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What Our Guests Say

We hope that your stay with Secret Places was a memorable one and that your expectations were exceeded. We look forward to welcoming you back very soon.

If you would like to share your experience, please join many of our past guests by taking a moment to share your comments - - we are proud to showcase a small selection below.
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April 2018 - Villa Island House
Hallo Secret Places
wir sind nun wieder seit einer Woche zurück nach Hause und voll im Arbeitsalltag.
Die Urlaubstage im "Island Haus" waren prächtig und erholsam. Dein Einsatz inkl. der
Hilfe Deiner Kollegin, bei der Suche nach unserem vermissten Koffer, war absolut lobenswert!
Also Danke für Alles, bleib wie Du bist und... ja natürlich werden wir uns wieder sehen!!!
Liebe Grüße, die Kements
Hello Secret Places
We've been back home for a week now and we're busy working.The holidays in the "Island House" were magnificent and relaxing. Your use including the help your colleague, in the search for our missing suitcase, was absolutely commendable! So thank you for everything, stay as you are and ... yes of course we will meet again !!! Greetings, the Kements family.
March 2018 - Villa Key Largo
Our family looks for a place for a week of family, fun and most of all relaxation. This house provided us with everything! The house was great, very open layout, yet space to get away from everyone if needed. Having the pool made it perfect for all of us! Being on the channel was the icing on the cake. My son could fish of the dock and we could watch dolphins play right there to! There is ample lounge chairs and tables for outdoor dining, reading and morning coffee on the dock. Within walking distance from a grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, ice cream and fast food. Within an hours drive to Ft Myers Beach and Sanibel Island. We would come back in a minute !!
Denise & family
Michigan, United States
February 2018 - Hidden Harbor
We really enjoyed our stay at this beautiful home. The house has everything you need as a family. It's very spacious and clean, and the location is beyond comparison! My personal favourite was the deck by water with a great view of the canal. A perfect place to relax and to look at fish in (and out of) the water. We highly recommend this house!
CF - Denmark
February 2018 - Island House Cape Coral
This home is even more beautiful than the photos show. It had everything we needed and more. We loved coming back from our day trips to such a perfect place to relax, swim, and fish off the dock. It was nice and quiet, yet there were stores right up the street for groceries etc.
AM  Boston, Massachusetts
February 2018
Amazing views.... Great price!!! 
Hidden Harbor    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
The place was perfect for what we needed! Great views of the canal very peaceful and relaxing. The house was great,
Had all of the amenities we needed, everything worked great for us! Would definitely recommend! 
Steffes party
September/October 2017
Good Evening
We hope you are well. Just a short note to say what a fantastic time we had in Cape Coral and thank you for your help.
The house “Island House” was fabulous and thank you for your tips on visiting Sanibel and Captiva, we had a great time.
The neighbours were so lovely and we had an invitation to a cocktail party from them, which we went to.
The three weeks we were there seem to have flown by and I would love to have been there for a couple of months.
With kind regards
Caroline Chin-See and TW (UK)
July 2017
Thank you so much for a wonderful stay at your villaKey Largo
The house was simply wonderful and the location perfect for our family. We appreciated all the help you gave us during our week and would highly recommend Secret Places for anyone planning a holiday in the Cape Coral area.
We will be back
Prescott Family - United Kingdom
February/March 2017
Thank you so much for the opportunity to stay in this beautiful home "American Dream". Everything was great!
It really made our experience so much better to have the space to all get together, cook and relax. It is a lovely property and the layout and accommodations were perfect for our mini reunion. We will certainly recommend your company to others.
Thanks again for all your help!
KS La Porte, Indiana USA
January 2017
A beautiful property in Cape Coral. Near shops and restaurants Cape Harbour is a ten minute drive away as is Cape Coral beach and the Boathouse. The property Buttonwood Bay, was immaculate and well equipped the only negative thing I could say would have been good to have had some beach chairs. Highly recommend this villa .
K & R Pound  United Kingdom
January 2017
In 2015 we rented one of your houses called Blue Heron Breeze and we ware super pleased. Best holiday in our Life.
So my question is how long before arrival do we need to do the booking, if you want to rent the house in march 2018?
M. Å - Sweden
August 20th 2016
We had a great time using Southern Bayou during our holiday last week.
Cape Coral and the wider area, including Sanibel and Captiva were stunning and have definately set us to return to the area in the future.
Thanks again for the early occupancy on our arrival.
We wish Secret Places future success and would use your services again when in the area.
Many Thanks
D&S and family  (UK)
June 29th 2016
Just back from Tropical Palms in Cape Coral my family and I had a wonderful time in a fantastic villa thank you for your help with the booking.
RM - Northern Ireland 
April 8th 2016
The house (Gulf Breeze) has all the amenities and it is on a central location, very convenient to move around Marco Island. Overall good value for money.
JM - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
April 4th 2016
Regarding our stay at "Ocean Drive" in Cape Coral (20th of March until 02nd of April 2016) we would like to say THANK YOU!
We´ve had a wonderful time in this vacation home and we really appreciate your service. You contributed to our comfort and we are really looking forward to coming back again next year.
Best regards from Cologne / Germany
Daniela O
This e-mail is to confirm that I need to cancel my reservation for health reasons. The property is Driftwood and was to start on February 1 2016.   
I am very sad to have to cancel, I had a great experience at this same house last March and with your property management company.    Thank you.
Sincerely, Susan M (Michigan)
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August 2015 - Island House, Cape Coral
Just a quick note, to thank you so much for all your help. 
We had the most wonderful holiday and the real highlight was the absolutely stunning villa (Island House).  Everything was perfect for the 8 of us and we could not have wished for more.  The weather was at least kind to us during the day and we had the most spectacular lightening displays at night!  So much to see and do in the area too - even with 4 teenagers! 
We will most certainly be recommending yourself and Secret Places and hope to be back again soon - I will remember fondly 'my time' on the deck first thing in the morning with a coffee, looking out on to the waterway all to myself, just bliss!
Thanks again, Sue.
Best wishes    Vickie (UK)
April 2015 - Hidden Harbor, Cape Coral
Just a quick thank you for the lovely accommodations for our family during our two week stay. The house and pool are wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. 
Thank you for everything.
John P - Michigan
March 2015 - Matlatcha Wind, Cape Coral
Good morning 
We had yet another wonderful stay last week at the Matlacha Winds home. The weather was beautiful as was the home. It was very well suited for our daughter in her wheelchair. She was able to get in an outside without assistance and the openness of the home was great.
We had a wondeful stay 
Vicky - Ontario, Canada
August 2014 - Bradenton
Just a quick note to thank you for a brilliant week in Bradenton. Loved the house and location. I imagine you'll be hearing from us again about next year!! 
Richard H  (UK)
April 2014 - Southern Bayou
Just a quick note to say that we have just got back from another fabulous vacation at one of your villas on Cape Coral--  (Southern Bayou). Everything went well, and I am sure we will return again-- just don't know when yet...
All the best
March 2014 - Magnolia Springs, Cape Coral
We, a group of 8 stayed at Magnolia Springs for the month of March/2014 and have just one word to describe our stay, “Excellent”.  Everything was just as shown on your website, we had a great time as your guest.  Everyone was friendly and always going out of their way to ensure our vacation would be memorable and unforgettable.  We all agreed that we would highly recommend Secret-Places to our friends and relatives for their vacation needs.

