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Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 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.

There is a new green underwater light in the canal for fun night-time fishing. You can really see all the fish swim through the light at night!

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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2018

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 Terramar Beach

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • 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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average rating of 4.7916665 based on 24 reviews

Relaxing and fun vacation

  • 5 of 5

House was clean and very comfortable. Sits on a beautiful canal and great fishing. Very quiet and relaxing. We really enjoyed our time there!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Could live here!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the house. Fully stocked, plenty of room, nice fishing. We have already booked another date.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Super trip to west bay

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time. House was just as promised. Already planning our trip back. Thank you, Barbara.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Extremely comfortable and inviting

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here. We did a weekend stay for my husbands birthday. We ended up being a group of 6, so we have tons of space. The views are amazing, the fishing was great. We fished from the deck until 2 am. We had all the amenities we needed to orepiour meals and sleep comfortably. The kitchen is fully stocked. The stove is a bit dated, but it works just fine. Every member of our party was relaxed and had a blast. We are already thinking of excuses to come back. I’m certain we will put it in our rotation of nice weekend getaway, thanks.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Family get away

  • 5 of 5

This place is awesome and my family and I had a great time. The grandchildren had a great time fishing from the dock and on top of the deck at night, you can also float in the canal. The place is clean and has everything you need except your food. We enjoyed the swimming pool and the private beach. This is our second time to rent out the house and we will be back again next year.


  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed every moment. Perfect for a guys get away fishing trip. Thanks again.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $200

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

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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