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Mild Winter Beach House for Beach Walks, Fishing, Golf, Birding or Porch Sitting

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 - 26 nights


About the property

2 BdRm, 2 Bath - Beautiful Private Beachfront Creole Cottage, Private Pool

Non-Smoking Property - Oyster Reef, our beach retreat can be yours. Golfing, Fishing & Birding are really great in our mild winters. Located just 45 minutes from New Orleans, it is a world apart. Custom built 8 years ago our home is set in a stand of majestic live oak trees, which makes it a birders paradise for watching resident and migrant birds. The home is beachfront with a very wide, very deep, very private screened front porch spanning the front of the home. Follow the oyster and shrimp boats fishing on the Mississipppi Sound of the Gulf of Mexico. Golfing and fishing are year around activities here on the MS Gulf Coast - 2 excellent golf courses located in Pass Christian. Fishing pier located just down the beach at our harbor. Or take a charter boat out for deep water fishing in the Gulf.

Our private pool is large and features a pleasant deck with table and chairs for picnics. Walk the sidewalk 1/2 mile to town for our favorite Cat Island Coffee Shop and Pass Book Store, or many great restaurants and wonderful local shops.

NON-SMOKING PROPERTY - minimum one month rental.

PLEASE NOTE - This property is for sale. If it sells before your reserved time, to someone who does not want to continue it as a rental, all payments will be refunded. Also, you may be asked to allow our realtor to show the house, by appointment only.

The interior of the home has 12 foot ceilings, beautiful crown molding, ceiling fans and wide pine floors throughout.

The large living room is highlighted by French doors opening onto the front porch, and a wood burning fireplace. The dining room seats up to eight and includes a floor-to-ceiling closet with wine cooler. The kitchen features a double wall oven, gas range top, granite counters, lighted wall pantry and lots of cabinets and shelf space. The kitchen is fully stocked with all pots, pans and dishes required. Bring food. Laundry room with washer & dryer is in the living area.

The master bedroom, with queen size bed, faces the beach and opens onto the screened porch through French doors. The guest room, with twin beds, overlooks the pool. Each bedroom has its own full bath.

In this quaint little town, you can enjoy golfing, tennis, fishing, boating, walking and hiking, beachcombing, sunbathing and a beautiful harbor filled with historic fishing boats and modern recreational craft. Downtown Pass Christian features wonderful restaurants, pubs and gift and specialty shops.

Golfers really appreciate the two golf courses located in Pass Christian, Timber Ridge and The Oaks, plus multiple others on the coast. These are popular year around with our mild weather.

Boaters/Fishermen - there are 5 boat launches within a mile of Oyster Reef, plus multiple public piers, and of course, salt water wade fishing right out our front door.

*Want to be on an island in north-east Florida? Check out Coquina Cottage in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida. A modernized historic cottage in downtown Fernandina Beach. Key words 'Historic downtown Fernandina Beach' VRBO # 296523

More Details

Maureen & George Rayborn
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 2018

About Maureen & George Rayborn

George Rayborn grew up in Hattiesburg in southern Mississippi and Maureen got here as soon as she could, right out of college. From then on, although living in the north-east, our love affair with Mississippi, especially the coast, grew.

Both retired attorneys, we do volunteer work in Pass Christian and our other home of Deleware. We enjoy our time at Oyster Reef and know that you will too. Our hint, our local library is one of the best, with not only books, DVD's & computers, but events & concerts.

Our good friend, Gayla Schmitt, handles most of the arrangements for renting Oyster Reef for us, as well as being a local presence to help with any special needs. 'Where can I find fresh shrimp? At the harbor on the boats'

Maureen & George Rayborn purchased this house in 2004

Why Maureen & George Rayborn chose Pass Christian

We have lived in Pass Christian at different times over the past 40 years. In 2004, we bought a lovely old home surrounded by live oak trees on this beachfront land on West Beach Boulevard. A year later, Hurricane Katrina washed away our home and its guest cottage. The only things that survived were the trees and our mailbox. Over the next several years, we lived in various places, including a FEMA trailer and out of state, while we built a new small rear cottage first, and finally this wonderful, Creole-style home overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The house is furnished with lovingly restored furniture from my childhood home, along with new, bright, fun beach-type pieces and artwork. We love the new house and we think that you will too. Maureen and George Rayborn

What makes this house unique

Our front screened porch is what brings us back, always. Just sit and watch the fishermen, dolphins & white sand beach, while enjoying your book.

Where else can you look out from your porch and watch the 'tongers' bringing in oysters on the reef, then go to the harbor and buy them fresh? Of course, there are also the shrimpers and fresh shrimp or just go to our local restaurants and let them cook it. All of these are what make us want to keep returning to Oyster Reef.

People - we have the friendliest, most-hospitable people in the world in Pass Christian. Just ask someone for directions and the next thing you know, you'll be sharing lunch.


