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Bayfront Cottage, Fish from the Dock, Screen Porch, lovely 4 acres of privacy

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, a Beautiful View of the Bay, Nearby Beach, Wildlife Refuge

We have looked for the perfect beach house for many years! We finally found it in the summer of 2014. This cottage sits on a secluded 4 acre lot surrounded by live oaks and huge pines! You can enjoy the sunrise and sunsets overlooking Mobile Bay while sitting on your screen porch or out on your private dock. Bringing along a canoe or small boat, you have your own small boat launch from the yard.

This cottage is one of a kind! The interior is a classic with heart pine floors, walls and ceilings. The cottage has 3 bedrooms, with the master suite having its own bath. The other two bedrooms share a lovely bath. There is a laundry room with washer and dryer. The kitchen includes a full stove and oven, dishwasher, and all the necessary cooking supplies to make it possible to prepare your own meals. Or you may drive just a couple of miles to enjoy fine cuisine at a number of restaurants at the Beach Club or in Gulf Shores.

Mobile Bay is a fisherman's paradise! You can fish off your private dock, catch live crab with one of the traps on site, or put your boat in and enjoy the bay.

If you enjoy the beach side of Ft Morgan, the Mobile St public beach is a short drive (or bicycle) away. I love to walk or run the Pine Beach Trail across highway 180 through Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. See photos to see the beauty! If you like to ride bicycles, there is a nice bike trail just down the road that goes all the way into Gulf Shores. The cottage is only about 8 miles from Gulf Shores, close enough to run to town for groceries!

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Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • 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 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outdoor shower - outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 bunk bed
    sunroom - 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


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Bayfront Cottage, Fish from the Dock, Screen Porch, lovely 4 acres of privacy
average rating of 4.826087 based on 23 reviews

Perfect Setting

  • 5 of 5

This rental "fit the bill" for a short get-away in a beautiful setting. The home fit our needs and surpassed in many regards. Furnishings were comfortable, kitchen well stocked , & quiet surroundings which made for good rest. The view from the screened porch couldn't be beat. Plenty of time spent on that porch from early mornings and again in the evenings. Always nice to be greeted by a "clean" rental and no problem there. Plenty of linens and starter paper items via Reed Realty. Check-in/out process went smoothly. We enjoyed great seafood meals in the nearby area + enjoyed biking & hiking. Wish we'd had a kayak to explore more of the Bay ... maybe next time. Thanks, Maggie, for sharing your home!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: SO glad you enjoyed our Bay Cottage! We love going there, too. Just so you know, you can rent kayaks just down the road. Come again soon! Maggie and Mark Johnston
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Great place for a vacation

  • 5 of 5

Nice and cozy with a great view of the bay.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peace and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

I love this place, nothing like it in gulfshores, orange beach, or anywhere around.

google maps satellite imagery will only begin to show you how remote it is

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. We spent lots of time fishing from the dock. Great location.

We liked going to the beach at Mobile Street - we were practically the only ones on the beach.

The house had everything we needed for the week and was very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very quite and perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

We love the cottage. It was so cute and a perfect location. The fishing was great caught sharks, sting rays, speckle trout, and a lot of catfish. We put our floats in and tied off to the pier. We will be back again next year.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you loved it! We do too! It is like a little piece of heaven. We enjoy it as often as possible! Do come again.
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Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful time at the Bay Cottage. The owners and the rental agency where great. The Cottage is beautiful and so cozy. The view and setting is perfect. It was so relaxing and private. We could not of asked for a better place. We will definitely go back for a longer stay next time. Three nights was not enough!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Maggie Johnston
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Maggie Johnston

Maggie is the Director of Educational Programs at Camp McDowell. She manages the McDowell Environmental Center and Farm School, as well as Magnolia Nature Preschool.

Mark recently retired from 26 years as the Executive Director of Camp McDowell, near Jasper, Alabama. Mark is now working towards a new goal... being the first Independent Governor of Alabama! GO to his Facebook page Mark Johnston to learn more.

They are proud of the work they do to protect and educate people about the natural world around us.

We have visited Ft Morgan for many years with the idea that one day, we would find the perfect bayside house for us. WE found it! You will love it also!

Maggie Johnston purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Maggie Johnston chose Gulf Shores

Amazing and unique! You'll love it. Such a quiet, private home, while still being so near the beach. We love the quarter mile driveway.


"yummylicious food and fun atmosphere!"
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
Shrimp Basket
Tacky Jack's Grill & Tavern
Gulf State Park Pier
Rouses Market
Hazel's Nook
Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club
Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, The
Walmart Supercenter
Location Of Cottages ( See Satellite View)
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Gulf Shores
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Dauphin Island Ferry
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Gulf Beaches
Car: necessary

must do...

-tour Ft Morgan, historical site.

-walk the gulf beach at sunset.

- walk the gulf beach at sunrise and collect shells.

- fish for Redfish and Flounder in the Gulf and in Mobile Bay from the dock, shore or in a boat.

- Eat at Tacky Jacks outdoor dining at sunset one night.

- Stroll or jog the Pine Beach Trail just across the highway from our Cottage. It goes through the Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge.

- sun on the dock or nearby beach.




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $140 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 9.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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