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Watch dolphins on your own private beach!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

2 bedroom cottage with glassed porch, pier and private beach.

Are you tired of staying in a cookie cutter condo and fighting for a space on the beach? If so, look no further than Papa Roy's Paradise! Papa Roy calls his paradise the Peace & Contentment Lodge or the P&C Lodge. His mantra is 'Do nothing and rest afterwards.' Located on Spring Branch just off of Perdido Bay, Papa Roy's Paradise is a little slice of heaven. You can drink coffee in the glassed porch and watch for dolphins or relax with a cocktail on the beach and view the sunset. Inside, there are two bedrooms, a large living area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a spacious glassed/screened porch. For your outdoor pleasure, there are kayaks, surf boards, paddle boards and even a slide on the dock. On the white sandy beach, there is a gazebo with a sitting area and a grill. Bring your boat and fishing gear! A dock with an underwater fish light will provide hours of enjoyment and entertainment. With a little luck, you can catch fish and crabs. In ten minutes, by boat or car, you can be at Pirate's Cove enjoying one of their cheeseburgers in paradise and drinking a world famous bushwhacker. Also, there are many other restaurants located in the area that specialize in local seafood. The sugar sand beaches of Gulf Shores and Pensacola are a short drive away. Fresh fruit and vegetable stands abound in the area and Sweet Home Farm Cheese is close by in Elberta. The butchers at the Elberta Grocery will cut your filet, t-bone or porterhouse to order and wrap it in wax paper. They also make and sell the finest sausage in Baldwin County. In season, for an additional charge, Papa Roy will take you out on his shrimp boat, The Perdido Queen, to catch shrimp for your dinner or to observe dolphins in their natural habitat. The P&C Lodge is paradise found!

Roy A. Mortensen, Jr.
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2017

About Roy A. Mortensen, Jr.

You can travel many miles and not meet a character quite like Papa Roy. A shrimper for pleasure, not for profit, he washes his cares away each day in the beauty of his surroundings. His home, the P&C Lodge, in the Gulf Coast town of Josephine, Alabama, is a place where peace and contentment prevail. He spends his retirement enjoying life and savoring every bite. His mantra: 'Do nothing, and rest afterward.' This is Papa Roy's Gulf. Head south for a visit and discover yours.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Watch dolphins on your own private beach!
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Quiet Country Fun

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed with Papa Roy late October for two nights and it was much better than expected. Papa Roy did everything needed to insure our stay was a great one. We barbequed both nights, used the kayak both days, and just enjoyed the solitude. Our talks with Papa Roy alone were worth the trip. The Elberta Market has great meats and sundries, but if you have to have something special bring it with you.(ie. alcoholic beverages)! It was so quiet at night. Awesome! Loved this place. Will be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place to get away from the crowd.

  • 5 of 5

This secluded spot was just what we were looking for, had plenty of amenities for comfort with out any of the crowded condo mentality that exists at Gold Beach. Papa Roy showed us true southern hospitality while we were there, but he knows when to stay out of the way as well. Property was clean and well maintained and the house had everything needed for folks that like to stay in and enjoy the peace and quiet. The kitchen is completely stocked with basic supplies, all you need to do is stop by the market for food supplies as you drive in and you'll be set. We enjoyed paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, crabbing. It's a long way from our home in San Diego but well worth the trip!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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We have stayed at many places over the years, but this one is definately unique!

  • 5 of 5

The property provided all of the necessities one would need, and then some. Literally all you need to take are food, and life jackets. The kitchen is well equipped. There is even a deep freeze we used to store our fish from off shore fishing. It was a much needed vacation that provided relaxation on the beach and the excitement of fishing and catching crabs. We also did kayaking and saw the dolphins every day. We didn't even turn the tv on! Beware the crabs do pinch hard lol. The best way to get them out of the trap is to shake them into a cooler of ice. Do not try to grab them. My husband learned the hard way hahaha. We caught about a dozen and they were good eating paired with cold margaritas! Good times and good people! We had a great time Papa Roy! Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Like Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

Thanks to Papa Roy for providing a great retreat that is peaceful, quiet, in a setting that feels safe and somewhat remote from the hustle and bustle. We enjoyed the frequent opportunities to see nature up close with ospreys nesting in the back yard and bald eagles across the cove, dolphins passing by in the morning and evenings. The sunsets were picture worthy every day and nightskies full of stars. The beach front with tiki hut was relaxing. The kayaks and paddle boats were plentiful and a favorite with the kids and adults. The property is beautifully landscaped and maintained. We enjoyed meeting the great neighbors and thank you Papa Roy for your southern hospitality.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

If you want a private paradise with everything at your fingertips that you might possibly want to do, you have found it. There was no way we were prepared for what we found at this get a way paradise. Peace, tranquility, eagles, dolphins, sea gulls, kayaks, canoes, paddle boards, something for everyone. We loved watching the dolphins and eagles. relaxing at the tiki hut, grilling meals, and then relaxing in the comforts of a cool home furnished with everything we needed. All we had to bring was our food. So much more we could have done, but enjoyed relaxing so much.

Everyone was so friendly. Not much activity on the beautiful spring fed bay, but for the few we saw, they waved like they had known us all our lives. Even had one family ride over on their golf cart just to welcome us and left to give us total privacy.

We loved it so much that part of the family booked it for the next week while we were there. We cannot wait to make our return trip.

First vacation ever that we felt like we left a little part of ourselves there when we started home.

Thanks so much Poppa Roy for all your kindness and making sure we had all our needs met. Such a gracious host.

Terry, Kathy, Rebecca, Meria

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Scenic and serene

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed the peace and quiet of Papa Roy's place. The waterfront setting is beautiful- and the sunsets are fabulous!

If you are looking to getaway from daily stress-this is a great place to relax.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Rates & Availability

Elberta Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $85

Utilities included. Please pay by cash or check. Security Deposit Refundable upon completion of stay, if no damage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Elberta Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1250 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower only
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full size daybed with trundle
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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