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The Retreat on Nichols - Georgia O'Keefe Suite

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

The Retreat on Nichols is a new lavish contemporary micro-cottage community within walking/biking/golf-carting distance to downtown Fairhope. We offer two pristine 720SF units (The Mondrian & The O'Keefe - each sleeps 4). Units can be rented separately or together. Perfect for group events or a private getaway. Enjoy common outdoor kitchen, wood-fired pizza oven, fire pit, Petanque court, lawn & board games, additional bathroom, laundry & gated parking, golf cart & bicycles.

The space: Guests will enter the Retreat on Nichols through a Mondrian inspired automatic gate into a natural oasis. Designed as an eco-centric, biophilic community for the discriminating traveler, these cottages are Platinum Fortified, energy efficient, and extremely quiet. We have created these two unique, private and quiet cottages to help facilitate conversation and encourage connections amongst travelers (two more on the way for Spring, 2018). We are located within walking, biking, scootering and golf-carting distance of all that Fairhope has to offer (restaurants, art galleries, shopping, parks, beach sunsets). The Retreat on Nichols is also on the cusp of the newly designated “Warehouse/Arts District”.

Onsite amenities include: an outdoor wood-burning pizza oven (topped with a fresh herb garden) and kitchen, BBQ grills, regulation Petanque court (check the internet), sculptural art, fire pit, water features, trellised courtyard, citrus orchard, and numerous fruit trees.

Living room amenities include: internet, wifi, large screen ultra-high def 4K Samsung television, surround sound stereo equipment, sleeper sofa with deluxe gel mattress, reading material, family/adult games, ceiling fan. Kitchen amenities include: paper towels, flatware, dishes, glassware, serving dishes, cooking utensils, pots/pans, gas range/oven, counter depth refrigerator with ice-maker, micro-dishwasher, filtered water, coffee maker, toaster, blender.

Bathroom Amenities include: hair dryer, botanical body wash, shampoo, conditioner, tissue, toilet paper. Bedroom Amenities include: flat screen TV, ceiling fan, blackout blinds/drapes, desk, wardrobes with clothes hangers, 2 luggage racks, Egyptian cotton sheets.

Common Area Amenities include: crockpot, 20 quart boiling pot, 15 quart boiling pot, 10 quart boiling pot, coffee bean grinder, espresso machine, Cuisinart commercial ice cream maker, electric grill, large stainless steel mixing bowls, large serving trays, a tub full of pizza making tools, muffin tins and bread tins, cheesecake, and pie pans. Also beach towels, picnic items, ice coolers, kickball, football, and Petanque ball set are included. A printer for your computer is set up in the common area, along with office supplies.

Guest access: A pin-coded electronic gate code, will be provided upon arrival. Special extras include: guest use of 24-hour gym membership, golf cart, bicycles, paddle board/kayak/boat rentals, direct contacts with local restaurants, coffee roasters, art galleries, breweries, biodynamic farms, ceramic kilns, etc.

Interaction with guests: You can reach us by phone or just holler out the front door. We are so local that we are tempted to be peeking over the fence to be sure that our guests are relaxing and enjoying themselves. Your hosts will be available for golf cart, pizza oven orientations as well as Petanque court etiquette.

Other things to note: Meal worms, earth worms, and gold fish are all available so guests can feed, Moe, the baby turtle (hatched on the property during the landscaping of the micro-cottages).

More Details

Tarrel James
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

About Tarrel James

We enjoy entertaining, gourmet foods, gardening, and exploring new places. We're recent transplants from California. Would love to say our life motto is "keep it simple," but that is not how it has turned out! We love feeding our newly hatched turtle (i.e. Moe), exercise, farmers markets, great nutrition, attending community art walks, creative ideas, innovative architecture, getting up each morning, positive mind-sets, live theater, nurturing young minds, visiting our children/grandchildren and meeting interesting, like-minded people.

Tarrel James purchased this house in 2016

Why Tarrel James chose Fairhope

We bought the raw land and envisioned a microcottage community where travelers could experience a quiet, plant-filled oasis and/or entertain in an active, outdoor paradise. We planned, built, and decorated these fortified (concrete construction) suites filled them with local art and added every amenity inside and out to complete them as a home-away-from-home.

What makes this house unique

Our street legal 2018 six-passenger golf cart gives our guests the ability to tour this charming tourist town. Or if more exercise is desired, our four new bicycles will be the choice! There is a wood-fired pizza oven and a Petanque court to add to the entertainment value. Wifi, U-Verse TV, and a collection of board games await our guests.


Fairhope House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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The Retreat on Nichols - Georgia O'Keefe Suite
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Incredible Find

  • 5 of 5

Loved the property and the design of the home was very nice. So happy we found this on HomeAway. Fairhope is a lovely town and the owners helped make our stay very memorable. We will definitely return! Thanks for sharing your fabulous property with us.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're happy you found us, too! We love to entertain and have been pleased that our guests have enjoyed the ambiance we have created. Fairhope is a charming town and we're glad we could make your visit memorable. Come again soon!
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Sweet space

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place! Will definitely stay again!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Family place!!!

  • 5 of 5

Retreat on Nichols was an experience! Allowed us to have family and friends over to relax and enjoy the outdoors. We hope to get to return, in hopes that it won’t stay booked😊

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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birmingham, alabama

Gem in Fairhope

  • 5 of 5

Quaint place for a couple to get away., or 2 couples if you rent the connected other 1 bedroom.

Great Weekend away and highly recommend this place. All the amenities you could possibly need. Very Clean inside and the Grounds are so very nice too.

Great Job by the Owners in creating such a special place.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a special place!!

Thank you!!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Pensacola, FL
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Fairhope Brewery
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Lakewood Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
The Warehouse
Nearest Beach
3 Miles

Tarrel And Kay’s home is located in Fairhope, Alabama, United States.

Tarrel & Kay’s micro-cottage community is located in Fairhope, Alabama. Geographically, Fairhope is located on the eastern edge of Baldwin County (the largest county in the state) on a sloping plateau, along the cliffs and shoreline of Mobile Bay with a population of almost 20,000. Fairhope is the fastest growing city in Alabama and in 2016, was named the best small town in the South by Southern Living magazine. There are more published authors (per capita) in the town, than any other in the United States. Forrest Gump claims Fairhope as his hometown. Activities abound year-round, including the annual Mardi Gras fabulous series of parades and elegant balls (in January/February), Arts & Crafts Festival (in March), Sailboat Regatta (in April), Eastern Shore Triathalon (in May), Red Snapper Season (off the Pier in June), Humidity Festival (in July and August), Sunset Wine Festival (every night in September), Five Rivers Bird Festival (in October), Film Festival (in November), Tree Lighting Festival (in December) and these are just naming a few --- all highly acclaimed with an international following!!! Every First Friday is the official Art Walk in downtown Fairhope when the whole town gets decked out in artistic attire to stroll the streets enjoying downtown merchant offerings of special sales, free libations of adult beverages, classic Southern hors d'oeuvres, open parties, and with musical groups on every corner. This eclectic downtown is bursting with art galleries and street artists, boutiques, bookstores, and restaurants featured on the Food Network. Enjoy the warm and friendly charm of a walkable Southern town as you dine, shop, strut and stroll! Even those from Olean, New York are welcome and bound to enjoy themselves!!!???

Getting around

No Uber or Lyft (yet), so your hosts will be providing bicycles, skateboards, golf cart, and well worn walking shoes. Everything in Fairhope that counts is within 5 minutes.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $150

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.