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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Sea Lover Cottage – A Seaside Retreat

This 3 bedroom, 2 bath (sleeps 10 comfortably) waterfront home sits on the beautiful Vida Canal in Terramar Beach and is perfect for families vacationing on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Location, Location, Location

One of the highlights of this delightful beach house is its location at the west end of Galveston Island. Located in the desirable Terramar Beach area, away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Sea Lover Cottage sits on the beautiful Vida Canal and offers easy proximity to the bay and to the beach at an affordable price. Sea Lover Cottage is clean and bright, and well-appointed.

Enjoy your coffee and start your day by viewing a glorious sunrise from the canal deck. Take a walk on the beach filled with shells for the collector, or build a sand castle. Go for a swim or snorkel in the blue Gulf waters filled with sea life. Body surf. Bird watch. Enjoy peace and quiet, with the exception of a meddling seagull. Take your kayak for a spin on the canal from your private boat house, or fish and crab the canal under the boat house overhead lights. Complete your day by grilling your catch and relaxing in the warm evening breezes constant through the lower level boat house.

If entertainment and excitement are for you, Sea Lover Cottage is convenient to Schlitterbahn Water Park, Moody Gardens, the Flight Museum, Sea Wolf Park, Galveston’s historic Strand District, the Galveston Pleasure Pier and much more.

Surrounded by Water

If your idea of a great summer vacation is being close to the water, then you will fall in love with Sea Lover Cottage. This home sits on the beautiful Vida Canal. The Vida Canal opens to the Terramar Navigation Channel, which opens to West Galveston Bay. Galveston Bay and San Luis Pass are well known for the best fishing in the Galveston area, and as two of the top fishing spots on all of the Texas Coast.

Bring your watercraft! The house is adjoined by a private boat house and boat slip. Terramar’s boat launch is available for your use. The Terramar Navigation Channel connects Terramar’s boat launch area, its turning basin, and its four residential canals to West Galveston Bay. Step off your private dock into your vessel and motor out to the Bay for a day of great fishing! Upon your return, clean your catch right on the dock and barbecue your catch on the grill conveniently located. Your private dock includes overhead lights for fun night-time fishing. Trout, redfish, flounder as well as blue and stone crabs are caught right off Sea Lover Cottage’s lighted dock. Your private boat slip is also ideal for launching your canoe, kayak or other people-powered craft.

Just across San Luis Pass Road are Terramar Beach and the Gulf of Mexico. Sea Lover Cottage offers the best of two great water experiences; the home is caressed by the salt marshes and inlets of West Galveston Bay on one side, and the Gulf of Mexico on the other side. Whether by the bay or the beach, your entire family will make unforgettable vacation memories at this seaside retreat.

Terramar Beach Community

Beach – The beach on the Gulf may be reached from the Terramar Beach main entrance at the end of Terramar Drive, or across any of the three public walkovers.

Swimming Pool – A beautiful outdoor pool, in a picturesque setting, is available for your use from Memorial Day weekend until September 30 (weather permitting) on Wednesday through Monday. The pool is closed on Tuesdays. Pursuant to a City of Galveston ordinance, children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for their safety and behavior.

Boat Launch and Pier – There is a private boat launch ramp with a turning basin and dredged navigation channel extending into West Galveston Bay. The boat ramp recently underwent repairs. It is a brief 20 minutes by boat to San Luis Pass and the Gulf of Mexico.

Please also visit the nearby pavilion.

More Details

Property Manager
Barbara Hebel
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 21, 2017

About Barbara Hebel

The owner grew up in Baltimore and water has always been a part of her life. As a child, she enjoyed summers along the Chesapeake Bay in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and Ocean City, Maryland. Later in life, she became a world traveler and has lived in many exotic locations, including Azerbaijan. While there, she vacationed along the Caspian Sea in what are called “dachas” – a Russian word for seasonal second-homes. After relocating to Texas, she began searching for her own dacha where she could spend time with her family and pass on some of her fondest memories. She seized the opportunity to settle on Galveston Island in beautiful Terramar Beach. Sea Lover Cottage is affectionately referred to among family and friends as “the Dacha.”

Barbara Hebel purchased this cottage in 1999

Why Barbara Hebel chose Galveston

Located at the west end of Galveston Island, in the desirable community of Terramar Beach, Sea Lover Cottage sits on one of only four exclusive Terramar Beach canals. The home offers easy proximity to the bay and also to the beach. The west end is idyllic. There is very little noise, and there are no hotels swallowing up the coast. The tranquility of the Gulf Coast is on display in this area. You will find warm breezes, white sand, and wonderful memories.

