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Charming Waterfront Retreat on Peaceful Palmetto Creek

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-11)

The swing on the screened front porch is the place to enjoy the pelicans, dolphins, and beautiful Alabama sunsets. After one week experiencing this quiet haven, you will want to come back year after year. This peaceful spot offers calm waters for great water skiing yet lives up to its 'Breezy Point' name, providing light winds for your afternoon sail in Perdido Bay.

Secluded, yet just minutes away from Tanger Outlet Mall and all the sights and restaurants at Gulf Shores and Perdido Key, this is the perfect retreat location. Gentle waves lap over this sandy beach with no undertow to endanger your children; yet deep water is nearby for divers and more advanced swimmers, and for your boating needs. The lot includes a boat ramp.

Our vintage house is cozy and comfortable with with spacious rooms and inviting decor. Recently updated, it provides all the convenience you will need to enjoy a relaxing vacation...updated appliances, tile countertops, hardwood floors, a large pantry, and laundry area. Fur babies are welcome with a fee...(2 dogs max, and no cats, please) Outside fenced area works well for smaller dogs...

You can fish and crab right off your private dock....your very own 'On Golden Pond'....just waiting for you!

Keywords: Bungalow, Vintage, Quaint, secluded, quiet,

peaceful, cozy, haven, get-a-way, retreat, cottage

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Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2017

About JulieJoyner

I am a mother of five, married 35 years. I love to travel, but of all the places I have been all over the world, the place I love the most is this quiet spot in Perdido Beach Alabama. I love remembering all the wonderful times that I have spent here with family and friends ...the waterskiing and the sailing with my dad, the nightly singing on the front porch and the feasts around my great grandmother's big mahoghany table, late night discussions of life's important questions on the dock, counting falling stars, skinny dipping and sunbathing with sisters and friends, building 'turtle houses' on the beach as a kid and sandcastles with my own children, repeatedly counting cousins in the water, watching lightning storms across the bay, afternoon naps on my mother's porch swing, 'junking' at nearby shops with my sisters, walking to the old post office to retrieve the mail from box 19, and penny candy from the general store,

boat parades on July 4.....54 years of kicking up the same sand down the same driveway, enjoying stunning Alabama sunsets and beautiful azaleas and hydrangeas planted by my grandmother, chasing visiting dolphins in the boat, enjoying a book on the deck...countless memorable hours at Perdido Beach with my children, my family, and my friends have made my life exceedingly rich. Blessed as I am, I couldn't figure out how to make my picture with my 84 year old Dad vertical....(thank you to the VRBO team who fixed that!)....he's a treasure, and you might be lucky enough to meet him, if you rent this wonderful property....

JulieJoyner purchased this cottage in 1970

Why JulieJoyner chose Alabama

My father vacationed with his parents in the area when he was a boy. His parents bought land and build a home adjacent to this land before I was born. I was raised spending my summers here. My sisters and I inherited this vacation home from my mother after she died.

What makes this cottage unique

The location is ideal because although it is secluded, it is also convenient to shopping, restaurants, movies, and really anything that might be needed. Both Pensacola and Mobile are within reach.

The Gulf of Mexico is just 25 minutes by car and 10 minutes by boat. The brackish water offers the benefits of a lake, warm but not too hot...salty, but not too salty. The sandy bottom is comfortable; water shoes are not even necessary. You are near civilization but it is quiet and peaceful. There's some boating activity, especially on weekends, but not too much...Just the right blend for a perfect retreat...

Guestbook comments from the owner

I wanted to Thank you for letting my husband and son enjoy your secret hideaway in Alabama. During our breaks from baseball we enjoyed boating in the bay and watching the dolphins. My son Travis invited a friend over to ride on the tube in the bay and they had the best time ever. I was watching from the porch and could hear them laughing from the water. Nothing is better than a child’s laughter. We will be seeing you again .


