Before You Buy Your Island Home Away From Home, Rent!
After You Buy Your Island Home Away From Home, Rent!
We are delighted to to introduce you to the original Islander-owned, boutique rental agency on Sanibel. Cottages to Castles is known as the most personalized, fun, service-oriented rental agency on the islands. We’ve been in business since 1997, and love what we do.
If you have any questions or require additional information, we look forward to hearing from you.
Yes, we “niche-pick”
Cottages to Castles prides itself on the caliber of its rental inventory and guests. Whether a cottage, condominium, home or estate, you can be assured that we represent the best of each and every rental category.
We actively solicit and procure guests that would like a Cottages to Castles property to be their home away from home for a week, a month, a season, or for an annual getaway.
Where the privacy of a special guest is concerned, we provide our services quietly, expeditiously and with no publicity.
Great Things Come In Small Packages
We limit our inventory. We like being a smaller agency that can offer personalized service. We know who you are, who is in your property, and why they like being there.
You will not get lost in a sea of like-kind properties. Bookings are not “averaged out” between properties so that each owner has the same rental statistics. A diversified inventory serves a broader clientele.
We are focused on marketing top quality vacation rentals and are not involved in property sales, annual rentals, or condominium association management. We have been featured in the New York Times, In Style and Martha Stewart Living Magazine, and on HGTV’s Dream Vacation Homes and the Vacation Rental For Free series.
We work closely with Visit Florida, the Sanibel Captiva Chamber of Commerce, the Lee County Visitor Convention Bureau, the Sanibel Captiva Vacation Rental Managers Association (SCVRMA) and can be found on various vacation rental internet platforms.
In addition to advertising in the various print mediums, on Social Media and elsewhere on the internet, C2C actively solicits guests by offering competitive Book Direct and Save rates that Online Travel Agencies and rental platforms cannot offer.
We also actively participate in and sponsor community events that generate positive publicity.
There’s big business in little things.
It’s the little things that keep guests coming back…and command a higher rental rate. A nice decor is only part of the presentation. Believe it or not the most-raved about inventories typically boast such incredibly simple things as Tupperware containers (!), beach towels/chairs, board games, reading books, an ice bucket, a platter and roasting pan for a holiday dinner, a hair dryer, a wireless tv or an Apple TV, an inexpensive sound system, and WIFI….sounds like your own home, doesn’t it?
A vacation rental should be your home away from home. It doesn’t have to be outfitted expensively, but it should be well appointed. Have you ever heard a guest complain that a unit had too much of something? In this fast-paced world, customer loyalty is fickle.
We recognize the importance of being service-oriented, not only to our guests, but to you, our Owner. It is our philosophy that a well-maintained unit rents better, longer, and for more money.
In addition, you can expect more if you inspect more. Your unit will be inventoried annually, free of charge.
Every property is a potential high performer. Some just need a little help along the way…We will do your shopping for you! This includes upgrading your unit, overseeing renovations, maintenance and repairs. We will purchase items you request on our time and bill your owner account; or, we will deliver and set up items you send to our office for your unit.
In addition, don’t work hard, work smart. We will arrange for and deliver welcome amenities for your guests, groceries, luggage, airport transportation, restaurant reservations and nanny services upon request.
Rental Fees and Commissions
The old adage is “You get what you Pay For.” Our commission rates are competitive with other island property management agencies, and we provide you peace of mind 24/7 knowing that your property is being well cared for.
We offer 24/7 Online Book Direct and Save rates, as well as personalized reservation services by calling our office at 1-800-472-5385. You can make your own reservations as well as review reports for your property.
-No Credit Card Fees
-No Linen Fees
-No Markups on Services
-Free bill-pay on your behalf
Good Neighbor Policy
If you wish to participate, Cottages to Castles matches donations made by owners in our rental program to various non-profits such as C.R.O.W. (Care and Rehabilitation of Wildlife) here on Sanibel.
We also donate all perishable and non-perishable food items that are left behind in the vacation rentals to the Harry Chapin Food Bank and Friends In Service Here (FISH of Sanibel).
Again, many thanks to you for offering us the privilege and opportunity to partner with you in representing your property in the Cottages to Castles rental program.
We look forward to a successful partnership and meeting you on your next visit. Stop by our office at 2427 Periwinkle Way, review our website or give us a call.