Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

The Sunset Bay Escape - Fishing, Boating, Birding, Relaxing!!!

Bedrooms 7
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

House, 7 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 22-25 w/kids)

NOTE -- Please give us an ACCURATE number of Adults and Children in your group. Our Listing states that we sleep / have beds for 25. That assumes some children in your group. Limit of beds for adults (including older teens) is about 18 including blow up and bottom bunks. If you bring more adults, you may have to provide additional bedding. We have beds for at least 25 (maybe more) that includes top bunks, cots, couches and/or fold-outs for kids.

Whether you are interested in birding, boating, fishing or simply watching the sun set, The Sunset Bay Escape has it! The Sunset Bay Escape is a 7 bedroom house located on Port Bay near Rockport, Texas. Port bay is a back bay off of Copano Bay in the Texas Coast with EXCELLENT fishing. We have caught over 40 fish in one evening off the fishing pier.

This house is not a canal home but a BAY home and fully equipped with EVERYTHING you might need for your stay. You need only bring you self, food and clothes. We provide everything else including all linens, towels, pans, dishes, etc. There are not 5 cups, glasses and plates here. There is PLENTY of good plate, pans and utensils. If something necessary is missing, let us know.

We are KID and PET FRIENDLY!!! We have 5 kids of our own and have tried to include all the things to keep the kids entertained.

When you are at The Sunset Bay Escape, if feels like you are a million miles from civilization, but you are only 8 minutes to a Super Walmart! You drive through a lot of ranch land and then, suddenly, you emerge in a Jewel of a place on a wonderful, isolated bay.

The Sunset Bay Escape is a luxurious three story house that has two full kitchens - one upstairs and one downstairs! It has a large Master Suite upstairs with an oversized tiled shower and large Jacuzzi tub. There are four bedrooms on the second floor with two being Masters and two more bedrooms on the ground floor. Enjoy our Five Large Flat-Screen TV’s and two Blu-Ray DVD players using our collection of DVDs. There is even a PS2 game system with games for the kids (or young at heart) to play. For the little ones, we have a play set out back.

Right out the back door is Port Bay and your own 300 foot lighted pier with direct access to the water. Port Bay is full of redfish, shark, trout, flounder, gafftops, whiting, croakers, sheepheads and drum. There is no commercial fishing in the Bay so fishing is GOOD! Kayaks/rafts and basic fishing gear provided as well as bright fishing lights on the pier. Don't forget to look for the dolphins!

Bring your boat! There is a boat launch very close by, and you can tie it up to our pier. Also, with your boat, you have easy access to Copano Bay, considered by all to have some of the best fishing on the Texas Coast! We now have a 18 ft. wide driveway so you can park on one side of the drive way and still get in and out on the other sire AND to accommodate larger vehicles and boats.

For the wildlife enthusiast, there is an abundance of wildlife in the area. You can see deer, raccoon, possum, turkey, rabbit and other wild animals.

For the birding enthusiast, this area is teaming with a large variety of bird species including Black-necked Stilts, Ibis, Rosette Spoonbills, Reddish Egrets, Gull and Tern species, Least Turns, Rails and Snipe, wintering Geese, Sandhill Cranes and White-tailed Hawks. You might even see endangered Pereghrine Falcons, Wood Storks or Brown Pelicans. There are a number of birding sites within a few miles of the house.

Rockport is a short drive away with a sandy beach, museums, shopping, and antiques. Port Aransas is also close by for a good day trip to the Gulf of Mexico.

Unfortunately, we do not allow 'Events' such as weddings or other large parties. Gatherings at the house are strictly limited to those guests staying at the house.

The Sunset Bay Escape is a Family Friendly location. No corporate retreats or other such gatherings allowed. We only allow Family Gatherings. All persons must be related by blood, marriage or other family connection as required by our HOA Rules.


