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The Turtle House: A Hidden Getaway In Old Ocean Springs

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

A Stones Throw From East Beach And Dog Friendly.

Furnished 2 BR, 2 BA with enclosed yard. Pet friendly, a few hundred yards from the east (local) beach. Convenient to the USM Gulf Coast Research Lab (GCRL), downtown Oceans Springs, Boutiques, Restaurants, Casinos, and Beaches. The O.S. Bike Trail winds through the village nearby.The house is very comfortable for families and couples . We love pets. The Turtle House must be reserved by mail. We cannot accept credit cards or Pay Pal. Please call if you need more information. .

Dian Willhoite
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 17, 2017

Why Dian Willhoite chose Mississippi

This is an Ishi house-- designed by the noted gulf coast architect. It is a Japanese style cottage with decks on three sides. It is located in a cul de sac in a secluded part of Ocean Springs. It has an open floor plan, with large bay windows on the wooded side of the house.

What makes this cottage unique

Many people enjoy the wildlife that is visible from the house. Birds, rabbits, raccoon, and of course turtles make there appearance on a daily basis. There is a bald eagle nest within one thousand yards of the house. Numerous seabirds and coastal birds are in evidence on any normal day from the bayous, beach, and estuaries nearby. Dolphin sightings from the beach are reasonably common.


Ocean Springs Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower , jetted tub
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 4 bunk bed , Children's bunk room with bath
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom with bath
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

The Turtle House: A Hidden Getaway In Old Ocean Springs
average rating of 4.8 based on 25 reviews
Hammond, LA

Wonderful Getaway!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I needed a getaway, and we found it at the Turtle house!! We loved the layout of the house and it quickly felt like home. Dian was awesome, and did not bother us once she gave us the key. Everything was so close to us, we went to the beach and out to eat, and never drove more than 5 minutes. We would definitely stay again!!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Joshua, Thank you so much for the review. It means so much for the Turtle House. I am so glad we did the last minute call and we were available!!. Please come back at any time. Best regards, Dian
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Quaint, rustic Ishee home nested in nature...

  • 5 of 5

First, the owner is a delight. She walks you through the home and it's amenities. The home is unique in design offering a rustic treehouse feel with windows everywhere allowing views of the decks and beyond. You have to appreciate the Ishee home and the history of the local designer. Very few of these exist and as far as I know, this is the only vacation rental. The location is older Ocean Springs (here older is better) and is away from the traffic and noise. This hideaway offers everything you need, except food of course, to start your special getaway. The home is clean, cozy and open. The AC is cold for those warmer days. We enjoyed the decks and the grill during the late afternoon...then kicked back and listened to nature. With all of the TVs, I don't think we watched it 30 minutes during our stay. Thanks again for allowing us to stay and we hope to return again.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a particularly special review by Billy. He is a vacation rental owner in Texas and knows the way they are established and what to expect for guests. We had a wonderful visit about their lakeside property outside Dallas. It is also with heartfelt thanks that they did a load of towels and left the Turtle House sparkling clean. They knew how they would like their place left and were perfect guests. Thanks so much. If I have to visit TX I know a perfect place to stay!!!! Billy please respond with your website for your lake house!!!!
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This is not only the best-kept secret on the Gulf coast, Dian treats you like members of the family.

  • 5 of 5

How can one not have a wonderful time at The Turtle House? It's comfortable and cozy and has everything you need for a pleasant stay. Secluded for privacy with a shady deck out back wherein many hours are spent with friends over glasses of wine with birds chirping in the trees. Dian is the perfect host. She stopped by twice to see if there was anything we needed. Such a nice lady who really cares about each and every guest. Can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: May 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wheeler, tx

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house. I highly recommend this for families with young children....they loved playing in the yard and on decks. Hope to stay here again soon! The home owner was very nice and welcoming!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Amanda, Thank you so much for your review. We love to have young families come to the Turtle House. April in Ocean Springs is a glorious month. I am so glad that your visit had wonderful weather. Thank you for leaving the house is such nice shape. Come again!!!
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Wheeler, tx


  • 5 of 5

We loved this house. I highly recommend it if you have young children. The deck was a great place for them to play. The owner was very nice and welcoming! Hopefully we will get to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We lived here. You'll love it.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I LIVED at the Turtle House for 2 months and loved it. VERY private,very quiet,and fabulous management. A dream stay if you have a dog.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Peg and John, Thank you for being such lovely guests. Thank you for the review. I appreciate it very much. I hope that you two will return to the coast. The house was so clean and nice when you left. A real help for us. Take care of yourselves!!!! Dian
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Gulfport Biloxi, MS (GPT) or Mobile, AL (MOB)
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
17 courses locally.
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
MS 90 or I-10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Phoenicia Gourmet, and many others.
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
East beach, Ocean Springs, MS

The Turtle House on Gum Street is a unique property designed by Ishii. The house is hidden away in old Ocean Springs. It is built of glass and wood to bring nature inside. We particularly like to have people with dogs. The house has a series of terraces and a yard that dogs enjoy. They are all separately enclosed for their safety. The house has two bedrooms and two baths. It sleeps 6, with 4 in bunks. The baths have Jacuzzi tubs that are wonderful. There is plenty of safe parking. Car show enthusiasts will note that there is roll in access to the gated yard and room for several cars. You will find it quiet and joyous.


Rates & Availability

Ocean Springs Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 2 2017 - Dec 30 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Pet Fee $0

There is a $50 cleaning fee for each rental.
Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed.

Reservations require a deposit check in advance in the amount of $200. Please send checks to Turtle House, 103 Shearwater Drive, Ocean Springs MS, 39564. Please contact for payment details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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