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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,750 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Please NOTE: only Saturday to Saturday rentals June, July and August.

A VERY SPECIAL PLACE... Wonderful family home with large decks and screened porch. Relax on 2 heavily wooded bayfront acres. The house has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with a greatroom/kitchen. Small man-made Beach. Bay. Also an Outside Shower! Pier for fishing and crabbing. Secluded and private but only 15 minutes to all the action. Across the road from Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge, where you can hike trails, and enjoy the most beautiful white sandy beach!

Melissa Callaway
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were specifically looking for 3 things:

1) an uncrowded, quiet place on the water

2) a place we could take our dogs

3) a great kitchen to cook & enjoy fresh seafood

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Hope to be back soon!!
Apr 2013
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Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1750 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • King Size Memory Foam Bed (1), Double Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (4) 3rd & 4th Single Beds are on the screen porch.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(48 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.8958335 based on 50 reviews


  • 5 of 5

From the moment you turn down the driveway you know you are on vacation. I can not say enough positive things about the house, location and the hospitality of Melissa. This was our first time not staying on the "beach" and I was a little worried the kids would be disappointed, just the opposite. They loved the open yard, private dock and the fishing. We will be back. Thanks Melissa, Shellbanks has a special place in our hearts.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun time on the Bayou.

  • 4 of 5

We spent a week here and had a great time. It’s location about half way down Ft. Morgan Rd was convenient to activities in Gulf Shores but still gave you privacy and quiet when you wanted. Views and sunsets of the Bay were amazing. The interior of the house has been upgraded with new appliances, nicely decorated and very comfortable. Even rainy days were enjoyed sitting in the screened in porch listening to the rain on the metal roof. The owner was pleasant and when we had a minor issue with the refrigerator she arranged for a repairman the next day to fix the issue and apologized for any inconvenience. The big oak trees around the house covered in Spanish moss were gorgeous and many pictures of them were taken.

The only reason for not giving 5 stars was the area under the house needed to be cleaned out so it could be more useable. Also I would suggest the televisions be upgraded to flat screens, although that maybe only important to an avid tv watcher like myself.

Overall we enjoyed our stay and would probably stay there again if we go back to the area.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Spot

  • 4 of 5

My family's third time here, as comfortable and "home" as ever. The A/C is wonderful.

We're terrible fishermen, as no matter how the weather was, we caught nothing, but did get a dozen or so crabs.

I do hope we can visit again.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay for quiet and relaxation but close to restaurants and shops!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very relaxing stay. Kids had a great time on pier.

  • 4 of 5

We would like to thank the Callaway family for use of house. The house had everything we needed. Kitchen was stocked very well. Kids caught crabs everyday we eat fresh seafood three days. House was very clean and plenty of room.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good for the Soul

  • 5 of 5

The house is very comfortable and well equipped. The view is fabulous and the sunsets were spectacular, in spite of contending with Sub Tropical Storm Alberto! Owner provides crab traps and beach chairs and a wonderful venue in which to enjoy them. Very much looking forward to going back!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Fort Morgan
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Kiva Dunes, Peninsula, Gulf State Park
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
I 10
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Mobile St.
Car: necessary

Bayfront Fishing, Swimming, and Boating. Gulf Beaches and Wildlife Refuge Trails just across the street. Many Attractions, Shopping, and Historical Fort nearby.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $80

Administrative fee acts like Security Deposit $200 .

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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