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As seen on HGTV's My Lottery Dream Home! Gulf front home 3BR/3BA.

Surf Side Shores, Fort Morgan, AL, USA
  • House1800 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay7 - 31 nights

Beautiful 3BR/3BA gulf front cottage directly on the beach.

This home, completed in 2006, is situated directly on the ocean along Alabama's coast. It offers vacationers the best there is to enjoy a quiet, relaxed time on the beach. The home was the featured home on HGTV's My Lottery Dream Home Season 1, Episode 9. The home has been specifically designed to cater to all those little things you would have wanted in order to provide for a hassle free time on the beach--including deck chairs, beach towels, and all the basic kitchen amenities.

The home consists of 3 bedrooms ( 1 king, 1 queen, 2 twins). There is also a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. There are 2 baths inside (1 with shower, 1 with tub/shower combo). An outdoor bath and shower is located on the lower deck. It is fully private and has both hot and cold water.

There is a TV located in each bedroom and also in the living room. Wifi is also provided. A DVD player is located in the living room, and a sampling of movies is provided.

The home features open plan living, with the kitchen, living, and dining all composing one large room with a commanding view of the ocean. Dolphins can often been seen right from this room.

Off of this main living area, you will find a large deck overlooking the ocean which is perfect for lounging and watching the waves. Rocking chairs and lounge chairs are provided, along with a picnic table. A portion of the deck is covered, so it can be enjoyed even in the heat of the day. A staircase off of the deck leads you right down to the beach--with no walkways or boardwalks to cross. It is truly beachfront.

The house is dog friendly; however, dogs must be pre-approved by the owner prior to booking. Up to two dogs are allowed and weight is limited to 60 pounds. Dogs must be house trained, flea free, and does not chew on furniture. Dogs are not allowed on furniture and should be in crates when alone in the house. A non-refundable pet fee of $100 (total-regardless of one dog or two) will be added to the booking. If staining of any nature is caused by the dog(s), there may be additional fee levied to mitigate the stain. The dog excrement is to be picked up in plastic bags anywhere on the property, within the subdivision, or anywhere on the beach and disposed of properly.

Mainstay Cottage is rented on a weekly basis most of the year with turn over days on Saturday only. It is rented on a monthly basis December through February. Check in is 3 pm and check out is 9 am.


Pete Blakeney

Member Since 2016
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
Why Pete Blakeney chose Surf Side Shores

We chose this property due to its beachfront location and quaint coastal style.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king, Flat screen TV. Ocean view. Sitting area. Ceiling fan.
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, Flat screen TV. Ocean view. Ceiling fan.
      • Bedroom 3
        2 twin/ single, Flat screen TV. Ocean view. Ceiling fan.
      • Portable crib (pack 'n' play) available. Queen sleeper sofa in the living room.


      • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, Double vanity. Oversized shower.
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower
      • Bathroom 3
        toilet, outdoor shower, Outside on bottom deck. Fully private. Hot and cold water.

        Location Type

          • Beachfront
            The house is first tier beach/gulf front with unobstructed ocean views. Simply walk down the steps and onto the sand!
          • Oceanfront


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Linens Provided
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Central AC
                      • Heating
                        Central heating
                      • Internet
                        Wireless throughout.
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Clothes Dryer
                      • Living Room
                        Queen sleeper sofa and loveseat with additional seating. Flat screen TV and DVD player. Ocean views.
                      • Parking
                        Covered parking
                      • Telephone
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        Front loading energy efficient washer. Guests to provide their own laundry soap.


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Traditional Black and Decker 12 cup maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Pots and pans, baking dishes, blender, cookie sheets, stemware, various kitchen utensils.
                          • Dishwasher
                            Guests to provide their own dish soap.
                          • Kitchen
                            Fully equipped kitchen with abundant storage and pantry.
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                          • Refrigerator
                            with ice maker in the freezer
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Dining
                                Large dining table with ocean view. Picnic table outside on deck.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Books
                                  • DVD Player
                                    DVD player in the living room
                                  • Games
                                    Various board games and puzzles available
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Television
                                    Flat screen TVs in living room and each bedroom.
                                  • Video Library
                                    Large selections of DVD's available


                                      • Balcony
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Deck overlooking the beach with two rocking chairs and two lounge chairs . A portion of this deck is covered. Picnic table and additional seating also provided.
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Electric outdoor grill on deck.


