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LIFE'S A BEACH COTTAGE: walking distance to all the fun in Downtown Bay St Louis

Bedrooms 2
Space 980 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 1 Large Bathroom, close to all that our little Beach Town' can offer

Welcome to Life's a Beach Cottage! We are 2 houses from the beach and 2 blocks from downtown Bay St. Louis. Our cottage, has two (2) Bedrooms and a queen sleeper sofa in the living room, can sleep six (6) comfortably. There are two (2) Televisions, WI-FI, smoke-free interior, full kitchen, and an ADA accessible shower. It's furnished in comfortable beachy furnishings, hardwood floors, and central air and heat and in the cold winter months, there is also a fireplace available.. There is a full size stove, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, and dryer. The front porch is setup with a swing, table, chairs and a charcoal grill. Curl up in the swing and read your favorite book.

Nona Morlan
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 15, 2018

About Nona Morlan

I have lived on this property since early 1980's. I lived and trained in the Jackson, Mississippi area. I graduated a program and wanted to move away from home and parents, so after visiting some friends in this area, I decided it was the place for me. I met and married my husband and we lived in the cottage for 15+ years. We did some remodels, to move in and take care of the aunt that lived in the primary home on the property. This wonderful woman passed away in 1997 leaving the properties to my husband and me. My husband passed away in 2001. For many years a friend stayed in the cottage, keeping with the beach living. Hurricane Katrina came and a lot of things changed. I was blessed that there was minimal damage to my home and the cottage. The bluff, that my property is located on is one of the highest points between Apalachicola Bay, Florida and Galveston Bay, Texas. I never believed that fact prior to Hurricane Katrina, but have since become a confirmed believer. For years, the cottage was just used when friends or family came to visit. I am now a retired medical professional and have decided to try sharing my beautiful beach way of life with others.

Why Nona Morlan chose Bay Saint Louis

One day, as I was looking out the kitchen window of the cottage, towards the back wall of the primary dwelling, I realized, I had seen this home and all the landscaping before. I had dreamed of this place many times since I was a young girl. Deja' Vu ...well I believe. I had such a feeling of peace. I don't know what the future holds, but I do know, at this time in my life, I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

What makes this cottage unique

The town and all the interesting activities are wonderful. There has been an increase in arts, shopping, and fun things to do but the thing that draws me to this area the most is...the PEOPLE. They are the friendliest I have ever run into. I have made so many friends over the years. Friends and family that come to visit have made the same discovery. People smile or speak to you as you walk down the street. Join us in 'A Place Apart'.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed our long weekend in your lovely cottage. It was so nice to get away for a few days. Hope to see you for, "Cruisin the Coast".
Jun 2014
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Bay Saint Louis Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 980 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • 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 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , 4'X4' handicap accessible shower (no tub) & handrails
  • One large bathroom with 4'X4' handicap accessible shower with shower chair and handrails on 2 sides.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Master bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Front bedroom, living room has Queen sleeper sofa
  • There are 2 bedrooms. A king sized bed is in the master bedroom and a standard bed is in the second bedroom. There is a comfortable queen sized sleeper sofa in the living room.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a 2 bedroom cottage with a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. It will comfortably sleep 6. There is no Bath tub, only a very large shower. There is an outdoor cold water shower to rinse off the beach and sand.


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LIFE'S A BEACH COTTAGE: walking distance to all the fun in Downtown Bay St Louis
average rating of 4.915254 based on 60 reviews

We loved our stay at the cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Nona and Kevin were very attentive and informative to us during our visit. The cottage was so cozy and inviting; the perfect place to stay while in Bay St. Louis. We would definitely stay there again.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Perfect cottage rental! September 2-4, 2017

  • 5 of 5

We had a very relaxing time at Life's a Beach cottage. Kevin and Nona are very friendly and were accommodating to our needs. They provide many of the necessities we usually bring. Coffee being one of them! We truly felt like we were at home. The cottage is so close to the beach and walking distance to the restaurants. The parking was great for our boat and our lab Sabrina was welcomed like it was her house. Our trip was a short one and we hope to one day stay at Life's A Beach for longer. Thanks Kevin and Nona!