Thank you, Merci.
La Gang.
March 2014 - Tropical Palms, Cape Coral
It was nice to meet you upon our arrival.
We just wanted to pass on how much we enjoyed our stay at the Tropical Palms villa last week. It was very difficult to leave, especially since we returned to snow! Anyway, we trust everything was in order.
We will want to rebook for 2015 but will be in touch once we have our dates set.
January 2014 - Coral Bay, Cape Coral
We had the most pleasant experience imaginable renting from you in 2013/14. Is it too early to start thinking about this coming winter? Also, is it possible to bike to the beach from this property? 
May 2013 - Coconut Grove, Cape Coral
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen
We spent 11 wonderful days in this beautiful waterfront house and want to thank you. We are going to visit Kenady Space Center today before we will leave back to Germany - we left the house and BBQ as requested - again, thanks for a wonderful holiday.
Best Regards
Fischbeck & Hess
February 2013
Dear Sue,
Just want to say how much we enjoyed our stay at Herons Reach. It was spotlessly clean, very comfortable and everything we needed was provided for our use.
Regards Sheila
October 2012
A quick note to express our thanks for the truly superior villa accommodation that we found in Herons Reach over the last two weeks.
The villa was perfect in every way. A great pool (despite a few heating issues), great kitchen and so well equipped with everything one could want or need, comfortable beds and superior living spaces. We had a great time there. It is so well located for the beaches etc and it has an ambience that is hard to describe.
We could not have wished for more. We will certainly book with Secret Places again. Once again many thanks, it was a real pleasure to stay at Herons Reach.
Malcolm, Jane and Matthew
September 2012
Just a short communication to thank you for wonderful stay at the villa "Whispering Waters" in Cape Coral. We had a Great time and were able to totally relax in the terrific property, watching the passing Manatees each evening. Batteries now recharged we hope to use your company for our next return to Cape Coral in the near future.
Thanks once again
The Bailey family
June 2012
Thank you all SO much for your assistance over the last 48 hours. It has been a delight to meet such helpful and straightforward people, and our understanding of the Floridian home purchasing process has increased enormously.  Seeing such a variety of possibilities has really helped us in establishing what we do, and do not, want in a property.

