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“WINDSWEPT…The Place to Stay to be swept away!”
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5 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Captiva Island, Florida

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Craig C
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“WINDSWEPT…The Place to Stay to be swept away!”
Reviewed 29 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
1
person found this review helpful

Where do I begin! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to a wonderful place of peace, tranquility, relaxation, and adventure to celebrate the renewing of my parents Wedding vows of 50 years and ours of 13 years!!!

Wendy Muller with baby Maverick and daughter, Miranda greeted us immediately upon our arrival with smiles and hugs! Instantly, we felt a part of their family. Our golf carts were ready for us as she personally led us to our own piece of oasis at Windswept located on North Captiva.

Mark and Wendy have an amazing home they are willing to generously share at an affordable price with others while still maintaining high quality of service. Their amenities they offer, just in their home, were completely unexpected! Two beautiful washers and dryer units, comforts of home from spices in the chef’s kitchen to the choices of gas or charcoal grilling with table outside. Traveling by plane does not offer a lot of room for bringing many items and Mark and Wendy keep it affordable with many unexpected stocked items.

We initially were interested in Windswept because of the beauty of the home and what sold us was the hospitality of Mark and Wendy even before our arrival. Having never been to North Captiva was a little unsettling on not knowing what to expect and how to prepare. Every phone call and every question was answered in patience and kindness even when their normal duties as parents were carrying on.

Windswept is all that is pictured on their website. I hesitantly recommend only because I always want it to be available for rent to us! Of course, I say that with humor and a little truth too though. Mark and Wendy personally showed us how everything worked in their home from the media to the appliances. No worries about restful sleep; the beds were amazing and gave much welcomed rest after each day of adventure. The bathrooms were filled with towels, first aid, hair dryers, etc. along with refreshing showers and Jacuzzis to ease the muscles from miles of exploration.

Every day was “shell-shopping” at the beach! Never could find any two alike! The use of the kayaks was a lot of fun. Wildlife is all around you. Our kids made “friends” with two turtles they named Todd and Crush. We visited them every day in their land of greenery and sand. We rented a boat, ate lunch at Cabbage Key (very good), and had a blast with the Manatees in a cove that Boats n Fun directed us too. Over the Waterfront, Chef Dave, offered a delicious meal. Lunch at NCIC before we left was tasty too.

Pastor Bob with his lovely wife, Sue Ann, renewed our vows in a beautiful ceremony on the beach at sunset. We truly wished we had invited Mark and Wendy afterward, but we were so not use to traveling and renting from owners who made you feel like family for the week. Mark and Wendy were always available for questions, but thankfully no problems occurred. Their relationship with NCIC must be top notch as check in and check out was already completed by them.

The round home with the complete deck surrounding always gave us access to the beautiful sunrises and sunsets along with the occasional yell down to the pool for our kids to come up for dinner. Each morning our family would meet in the outdoor living room with coffee for event planning and laughing over memories of the previous days. My dad found serenity in reading out there as well. The eagles nest captured an awesome view of the water on both sides of North Captiva while the “savannah” sets as your footstool with many paths that lead to the ocean, either for walking or bike riding.

The golf carts were a blast to ride around in. So nice not to drive a car for 7 days!!! We just picked up and went. The island, along with Windswept, is clean and all the natives living on the island are helpful, kind, and courteous.

Upon our arrival, Mark delivered homemade chocolate chip cookies baked by Wendy. And the day we left our new island of paradise, they arrived with gift bags as a Thank you for staying at Windswept! I will leave what was in them as a surprise! But it was very thoughtful and kind.

If you are looking for quality, beauty, comfort, clean, and elegance with the warmth of the beach, Windswept is the place to stay. Our 11 year old Zachary loved making playroom/bedroom/media room upstairs his nest away from the adults which had an XBOX with games and other entertainment. The closets in all the rooms are fully stocked with games and books.

Enjoy Your View By Staying At Windswept! God willing, we will return for another visit!

