Mainstay Cottage on the Beach

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View of Mainstay from waters edge


Last updated: 10/16/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

This upscale, hurricane resistant vacation home, completed in September 2006, situated on the best spot on the Alabama coastline offers discerning vacationers the best there is to enjoy a quiet relaxed time on the beach. The home has been specifically designed to cater to all those little things you would have wanted in order to provide for a hassle free time on the beach. Gulf Shores and adjacent Orange Beach to the east are rapidly expanding 'tourist towns' and offer all the typical amenities expected from Gulf of Mexico beach resorts.
A $500 security deposit is required to guarantee the reservation. This deposit will be refunded within 7 days from the end of the stay, provided there is no damage or staining of the premises. Dogs are permitted with a strict maximum of 2 dogs. A $50 dog fee will be added to the rental.
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Property Type

  • House
  • 1875 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    The primary renter must be over 25 years of age and accept responsibility for the care of the home....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Gate on the deck for infants. Toilet and shower on parking deck area....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    A maximum of two dogs are permitted with prior notice and permission. A $50 addition fee will be added to the cost of the rental, regardless if its one or two dogs....moreless

  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Other (See Description)


  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single


  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Sleep Number mattress...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    Sleep number mattress...moreless

  • King size beds (1) Bedroom 1.Select Comfort. Sleep Number bed, Queen size Beds (1) Bedroom 3 Select Comfort. Sleep Number bed, Twin or Single Beds (2) Bedroom 2, Baby Cribs (1) This can be provided on request. Please inquire., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) In great room...moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Hot and cold shower and toilet located on parking deck area. Three locations to wash sand off body prior to entering cottage....moreless


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable:

    DirecTV (4) Flat panel TV's in great room and all bedrooms...moreless

  • Television:

    (4) flat panel TV's in great room and all bedrooms....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Library:

    43 DVD movies...moreless


  • Family


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Photography
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Walk down the steps and you are on the beach....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking:

    3 cars can be parked on covered parking deck...moreless

  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    'Starter' items are provided as follows: Toilet paper in each bathroom and paper towels in kitchen. Hand soaps in kitchen and bathrooms, no bath soaps. Guest are responsible for providing their own after these run out....moreless

  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone:

    (4) Only available for local and emergency use at no charge....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils:

    There is a wide assortment of cooking and eating utensils and no need to bring anything additional....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck


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from 18 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Aug 30 - Nov 28, 2015
7 night min stay


Additional information about rental rates


  • Pet Fee $50
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Taxes Not included


Bookings are only accepted for a 7 day period and only from a Saturday to the following Saturday

Check in times are after 3:00 pm on the arrival and before 9:00 am on day of departure.

Refundable amounts will be made within 7 days of departure. If the guest would like to make a future booking a request to retain the deposit may be made prior to departure date.

Cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.

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Last updated: 10/16/2015
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65 Miles
Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Beach Club or Kiva Dunes
7 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Fort Morgan
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Kiva Dunes
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Behind the Pines
Homes, Single Family
Nearest Beach
Mainstay is on the Beach

Car: Necessary

Great area for birding. Dolphins are often seen from the cottage. Gulf Shores is a tourist town with numerous amenities, restaurants and shopping.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2004

About the owner: Ralph & Cheryl Gilges retired in 2001 and came to live in the Fort Morgan area on the Alabama Coast. Ralph, who was born in South Africa, and worked in the mining industry relocated to the USA in 1974 and worked with mining companies in Utah, Idaho and Missouri. Ralph became a citizen of the United States in 1985. Cheryl hails from Missouri where she taught school in Southeast MO. In 1991 Ralph & Cheryl bought two pet supply franchise stores in South Bend & Fort Wayne, IN.

Why the Owner Chose Homes, Single Family:
In 2004 Ralph & Cheryl became very interested in the beach property where Mainstay Cottage is located. They considered it the most desirable location on the Alabama coastline and ultimately persuaded the owner to sell. Three months later it was washed away by hurricane Ivan. This turned out to be fortuitous as they now were able to build a hurricane 'resistant' cottage and design it to be what renters wanted in a beach cottage. It typically remains rented a year in advance.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
On one of the quietest sections of beach and being able to step down onto the white sands while staying in an upscale home, that is designed for living at the beach, is probably as idyllic as it can get.

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Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • View of Mainstay from waters edge

    View of Mainstay from waters edge

  • Looking east from deck over the beach

    Looking east from deck over the beach

  • Lounge area of Great Room

    Lounge area of Great Room

  • View from Lounge area.

    View from Lounge area.

  • No. 2 Bedroom

    No. 2 Bedroom

  • Another view of deck. Gate at steps can lock (small children & dogs)

    Another view of deck. Gate at steps can lock (small children & dogs)

  • View from Beach Shore Drive

    View from Beach Shore Drive

  • View from parking deck.

    View from parking deck.

  • View from East side

    View from East side

  • View from upper deck towards the West

    View from upper deck towards the West

  • Kitchen/Dining area of Great Room

    Kitchen/Dining area of Great Room

  • No. 1 bedroom

    No. 1 bedroom

  • N0. 3 bedroom.

    N0. 3 bedroom.

  • No. 1 Bathroom (East side)

    No. 1 Bathroom (East side)

  • The Palm trees

    The Palm trees

  • The path from Mainstay to the Gulf.

    The path from Mainstay to the Gulf.

VRBO #119550

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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Fort Morgan #119550

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