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3 BR, 2.5 BTH ~ Gulf Front ~ Sleeps 10 ~ Dune Refuge Beach House

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

The Dune Refuge is a 3 br/2.5 bath that sleeps up to 10

Dune Refuge is a 3 bedroom Gulf Shores/Fort Morgan beach house with unobstructed views of the Gulf and beach. The house is adjacent to the wildlife refuge, so no development exists in front of the house or to the East! You can walk miles of undeveloped beach and experience the beach as it was 50 years ago. There is a boardwalk, which is a short walk from the back door of the beach house. This Fort Morgan Beach house is not far from the action of Gulf Shores, Alabama. In fact, it is only 8 miles from Hwy 59 in Gulf Shores. Dune Refuge is a remodeled beach house with wonderful covered porches to enjoy the view and sound of the waves. The tile throughout the lower level and the granite counter tops give this house a clean and luxurious feeling.


Master Bedroom - King

Bedroom 2 - Queen

Bedroom 3 - 2 Twin over Twin Bunks

Living Room - Sleeper sofa

Total Sleeping Capacity of 10

More Details

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Calendar last updated:
September 19, 2017


Gulf Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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3 BR, 2.5 BTH ~ Gulf Front ~ Sleeps 10 ~ Dune Refuge Beach House
average rating of 4.0 based on 10 reviews

Great location, mediocre house

  • 3 of 5

The Good:

The location is spectacular. I could see precisely five structures from the deck: three beach houses to the right a little closer to the beach, one directly behind and another about 200 yards behind and to the left. The view was excellent and beach access was very good (the beach is maybe 100 yards away over the dunes, with a wooden walkover). There is a small parking lot for public access to the beach maybe 50 yards behind the house, from which people walk to the beach. We were there in late August, after local school started, so we didn't see many people, but I imagine it could get crowded and perhaps noisy in high summer. It's an easy 15 minute trip to Gulf Shores for groceries and restaurants, and maybe 20 the other way to the Ft. Morgan ferry. Also, when we were there, the beach was practically crawling with blue crabs. With a cheap net and state fishing license, we took all we could eat in about 30 minutes of splashing around in the surf.

The Bad:

The house could use a good deal of maintenance. It seriously needs paint outside, and the deck is starting to show wear (raised nail heads, warped boards). Several of the balusters that support the deck rail were missing and more were very loose--a serious hazard if you have small kids. I would not advise ANYONE to lean on the deck rails. The kitchen is small and has no island. It's also poorly stocked with pots and pans: two small skillets, one small stock pot, a couple of very small sauce pans, a baking sheet and that's it. We had six and struggled to cook with this stuff. Good luck managing for 10. Furniture is sparse and uncomfortable.

The Ugly:

The queen bed in the room upstairs is awful. The frame itself is rickety; you have to creep carefully into bed to avoid it collapsing, and any sudden movements will also make it fall apart (do NOT attempt sex in this bed). The mattress is cheap and soft, so if two people share it they wind up in a trench in the middle. The bunkbeds are probably fine for kids, but for adult refugees from the queen bed they were hard and uncomfortable.

But worst of all, the house has a SERIOUS ant infestation. It sits next to a big dune that is encroaching on its SW corner, and I think that's where they come from, but in any case the downstairs bedroom had hundreds of ants during the week, despite our liberal application of bug spray.

Bottom line: we enjoyed the location, but due to the deficiencies in the house, won't be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property is in a wonderful location, super close to the beach.

  • 3 of 5

We had a good time but bugs are a big problem and there could be renovations. It's so close to the beach so you could hang out there all day and come and go as necessary. The carpeting needs an update or no carpeting at all and really needs some TLC. I suspect some of the issues are because of the nature of living close to a beach but a few updates and this place could be really wonderful

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

It was very secluded and relaxing. Pans were lacking in the kitchen for cooking for a large group.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice house

  • 4 of 5

The house it self was very clean and had just the essentials you need for the kitchen.

A few things to know:

It's located in on one of the only 2 public accesses so in peak season it's very busy. We did have to ask for more towels as there were not enough for then number the house sleeps. But they were very quick in getting them to us after I sent an email.

I was disappointed in how dirty the grounds were around the house. Lots and lots of cigarete butts and trash. Someone did come pick up a little after I sent an email but there were still a lot of butts still left.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to take your family

  • 4 of 5

The house was great lots of privacy had a couple maintenance issues and as soon as I called they showed up to fix them immediately so overall say was great

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Overall this was a very nice property that was off the beaten path and afforded us a relaxing week.

  • 4 of 5

Interior of house was very clean and chicly decorated. Our main concern was the carpenter ant infestation. The first night we were there we had a swarm of them in the master suite and could not sleep in there. We called and someone did come out the next day. While we did not have a swarm like that again there were still some on a few evenings. This had been noted as a problem in the guest log at the house by the people who had stayed there a couple weeks earlier also. The deck was also covered with ants in the evening and we sprayed there several evenings. It would have been nice to have had a few more items in the kitchen such as baking sheets, otherwise it was adequately stocked. We were not aware when we booked this property that the boardwalk access to the beach was the public access to the beach as well. But I don't think it made a difference the beach was still much less crowded and enjoyable than other Gulf Shores locations. A couple deck railings and stairs are in need of repair. Overall, this was a beautiful place to stay but the carpenter ant infestation is definitely a problem and needs to be addressed.

The John and Klauser families

Quincy, Illinois

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: recommended




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