Always send an Inquiry. On-line rate is usually accurate but may not be on occasion. Multi-day discounts may not show up in on-line quoted rate.

Add $200.00 Cleaning Fee to all Rentals

Add 15% Tax to all Rentals

Holiday Charge for Major US Holidays. Christmas and New Years at Peak Rate

Keywords: Beach House Fishing Birding on the Texas Coast

More Details

Beverly Raub Tompary
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2017

About Beverly Raub Tompary

Timothy & Rosa Raub have five children and three grand children (as well as a wonderful son-in-law and daughter-in-law!). We live nearby on the Texas coast. Tim has a full time job and Rosa is the one who takes care of most of the property issues. You will also hear from our daughter, Beverly, a stay-at-home mom. You are not dealing with a big property management company but, rather, the actual owners. The Sunset Bay Escape is our house. We stay there every chance we get. We have equipped it the way we want it for our enjoyment and want you to enjoy it as much as we do!

Beverly Raub Tompary purchased this house in 2012

Why Beverly Raub Tompary chose Gulf Coast

The Sunset Bay Escape is in a GEM of a location. The location near Rockport, Texas is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest places on the Texas Coast for getting away from it all. No Big Hotels, no houses squeezed together on top of one another. Water out the back door and pasture land out the front door. No street lights at night. Enjoy gazing at the stars in this unique location.

What makes this house unique

One of the great things about the Sunset Bay Escape is that the closest neighbor is several hundred yards away. The house is quite isolated and even located on a cul-de-sac road. We are definitely off the beaten path and away from it all yet about 8 minutes from a Super Wal Mart!


Rockport House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 25
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 18 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , 3rd. fl Master Bath w/ Jetted Tub & Large 2 - Person Shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , 2nd. floor bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , @nd. floor bath
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower , First Floor Bath
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 25
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Third Story Master Suite
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Second Story Bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Second Story Bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Second Story Bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 2 bunk bed , 2nd. Story Bunk Room. One Twin & One Double bunk beds
    Bedroom 6 - 2 bunk bed , First Floor Bunk Room. One Twin & One Double bunk beds
    Bedroom 7 - 1 queen , First Floor Bedroom
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 twin/ single , Two small cots for small adult or child
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1) Port a Crib Available, Bunk Beds (4) Each bunk room has TWO bunk beds -- one single over single and one double over double.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

The Sunset Bay Escape - Fishing, Boating, Birding, Relaxing!!!
average rating of 4.868421 based on 38 reviews
Yancey, Texas

Absolutely wonderful!!

  • 5 of 5

Sunset bay escape house was amazing! The family all loved it. It was also great to have the fishing pier right out the back door too.

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Nicely furnished and positioned!

  • 4 of 5

Comprehensive property that housed and entertained several families for a week, very nice to have separate living areas and stepping on three floors.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Angleton, TX

Very nice roomy and all the needed amenities

  • 5 of 5

Only thing I would add would be a pool 😊

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0

Never again.

  • 1 of 5

The house was infested with gnats...inside and out. We left a chicken casserole in the oven overnight and when I opened the oven the next day, it was covered with a layer of live gnats. GROSS! Between the house and the pier is what appears to be the septic tank...wet and nasty. You had to walk around it. ugh. The lights on the pier for fishing at night did not work. Bummer, as we really wanted to do this. The landscaping was almost nil, The potted palm on the front was dead, and other bushes in the front half dead. Not a welcoming site for guests. We had a good time as a family, but we put up with a lot of unexpecteds. You could not leave your drink uncovered as the gnats would jump in!