Pass Christian House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Tenant is responsible for pickup and disposal in garbage of all pet waste, whether in our yard or in public areas.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Oversize shower with 3 shower heads
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Tub/Shower combo make this great for guests.
  • Baths are all modern and fully equipped with towels etc. We also provide a starter supply of consumables (soap, paper etc. for bath and kitchen)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Master Bedroom has queen size bed, matching bureau & chest
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2 Twin Beds with matching chest
  • French doors open onto our private screened porch in the trees. Our high ceilings throughout the house make sleeping with the windows open a dream. Lots of closet space.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The high ceilings and tall doors and windows allow Gulf of Mexico breezes to cool the house with our mild climate. However, if the weather isn't perfect, we have central heat and air conditioning for year around comfort. The view is especially nice, since our home is raised a full story off the ground. It is all on one floor, once you're up there.


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Mild Winter Beach House for Beach Walks, Fishing, Golf, Birding or Porch Sitting
average rating of 4.5263157 based on 19 reviews

Such a great place! We really enjoyed it.

  • 5 of 5

The Gulf in the front yard with oak trees between it and the house and a great pool in the back yard! We most enjoyed the front porch and the great breezes we got off the Gulf. Great house and location!!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Beach House!!

  • 4 of 5

This was our 3rd summer to visit this house. It's been a perfect vacation all three times and already planning for next year. The house is wonderful, has everything you might need. The location is great - just across the street from the beach. Or you can swim in the backyard pool. Plenty of places to eat - Pirates Cove is a favorite.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We didn’t want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

The VRBO photos don’t do Oyster Reef justice, inside or out. The view of the beach from the screened in porch was beautiful. The pool was pristine and private, with floats to drift around enjoying the sun. The fenced-in yard was perfect for our dogs. Inside the furnishings were comfortable and cozy. Lots of places to nap and read. The kitchen was stocked and I loved the gas stove. Overhead lighting was abundant. Downtown Pass Christian offered great shopping and eats. Our favorite was Hook’s Restaurant. And a special surprise was the short drive to Bay Saint Louis beach (where dogs are allowed), and our 2 dogs learned to swim there! The day before we left we had major regrets that we didn’t book Oyster Reef for several more weeks. You won’t be disappointed with your stay here.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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We enjoy our stay and love the fenced in yard.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and Gayla was very helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prairieville LA

Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 7 week stay at Oyster Reef. The house was wonderful, warm an inviting, with incredible views.

It comes fully furnished and well stocked, with lots of amenities and all the comforts of home.

The screened in front porch was great for : relaxing, dining, morning coffee, evening cocktails, reading a good book, watching the fisherman and boats go by, admiring the family of pelicans that hang out near the pier and maybe if you're lucky you might see dolphins swimming and playing in the surf.

We started and ended every day on that great porch.

Our children, grandchildren and other family members from 1-85 also enjoyed relaxing and hanging out in the large pool. The outdoor shower and bathroom was ideal and came in handy.

The manager Gayla and her husband Jim are the 2 nicest people you will ever meet. They are always a text or phone call away. We are looking forward to our next visit.

The Lambert's

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little Rock, AR

Pass Time

  • 5 of 5

Our September at Oyster Reef Cottage in the 'Pass' was perfect. A serene spot on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The house is beautiful and the layout works great for both family and private time. The screen porch was the place to be! Watching the water, fishing boats, beachcombers, and the busy world passing by. We enjoyed cool breezes through the live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, reminiscent of days gone. Everyone we met from Bay Saint Louis to Ocean Springs was gracious and helpful. We felt like we were home. We are all ready for more time in the 'Pass'.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Gulfport/Biloxi - GPT
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Shaggy's at the Harbor
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Pass Christian Isles Golf Club & The Oaks Golf
Nearest Train
60 Miles
New Orleans, LA
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Full Downtown selection & Shopping
Nearest Beach
Across the Street, Pass Christian
Car: recommended

With New Orleans & the French Quarter only 1 hour away and Casino Row only 20 minutes away in Biloxi, it's hard to remember that Relaxation is the main 'must do' at the beach here in Pass Christian. Walking is a popular activity here, as well as Sunset watching. Golf is a major attraction on the Gulf Coast, especially in winter, with 2 courses in Pass Christian, Timber Ridge and The Oaks, plus Grand Bear and many others within an easy drive.

Build your appetite for local shrimp, oysters or fish bought from the fishermen on their boats, whether cooked in your modern kitchen or at any of several local restaurants.

26 miles of open beaches give a beautiful entrance to several world class art Museums - Ohr O'keefe Museum, designed by Geary to showcase potter George Ohr in Biloxi and the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs.

Plan to visit lots of local restaurants as well as our Saturday Market in the Park for fresh produce and art gifts to take home.

So, if you want to spend time at the BlackJack tables or top name concert at a casino or just entertain your grandchildren in the pool or at the beach with sandcastle building, Pass Christian is the place and Oyster Reef is the beach house for you.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Cleaning Fee $130
Refundable damage deposit $250

NO SMOKING PROPERTY! For offline lease or payment arrangements, please email owner.
Pets Welcome - add $75 per pet fee to payment total

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.