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Mainstay Cottage on the Beach

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View of Mainstay from waters edge

View of Mainstay from waters edge View from East side Looking east from deck over the beach View from upper deck towards the West Lounge area of Great Room Kitchen/Dining area of Great Room View from Lounge area. No. 1 bedroom No. 2 Bedroom N0. 3 bedroom. Another view of deck. Gate at steps can lock (small children & dogs) No. 1 Bathroom (East side) View from Beach Shore Drive The Palm trees View from parking deck. The path from Mainstay to the Gulf.

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Last updated: 04/09/2014
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  • Minimum stay:7-29 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Homes, Single Family house 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. There is an additional $100 deposit if you bring your dog. Max of 2 dogs allowed.

WE OPENED THE GUEST BOOK FOR YOUR COMMENTS ON THIS VRBO WEBSITE IN MARCH 2009. THE SYSTEM IS CONTROLLED BY VRBO AND HOMEAWAY/CONNECT. OWNERS CAN ENTER COMMENTS MADE BY GUESTS IN THE 'GUEST BOOK' AT THE COTTAGE. WE HAVE SELECTED A FEW AND ENTERED THEM INTO THIS VRBO COMMENT SECTION. ALL CAN BE AUTHENTICATED IF NECESSARY.

Keywords: House

Property Type

      • House

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Pets Considered:

                Two dogs are permitted with prior notice and permission. A $150 additional security deposit is required of which $100 will be returned after the end of the stay provided no damage atributable to the dog occurs....moreless

              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                The primary renter must be over 21 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

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

              • Other (See Description)

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              • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

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              • 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

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Cooking Utensils:

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

              • Dining:

                Extra leaf can be added to seat 8...moreless

              • Dining Area Seats:

                6...moreless

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

              Amenities

              • Linens Provided:

                Beach towels and beach chairs are provided for your convenience. '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. Automatic dishwashing detergent but no hand dishwashing liquids. Kitchen all purpose cleaner. Coffee filters and kitchen trash bags....moreless

              • Covered Parking:

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

              • Air Conditioning
              • Washing Machine
              • Living Room
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Parking
              • Heating
              • Towels Provided
              • Parking Off Street
              • Iron & Board

              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

                  Entertainment

                  • Satellite / Cable:

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

                  • Games
                  • DVD Player
                  • Television
                  • VCR
                  • Books

                  Communications

                  • Telephone:

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

                  • Internet
                  • Wireless Internet

                  Outdoor Features

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

                  Theme

                      • Family

                      Location & View

                          • Beachfront:

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

                          Car

                              • Necessary

                              Activities

                              • Hiking
                              • Fitness Center
                              • Jet Skiing
                              • Deepsea Fishing
                              • Sound/Bay Fishing
                              • Medical Services
                              • ATM/Bank
                              • Shopping
                              • Groceries
                              • Laundromat
                              • Hospital
                              • Tennis
                              • Golf
                              • Cycling
                              • Parasailing
                              • Fishing
                              • Swimming
                              • Surf Fishing
                              • Pier Fishing
                              • Kayaking
                              • Racquetball
                              • Wind-Surfing
                              • Cinemas
                              • Water Parks
                              • Zoo
                              • Restaurants
                              • Museums
                              • Recreation Center
                              • Forests
                              • Botanical Garden
                              • Churches
                              • Marina
                              • Library
                              • Miniature Golf
                              • Antiquing
                              • Sight Seeing
                              • Wildlife Viewing
                              • Shelling
                              • Boating
                              • Bird Watching
                              • Beachcombing
                              • Eco Tourism
                              • Walking
                              • Outlet Shopping

                              Other Activities

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

                                  Reviews

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                                  • Awesome views

                                    Awesome views

                                    • Guest Trish (Chicago)
                                    • Date of stay 03/29/14
                                    • Review Submitted 04/08/14
                                    This house is so beautiful,clean,thoughtfully layed out so every room has a view of ocean,everything you need is provided,I can't imagine anyone not loving this place,very beachy,lots of great places to eat,seafood was so fresh,oh, my dogs loved the deck

                                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, pet owners, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway.

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                                  • Great Family Vacation!

                                    Great Family Vacation!