Craig and Laura Cicco, Zachary and Amanda, with Ray and Doris Richmond
Flying in from Pittsburgh, PA and Northville, NY

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Liked best: Everything!!!
Liked least: Nothing!!!
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Joyce6464
Nashville, Tennessee
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5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great location for family reunion!”
Reviewed 13 April 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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people found this review helpful

This was our fourth visit to North Captiva and our first to Windswept. It was the perfect house for our group of 8: 6 adults and 2 teens. We found the opportunity to stay in such a unique circular home a big part of our vacation island experience. My husband and I liked using the kitchen which was the best appointed of any rental property we had experienced. Also, the immediate view from the stove or counter was of the living area with our family watching TV, playing games or doing jigsaws and then the bigger view out through the expanse of windows was of the nature preserve and sunsets spread out before us. My adult children enjoyed lounging by Windswept's pool or swimming in the perfect temperature water. My teens loved hanging out on the various levels of the tower on their phones, taking pictures, sorting through the shells they had collected and sunbathing. The house was full of extras like a basket of sun hats, a cupboard of games, great movie selections and plentiful beach towels. And the double washers and dryers in the house were easy to use and convenient. Best of all, Wendy and Mark welcomed us at the dock and were available by cell for help with a golf cart, advice on where to see manatees and even gave my husband construction adhesive to fix his blown out Chaco! They live and work on the island and we enjoyed getting to know them. And we took their recommendation and got Sandies' grocery service, de-stressing this mom's vacation! Can't image a way the week could have been better.

Travelling group: Extended Family
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Jammyjone...
Wilmslow, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing holiday , amazing home !”
Reviewed 11 April 2014 for a stay in April 2014

Cannot recommend this holiday enough , the house is beautiful , the scenery is amazing and the beaches are beautiful. The Mullers have been fantastic !

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luvphotog...
Radcliff, Kentucky
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1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Windswept has it all”
Reviewed 14 June 2013 for a stay in June 2013
1
person found this review helpful

Mark and Wendy are fabulous hosts. Bugs aside, we had a wonder vacation celebrating our 25th Anniversary with 2 teenage boys. When we were not out and about, we enjoyed the pool. When we were not in the pool, the boys lived in the loft. We loved the location of the home. We enjoyed many spectacular views from the tower that you can't get when you're on the beach. The home is very ideal for 2 families with children. We packed a cooler of dry foods (just enough for the week). We used Sandy's delivery; kitchen was stocked prior to arrival (put napkins on the list to pack up shells). Our favorite restaurant was ordering Mangos to go. We were eaten alive waiting on dinner the first night (over an hour). However, food is better at Mangos than the Boathouse and Barnacle Phils. We also ordered seafood from Andy's Seafood market. We found out yesterday, that Over the Waterfront has a lunch menu. So, we're headed there today (our last day). Prices are much more reasonable than dinner. Dinner prices are best at Mangos. We recommend everyone to bring bug spray, anti-itch cream, sunscreen, and after sun lotion. Bring containers for the many shells you will collect. The best place for shelling is taking the path through the preserve. My feet were very sore from walking, but when we found out we could take bikes into the preserve, we went a second time. However, most of the bikes from the club were old. Chains on two of the bikes kept coming off. I was able to ride. We had hoped to spend time at Foster Bay. However, there were thousands of crabs. Look for dolphins feeding at about 8 a.m. over by the airport. There is one alligator in the pond.

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Liked best: Spacious, comfortable, pool, and spectacular views...
Liked least: The bugs (early am, late afternoon and in the preserve)
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
Large groups
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smitherso...
Norfolk
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fabuous rental property”
Reviewed 12 November 2012 for a stay in October 2012

Perfect contrast having spent a few days in New York City, allowed us to really unwind and relax in a home from home. Cannot overstate the importance of Mark and Wendy living on the island, they were never intrusive but always helpful and a slight internet glitch was fixed within 10 minutes. Would not hesitate to recommend this property.

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Liked best: wildlife, people, beaches, fabulous sunsets
Liked least: nothing to dislike
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
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  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
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