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • churches
                                              • festivals
                                              • health/beauty spa
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • restaurants
                                              • water parks
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • boating
                                                  • horseshoes
                                                  • miniature golf
                                                  • outlet shopping
                                                  • beachcombing
                                                  • photography
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

                                                      • ATM/bank
                                                      • groceries
                                                      • medical services

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • deepsea fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • golf privileges optional
                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • parasailing
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • snorkeling/diving
                                                          • surf fishing

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 9:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            21 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Our Happy Place!

                                                            Kathleen G.

                                                            This is the second time we have enjoyed Mainstay Cottage! It is wonderful and has all the amenities you could want. We bring our pups and they have the best time. Thanks so much again, we will be back!!

                                                            Great views and a perfect location right on the beach

                                                            Jeff R.

                                                            Can't say enough about the views. Nice open layout. The beach was beautiful. Outdoor shower/bathroom was convenient. Will be coming back!

                                                            Great property with a quiet location!

                                                            Amanda H.

                                                            The property was clean, kid friendly, and allowed for a relaxing stay. We hope to come back sometime soon!

                                                            Priceless beach & beautiful house!

                                                            KAY R.St Cloud, Minnestoa USA

                                                            The property is beautiful. We stayed for a week over Spring Break with our daughters family including a 1, 4 & 6 yr old. The House was very clean & had everything we could ever need. Really appreciated the extra touches like beach towels, beach toys, beach chairs, games, books, puzzles, etc, as well as the outside toilet & shower. The beach was priceless! Walk off the deck right onto the fine white sand. Saw dolphins swimming by nearly every day & several days saw fish being caught right off the shore in front of the House. It is not a tourist area so the beaches were not crowded, although it was not peak summer time when we were there. Get up early to find nice shells washing up & take your flashlight down the beach at night to catch crabs. Both were very much enjoyed. We definitely hope to return to Mainstay Cottage.

                                                            The Perfect Gulf Coast Beach Cottage in the Perfect Spot

                                                            Bruce & NancyRye, NH

                                                            Mainstay sets the standard for what a beachfront rental can and should be. This roomy 3 BR/3 BA cottage sits in the dunes right on the white sand beach in Surfside Shores, a waterfront development in Gulf Shores/Ft Morgan, Alabama. The Gulf of Mexico fills the eyes through the all-glass front of the house and from the broad deck. The property is extremely clean and neat -- spotless really (and freshly painted at that) -- and furnishes every possible visitor need. Rebuilt in extreme heavy duty and high quality fashion after total destruction in a 2004 hurricane, the structure is impressive, including a rare, well-lighted covered plank 1st floor parking area. The location is particularly notable in that there is a mile of open and little-used sand beach to the east and dogs are welcome and need not be leashed if under owner control. Directly adjacent to Mainstay is the Alabama governor's large beach house, a unique story in itself. In a decade of selectively renting waterfront cottages for a month or more getaway from New England winters, Mainstay cottage is head and shoulders better than our other rentals in every respect, and its owner is immediately responsive to any question or concern.

                                                            An awesome Thanksgiving week at Fort Morgan

                                                            Crystal B.

                                                            We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mainstay Cottage on Fort Morgan. The house could not be better located. The beach and ocean are mere steps from the house! The house is beautifully decorated and very, very welcoming. Having stayed at Fort Morgan numerous times, this was one of our favorite houses. One of the best things about the property is the parking. A lot of homes have sand and gravel to park on. At Mainstay, the drive is paved and the parking area is very spacious (which comes in handy if traveling in a large truck). Upon arrival, the house was very, very clean and well taken care of. Pete was extremely easy to deal with and was always available if needed. He was always quick to respond whether it was by email or text. We definitely recommend putting this house at the top of your list if you're considering a trip to Fort Morgan! We would definitely stay here again. Thanks for everything!!


                                                            Surf Side Shores, Fort Morgan, AL, USA

                                                            Mainstay Cottage is located gulf front on the beach in Fort Morgan, Alabama. Fort Morgan is a quaint beach community known for its relaxing and family friendly atmosphere; yet, it is just a quick 15 drive from all the exciting activities that Gulf Shores has to offer.

                                                            Rates & Availability

                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            Taxes and cleaning fee already included in rate. Non-refundable pet fee will be added on individual basis (if applicable) at time of booking-with prior approval from owner. Full payment due no less than 30 days prior to check in. Cancellations prior to 30 days will receive 100% refund. Cancellations made at 14 days prior to check in will receive 50% refund. No refunds will be given to cancellations made after 14 days prior to check in.

                                                            21 Reviews
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