                                    • Guest Kim (Union, MS)
                                    • Date of stay 05/11/13
                                    • Review Submitted 07/17/13
                                    We loved this cottage!!! It was beautiful!!! We have small grandchildren. They had a blast!!! The house is right on the beach. It was super clean and well maintained. Everything you could think of needing was provided. We would love to stay here again in the near future! Best vacation ever!

                                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, pet owners, families with young children, romantic getaway.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 2/2

                                  • Wonderful, relaxing and best view

                                    Wonderful, relaxing and best view

                                    • Guest Daniel C.
                                    • Date of stay 06/29/13
                                    • Review Submitted 07/09/13
                                    This is an awesome house and nice owners. The view was great, the house was clean and just about everything you need for a beach vacation was provided.

                                    Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, families with young children, romantic getaway.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/1

                                  • GREAT BEACH HOUSE!!

                                    GREAT BEACH HOUSE!!

                                    • Guest Lisa (Little Rock, AR)
                                    • Date of stay 05/18/13
                                    • Review Submitted 05/28/13
                                    We had a great beach vacation at Mainstay Cottage. The house is wonderful and the location can't be beat! And...we loved being able to bring our Pug. The house is very clean and well maintained. We had EVERYTHING we needed for a great vacation. We WILL be back!!

                                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, pet owners, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway.

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                                  • ABSOLUTELY LOVED MAINSTAY COTTAGE

                                    ABSOLUTELY LOVED MAINSTAY COTTAGE

                                    • Guest Patricia D.
                                    • Date of stay 02/01/13
                                    • Review Submitted 05/27/13
                                    I rented Mainstay Cottage in June, 2011, for a February, 2013, stay and was extremely pleased with the accommodations, the area, the amenities, and, most importantly, the cleanliness of the Cottage. The kitchen was well supplied with good quality cookware, lots of serving dishes, and a spotless refrigerator and stove. We ate in often and loved being able to view the gulf from the dining table and/or deck. All of the bedrooms have a view of the gulf, which is due to the well-thought-out design of the Cottage. We found excellent restaurants in the area, and loved the warm, friendly, accommodating locals we met. The Mainstay owners, Ralph and Cheryl, walked their dog on the beach every afternoon, and we were fortunate enough to spend a little time with them. They are wonderful "hosts," always available if needed but never intrusive. Mainstay Cottage is everything is says it is on the HomeAway description and more. If the Cottage is ever available in the future to fit our schedule, we would not hesitate to return again for a month. We did not even consider looking at other beach homes in the area as we did not think any other accommodations would live up the Mainstay Cottage. All in all, a wonderful winter vacation experience!

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                                  • Everything we expected, plus more!

                                    Everything we expected, plus more!

                                    • Guest Blane (Oklahoma)
                                    • Date of stay 04/13/13
                                    • Review Submitted 04/25/13
                                    This is exactly what I was expecting in a beach house. Right on the beach, everything is modern and in working condition. The parking was better than any other home we saw during our visit. Great location for people wanting to get away. Be aware that it is 15 minutes outside of town. If you are someone that has to be in the middle of everything, or you hate to drive to do something this may not be for you. If you want to get away, have peace and quiet, enjoy a beach with plenty of space between you and the next sun bather, then this is the right property for you.

                                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                                  • Nice Retreat for Spring Break!

                                    Nice Retreat for Spring Break!

                                    • Guest BiggPapa
                                    • Date of stay 03/23/13
                                    • Review Submitted 04/02/13
                                    This was a very well kept up house. The photos accurately reflected the cottage, both inside and out. There was plenty of room for our family of 6 to enjoy each others company & have time to ourselves. The appliances were all new & clean. We used the washer & dryer multiple times. A flat screen TV in the bedrooms was a nice touch. The owner was very responsive to any questions I had prior to our trip & while we were at the Main Stay Cottage. There were plenty of beach toys for our grandkids to enjoy in the sand. The beach was clean all along the way for miles in front of the cottage. There were no urchins or corral to worry about in the ocean. We saw dolphins every day about 50 feet off the shore. There is a seafood market about 6 miles away towards Gulf Shore called Fresh Market Seafood that had a great selection of fresh fish, shrimp and other ocean foods. We went there twice while in Alabama. Two small groceries/general stores with alcoholic beverages were 2 miles in either direction from the entrance to the area where the cottage was located. Both of them had any supplies you would need to have a pleasant stay after getting the bulk of your supplies at either Walmart or Publix in town. We enjoyed our stay & would recommend this cottage on the ocean to anyone looking for peace & quiet with the ocean breezes & surf to help them sleep.

