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Historic House on the Bay

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3.5 Baths , Guest House also available

This lovely waterfront Perdido Beach home is the ideal location for a family reunion, group retreat, or just plain relaxation. Five generations have enjoyed this historic home. Built in 1930 by Charles Marks of Montgomery, it has just undergone extensive restoration following damage from Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina.

Perdido Bay is in the front yard. Dolphins, herons, pelicans, and fish live in the Bay, which is beautiful in every season. Gentle breezes and the music of the waves stir around the house, making it incomparably tranquil. The water is warm and brackish, perfect for swimmers of all ages and shallow enough for young children. The neighborhood is semirural and quiet.

The house sleeps 14 guests and features a gourmet kitchen. Most furnishings are brand new, and a few antique family items maintain its rustic appeal. The house has central heat and air, as well as a gas fireplace for the winter months.

There are four bedrooms – three of which face directly onto the bay – plus a couch with a pull-out queen-sized mattress. Heron is the Master Suite, with a king-sized bed and private bath. Pelican, best suited for children or young adults, sleeps up to 6 children or 4 adults.

The bunk bed has a double bed on bottom, a twin bed on top, and a trundle bed. The day bed also has a trundle bed. Palmetto, at the end of the porch, features a queen-sized bed. There is a large double vanity bathroom shared with Pelican. Cypress is the most private bedroom, secluded at the far end of the house. This bedroom has a double bed with a private bathroom. Two more optional twin beds hang like porch swings on the front porch.

The gourmet kitchen is every cook's dream. The large granite island is perfect for serving fresh crab and fish. There are two sinks, a gas range, ultra-quiet dishwasher, microwave, oven, and lots of counter space. The kitchen, dining room, and living room flow together to make one open great room. The dining room table, dating from 1930 and original to the house, seats 14 easily.

A spacious screened porch, with hammocks, swings and rocking chairs, surrounds the Great Room and bedrooms. The back porch is the site of a ping-pong table just waiting for family tournaments or games to be enjoyed by all ages.

There is a well-stocked laundry room complete with washer/dryer, bath towels, beach towels, linens, pillows, games, toys, and floats. A canoe is available for exploring the bay and adjoining creeks and bayous.

The Gulf of Mexico, with unspoiled, dazzling white beaches, is just a short drive away. The bustle of Gulf Shores/Orange Beach is also close, but not too close, and offers shopping, restaurants and sightseeing. Pontoon and speed boats are available there for rent and boats can be chartered for deep-sea fishing excursions. The Tanger Outlet Mall is just a short 20 minute drive away in Foley for anyone looking for bargains galore.

Keywords: Beach House

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Perdido Beach House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , with guest cottage
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , This is a separate guest cottage with bath and sitting area
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 child bed , 1 bunk bed , Bunk bed has double bottom and single top.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Two of these are on the veranda (in summer), hung from the ceiling like a porch swing. Heavenly to sleep on at night and lovely for reading and snuggling in daytime., Child Beds (1) Trundle beds, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1) Double sized lower bunk
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Three unique swinging beds on the porch. See the 'Beds' section.


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(23 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Fabulous property and host

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been more pleased with our stay here. An extended family of 11 was comfortably accommodated in this spacious and beautifully maintained historic home. Priscilla was a delight--just the right amount of warmth and leaving us to ourselves. We felt well supported and would definitely return. Kitchen is well supplied with dishes and tools. Numerous bedrooms and bathrooms together with large shared spaces make for an ideal setting.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a beautiful house on the Bay!!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay in this home. Every amenity you could think of was provided by the owner. The bedrooms, spacious kitchen, and wonderful porch made our stay very comfortable. The children loved swimming and fishing in the bay. This home is truly a treasure and I am so glad that the owner opens the doors so that other families can enjoy quality time together in such a peaceful setting. We most definitely will revisit this home again.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved this place!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place! We had 8 adults and 4 children. My favorite thing about the house was the giant kitchen table. We were all able to sit and have meals together. The kitchen was very well stocked and very spacious! The wrap around screened porch is awesome. We had 3 children under the age of 5 so it's very nice that you can latch the screens and not worry about them getting out and heading to the water. It was very nice in the evening to sit on the porch and relax.

The house came with a canoe, kayaks and life jackets for all ages. The family enjoyed going out in the canoe. While we were there the water was calm. Tide was high so not a whole lot of beach area. My nephews fished but didn't catch much. However we still managed to have a good time.

We weren't too far form things to do. We visited alligator alley, The Wharf in Orange Beach and The Hangout in Gulf Shores. By recommendation of Priscilla the house manager we went to Johnson Beach in Florida which was not as crowded and just as pretty! The kids loved the white sand and the beach area was very clean ! Water wasn't very blue cause of all the storms that area has had lately. There were public restroom and a picnic area. Well worth the $15 to get in.

All in all an awesome experience. My only complaint is that I wish we could have stayed longer. I would highly recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Powder Springs, GA

Great Time!

  • 5 of 5

We had 6 adults, 4 kids, 2 teenagers and a baby and we all fit very well without the use of the guest house. The kitchen and living area is very spacious with lots of seating and the kitchen is absolutely amazing! There is a bedroom with a double behind the kitchen and a pantry/laundry area off the kitchen as well. To get to the other 3 bedrooms you enter the screened porch area, each bedroom has a private entrance off the screened porch. The porch side facing the water receives a nice breeze and was a favorite place to sit. Everyone enjoyed the bay area. Canoeing, kayaking and fishing - the water was choppy because of storms a couple days but otherwise it was almost like being on a lake. There is no beach but the water is very shallow so the kids enjoyed swimming and hunting for hermit crabs. There is grocery and restaurants in Foley, AL about 20-25 min away. We also visited Johnson Beach, Naval Aviation Museum and Pensacola lighthouse which were all about 30 min. away. This is a great house for relaxing but not too far from local attractions for fun outings! The owner is also very helpful and will quickly answer any questions you may have - you will definitely enjoy your stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little Rock, AR


  • 5 of 5

Our family LOVES Mark's Ark...we lovingly call it the "Alabama House". It is such a great place to relax and connect with family. I slept in the cottage and loved every minute of charming. We kayaked, played ping pong, sat on the porch and loved every minute of it! Thanks Priscilla and family for making such a special place available to the rest of us! I hope Winston is doing good...give Reggie a pat on the head for us.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't Beat it!!

  • 5 of 5

This is our third February visit to Mark's Ark over the past four years! The layout of the home, the gourmet kitchen, the many bedrooms off the wrap-around porch and now the restoration of the guest house make this a perfect getaway spot!! The home is fully equipped, immaculate, and the owner, Priscilla, has become a great easy to work with. We shall return!!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property Manager

Property Manager
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About The Owner

There are several owners -- siblings and cousins. We all love our place.

The Owner purchased this house in 1930

Why The Owner chose Perdido Beach

It was beautiful and peaceful here in 1930, and it still is.

What makes this house unique

A swimmable bay and beach in the front yard. Going to the you-pick blueberry farm. The way the house invites us to relax, play and visit together. Family suppers with everyone at our dining table.


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Pensacola or Mobile
Nearest Barpub
35 Miles
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Ft Morgan
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Orange Beach
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
US 98
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Gulf Shores by boat
Car: necessary

Deep Sea Fishing at the Gulf. Fresh local produce in summer.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
tax/administrative $435
cleaning fee $400

Special long-term rental rates available January and February and March. .

50% non-refundable deposit. Final payment due 30 days before occupancy..

Manager'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.

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