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9th April, 2018
Best family vacation spot ever
My husband and I, along with our 3 kids, ages 11, 9 and 5, just returned from what was without a doubt our favorite vacation we've ever taken. All of the reviews are completely spot on. The dock is amazing, the hosts so unbelievably kind and the location is spectacular. This was everything we could possibly have asked for! Our kids spent their days rotating between snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, and playing in the huge front yard. My husband too, who is an avid snorkeler and diver, spent all of his time in the water. Upon arriving, we discovered there was just no reason to possibly leave. We were all so happy just to BE there! We even ended up making dinner at the house every night because we just didn't want to miss the beautiful sunsets from the deck. We are already planning our return trip here next year! Thanks Kathy and Steve! We can't wait to see you again!
Scott And Jacqueline Lambert
10th April, 2018
Could Not Get Better!
We are in love with Torchview! We were there in February, 2018. Steve & Kathy are stellar hosts. They made us feel welcomed and at home from the minute we drove onto the property. We had our 3 chocolate labs with us. Steve and Kathy were so accommodating on accepting our pack. They showed us the ins and outs of the property and gave us tips on beaches, restaurants, grocery stores, and even a vet nearby. The amenities were exactly as described. Sunsets were superb. The beach and dock was so relaxing. We were close to plenty of restaurants and grocery stores. Only 30 miles from Key West. If you want privacy and seclusion this is the place for you. Thank you Steve and Kathy for one of the most relaxing and enjoyable stays ever!
Don Pedro Island, FL
17th July, 2018
Blew us away!
We live full time on a small bridgeless barrier island in SW Florida so we are hard to impress........... Seriously this place blew us away. The fact that you are down a private road with a private yard facing the water and not someone else’s house is almost unheard of in the keys. We actually watched Fat Albert daily. When Fat Albert comes down you know to get back to the dock because a storm is coming. The location is amazing we played in the Content Keys on the gulf side and we went to Looey Key on the Atlantic side. The house is big and spacious we had 6 people (max allowed) and our 2 dogs. Everything was clean and comfy. Our cooking needs were more than met. Waffle iron, griddle, gas stove with big pots. You will like that because you will need big pots.......... Of course the minute we got there we had to run out to the dock and ohh and ahhh the whole way to the end. When I say thousands of fish I mean thousands of fish. I kept reading reviews calling it a virtual aquarium and quite simply there is no better description. The “table fare” is beyond delicious. Fresh snapper for dinner for 6, send your seven year old down to the dock and in 10 minutes you better be ready to start cleaning fish. Several other excellent dinner options going on below that dock if you catch my drift. We went out to Looey Key and honest to god the snorkeling was better right in front of Torchview. (Don’t get me started on Looey Key, such a sad state of affairs for our reefs) The beach out front is fun and even snorkeling in the shallows was amazing. We found sea horses, baby lobsters that were hiding in rock crevices that you would never see if u didn’t have your head in six inches of water. At the end of the dock were a couple nice barracuda that got a snapper of two from us....no problem because there were 1000s more. Nurse sharks did their daily patrol. Again the term virtual aquarium could not be more accurate. If u have a boat the dock is great and the location allows you to wake up and decide to go Gulf or Atlantic that day. However if you don’t have a boat don’t let that bother you. ThisIS the place to stay. Shallow to shoulder deep water will keep everyone happy. Fun areas to kayak too. The owners were excellent to work with. We needed for nothing. I’m giving this place 5 stars only
13th January, 2018
Great secluded house with amazing views
If you’re looking for a house off the beaten path, you couldn’t ask for anything better. Tons of fish and marine life around the artificial reef to go along with calm seas for kayaking.
Our dog Zoe had so much fun on the property and the owners really love animals.
The house is beautiful and the owners, Kathy and Steve, are super knowledgeable. So if you’re looking for a peaceful getaway without the Key West crowd, Torchview should be at the top of your list
Brooklyn, New York
24th February, 2018
Totally relaxing vacation!
If you want a totally relaxing vacation, this is the place to stay. Torchview is a beautiful, secluded property yet not far from the Lower Keys attractions and Key West. The dock is right out front and we enjoyed walking out on it to look at the water and we enjoyed snorkeling off the man-made reef. Bahia Honda State Park is close and has a beautiful beach. The house is spacious and has all the amenities you could want. Kathy and Steve were super helpful about local attractions and restaurants to try. We enjoyed watching the sunsets from the deck as well as watching the Key deer and iguanas on the property.
5th March, 2018
Excellent Retreat for Couples or Families
The house was more than we hoped it would be. The view was spectacular! Everything we could possibly need was at our fingertips. The property was close enough to Key West to allow us to enjoy being tourists, but supplied us with a tranquil spot for morning coffee, long conversations, and quiet evenings. The owners offered great suggestions for things to do in the area and were very gracious hosts. We cannot wait to return. We are already recommending the house to our friends and family!
Amazing Place - Everything we had hoped for and more.
We stayed there in March 2018. The house is very nice and big with a fully equipped kitchen and excellent wrap-around porch. It's a very peaceful and quiet spot. The sunsets are the best I have ever seen.
If you enjoy snorkeling and fishing, this place is amazing. Right off the dock, we saw and caught a very wide variety of fish including sharks (Lemon, Bonnethead, Nurse), Barracuda, Ballyhoo, Stingray, and Mangrove Snappers (good for eating). We also caught lobsters right under the dock. There is a nice little beach area for sunning and relaxing. This is an interesting, fun, and relaxing vacation spot. We'll be back.
31st March, 2018
The place is amazing .... The owner are great people the make you stay memorable , can't wait to do it again ...
Torchview was great. Had everything we needed for the perfect vacation.
We had an amazing time at Torchview. Dealing with Kathy could not have been more pleasant and she ensured our stay was exceptional. The setting is amazing as you felt so far away from everything (in the right way) on such a small island. Boat traffic was minimal and auto traffic was nonexistent. We caught plenty of fish off of the dock from snappers to sharks (3 different species) and even hooked up with 3 tarpon! It was incredibly easy to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life especially while sitting on the deck or dock watching the sunset with a cocktail! We will definitely be back and book this property again!