Dauphin Island House Rental Photos and Description
4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 1 half bath, sleeps 8
FALL SPECIAL - $1500 per week/ all-inclusive. A beautiful time of year to visit the Island.
Come and experience this wonderful home on Dauphin Island. The home is located on the East End of the Island in DeSoto Landing, the only gated subdivision on the beach with a neighborhood gulf-front pool and tennis court. You can have the benefits of a condo, with the space of a house. The house features multiple open and covered decks which offer gorgeous views of the gulf. The neighborhood boardwalk brings you to a beautiful beach, perfect for long walks, bird-watching, or dolphin spotting. The home includes a collection of books, magazines, chairs, and sand toys; everything you need for a perfect day at the beach. Dine out or cook local seafood in the fully-stocked kitchen. A local attractions guide is provided, including menus, maps and brochures. You will also find games for adults and kids, puzzles, playing cards, movies, and free wireless internet access.
Family-Friendly Vacation Home: The home includes lots of extras for your little travelers. Bedroom 2 contains a television hooked up to a DVD player and a collection of Children's Movies, including several Disney favorites. The room also contains a toy box full of toys, and the adjacent hallway holds a bookcase of Children's Books. A child-size folding table and chair set is provided, which is great for dining, coloring, or games. A drawer in the kitchen holds coloring books and crayons. The bathroom connected to Bedroom 2 (as well as the downstairs half-bath) has a step-stool, so little ones can reach the sink, as well as 2 portable booster seat/high chairs, child-size cups and utensils. A crib-size mattress (and bedding) is available; however a crib is not provided. Under the house is a sandy area for the kids to play, particularly when everyone needs some time in the shade. The neighborhood pool, tennis, and playgrounds are must-haves for a family. (When not needed, the kids items can be stored out-of-sight.
Fun Things to Do Off the Island: If you are looking for sightseeing opportunities beyond Dauphin Island, the area has a lot to offer. With just a short drive, you can visit nearby Bellingrath Gardens and the many attractions of Mobile, including historic homes, the Gulf Coast Exploreum, IMAX Theater, Mobile Medical Museum, Mobile Museum of Art, U.S.S. Alabama, and Mardi Gras Museum, just to name a few. The Mobile Bay Ferry departs the East End of Dauphin Island for Fort Morgan, where you can explore the fort, or drive in to Gulf Shores for more shopping, dining, and golf. A day trip to the Outlet Mall in Foley, Alabama, just north of Gulf Shores, is a popular trip. The Saenger Theater in Mobile is a magnificent theater showcasing national talent. Or, drive over to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to enjoy the casinos, fine dining, and live entertainment.
Relax or Be Active...the Choice is Yours!: Kayak rentals are available on the Island, which allow you to explore the gulf, bay, and waterways surrounding the Island. Leave the car parked and bike to the seafood market, the store, the farmer's market, or the bakery using the Island's extensive bike paths. Take a hike through the trails of the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Kids and adults enjoy Historic Fort Gaines and the Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Play a game of tennis; swim in the gulf-front pool. Or, curl up with a book in the hammock, on the deck, by the pool, or on the uncrowded beach and just enjoy the peace and quiet. It takes only a few minutes to walk to the private neighborhood beach, pool, or tennis court.
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
We are a family from Jackson, Mississippi. After years of visiting Dauphin Island and renting various homes, we purchased a lot on the East End. We worked with a wonderful builder (and neighbor in our Dauphin Island neighborhood) and custom built this home. We have twin boys, age 10, and they love to visit the Island. We are fortunate to live close enough to visit the Island 8-10 times a year. We rent the home mostly in the summer months to our guests, but keep at least one week to enjoy ourselves. Our favorite time to visit is the Fall. The temperatures are milder, but the water is still warm enough to swim.
Elizabeth purchased this house in 2007
Why Elizabeth chose Dauphin Island
If you are looking for fast food, go-carts, putt-putts, long lines, and enjoy fighting for a spot on the beach -- Dauphin Island is not for you. But, if you are looking to slow down, spend time with your family and friends, relax, and unplug, we have what you are looking for. Dauphin Island has been referred to as 'Mayberry by the Sea.' It has a low-key, small town atmosphere.
One of the great features of this house is the neighborhood. You have the space of a rental house (rather than a condo), but you still have access to a swimming pool and tennis court. It is a great combination. And because the neighborhood is gated with minimal traffic, we can give our boys room to roam and explore. They can walk on the uncrowded beach, hit the tennis courts, or just ride their bikes. The small-town atmosphere lets them experience a little freedom.
We hope that you will love it as much as we do.
What makes this house unique
Because we were renters before we were owners, we try to incorporate the things we loved about houses that we have stayed in over the years. For example, we have little extras in the kitchen --- two coffeepots, a carafe, an iced tea maker, a mixer, and a crock pot. These things come in handy when you are feeding a family for a week. We also loved it when we stayed in a house with a few kids items --- books, toys, or sand toys. When you are traveling with small children, it's nice to have a way to keep them occupied if you have a rainy day or they need a break from the sun. And my favorite thing to do at the beach is read, so the house is stocked with books and magazines that you are welcome to enjoy and take with you if you don't have time to finish. The lending library on the Island is also a great source for beach reads. It is located in the Welcome Center.
Must Do's at the Salty Dog: 1) take a hot shower in the outdoor shower, don't just use it to rinse off from the beach (it's amazing); 2) read a book and/or take a nap in the hammock under the house; 3) enjoy your morning coffee on the exposed deck; 4) watch the sunset from the top level deck in the afternoon with your favorite cocktail; 5) play a board game on the screened porch; 6) use sidewalk chalk on the huge concrete driveway to play hopscotch or foursquare; 6) steam shrimp for dinner from Skinner's (or let them do it for you!); 7) try pigs in a blanket or a huge cinnamon roll from Lighthouse Bakery; 8) walk west on the beach to the 'cove' and see how many hermit crabs you can find; 9) go out on the beach at night with a flashlight to look for ghost crabs; and 10) relax, unplug, and have fun.
Guestbook comments from the owner
We took our daughter for her 6th birthday and our two youngest boys ages 22 and 24 the week of July 18 to 25th 2014. We had a great time. Sam and Liz has put a lot of effort into this place. Had two silly questions while we stayed and both questions were answered with in 5 minuets. Anything you could possibly need is already there (except food of course). Best beach I have ever seen, no one wanted to leave and we are already planning a trip back. It says a lot for a 6, 22,and 24 year old to enjoy a place so much they all want to go back!! If you go to Dauphin Island you really need to stay here. It truly is a remarkable place.