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HGTV Charming Island Cottage - PRIVATE POOL!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 2 - 10, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, Private pool

Is your week already booked? Check our our other listings, 216921 (sleeps 12 in gated community with neighborhood pool) and 211477 (sleeps 9, riverfront - great for fishing/kayaking)

This HGTV featured home is your perfect vacation getaway!. This home is located a short walk or even shorter drive from the beach and fishing pier and the golf course is 1/2 mile away! It is just off the bike trail and Salt Creek playground. The home also backs up to Salt Creek, a quiet creek which is great for birding, fishing, or kayaking from the backyard!

Furnished in the latest island style, this home features a gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances and granite countertops, and luxurious bathrooms, one with dual shower heads and another with a deep soaking tub. Three bedrooms have direct bath access. Upstairs you will enjoy the home theater/game room with mini pool table. This also serves as the 4th bedroom, with full size futon bed (best for 1-2 children). Two twin futons in the upstairs sitting area sleep 2 more, for a total of 10 beds.

The outside life is great on Dauphin Island, and you will enjoy the luxury of your own 12 x 20 heated (off season) fun pool

Our Other Homes: If this home is not available, please see our other listings on HomeAway.

Property Number 216921 sleeps a maximum of twelve guests and is located in a private community with pool, tennis courts, and beautiful private neighborhood beach. Weekly rentals only.

Property Number 211477 sleeps up to 9 in beds and is located on the river, a short drive to Dauphin Island. You can fish from the private dock, and enjoy a private, peaceful getaway!

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Dauphin Island Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • No additional day guests allowed - max 10 registered guests.
  • No animals of any kind allowed - our family has allergies. Thank you for understanding.
  • If the home can be re-rented for the cancelled period, we refund all but $100.00. We suggest trip insurance.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , First Floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Deep Tub, Upstairs bath
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , Outdoor Shower at Pool
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , Theater room with full window bed - children only
    Bedroom 5 - 2 twin/ single , Sitting area upstairs with 2 twin futons
  • The Master bedroom is located on the ground floor and features a private bath with luxury shower and double vanities. It also opens onto a shuttered porch - a nice retreat for morning coffee! The second downstairs bedroom features a queen sized bed and opens onto the rear covered porch. It has an adjacent bathroom. Upstairs you will find the 3rd queen bedroom, also with its own private balcony overlooking the pool and Salt Creek, and also with an adjacent bathroom. The fourth bedroom is outfitted as a home theater, with a flat screen t.v., surround sound, mini pool/air hockey table, and a full size window bed (suitable for 1 or two children). At the top of the stairs is a cozy sitting nook which converts to two twin beds for sleeping.
  • Air Hockey
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We provide all linens and towels and have a fully stocked kitchen. Please bring your own beach towels for the pool and beach. The pool is heated 'off season' only... it will not need heating in Spring or Summer!


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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HGTV Charming Island Cottage - PRIVATE POOL!
average rating of 4.756098 based on 41 reviews

This is a wonderful vacation home that was perfect for our family of six.

  • 5 of 5

This home had everything you would want for the perfect Dauphin island vacation. Our kids especially loved the pool, all the space the home has, and the many games available. We also enjoyed the privacy the home offers as we were able to spend a lot of time on the porches enjoying island life. The home is close to everything, including public beaches and restaurants. Would absolutely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tom for your stay and review. It's making me want to head down to those porches and pool right now! We are so glad your family enjoyed your stay and we look forward to having you return! Julie
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Great Stay on Dauphin Island!

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this home is exactly as it appears in the description. My family of seven had a great time here. Nice quiet spot close to everything you would want to see or do on the island. Julie was great and easy to get a hold of when we had questions about anything. We look forward to our next visit when it's warm!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Thanksgiving get away

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful get away still close to beaches but quiet

  • Submitted: Nov 26, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great visit

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at Julie's. Everything was just as described and Julie was great with communication leading up to our trip and while we were there. Would definitely recommend for those planning a trip to Dauphin. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Luke for your review! I'm so glad your group had a wonderful time on Dauphin Island and at our home!
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Pricing High for with Little to Do

  • 1 of 5

My family visited Dauphin Island, for the first time for Fall Break. I am a mom of 3 kids: 10 years old, 8 years old and 3 years old. We've traveled to a lot of warm, beach, pool/resort type of destinations in the South and this location of house & area had the following pros & cons.

House Pros/Cons: House owned/managed by owner Julie Kenney is very lovely. For the most part, the indoor area was very clean and nicely decorated. This house has 3 bedrooms.

It sleeps 6 comfortably. The futons upstairs seemed quite run-down and in an area at the top of the stairs that could not be used as a bedroom. All voices carry upstairs with the tile floor. Bugs: We found a cockroach in our kitchen sink and a few other "large" bugs in the bathrooms. Scared our kids greatly, but Dad took care of them in a jiffy. The pool area is nice, my only complaint is that the pool furniture was old, worn appeared to be dirty. (in my opinion should be replaced). It took my husband 30 mins to set up the outside pool area with cushions and umbrellas. All was put away by the owner. Lots of : games, outdoor and toys, bikes for kids to enjoy! Loved that!