The code they gave us to get in had been changed a few days before our arrival. They forgot to tell us. We fretted for the first 45 min. before they got back to us. Apologies were given, and accepted, but this was not the way we wanted to start our first Homeaway experience.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It had to happen sooner or later. After 10 yrs and 75 five-star reviews, we get a sour apple who is determined to write an unfair, bad review that is filled with exaggerations & half-truths. First, this is a family operated business. My wife and I along with our stay-at-home-mom daughter manage our Vacation Rental properties. Second, our check in time is 4:00 PM and stated very clearly everywhere. This party showed up before 3:00 PM. I have email and phone records and the 45 minute wait is a total fabrication. Yes, the door code had been changed when I installed a new door knob the day before. I change the code regularly to protect guests and the property. I got an email at 2:52 pm stating the code did not work. I emailed and called within 15 minutes to give the new code. They could have left and gone to the store or get a bite to eat and this all would have been taken care of by the 4pm check in time. Instead I get a rude, indignant person who didn’t follow the rules. Next, yes there are some dead looking plants. We had our first hard freeze in five years and some of our tropical plants froze back. We are not removing them in hopes they come back. Are you serious? Complaining about the plants in the middle of winter? Next, we’ve had a fair amount of rain recently and there is a low spot in the back yard where water collects. The soil is clay and doesn’t drain well. It is 2 inches deep and you walk an extra 20 feet to go around it. Quite a hardship. Next, on the gnats and lights, they were the first to complain but never called. We live only 15 minutes away and would have responded IMMEDIATELY and sprayed the house and the lights looked at. REALLY not fair to save the complaint for now. BTW, when they left, the sink was overflowing with dirty dishes caked with food. We saw only a few (two or three) fruit flies in the house that probably came from the dirty dishes. Also, who keeps a casserole out overnight? If we had been given the courtesy of a call, we would have driven out and done whatever needed to solve the problem. (Once when the heat went out I bought and delivered 8 space heaters at Wal Mart.) On the pier lights, salt water had shorted out the wires. They were fixed the next day & NEW bright LED lights were added. If they had bothered to call, they could’ve enjoyed brighter pier light to attract more fish. Anyway, “Never Again”, You should never use Homeaway again in case of the unexpected. Stick with safe, bland Holiday Inn.
Did you find this review helpful?
2 2

Plenty of Space for a Large Family

  • 5 of 5

We rented Sunset Bay Escape for a pre-holiday getaway with our non-Texas family for 3 days, 2 nights and it was marvelous. There was plenty of space for each family group to have private space, but still large areas for all 10 of us to gather comfortably in one space. We had plenty of luck with the fishing and we were able to catch lots of Black Drum of keeper size too (although we caught and released) and we even caught a Searobin, which was a first for us. Plenty close to take a drive over to Port A or into the Walmart or Portland if you need a HEB. A true gem that I would love to rent again!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
San Antonio, TX

Beautiful home and setting. It was a perfect getaway for our large family with a wide span of ages!

  • 5 of 5

The home was clean and comfortable. We sat on the balconies and porches, enjoying the sunsets, view, breeze, and conversation. The water is all very shallow but we caught some good crab and bait fish off the pier, and even some great keepers in the wee hours of the morning. It's quiet and peaceful but not too far from shopping in Aransas Pass and Rockport. Kayaking in the bay was fun and very safe. The fishing pier doesn't have any rails, which was a concern for our youngest and oldest members of the family. Wifi was intermittent so the poor souls who had to bring work on vacation were frustrated. We also chartered flounder gigging guides and had a great time. I recommend Dave Dupnik but stay away from Dan the Flounder Man. Other than those minor issues, it was a perfect weekend! The owners were great to work with, too.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0



Rates & Availability

Rockport House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 30 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
July 4th. 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 9 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 26 2017
5 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year 2017
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 2 2018 - Feb 28 2018
2 night minimum stay
Spring Break 2018
Mar 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Apr 1 2018 - May 24 2018
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day 2018
May 25 2018 - May 28 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200 + Tax
Pet Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 15.0%

Upcharge Possible for Major Holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years at Peak Rates. Please email or call for final rate quote. Discounts can apply depending number of days, circumstances, and last minute bookings, etc.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Contact Owner

You might like these similar properties