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves and felt at home (even your family fur baby)! We look forward to seeing you again! Nona & Kevin
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Wonderful pet friendly home

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location, super clean and wonderful owners! Thanks, Kevin and Nona for your hospitality and for helping Auggie to feel so at home!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are most welcome. Thank you for allowing me to meet & greet Auggie. He's going to be a sweetheart! Nona & Kevin
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Great little cottage. Super clean. Has everything you need. Any questions and Nona or Kevin is responding in less than a minute. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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O.B., MS

Clean, Cute, and Cozy Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This little hideaway had everything we needed and more for me, my wife, and our mother dog and her 10 day old pups. Owner was extremely accomodating, friendly, and easy to work with. She has a lot of knowledge of the area and treats you like old friends during your stay. Easy walk to the beach and restaurants, easy drive to anything else. Will definately book this home on a return visit. Thanks Nona & Kevin for your hospitality!

David, Christal, and Ms Cee Cee and kids...

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Arlington, Tx

Truly home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This is the 2nd time we've stayed here.

I'm always torn to leave a review , I want to keep this gem a secret. However if I hadn't read the reviews I would have never known.

We are welcomed into this lovely couples home. One that is warm and fully stocked with everything you could ever need.

Our little dog has always been welcomed.

This place is safe and quite and so close to the beach.

We just love it here. Leaving this time was hard, so we plan on a full week next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airort
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Blind Tiger,Gabbies,Ugly Pirate,Hurricane Hunter B
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
New Orleans
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
The Bridges Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.8 Miles
Hwy 90
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
200 N. Beach, Blind Tiger, Trapani's, Buttercup,
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
2 Houses up street
Car: not necessary

'Life's A Beach' Cottage is walking distance to many restaurants, shops and churches and only a short drive to local casinos, golfing, tennis, boating, bike trails antique shopping, swimming, and fishing. There are many festivals and fun things to keep you occupied during your visit. Second Saturday (the Second Saturday of each month) is always a blast with downtown streets blocked off to accommodate bands, various entertainment and vendors set up to market their local art or products. Bay St. Louis was named one of the top ten small beach towns in the country, in 'THE BEST LITTLE BEACH TOWNS' in Coastal Living Magazine, September 2010 and also one of Budget Travel's 'Coolest Small Towns', for 2013. There is an app you can download to your smart phone to help you explore Old Town. Come see us, you can stay busy or do absolutely nothing.


There are lots of things to entertain you with: Swamp Tours, NASA test site tours, and Crosby Arboretum (Picayune). Take a ride on a John Deere to see and feed the animals at Global Wildlife Center, the largest totally free-roaming wildlife preserve of its kind, with over 4000 exotic, endangered, and threatened animals from all over the world. New Orleans is less than an hour away with: Historic French Quarter, French Market, World War II Museum, Aquarium of the Americas, IMAX Theater, Audubon Zoo, hundreds of restaurants with as many types of cuisine... don't forget the beignets at Café Du Monde'. There is the 'French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest, Plantation Tours, Wooden Boat Fest(Madisonville), Strawberry Fest, and there's more...


If you travel east to Gulfport/Biloxi, there are malls, a water park, a Children's Museum, Beauvoir (Thomas Jefferson's Biloxi home), Mad Potter Museum, more casinos, plus more. Take the boat to Ship Island for a nice day on the water and fun in the sun. Biloxi has Maritime & Seafood Museum, Sunset cruises on the Biloxi Schooners & many other possibilities, just check out the listings or Google 'Chamber of Commerce' in each city, you can ask the owner for suggestions. Please remember your sunscreen...




Additional information about rental rates

Non-refundable cleaning $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $175
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Refundable Deposit $175 Tax Rate 9%
Cleaning Fee $ 75 (Non-refundable cleaning fee/Refundable Deposit of $175, totaling $250)
If a pet meets criteria and is approved there is a $50 nonrefundable fee
Be aware if there are damages that exceed the $175 being held for deposit to be returned, the guest is responsible.
Call owner to make reservations. Please call at 228-305-0166

Travelers contact the owner and make payment arrangements directly through her.
If there is a period of time between the initial contact and their reservation, deposit is made by credit card or check with the balance 2-3 weeks before stay. If the reservation is close, within the 2 wk period, the owner will let the traveler know what is needed to secure the rental.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.