Houston Texas
Jul 2013
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Elberta Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • King size beds (1), Double Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Port-a-crib, (1) Roll-away beds (2) Linens ARE provided.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Private dock with deep water, accessible for boats. Property has a boat ramp that is best for smaller boats. Larger ramps are nearby. Also a sandy beach with shallow water ideal for sunbathing and swimming.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Charming Waterfront Retreat on Peaceful Palmetto Creek
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
Columbia Mississippi

Simply paradise! Charming is an understatement

  • 5 of 5

I almost scared to write this review. I can honestly say after over 20 years of spring and summer beach trips to the Alabama and Florida gulf coast this is by far our favorite place we have stayed. This place has it all. It is extremely quite and peaceful. Views of the bay are stunning. The back porch is heaven on earth. This little cottage is adorable and has everything you could possibly need for your stay. We docked our boat by the pier and went everywhere by boat. Restaurants and fuel anything you need is all accessible by boat. We tubed in Palmetto creek we enjoyed the bay and the beach out near the gulf. Hospitality was wonderful such a great stay. We will be back for years to come. Thank you Ms. Julie for sharing your amazing property. Also our little fur friends 🐶 had a great time 😊

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad ya'll had such a wonderful visit and we look forward to having you again!
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  • 5 of 5

We've stayed here twice now and both times were wonderful! We LOVE this cottage and plan on going back, our grand kids absolutely loved it and so did all our other family and friends that came to truly is a perfect place for a getaway. Thanks so much Julie!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a deal! Family Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Sweet place. Nostalgic yet comfortably modern. Great use or arts and local materials in the home. Very clean and great host. Great place for a swim without fighting the beach crowd. Easy to manage meals while having the family time.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Jackson, MS

Wonderful memories!

  • 5 of 5

Our family came in June of 2013 and have remembered it fondly since! We hope to come back soon!!

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful Cozy Cottage! Perfect for waterfront vacation in a quiet, away from it all place! Close enough to shopping, restaurants and recreation venues to visit easily. Favorite restaurant was Lambert's in Foley! Home had everything supplied you needed, just bring your own paper goods and daily personal items and your set for a perfect stay.

Kids (3 and 4 years) loved the dock to catch their first fish from and the blue heron who was close by to eat them for his dinner! Kids loved this place from start to finish--didn't want to go home!

Beautiful setting on the water to just relax and enjoy the dolphins swimming by! Back porch is screened in and was so nice. Outside shower was a plus with the lawn furniture right there to sit on while you dried off.

Loved the dock for our boat! Bring plenty of boat bumpers (no rubber on dock). Water does get pretty rough during the thunderstorms. We loved being able to just park our boat and come and go as we pleased!

The main reason we picked this cottage was the boat dock and the location, on a creek and it was beautiful.

There is plenty of room to turn your boat/trailer around once you get into area around cottage with plenty of regular car parking BUT the only problem we had with this beautiful place was that we couldn't take our boat out of the water during a bad thunderstorm because we couldn't get the boat (21' pontoon) on the trailer in the long driveway into the home without scratching the boat or tearing our bimini top, the main driveway in is long and the tree limbs hang too low and in too far on sides. The boat launch for a medium to larger size boat is a few miles away (10+ minutes) and you have to drive your boat back to dock which takes 15 minutes (20 mph) or more depending on your boats speed and waters roughness.

The cottage does have a small boat launch as well as another one a block away but both are in very shallow water and are for smaller boats.

We appreciate the owners for allowing our pets (deposit) to come with us, they had the time of their lives. So glad to see they were animal lovers too!

We loved this place and look forward to many more vacations here in the future!

The James' Gang

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Berea, KY

Our second stay at this home and another very enjoyable relaxing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here two years ago (summer 2014) and had a great time during our family vacation. Now my oldest son has graduated college and we wanted to get in a "full family vacation" before he started his new job. He even brought along his girlfriend for the trip and she made the trip all the more fun for our family. Everything was the same as before during our previous visit. We enjoyed talking to Gene next door and swapping stories while catching up and like him very much. We missed seeing him interact with his grandchildren who were visiting during our first visit and even my boys now call him "Poppy" which was his nickname by his grandchildren. We fished most every evening for catfish and some days we fished and swam off the little pier out back. The local heron's enjoyed our stay while we fished as well. We made the mandatory visit to the ocean beach only once because we had everything we needed at the house. Again, shopping is less than half an hour away at the Tanger Outlet stores in Foley and we found a great new place to eat fresh seafood at the Fish River Grill near Gulf Shores. It was a nice trip and ended too quickly. Perhaps we will be back next year as we lamented not returning there during our 2015 vacation.

Thanks J. for another great vacation!

Scott L.

Berea, KY

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elberta Cottage Rental Rates

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4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $125
Tax Rate 4.0%

Pet Policy: We love pets, but we do ask that you keep your canine guests to a minimum of 2, and that you clean
up after them with regard to their deposits in the yard! We love cats, too, but we do not allow them..Pet fee is 125/per dog.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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