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Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,113 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, huge shaded lot, on quiet cul de sac on Bon Secour Bay

This newly updated, vintage Gulf Coast cottage on 1.3 acres of shaded property is a great place to relax and recharge, and all that Gulf Shores offers -- sugar white beaches, delicious dining, fishing, golf, kayaking, entertainment, children's activities, and more -- is minutes away. Or, watch your favorite team crush their opponents on the big screen TV while kicking back in one of two comfy recliners.

The 3 bedrooms and 2 baths accommodate 7 guests comfortably, with 2 full beds in one (with tv), a king bed in another (with tv), and 3 twin beds in the third bedroom. The large dining room table seats 8, with a couple of extra chairs just in case. Prepare delicious seafood in the fully equipped kitchen with serve-through bar, range, refrigerator with ice maker, microwave, dishwasher, and all the usual small appliances such as coffee maker and blender. The living room, with two comfortable recliners and sofa, has a large-screen tv over the fireplace mantel. The cabinets and bookshelves have games and books for long, lazy days. Everything is on one level, with no steps other than a low step into the kitchen.

Or go to what we think is the most beautiful beach in the world, the public Gulf beach in the protected Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge, with plenty of parking and a boardwalk to the uncrowded beach. The Wildlife Refuge surrounds the cottage and the other homes on our little lane, giving us the recent experience of standing in the living room and watching, through the floor-to-ceiling windows, an osprey snatch a fish from Shellbanks Bayou on one side of the house while pelicans and cormorants dove for them in Bon Secour Bay on the other.

More Details

Owner
Martha Howard
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2018

About Martha Howard

On our tenth wedding anniversary, we discovered this beautiful property during one of our frequent stays at Meme's Bay Cottage across the lane. It was truly love at first site. This trip to the Gulf was on the heels of our recent retirement from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where we practiced couples and family therapy for 20+ years. We both enjoy kayaking, hiking, and biking, all of which are available here in the form we now like best -- all on flat surfaces.

Martha Howard purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Martha Howard chose Gulf Shores

Growing up in Alabama, we both enjoyed many beach trips with our families over the years. The Gulf Coast has always been our second home, and we have always dreamed of having a place of our own here some day, which turns out to be now. Dreams do sometimes come true. Since we have both lost beloved family members in recent years, this has been a great place to relive many favorite memories, and to honor these memories and feelings. We hear similar comments from guests.

What makes this cottage unique

What attracted us immediately, of course, was the water access and spectacular view of Bon Secour Bay and Mobile Bay beyond, as well as the spacious, park-like beauty of the 1.3 acre setting. What has surprised us is how much we enjoy the the bayou on the back side of the house. It's breathtaking at every time of day and we have seen some truly spectacular wildlife displays.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hello my fb family and friends. Were on vacation at Gulf Shores last week and stayed at this great place. Our family went with us including our nephew who needs total care and is dependent on his parents to take care of him.They used a lift to move him from w/c to bed. The beds were high enough for the lift to work, it is the only place we have ever stayed without a problem. The place was beautiful. My daughter has posted pictures on here. I have one of her sleeping on the swing bed. I love the swing, there is a place for going fishing, and it's not too far from the beach. Next time you're going to GULF SHORES and want a place that has this many beds: 1= 2 double beds, 2 = 1 king, 3 = 3 twin beds, 2 full baths. I would be happy to give you the contact to the owner.
Sep 2015
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Amenities

Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1113 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double , 40" tv with DTV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , tv with DTV
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single , Great kids' room!
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
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average rating of 4.5925927 based on 28 reviews
Kearney
5

Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in Caroline’s Cottage. The house was well equipped with everything we needed (except a whisk and plastic plates). The washer and dryer were very handy for washing our beach clothes each night. We enjoyed cooking out on the grill. The dock on the bay was fun for hermit crab hunting. We even saw an alligator off the dock. Our favorite beach was located off of Cortez St.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Relaxing family vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Caroline’s Cottage and my family again had a great time. We caught some large redfish off the bayside pier and we really enjoyed not having to fight the crowds on the state pier. The house comes with fishing poles if you don’t have your own. The house has everything you need so it cuts down on what you have to bring and saved us money on being able to cook vs eating out every meal. If you are looking for a quiet non-touristy area for your family that’s still close to the stores and public beaches we recommend this place.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Really great place for the whole family.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in the cottage. It was comfortable and had all the things we were looking for. There were six of us total and two dogs, we all had plenty of room and we able to enjoy the entire property. It’s close to several beaches, restaurants, and other attractions. I would recommend to others and would also consider renting again. Great place!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Second stay and it was great.

