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       About Your Hosts
 Toni and Mark are your hosts at Island Cottage - your Boutique Inn and Spa dedicated to your comfort and relaxation.
Married in 1992, owner Toni and her husband Mark have combined their individual goals into one shared dream at Island Cottage.
Formerly a well know vocalist performer in the New York metropolitan area as well as a facilities designer for Chubb Corporation,
Toni's education is in the field of advertising, marketing and design. An accomplished writer, poet, songwriter and artist as well,
Toni's decorative touches and talents are evident throughout the villas and gift shop.
Painting since the tender age of four, the inspirational surroundings from her childhood helped to develop the
foundation for her appreciation of nature, which is the primary focus of her art today.
She is most well known for her watercolors depicting land and seascapes of serene & tranquil coves, beaches,
rivers & marshlands, and of unspoiled secret waterways found along the eastern seaboard from Maine to the Bahamas and around the world.
 

Mark's hobbies include antique car restoration, woodworking and boatbuilding. On occasion, guests have been invited in to Mark's private workshop
where they have been able to watch the master as he worked on such projects as "Valentine", a 1969 Jaguar E-Type restoration  completed in
September, 2005. Prior to being sold, "Valentine" was entered in two Jaguar Concours events where she won "Best in her class"
with scores of 98 and 99.8 respectively.
She was purchased by a couple in Daytona Beach when Mark auctioned her off on e-bay, ... without a reserve !!

"Miss Lola" is another of Mark's projects. She is a wooden Bahamian Dinghy designed, built and launched in the Island Cottage
Swimming pool during a fun filled Caribbean party with friends and guests.

Miss Lola was recently sold to a family in Ormond Beach who sails her on the Intracoastal waterway.

Mark's education is in the field of engineering and naval architecture.
Although retired now, in 1979, he founded his own metal ship building yard in Florida where he
designed and built numerous Custom sailing vessels and yachts, many of which are U.S. Coast Guard certified passenger carrying vessels
 

 

     During the first eight years of their marriage, Toni and Mark worked side by side at the "Yard".  Toni ran the office,was in charge of marketing, and as tons
of steel were delivered, she personally unloaded the trucks with her own crane the couple named "Horton" after the elephant from the Dr. Seuss books. 
Meanwhile,
Mark worked closely with the architects, supervised all aspects of the boatbuilding projects, and was often seen welding and cutting metal along with his foreman
John and his crew.  Mark's custom built sailboats and yachts are up to 100 foot in length and many of them are Coast Guard certified chartering vessels for day-sailing passengers and luxurious overnight cruises.  Today, his boats are mostly seen along  coastal New England, in the Great Lakes region, 
 in Florida's tropical waters or cruising the Caribbean. 
The couple sold the boatyard in the year 1999 to follow Toni's dream of designing and building a romantic oceanfront villa inn which was completed two years later. 
Within one year of opening, Island Cottage by the Sea was singled out as one of Florida's top 10 inns by
world renowned travel writer, Herb Hiller. More recently the Inn has received the designation as one of the 5 best Florida Inns by Florida Living Magazine,
a national publication, & the industry's "White Glove" award by "Superior Small Lodging.
The most recent of honors include being chosen as a
"Select Registry  - Distinguished Inns of North America" Property  (since 2007), ...
One of the "TOP 10 HIDDEN GEMS" in the United States - awarded by  Trip Advisor, ... and in 2013, ...
One of the "Top 10 Most Romantic Inns in the WORLD" out of over 13,000 inns world-wide!
Island Cottage's Green Practices also gained it recognition by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection who awarded Island Cottage with a
Green Award for their environmental efforts - # 42 in the State to receive this award.

 While visiting Island Cottage Florida Boutique Oceanfront Inn, you'll want to enjoy the property's "Spa", ...  a dedicated room exclusively
 for the enjoyment of our guests, decorated with tropical accents and set beside an enchanted garden where couples
can enjoy facials, body wraps and massages  "side-by-side" in an exclusive and relaxing environment totally dedicated to just one couple at a time.
Your stay will not complete until you visit the inns "Wine & Gift" shop/gallery where guests can purchase artwork of the innkeeper, signature
 bathrobes, scented candles, spa lotions and signature soaps, along with many other wonderful souvenir items and an eclectic collection of fine wines
of estate wineries from around the world.
Guests are also encouraged to borrow books from the library or  DVDs  from their vast movie collection.

So, whether you are here for your romantic getaway, a surprise birthday celebration or a Mother-Daughter weekend of relaxation and pampering,
 Toni and Mark are dedicated to deliver you the peace and tranquility of this exquisite Boutique Inn and Spa
where their magical atmosphere will become a fond memory sure to last you a lifetime!