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Best Porch on West Beach!

Sleeps19
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths (Sleeps 17-19) directly on the beach

Sandbox is a family-friendly single home on west beach blvd. In gulf shores. Sandbox sleeps 17 comfortably with 1 king bedroom, 1 queen, 1 queen and full, and our wonderful bunk room with 3 sets of bunks---the bottom of one is a full-sized bed. The large living room has 2 sofas and 1 love seat---1 sofa is a queen sleeper. Bathrooms have built-in hair dryers. The house is fully equipped and, of course, has the best porch on the beach!


Owner
Kathy Grooms
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
May 20, 2017

About Kathy Grooms

My husband, Dan, and I worked hard for many, many years raising our 2 beautiful children. When we finally reached a point in life where we didn't have to worry every day about how we were going to pay the bills, we went on a weekend vacation to a little place called Gulf Shores, AL. We stayed at a hotel on the beach and one starry night as we walked the beach hand-in-hand, we looked at the houses near our hotel and talked about how wonderful it must be to own one of those. Later, we met a fantastic real estate agent who took us to see all the houses on the market. Sandbox was the first house we saw and after a grueling week of looking, we both wanted to go back to that cute house with the incredible porch! Dreams do come true!

Kathy Grooms purchased this house in 1999

Why Kathy Grooms chose Alabama

Hopefully, guests will read about us, visit, and see for themselves why we chose the Sandbox above all others!

What makes this house unique

My husband, Dan, knew right away that Sandbox was going to give us what we wanted most of all---unobstructed views to the East for glorious sunrises and to the West for the most brilliant sunsets on Earth. Between sunrise and sunset there are the dolphin shows and the most unbelievable starry nights you can imagine. On nights with a full moon or even 'almost full' you can watch Stars on the Water....as the waves catch the light of the moon. Add to all of this the incredible seafood restaurants just minutes from the house and the most comfortable beach house to finally lay your head for a few hours of sleep and guests soon want to re-book same week next year and start counting the days!

Amenities

Gulf Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 19
  • non smoking only ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 19
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , TV/DVD
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 5 bunk bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , 1 double
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1) Pack-n-play and baby feeding chair available, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (5)
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Best Porch on West Beach!
average rating of 4.75 based on 16 reviews
Harriman, TN
5

Best Vacation Ever

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Sandbox for our family and friends vacation and it was the best Vacation ever!!! The house was perfect for a great time at the beach. The kids enjoyed the night time hunts for ghost crabs and the daytime fun on the beach. The kitchen was great for a big breakfast before heading to beach and the porch was perfect for relaxing anytime but the best times are sunrise and sunset. We will definitely visit again!!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely Amazing Vacation Rental!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week at the Sandbox and could not have chosen a better vacation home! The house slept all 12 of us very comfortably and even more beds to spare! They had everything we could possibly need and even had everything I needed for a one year old. The beach umbrella, baby pool and beach toys galore were great to have access to! The view is stunning and we spent so much time on the wonderful deck and were able to watch the dolphins every morning! I cannot say enough good things about this home! We will definitely be returning for future vacations.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Christmas at the Sandbox

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our three grown children and their families spent ten days this past Christmas at the Sandbox. Although the weather dipped near freezing on the first few days that we were there-we were toasty warm with a nice fire in the wood burning fireplace and one night a fire on the beach in a fire pit that we had brought with us. We had the beach pretty much to ourselves as there was nobody there. Over the next few days the weather turned very warm-upper 70's and full sun. The large deck was wonderful and the views were exceptional. We took our little Christmas trees with us and even put lights on the deck. Was a really fun Christmas and everyone in our group thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The house was well furnished with most every thing that one would need for a beach vacation. The owner was very available by e-mail and prompt to answer questions prior to, during, and following our visit. I am sure that summer visitors would find this rental to be very enjoyable but a winter trip to the beach is great too. Wish we would have been able to repeat next year.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The DECK on the Beach!

  • 5 of 5

The Sandbox is a great place to stay for a family fun vacation! Plenty of room to move around. A fully stocked kitchen, The best deck on the beach!!! beach toys galore! Looking forward our next visit!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Des Moines, Iowa
5

Spring Break in Gulf Shores.

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing 'Sandbox' with us. Our two families (4 adults and 7 teens) enjoyed a perfect week in Gulf Shores, and we thoroughly enjoyed your home.... and the BEST DECK on West Beach! We had coffee in the morning, and watched dolphins going by, and sat out on the deck at night, viewing the stars while listening to the waves. 'Sandbox" was very comfortable and well-stocked! The kitchen had so many tools, gadgets, pans, tableware, the bathrooms had plenty of towels and washcloths, and the deck had plenty of chairs and tables! It was a great week, and we would definitely rent 'Sandbox' again!

  • Submitted: Mar 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Missouri
5

Best vacation I've ever had!

  • 5 of 5

Our time at The Sandbox was the most relaxing vacation I've ever had! We had 8 adults, 5 teenage girls and 3 pre-teens and still had plenty of room to move around and relax. There is plenty of things to do close by such as shopping, parasailing, zip lining, waterparks etc., but still had the privacy we wanted. The view from the HUGE deck is amazing! We watched dolphins jumping in the waves while sipping our morning coffee! The well equipped kitchen helped us to feed this large group of kids fairly economically and we also used the BBQ grills that were provided. The teenage girls took advantage of the free Wi-Fi to stay in contact with friends and download photos. The younger kids enjoyed playing on the beach and looking for sand crabs at night. I highly recommend The Sandbox as it is all that is promised and more! Very relaxing and exciting vacation at the same time! I would certainly go again!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
45 Miles
Pensacola
Nearest Beach
Directly on the beach
Car: recommended

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Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring
Mar 18 2017 - Jun 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,088
 
 
Summer
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 11 2017
7 night minimum stay
$3,270
 
 
Early Fall
Aug 12 2017 - Sep 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
$350
$2,256
 
 
Fall
Sep 16 2017 - Dec 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
$310
$1,965
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $400

Our rates include all housekeeping and taxes. No extras.

Refundable security deposit is required to reserve the property. Total is due 45 days prior to check-in date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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