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Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset

Susan Carley

Member since: 2012
Call Manager
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Speaks: english
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights

Susan Carley

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2015
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Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset

Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights

Overview

Dauphin Island House Rental Photos and Description

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:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Susan Carley (Property Manager)
Member since: 2012
Call Manager
Enter your email address to view the phone number
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 22, 2015

About Susan Carley

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

Why Susan Carley chose Dauphin Island

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.

What makes this house unique

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!

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Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights
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Reviews

4.8
based on 20 traveler reviews

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Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset
average rating of 4.75 based on 20 reviews
Bentonville, AR
5

BEST VACATION EXPERIENCE IN 15 YEARS!!

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough about how wonderful this house is. We've been coming to Ft. Morgan/Dauphin Island for 15 yrs.....sometimes twice a year and stayed in many houses and dealt with many rental agencies. We decided to go with VRBO this time and were so pleased with everything. Susan, the owner with whom we dealt with is great and if there's any issues with the house (which there were none) easy to reach. This house feels like you're sitting right on the water...covered decks on 4 sides....sand from the deck to the boardwalk. We caught many fish in spite of the rainy weather we had the 1st week. We had already booked another house the following week in Ft. Morgan right on the Gulf. The last day there we weren't quite ready to return to Arkansas so called Susan and she said the house was available this week.....so here we are again and having an equally wonderful time. Difference in this house and most we've stayed at over the years is the extra touches. Fully equipped with everything you would need. Toiletries, spices, dishwashing soap, laundry soap, etc. etc. and much ! We've never had that in any other house we've rented. It was only my husband and I this trip but we plan to come back in Sept and bring our family since it has room for plenty. Our dogs loved it. Thanks Susan and family for the best vacation we've had. We'll be back!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Perfect island getaway

  • 5 of 5

Always a great time on the island! This is the 4th time at this house. and we love it! Perfect for us. The house has everything we need, all we bring is food and change of clothing. The teens love the downstairs room, and even when the weather has us inside, the view from the windows gives us an ever changing scene over the bay.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Always good to have y'all back! I hope you found the special glasses you requested. If there is ever anything we can add to the house to make your trip more enjoyable, or to make the house feel more like home, please just let us know!
Baltimore, MD
5

Super relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

My husband, 10 month old, and I visited over New Year's. The weather was a little bit cold (for half the week, half the week it was perfect), but Lil' House was wonderful. Waking up each morning to a beautiful view of the water was exquisite, and my little guy was delighted by the pelican visitors. We were looking for a veg out vacation, so on good weather days we put the baby in a pack and play in the front porch with some toys, and my husband sat in the rocking chair and read and I painted. However, there are bikes, a kayak, and some water toy type things for those looking to be active. If it's warm enough to swim, there's a ladder off the dock, and you're easily within walking distance of the beach on the other side of the island. Dauphin Island is a bit remote, which means less restaurants and stores, but more privacy and peace. And the house decorations are adorable. (I even spotted a couple of Cutco knives in the kitchen.)

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for all the kind words about Lil House! Glad it more than met your needs. I vividly remember bringing my children there as newborns and toddlers and have many pictures to remember those good times. If you decide to come back next year, just know that we have an adjustable gate to put across the top of the stairs to keep the little ones from escaping! (Wish it still worked for my teenagers!)
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
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!
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
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

Map

Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Mobile Airport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Dauphin Island-Mobile Bay-Gulf Shores Ferry
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Dauphin Island Public Beach
Car: necessary

Other Activities on the Island:

Paddleboard rental—Michael Wing with SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards)--(251)591-3316

Surfing lessons and rentals—Blue Revival (one of the little shops across from the condos)—(251)861-2048

Kayak and Bicycle Rentals—(251) 861-2222

In-land Fishing charters—the following licensed captains (who I all know personally) will pick you up at the house or the marina and take up to 4 or 5 fishing for speckled trout, blackfish, bluefish, etc. and bring you back within 4-6 hours for approximately $400. Richard Rutland, With Coldblooded Fishing, (251)459-5077, Joey Abruscato 251-680-0653, or Charlie Gray with Gray Gulf Charters, (251) 379-5067.

Deep Sea Fishing on the Lady Ann with Cap’t Mike—(251) 861-5302

Bird Sanctuary—even if you are not a bird watcher, this is an excellent sanctuary where you can enjoy a pleasant, shady walking trail through the pines and around estuaries all the way to the beach.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Estuarium and Aquarium--open 7 days a week. They now have a Stingray and Shark Tank where you can touch them. (251) 861-2141

Fort Gaines—(251) 861-6992 Tour the site of the battle of Mobile Bay

West End Public Beach with Inflatable Water Slide—there is good parking, or you can ride bikes to this beach. There is usually a food truck and bar.

Ferry ride—There is a ferry on the far east end of the island that takes passengers and cars across the mouth of Mobile Bay. The trip is 30 minutes over and 30 minutes back. It is fun to just go for a ride and stand on the deck watching the seagulls, pelicans, dolphins, and boats/ships/barges coming in and out of Mobile Bay. Or you can take the ferry over the bay for the day and tour Fort Morgan or have lunch at Tacky Jack’s or go spend the day in nearby Gulf Shores/Orange Beach where there is a Waterworld and putt-putt courses, and lots of touristy things to do if you or your kids are tired of the “sleepy little fishing village” of Dauphin Island. ; )

Children's Museum and Exploreum--located in downtown Mobile, just 30 miles away, also has an IMAX theater

USS Alabama Battleship is a popular tourist attraction is located on Mobile Bay Causeway about 35 miles away (near Exploreum.)

Bellingrath Gardens--only 15 miles away these gardens which are always in bloom is a beautiful site and popular tourist attraction.

Fairhope, Alabama is a precious village on the Eastern Shore of the Bay, about 50 miles away.

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Rates & Availability

From $150 Per night

Dauphin Island House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Fall/Winter
Sep 14 2015 - Apr 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
$150
$875
$2,500
 
 
My Standard Rate
6 night minimum stay
$275
$1,650
$4,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25.00
Cleaning fee $150.00
Refundable damage deposit $200.00
Notes In case of cancellation, the first payment will be refunded at 100% if more than a 30-day notice is given of cancellation; 50% if less than a 30-day notice is given. The damage deposit of $200, which is included in the quote, will be refunded within two weeks of departure if there is no damage found. Check in is 4:00 pm on arrival date. Key entry information will be emailed. Checkout is 10:00 a.m.

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:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
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:
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • 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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