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Old World Charm -2 minute walk to beach. Fish-swim from pier. lg screened porch.

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Unique home. Perfect for several generations or multiple families


Unique house on Lafitte Bay. Best of both worlds. Lounge on the pier and deck or take a 2 minute walk to the Gulf beach. Take a deep water swim in the Bay right from the pier or head to the Beach to cool down. Antique heart of pine floors upstairs, Egyptian tile downstairs. Large covered screened porch upstairs with additional uncovered sun deck. New Orleans style porch downstairs overlooking the water. 4 large private bedrooms with 3 additional sleeping areas.

Even though this house only has two bathrooms, each has a separate dressing area with sinks so that one person can shower in private while others continue to get ready/dressed. Upstairs bathroom features a double vanity in the dressing area with separate tub and shower. Downstairs bathroom is the same with the exception of a single pedestal sink.



This house accommodates very large crowds easily but has plenty of private porches and rooms to get away from the group. See below for descriptions of the various areas of the house.


The kitchen comes fully stocked with dishes, utensils, etc… This Cook's kitchen features a 4 burner stove, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher, two sinks and a disposal. Stocked with large pots and many extras, the open floor plan allows the cook to hang out with the family as the kitchen and the main living area are combined.

The house is furnished with 4 cable TV’s (42" HDTV in main living area). A DVD/VCR player will allow you to watch your favorite movies anytime you choose. Broadband WIFI is available free of charge. The main living area features a large sectional sofa, love seat, large chairs, as well as plenty of additional seating. French doors open to a large covered and screened porch that features two 5' swings, two large rockers, and large outdoor dining table with seating for 8.

The charcoal grill / outdoor cooking area is located close to the kitchen off of the screened porch.

Open to the living area, the dining table seats 12 with additional seating at the bar. Dining room has panoramic views of the bay and Mississippi Sound.


Beds, beds, beds... and spaces for playing games in play room or just getting away from the crowd. Just out the door, is a covered carport with comfortable seating to catch the gulf breezes. Outdoor shower with privacy fence. enjoy the New Orleans style porch. From this porch you can watch the mullet jump or if you keep a close watch you can spot the dolphins stroll through the Bay.

The pier is a great spot to watch the sun rise and set, sit and enjoy the views and breezes, fish, crab, swim, toss a cast net, get a tan.


House sits on deep water on Lafitte Bay, which is the largest inlet bay on the north west side of Dauphin Island. It's hard to determine what is prettier, the sun rising in the east or the moon hanging over the Bay. At this house, you can see both. Step out the front door and watch a gorgeous sunset from the balcony to the west in the evening. This house has a water view from all sides.



Including but not limited to the following:

* No Damage to House

* No missing or broken items

* No more than the maximum number of occupants in the property

* No smoking

* No parties or weddings

* Property is left reasonably clean, no dirty dishes

All trash taken to outside containers and put on the street Monday and Thursday nights.


We reserve the right to deduct excess cleaning & damage charges from the deposit.


Pet friendly with owner permission in advance. $100 pet fee per pet. Contact for more info.


Deposit and advance rent are refundable, if reservation is cancelled 60 days prior to arrival. We will also refund if we can re-book the property.


* CHECK IN 4:00 PM -- CHECK OUT 10:00 AM.


Keywords: bay front, deep water, boat friendly, pier, waterfront, fishing, crabbing, expansive rooms, porches everywhere, antiques/cottage, unique, lots of parking, game room, birds abound, very comfortable furniture, cooks kitchen, open floor plan, private spaces.

More Details

Jan Tanner
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Jan Tanner

I'm a teacher, mom, grandmother and project extraordinaire. I'm passionate about getting my hands dirty - whether it's gardening or remodeling a home.

I love my porches - being outside in the warm breezes rejuvenates and calms my soul. Napping in the hammock, chasing my grandchildren, sunning and reading magazines on the chaise lounge chairs, eating watermelon or lavish dinners of fresh trout with a bottle of wine -- it doesn't matter what you are doing, being outside heightens the experience!

Jan Tanner purchased this house in 1998

Why Jan Tanner chose Royal Lagoons

I dreamed of owning a beach home on Dauphin Island and we finally made that happen by doing most of the work ourselves on a previous beach cottage. Then, we made the commitment to live on Dauphin Island full time and purchased this property.

This was our home for many years but after Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, we decided to have a second home in Mobile, AL and rent our home. It's still a place we all love.

Beyond Reason is appropriately named... It is unique in so many ways. I fell in love the first time I walked through the door of this awkward brick house on the water. It has so much charm and it wraps you up. All are surprised by this home's beautiful qualities when they enter. It has an unexplained warmth and beauty that is unexpected. It is Beyond Reason!

