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Best place to play, 'Hide and Go Seek'. Celebrities have...........

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 1 bath oversized retreat sleeps 5 on the Tres Palacios Bay

Computer and smart-phone withdrawal is possible, but not required for tranquil living in this fishing village. Ideal location for writer or artist who prefers to work uninterrupted. Walk the sea wall for two miles or fish from the pier. Enjoy the sailors and shrimpers who come and go in the dazzling beautiful sunrises and sunsets. If you love birding, you will marvel at the largest number of species found anywhere in the U.S. A replica of the La Belle sailing ship discovered in the Matagorda Bay is just steps away in the marina. Just two blocks away is the museum with an interesting accumulation of Palacios treasures from years gone by. Dine on fresh seafood from our port or savor Mexican or Asian foods from local family owned restaurants. Without the pandemonium of big city distractions, a type of restful detoxification may occur and a peace you won't soon forget can set in. This oversized unit was the private residence of the previous owner and was designed for comfortable living for two people.

Chip & Carol Woolf
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About Chip & Carol Woolf

Chip and Carol Woolf are semi-retired

Chip & Carol Woolf purchased this house in 2013

Why Chip & Carol Woolf chose Palacios

Wanted to retire on the water and enjoy the southern breezes, gardening and slowed down lifestyle. The frequent rains and climate make just about everything grow into a jungle and I love that. Facing the bay with the occasional wind storm, thunder and lightening is exciting and makes me smile. We love our neighbors who have become part of our extended family. I can't imagine why more people have not found Palacios but glad we did. It was a glorious gift.

What makes this house unique

Enjoy the almost constant breeze coming in from the bay.

The climate is great throughout the year and is enjoyed by winter Texans and Snowbirds escaping harsh conditions found further North in the winter months. Summers are for relaxing in the breezes without excessive heat


Palacios House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Completely rebuilt in winter of 2014
  • Twin sinks and makeup counter. Private shower and toilet with tile floor and ample storage. Easy access to oversized closet (see photos) Linens provided for on premises use only. Bring your own beach towels. Thank you.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 twin/ single , Sleeps 1 - New mattress and bedding (2015)
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Sleeps 2 - New furnishings, mattress and bedding (2015)
    Living Area - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , New mattress sleeper-sofa (2015) Very comfortale Sleeps 2
  • Master bedroom extra large and oversized with new furnishings and just off utility room with stacking washer and dryer. Built in ironing with new iron and folding and storage units.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Please bring your own beach towels as bath towels provided are not permitted off premises. Thank you


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Best place to play, 'Hide and Go Seek'. Celebrities have...........
average rating of 4.6842103 based on 19 reviews

Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

House is located across from bay. Small sandy beach, free pier fishing, boat launch, very quiet. Unit was very clean, bed was high but comfortable, kitchen and bath were well stocked with necessities. Chip and Carol are friendly and helpful. Internet was great. Would stay again.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind response. We are always happy to have appreciative guests. We are always available to our travelers but prefer not to be intrusive to give our visitors some modicum of privacy. You were great and we welcome you back at any time. Thanks again, Chip and Carol Woolf
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Great place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Great place to stay, very roomy!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review. You were great and certainly welcome anytime. Come again soon. :) Carol and Chip
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The property was awesome, very clean and nice place.

  • 5 of 5

We went to this area specifically for fishing and this was a great place for it. The owners are also very friendly people and we'd definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful location in Palacios

  • 4 of 5

The overall facility if beautiful and well stocked by the owners. If they could get a regular double bed into that front bedroom instead of having to use the convertible sofa in the living room for the second couple, they would probably get more return rentals. The sofa is great for the kids, but not ideal for adults. Otherwise everything was great!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place and great folks

  • 5 of 5

Great place and great folks

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet haven on south Texas coast.

  • 4 of 5

Palacios Texas is a quiet fishing town 2 hours south of Houston. The Laughing Gull is a wonderful place to enjoy sunsets over Matagorda bay. The second floor flat sits just across the street from the water. The house has a very large master bedroom and a smaller second bedroom, a full kitchen, laundry facilities, lovey bath, dining area and living space. It has a nice outside deck with a grill and table so that you can sit and watch the pelicans fly by. The hosts live near by and are very accommodating. They have great knowledge of the area and are great to talk with.

We really enjoyed the stay. The only warning I would give is that it is a second floor flat. You must be able to manage stairs. The bed in the main bedroom is quite tall to navigate otherwise the house is quiet and a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your great review. We truly have enjoyed your stay. Great guests. Best wishes for your future travels. Come again. Regards, Carol and Chip
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Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Palacios - (1 mile) Houston - (about 100 miles)
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
PMR - 3 Blocks
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
City 9 Hole course at Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 35
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
PMR - 3 Blocks
Nearest Beach
Palacios - across the street
Car: recommended

Palacios offers warm hospitality and some of the best water views on the Texas coast. Visitors will enjoy local shopping, great fishing, world-class birding, and a mile plus stroll along the seawall. Fresh coffee and a good book that can be found on Main Street help define the unhurried atmosphere in our 'City by the Sea'. Visit the City by the Sea Museum for a look back at a 1600's French explorer ship, the LaBelle. Some Palacios residents have built a 1/2 scale replica of this ship and it is docked at the South Bay Marina. Santa arrives in Palacios on the replica LaBelle each Christmas season. Santa by sea seems appropriate since the Port of Palacios is home to one of the largest shrimp fishing fleets on the Gulf Coast.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 13.0%

Daily rates are $125-$185/night plus 13% tax depending on dates booked.
Book 4, 5, 6, or 7 nights for a total of $ 500 to $ 875 plus 13% tax depending on dates booked.
Weekly rate for 7 nights is $125/night plus 13% tax.
Book 30 or more nights for $55/night and the 13% tax calculated will be removed from your bill.
Required minimum stays are for total cost and tax calculation purposes only and you are free to come and go as you please within the paid stay dates in order to take advantage of lower cost per day on any stay or to avoid the 13% tax required on stays of less than 30 nights when booking for a month.
We don't make the Tax laws, but unfortunately we are required to collect taxes on bookings of less than 30 nights.
All utilities, TV cable, & WIFI internet access paid by owners at no charge to guests.
Until reservation is confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
Refundable deposit will be 100% refunded promptly only if property is left in same condition as when you arrived. Otherwise partial refund may apply.
If there is a storm or hurricane, no refunds will be given unless: The state or local authorities order mandatory evacuations in a "Tropical Storm/Hurricane Warning area"

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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