WATERFRONT ISLAND BEACH HOME WITH BEAUTIFUL SUNSET

Susan Carley

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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WATERFRONT ISLAND BEACH HOME WITH BEAUTIFUL SUNSET

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The Lil House is a four bedroom, three bath, house on stilts with a porch all the way around allowing for a breeze at anytime of the day or night. It has the best view of the sunset on Dauphin Island allowing for memorable front porch memories. The sandy yard with seawall just feet from the porch allows for the best of both island worlds--sand fun for the kids, and boat access for the sports enthusiast. The fishing from seawall/boardwalk is great both day and night. Dolphins are frequent visitors at Lil House and can often be seen swimming in front of the house. So whether you are a family with small children, or snowbirds looking for tranquility, or a fishing afficienado, the Lil House is for you!

Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered

Susan Carley

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I am a 49 year old mother of two middle schoolers living in Mobile, Alabama with my husband, Kevin. I own a coffee shop in the historic part of town called Cream & Sugar Café. We live just a short 35 minute drive from the island where we love ALL water sports and just watching the sunsets and dolphins....that never gets old!

Susan Carley purchased this house in 1974

My grandmother, Lil, built this beautiful island house in the early 70's and I grew up coming to the house every summer with my six cousins and two siblings. We have fond memories of running the seawall chasing porpoises, fishing morning and night, and crabbing with chicken bones with my grandmother. Now my children run the seawalls, catch our dinner, and swim in the very water that we did as children.

My uncle designed the house to be like a steamboat with a porch 'deck' all the way around the house, doors in every room that open out onto the 'deck', and water views from every window. The front porch with swing and rocking chairs offers the best sunset view on the island. It also sits so close to the seawall that the adults can sit in the shade (of upstairs or downstairs deck) and watch the kids as they swim, ski, or kayak in front of the house. Because the house is situated on a cul-de-sac, the children can ride their bikes and play safely with other neighborhood kids. The house faces the Mississippi Sound allowing for good fishing and boat access, but is directly across the street from Lafitte Bay which is a no wake zone and allows for great, safe place for kayaking or swimming. The house is just a short two block walk from the Gulf front beaches which gives you the option of a day at the beach or a day of watersports. The kids will also love sandcrabbing on the beach at night!

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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4.7
based on 16 traveler reviews

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Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset
average rating of 4.6875 based on 16 reviews
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Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset
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Dauphin Island Alabama Gulf Coast
Lafayette La USA
5

FAMILY OF FOUR

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful time on Dauphin Island and at the "Lil Home" The camp was adorable, comfortable and very clean. All important/needed amenities were provided and more than adequate and made the stay feel like being at home. The only recommendation would be to bring your own grill if planning to bbq since the one provided is small/old as stated in the write up by the owners. We definitely recommend staying in this lovely space and plan on returning next time for a longer visit!
  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: We got a NEW grill!! It's not a gas grill because the parts rust out so quickly with the salt air, but this new Aussie brand charcoal grill will be perfect for our guests at the island. We also purchased a large plastic bin and filled it with charcoal, lighter fluid, and grill tools. We will go ahead and plan to replace the charcoal grill every June!
Thanks for your feedback and we look forward to seeing y'all again next year!
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5

FAMILY FRIENDLY FOR SURE!

  • 5 of 5
Really enjoyed the house and the size was perfect. Having 3 bathrooms was really nice and the view was beautiful. Son really enjoyed his space downstairs with his own tv.
  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Dauphin Island Alabama Gulf Coast
5

SPRING BREAK

  • 5 of 5
We loved our stay that this home we will be back and we can't wait it really made our day with the welcoming basket filled full of goods that was really nice and the card to thanks for a great stay!
  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
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Dauphin Island Alabama Gulf Coast
5

BEVERLY BUCKNER

  • 5 of 5
This was my third time at Lil house and it was just as wonderful as the other times. The house is so welcoming and relaxing. Homey and comfortable. It is great or a vacation for the whole family or a romantic getaway. Enough room for two families to share or a getaway with just the girls. It is a real, lived in family home. The memories from this family lives in the walls and makes this such a happy place. The sand in the yard is so much fun for the kids. I loved just sitting in the chair each morning and having my feet in the sand. The views are wonderful and the sunsets could not be more gorgeous. One of my favorite things is the view standing in the hall with the front door opened. It looks like you are floating on the water. The downstairs are is great for older kids, or for young adults. The porches are great places to sit and read or just watch the water. We had fun feeding the birds from the boardwalk, and on other occasions have seen dolphins. We went to the shell mounds, toured the bird sanctuary, Had dinner at the Islander, strolled the beaches and explored the fort. So much to do but so laid back at the same time. I would recommend this house for a great stay in a beautiful place.
  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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UNHAPPY

