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Romantic and Private Cottage! (This One is Different!)

Surf Side Shores, Fort Morgan, AL, USA
  • House1375 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights

House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

When we first walked into this unique cottage, we immediately fell in love with it and we know you will too! Not your run-of-the mill rental house, this cottage wraps its arms around you from the minute you pull in the driveway. It was been owner-occupied for years, and the care taken by the owner is apparent from the outside landscaping to the tastefully appointed furnishings inside.

The cottage is located in Surfside Shores subdivision, 14 miles out Ft. Morgan peninsula. It sits on quiet street on a heavily-wooded lot on top of a dune one block off of the beach, with empty wooded lots on three sides, affording an unusual degree of privacy. Less than 500 feet to the beach (private wooded path through a beautiful beach dune), there is a partial Gulf view from the back deck and screened in porch and a better view from the upper deck. The upper deck (crow's nest) is a great place to enjoy your morning coffee or view a spectacular sunset. A secluded outside shower provides a perfect way to cool off after a stroll back from the beach.

And wait until you see the inside! Tiled floors throughout, unique furniture and decorations, open floor plan, pleasing color schemes, the style is reminiscent of an old island plantation home. None of the typical condominium-style beach decor in this charmer. There is a master bedroom with a very comfortable queen bed and private bath, a second bedroom with two double beds, and a downstairs private bedroom/bath suite (separate entrance). The second upstairs full bath is directly off the living room. A full laundry room is attached to the covered parking area downstairs. The fully-equipped kitchen adjoins the living area for great entertaining.

If you are looking for a something different in a private setting, look no further. We know that you will find this cottage as special as we do!

NOTE: Because this is our second home and only rental, we insist on speaking to each potential renter prior to booking. Please send an inquiry and I will get back to you as quickly as possible!

Keywords: Beach House


Janet McCown

Member Since 2006
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 14, 2018
About Janet McCown

Jan and I live on a mountain ridge just north of Birmingham, AL, but have been avid beach goers for many years. We have three grown children,one of whom is married , and we all enjoy our beach time! We purchased the house for our family use, decorated it to our tastes, and are happy to be able to share it with others. We have been surprised at the level of care our guests show when visiting- it seems they love the place as much as we do!

Janet McCown purchased this House in 2006

Why Janet McCown chose Surf Side Shores

Having attended college in nearby Mobile, AL we spent many weekends at the beach in the Gulf Shores area sunbathing, fishing and surfing. We always knew we would own our own place there one day, but did not think it would happen so soon. The location, layout, yard, proximity to the beach, and privacy are just what we wanted, so we made the leap!

What makes this House unique

The thing we enjoy the most at our cottage is the privacy. The house sits among live oaks with lots of natural dune vegetation surrounding it, and the path over the dune to the beach makes you feel like you are on an island somewhere. We also enjoy the screened porch, the private beach 5 minutes away (no condos!), the quiet neighborhood, and the unique furnishings inside. It really is different than many of the rental homes you see down there.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        2 double
      • Bedroom 3
        1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in the Master Bedroom. , Double Beds (3) Two double beds in the upstairs guest bedroom, and one double bed in the downstairs suite., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) - The sofa in the downstairs suite folds out as a floor matress.


      • 3 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, combination tub/shower

        Location Type

          • Beach
          • Beach View
            You can see the beach from the outside deck and the Crow's nest on top. The beach is a 3 minute walk over the dune.
          • Near The Ocean
          • Ocean View
            You can see the water clearly from the outside deck and the Crow's nest on top. The beach is a 3 minute walk over a beatiful wooded dune path.


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Romantic


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Internet
                      • Air Conditioning
                      • Basic Soaps
                      • Broadband Access
                      • Ceiling Fans
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Covered Parking
                      • Fireplace
                        Gas logs
                      • Firewood
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Alarm Clock
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Parking
                      • Parking Off Street
                      • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                        Plenty of room to park boats, RV, etc. on the grass lawn.
                      • Telephone
                        No long distance
                      • Toilet Paper
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet


                          • Lobster Pot
                          • Blender
                          • Cooking Utensils
                            We have most everything you would have in your kitchen at home, no need to bring anything!
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Complete, well stocked kitchen- we cook almost every meal when there and have stocked in accordingly and get many compliments from guests on how well appointed it is.
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Freezer
                          • Ice Maker
                          • Kitchen
                          • Coffee Maker
                            Drip coffee maker
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster
                            Toaster oven


                              • Dining Area


                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    Direct TV availble on all three TVs (living room, guest bedroom, and downstairs suite).
                                  • Audio Tape Player
                                  • CD Player
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Games
                                    Many board games
                                  • Radio
                                  • Books
                                    Tons of books to help you relax- help yourself
                                  • Stereo
                                  • Television
                                  • Toys
                                    Beach toys, boogie boards etc.
                                  • VCR
                                  • Video Library
                                    We have small library of DVD movies.


