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Gulf Palms Cottage.....Walk to beach, downtown, restaurants, splash pad & more!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

A family beach retreat.

Come enjoy not only a vacation but a way of life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The Gulf Palms Cottage is located on a quiet and safe street in Long Beach just three blocks from the beach and harbor. With huge Live Oaks, the balmy sea breezes and plenty of outdoor space the cottage is situated in the center of everything the Coast has to offer. Our comfortable 3 bedroom, 1 ½ bath cottage is just moments from great restaurants such as Steve’s Marina, Bulls, Harbor View Café and Darwell’s. The exciting night life of Biloxi with its casinos and entertainment is only a short drive down the beach. For the “Salt Life” there is great pier fishing, Charter boats, beach volleyball, beach fire pits and the longest beach front on the Coast are just blocks away. With the free splash pad, City Park that features outdoor movies and music and the developing city center two blocks from the cottage there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Grocery stores and Walmart are a few minutes’ drive with Edgewater Mall , Premium Outlet Mall, Crossroads Mall and numerous boutiques all less than 20 minutes from the cottage. For those that desire more adventure there are several outstanding day trips within an hour from the cottage………New Orleans, Mobile, Ship Island and scores of historical and interesting destinations around the area.

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Harold & Claire
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2018

About Harold & Claire

Harold And Claire

Claire is French-Canadian who grew up in Quebec. Harold grew up in Long Beach but had not resided in Long Beach for almost 50 years, retired from 35 year career in Public Safety from Utah. Purchased this cottage as a family vacation home for our six adult children and seven grand children to experience and enjoy the Mississippi Gulf which all now have a deep connection to the beauty and people of our beloved community.

Our goal in listing our cottage was for an alternative for other families wishing to enjoy and explore the MS Gulf Coast and to promote our beloved MS Gulf Coast. After traveling with our kids and now grandkids we found it was much more enjoyable to stay in one single house rather then several motel rooms and the family was able to experience and enjoy being a "local" rather then just some "tourist" at a Hotel. And having a real yard to sit in, enjoy the outdoors and cook out with the entire family rather than sitting in a crowded restaurant or park. The idea of a "home away from home" appealed to us since there is nothing better than returning "home" after a long day of exploring or having fun as a family and not being crowded into a motel room or separated in several motel rooms. So, if you are looking to staying at the "Ritz" remember this is just a family beach cottage but we do feel that it is about as close to a "home away from home" that a family could find along the MS Gulf Coast! And the whole idea when we listed our cottage is to make available a little cottage that a family could make as their "home away from home" while they enjoyed the wonders of the coast line here in Long Beach.

Harold & Claire purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Harold & Claire chose Long Beach

This could be classified as a “love story” by some or simply “luck of life” by others. In 2010 we returned to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for my class reunion, where I hadn’t lived for over forty years. During that visit Claire fell in love with the beauty and peacefulness of the area and the people that call it home.

We had been looking for a location to purchase a winter/retirement home for several years. After we returned from our trip life went on and we continued looking for property in other parts of the country never thinking we would return to the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Then in 2013 events in life again brought us in contact with friends along the Coast. Later that year we decided Long Beach was were we would look for our second home and I was able to purchase a building lot. In 2014 we again traveled to the area for Mardis Gras and took in a number of the parades along the coast. When checking the property I had purchased, Claire noticed that the older cottage on the property next door was for sale. The cottage had not been maintained for several years and was in need of much attention. Claire decided she wanted to purchase the cottage and the work was on to set it up for a family retreat.

After several months of work and help from many friends in the area Claire has brought the cottage alive. This will now be our families’ (kids and grandkids) retreat when time allows. We hope you enjoy the cottage, Long Beach, the area, the beach life, the great seafood and of course the people of the area as much as we do and will. Please feel at home at our cottage and enjoy the beauty of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Now after 4 years of having our cottage listed we have enoyed hearing from families from all over the world that have stayed at the cottage to explore the MS Gulf Coast for the very first time. Each guest we have heard from has only reenforced why we picked & then decided to list our cottage. Thank you, Claire & Harold.

What makes this cottage unique

Cottage is in the heart of everything the coast has to offer. Walking distance to beach, restaurants, harbor, splash pad, town green (where all events take place), the quaint downtown but yet in one of the most sought after peaceful, relaxing and safe areas along the entire Gulf Coast. Cottage is situated on huge private lot with large Live Oaks, space to play and relax in an establish beach neighborhood right on the designated bike route for biking. With the screened in porch it is one of the few "old style" cottages still along the coast. And a five minute walk to the most rated beach fronts in the entire state.

