Driving up to The Silver Seashell, you will be impressed with the lovely landscaped grounds and the architectural flare. Tucked away are the28-foot private pool and spa, surrounded by beautiful composite decking – no nails, no screws, no slivers. Enter the front door to find The Silver Seashell professionally designed in the charm of a seaside cottage. From the oak staircase, with its spindled 3-story atrium up to the Widow's Walk, to the sea shell prints hung tastefully, you will be drawn into the inviting atmosphere of this home by the sea.
Three bedrooms are located on this first level. The master bedroom and one other bedroom have... outside decks to enjoy morning coffee or just quiet time. Each bedroom has its own private bathroom, Samsung HDTV with HD satellite and DVD player. Designer coordinated bedding adds to the seaside feeling.
On the second level is the open, light-filled great room with cathedral ceiling and French doors. The kitchen with its solid surface counters is equipped to satisfy the tastes of the most discriminating cook. A breakfast bar is adjacent to the kitchen. The dining area with its12-foot bay window provides an inviting atmosphere for casual informal dining. The family room provides a comfortable entertainment area with a Sharp Aquos 1080P HDTV with HD satellite, Bose 321GS DVD home theater, VCR, and a Bose Sound Dock so you can bring your iPod and enjoy your own music while relaxing in new, beautiful leather sofas and chair. An extensive library of movies for both adults and children is available as well as books and board games for everyone’s enjoyment. The adjacent screened lanai is a perfect place to watch the sunset, read a book, or to enjoy quiet games of cards while enjoying the wicker sofa and chairs and glass-top tables. A fourth full bathroom is also on this level.
The third level Widow’s Walk offers the perfect place to get away. This quiet hideaway is equipped with a twin-sized day bed, a Polycom speaker phone, a desk/chair with a Dell laptop with high-speed wireless Internet (you can also access the secure high-speed wireless with your own device anywhere in the house or outside) and a HP printer/fax/scanner/copier in case you need to do some work while on vacation. It provides inside access (no spiral staircase) to the observation deck with some of the best views of the Gulf and Bay, and a place to enjoy the serenity and beauty of island living.
Outdoor shower and sink, in-deck hot tub for four, a lovely 28-foot swimming pool and open deck, both a Weber charcoal grill and a Weber Genesis gas grill, outdoor bar and table with seating for 8, water basketball, pool furniture and floats
First Level (Bedroom Level)
Master bedroom suite: king bed, ceramic tiled walk in shower, vanity with double sinks, armoire with Samsung HDTV/DVD, French doors to deck
Second bedroom: two twins or king size bed, bath with shower,door to deck, built in Samsung HDTV/DVD and chest of drawers
Third bedroom: two twins or king size bed, bath with tub/shower, built in Samsung HDTV/DVD and chest of drawers, XBOX 360 with a selection of games, wireless controllers, and wi-fi so you can access your XBOXLive account
Extra large capacity washer and dryer, iron and ironing board
Second Level (Great Room Level)
Complete kitchen with dishwasher, refrigerator with ice maker, electric range,microwave, drinking water system, cookware, toaster, blender, coffeemaker, mixer, dinnerware, flatware, glasses including wine glasses,service for 12
Breakfast bar with seating for 4, dining table with seating for 8, cottage server for buffet dining Family room area with 2 sofas, over sized chair
Entertainment Center: Sharp Aquos HDTV,Bose 321GS DVD home theater, HD Satellite, Bose Sound Dock, VCR
Large selection of DVDs, videos, books, and board games
Screened lanai with wicker furniture, table and chairs
Third Level (Widow’s Walk, Office, observation deck)
Desk and chair, twin-sized day bed, Polycom speaker phone, Dell laptop, HP printer/fax/scanner/copier, high-speed wireless Internet, chaise lounges, chairs, and tables on observation deck
Additional amenities include: dock/boat-slip, sofabed, tennis, grill: gas grill, extra room: sky lounge, bedding 1: king, rating: 5 star, laundry, watersports, tennis: on property, bedding 3: 2 twin, internet access: yes, golf cart: rental cart included, outside shower, num of TV's: 3, stories: 4, beach chairs: beach chairs incl, golf nearby, suitable for children, laundry: yes, pool: private & club use, exterior hot tub: yes, bedding 4: twin, fishing, bedding 2: 2 twin.Read more
Left on 03/25/2014 for a stay in March 2014 | MNpete
Our family (four adults, two nine year old twins)
had a wonderful week on No.Captiva. The Silver
Sea Shell was perfect! The decor is bright and
beachy with lots of space. It is well equipped with
movies, games. pool and beach toys. The pool
and hot tub are divine. Best of all it is steps away
from the white sand beach. Loved it!! Read more
Response from North Captiva Island Club - 04/04/2014
Thank you for taking the time to review! We are happy to hear the whole family had a wonderful week on the island!
We hope to see you again soon!
The North Captiva Island Club Team
Most relaxing vacation at the house that had it all.
