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This is what you see when you arrive.

This is what you see when you arrive. The front veranda, which faces the water. How about that kitchen! Perdido Bay as seen from the side veranda. The living room. It's fun to paddle the quiet, secluded creeks. Dawn over the Bay.

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Last updated: 04/17/2014
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Perdido Beach house description

This lovely waterfront Perdido Beach home is the ideal location for a family reunion, group retreat, or just plain relaxation. Five generations have enjoyed this historic home. Built in 1930 by Charles Marks of Montgomery, it has just undergone extensive restoration following damage from Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina.

Perdido Bay is in the front yard. Dolphins, herons, pelicans, and fish live in the Bay, which is beautiful in every season. Gentle breezes and the music of the waves stir around the house, making it incomparably tranquil. The water is warm and brackish, perfect for swimmers of all ages and shallow enough for young children. The neighborhood is semirural and quiet.

The house sleeps 14 guests and features a gourmet kitchen. Most furnishings are brand new, and a few antique family items maintain its rustic appeal. The house has central heat and air, as well as a gas fireplace for the winter months.

There are four bedrooms – three of which face directly onto the bay – plus a couch with a pull-out queen-sized mattress. Heron is the Master Suite, with a king-sized bed and private bath. Pelican, best suited for children or young adults, sleeps up to 6 children or 4 adults.

The bunk bed has a double bed on bottom, a twin bed on top, and a trundle bed. The day bed also has a trundle bed. Palmetto, at the end of the porch, features a queen-sized bed. There is a large double vanity bathroom shared with Pelican. Cypress is the most private bedroom, secluded at the far end of the house. This bedroom has a double bed with a private bathroom. Two more optional twin beds hang like porch swings on the front porch.

The gourmet kitchen is every cook's dream. The large granite island is perfect for serving fresh crab and fish. There are two sinks, a gas range, ultra-quiet dishwasher, microwave, oven, and lots of counter space. The kitchen, dining room, and living room flow together to make one open great room. The dining room table, dating from 1930 and original to the house, seats 14 easily.

A spacious screened porch, with hammocks, swings and rocking chairs, surrounds the Great Room and bedrooms. The back porch is the site of a ping-pong table just waiting for family tournaments or games to be enjoyed by all ages.

There is a well-stocked laundry room complete with washer/dryer, bath towels, beach towels, linens, pillows, games, toys, and floats. A canoe is available for exploring the bay and adjoining creeks and bayous.

The Gulf of Mexico, with unspoiled, dazzling white beaches, is just a short drive away. The bustle of Gulf Shores/Orange Beach is also close, but not too close, and offers shopping, restaurants and sightseeing. Pontoon and speed boats are available there for rent and boats can be chartered for deep-sea fishing excursions. The Tanger Outlet Mall is just a short 20 minute drive away in Foley for anyone looking for bargains galore.

Keywords: Beach House

Property Type

  • 1500 sq. ft.
  • House
  • 1 story

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          • Children Welcome:

            Plenty of room to run and play! Loved by generations of kids....moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13, Beds for 11-13

          • Bedroom 1

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          • Bedroom 2

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          • Bedroom 3

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          • Bedroom 4

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          • Convertible bed(s)

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          • Bedroom 5: 2 bunk bed

            This is a guest cottage with full bath. Not included in you...moreless

          • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Two of these are on the veranda (in summer), hung from the ceiling like a porch swing. Heavenly to sleep on at night and lovely for reading and snuggling in daytime., Child Beds (1) Trundle beds, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1) Double sized lower bunk...moreless

          Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Cooking Utensils:

            The kitchen is well appointed with all the cooking amenities needed. ...moreless

          • Dining:

            Dining table is original to the house and seats 14. ...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Plenty of dishes and utensils for up to 14...moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            Two full size refrigerators...moreless

          • Ice Maker
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster

          Amenities

          • Air Conditioning:

            Everything but the veranda is air conditioned and heated....moreless

          • Gas Fireplace:

            in Great Room...moreless

          • Linens Provided
          • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
          • Parking Off Street
          • Washing Machine
          • Towels Provided
          • Heating
          • Clothes Dryer

          Other Amenities

              • Three unique swinging beds on the veranda. See the 'Beds' section.

