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Shell Shack - Fun in the Sun!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

1,200 sft - 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, heated pool, hot tub, tennis courts

One story beach cottage surrounded by sand with large screened-in front porch and views of nature from every window! 3 bedrooms (1 queen, 4 twins & 1 fold-out couch) - sleeps 6. Washer and dryer included. Located less than 100 yards from your front door is a heated pool, hot tub, tennis courts. Several charcoal grills and picnic tables located near pool. Small ponds with seasonal wildlife located in each cul-de-sac.

Leah Cosgrove
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 27, 2017

About Leah Cosgrove

The gulf shores of Alabama are a rare gem!.

Leah Cosgrove purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Leah Cosgrove chose Gulf Shores

The Rookery is a step back in time. It is a place of peace and relaxation; family and fun. Awake to the sounds of birds chirping and fall asleep to the sounds of the Gulf waves. Far enough from the high rise condos and crowded beaches to create your own special moments yet close enough to Gulf Shores to enjoy all of the restaurants, shopping and entertainment of a big city. Step out the front door of this cottage into a sandy paradise surrounded by beaches and the Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge. The view from every window reminds you that you are somewhere special. Walk the beach or bird-watch along the many nearby nature trails. Play tennis, ride bikes, swim, cook-out and just enjoy.

What makes this cottage unique

10 minute leisurely walk to the beachfront, 10 minute drive to the historic Fort Morgan with ferry boat to Dauphin Island. A full-service mini-mart (including restaurant, bar, carry-out pizza & sandwiches, ice cream and a liquor store) located 0.25 miles west from the main entrance to the Rookery for necessities or a quick meal; Gulf Shores shopping, restaurants, and endless entertainment opportunities


Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bathrooms Bathroom 1 full bath and shower Bathroom 2 full bath and shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Guest
    Bedroom 3 - 2 double , Guest
  • 3 Bedrooms + fold-out couch, sleeps 7, beds for 7 Bedroom 1 Bedroom 2 Bedroom 3 Queen size Bed, 2 twin beds in the second bedroom, Day bed with a trundle in the third bedroom, Queen size fold-out couch
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Shell Shack - Fun in the Sun!
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 24 reviews

A wonderful place !!

  • 4 of 5

We loved the location ! Pool and beach just right there ! The accommodations were lovely and thoughtful right down to board games for the family and toys for the kids ! The only thing is was missing was wifi otherwise it was perfect and I would defiantly go back and stay again ! Wonderful

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home away from home!!!

  • 5 of 5

Everything that we needed, great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We all loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time. The cottage was so charming & nicely decorated. The screened in porch was nice at night. The kitchen was well stocked with everything we needed. The pool was beautiful & very big. Never felt crowded. The beach access was great & had plenty of space to spread out. It was an easy drive to the beach. You could walk if you didn't drag everything under the sun with you. For a morning walk on the beach, no problem & I highly suggest you do that at least one morning. Sassy Bass just down the road was very convenient for ice & few grocery items. Liquor was kind of on the expensive side but didn't have to drive all the way back into town, so it was a Catch 22 there. Staff was super nice & gave us great suggestions on dinner in Gulf Shores & Orange Beach. We will definitely be back & have already started planning our next trip.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Rental, Best Value

  • 5 of 5

The property and unit were clean and well-kept. The pool was well-maintained and very handicapped/mobility-impaired friendly! Within reasonable driving distance to restaurants, small grocery stops/gas. Great for older adults too!

  • Submitted: May 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay--Beautiful cottage, very clean and comfortable, very "beachy".

  • 5 of 5

Quiet, off the beaten path, lots of room in the cottage for family. We immediately felt right at home--the furniture was nice and gave a very "beachy" feel to the cottage. Everything very clean, beds exceptionally comfortable. There is a total of 4 twin beds, so would be great for a family with children. Everything we needed for cooking and serving was here. It was nice to be able to do laundry and not drag it all home.

We were able to walk to the beach, but would recommend driving or renting a golf cart if you carry a lot with you. We would suggest adding ESPN and Wifi to this property, and a grill.

I could see myself living here.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love it

  • 5 of 5

Awesome, everything you need is there. Sit back, relax, enjoy, and do it again. Jason and Leah, you make vacation right.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Pensacola, FL or Mobile, AL
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Sassy Bass
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Fort Morgan Ferry
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Kiva Dunes
Nearest Motorway
Alabama State Highway 180
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Sassy Bass
Nearest Beach
0.3 Miles
Fort Morgan Beach
Car: recommended

Located on Fort Morgan peninsula, Beach access with parking and a boardwalk 1/2 mile, boat bayside access is less than 2 miles down Hwy 180.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
property management fee $150

Monthly Rental Rates are available - send inquiry to owners. Damage/Reservation deposit required. Property Management fee includes: Cleaning/Linen, Parking, Property Rental Fees $150. No Pets--Non Smoking--Must be over 25 to rent--Accept Credit Card, eChecks, PayPal payment, Personal Check/Money Order.

Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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