Left on 01/11/2014 for a stay in January 2014 | Marlene
This is the absolute perfect vacation spot for people who just want to get away from it all and relax. The Silver Seashell is a lovely home that has everything you need. We enjoyed having the pool and hot tub on the cool overcast day that we had. My whole family believed the house felt like we belonged there. My kids enjoyed night swimming in the pool that "changed colors." I personally enjoyed mornings and nights sitting on the top deck looking out at the ocean. It was great to have such a large kitchen table. The couches are extremely comfortable. It was great to have each room equipped with tv and xbox so if someone was in need of a little alone time they could just relax in the room and watch tv or play a game. We also enjoyed the large collection of dvds on the one chilly day and at night. The only bad thing was having to leave. Read more
Response from North Captiva Island Club - 01/13/2014
RJ, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you had a great time and hope to see you again!
The North Captiva Island Club Team
The Moore Family
San Diego, CA
Left on 09/12/2013 for a stay in August 2013 | The Moore Family
We took our 15 year old daughter and her best friend to North Captiva for the first time, having never talked to anyone who had been, and simply needing to do a lot of nothing after a busy Summer. We had the last week in august before school started again, and there were very few people on the Island, which again, was the way we liked it!!
With only four of us, most of the rental properties are larger than we needed, and we could have had another couple and a child or teen in the space. The Silver Seashell was as described -- open, and bright with calm colors and nice furniture. Well maintained with all the amenities we wanted. The pool at this house is new, and so refreshing with the humid island weather, that we jumped in every day more than once. The grill and hot tub were both in good condition and we used those as well. We loved the screened in porch off of the living area, and we watched beautiful sunsets and thunderstorms from the roof top deck. My husband and I also appreciated the small desk area on the top floor, as we did have to check email and do some business while we were there. Wi-fi worked fine. We drove our golf cart around the island to look at the other homes we considered, and knew we had chosen well.
Left on 05/15/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | John
We have vacationed on North Captiva for many years. This is certainly the best house we have stayed in. The owners do a terrific job of keeping it in great condition. Highly recommended.
Left on 01/25/2013 for a stay in January 2013 | Carla Gerfeld
If you want to enjoy the sunsets, the views, the calm of Captiva island in a bright, cozy home, this is the place. Everything is done to make the stay enjoyable and relaxing. Nice furnitures, lots of details, great location.
New Cumberland, PA
Wonderful vacation on a scenic island
Left on 07/18/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Fran G
We recently traveled to North Captiva Island and stayed in a rental home - Silver Sea Shell. The home was very nice. The owners seemed to think of everything a visitor could need - nicely decorated and very comfortable and close to the beach with views of the Gulf. This was our first trip to he island and the travel plans can be a little intimidating but everything went just fine. I really think this had alot to do with Sarah Rapp who booked the vacation home for us. I can't say enough about how helpful she was and always available for questions. She was amazing! We arrived during tropical storm Debbie so our weather was bad until Tuesday. The pool area is very private with a large covered area adjacent to the pool. There is an oversized table and chairs there which was very nice and allowed to us to spend time outside when the weather was not the best. You absolutely must bring your own groceries - we preordered from Publix - and other than a few minor mistakes it went very well. One complaint we had was that although Ncic did transport our luggage and groceries to the house but they left them outside in the pouring rain !!! The bagged groceries were in plastic bins but the cases of soda, beer etc were not covered and simply fell apart when we tried to carry them into the house. Felt they could have covered our things - including the luggage - with something until we were able to carry it in. We had dinner at the Boat House and it was excellent. Alicia - our chef and Hilary - our hostess were wonderful. Do not miss having the experience of dining there - we loved it !! The golf cart was lots of fun and a great way to get around the island. North Captiva Island is simply beautiful. We were looking for a relaxing vacation with nothing to do but enjoy our surroundings and spend time together without all the hustle bustle of everyday life. It was exactly what we wanted. A very memorable vacation !!
Relaxing and fun vacation!
Left on 06/29/2012 for a stay in June 2012 | Maria
We had a wonderful time on our family vacation to North Captiva! There was plenty of things to do to keep our party of 7 entertained! Between going to the beach (morning walks, swimming and evening strolls), lots of shelling, the pool and hot tub, discovering the island on the gulf cart, a day trip to Cayo Costa and Cabbage Key, searching for the manatee, and relaxing, we all enjoyed ourselves! The Silver Seashell is a well maintained, clean, and well stocked home (ton of dvd's, towels, and kitchen accessories). Enjoyed the rooftop view and all of the rooms in the house. Appreciated that two of the bedrooms had twin beds b/c it worked perfectly for us. Lots of space; we never felt crowded. Also liked that the house was so close to a good area of the beach! Very memorable vacation!
