Awards and Media Mentions

Business for Beauty Award

Mango Tree Inn

Each year the Key West Chamber of Commerce presents several types of awards, starting with the Business for Beauty Award, which is given each year for major capital projects or extensive renovations that add to the beauty and contribute to the overall attractiveness of Key West.

In January 2019, Peggy and Johnny were presented with this prestigious award. Here's what the Chamber of Commerce had to say about the Mango Tree Inn:

"The Mango Tree Inn and its continued upgrades also won. Peggy and Johnny Newberry accepted the award for their property. The Inn is a charming 1850s house located at 603 Southard St. (on the corner of Simonton and Southard).

"The renovations on the Inn began in 1999 and continue through today. The Mango Tree Inn is run by Peggy and Johnny Newberry. They have worked tirelessly for 20 years on their property, which is also their home. They strive to keep the property well kept, freshly painted and their garden full of tropical flowers and plants."

You can read the full article here: https://www.keywestchamber.org/wp-content/themes/divi-child/pdf/january_2019.pdf

Reviews from Happy Customers

"Can not say enough great things about this place!! Mrs Peggy was super nice Beautiful house.
Clean, quiet, an just awesome!! Enjoyed our stay tremendously. Will go back!!"

"Great people. So close to Duval Street. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!"

"Peggy is the best host! We had such a wonderful and relaxing time staying there.
Her tips and suggestions never disappoint. Location is right in the middle. Definitely a great place!!!"

"We absolutely loved the pool suite..totally ready for you adventure just groceries and cocktails is all you need the rest is furnished!"

"This place is AMAZING. I have been to Key West several times, but this last visit was my favorite by far because of Peggy and the whole crew.
They are beyond accomodating and will give suggestions for restaurants, activities etc., and not to mention, SO friendly and kind.
The location is amazing... we never took an uber and walked everywhere.
If you want to experience key west and feel like a local.. stay here! You will love it."

"The hosts, Peggy and Johnny are very warm and welcoming. The rooms are very unique, comfortable, cozy and very clean. There's a patio and pool area in case you just want a lazy day or a place to relax after a crazy day."

Mango Tree Inn Gets Noticed in Citizen

On June 14, 2009 the Key West Citizen's Barbara Bowers wrote 'The inn-home office' about the Mango Tree Inn. Here's what Barbara had to say...

James Slater, Brett Jones, D. Vincent Williams and more closed out this past April's Songwriters' Festival in Peggy and Johnny Newberry's living room at 603 Southard St.

Naturally, such a musically inclined bunch gathered 'round the white piano that dominates the room: "Johnny gave me the piano years ago, but I never make it sound quite the same way the songwriters do," Peggy Newberry said. "Some VH1 producers were here that night, too, and they shot footage for the TV show."

As one of the sponsors of the Songwriters' Festival, the Newberrys are used to rubbing musical elbows. The TV publicity, though, is an added perk that in a tough economy helps get the word out there for their Key West business, Mango Tree Inn, where a goodly number of songwriters have stayed over the years -- and where the Newberrys live year-round.

In Key West, a lot of people work from their homes, of course, but some in-home offices are more intense than others. For instance, this particular "inn-home" office is a 24/7 job. "We try to close the office around five, but our only time off is when we leave the island," said Johnny Newberry, who bought the property 10 years ago.

The Newberrys were sitting at a cozy round table on the long front porch chatting with Scotty Emerick when I arrived, so the job has some positive downtime, too.

"We love being innkeepers, and when we found the property, we fell in love with the old house, even though it needed some work," Peggy Newberry said. "We redid the bathrooms, the pool, added brick pathways and painted everything."

Back in 1999, the Newberrys said the 5,000-square-foot house at the corner of Southard and Simonton streets already had transient licenses, but it was being used as a boarding house. Although it took some time and money to get the property into inn shape, they didn't change the structural configuration, which featured a two-bedroom, two-story apartment at the front, and four bedrooms with two baths in the back.

The back rooms are still rented to guests in the form of two suites -- one on the first floor, one on the second -- and both have private entrances, one from Simonton Street and one from the wrap-around porch that faces Southard Street. This second-floor suite also overlooks the pool and garden on one side, and features a balcony atop the octagonal room on the Simonton Street side.

Access to the Newberrys apartment is from the seven-bay front porch, where the central entrance has huge, wooden double doors and heavy brass knockers original to the house built in 1858. Next to this primary entrance is another door to the living room that also doubles as the office. While a big desk fits comfortably in a corner across from the piano, this work zone is clearly lived in: Kaley Mae, the blond Labrador retriever, sprawls on the rug, but it's easy to imagine her on the big, overstuffed sofa. "Sometimes I think she's the main attraction," Peggy Newberry said. "She gets a lot of presents from our guests."

The front two-story apartment was divided from the back of the house before the Newberrys bought it. In the living room, a large section of the wooden wall behind the piano reveals the sealed imprint of what used to be an archway into the second parlor. At the turn of the 20th century, this octagonally designed parlor was another formal entry to the house from Simonton Street. It too, features the same heavy front door and brass knockers at the Newberry's residence, but these days it's the first-floor suite's private entrance, complete with a private garden.

Privacy is guaranteed to all visitors -- the Newberry's maintain their privacy indoors via the 2,000 square feet in their two-story apartment with two bedrooms and three baths -- but Mango Tree Inn boasts a lot of casual, communal space in the big pool and gazebo in the side garden. This area affords weddings and small gatherings, while on the front porch, tables and chairs draw guests closer to the innkeepers. Here, the three doors to the Newberry's residence are almost always open, and a variety of birds chirp and chat there in cages.

Peggy Newberry said the Moluccan cockatoo rescued in Orlando, a yellow-naped Amazon parrot retrieved from the Big Pine Flea Market and two finches all come in at night to enjoy their privacy, too.

Even upstairs, the long front balcony boasts cages, where the exotic birds can commune with wild birds in trees surrounding the inn. Ancient Poinciana and mahoganies shade the carefully tended gardens, although a more youthful mango tree soaks in the sun at the front gate entrance.

"In my mind, mangos denote the tropics so it became the namesake for our inn," Peggy said. "We planted that tree when we opened, and now it's fruiting for the first time."

Sounds like fodder for a new song to be written at next year's festival.