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Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

The Lil House is a four bedroom, three bath, house on stilts with a porch all the way around allowing for a breeze at anytime of the day or night. It has the best view of the sunset on Dauphin Island allowing for memorable front porch memories. The sandy yard with seawall just feet from the porch allows for the best of both island worlds--sand fun for the kids, and boat access for the sports enthusiast. The fishing from seawall/boardwalk is great both day and night. Dolphins are frequent visitors at Lil House and can often be seen swimming in front of the house. So whether you are a family with small children, or snowbirds looking for tranquility, or a fishing afficienado, the Lil House is for you!

Property Manager
Susan Carley
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About Susan Carley

I am a 49 year old mother of two middle schoolers living in Mobile, Alabama with my husband, Kevin. I own a coffee shop in the historic part of town called Cream & Sugar Café. We live just a short 35 minute drive from the island where we love ALL water sports and just watching the sunsets and dolphins....that never gets old!

Susan Carley purchased this house in 1974

Why Susan Carley chose Dauphin Island

My grandmother, Lil, built this beautiful island house in the early 70's and I grew up coming to the house every summer with my six cousins and two siblings. We have fond memories of running the seawall chasing porpoises, fishing morning and night, and crabbing with chicken bones with my grandmother. Now my children run the seawalls, catch our dinner, and swim in the very water that we did as children.

What makes this house unique

My uncle designed the house to be like a steamboat with a porch 'deck' all the way around the house, doors in every room that open out onto the 'deck', and water views from every window. The front porch with swing and rocking chairs offers the best sunset view on the island. It also sits so close to the seawall that the adults can sit in the shade (of upstairs or downstairs deck) and watch the kids as they swim, ski, or kayak in front of the house. Because the house is situated on a cul-de-sac, the children can ride their bikes and play safely with other neighborhood kids. The house faces the Mississippi Sound allowing for good fishing and boat access, but is directly across the street from Lafitte Bay which is a no wake zone and allows for great, safe place for kayaking or swimming. The house is just a short two block walk from the Gulf front beaches which gives you the option of a day at the beach or a day of watersports. The kids will also love sandcrabbing on the beach at night!


Royal Lagoons House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bunkroom/Downstairs Bath - toilet , shower , This bath is located downstairs in teen bunkroom
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Master bedroom has a private bathroom.
    Sailboat Room - 1 double , Has a pull out mattress underneath bed for easy access.
    Seagull Room - 2 twin/ single
    Sofa Bed - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This sofa bed is located in main living room/kitchen area
    Teen Bunkroom - 2 twin/ single , Not accessible from house; not suitable for small children.
  • Queen Bed (1), Double Bed (1), Twin Beds (2), Sleeper Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (2)
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
The downstairs bunkroom is not suitable for small children since you must go outside and down the stairs (albeit covered) to access the room. But this room is a perfect 'get away' for teens with its sofa, TV and play station. The deck downstairs gets a nice breeze since the house is on stilts. There is covered seating and open deck area both adjacent to the sandy yard where the kids play and the boardwalk-covered seawall where someone is always fishing. There is a bike trail that extends from one end of the island to the other and several bike rental companies on the island. There is a sea lab and estuarium that is open to the public seven days a week. Its very educational and a new shark and stingray tanks allows for petting. There is a bird sanctuary on the island with a beautiful boardwalk leading through the piney area of the island to a secluded beach. Because the house has plenty of beds but limited living space area, for your comfort, we request no more than 10 guests.


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Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset
average rating of 4.733333 based on 45 reviews

Charming beach cottage with THE most incredible view

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a wonderful stay at this house. I grew up on Dauphin Island and have to say that this location has one of the most incredible sunset views I have ever seen. This cottage is so full of character- from the vintage wood floors, to the ample farmhouse table, to the white slipcover couches. Susan has a very thoughtful eye for relaxed and beautiful beach decor. The downstairs area was perfect for our teenagers. We spent our days kayaking and paddle boarding, fishing right off the dock, biking to the Lighthouse Bakery(a must do- but get there early!), beach combing for shells, and mostly just sitting on the porch swing gazing at that incredible view. We were lucky to see dolphins every single day- and one day, they played in front of the house for hours(long enough to hop in the kayaks and paddle around with them). A few other must do's-- a visit to the Estuarium, a ride on the ferry (weather permitting), take out steamed spicy shrimp from Skinners, bike ride to the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. This location truly has the best of all the island has to offer. Thank you so much, Susan, for sharing it with us!

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great review Cami! You feel exactly as we do about the island! And we are happy to share it with others! Hope to see you again soon. Susan
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Love to stay again

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Property and location was great!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed this lil house! there was 9 of us all adults. the house is small but did not feel like we were tripping over each other. the deck upstairs is great for views of sunsets, dolphins and birds! the space downstairs was great and plenty of room! and although our trip was very rainy and windy (tropical storm Cindy blew in) we still enjoyed the trip. the beach was very close to walk to and not crowded and beautiful! fishing off the pier at the house was wonderful and swimming there also! The owner called several times to check on us throughout the storm and that was very appreciated!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review. So sorry Tropical Storm Cindy brought such bad wrather all week! Please come back when you are able to enjoy all the island has to offer!
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Meridian, MS

Charming beachhouse with absolutely breathtaking sunsets!