                                      • Fish Cleaning Table
                                      • Balcony
                                        Open deck area adjoins scrrened porch. Crow's nest on top of house with great views of the Gulf.
                                      • Beach Chairs
                                      • Bicycles
                                        Two coaster bikes and great neighborhood to ride bikes.
                                      • Crow's Nest
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Screened porch out back
                                      • Barbecue
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Nice natural-based landscaping in keeping with the natural dune environment of subdivision. Large grass lawn near street for parkiing, playing ball, etc.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Both gas and eletric
                                      • Screen Porch / Veranda
                                      • Water Sports Gear
                                        Some rafts and boogie boards
                                      • Wood Deck


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • suitable for elderly or infirm
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • library
                                              • bay/sound
                                              • cinemas
                                              • forests
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • churches
                                              • marina
                                              • restaurants
                                              • ruins
                                              • water parks
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • outlet shopping
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • laundromat
                                                      • massage therapist

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • sailing
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • fly fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • paragliding
                                                          • parasailing
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • sound/bay fishing
                                                          • surf fishing
                                                          • surfing
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • tennis
                                                          • water skiing
                                                          • wind-surfing


                                                              • Beach Chairs, beach umbrellas, skim boards, buckets and nets provided! We also have a small library of books for great beach reading.

                                                                House Rules

                                                                Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                Cancellation Policy

                                                                Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

                                                                99 Reviews


                                                                Latest reviews

                                                                Nice peaceful escape

                                                                Jerry V.

                                                                Quiet, clean, well decorated and stocked with appliances and other necessities to make stay comfortable. Only negative was some biting bugs outside that limited ability to enjoy outside seating. Would return.

                                                                Cute house and loved the privacy

                                                                Robin W.

                                                                The house is really cute and has great decks on the house. It is a couple blocks from the beach and has a great path to the beach behind the house. It has plenty of room to have several people stay and is very comfortable. We enjoyed the stay. I would recommend staying at this great house.

                                                                Perfect private getaway!

                                                                Ruth H.Georgia

                                                                We visit the Gulf Coast every Christmas for our mini 4 day vacation. This cottage was our 4th visit to the beach area. We were pleasantly surprised. It is very private, has a very short walk to the beach and every amenity possible. We did not lack for anything. Kitchen is well stocked with every cooking utensil necessary to prepare and serve meals. We visited the seafood market located near Rouse grocery store and bought the best grouper cheeks we have ever tasted! The gas fireplace was a nice ambient touch for those "chilly" December nights. Cottage was clean with plenty of linens. The screened in porch was very relaxing with comfortable seating for reading one of the many books provided. Excellent selection of reading material! We highly recommend this cottage for anyone wanting privacy, solitude and distance from all the hustle and bustle of a busy beach with condominiums. Pictures and description of property was right on!

                                                                Very relaxing week

                                                                Vicki S.Baton Rouge,La

                                                                Very cozy cottage loved it

                                                                Perfect place to replenish a stressful Life

                                                                Charla W.

                                                                We loved the peaceful serenity Driftwood Cottage provided. This was our 2nd time staying here and can’t imagine staying anywhere else when we visit Gulf Shores!

                                                                The perfect getaway

                                                                Cindy M.

                                                                The Driftwood Cottage is the perfect place to go to relax and rest. It's quiet and cozy, and we had a wonderful time. It felt like home away from home. I can't think of anything to complain about. I will never stay in a condo again. Driftwood Cottage is my vacation destination from now on.


                                                                Surf Side Shores, Fort Morgan, AL, USA

                                                                Historic Fort Morgan 7 miles away. Ferry to Dauphin Island 6 miles away. Good fishing off beach in front of cottage (contact me and I will tell you how to catch them!)


                                                                Additional information about rental rates

                                                                PET FEE- there is a 15% NON-REFUNDABLE pet fee, based on cost of rental only. Pet is allowed pending approval of owner. Dogs only. Rates are subject to change. If you have made your deposit, your rate will not change, but will remain as quoted. CANCELLATIONS – A 60 day notice is required for cancellation. Cancellations that are made more than 60 days prior to the arrival date will incur no penalty. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, that are made within 60 days of the arrival date, forfeit the full advance payment and damage/reservation deposit. Cancellation or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent or deposit.

                                                                99 Reviews
                                                                Wonderful 4.9/5
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