For now, our conclusions are that we are heartily glad to have discovered you all at Secret Places. We're obviously going to keep mulling this over - after all, Cape Coral has been our summer destination of choice for most of our children's lives!

With great thanks and very best wishes
Ian and Lesley
January 2012
We want you to know that we so enjoyed spending a week at the Mimosa Dawn home.  It is
beautiful and extremely well appointed.  We used the pool every afternoon and the guys used
the fishing rods you had in the garage.  Alas, the fish were jumping but not biting.
We rent vacation homes around the country and we found dealing with your company a
delight.  We've passed along your website to some friends.
November 2011
Back home again. It's dark here and the mixture of snow and rain is coming down right now.....

Thank you for your help and the good advise you management company gave us. We had a great vacation, Peppertree House was wonderful and we really fell in love with the area!
We wanted to come and say goodbye to you before we leave, but we went to Key West for the last days of our stay.
Towels are in the washing machine and the sheets are in the laundry room.
So thank you one more time. Your local office really helped to make our stay enjoyable.
July 2011

Just a note to thank you for the arrangements you made for us. we were so please with "Coconut Grove" it was all we expected and more!

With all the hustle and bustle in our lives, you provided just what we needed - a true vacation.

Please be assured that you will hear from us again, it was a pleasure doing business with you.
June 2011
Mimosa Dawn was amazing, and far exceeded our expectations. It was beautifully presented, very clean and tidy and fantastically equipped with everything we needed.

The canal side location was a definite plus and the kids thought the best part was the swimming pool, which was nice and warm and like the house Immaculately clean.

Thank you for a wonderful holiday.
May 2011
I am just dropping you a line to say how wonderful our holiday was in Cape Coral - thank you Secret Places for letting such great accommodation. The weather was fantastic, the location was fantastic and the house was FANTASTIC, we didn't want to come back.

We would recommend your services to everyone. We now just need to start saving for a return visit!
May 2011
Got back from Cape Coral last Friday. Just wanted to say that the house was absolutely fantastic.

The local office was absolutely great in providing helpful information, and resolving a few minor issues.

Thanks again, really great house and excellent service throughout.
February 2011
On behalf of family and friends who had the recent pleasure of calling "Southern Bayou" our home for the week, I want to thank you so much for everything you did to make our stay in Cape Coral so wonderful.

The home and it's refined decor is absolutely beautiful and i do mean HOME - it is so welcoming and comfortable. all of us truly enjoyed every moment of our stay. I shall categorically recommend your company to any friends or associates when they are looking for rental homes on the gulf coast.

We did our utmost to treat the property with a high degree of respect, all in the hope of being permitted to return some time in the future.
January 2011
'We thought we would write to you to express our extreme satisfaction with our holiday in your Herons Drift villa.' 'The villa is superb and we would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone who would be interested in this kind of holiday.'
Mr & Mrs Turner London (address available)
December 2010
We have just returned from Florida having spent two wonderful weeks in Heron's Reach. Your home was everything you promised and a good deal more' - 'We felt so at home that we would like to repeat the experience next year.'
Jan & Ken Freeman (address available)