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Wonderful Bay Cottage Home Twenty Feet from the Water!

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

Overview

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!

GREAT WAYS TO ENJOY THE HOUSE

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

Owner
Owner
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

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 Fairhope

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!

Amenities

Fairhope House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
Outside:
  • 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
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
Covered Pier, Telescope, Crab traps, 'Pack And Play', Central Heat and A/C, propane smoker.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Wonderful Bay Cottage Home Twenty Feet from the Water!
average rating of 4.867769 based on 121 reviews
5

Our visit to Fairhope, Al

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and would do it again. There is something very relaxing about staying near the water. The area is beautiful and close to downtown. The local people we met were all very friendly and helpful. The cottage we rented "A Nouste"was just wonderful. Everything we needed was available. The detailed information was great and very helpful. Would do it again.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you were able to visit Fairhope. It is such a wonderful and interesting little town. Naturally we love our place, because we are right on the water, but we also like the sophistication of a nice restaurant or museum (when we can tear ourselves away from the sunsets on our deck)! Hurry back!
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5

Perfection! Must visit!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 had a great time! The house was in great condition-we had no issues. The wharf had just been redone due to being destroyed during the previous hurricane. The kids got to get down in the water and go for a swim!! It's super shallow - so perfect for younger kids! The house was fully stocked! We brought an air mattress for our son and realized we didn't even need one because they had a great one there! Fairhope is a beautiful community!! We would highly recommend you check it out!

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Quiet and cozy.

  • 5 of 5

Sabin squeezed in a last minute booking. This is the second time we have stayed in the cottage and again it was very clean and well kept. We enjoy staying in the cottage when visiting as it gives us a lot of freedom to see family and friends. The dog enjoys it too.

The pier is being built and should be completed soon. I also noted the new flooring and dishwasher waiting to be installed.

I recommend the cottage to any small family with kayaking or a small boat. The boats are easily launched at mullet point park just down the way. The water is very shallow so keep this in mind.

Sabin I will be back and as always thanks for lending out your cottage.

  • Submitted: Apr 14, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful Getaway Place!

  • 4 of 5

The only complaints were the Seagulls! They perched early in the morning on the piers at the houses on both sides of ours and never shut up. Weird because as far as you could see the other piers didn't have any. They finally left at about 8pm at night. Crazy! The house was great.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hmmm... I am glad you liked the HOUSE. I did see that on this review, I believe: "The house was great" are the words you used. "Wonderful Getaway Place" as your title was great too. You were there for two nights only, and if you had been the fishing type, you sure would have been happy to see those gulls. The fishing must have been great those two days, because the gulls are only up to one thing: fishing. They, like every other creature on the bay, live by the weather. I'll bet you they weren't around in those numbers for long. I do, however, wish you had not penalized me for the seagulls, especially when they are more fun to hear than traffic. You said you enjoyed the Pelicans. I don't guess we talked about the Herons in the evening, the terns, or any of the other 27 species of bird that an ornithologist found there during a stay one time. There will birds of whatever kind there in the future, too, if you decide to return. We hope you do.
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5

Quiet, comfortable vacation setting

  • 5 of 5

Wish we had a longer stay. Really enjoyed this home.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great Vacation Rental

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay!! The home was very clean and had everything we needed to love our 10 day stay . We enjoyed unseasonable warm weather , so much of our time was spent on the deck. Very quiet and private, and an easy drive to Fairhope or Gulf Shores. The owner was great to work with and always responded promptly to our phone calls or texts. Would highly recommend renting this property.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. We look forward to your return to Fairhope!
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Map

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
Mobile
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
I-10
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Wash House
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Gulf Shores
Car: necessary

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

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Availability

Available
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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Cleaning Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $59
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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