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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.

Welcome to Turtle House, a unique Carroll B. Ishee designed home nestled in the woods near East Beach in Ocean Springs. With its angular roof lines, large expanses of glass, different floor levels and decks on three sides, the Turtle House invites guests to be attune to nature. The 2 bedroom, 2 bath house offers a peaceful retreat yet is close to East Beach, Gulf Islands National Seashore, USM-Gulf Coast Research Laboratory and downtown Ocean Springs, a place that has received many national accolades for its livability and beauty. With the decks and back yard, the property is secure for children and pets. The house has room to sleep 6, but plenty of interior and exterior space for entertaining, including an outdoor grill and wet bar. Located on a paved dead-end street, there is enough parking for even the Cruisers. The home is very comfortable for couples and families, and we love pets.

Dian Willhoite
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2018

Why Dian Willhoite chose Ocean Springs

This is a Carroll B. Ishee 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 ...
  • 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 4.8235292 based on 34 reviews

The property was amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing time at the turtle house. The owner was very helpful and gave us a tour when we got there. The property had everything we needed to have a great thanksgiving with family from Texas. It’s a very private and secluded place to vacation. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great home and extremely comfortable

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic town with great nightlife

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location very clean loved loved loved it

  • 5 of 5

Landlord very exceptional came by just to double check we had everything we needed. It was a perfect spot can't wait to stay again!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming house. Welcoming, intentional host.

  • 5 of 5

A charming hideaway, tucked into nature

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
U.S. 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 Carroll B. Ishee. 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 which are all separately enclosed for their safety. The house has two bedrooms and two baths. It sleeps six - this includes two bunkbeds and one queen size bed. 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
Pet Fee $0

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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