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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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August 2019 - Hidden Harbor, Cape Coral
I can't think of anything important. If I had to be pickey then perhaps a couple of kayaks would have been fun.
Great location, with the canal at the back door with a decking for lounging and fishing off of. It was so peaceful and quiet. The villa is very nicely decorated and each room is very spacious, especially the master and its large en-suite. We loved the kitchen and the pool. Absolutely no complaints about the house. The nearest restaurants are approx 5 mins drive away , or 20 mins walk, at the Westin Marina. Downtown Cape Coral is a short drive. If you visit Cape Coral I'd recommend a trip (or numerous trips) to Sanibel and Captiva Islands which are beautiful.
Norman D - Glasgow, Scotland UK
August 2019 - Sunset Cove, Cape Coral
Gary B - New Richmond, Ohio

July 2019 - Kokopelli House, Cape Coral/Matlacha
This is my 4th year booking a house for our annual family get together. The property was everything they described and more. The location was spectacular. The Secret Places management company was easy to work with and answered all of of my questions both before I booked and after. The house was wonderful. It was clean and the views are amazing. We had only one problem and it was with the hot tub and they responded very quickly and got it working. I would strongly recommend this property for those looking for some quality, quiet and quirky time. The little town of Matlacha was great. The restaurants are kind of a throwback to old Florida and the food and service at the shops and restaurants was fantastic. Greg V - Redington Shores, FL
July 2019 - Key Largo - Cape Coral
The place is so home..had everything we needed and more! Thanks for sharing!
Carrie T - Macon, Georgia
July 2019 - Sunset Cove Cape Coral

We had a wonderful time . The house is exactly like the photos . The location is very good and very quiet. Excellent for relax and stay with friends. The house was very clean and the communication with the owners was excellent too. Thank you so much !

Paula N - Windermere, FLorida
July 2019 - Island House - Cape Coral

We had a wonderful experience at this beautiful home and many memories were made!!! The house had so much to offer and the views from the back porch were gorgeous!! It was very hard to leave today!! Everything was so clean and when we needed something there was a response right away!!! Really enjoyed swimming in the pool and fishing off the dock!! Will definitely be back!!!” Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful home with us!!!”

Laura B - Davenport, Florida

April 2019 - Kokopelli House, Matlacha
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay! The house was very clean and had plenty of room for us and local guests to visit. There were daily dolphin sightings, even babies!
DK family - Michigan
April 2019 - Ocean Drive - Cape Coral

We had an amazing stay in your wonderful home, thanks for everything. It’s an amazing place to stay, very quiet and the nearby harbour is also very nice. The house is beautiful and clean. Beds are very good, towels and linens as well.

RS from The Netherlands
March 2019 - Palm Tree Paradise - Fort Myers
My family and I would like to thank you for helping out with another wonderful vacation in the Beachwalk Isles community of Fort Myers. We are looking for a 4 bedroom house next year preferably in the Beachwalk Isles community again. Please let us know of what options you have along with the prices. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you again.
Rob W  Wisconcin
March 2019 - Kokopelli House, Matlacha
Spectacular house! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
Our family of 6 loved this house and all that it had to offer. The house is beautiful and well equipped with a layout that provided everyone plenty of space. We enjoyed seeing dolphins, manatees, stingrays and jumping mullet fish from the dock and spent many a happy hour playing in the large pool. The house is in the heart of Matlacha, a charming little village with plenty of character. I’m typing this sitting in the airport waiting to depart for home, but we are already planning our next trip to this fabulous house. As my 11-year old said, “it’s not goodbye, it’s see you later”. I would highly recommend this home!
JB - Mid West (USA)
March 2019 - Mangrove Bay, Cape Coral
“WOW! Very nice Home! Easy Check in and friendly host. The Holiday was great! Thank you !!!”
“Sehr schönes Haus, sehr sauber und eine tolle Ausstattung. Die Lage ist perfekt für Ausflüge in Cape Coral ! Sehr nette Gastgeber, nur zu empfehlen !”
CM - Germany
February 2019 - Eagle Heights , Fort Myers
A nice waterfront home in which to relax---and close to the beach!
This is a beautiful home set in a quiet neighborhood. We loved listening to the fountains with our morning coffee and watching the evening sunsets from the lanai. The heated pool was an added bonus. We wish there had been instructions on how to use some of the remotes as we could not watch one of the TV's in the family room. Also, we could not change the thermostat from heat to air but the maintenance people were always only a phone call away. All in all, a wonderful place to stay.
Brigitte B B  (USA)
February 2019 - Kokopelli House, Matlacha
Outstanding first visit to Florida! ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
My sister and I took our Mom, Aunties and friends, a group of 10 mid-western ladies with an average age of 75, to Florida for a week to warm their cold bones with sunshine, fun, dominoes and lots of love. The set-up of the property was PERFECT! The elevator made for easy luggage distribution and movement from entry to master bedroom to pool. The kitchen was well stocked, the beds were comfortable, towels and linens all in place. Our mornings were spent on the porch over looking the sea water to see dolphins and birds while drinking coffee. Evenings we gathered to watch the sunset with a cocktail and then the dominoes came out for fun and laughter and competition.
We are considering a 2020 repeat! 
JM  Kansas City, Kansas 
December 2018 Kokopelli House, Matlacha
Awesome view and magical holiday.    5 of 5
This was a amazing home. Well equipped and very spacious for our family. The kitchen was so easy to work in for Christmas meals. The Island puts out luminaries throughout the Island and made it magical. The elevator was perfect for my father who uses a walker. We loved it too for bring up supplies and luggage. Thanks so much we hope to make it back again. Jacquie
Jacquie K. Minnesota
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, Massachusett
February 2018
Amazing views.... Great price!!! 
Hidden Harbor, Cape Coral    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 
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 villa Key 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)