What makes this cottage unique

This home is uniquely situated at the west end of Galveston where the island is at its narrowest, and in one of the most desirable areas. This home sits on the beautiful Vida Canal, offering easy access to West Galveston Bay. Just across San Luis Pass Road are Terramar Beach and the Gulf of Mexico. The lot was specifically chosen to position the home for the sunrise view from the canal deck. Gather on the canal deck with your morning coffee as you marvel at one of the most breathtaking sunrise views available on the island, right from your own private deck. The lower level boat house features an open concept and constant summer breezes.

Bring your watercraft! The house is adjoined by a private boat house and boat slip. Terramar’s private boat launch is available for your use.

Vacationing at Sea Lover Cottage includes full access to all of the amenities at Terramar Beach.

Come enjoy warm breezes, white sand and wonderful memories at an affordable price.


Terramar Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • Two Bathrooms: Master Bathroom On-suite Upstairs with Jacuzzi Tub; Guest Bathroom Down with Tub/Shower Combination and Double Sinks
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Three Bedrooms: Master Bedroom is the upstairs loft area with a King Bed, a Day Bed and a Child Bed. It has a full bath on-suite. Guest Bedroom Down with a Double Bed; Guest Bedroom Down with Bunk Beds plus a Trundel; Living Room Day Bed with a Trundel.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(17 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.7058825 based on 17 reviews
Houston, Texas

Great Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd visit to this house and again another wonderful time. It was a nice open concept which allowed our whole family to spend time together whether relaxing in the living room or cooking in the kitchen. Very clean and plenty of room for everyone. Loved having coffee on the upper balcony in the morning and fishing right off the dock. Lots of space in the shade downstairs below the balcony for when it got too hot. We will be back for sure.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house, great location. Would recommend

  • 4 of 5

This was the last vacation before my daughter went off to college. It included friends and family and everyone had a good time. The neighbors were friendly and helpful on the baits to use. The only reason it isn't a 5 star is the I am a bigger guy and the furniture was a little uncomfortable, but the place was great. I would highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great stay. Boys had a blast fishing and swimming.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Has potential

  • 2 of 5

We stayed here a few weekends ago. In general, the house is good. The property manager, Barbara, sent us a rental agreement via email in addition to what we agreed to on Home Away. That was a small inconvenience but not the biggest deal to me.

The refrigerator was not cooling properly so we had to store our food in our cooler and repeatedly buy ice to cool our food. Barbara was able to get someone out to the house within a few hours of notifying her, though they were not able to fix it. Barbara did offer to reimburse us for the ice, which I appreciated though honestly would have preferred a small discount for the inconvenience. She stated that due to the rental agreement, she was not willing to reimburse us since it's not a hotel. We prefer to rent a house for comforts like a refrigerator so this was unfortunate.

The coffee maker had several dead bugs in it, so we ended up not using it. Since this house is not inside Galveston, there are not many options for coffee. We came prepared with coffee supplies so would have been nice to enjoy the convenience of making and drinking coffee at house.

The Home Away post is somewhat misleading if you truly want a 3 bedroom, which we did. The master bedroom, which is upstairs, did not have a bedroom door/was open air with the first floor so if people are awake and downstairs in the living room or kitchen, you can hear them. I consider a bedroom to be a room with a window, closet, bed, and door. Barbara stated that she has never heard this feedback before and therefore did not think that the post was misleading. She may have referenced the Rental Agreement, though I do not recall.

Lastly, you need to bring your own trash bags, toilet paper, and paper towels because when we contacted Barbara, she said they only supply enough to get you started. It would have been nice to know prior to arrival because we could have brought some from home. The convenience store is pricey since it's a ways outside of Galveston and they know you're desperate.

None of these were the end of the world and we still had a great time with our family but I did expect more. At the very least, I did hope that Barbara would have taken our feedback and made it right.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Thanksgiving Relaxation

  • 4 of 5

Our family spent Thanksgiving here and it was a blast. Our kids loved being able to fish off the dock all day and night. The place was clean and was the perfect size for us. The beach was a 2 minute drive away and our kids loved going and playing in the water. We would recommend this to all of our friends and are looking forward to returning in the future.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hewitt NJ


  • 5 of 5

Very satisfied clean . With no hassles . No surprise charges . It was exactly as describe.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Terramar Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 9 2017 - Sep 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Mid Peak
Sep 4 2017 - Nov 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Lone Star Bike Rally
Nov 2 2017 - Nov 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
Off Peak
Nov 5 2017 - Nov 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Off Peak
Nov 26 2017 - Dec 21 2017
2 night minimum stay
Christmas/New Year's
Dec 22 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 15.0%

Reservation includes access to all Terramar Beach amenities! No cleaning fee!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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