What makes this house unique

Not another condo or silly bright bedspread... instead... 200 year old heart pine floors, slave made bricks, stately arched brick columns, antique Egyptian tiles, panoramic water views, antique furniture that is relaxed and user friendly, large open kitchen furnished with all needed for gracious cooking, old time large screened porch -- Beyond Reason is comfortable and beautiful. The open plan is modern and updated, but gives you a feeling of 'back in time'. It is located on the largest deep water bay on Dauphin Island's West End. Dolphins stroll through to catch the mullet as blue crabs roam the bay floor. Choose a porch from the many surrounding our home; New Orleans style porch with brick arches on waterside, large screened porch upstairs overlooking Lafitte Bay, Covered area on ground level furnished for relaxation or sit in the gardens around the house or on the front stoop. The spacious open living area is comfortable for large crowds, and the nooks throughout the house are great get away spaces for small groups. The abundant comfortable bedding allows for large groups to vacation together. The location provides deep water swimming 15 feet from the back door; the walk to the gulf beach is an easy 3-5 minute stroll. The large screened porch provides seating for 16 with a play space for kids. It is a great escape from evening bugs and has views of the bay and gulf with an outdoor cooking station. The charm of this home is hard to describe. When guests walk through the door they always give a sigh of unexpected delight. Our guestbook is a joy to read as our visitors comment on the amazing attributes of this iconic island home. We are attached to our family home and take great care to insure that our guests feel the same connection. You will not want to leave. Many return because there is no place that compares


Royal Lagoons House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 16
  • Max. adults: 13
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , sink and dressing area separate from toilet/bath
    Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower , double vanity sinks in separate area from toilet/bath
  • Each bathroom has a separate dressing area so that someone can use the sink area while another uses the bath/toilet area.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16
  • Downstairs Sleeping Areas - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 4 child bed , Queen & twin + 4 Child sized bunk beds. No doors for privacy
    Upstairs Master - 1 king , 1 baby crib , TV/DVD and full sized crib
    Upstairs 2nd bedroom - 2 queen , TV/DVD but no cable hookup. Pack and play crib.
    Downstairs 2 - 1 king , TV/DVD
    Downstairs 1 - 1 king , TV/DVD
  • 4 Private Bedrooms (2 upstairs and 2 downstairs) Additionally, there are 3 sleeping areas downstairs without privacy doors: 1 queen, 1 twin, and 4 child sized bunks
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 16 garden chairs
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseshoes
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This home is unique-feels like an old lodge or cottage. Beautiful views-quiet and very comfortable. a great get away for family. A perfect house for large groups-rooms large enough for a crowd and many get away spots to be alone. Water views from all directions. Porches and pier are favorite spots for guests. Swimming from pier, fishing, cast nets, bird watching, crabbing, spotting the dolphins, sunrises and sunsets, listening to the surf are all simple delights of 'Beyond Reason'-our island home. Large open rooms and spacious bedrooms. Lots of nooks for private conversations and small groups. A great home for large groups with "getaways" when you want to be alone.


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Old World Charm -2 minute walk to beach. Fish-swim from pier. lg screened porch.
average rating of 4.818182 based on 11 reviews

Very Nice

  • 5 of 5

Clean, neat, more than enough room for two families. Short walk to the beach, nice screened in porch.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very comfortable and accommodating. Relaxing beach house.

  • 5 of 5

The furnishings in the home were just right. I love the charming design. There was so much to do. We fished off the dock in the bay and went to the beach daily. The beach was not crowded as one might expect for mid July. There are so many spaces in the home for family groups as well as privacy. We loved the screened porch and huge dining table. Hope to return to Beyond Reason. We had a wonderful vacation thanks to this beach house.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location, home provided everything we needed for all ages 77 to 2.

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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House was nice

  • 3 of 5

Overall the house was really nice inside. Needed some work outside but the island was perfect! Quiet and not crowded. However, we did clean the property VERY well and never received the deposit back. I emailed the owner and she never responded. We have never been on a vacation and not gotten the cleaning deposit back so for this reason we would not stay again. Very cute house to stay in but don't expect deposit back when staying.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A suburb of St. Paul.

Best Family Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Where do I start? Perfect family friendly home on Dauphin. Everything we needed to relax and enjoy family time before school is back in session. Caught many fish off the dock and blue crab in the cages. The space was cool and comfortable when we needed a break from the midday sun. Thanks for everything! The Siedschlags

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Newnan, Ga

Birthday Vacation

  • 5 of 5

The home was everything we expected it to be and more we stayed for a week and in that week was mine,my son and my dads birthday and I have to say it gave us the best birthday we have ever had.My son is now talking about moving to the area he loved it so much so me and my husband are going to gift them a honeymoon in the house for their wedding gift.You can not call this place a house because a house is just a house this is a Home one filled with memories and collections of the owners with extra personal touches you can feel the love and heart of the home as well as the good feeling of all the blessed memories there. The home has loads of room we found that we didnt even need 4 of the beds nor the kids cubby. I reccomend this home to any family that wants to go there and feel like they are home. Thank you for such a loving home

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $100
Cleaning Fee $250
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 11.0%

Please let me know how many are in your party. If you would like to bring your pet, please let me know the size and type and receive approval before booking. Also, you'll need to select the pet fee option during checkout.
If you have any questions at all, I'll be happy to chat with you!

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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