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Gene's Mermaid Lagoon Cottage -- Comfortable and Updated w/4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms, 2 Full Baths, Sleeps 8 on Little Lagoon

This colorful waterfront cottage sits on the north side of Little Lagoon about five miles down Fort Morgan Road. Its elevated screened porch makes it easy to avail yourself of the steady breezes that lull lagoon dwellers by day and night. Swim, fish, sail or ski in the calm Lagoon waters or take a short drive to the Gulf beach for a visit to some of the whitest sandy beaches anywhere.

Avid golfers will love being just across the street from the Peninsula Golf Course. A five mile walking/biking trail is also just across the street.

Flying South for the Winter? This house is the perfect place for snowbirds and it is big enough to share with a second couple for a real winter bargain. Feel free to contact us for monthly rates.

Perfect for snowbirds: If you are thinking of wintering in Gulf Shores, this cottage is the ideal place. The split floor plan makes it a perfect home for two couples to share. Each side has two bedrooms, one bath and French doors to the wonderful screened porch. The great room in the center of the house contains a huge kitchen, comfortable seating and a large dining area where you can share good times with family and friends.

Just up the road, the City of Gulf Shores has a fantastic recreation center with daily, weekly, or monthly rates. It features an indoor temperature controlled swimming pool, basketball courts, fitness room, indoor track, ping pong and pool tables, water aerobics, yoga and other fitness classes. In winter months, the city's Special Events Department sponsors an outstanding series of performances.

Golfers Paradise: Who could ask for more than waterfront cottage and a top of the line golf course! The Peninsula Golf Club is located just across the street and features 18 holes, a pro shop, and restaurant. In addition, you will find tennis courts and a swim fitness center. If you want to change things up a bit try the 36 holes of Pure Palmer Golf at Craft Farms, Cotton Creek, and Cypress Bend just a 15 minute drive away. Additional excellent options are Kiva Dunes or the Gulf Shores Golf Club; both just five miles away.

Shop over 120 brand name outlets on Hwy 59 in Foley at the Tanger Outlet Mall !! Brooks Brothers, Gap, Polo, Ann Taylor and more draw shoppers from miles around. From housewares, to clothing, to home furnishing, there is something for everyone just 10 miles north in Foley. The Park at OWA, the areas newest amusement and entertainment park, is next door to the Tanger Outlet Mall and the Foley Sports Complex. Fun for everyone!

More Details

Susan Nelson
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018

About Susan Nelson

My parents, Bob and Gene Thompson, purchased the original beach house in the 1950’s. Most of the cottages in this area were built with materials from disassembled WWII Army barracks located at Fort Morgan. Our cottage was a simple structure with concrete floors, cinder block walls, screen porches and a metal roof. For decades, our family enjoyed spending long summers in the cottage involved in our favorite activities of swimming, sailing and shrimping. It was a grand time and simple life complete with candlelight dinners, games, campfires and neighborhood gatherings. The cottage was destroyed by hurricanes, Ivan and Katrina in 2004 and 2005. Gene’s Mermaid Lagoon Cottage was rebuilt in 2007 in honor of my parents’ love for this beach. It is my hope that everyone who visits will treasure this part of the world as I do.

My family and I welcome you to come and stay in our paradise, where you can relax and play.

Sarah Thompson Doig

Guestbook comments from the owner

Loved the house. Thank you Mirs. Gene for opening your house and heart!
Mar 2010
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Gulf Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 26
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Signed rental agreement required 30 days prior to check in
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 13 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Large Walk In Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Walkway to water and Dock with portable seating


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(27 traveler reviews)

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Gene's Mermaid Lagoon Cottage -- Comfortable and Updated w/4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths
average rating of 5.0 based on 29 reviews


  • 5 of 5

It’s beautifully appointed and has everything (& more!) that you could need or want! Such a great location...just a short distance from all the action, if you are so inclined. Plenty of restaurant and grocery options within a few miles as well. Property Manager was more than helpful and accommodating. Be prepared to never want to leave!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Pam for your kind review. I’m very gratified you and your guests enjoyed your stay. Please come back again soon!
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Fantastic Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

We had a very good time and very much enjoyed our stay in this spacious home. The porch views over the lagoon and the close driving distance to all the hot spots made this a very desirable vacation house for the future stays. Thanks Again!!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Josh for your kind posting. It was a pleasure to have you and your family and if I'm lucky you'll stay at the Mermaid Cottage in the future !
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  • 5 of 5

Gene's Mermaid Lagoon Cottage was a dream! I stayed here for a week with my family and we played cards, drank tea and sat on the porch for the whole week! We didn't want to leave. Susan has created a perfect setting for R&R and reconnecting with friends and family. She has thought of everything... with personal touches in every room and everything you could ever need in the house.

Thank you for such a beautiful stay, Susan. We will be renting with you again!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tiffany, Thank you for your kind review. I strive to make each guest's stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. I hope your travels bring you back to Gulf Shores and to the Mermaid Lagoon Cottage !
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Perfect Beach Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family enjoyed this cottage so much! The layout of the home is perfect for two families and the kitchen had everything we needed. We brought our boat and enjoyed fishing, skiiing, and playing on the sandbars of the lagoon. Our family will have such great memories from our stay in this home!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

With this being the first family vacation in a couple of years we could not have asked for more. The layout of the home gave us plenty of room and the kitchen was large enough to have us working side by side while cooking. They kids loved swimming and playing on the lagoon beach which was perfect for them. So many things to do that our only regret was not having 2 weeks to play. Thanks for the opportunity to stay in this lovely home. Lucy

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your gracious comments Lucy. I am so happy you and your family enjoyed the Lagoon. Please come back again anytime and plan for an extended vacation next time !
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Relaxing Vacation -- Great House!

  • 5 of 5

I went to Gulf Shores with three other adults and four small children. There was plenty of space for all of us and the furnishings were very comfortable. The location was great. We loved having access to the lagoon for the kids to play in and a dock for the adults to lounge on while supervising. It was low-key, relaxing and exactly what we needed. Thank you for sharing your home with us. 5 stars!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. If I’m lucky, you and your family will come back and stay again - you are welcome anytime!
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Nearest Airport
43 Miles
Pensacola International Airport
Nearest Ferry
16 Miles
Fort Morgan Ferry
Nearest Golf
0.5 Miles
The Peninsula
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Mobile Street
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Property Damage Insurance $79

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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