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WineDown in Gulf Shores! 4 BR 3 Bath home perfect for relaxing family getaway

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Family retreat. Beautiful 4 bedroom 3 bath home with beautiful views of the Gulf

UPDATE May 2017 - WineDown now has a new master bedroom mattress, a freshly painted deck and new deck furniture.

Welcome to WineDown, our home away from home in Gulf Shores. Our home is a 4 bedroom 3 bath lower unit retreat is just steps away from the beautiful sugar white sand and clear, calm water of the Gulf of Mexico. Located in the West Beach area, we are in a quiet part of town but just a short 4-5 minute drive from the Hangout and all Gulf Shores has to offer.

Enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf from our spacious deck. The beach is located just 150 yards from our front door. The views continue inside the home where you can see the water from the living room, dining room and even while mixing drinks in the kitchen!

Our living room is the perfect place for the family to relax and enjoy the view. A 50 inch tv makes this a perfect room to watch a movie or catch the game. The couch pulls out for an extra sleeping space. The dining table is the perfect spot to enjoy a family meal or play a game or do a puzzle.

A spacious master suite includes a king bed, 40 inch tv, large master bath with his and her vanities, separate shower and tub and walk in closet. Two other bedrooms provide comfortable queen size beds with the 4th bedroom set up with bunk beds, full on the bottom and twin on the top, and a pullout couch in the living room that is great for kids. There are 2 other full baths so there is plenty of room for the entire family.

The home features crown molding throughout and the modern kitchen includes granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. The kitchen is fully stocked with all new cookware and accessories.

We have televisions in every bedroom and dvd players in the living room and children's room. The kids' room also features rails to put on the bed and a pack n play for smaller children. Our home is designed to be very family friendly.

We feature a large clean area below the house with an outdoor shower and grill along with plenty of seating. This is another great area to relax with the family and enjoy a game or a drink. We have covered parking for 4 cars and can fit another 4 in the driveway. The home has 2 units and we are the lower unit. Parking is on the right side of the home when facing the driveway.

More Details

Paul Ulshafer
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 22, 2017

About Paul Ulshafer

WineDown is owned by the Wargo and Ulshafer families of Suwanee, GA. The Wargo family is made up of Stephanie and 5 year old daughter Piper. The Ulshafers are Paul and Sue and daughters Shelby and Laura. Our families are close friends and neighbors. Sue watches Piper during the week and has since she was very little. We purchased WineDown for our families to escape the hectic work lives we lead in Atlanta and are excited to share it with you.

Paul Ulshafer purchased this house in 2014

Why Paul Ulshafer chose Alabama

WineDown won us over with the beautiful view of the Gulf and the quick walk to a beautiful beach. The beach here is very wide with soft sand and is the perfect place to relax.


Car: recommended

Located on a quiet stretch of Gulf Shores but just a short drive from local favorites like The Hangout (4 minutes), Bill's on the Beach, LuLu's, Bahama Bob's and many others. The new Beach House Restaurant is just a 1 minute drive away and features great hand made burgers. Short 4-5 minute drive to the center of town and all of the great festivals Gulf Shores is known for.

The Gulf is directly across the street from us and you can enjoy a short walk to the fishing inlet.


Gulf Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , Dual vanities
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Jack n Jill bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 king , 40 in tv,walk in closet,dual vanities,separate tub n shower
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , TV
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , jack n jill bathroom, tv
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 bunk bed , bunk bed with twin and full mattresses, tv, dvd, pack n play
  • All bedrooms feature brand new sheets and pillows as well as their own tv
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • 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
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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WineDown in Gulf Shores! 4 BR 3 Bath home perfect for relaxing family getaway
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 34 reviews

Fabulous week in Gulf Shores

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time staying at WineDown. The place looks just like the pictures. Very comfortable and close to the beach. The caretaker Steve (Santa) was very helpful and had a lot of helpful information. My family enjoyed being together and relaxing for the week. Thank you for letting us enjoy your little piece of paradise!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable stay! The house was well kept and very comfortable. Very convient walk to the beach.

  • 5 of 5

Steve was very helpful and friendly. Appreciated how quickly our deposit was returned.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hope to return!

  • 5 of 5

Nice inside and out; very comfortable furniture both inside and out, comfy beds, well-outfitted kitchen. Very nice property managers:)

We hope to return!