Celebrated daughter's college graduation
Best decision to return to North Cap to enjoy a one of a kind de
Left on 05/21/2012 for a stay in May 2012 | Celebrated daughter's college graduation
Ncic staff was completely professional. The Silver Seashell is a really nice home at a really good location. Not directly on the water but does have pretty water views, especially from the top balcony. Having the golf cart made it easy, especially for grandmother and pick-up of loaner items from the club: beach chairs and umbrella. Of course we enjoyed the hot tub and pool at home but were pleased to also use the club: pools, kayaks, bicycles. House was fully equipped. We suggest that the sofas get a new covering and living room carpet a deep clean.
Our stay was enhanced due to perfect weather, great fishing, abundant wildlife sightings and access to the club amenities. We rented a boat for the day and made a lunch visit to Cabbage Key and its famous restaurant-lots of fun. We chose a very hot day to walk the trails in the state preserved land. Enjoyed the time anyway due to the rugged natural beauty, wildlife, shells and tranquility.
It requires forethought and planning to get to North Cap-but oh so worth it for those that appreciate no cars, no malls and no noise. Read more
Response from North Captiva Island Club - 05/22/2012
Thank you so much for your feed back! We hope to see you again soon!
A truly magical vacation
Left on 11/09/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | Crimble
We had an amazing time staying in The Silver Seashell on North Captiva Island. The staff, Capts. Tedd and Tom, Alesha and Hayley in The Boathouse and the very lovely Brian in the bar went out of their way to provide excellent and effortless service, it was an absolute joy to meet them and we will be recommending Ncic to friends and family in the UK.
Good house that needs some love and cleaning!
Left on 08/20/2011 for a stay in July 2011 | Dana
The layout, decorations, setup and location of the home were great. However, it needs a thorough cleaning as well as some updates/repairs. The bathrooms were not clean well - master had dark, long hair on floor (we have blonde). Also, there was pet hair everywhere. I felt like I had to rewash all the kitchen items I used before I used them. The showers have a lot of mold - especially the master. The kitchen needs decluttered and a lot of the pans replaced (chipping non-stick). Because there are so many pots and pans (many unnecessary repeats) there is no where to put food other than the refrigerator/freeze. Clear out a cupboard or make some sort of pantry area for guests. There is not a lot of counter space to start with and if you have to fill it up with grocery items you end up with not much work space. Perhaps even setting a baker's rack around the corner from the refrigerator. The front bedroom kids television only worked for video games. We could never get TV to show on it. When we contacted the Island club (twice) we never got any help. We also put in a request for help getting our stuff to the Island club at check out and no one ever showed. We ended up making several trips back and forth ourselves. Overall not what I expected from a "five star" home. We have stayed on the island before and the home was less expensive, five bedroom and clean and well kept. We will come to North Captiva again but will not stay at the Silver Seashell unless improvements are made. On a good note, we loved the pool and how close to the beach we were. Again, the layout of the house was nice.
cathy and Rusty Lee
Long Grove, Il a suburb of Chicago
Left on 03/16/2011 for a stay in March 2011 | cathy and Rusty Lee
what a wonderful vacation. totally enjoyed everything
only complaint, sandy at the offshore grocery emailed me regarding her service. from her email i thought her store was on island...thank goodness my sister visited from boynton beach and stopped at andy's for fish.
otherwise north captiva is simply magical
travel was a bit much for my son, wife and baby but they enjoyed the vacation once they arrived.
Complete Relaxation in a Beautiful Place
Left on 03/09/2011 for a stay in February 2011 | skahng
The Silver Seashell's location was great, just five houses down to the lovely beach. The sand was soft, the water a lovely shade of turquoise, and the piles of shells amazing. We saw sea urchins, hermit crabs, crabs, live conchs and other shells, jellyfish, starfish, dolphins, and many birds along the beach. Having the golf cart made it fun to zip back and forth to places farther away. The house was decorated very nicely and was set up well for comfort and relaxation. The surrounding trees and shrubs made the house feel very private. We often felt like we had the entire island to ourselves.
We were removed from the hustle and bustle, but still had amenities like wireless internet, 4 Tv's, and and iPod dock--things that made our vacation surprisingly more enjoyable. The pool and toys were great. We loved spying on the resident tortoise. The sunsets and stargazing from the rooftop were fantastic. The island was extremely quiet and tidy, not a piece of glass or a cigarette butt to be seen anywhere!
My main complaints: the kitchen was not in great shape--the garbage drawer was broken and didn't pull out easily, the wheel on the dishwasher rack was broken and didn't pull out easily, and we couldn't open the drain in one of the bathroom sinks so we had to keep the plug out of the sink--minor irritations, but ones you don't expect to have at the price we paid. No one came to fix these problems after we reported them.
Tap water tasted terrible so I would recommend bringing drinking water with you. The island's four restaurants were charming and offered great food, though expensive.
I wish the island had recycling and the house more energy efficient features. It seemed a shame to be in such pristine natural surroundings and do damage to the environment at the same time.
We will have great memories of our vacation on North Captiva.
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