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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,375 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

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

More Details

Janet McCown
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 13, 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.


Surf Side Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1375 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    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.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • 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.


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Romantic and Private Cottage! (This One is Different!)
average rating of 4.938144 based on 97 reviews

Our families favorite vacation place!

  • 5 of 5

This is our families favorite vacation place. You feel like you are living on your own private island. The lot is secluded and the walk to the beach is short and beautiful. From sitting on the back porch to taking it easy atop the crows nest the atmosphere is excellent and quiet. The house is nice and well maintained and feels like a home away from home. While we are there escaping from reality my kids skim board and swim, my wife sunbathes and I fish off the beach. If you are looking for a private and relaxing get away from the fast pace world and some good alone or family time this is it.


  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2009
  • Stayed: September 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always glad to have you guys down, appreciate the kind words. Was also glad to hear that you were successful in catching speckled trout and redfish right off the beach in front of the house- I may leave the boat docked next time I go down!
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Perfect private getaway!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Baton Rouge,La

Very relaxing week

  • 5 of 5

Very cozy cottage loved it

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place to replenish a stressful Life

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing and private beach. My family I stayed the middle of September to avoid the crowd and were very pleased with the privacy we had, not only on the beach but also on the property. My 1 and a half year old twin daughters loved it as well. They loved the screened in patio and the beach as well. It was a great and much needed vacation for my family and I and we were sad to leave this great location.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Pensacola, FL
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Sassy Bass
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Dauphin Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Kiva Dunes
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Sassy Bass
Car: necessary

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!)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $135
Refundable damage deposit $300

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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