home.
There is NO CURFEW, you are free to come and go as you wish.
*** fyi *** farm cats live outdoors
We were planning a trip to the Florida Keys to tag onto a work event in Boca Raton this spring. After we started looking we discovered it was spring break week, and due to limited availability in Key West, high rates, and visions of drinking college students roaming the streets of Key West (which turned out to be accurate), we decided we probably would not go. Until my niece suggested checking on Airbnb. We were so excited when we found Mariposa Retreat and booked our stay. But then, when some family members decided to join us, we thought the available adjacent (meditation) room might be too close to ours. I corresponded with Midge about this, and she came up with a number of ideas. The one we chose, was to book the suite along with the living room, in order to give us more space. Although we did not end up using the living room (the weather was nice and we preferred to spend our shared time together outside, on the lovely deck overlooking the water), knowing we had it available allowed us the breathing space to make the plan. I think for groups or families traveling together, this could be a good option, especially if the weather might be questionable. What really impressed me was Midge's willingness and efforts at understanding and accommodating our needs. Knowing this, I would encourage anybody staying there to let Midge and Tom know what you need, in advance of your visit, and while you are staying there as well. For example, there are a variety of bed options for the meditation room, if the blow up air mattress does not work for you. And Midge and Tom loaned us a variety of items we needed, from beach towels and umbrellas, to water bottles and a cooler (but don't assume they will always having these available...just good to know to ask :). Midge and Tom are AWESOME, and we loved staying there. It is so peaceful and beautiful -- the sunsets from the deck are gorgeous, as are the stars and the moon. And while we originally chose to be 30 minutes away from Key West because this seemed like the best choice given Spring Break, it was actually the perfect location and where we would choose to stay should we have the good fortune and opportunity to return to the area. We spent our entire 5 day stay in the Keys at Mariposa Retreat, and are so glad we made this choice. It's the perfect distance from Key West to be able to go back and forth easily enough, and mid-point to other great explorations and excursions we did, based largely on Midge and Tom's expert guidance and suggestions. If you're planning a stay in the Keys, and you like peace, quiet, and wonderful hosts, Mariposa Retreat is the place to stay. And bonus is you can go home with some great gifts for yourself and others. We did, with sea sponges and...
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Hi and thanks 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.
Although we are a working farm, Rarely do farm activities begin before 10am within hearing distance of the guest rooms.
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