  • 1 of 5
I would not recommend this house. We went at Christmas time and had to drive over 10 hours to the house. The teen bunk house was advertised to have 4 beds in it and we needed all of the beds. When we arrived we found that one of the bunk bed sets had been removed and one of our family members had to sleep in the couch. The toilet in the bunk room bath, flooded the whole room and soaked the luggage we had just set down on the floor. The linens are the beds downstairs were not washed and smelled of other people's sweat. I had to wash them. We booked this for December and the bunk room was listed as climate control, there was no heat in it. The upstairs was barely heated because the vents in the attire were crushed stopping air flow. The bunk room's TV was unhooked. We called the handyman and he balanced the 60 lb TV on two stacked end tables as his way of fixing the cable problem. Half the light bulbs were burnt out. Only 3 burners on the stove worked, the microwave had duck tape holding the door together. The internet was out and called the owner twice about it and she told me to call the internet company and take care of it myself. It has been 3 weeks and I still don't have my deposit back. I want my money back. I do not recommend this house to anyone.
  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We, the owners of Lil House, strive to make our guests' vacation better than they had hoped for. We provide lots of resources to make your stay enjoyable. When we received your call that the toilet leaked (which happened because the tile installer had not sealed the toilet back properly the day before your check-in when he installed new tile) we had someone down to fix it on the same day! You seemed happy and satisfied at the time. The cable was somehow disconnected during the tile installation as well, but you said don't worry about it because you wanted your boys to spend more time with family anyway. The internet problems were with the Internet provider not us, and we would gladly have come to the house to troubleshoot, but we gave you the option of troubleshooting with the Internet provider yourself so we did not interrupt your vacation. We provided the information necessary to troubleshoot. We hate that your memories at Lil House are not fond ones. I was always available by phone and text and after each of those calls I felt we had addressed your problems. You even commented "although these things need to be addressed, we love the house and its very comfortable." This is a first for us, but we will continue to strive to make Lil House enjoyable for many families to come.
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OUR STAY AT LIL HOUSE

  • 5 of 5
We enjoyed our stay at Lil House. It had everything we needed. The children enjoyed all the moon jellies, and especially catching them at night and watching them glow. The view every morning and evening was spectacular. We enjoyed visiting Fort Gaines as well as the Sea Lab on the Island. If you need anything you will find it at Ship to Shore store! The beach at Dauphin Island is so clean and it isn't crowded at all, we felt like we had the beach to ourselves.
  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Your kids took to the sand very quickly!! I hope you all were able to catch and eat a few crabs with the crab traps we keep under the stairs. We found a stone crab amongst all the blue crabs last month! It was a rare sight. Glad you enjoyed your stay. We hope to see you again some time.
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Dauphin Island House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall/Winter
Sep 15 - Mar 31
3 night minimum stay
$150
$875
$3,000
 
 
Spring
Apr 1 - Jun 1
3 night minimum stay
$225
$1,400
$4,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$275
$1,750
$6,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150
Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $25
Notes The damage deposit of $200 will be refunded within two weeks of departure.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Dauphin Island House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Internet ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Iron & Board
Kitchen:
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bunkroom/Downstairs Bath - toilet , shower , This bath is located downstairs in teen bunkroom
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Master bedroom has a private bathroom.
    Sailboat Room - 1 double , Has a pull out mattress underneath bed for easy access.
    Seagull Room - 2 twin/ single
    Sofa Bed - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This sofa bed is located in main living room/kitchen area
    Teen Bunkroom - 2 twin/ single , Not accessible from house; not suitable for small children.
  • Queen Bed (1), Double Bed (1), Twin Beds (2), Sleeper Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (2)
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • DVD Player
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Games ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • boating
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • surf fishing
  • parasailing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • kayaking
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sound/bay fishing
  • water tubing
Notes:
The downstairs bunkroom is not suitable for small children since you must go outside and down the stairs (albeit covered) to access the room. But this room is a perfect 'get away' for teens with its sofa, TV and play station. The deck downstairs gets a nice breeze since the house is on stilts. There is covered seating and open deck area both adjacent to the sandy yard where the kids play and the boardwalk-covered seawall where someone is always fishing. There is a bike trail that extends from one end of the island to the other and several bike rental companies on the island. There is a sea lab and estuarium that is open to the public seven days a week. Its very educational and a new shark and stingray tanks allows for petting. There is a bird sanctuary on the island with a beautiful boardwalk leading through the piney area of the island to a secluded beach. Because the house has plenty of beds but limited living space area, for your comfort, we request no more than 10 guests.
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