This Civil War Era home sits in Key West's most desirable Historic Seaport District, less than a block from the Gulf of Mexico. Did Abraham Lincoln sleep here? Probably not. But anyone staying today in this classic revival valued in the millions will find not only history but every creature comfort and contemporary convenience. The first floor offers a spacious living room appointed in a soothing green-and-beige palette where you can sink into a fiery coral couch flanked by a classic glass-top coffee table and oriental-style rug. Wicker and wood occasional chairs complete the scene. Open all the windows and doors to invite the soft tropical ambience inside. Or sit in air-conditioned comfort to chat with family or friends while a classic ceiling fan swirls lazily above. Use the Cable TV/DVD player, which you'll also find in the bedrooms above, to view a movie or watch a favorite show. If you're thirsty or hungry, the spotless kitchen and dining table that seats six are just steps away and waiting to be used.
Maybe you're ready to lounge outside on the expansive front porch, back porch, or one of the two upstairs verandas. Out back, across the terracotta brick patio, you can refresh in the swimming pool ringed by foliage and shimmering under a cloudless Key West sky. Afterwards check out the pool cabana with bedroom, bath, and inviting open-air shower. When you're ready to call it a night, you can retire to one of the two airy, comfortable bedrooms upstairs in the main house, each with full bath, or enjoy total privacy in the stand-alone cabana.
You've heard the term location-location-location. The home you've rented is perfectly placed for experiencing the many charms of Key West. You could start by stepping just across Caroline Street to B.O.'s Fish Wagon for lunch or dinner. As one blogger put it, the place "looks like a hurricane just dumped a pile of flotsam on a street corner." In reality, B.O.'s is a favorite locals' hangout where you can order an award-winning fish sandwich as written up in The New York Times. Or, ringing the seaport just beyond B.O's, are a dozen or so eating establishments such as Raw Bar, Turtle Kraals, Schooner Wharf, and Conch Republic.
Since the coral island of Key West only spans fourteen short blocks of real estate from the Gulf to the Atlantic Ocean, plenty of other culinary delights-from five-star to street food vendors-are all incredibly close and accessible by foot, bike, scooter, car, pedicab, or trolley. Your choice. Many have Happy Hours from late afternoon to early evening when drinks and appetizers can be enjoyed for half price. And don't miss Mallory Square's sunset celebration where locals and visitors gather to witness and applaud as the sun sinks below the horizon. Once in a while you'll glimpse a brilliant green flash at the exact moment the sun disappears. Hang around for the party as artists and street performers entertain the crowd. Or join the throngs on Duval, browse in an art gallery, or visit the Hemingway House, Truman White House, or Key West Light House and Keeper's Quarters Museum.
On the other hand, maybe right now you want to move at a slower pace, on what's famously called "island time." To get started, pick up libations and appetizers at Faustos Food Palace, which has been in the same location on Fleming Street since 1936. Expect to shop among writers, artists, families, locals, and visitors. While at this historic grocery store, grab a free copy of Paradise, a publication that comes out every Thursday listing upcoming special events: the music scene, movies, plays, gallery openings, and special events.
Bring your purchases and reading material back to those comfy lounge chairs by your private heated pool. Snack, swim, sip, read. But don't forget to lather on a bit of sun screen first. If you begin to feel drowsy, let a relaxing siesta overtake you. Maybe when you wake, you'll be motivated to BBQ at your grille or cook something succulent in your fully equipped kitchen. Making the right choices in life are important and you'll know, as your time in paradise comes to a close, that renting the Kemp House has been one of those "rights." If a vacation means to escape, relax, lounge, take a break, get away, this has been the absolute right place to do it.
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Additional amenities include: beach distance biking, bed size 1st/master queen, square footage, est. 2,594, bed size 2nd rm two twins, bed size 3rd rm queen, number of baths 3 full, 1 half, washer/dryer yes, outdoor shower yes....Read more
Left on 12/03/2013 for a stay in November 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Dec 3, 2013Stayed Nov 2013
The highlights of this charming house were its beautiful back porch with dining table and pool view, exceptionally well stocked (and modern) kitchen and excellent location. The owners provided a great deal of information about the house and its history making us feel like we were guests rather than renters.
Left on 06/14/2013 for a stay in May 2013 | ThomReviewed Jun 14, 2013Stayed May 2013
The Kemp House was the perfect vacation home for a party of 6 adults (May 2013). We had plenty of room with all the amenities one could need. We cooked, grilled out, made frozen drinks, and enjoyed the privacy of chilling out in the pool surrounded by tropical plants.
What really made the trip more special was the staff of Historic Hideaways. Tim went above and beyond to ensure the special occasion (my 50th Birthday) was a success.
The location can not be beat. We rented mopeds for a week, but only used them a couple of times to go to the beach. We were near Duval and the waterfront. By the end of the vacation, the Kemp House felt like our home. We are already planning another trip to stay at the Kemp House.
On a side note, the outside shower is a bit "rustic". It is private and tropical, and did not bother me the least, but the ladies were not a fan of it.
Left on 03/05/2013 for a stay in February 2013 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Mar 5, 2013Stayed Feb 2013
Everything at the house was perfectly prepared and set up for the 6 of us. The pool was a great center of activity, The location of the house was so convenient to everything. We all loved the decor, comfort and "old Key West" nature of the place.
Left on 05/03/2012 for a stay in April 2012 | keywestdreamerReviewed May 3, 2012Stayed Apr 2012
We stayed for 7 nights with our twin 10 yr old girls. The house was clean, well kept and very comfortable. The kitchen had everything you would need for preparing your own meals. The house is only a block away from the marina, yet very quiet. Bring food, drink, toothbrush and shampoo, everything else is provided, right down to the pool towels and even a hair dryer. All appliances worked fine, including the washer and dryer. Internet worked good, but we did lose connection a few times. There are even about 100 books to read on the shelves in the living room. The house is alarmed and watch your head walking up and down the stairs. There is no parking spot, but finding space on the street really wasn't issue. There is space on the side of the house to park your bikes or scooters. Historic Hideways was very easy to deal with and answered any questions we had. This was not our first stay in key west, but it was one of the most enjoyable.
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