This upscale, hurricane resistant vacation home, completed in September 2006, situated on the best spot on the Alabama coastline offers discerning vacationers the best there is to enjoy a quiet relaxed time on the beach. 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. Gulf Shores and adjacent Orange Beach to the east are rapidly expanding 'tourist towns' and offer all the typical amenities expected from Gulf of Mexico beach resorts.
A $500 security deposit is required to guarantee the reservation. This deposit will be refunded within 7 days from the end of the stay, provided there is no damage or staining of the premises. There is an additional $100 deposit if you bring your dog. Max of 2 dogs allowed.
WE OPENED THE GUEST BOOK FOR YOUR COMMENTS ON THIS VRBO WEBSITE IN MARCH 2009. THE SYSTEM IS CONTROLLED BY VRBO AND HOMEAWAY/CONNECT. OWNERS CAN ENTER COMMENTS MADE BY GUESTS IN THE 'GUEST BOOK' AT THE COTTAGE. WE HAVE SELECTED A FEW AND ENTERED THEM INTO THIS VRBO COMMENT SECTION. ALL CAN BE AUTHENTICATED IF NECESSARY.
Ralph & Cheryl Gilges retired in 2001 and came to live in the Fort Morgan area on the Alabama Coast. Ralph, who was born in South Africa, and worked in the mining industry relocated to the USA in 1974 and worked with mining companies in Utah, Idaho and Missouri. Ralph became a citizen of the United States in 1985. Cheryl hails from Missouri where she taught school in Southeast MO. In 1991 Ralph & Cheryl bought two pet supply franchise stores in South Bend & Fort Wayne, IN.
In 2004 Ralph & Cheryl became very interested in the beach property where Mainstay Cottage is located. They considered it the most desirable location on the Alabama coastline and ultimately persuaded the owner to sell. Three months later it was washed away by hurricane Ivan. This turned out to be fortuitous as they now were able to build a hurricane 'resistant' cottage and design it to be what renters wanted in a beach cottage. It typically remains rented a year in advance.
On one of the quietest sections of beach and being able to step down onto the white sands while staying in an upscale home, that is designed for living at the beach, is probably as idyllic as it can get.