Our families recently spent a week at the lovely Cupcake House on Captiva Island. As always, Kerry and I researched the heck out of the house, the island, Sanibel Island and everything in between! We normally take a cruise every year but we thought we would try something new and rent a house.
We were attracted to this house because of the location, the style of it and maybe even the name! The house is in such a great location. The street is quiet but it is in the heart of all the action on Captiva. The Island Store and Captiva Provision Company are both just blocks away. The Bubble Room is two streets over. Also, The Mucky Duck, RC Otters, Cantina Captiva and Key lime Bistro are within blocks! We only used the car to go to Sanibel, otherwise we walked everywhere. The beach access is across the street about three blocks down beautiful Laika Lane.
There were six of us at the house for the week and it was very spacious! There are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is also a bathroom downstairs by the pool.
The wood floors in the home are amazing. We thought that they looked like barn wood. Above the sofa was a large picture of an old barn so we created the story that the floors came from that barn. It’s entirely made up but we thought it was a good story so we went with it.
The colors in the home are bright and very cheerful. Just try to be in a bad mood in this house. Just try.
There is a very nice washer and dryer in the foyer area which was very nice to have! That is a positive that most cruise ships don’t have!
The kitchen is very nice and is stocked decently. You won’t have everything like you have at home but there are enough pots and pans and kitchen supplies to “make do” for a week! Heck, “making do” in this kitchen still beats the socks off my kitchen at home!!! There is a large pantry and the countertops are fabulous. Our suggestion to the owners would be to add a cutting board and sharper knives. We tried to make salsa which was time consuming without those two items!
The outdoor space is amazing! The deck upstairs has a nice table for dining…although we never did eat out there! There is a nice outdoor living area downstairs by the pool. We hung the hammocks up and used those more than the furniture! The guys even slept out there one night.
We spent just as much time in the pool as we did at the beach! The spa was nice also!
The living room was comfortable. There are puzzles, games to play and books to read. The TV in the living room wasn’t working the week we were there but we happened to there a week after the house was sold. They were transitioning owners and management companies. (The TV’s in the bedrooms worked fine, I think it was a problem with HD in the living room) There were some other minor things that happened. The air conditioning went out and there was a plumbing problem. They came out right away to fix the air conditioning and the repair people were very nice! The plumber came the next day and was also very nice. It all worked out fine!
All week we kept saying that we picked the perfect house in the perfect location. We loved the house and really hated to leave it! The island is beautiful and has a great vibe. We will certainly return to visit again. Hopefully sooner rather than later!
If you visit the house be sure to read through the guest book. It was fun to read about everyone’s experience on the island and to see how far people traveled to visit Captiva!
We booked the house through Kingfisher, but the week before we got there the house had been sold to Royal Shell – book the house through here.