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Low Prices for Fall/Winter!! Book now! Almost on the beach and Family friendly!

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Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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Gulf Shores House Rental Photos and Description

Lots of room for everyone - even your pets! 2 minute walk to beach!


Come stay with us and you will see why we call this our Happy Place. Three bedrooms, two baths, two decks, dual grill (charcoal and propane), views of both the ocean and the bay from both decks . . . all you need to do to enjoy is kick off your shoes when you arrive!

The place is so serene, you can do as much or as little as you want! You can walk to the beach or the bay. You can play games in the yard or sit out on the deck. There are a several restaurants out here near Ft. Morgan and a couple of general stores.

The Fort Morgan historic site is less than 2 miles away. After exploring there, jump on the Dauphin Island Ferry and explore the island. Sometimes you can just sit on the deck and watch the Blue Angels practice!

Our home is about a 15 to 20-minute drive back to Gulf Shores central. Once there, restaurants and tourist gift shops are everywhere! You can find a gift on your list for everyone.

If you tire of the beach, you can always visit the zoo, the water park, go on a zip-line, rent a kayak or paddle board, take a dolphin cruise - - - Oh the places you could go!

If it's quiet at home you seek, just sit back and read one of the many books. Maybe you're in the mood for a game or a jigsaw puzzle?

There's lots to do, but remember, you don't have to do anything at all!

We aim to make our Happy Place, one of your favorites!

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jill Rathert
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 1, 2016
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About Jill Rathert

We are just your average, All-American family. We work hard and play hard. Much of our time centers around 3 things: ice hockey, all-star cheer and Alabama football - ROLL TIDE!

Jill Rathert purchased this house in 2012

Why Jill Rathert chose Alabama

We began looking for a beach house to call our own in March of 2012. Our whole family loves the beach, and we thought we'd see if there was something out there in our price range. We were blessed enough to come across this gem! It was in sad shape, but had good bones. We have worked hard to update it and are continuously making improvements!

What makes this house unique

When we first purchased the house, it didn't have a name, we simply called it the Lil Beach Shack. We spent months debating names before settling on Happy Place. It truly is our happy place - hope it's your also.

One of the benefits of our home is you get a double view off the front and back porches of both the Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Our floor plan allows you to close off the sleeping areas from the living areas. Plus, in case it's raining, you can enter the storage room and take our wrought iron staircase up to the house so you don't get wet. The iron staircase was already there and it's just sort of like a secret passage!


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(27 traveler reviews)

Low Prices for Fall/Winter!! Book now! Almost on the beach and Family friendly!
average rating of 4.740741 based on 27 reviews

Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The owners are great to work with and it was an easy transaction. Very clean home. The house has any essentials that you would need, although we usually bring most of those items with us. Our dog was very comfortable in the home, and the neighbors are all very kind. Everything is exactly as we expected, and some things were even better. If you want to use your vacation wisely and go somewhere that you can really relax and enjoy your time off, then this is it.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Choice!

  • 5 of 5

There are so many choices of houses in this area and this was our first visit to Fort Morgan, having previously always stayed in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach.. We couldn't have made a better choice. The owners were great to work with, very responsive. The house is very comfortable with more than enough room for six adults. Nice outdoor space and easy access to the beach. Just 1/2 mile from Tacky Jacks 2 for a great meal, but not a bad drive back to Gulf Shores. This was our "Happy Place", too. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It's My Happy Place Too !!

  • 5 of 5

I would recommend this place to anyone ! Close to the beach, everything you could need for a great family beach vacation is there available, including a wagon to haul it all ! All that is asked is that you put everything back like you found it and replace anything that might get broken. The owners are great to work with, could not have asked for anything better. I even had to call Jill and she was very gracious and helpful. Not incredibly fancy and that works GREAT when you are taking kids and a dog along. This was our 3rd attempt to take out Lab to the ocean ( as most beaches are NOT dog friendly) and Fort Morgan is the place to do it. Everyone we ran into loves their fur babies. The area was so laid back and the house was so comfortable, we will definitely try to rent from them again. Get your groceries on the way down (as the closest big store is 20 miles away) and enjoy ! I have not one complaint except, I could not stay longer !! Can't thank the owners enough for sharing their home with us and helping us make lasting memories with our family !

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our new "Happy Place"

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying in this house. The open floor plan made it easy for our whole group to be together in the evening. We also loved that the beach was just a short walk down the road! The kids LOVED all the beach toys! I really enjoyed that the beach was almost private since only the local residents used it. I have already recommended this place to friends and family. We really enjoyed our excursions with Orange Beach Marina (dolphin cruise and jet ski rental). We also really liked eating at Doc's and Tacky Jack's. We will definitely be back for another visit in the future!!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful location, comfortable and quiet.

  • 5 of 5

We always enjoy our stay here. Clean and comfortable with all the conveniences of home. Short walk to the beach just a few houses down. Dolphins, sea turtles, sand and sea. Perfect accommodations for 7 of us to stay comfortably. This is a quiet stretch of beach. Uncrowded, unhurried. Not one thong bikini or throng of partiers to be seen. Lounge at your own speed just be sure to stock up on drinks and groceries in town before making your way down toward Fort Morgan. Little piece of heaven.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing, quiet and friendly area. We felt very comfortable in this home.

  • 5 of 5

This is our first time staying in this area. We were there for 2 weeks and really enjoyed all of it. It is away from the busy area but it took only about 20-25 minutes to reach the grocery stores, shops, etc. The area is quiet and very relaxing. We could see the Gulf to the south and the Bay to the north and, even better, we could hear the waves washing in on the beach. We would recommend this place to anyone. I only spoke with Jill and she was very kind and worked with us first-timers. The home had everything you could possibly want in your "home-away from home". We are definitely talking about going back.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Nearest Airport
57 Miles
Pensacola Regional Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Tacky Jacks II
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Dauphin Island Ferry
Nearest Motorway
0.01 Miles
Highway 180
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Tacky Jacks II
Nearest Beach
0.05 Miles
Beach at Ft. Morgan
Car: necessary

Our home is located on a fun, family-oriented street - away from the hustle and bustle of most rentals.


Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Nov 19 2016 - Feb 25 2017
1 night minimum stay
Feb 26 2017 - May 20 2017
1 night minimum stay
May 21 2017 - Sep 5 2017
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $175
Housekeeping/Linens $130
Pet Fee $35

WE CONSIDER SPECIAL REQUESTS. PET FEE IS PER PET! Please note that by renting, you agree to replace any broken or damaged toys/items, wash and put away beach towels (housekeeping takes care of the rest), make sure grill is clean, take out trash, leave no open food and start dishwasher before you leave. Thanks!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Gulf Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • 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 ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bunk Room - 2 bunk bed , Toys and games provided. Flat screen television also!
    Guest Room - 2 double , Extra big closet and flat screen television
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Master bedroom with bathroom, walk-in closet & desk
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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