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, close to the beach, view of the gulf

  • 5 of 5

The house is very well taken care of. 2min walk to the beach, you can actually see the beach from the balcony and driveway. Nice, quiet neighborhood and a short drive to all the shops and restaurants. Santa and his wife were very helpful and gave us ideas on things to do and see, since it mostly rained during our stay. The kitchen was stocked very well and the beds were very comfortable. We would definitely stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very clean and nice! Lots of room for our 2 families to enjoy!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great location and place to stay. Our first time seeing the ocean was wonderful and Santa and Bobbie were very friendly and helpful!

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 1 of 5

Despite the elaborate demands of this condo owner and the constant supervision of the property manager (who lives above the condo) we still had a decent trip. When I booked I did not realize there was a large “refundable” damage deposit. After booking I decided to roll with it. I have never had an experience where we did not get our deposit back. Our family travels every summer and we have stayed in places across Florida and Alabama. Here are a few things to be aware of before booking this condo thinking you are getting a good price:

The property manager lives on the premises and is constantly outside watching what you and your guests are doing. He has a white beard and calls himself Santa. He automatically attracts the children and it was a little strange. It got to the point that I had to tell the kids to stay away from him. He kept giving them little gifts and trinkets and luring them to talk. It just made me uncomfortable.

Unfortunately you do not see the elaborate (20 to be exact) cleaning instructions till right before your trip. Despite the typical turn lights off, load dishwasher, and take out trash; it is also required that you strip beds, vacuum, carry all towels to the master bedroom, and numerous other things that are too many to list.

We cleaned this condo, swept, vacuumed, wiped everything down, stripped sheets, literally worked up a sweat cleaning this place AFTER we took all of our items out of it. The trash cans downstairs were full to the brim when we checked in and we had no where to dispose of our trash. We had to find another trash can to use.

At the last minute one of my family members was able to have her children come along. The kids ages were 8, 6, and 2. I did not include them when I originally booked the condo. This did not seem like it would be any type of issue. Well I was wrong. Apparently property manager keeps count of who comes and goes into the condo since he is constantly outside watching you (JUST READ THE REVIEWS) . The owners decided to only refund Half of my deposit AND ACCUSED ME OF HAVING 17 PEOPLE in their condo!! Insane!

The owner admitted there WERE NO DAMAGES stating "Our home is not designed to accommodate that many individuals. Our rental pricing and cleaning fees are also based on a maximum of 10 individuals.Based on this I'm unable to refund 100% of your deposit.”

So no damages and because of my 3 small children you charge me anextra night in addition to the already HUGE CLEANING FEE

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Future WineDown Renters, We have received thirty-one reviews over our two and a half years of ownership and thirty of those reviews have been very positive with an overwhelming majority giving us a five star rating. We sleep ten guests comfortably and have often accepted additional guests when we are told about them upfront. In the case of this one negative review, the renters had seventeen guests in our home where they only declared that ten were staying with us. Though it was our right to keep the entire deposit because of the extra cleaning and utility use, we only retained half of the deposit to cover the extra costs incurred. Regarding our very friendly and helpful property manager/neighbor, he is one of the most honorable people that we have ever known. His nickname is "Santa" because he looks just like Santa Claus and he has a business where he plays Santa at many corporate and private events during November and December of each year. Steve/Santa is always available to help our renters with any issues that they may have and he is very respectful of our renters and is very respectful of our/his property. it is shameful to dishonor this man in the way he was portrayed in our one negative review. We have refunded every deposit (~75) except for this one deposit, which was only half. I wont go in to detail about the amount of sand that was found in our home and dryer or the wear and tear that seventeen guests created. All we ask is that you read the thirty honest reviews received before you decide to stay with us and please be upfront with us about the number of guests and pets that will be staying in our home. We also vacation in this house and we enjoy our time there every year. If you have any question or concerns, just ask us via VRBO, we will try to accommodate all upfront requests. We welcome you to stay with us and we hope you enjoy our beautiful beach home.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $500

Special rates and deposits apply for College Spring Break rentals. College Spring Break of $2000/week with $1000 refundable security deposit.
Minimum age of 25 for rentals. May be waived with College Spring Break rate.

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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