About the property
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- Minimum Stay4 - 6 nights
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!
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 12, 2018
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 Royal Lagoons
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!
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Very relaxing, we were able to enjoy our family!!
The house had picture perfect views! We were able to see dolphins every day from the porch! That is something our daughter and grand daughters will never forget! We were also able to enjoy the kayaks and paddle board! I wish we could have stayed longer! We hope to be able to come back again in a few years. We had excellent weather as well!! Thank you Susan for allowing us to stay in your home!
We are so happy to hear you made lasting memories at Lil House. And glad the dolphins didn’t disappoint! Hope to see you next time!
Good times in Dauphin Island
We had a great time at “LilHouse”. The house had everything we needed. The weather was a little cold the first two weeks but then it got nice and warm. We did a lot of exploring to Bayou La Batre, Mobile, Fort Morgan and Orange beach. Enjoyed all of the Mardi Gras celebrations while we were there.
Great Lil House
Very enjoyable place to stay on the island - especially enjoyed the spectacular sunsets. Cozy, clean, and comfortable home.
So glad y’all enjoyed your month-long stay! Hope to see you again!
Great location and views
We stayed a week and had a relaxing time biking and fishing. We saw dauphins everyday and the beach was very peaceful. The house is in a great location and the view of the water from the house is fantastic. The house has lots of fun perks. Great Time!
We were so happy to have y'all this past week at Lil House and hope to see you again in the near future!
The house was great with lots of character. Great fishing every night! Short walk to the beach. Owner was very easy to reach when the power went out. Amazing vacation, we will be back!!
Glad y'all had a good time and caught lots of fish! October is such a great time of year at the island!
We loved the house and everything about it! Susan was a dream to work with! Will definitely be back!
The house was the perfect fit for our family! Amazing views from every seat, beds were comfy, kitchen had more than we needed, couldn't have been more pleased, just wish we could've stayed longer!
Thank you for the kind words and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay! You were very easy to work with also, making my job easy! Hope to see you again!
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
Additional information about rental rates
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.