  • 5 of 5

This property has awesome views of the water and the sunsets are gorgeous! My grandsons and nephew did a lot of fishing. This was a great spot for fishing and of course playing in the water. We got to watch the dolphins play a few times and other wildlife as well. We went to the West end beach a few times and went shelling. We actually went walking on the beach every day and had a great time. We really enjoyed sitting on the swings and chilling out on the deck at the house. Thank you Susan for sharing your home with us!

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you and the boys and the others enjoyed vacationing on Dauphin Island! Lil House is such a special place to us and it's great to hear that others find it special too. We hope to see you again soon! (FYI: we just added three more bikes for a total of four, making it another affordable family fun thing to do on the island. The bike paths go from one end of the island to the other, making for countless adventures for teenagers and everyone.)
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Lawrenceville, GA

Peaceful Vacation 2017

  • 5 of 5

This was our third trip to the house, and the trip was everything we could have imagined. Susan is always so helpful and pleasant to deal with. Every time we find that something new has been added to the house, to make the stay more enjoyable. This time was no exception. The house is well maintained, and the pictures just don't do it justice. It is such a relaxing place to stay. This trip we rarely left the house. We enjoyed fishing, sipping coffee on the porch, and watching the various wildlife in and around the water. If you are looking for a place to "get away from it all", and that is convenient, then look no further. We are already thinking about our next trip.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always good to have you and your family Jim! And glad you like the new additions. Next up is an outdoor shower and a pier... which I know your fishing family will enjoy!
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Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

The Lil House had everything we needed to make our stay stress free and comfortable. It felt like home. We loved drinking coffee on the porch and watching birds in themorning. We can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Aileen for your kind review. Glad you met the friendly cranes, "Ichabod" and "Frazier", that regularly walk our seawall looking for friends! And watching the pelicans divebombing for fish never gets old! But did you know that Dauphin Island has been named one of the top four locations in North America for viewing Spring migrations? The Audobon Bird Sanctuary on the East end of the island consists of 137acres of maritime forests, marshes and dunes, including a lake, a swamp, and a beach. It's a great place to park and walk the nature trail boardwalk through the park and end up at the island's most pristine and most secluded beach. Plan it for next trip! Take care and thanks again for the review.
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Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Mobile Airport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Dauphin Island-Mobile Bay-Gulf Shores Ferry
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Dauphin Island Public Beach
Car: necessary

Other Activities on the Island:

Paddleboard rental—Michael Wing with SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards)--(251)591-3316

Surfing lessons and rentals—Blue Revival (one of the little shops across from the condos)—(251)861-2048

Kayak and Bicycle Rentals—(251) 861-2222

In-land Fishing charters—the following licensed captains (who I all know personally) will pick you up at the house or the marina and take up to 4 or 5 fishing for speckled trout, blackfish, bluefish, etc. and bring you back within 4-6 hours for approximately $400. Richard Rutland, With Coldblooded Fishing, (251)459-5077, Joey Abruscato 251-680-0653, or Charlie Gray with Gray Gulf Charters, (251) 379-5067.

Deep Sea Fishing on the Lady Ann with Cap’t Mike—(251) 861-5302

Bird Sanctuary—even if you are not a bird watcher, this is an excellent sanctuary where you can enjoy a pleasant, shady walking trail through the pines and around estuaries all the way to the beach.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Estuarium and Aquarium--open 7 days a week. They now have a Stingray and Shark Tank where you can touch them. (251) 861-2141

Fort Gaines—(251) 861-6992 Tour the site of the battle of Mobile Bay

West End Public Beach with Inflatable Water Slide—there is good parking, or you can ride bikes to this beach. There is usually a food truck and bar.

Ferry ride—There is a ferry on the far east end of the island that takes passengers and cars across the mouth of Mobile Bay. The trip is 30 minutes over and 30 minutes back. It is fun to just go for a ride and stand on the deck watching the seagulls, pelicans, dolphins, and boats/ships/barges coming in and out of Mobile Bay. Or you can take the ferry over the bay for the day and tour Fort Morgan or have lunch at Tacky Jack’s or go spend the day in nearby Gulf Shores/Orange Beach where there is a Waterworld and putt-putt courses, and lots of touristy things to do if you or your kids are tired of the “sleepy little fishing village” of Dauphin Island. ; )

Children's Museum and Exploreum--located in downtown Mobile, just 30 miles away, also has an IMAX theater

USS Alabama Battleship is a popular tourist attraction is located on Mobile Bay Causeway about 35 miles away (near Exploreum.)

Bellingrath Gardens--only 15 miles away these gardens which are always in bloom is a beautiful site and popular tourist attraction.

Fairhope, Alabama is a precious village on the Eastern Shore of the Bay, about 50 miles away.


Rates & Availability

Royal Lagoons House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer 2017
May 27 2017 - Aug 18 2017
6 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Feb 28 2018
4 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Mar 1 2018 - May 25 2018
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
May 26 2018 - Sep 4 2018
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150
Property Damage Protection $59
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 11.0%

In case of cancellation, the first payment will be refunded at 100% if more than a 30-day notice is given of cancellation; 50% if less than a 30-day notice is given. The damage deposit of $200, which is included in the quote, will be refunded within two weeks of departure if there is no damage found. Check in is 4:00 pm on arrival date. Key entry information will be emailed. Checkout is 10:00 a.m.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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