  • 5 of 5

This was the second time we have stayed at Caroline’s Cottage as we have enjoyed it each time. We have always been able to find something to do at the house or in the area to entertain everyone. The kitchen has been well stocked and we used the grills multiple times. The house has easily accommodated our group each visit. The owners/manager has been easy to reach and quick to respond to any questions or problems we have had.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Jim, for such a great review. We love the place, and we love it when our guests agree. Please come back for a third stay. Carol & John
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Lake Charles, Louisiana
4

Beautiful Property, Cozy Cottage

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Caroline's Cottage. This property reminds me of the cottages my family rented in Gulf Shores when I was a child. It was a cold week so we didn't get to enjoy the outside as much as we would have liked, so maybe we can return when it's a little warmer. The property behind the house is absolutely gorgeous! The fenced-in area was also perfect for our two furr-children. The furnishings are quite cozy and comfortable. Thanks for sharing your cottage with us. We didn't use two of the bedrooms, only the one with the king-sized bed. The mattress on the bed is my only complaint. Other than that, it was very enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

We just loved it and didn't want to leave!

  • 5 of 5

We rented Caroline's Cottage as a Thanksgiving week escape and hosted extended family for Thanksgiving Day. It is a wonderful, cozy place. We found that each day, we loved it a little bit more.

Initially we were surprised to discover it was across the street from the bay (with deeded access to that dock) and not directly on it, but we ended up really enjoying the dock on the cove more anyway. (But do take bug spray!)

The living area is very central and has a view of the bay across the street, comfy furniture and a nice TV. The kitchen is well stocked. We took a lot of our own stuff because we were hosting Thanksgiving but probably wouldn't have needed much of it. The large dining room table is also adjacent to the living area and kitchen AND you can open the sliding glass doors to make the screened in porch part of the living space. This was just perfect for our gathering.

We used the grill (coal) and the firepit several times.

Our kids stayed together on one end of the house and my husband and I slept in the master (the foam topper is so comfy, I came directly home and ordered my own) and our dog ended up with her own bedroom, sleeping in her crate in the 3rd bedroom! Incidentally, she had as much fun as we did and it made vacation so much more special to have her there. The fenced in front yard was great, so we could let her out without going out with her every time.

The house is not fancy. It's old and has been built onto extensively I would say, but it's exactly what we were looking for and we adored it. It's very cozily decorated. Someone has put time and effort into making it homey.

I highly recommend this place! We've been home 3 days and miss it already!

(Note that we are very familiar with the Fort Morgan Road area as my dad has a place further down the road. Beach access is very short drive away and the beaches here are never crowded)

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Pensacola (Gulf Shores has a small airport.)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Beach Hut
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Dauphin Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Several courses, check www.gulfshores.com/golf/
Nearest Motorway
8.5 Miles
Intersection of Ft Morgan Rd and Hwy 59
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Beach Club
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge public beach
Car: necessary

Caroline's Cottage is a traditional Gulf Coast cottage situated on 1.3 shaded acres on a quiet lane on Bon Secour Bay. While the beautiful, sandy Gulf beaches are just a stone's throw away, the diverse ecosystem of Shellbanks Bayou can enchant at any time. Hawks, ospreys, seagulls, and pelicans are on the wing, while white egrets and blue herons wade below. For relaxing and power naps, there is nothing like the screened porch bed swing and three-person classic swing. For more energetic pastimes, there's easy access for kayaking on the bayside. Also, shady, picturesque bike paths are minutes away, as well as a short bike ride down the shady lane, just out the front door. Another activity for nature lovers is walking the hiking trails through the Bon Secour National Refuge which surrounds Council Lane. Or take a breezy, exhilarating ride on the Dauphin Island ferry just for fun.

At the same time, you'll be a 15-minute drive from the center of Gulf Shores and a short trip farther to Orange Beach, with their extensive variety of attractions, activities, and shopping. For more shopping, the Tanger outlet mall is a short drive up Highway 59 to Foley.

And, of course, the Gulf Coast's greatest seafood is served in every way from basketsful of fried shrimp and oysters to white linen, fine dining restaurants.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250

Refundable $300.00 deposit, returned within 7 days of departure following inspection for weekly rentals. For parties of more than 6 people or stays of two weeks or more, we require payment of a $79 premium for $3,000 PDP (Proper Damage Protection). Minimum rental age 25 years. Dogs allowed with pet fee and pre-approval. Limit two dogs. No cats. The full rental balance is due 60 days prior to scheduled arrival date. If booking an arrival date that is less than 60 days away, entire rent is due at the time of booking.

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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