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Wonderful Bay Cottage Home Twenty Feet from the Water!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

20 feet from the water, this cozy, quiet waterfront getaway on Mobile Bay in Fairhope, Alabama is a perfect place for writing, painting, or just hanging around on the wharf catching Blue Crabs. The town of Fairhope is a quaint bay-front village that began in the 19th century as an artists colony, and it still retains much of this feel, couched in a Deep-South warmth.

The center of town has many quaint shops that add to this charm and evoke a feeling of stepping back in time. The house itself invites you to sit and rock, watch the pelicans, herons, and gulls fly overhead, and boil some of those crabs you catch on the pier.

For those who can tear themselves away from the boiling of seafood and the clink of ice in the glass, the Gulf of Mexico is but a short drive away. Have a good time, and remember: This is the home of 'Forrest Gump', 'Cheeseburgers in Paradise' (found at Pirate's Cove), 'Margaritaville', and in nearby Mobile, the original Mardi Gras!


Brush your teeth on the deck by the light of the full moon;

Sleep out on the pier at least once if you can;

Turn off the ac/heat and open all of the windows when there is a breeze so that you can hear the sound of the water washing up on the rocks;

Count the number of pelicans that pass over the house in the afternoon;

Don’t miss a sunset;

Read more; watch TV less;

Serve drinks or dinner on the pier;

Look for porpoises chasing shrimp up and down the bay. When they are active you can see them 100-200 ft. off the end of the long piers;

Meet the neighbors; they are very nice;

Use the deck shower as often as you can;

Act out one of Shakespeare’s plays (there is a full set on the bookshelf);

As the kitchen is well equipped, learn how to make Creole Seafood Gumbo or West Indies Salad with the crabs that you catch (e-mail me for a recipe if you like).

Keywords: Bayfront Cottage

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2017

About The Owner

I: From Mobile/School at McGill and Spring Hill/Then to D.C./Background in International Relations/Wine Consultant/Love Fairhope, New Orleans, New York, and Hawaii/Love to Cook.

My Wife: From France/International Marketer/Family of Winemakers and Engineers/Love Fairhope, The Pyrenees Mountains, New Orleans, and Chicago/Love to Bake.

Why The Owner chose Alabama

Fairhope is a diamond in the rough! An artists' colony that doubles as a retirement community; a fun town that can be quiet; a village that is both civilized and laid back is hard to find indeed!

It is not only the proximity of our house to the beautiful body of water that is Mobile Bay that drew us to it, but also the pace and gentile nature of the town of Fairhope itself that makes this a genuinely special place in this country.

What makes this house unique

This is the closest house on the Eastern Shore to the water; only twenty feet! This makes the panoramic views fantastic, and your neighbors houses are built so far back that you don't even know they are there. Water views from every room are a great perk, and bay breezes through the windows are a treat! In addition, we own the lot next door, and our lots are among the deepest on this part of the bay, so there is a lot of room for children to play or to let your dogs run around.

Have we mentioned that we have the most well-equipped kitchen you will ever find in a vacation house?

Just read the reviews to see what we mean!


Fairhope House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) Twin beds in second bedroom may be converted to king., Queen size Beds (1) Queen in master bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Pack 'n' Play available., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleeper sofa in living room.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Covered Pier, Telescope, Crab traps, 'Pack And Play', Central Heat and A/C, propane smoker.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(103 traveler reviews)

Wonderful Bay Cottage Home Twenty Feet from the Water!
average rating of 4.8932037 based on 103 reviews

Great Home, Great View, Great Experience

  • 5 of 5

Stayed for a week at the Bay Cottage. Home is very well laid out with plenty of room both in and out of the home. Wrap around deck was fantastic, both at dawn and dusk. Being right on the water was fantastic, listening to the waves through the windows. Kitchen was well stocked with anything you would need. Owner was courteous and highly communicative. Highly recommend staying.

  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much, sir! I wish you could have stayed longer, and it sounds like you do too. That is what I like to hear from people, and I certainly continue to try to make that happen. Thank you again.
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Native Texans

Very pleased; great location

  • 4 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay, but hope to have better weather the next time.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Amazing Place and Experience!

  • 5 of 5

I am sitting here on the deck of this house right now drinking coffee from a French Press pot, and watching terns, gulls, and pelicans fly around while my kids play football on the property, and my wife is baking biscuits in the extremely well-equipped kitchen.

