'a Nouste' (Ah-Noost) Bay Cottage Twenty Feet from the Water

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Last updated: 11/30/2015
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

20 feet from the water, this cozy, quiet waterfront getaway on Mobile Bay in Fairhope, Alabama is a perfect place for writing, painting, or just hanging around on the wharf catching Blue Crabs. The town of Fairhope is a quaint bay-front village that began in the 19th century as an artists colony, and it still retains much of this feel, couched in a Deep-South warmth.

The center of town has many quaint shops that add to this charm and evoke a feeling of stepping back in time. The house itself invites you to sit and rock, watch the pelicans, herons, and gulls fly overhead, and boil some of those crabs you catch on the pier.

For those who can tear themselves away from the boiling of seafood and the clink of ice in the glass, the Gulf of Mexico is but a short drive away. Have a good time, and remember: This is the home of 'Forrest Gump', 'Cheeseburgers in Paradise' (found at Pirate's Cove), 'Margaritaville', and in nearby Mobile, the original Mardi Gras!


Brush your teeth on the deck by the light of the full moon;

Sleep out on the pier at least once if you can;

Turn off the ac/heat and open all of the windows when there is a breeze so that you can hear the sound of the water washing up on the rocks;

Count the number of pelicans that pass over the house in the afternoon;

Don’t miss a sunset;

Read more; watch TV less;

Serve drinks or dinner on the pier;

Look for porpoises chasing shrimp up and down the bay. When they are active you can see them 100-200 ft. off the end of the long piers;

Meet the neighbors; they are very nice;

Use the deck shower as often as you can;

Act out one of Shakespeare’s plays (there is a full set on the bookshelf);

As the kitchen is well equipped, learn how to make Creole Seafood Gumbo or West Indies Salad with the crabs that you catch (e-mail me for a recipe if you like).

Keywords: Bayfront Cottage


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    Pets welcome. Pet fee of $75....moreless

  • Suitable For Elderly Or Infirm
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1


  • Bedroom 2


  • Convertible bed(s)


  • King size beds (1) Twin beds in second bedroom may be converted to king., Queen size Beds (1) Queen in master bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Pack 'n' Play available., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleeper sofa in living room....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Covered Pier, Telescope, Crab traps, 'Pack And Play', Central Heat and A/C, propane smoker....moreless


  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Two 32' flat screen LCD TVs....moreless

  • Toys


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Duty Free Shops
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Pond
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Water Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront:

    Directly on Mobile Bay looking SSW toward the mouth of the bay into the Gulf of Mexico....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Racquetball
  • Rafting
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning:

    Central Heat/AC...moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central Heat/AC...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer:

    Parking for all, but no RV hookup allowed....moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Super fast....moreless


  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    We love to cook, so this is a well-equipped kitchen. The best-equipped you will ever find in a vacation house, as a matter of fact....moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio:

    Big 450-sf wrap-around deck with rockers. Part covered; part open....moreless

  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Stainless Gas Grill and Meat Smoker...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck


Write a review 4.9
from 75 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Rate For 2015
Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2015
3 night min stay
$155 $195
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,100 $3,600
My Rate For 2016
Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2016
2 night min stay
$160 $195
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$1,140 $3,700
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees and Rental Conditions:

  • Pet Fee $75 + tax
  • Cleaning Fee $100 + tax
  • Property Damage Protection $59
  • Tax Rate 6%


For stays of 8 nights and up, please speak to owner for further discounts.

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 11/30/2015
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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Pensacola or Mobile
4 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Wash House
35 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Fort Morgan
4 Miles
Nearest Golf
Grand Hotel
30 Miles
Nearest Train
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Wash House
20 Miles
Nearest Beach
Gulf Shores

Car: Necessary

Crabbing, Deep-sea Fishing, Bi-Plane Rides, Ultra-light Rides


Owner info

About the owner: I: From Mobile/School at McGill and Spring Hill/Then to D.C./Background in International Relations/Wine Consultant/Love Fairhope, New Orleans, New York, and Hawaii/Love to Cook. My Wife: From France/International Marketer/Family of Winemakers and Engineers/Love Fairhope, The Pyrenees Mountains, New Orleans, and Chicago/Love to Bake.

Why the Owner Chose Fairhope:
Fairhope is a diamond in the rough! An artists' colony that doubles as a retirement community; a fun town that can be quiet; a village that is both civilized and laid back is hard to find indeed! It is not only the proximity of our house to the beautiful body of water that is Mobile Bay that drew us to it, but also the pace and gentile nature of the town of Fairhope itself that makes this a genuinely special place in this country.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This is the closest house on the Eastern Shore to the water; only twenty feet! This makes the panoramic views fantastic, and your neighbors houses are built so far back that you don't even know they are there. Water views from every room are a great perk, and bay breezes through the windows are a treat! In addition, we own the lot next door, and our lots are among the deepest on this part of the bay, so there is a lot of room for children to play or to let your dogs run around. Have we mentioned that we have the most well-equipped kitchen you will ever find in a vacation house? Just read the reviews to see what we mean!

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Speaks: english, french, german



  • Winter Sunset

    Winter Sunset

  • The Crabbing Pier

    The Crabbing Pier

  • Grill Here!

    Grill Here!

  • Dine Here!

    Dine Here!

  • Cook Here!

    Cook Here!

  • Comfy!


  • Summer Sunset

    Summer Sunset

  • Wraparound Deck

    Wraparound Deck

  • Fairhope Municipal Pier

    Fairhope Municipal Pier

  • Your Hosts

    Your Hosts

  • Summer Sunset From the Deck

    Summer Sunset From the Deck

  • Your Back Yard
(The Bay is Your Front Yard)

    Your Back Yard (The Bay is Your Front Yard)

  • 'A NOUSTE'

    'A NOUSTE'

  • Sit Here!

    Sit Here!

  • I Love It Here!

    I Love It Here!

  • Drink Here!

    Drink Here!

  • Sleep Here!

    Sleep Here!

  • Cozy!


  • 'A Nouste' From The Road

    'A Nouste' From The Road

  • A Look Toward the Bay

    A Look Toward the Bay

  • Severin and Baldewin: Your Hosts

    Severin and Baldewin: Your Hosts

  • Baiting the Crab Traps

    Baiting the Crab Traps

  • Pure Silliness!

    Pure Silliness!

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This listing was first published here in 2008.

Date last modified - Monday, November 30, 2015

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'A Nouste' (Ah-Noost) Bay Cottage Twenty Feet from the Water

Fairhope #170332

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