The name Hermitage invokes the sense of secluded residence or private retreat that aptly describes this inspiring four-bedroom, four-bath home in the heart of Old Town Key West. You'll know the minute you walk through the front door that an artist with considerable flair has decorated Hermitage South to be a one-of-a-kind getaway. The interaction between the structure itself, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and the whimsical art, collected furniture pieces, and hidden balconies plays on many intriguing levels. While each room has a special character, the individual parts blend together into a synchronized whole. The overall effect is one of considerable style and relaxation.
The outside living area is usually of primary interest for anyone selecting Key West as their resort destination. The outside of this home is especially alluring. Voluminous wooden decking creates a rich and elegant look as it wraps around the entire back of Hermitage South. Incorporated into the deck is a lovely heated lagoon pool embellished with chunks of decorative coral and a cascading water fall. The murmur of water over native coral creates a delightfully soothing sound. Thick tropical foliage contributes to the sense of beauty and privacy and to the interplay of sun and shadows shimmering over the water's surface that's hard to resist. And since vacation time is all about not resisting, maybe it's time to consider easing into the azure water to swim or float to your heart's content.
Or skip the pool altogether for now and relax on one of the chaise lounges with full-body pillows. Around the corner find a secluded conversation grouping and a covered Tiki bar perfect for serving drinks. Maybe after cocktail hour, use the large wicker table with six matching chairs as the place to serve up something savory you've barbequed at the gas grill. Probably you're getting hungry just thinking about it.
Now that you know the outside more than meets your expectations, it's time to consider the inside of Hermitage South. Whole walls of French doors make the outside visible from almost all the downstairs inside rooms, so you're never removed from a flow of space and light and that outdoorsy feeling.
The first floor comprises a living room, dining room, eat-in kitchen, two full bathrooms and one of two master bedrooms with highly polished hardwood floors throughout. Step down into the formal living room, which provides classic but comfy furniture that includes a damask red couch, a slatted wood coffee table, chairs of various persuasions, an area rug, and a craftsman hutch hiding the television until you're ready to watch. From any seat in this room, you can view the TV or the pool area through French doors.
Next to the formal living room is the formal dining room complete with a table that seats eight and is a conversation piece in its own right. A book case, sideboard, and interesting art pieces make this room a special place to entertain or hang out to play Scrabble. In between the living and dining room is a full bathroom for downstairs use; also perfect for those using the pool or outdoor areas.
It goes without saying that the well-lighted kitchen has all the expected amenities plus a great eat-in feature. A third inside eating area is the breakfast bar with stools at an L-juncture with the kitchen counters. Touches like an open spice rack, a ceiling-mounted pot rack with pots, butcher block cart, and coffee cup hanger add utility and a sense of purposeful interior design.
The final room on the first floor is the first master bedroom suite. Surprising decorative and architectural touches make this room and its accompanying full bath outstanding. A queen bed with pillow touches of key lime fills the center of the room that's surrounded with Dade County pine walls. A slender balcony runs around the upper room perimeter and includes a door that opens onto a small, hidden deck. The bathroom is in perfect concert with the bedroom décor and well lit with track lighting and colorful stained glass panels on either side of the mirror.
Up a dark wood staircase are, believe it or not, are three more bedrooms and two more full baths. Two of the bedrooms contain twin beds, clean lines, and more of the house's signature art. At the back of the house is the second master bedroom and bath suite, which can't help but wow you. This room centers on a king bed. Above it is a unique and historically significant window rescued and restored from the Casa Marina Resort. To the right is a door to a balcony that overlooks the pool area. To the left is a generous bath with double sinks.
But don't fall under the considerable spell of Hermitage South just yet. There's still the rest of Key West to explore. Your Margaret Street neighborhood includes art galleries and the Historic Seaport with impressive tall ships like the Western Union, most offering sunset sails. A dozen or so restaurants of varying levels of informality ring the seaport. Or walk the five blocks to Duval to check out tours, museums, water sports, shopping, and bars.
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Additional amenities include: bed size 4th rm two twins, beach distance biking, washer/dryer yes, number of baths 4 full, bed size 2nd rm queen, square footage, est. 2,400, bed size 3rd rm two twins, bed size 1st/master king....Read more
Left on 06/17/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
As always, Historic Hideaways was great, and so was this house. Pictures and description accurately describe this rental. It was so comfortable that we actually spent more time here than usual v.s. roaming around the island. Just know that the top floor master bedroom has it's own air conditioning controls, so ask the guys at the office about it when you check in. Only thing missing was a proper blender, other than that we swam, bbq'd & played monopoly every night. We are a family of 6, two teenagers, and two 11 yr olds, and will look forward to renting this house again.
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