                                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, girls getaway, families with young children.

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                                  • Sooooo Nice

                                    Sooooo Nice

                                    • Guest The 6 of US (Phoenix, AZ)
                                    • Date of stay 08/04/12
                                    • Review Submitted 08/15/12
                                    This is a wonderful property for families to create some wonderful memories. We did just that! We were in need of reconnection and "Mainstay" provided the time and location for those walks on the beach; lying in the sun and building of sand castles. We met Ralph many mornings as he strolled the beach with his dog. It was nice to meet people who care about their property. Everything was as described and pictured in the VRBO add. It was interesting to read about the history of "Mainstay" and the property next door. To bad it was not available for sale. The best food we ate, was the seafood we bought fresh at a local market. They cooked the shrimp, which were huge, but we understand that the supper big ones had not been caught yet. The rest of the fish (Mahi tuna and oysters we prepared. We ate till we burst!! This is a vacation we will never forget and hope to visit "Mainstay" soon. We highly recommend this property to everyone!

                                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, pet owners, families with young children, romantic getaway.

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                                  • Has everything you could want on vaction.

                                    Has everything you could want on vaction.

                                    • Guest Cheryl (Benton, MO)
                                    • Date of stay 06/09/12
                                    • Review Submitted 06/19/12
                                    My family has stayed here 2 yrs now and we absolutely love this place. It offers all the conveniences of home. We are kinda neat freaks and this house is VERY clean! The pictures on the website are exactly as the house looks and the location is perfect. While staying here the men in the family golf and with WiFi service the kids are entertained with their ipods and ipads ...us women soak up the sun! Owners are friendly and accommodating... we love that they allow for pets to join their families on vacation. I recommend this property to anyone who wants a relaxing comfortable place to stay. Nothing better than morning coffee and evening wine with the great view from the deck. I miss it already!!

                                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, pet owners, girls getaway, families with young children, romantic getaway.

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                                  • Great

                                    Great

                                    • Guest Conan (Clinton, Iowa)
                                    • Date of stay 02/01/12
                                    • Review Submitted 03/02/12
                                    The place was perfect, can't wait to come back.

                                    Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway.

                                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 0/0

                                   
                                  Rental basis: Per property
                                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                                  Spring
                                  Mar 1 - May 30, 2014
                                  7 night min stay

                                  $2,552
                                  Summer
                                  May 31 - Jun 27, 2014
                                  7 night min stay

                                  $3,336
                                  Peak Summer
                                  Jun 28 - Aug 1, 2014
                                  7 night min stay

                                  $3,537
                                  Early Fall
                                  Aug 2 - Aug 29, 2014
                                  7 night min stay

                                  $2,414
                                  Fall
                                  Aug 30 - Nov 29, 2014
                                  7 night min stay

                                  $2,010
                                  December 2014
                                  Dec 1 - Dec 31, 2014
                                  29 night min stay

                                  $2,492
                                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                  Fees:

                                  • Pet Fee $50
                                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                                  • Taxes Included

                                  Notes:

                                  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.


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                                  Location

                                  • Nearest Airport: Pensacola at 65 Miles
                                  • Nearest Ferry: Fort Morgan at 7 Miles
                                  • Nearest Beach: Mainstay is on the Beach at Homes, Single Family
                                  • Nearest Barpub: Beach Club or Kiva Dunes at 1 Miles
                                  • Nearest Golf: Kiva Dunes at 1 Miles
                                   

                                  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

                                   

                                  Photos

                                  • 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

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                                  This listing was first published here in 2007.

                                  Date last modified - Sunday, March 16, 2014

                                  $581 - $3,537 per week (USD)
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                                  3 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                                  Sleeps 8

                                  View calendar: Updated 04/09/14
                                  Minimum stay: 7-29 nights
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