We are not supposed to leave until Saturday, but we are going to extend our stay a day, because we are enjoying things so much. I would stay longer, but my kids have to get back to school.

I came on the web-site here in order to book my next stay at this wonderful house, and I saw a review from some people who seem to have missed a lot when they stayed here, and I would encourage them to come back to Fairhope, but to do their homework beforehand.

Aside from the fact that this is probably the most charming little waterfront house in Fairhope for a family (I think the owner allows up to 6 people), the town of Fairhope itself is so much fun and so interesting. I saw something in that review about a bad restaurant experience, but we have had nothing but good ones. We went to The Wash House, as the owner suggested. It is 4 minutes from the house. We went to Sunset Pointe in town on the yacht basin and had a fantastic meal. We took our kids to the beach in town, and to the awesome park they have with all kinds of playground stuff that even includes spray walls, so you need your bathing suit. We went to a book signing for the book One Good Mama Bone, and went to the Fairhope Craft Beer Brewery. So much to do.

We will be back this summer! Thank you for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice place...

  • 5 of 5

Lovely well equipped. Very friendly neighbors. Mr bokus very kind and easy to contact.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful views

  • 3 of 5

My family and I (2 boys ages 17 & 8 and 1 girl age 2) enjoyed our stay. The home is located in Fairhope so there aren't many tourist attractions which was fine with my husband however the kids and I were hoping for a little bit more to do. We did visit "Olde 27 Grill" which was great food however service was lacking. My husband chose this house because he read about great fishing in the area however all we caught were catfish 🙄� The home was nicely set up with an open concept floor plan and the home came equipped with everything from spices and oil in the pantry to extra outdoor chairs chairs and a washer and dryer. The sunsets are beautiful and my family enjoyed watching dolphins play in the morning. The boys caught several crab in addition to the catfish.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: HI, Well, it looks like you liked our house, but this three-star review seems to cover the restaurant you went to, and some other things, but not our house. You mention our beautiful views, how you liked our layout and floorpan, how well-equipped the house is, the beautiful sunsets, the dolphins that swim by, and the fact that you caught catfish and crabs. The guest you see on the pictures caught a ton of redfish and speckled trout here, as do many people. Crabs and catfish aren't too shabby, though. Did you use the crab recipes I sent you in my 16-page housebook? There are many restaurants in Fairhope that are great, and range from very fine dining (The Wash House, or the Marriott Resort at the Grand Hotel, e.g.) to casual oyster bars with gumbo (Shux and Wintzell's to name but two of many). The restaurant you went to was not even in the town of Fairhope. I always make myself available to my guests via text, so folks can ask me any time what to do and where to go. Also, I guess you didn't go to the USS Alabama (battleship), the Eastern Shore Art Museum in town, the bookstore/café/bar (Page and Palette) that has book signings from nationally-known writers every week, the wine store owned by a New Yorker who does tastings all the time, Ravenite Pizzeria which has live music three or four times a week, the many antique stores, the art walk where all the galleries show their stuff and offer free wine and appetizers, drink the fantastic margaritas in the hand-blown glasses outside at Bucky's Birdcage where they have a putting green and a cigar and whiskey selection, send your teenagers to the game store in the middle of town where they play all kinds of board games, including chess, backgammon, war games, etc..., hang out at the municipal pool or the municipal beach park next to the municipal pier where there are two restaurants, charter a sailboat on the bay, go to Waterville water park at Gulf Shores (where there are some of the best beaches in the country), play laser tag or go bowling (5 minutes from where you ate your meal at Old 27), or any number of other things. Also, there are articles from the New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, etc... that talk about Fairhope being one of the greatest little towns in the US. Please read them. I only sent you two, but there are more. I am glad you liked our house. I just wish you had reviewed it, and not something else.
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Great vacation place

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay. The house had everything you would need. Vacationing made easy.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Pensacola or Mobile
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Wash House
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Fort Morgan
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Grand Hotel
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Wash House
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Gulf Shores
Car: necessary

Crabbing, Deep-sea Fishing, Bi-Plane Rides, Ultra-light Rides


Rates & Availability

Fairhope House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Rate For 2017
Feb 5 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $75
Tax Rate 6.0%

For stays of 8 nights and up, please speak to owner for further discounts.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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