So if your focus is to just sit back and relax away from it all the cottage has the space and the privacy to do just that. Wake up in the morning and relax with a cup of coffee on the screen porch or under the covered patio area. Listen to the birds, the bells from St. Thomas church, the whistle of the distant trains, the cheers at a ball game from the high school or just the peace & quiet. Then gather the family up for an outing at the beach (gather the chairs, beach towels, ice chests, outdoor & beach toys available at the cottage) then walk five minutes or a quick drive to free parking to enjoy the beach up a snow cone, play beach volley ball or walk one of the piers. See what the fisherman reel in or the wildlife along the beach or a sunset or sunrise.

In the evening cook up something on the grill or walk to an area restaurant then take a stroll along the beach at dusk enjoying the light wind coming from the Gulf. And the best part is no crowds! That is the benefit to where the cottage is located. This is where the "locals" live that love the beach life but do not enjoy the tourist traps or crowds.

You are a short hour drive to New Orleans or a short distance from all the tourist areas like Biloxi, Ocean Springs or Bay St. Louis but after you can come "home" and relax. You are a "local" now!


Long Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Cottage Information provided at time of booking, if questions please contact.
  • Owner's Lease Agreement must be read & confirmed by guest.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Sink & mirror with great lighting
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Sink, mirror and hair dryer
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Mirror, dresser, end table lamp
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , dresser, ceiling fan, end table lamp
    Bedroom 3 - 1 twin/ single , Ceiling fan, cuddle couch, and access to main bath/shower
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • 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
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Plenty of outdoor furniture to enjoy the outdoors, including chairs, etc for the beach......come enjoy the Mississippi Gulf Coast Outdoors!!!


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average rating of 4.8653846 based on 52 reviews

Repeat visitor and will come again!!

  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th visit to the Gulf Palms Cottage and, as usual, all of our expectations were met and exceeded. The cottage is fully stocked with everything needed to cook a family meal - we were able to have our local aunt and uncle over for a 4th of July cookout meal which made the cottage feel even more like a home away from home. The owners supply beach towels and the "shed" has lots of bagged chairs, beach toys, and yard games. We went out and played at Ship island, the marine mammal institute, gem and rock shop, Long Beach Live (local music on the Town Greene), splash pad, sharkheads, Friendly City Yogurt Shop and, of course, the beach!! Highly recommend all these activities for young families!! Be sure to bring sunscreen to Ship Island and reapply liberally!! We still plan to visit the Friendship Oak and explore Pass Christian. In the heat of the day, we loved to come "home" and relax under the shaded oak trees or outdoor living space in the anti-gravity chairs or classic white adironodack chairs while the kids played in the large front yard, with the supplied board games in the cottage, watched a movie, or rested. For food - Darwell's, Harbor City Cafe and Steve's (in Long Beach), Triplet Day Drugstore (for binets) and Tony's Brick Oven Pizza (in Gulfport) and Mary Mahoney's (in Biloxi) are all good choices. We watched the fireworks on the beach for the 4th and they were spectacular- no need to drive over to Gulfport - there were groups of people setting off spectacular shows right in Long Beach. Highly recommend this area and the Gulf Palms Cottage!!! Looking forward to our 5th trip!

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We do appreciate other families enjoying the MS Coast as much as our family has over the years. When we listed our cottage our main thought was to provide families with a location where they could experience the coast as a "local" at an affordable rate. A safe, relaxing, clean and enjoyable family vacation was so important to our family so we are so happy your family had the same experience. We do enjoy our repeat guests.....thank you. Claire & Harold
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Longbeach is a perfect location for a low key vacation, but it is close to everything on the coast.

  • 5 of 5

Gulf Palms Cottage met all my requirements. It was a great place to relax and a beautiful beach and restaurants were nearby. It was comfortable and I loved the big yard and trees. It was perfect for three friends, who each had a room and some privacy. The common areas were nice and spacious. The kitchen had good appliances. We had plenty of hot water and the air conditioning was great. It provided good lawn chairs and a covered carport. It was an excellent place to read and there always was a breeze. We all enjoyed our stay and had no problems.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great relaxing vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Harold & Claire’s cottage was so comfortable and in a great location. They were very accommodating and very informative! We would definitely recommend!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Melissa for submitting a review. We are so glad that your family enjoyed themselves and the cottage fit your needs. I know it has been hot down there so I hope you were able to enjoy the water to cool off some. Thank you again, Claire & Harold
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What a pleasant cottage to arrive to!

