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Spend Your Vacation In A Real Southern Historic Hotel

Bedrooms 6
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 30 nights


Minimum Stay
30 nights


Fairhope Estate Rental Photos and Description

6 Bedrooms, Wood Fireplace, Bayfront With Pier And Boathouse.

The Historic Volante Hotel was completely refurbished and updated inside but retains its old Southern Charm from the 1890's. Spend your holiday in a true southern mansion. Historic oak trees with Spanish moss grace the extensive gardens planted to attract hummingbirds. There are wrap around verandas on both the first and second levels. The house has 3 levels and 6 large bedrooms. There are 4 bathrooms all complete with shower facilities. Relax on the veranda and sip your mint julep. The property has beach access and a 300+ ft private pier with a large boathouse. Moor your boat at the boathouse with electronic jet ski lift. The property is on a private no outlet street and is very quiet despite being less than 5 minutes drive from the center of Fairhope. The beach is sandy and good for walking, swimming or boating. It is a wonderful house for family reunions, or to just step back in time and get away from it all. The furnishings have been carefully selected to provide comfort and charm. We accept payment by check or EFT only.

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Property Manager
Margaret Hildick-Pytte
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 2016

About Margaret Hildick-Pytte

Tony and Margaret are residents of Australia. We have another property on VRBO in New Hampshire. We are US citizens but have been living and working in Australia since 1995. This property is near Margaret's mother who lives in the Pascagoula area. We found the house and fell in love with it's original southern charm. Margaret was born in Biloxi, Mississippi and is a southern girl at heart. This is the perfect place for escaping the harsh periods of the northern US Winter.

Margaret Hildick-Pytte purchased this estate in 2013

Why Margaret Hildick-Pytte chose Alabama

This property has been lovingly restored to accent the 1800's in the south but completely updated with modern accents and appliances. It is a historic hotel that catered to the genteel society of the day. Oak floors, period furnishings, large wood burning fireplace and spectacular views are only the beginning. The graceful gardens flower all year long with large camellias, azaleas, perennials, and oaks bearing Spanish moss. The gardens were planted to attract hummingbirds. The house is great for family gatherings.

What makes this estate unique

There are two levels of wrap-around verandahs complete with furniture in both the front and back of the house. Many private areas for relaxing and contemplation. The area is so quiet and is like stepping back in time some 100+ years. Yet the town of Fairhope is just some 4-5 minutes drive away. Access to the beach is by stair, with landing. The beach is sandy and is suitable for daily walks and the Yacht club is just a short walk some 300 ft from the private pier. The property has a private pier with a grand boathouse complete with electric jet ski lift and power and water. There is a dock at the end of the boathouse for swimming, crabbing, and fishing. The gardens are spectacular with flowers blooming all seasons.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(6 traveler reviews)

Spend Your Vacation In A Real Southern Historic Hotel
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

Becky H

  • 5 of 5

We rented this home in November and ended with a family reunion for Thanksgiving. What a glorious place to accommodate family! There was a room for football for the guys, the dining table was large enough for our traditional "Chase the Ace" card game and we set up a jigsaw puzzle on the back veranda. We borrowed folding tables and enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner on the veranda facing Mobile Bay. We raced to the pier every afternoon to catch the sunset that never looked the same. We will cherish forever this time and the wonderful, accommodating slice of heaven.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mobile, Al

Perfect for my family!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this home for several days. It was the perfect place for my family! We really enjoyed the back porches that looked over Mobile Bay. The kids had a great time playing in the water! The property manager met me at the house and was very helpful! He took me all over the house and demonstrated how the door locks worked and how to turn the alarm on and off. I would recommend this home to my friends.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful home with something for everyone

  • 5 of 5

Fairhope is a great place for antiqueing, enjoying southern cuisine, kayaking, fishing and touring historic sites. It's a birder heaven. The Hotel Volante is a large and gracious former hotel that is well equipped for cooking and lounging. It's been recently decorated and the gardens are lovely in spring. A long pier brings one right into the bay. Guests from 29 to 93 years had a great time. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fort Smith, Arkansas

Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

I found it hard to believe that this beautiful, well furnished home, with its quiet neighborhood and wooded bayside setting was a vacation rental. Located about a mile from downtown, a car is essential. Local restaurants, at least the ones we patronised , were execellent although occasionally pricey.

There is a lot to do and see around Fairhope, but the house is so pleasant that often I was content to stay there and read.

Our ages ranged from four to seventy three, and included one 36 year old recent amputee who managed to get about without inordinate difficulty. He used the first floor bedroom..

I would recommend this rental without reservation.

The property managers were helpful and friendly (we needed very little help).

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Birmingham, Alabama

First visit to Fairhope! Great place!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this lovely house with charming character and tons of space. She is a beauty! We loved hanging out on the back porch swing and fishing from the pier! The owner was wonderful to work with and we are gracious that she shared her home with our family. We definitely would recommend this spacious home with its beautiful landscape and views. We hope to return soon!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful place to stay! Work travel brought me to Fairhope from Portland, Oregon for the first time and I'd love to come back and stay longer. Margaret has created a beautiful home that is comfortable and relaxing and made this a place that was truly difficult to leave. The beach and the views from all of the balconies including the dock itself were incredible and the house included everything we needed for our visit. I would highly recommend this to anyone visiting this area!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
My Place Downtown Fairhope
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Rock Creek Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
US 98
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
La Cocina Mexican Restaurant
Car: recommended

Fairhope is a lovely gracious Southern Town with Historic buildings, gardens with old Oak trees and Spanish Moss. Pensacola Florida and Gulf Shores are a short 30 minute drive away.


Rates & Availability

Fairhope Estate Rental Rates

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30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200
Tax Rate 8.0%

Minimum age for rental is 25 years. One time cleaning fee of $200.00/rental. 100% refund of rent if cancelled 30 days prior to arrival date. Refundable damage deposit of $750.00 required for booking and included in first payment. Second payment due 60 days before first day of rental period. NOT set up for HomeAway Payments, Payment by check or EFT only. Use Boathouse & pier at own risk

Payment by check or EFT. No credit cards accepted.

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Fairhope Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 5500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Shampoo, conditioner, and soap provided.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Located on first level with access to bathroom
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Located on third floor
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Extensive master bedroom with 50 inch TV on second floor
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Large 4-poster bed on second floor
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Is on second floor and opens to balcony
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Bedroom is on third floor
  • Each bedroom is appointed with period furniture and decor. Experience the luxury of a 1890's hotel with southern grace and charm.
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Propane firepit on bayside lower terrace.

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