Bowe Conch House

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Beds/Baths

3 BR
2 BA
6 Guests
Age 18 and under.

Description

BOWE CONCH HOUSE (monthly rental): The Bowe Conch House has evolved within the Thomas family, Conchs, born and raised in Key West, for more than 4 generations. Prior to buying the house in the 1930's for $2,500, George and Ethel Bowe-Thomas lived across the street paying $3.00 per month for rent! When the opportunity arose to own her own house, Ethel asked George how much money he had to assist in the effort. He replied, "Woman, you always raise your basket higher than you can reach." She told him to give her what he had and she would take care of the rest.

She did just that. To purchase their first house, Ethel continued to work as a cook for Father Marion of The Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. George worked as a pipe fitter on ships in the Naval yard including the famous USS Bushnell; he also worked as a laborer on the Seven Mile Bridge.

Ethel planted the beautifully flamboyant poinciana tree in the backyard more than 80 years ago. Her husband said he was thrilled at the prospect of having a shade tree to sleep under when he grew old.

It puzzled George that Ethel raised chickens but didn't want to eat them, yet he built a chicken coop to protect the biddies from the cats. "Miss Ethel" continued to order biddies from the Sears Roebuck catalog! Yes, the baby chickens were mail ordered!

When their youngest daughter expressed a desire to attend college, George quipped in his usual chauvinistic manner, "I'm not wasting my money sending no girl to college"; nevertheless, when Ethel was alone with her daugher, she whispered, "You want to go to college?" "Yes" was the answer. "Then you'll go."

Thus the family has named this The Bowe Conch House, honoring Ethel as the positive catalyst who made it all happen and has, posthumously, maintained the house's legacy with the education of her children.

Monthly Rental

804 sq ft (main house)

3F/Qslpr
Hot tub with shade canopy to soothe your tired muscles after a long day of playing or a late evening tryst; try it!
Full size bed in separate cottage (addl $1000 to include cottage in rental plus addl cleaning fee)

Amenities

Amenities

  • Monthly Rental
  • Pool/Beach Towels
  • WiFi
  • Grill
  • Central Air
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Iron/Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Downtown
  • Concierge
  • Children Welcome
  • Adventure

Availability

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Reviews

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Beautiful and private grounds

Jane F.
Rating: 
5
Property Rating: 
5
Experience Rating: 
5
Value Rating: 
5
Dates Stayed: 
Monday, March 27, 2017
House adequate for two, but a bit tight for three.  Would rebook.  At Home easy to work with, but would suggest the office be better lit outside so late arrivals could readily find.  Quicker return of security deposit suggested...
Manager Response:                                                
                            Thank you for taking the time to review our home.  We will certainly look at the lighting at our office.  The security deposit is held until the electric bill arrives which, depending on the date, can be 30 days from departure; at that time security deposit is returned immediately.  We look forward to your return.

Beautiful and private grounds. House adequate for two, but a bit tight for three. Would rebook.

Albert S.
Rating: 
5
Property Rating: 
5
Experience Rating: 
5
Value Rating: 
5
Dates Stayed: 
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

At Home easy to work with, but would suggest the office be better lit outside so late arrivals could readily find. Quicker return of security deposit suggested.....

Great neighborhood & cute little cottage

Amy H.
Rating: 
4
Property Rating: 
4
Experience Rating: 
4
Value Rating: 
4
Dates Stayed: 
Sunday, January 1, 2017

This was a very nice place to stay in Key West and great to be so close to Duval Street (but far enough away and in a nice neighborhood). The only thing we disliked were the very small beds - just full sized mattress in all 3 rooms. I would highly recommend at least a Queen sized bed in the front bedroom, it would fit there for certain. The fold out couch is a bigger size, but it is very uncomfortable (as most fold out couches are).