Area: Nothing to do. The beach that is noted 1/2 mile from the house, is truly not a "Gulf Beach". It is an inlet, that is very calm, like a lake - no waves, not much beach space to set up chairs or umbrellas. The other beaches on the island are driving distances and you need to pack walking shoes. At the public beach you have to park and walk a good 1/2 mile until you hit water. Walking along a boardwalk, then in sand with kids, beach toys, chairs and umbrellas is nearly impossible. Very disappointing. I was under the impression that this was a beach vacation, it certainly was not. We used the pool most days and stayed at the house and did more non-beach exploring on the island. Also - because of Dauphin Island's rustic nature, you have to be careful on the beaches! There are no flags or warnings visible for sea life or conditions. 1/2 way through our trip there was a jelly fish infestation on the beach and the larvae spread into beach waters. All of our kids came out with burning/itchy red bites that the doctor determined were "sea lice" from the larvae.

Unfortunately, not the vacation we had hoped for at this higher nightly rate!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Rachelle, for your stay in our home. I will reply to some of your comments so that other guests can have additional info. Unfortunately you arrived on the heels of Hurricane Nate, which definitely impacted some of the conditions on the island (probably including the bugs, sadly, as that is common here down South when there is lots of water - we spray regularly and had a recent spray. With mutual agreement, since our house was available and ready and you did not purchase trip insurance, I refunded the first night of your stay when we both decided it would be best to wait a day so that your family wasn't traveling through bad weather. We worked hard to make sure the house was ready for you, as the storm did "make a mess" outside - but we powerwashed the under house area to make sure it was in good condition for your arrival. The patio furniture is not brand new, and the photos on our website were taken this year. It is in good condition as shown in the photos. We do keep the cushions put away so they are out of the weather and hopefully dry, so that our guests can get them out when needed. We're glad you enjoyed the bikes, pool toys, beach toys, etc. that we provide. Our photos and captions on our listing are accurate, and describe the futons as follows "At the top of the stairs is a cozy sitting nook which converts to two twin beds for sleeping", and that the "window futon" is best for 1 or 2 children. The futons are not in bad condition. There are four sleeping rooms with doors (bedrooms) plus the sitting area/futons at the top of the stairs. There is so much to do on Dauphin Island, even after a hurricane . So many guests have weeks where the weather is terrible, and never even visit the beach. They enjoy the pool and other island amenities. I send out a long list of our family favorites - the Fort, the Estuarium, the bike trail, and of course nearby Mobile with its museums, shopping, etc. There are two beaches 1/2 mile from the house, as noted on our arrival info. The public beach by the little red school house is a gulf beach. The one at Isle Dauphine is in an inlet, but I suggested it because it was less impacted by Hurricane Nate and easier to park and get to the water quickly. Thanks again for your stay, Rachelle, and I'm sorry your family didn't love Dauphin Island like we do. I do hate that your kids got bitten by the sea lice and hope they are feeling better. That, too, can happen at any beach town at any time
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Perfect for our family

  • 5 of 5

We especially enjoyed the spaciousness of this lovely house located in a quiet, private area. It was neat, clean, very well equipped and arranged perfectly for our family of 6 adults and 5 children. Kids enjoyed pool and play room while adults enjoyed front and back porches. We much preferred the location instead of cramped beach front houses which are much more costly. Only a short drive to beach.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Larry for your kind review. We're so glad you enjoyed our home. We love the location, too! Close to everything but with it's own space! We look forward to having you return!
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Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Julie

We are Steve and Julie Kenney. We are homebuilders (need a beach home, anyone?) and have three sons. We love Dauphin Island and all there is to do, and the time we spend together, just hanging out at our Dauphin Island homes with friends. Our boys are active in Boy Scouts (our oldest, now in college is an Eagle Scout!), and we love to travel and stay in vacation homes when we do!

Julie purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Julie chose Dauphin Island

We purchased the property this home is built on in 2004, the day before Hurricane Ivan flooded the 50 year old home that sat (flat on the ground). We loved this property because of its unique setting on the island - a large, grassy, beautiful location along Salt Creek - just a minute from the beach!


Escape to Dauphin Island! This paradise features beautiful beaches, a historic civil war fort, a public aquarium, a golf course along the Gulf of Mexico, fresh seafood, fishing charters, a bike trail and so much more! Visit Fort Gaines, a historic Civil War fort. Watch for birds in the backyard or at the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Have delicious cinnamon rolls at the Lighthouse Bakery, and play golf with a view at the Isle Dauphin Golf Course. The white sand beaches are beautiful, and you can also charter a fishing boat to explore the gulf waters, or rent a kayak and explore on your own! Fresh seafood is everywhere. Catch your own or buy some 'right off the boat' at the local seafood shops.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning $150
Tax Rate 11.0%

Holiday weeks available weekly only. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's. Ask about last minute 3 night minimum stays.
Holiday weeks, if available, add $300.00 (Thanksgiving, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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