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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 - 7 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!

More Details

Maggie Johnston
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 26, 2017

About Maggie Johnston

Mark and Maggie Johnston live and work at Camp McDowell, in north Alabama where Mark is the Executive Director and Maggie is Director of the educational programs. 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 Alabama

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.


Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Bayfront Cottage, Fish from the Dock, Screen Porch, lovely 4 acres of privacy
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 19 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: Apr 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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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: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home Sweet Home!

  • 5 of 5

Mark Johnston, my husband, and I own the Bay Cottage! We were there last week and absolutely love it when we get a few days to relax, fish and explore the Pine Beach Trail through the Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge and the beach. We had searched for years to find a hideaway such as this... on the quiet side of the "beach" at Mobile Bay... on a 4 acre private acreage... and yet so close to town, shopping, and restaurants. Although we much prefer to catch our own suppers and grill fish at home!

  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spring Break

  • 4 of 5

What a quaint, cosy cottage with a great bay view. We had a relaxing time. Trip to town wasn't too far. Joe, the dog, had a great time. The only downside was Reed Realty not meeting our needs.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bayfront cottage

  • 4 of 5

Fantastic location and setting. The doors did not lock and that was concerning. WISH THEY WOULD FIX THAT. Loved the the isolation.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay at our wonderful Bay Cottage! There is a note on the bulletin board explaining the way to lock the Anderson doors. YOu must lift the handle then lock. Guess we need to post it somewhere more visible. Sorry that worried you. Wish you had given me a call to ask how to do it. Come again soon!
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Nice cottage, but not clean when we arrived

  • 4 of 5

This is a beautiful cottage. We enjoyed the quiet surroundings, sunsets and stars at night. The owners have done a good job, but Reed Realty did not. The cottage was not clean when we arrived. The windows were so dirty we could not see out. There was dog hair on the sofa cover, dog hair all over the porch and sand on all the seat covers on the screened in porch. The porch at the front door was covered with big limbs and leaves and debris when we arrived; not a very welcoming sight after driving 9 hours. I brought this to the attention of Reed Realty, but never received a response.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so sorry for the cleanliness issue. I talked to Reed realty about this and they said a storm blew through that day that brought down lots of limbs and leaves. They also worked with the housekeepers to be sure they always check the couch for dog hairs. I wish folks with pups would cover the couch before letting their dogs on it! I wish you had called me right away as well as writing a review here. I could have had someone there to clean within minutes. To those who see this review... know my assistance is only a call away! Maggie
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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.


Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
summer peak
Jun 10 2017 - Aug 5 2017
7 night minimum stay
fall savings
Aug 6 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
winter 2016-17
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 2 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Tax Rate 9.0%

These rates do not include taxes, cleaning fee, linens fee, damage waiver, etc. I can send you the exact quote when I have your preferred dates.

Call owner to inquire about nightly rental rates! Also to ask about possible pets. We will consider well mannered pups. There will be a pet fee and deposit. Reed realty will send out a contract and help you through the details.

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.
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