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Charming Waterfront Retreat on Peaceful Palmetto Creek

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 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. We love your fur babies and they are welcome with a fee...(2 dogs max, and no cats, please) We do ask that they sleep in their own beds on the floor. 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
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

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 Elberta

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
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
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 -
  • Bathrooms will be provided minimally with paper products (enough to get you started but you may want to pick some up for the rest of the week if you have a big group!)
  • 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
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • 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.


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Charming Waterfront Retreat on Peaceful Palmetto Creek
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 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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This is absolutely the most perfect vacation home imaginable!!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here in June 2017 and unfortunately it has taken me this long to get back on the home away app and leave a review. This home has so much charm in every nook and cranny; no detail was left out. The owners are so hospitable and nice! We absolutely loved hearing the backstory of how the home was built by their family. The dock and water access behind the house is the best part. With the water only going up to about 4 foot deep at most to the left of the dock it gave the kids a great area to swim and us feel safe knowing they’re not in too deep of water. We fished almost daily off of the dock and cut several different species of ocean fish. We even caught several crab off of the dock. Even though this house is not directly on the beach and is instead in the bay it is so peaceful and relaxing. Will absolutely 100% stay here again next time!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved this house

  • 5 of 5

We had a marvelous 2 weeks at Breezy Point. The house had plenty of room for our party of 5. We had room for a few more. Everything we needed was there. The beds were very comfortable. The house was clean. The owners were next door for part of our visit. They were so friendly and hospitable. They made a small kayak, sailboat, and canoe and lifejackets available to use. We love being in the country away from the tourists and condos, but yet close enough to restaurants, the beach, and other attractions. We hope that we can return next year.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad ya'll had a great time. We'll look for your next year!
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we love Palmetto Creek, have been coming for many years, and it's our favorite place to vacay in the

  • 5 of 5

we love the Kilgores, and don't want to vacation anywhere that doesn't have a Gene Stacks!!

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hillsborough NC, usa

Family week get away. Theres no place like Home.

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our wonderful week at Breezy Point cottage on Palmetto Creek.

My sister and I grew up in the area, on near by Soldiers creek and in many ways it was like returning home for us.

We had my 9 year old granddaughter, Sammie with us and we were so grateful to share this beautiful place and our childhood memories of growing up here with her.

Having Becky, Gene, their family and Mr Kilgore next door for a large part of our stay was a wonderful addition to our fun and time spent at Breezy Point.

There is an ole saying " you can never go home again" Which I guess in theory is true, but my sister and I both felt the opposite during our stay at Breezy Point.

The beautiful views from the porch, the smells from the creek, the sounds of the afternoon passing showers, causing the rain to drip from the houses porch edges after the rain past, the laughter, and memories we shared with family and friends during our stay , and with one another. All so very familiar.

My family and I have been blessed with a second home on the coast of SC, which we love, enjoy, and have made and will continue to make wonderful memories there, but it was a tremendous blessing if just for a brief time to go back down a path which enabled us to touch base with our roots. Breezy point took us there.

A return visit will be planned. :)

Thank you Kilgore Family and much, much love to you all.

Marilyn Cooper Howard, Hillsborough, NC. Sammie Smith (granddaughter) Raleigh, NC. , Millie Cooper Dusek, Atlanta Ga.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

Loved the layout of this home! Very unique in relation to water as well. Three bedrooms all well away from each other, quaint back porch and shimmering diamonds on the water from unobstructed sunlight. Mr Gene is a genuine rarity, so kind and pure in heart. Willing to help or entertain at any time. I took a special needs family member who truly felt like it was the best vacation ever.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. We loved having you!
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Perdido Bay Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
32 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Wolf Bay Lodge
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Gulf Shores Public Beach
Car: necessary

Check out OWA, the brand new theme park in Foley AL! Just minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Pet Fee $125
Damage Deposit $200

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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