  • 5 of 5

We had never been to that part of the Gulf. We had searched and searched for somewhere different and more laid back. Not as touristy. Long Beach and this cottage hit the nail on the head! The cottage is within a minute, driving time and maybe 5 walking, to the beach. It was so nice returning to a “house” rather than a small hotel room. We could take our showers and the kids plop down in front of the tv while we cooked or went outside to enjoy the huge yard from the patio. One night we even played board games that was supplied. So much fun! The kitchen was so nice to have available, as we knew that we couldn’t eat out every meal. It really felt like home and we all hated to leave Harold and Claire’s little beach haven! I would recommend this place to any and every small family! Harold was very informative and sent emails every so often, just as reminders of things to do around the area and for check-in/check-out. It was really nice to not have to guess about anything!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Amber. We are so glad your family was able to explore & enjoy all the beauty and wonders of the MS Gulf Coast. Having traveled ourselves with our family we wanted to ensure that all our guests have information on what to do, what to see and what to enjoy along the Coast so we do promote our beloved Coastal area. It is the "experiencing of an area" that we always enjoyed so we are happy our information assisted your family in "experiencing" the MS Coast! Thanks, Claire & Harold
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It was a really nice place.

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. This is a really nice little cottage for your family to stay if you go to Gulfport Mississippi. All you need is right there. The beach is close and so is Walmart. We would have and recommend this place to others.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We thank you for submitting a review. So, glad your family enjoyed the Mississippi Gulf Coast and the cottage fit your needs. Enjoy the rest of the Summer and know that you are always welcomed back. Thanks, Claire & Harold
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Awesome as akways!

  • 5 of 5

Once again we had a great time for our stay at the Gulf Palms! We were delighted to see new updates and additions to the cottage! The new stove is great, and I think we were the first to use the oven.

As usual the cottage was neat, clean and inviting. We were also privileged to be able to use the new golf cart rental option offered to us by the owners! It was really fun to ride around the neighborhood and enjoy the weather. We even took a ride down to the local Sonic drive-in to get a soft drink! If you are able to use the cart rental option, I strongly recommend it!

As usual the neighborhood was quiet and everyone was friendly. We had such a nice relaxing time since my sister was recovering from neck surgery. We did a lot of cooking and enjoyed our coffee in the morning on the screened in porch.

We are anxious to go back as soon as possible, we love visiting our home away from home. We just can't thank Harold and Claire enough for always making our stay so much fun! I have lost count on how many times we have stayed here...I think it's close to 10 by now, and it won't be our last!

Thanks again Harold and Claire! It's great to be a part of the Gulf Palms family!

Lorraine and Julie 😀

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lorraine & Julie for your review. We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay along the Coast and it was great to hear you enjoyed the Golf Cart rental. We decided recently to obtain a Golf Cart for our guests to be able to rent during their stay since it offers another way to experience the area (and we thought it would be fun since, honestly, we enjoyed the experience renting one in the past). Thanks, Claire & Harold
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Gulfport/Biloxi International
Nearest Train
65 Miles
New Orleans, LA
Nearest Motorway
0.02 Miles
Highway 90
Nearest Restaurant
0.02 Miles
Darwell's and Harbor View Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.02 Miles
Gulf of Mexico
Car: recommended

The Gulf Palms Cottage is located within walking distance (3 blocks) of the beach front area where beach volleyball, fire pits, entertainment plaza, public restrooms…changing areas…outdoor public showers, boat harbor (that has public boat ramps, charter boats, pier fishing, bait shop, cafes, etc.), several additional fishing piers, cement beachfront walking/jogging/biking trail, benches and numerous businesses along the beachfront.

The Cottage is also 2 blocks from Jeff Davis Ave (which is the renewed city center) which has a large city park, splash pad, library, city offices, cafes, boutiques, entertainment areas, etc.

Two blocks in the other direction from the cottage is the famous “Friendship Oak, University of Southern Mississippi’s gulf coast location, historic St Thomas Church (which still rings bells on the hour), area related displays open to the public on the University’s campus.

Two blocks north of the cottage is a shopping plaza along with cafes, businesses, city high school (with tennis courts, running/jogging area, city football stadium, etc.

The Gulf Palms Cottage is on a secluded established street which is also one of the area’s designated bike trails.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Pet Fee $75
Refundable Damage Deposit $250

Must be 21 years of age to Reserve.
No Smoking.
Check In Time- 4:00 pm......Check Out- Time 11:00 am
Pets: only one dog allowed must be under 20 lbs (no exceptions). Must advise of breed, size and any additional information prior to arrival with pet. Must also read and agree to a pet policy
Full refund on cancellations 30 days prior to check-in. Possible fee for reservations canceled less than 30 days prior to check in.
Separate Lease Agreement must be agreed to prior to reservation being final.
Refundable Security Deposit refunded after inspection please allow 7-10 to process.
All Rates Subject to Change.

Owner'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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