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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 day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 19, 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


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The Turtle House: A Hidden Getaway In Old Ocean Springs
average rating of 4.8 based on 30 reviews

Southern hospitality.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great experience, Dian was great, she offered to go to the store for us before we arrived and had drinks in the fridge for us. She greeted us when we arrived and gave us the tour. This house is fully stocked and close to stores, restaurants and casinos.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Orleans

Great place to stay!

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Turtle House. It's lovely- the pictures don't do it justice. We loved the big windows for watching rainstorms. We were surrounded by so much beautiful greenery! We brought our two dogs and they had a blast exploring the property, running around the huge yard, and investigating the sounds and smells of the local wildlife. Dian was out of town so her friend (I'm blanking on her name) met us there when we got in and was very helpful and nice. The kitchen was well-stocked and had everything we needed, as was the laundry area. The house is located in a quiet residential neighborhood and it's a very quick drive to downtown Ocean Springs.

Two little things are keeping me from giving the Turtle House 5 stars- we found the house to be a bit smelly (probably from all the pets that stayed there in the past, plus whatever products they used to cover the smells), so we ended up buying a few scented candles to keep lit around the house, and that did the trick. The other thing was one night I got out of bed to go change the thermostat, and the bedroom door wouldn't open! It was pretty nerve racking- after maybe 5 minutes (max), my husband was able to get it open. I'm sure Dian will see this and fix the door so it won't happen to you! :)

I would definitely recommend the Turtle House to anyone looking for a cozy unique place to stay in Ocean Springs- ESPECIALLY if you have dogs!

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5



  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best place To stay on the coast

  • 5 of 5

Loved every minute of it

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We had a WONDERFUL time! And we actually saw a turtle at the turtle house! My son loved that. The tree canopies along with the fences made us feel like we had no neighbors. Great quiet place to chill. Two thumbs up!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75

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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