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Great pet friendly property with Bay and Bayou access. Quiet spot.

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 a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 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
  • Wireless Internet
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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Great pet friendly property with Bay and Bayou access. Quiet spot.
average rating of 4.625 based on 33 reviews
5

Great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

Carolina's Cottage was beautiful. Martha was great. She qas there to meet us and answer all our questions about the area. It has so much room. There were 6 of us and everyone had their on space. Had all the kitchen supplies from big to little pans. We really enjoyed the screen porch. We enjoyed fishing from both piers and catching crabs. The beaches were close in the Ford Morgan area and beautiful. And it wasn't far from the city if you want to do all the tourist attractions. We will diffentinly come back and maybe without the grandkids :)

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fabulous house with a great location.

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at Martha's cottage. There were 3 adults and 3 teens. We loved having the space to relax and being away from the tourist area but close enough to enjoy all that too. Having a kitchen and washer and dryer was a huge plus. We had fun fishing off the piers. Obviously the one was in better shape than the other, but we liked having the option of fishing. I would recommend this place to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great trip

  • 4 of 5

This cottage has so much character and the property manager is very kind wouldn't try to change anything

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Katy, TX
5

Charming cottage nestled in between the bay and a bayou.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every minute of our stay, such a delightful cottage. The seclusion made it almost felt like camping. The screened in porch was so nice to have, the porch swing and suspended bed are a great feature. Having access to the bay was great, we brought our kayaks and fished in the bay. There was plenty of room for our family and when you're in the living room you can see the water on both sides of the house, really lovely. Anyone with concerns about the house only having window units for AC, I can tell you it gets plenty cool in there. We plan on renting this place again in the future.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Moulton,Al
5

Beautiful spot with plenty of room outdoors

  • 5 of 5

We had a reunion with myself and a military buddy and his family who I had not seen in 30 years. The place was perfect for the 4 of us and Martha was a blessing and very patient with us. We had a great time fishing off the bay pier, caught several Redfish and other types and just grilling out and catching up. We hope to do it again next year. Would highly recommend it, could not beat the peacefulness of the place and the the privacy of the large back yard. Thanks again Martha..... Allen

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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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
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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

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

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.