              Entertainment

              • Television
              • Satellite / Cable
              • Ping Pong Table
              • DVD Player
              • Books

              Communications

              • Internet
              • Wireless Internet
              • Broadband Access

              Outdoor Features

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                2 kayaks, 1 paddle board and 2 canoes...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill
              • Deck / Patio

              Theme

              • Historic
              • Away From It All
              • Family

              Location & View

                  Activities

                  • Surf Fishing
                  • Sound/Bay Fishing
                  • Swimming
                  • Water Tubing
                  • Pier Fishing
                  • Kayaking
                  • Jet Skiing
                  • Hiking
                  • Sailing
                  • Paragliding
                  • Water Skiing
                  • Freshwater Fishing
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Fishing
                  • Cycling
                  • Wind-Surfing
                  • Golf
                  • Parasailing
                  • Live Theater
                  • Water Parks
                  • Ruins
                  • Restaurants
                  • Library
                  • Cinemas
                  • Theme Parks
                  • Museums
                  • Zoo
                  • Shopping
                  • Shelling
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Miniature Golf
                  • Boating

                  Other Activities

                      • Deep Sea Fishing at the Gulf. Fresh local produce in summer.
                       

                      Reviews

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                      • Third Visit

                        Third Visit

                        • Guest Mom of 7 (Alabama)
                        • Date of stay 09/06/13
                        • Review Submitted 09/16/13
                        Fabulous home! We have stayed here three times with seven children. There is plenty of room and space to spread out. The ping pong table is a hit, and we love the kayaks and canoes! The water is perfect for little children! We love sitting on the porch and cooking in the huge kitchen. The extra refrigerator in the laundry room provides plenty of space for extra food and drinks. My children always ask to go back to this house. We all love it!

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

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

                      • Wonderful house we loved everything about it.

                        Wonderful house we loved everything about it.

                        • Guest Bink
                        • Date of stay 05/24/13
                        • Review Submitted 06/05/13
                        We were absolutely pleased with our stay at Mark's Ark. It was perfect for our family. Plenty of room for all of us to be together. The arrangement of the bedrooms allows for private and quiet times too. Can't wait to go back.

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

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

                      • getaway

                        getaway

                        • Guest SLBC (Sardis.Miss.)
                        • Date of stay 09/14/12
                        • Review Submitted 09/29/12
                        There were 12 of us church ladies staying here ,we enjoyed the house and surroundings very much ,we would come back here again . very quite ans enjoyable.

                        Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, girls getaway.

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/2

                      • Family Get-Together

                        Family Get-Together

                        • Guest Mimi (Roswell, Georgia)
                        • Date of stay 08/22/12
                        • Review Submitted 08/30/12
                        Everything was just as we saw it on the website and more. The house was well stocked with things that we have normally had to add to in other homes we've rented. And even though this house is not right in the middle of the action, it was still easy enough to get to a small grocery and larger one when we needed it. The property was definitely clean and well-maintained and the owner helpful in answering all our questions. We most definitely would recommend this property. Since we have been to the general area often, we know where all the attractions, etc. are located, and it is nice not to be in the middle of that traffic and if we want to go to those, we would just plan the day and make the time. It fit our needs perfectly and we hope to come back again.

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

                        Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 1/2

                      • Wonderful stay at charming home!

                        Wonderful stay at charming home!

                        • Guest Sharon (Potomac, MD)
                        • Date of stay 03/29/12
                        • Review Submitted 04/10/12
                        I highly recommend this home. I love the wrap around screened porch with hanging beds and rocking chairs! The kitchen is fantastic. The bay is right outside the door. We loved the sea kayaks and canoe. Grocery store is a hike so come prepared - you don't want to miss time at the house running to the store. Owner is next door and very helpful.

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

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

                      • Absolutely Perfect

                        Absolutely Perfect

                        • Guest Mike (Atlanta)
                        • Date of stay 09/15/11
                        • Review Submitted 09/19/11
                        The pictures on this page do not do justice to how beautiful the house is. It's huge, well-stocked and perfect for large or medium-sized parties. The sunrises and sunsets we saw from the back porch were amazing. I couldn't possibly recommend staying in this house enough.

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

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

                      • A rare find

                        A rare find

                        • Guest Nonnie (Armuchee, GA)
                        • Date of stay 07/24/11
                        • Review Submitted 08/03/11
                        In the new world of beach condos, lazy rivers, crowded restaurants, and traffic, Mark's Ark and Perdido Beach remain much like the beach life I remember from the sixties. The house is immaculate and comfortably slept 10-12 every night. The layout provided privacy at night but plenty of shared space by day. Kitchen is a cook's dream. With linens (including beach towels) and beach toys provided, packing was lighter. Kayaks and canoes were a real bonus for all ages. Very few checkout requirements: start first load of linens, start dishwasher, take out garbage. No climbing in the car for the long ride home, already hot and exhausted from cleaning! So glad this family is willing to share this wonderful place.

                        Recommended for: Age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway.

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

                      • Our Family Trip

                        Our Family Trip

                        • Guest Sarah (New Orleans)
                        • Date of stay 03/04/11
                        • Review Submitted 03/25/11
                        We stayed at Mark's Arc and enjoyed every moment. The house is beautiful and comfortable and has all the amenities you need. The view of the bay is wonderful, the wrap around porch is comfortable and relaxing. My family included three generations and we cooked wonderful meals, played board games and enjoyed sitting by the fireplace. It was joy. Thanks for letting us enjoy your beautiful home and we will definitely be coming back.

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

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

                      • Our 3rd Visit...

                        Our 3rd Visit...

                        • Guest Lisa (Little Rock, AR)
                        • Date of stay 07/24/10
                        • Review Submitted 08/03/10
                        This was our third visit to this wonderful house. It is a great place for our family to come together and make lasting memories. We are making our trips to "Marks Ark" a tradition that hopefully will carry on for years. Thanks to the family for making this special place available to us.

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

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

                      • Wonderful house and location

                        Wonderful house and location

                        • Guest Rung family (Illinois)
                        • Date of stay 05/14/10
                        • Review Submitted 05/17/10
                        We loved this house. It was everything it promised, clean, comfortable, loved the screened porch!!!! We highly recommend it and hope to come back. Photos are accurate, great for a large family or 2 families. Used the kayaks and canoes, enjoyed watching the water. Kitchen was fabulous and you can seat 14 for dinner.

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

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

                       
                      Rental basis: Per property
                      Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                      Base Rate
                      3 night min stay
                      $350
                      $2,400
                      winter
                      Jan 1 - Feb 28
                      3 night min stay
                      $350
                      $1,498 $1,800
                      March
                      Mar 1 - Mar 31
                      3 night min stay
                      $300
                      $1,200 $1,928
                      * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                      Additional information about rental rates

                      Additional Fees and Taxes:

                      $200 cleaning fee

                      10% lodging tax


                      Notes:

                      50% non-refundable deposit. Final payment due 30 days before occupancy.


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                      Last updated: 04/17/2014
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                      Manager info

                      Year Purchased: 1930

                      About: There are several owners -- siblings and cousins. We all love our place.

                      Why Perdido Beach:
                      It was beautiful and peaceful here in 1930, and it still is.

                      The Unique Benefits at this House:
                      A swimmable bay and beach in the front yard. Going to the you-pick blueberry farm. The way the house invites us to relax, play and visit together. Family suppers with everyone at our dining table.


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                      Speaks: english

                       

                      Photos

                      • This is what you see when you arrive.

                        This is what you see when you arrive.

                      • How about that kitchen!

                        How about that kitchen!

                      • The living room.

                        The living room.

                      • Dawn over the Bay.

                        Dawn over the Bay.

                      • The front veranda, which faces the water.

                        The front veranda, which faces the water.

                      • Perdido Bay as seen from the side veranda.

                        Perdido Bay as seen from the side veranda.

                      • It's fun to paddle the quiet, secluded creeks.

                        It's fun to paddle the quiet, secluded creeks.

                      VRBO #168787

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                      This listing was first published here in 2008.

                      Date last modified - Friday, April 18, 2014

                      $300 - $350 per night (USD)
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                      5 Bedroom / 3.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 13

                      View calendar: Updated 04/17/14
                      Minimum stay: 3 nights
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