About the property
- House1375 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay0 - 7 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)
When we first walked into this unique cottage, we immediately fell in love with it and we know you will too! Not your run-of-the mill rental house, this cottage wraps its arms around you from the minute you pull in the driveway. It was been owner-occupied for years, and the care taken by the owner is apparent from the outside landscaping to the tastefully appointed furnishings inside.
The cottage is located in Surfside Shores subdivision, 14 miles out Ft. Morgan peninsula. It sits on quiet street on a heavily-wooded lot on top of a dune one block off of the beach, with empty wooded lots on three sides, affording an unusual degree of privacy. Less than 500 feet to the beach (private wooded path through a beautiful beach dune), there is a partial Gulf view from the back deck and screened in porch and a better view from the upper deck. The upper deck (crow's nest) is a great place to enjoy your morning coffee or view a spectacular sunset. A secluded outside shower provides a perfect way to cool off after a stroll back from the beach.
And wait until you see the inside! Tiled floors throughout, unique furniture and decorations, open floor plan, pleasing color schemes, the style is reminiscent of an old island plantation home. None of the typical condominium-style beach decor in this charmer. There is a master bedroom with a very comfortable queen bed and private bath, a second bedroom with two double beds, and a downstairs private bedroom/bath suite (separate entrance). The second upstairs full bath is directly off the living room. A full laundry room is attached to the covered parking area downstairs. The fully-equipped kitchen adjoins the living area for great entertaining.
If you are looking for a something different in a private setting, look no further. We know that you will find this cottage as special as we do!
NOTE: Because this is our second home and only rental, we insist on speaking to each potential renter prior to booking. Please send an inquiry and I will get back to you as quickly as possible!
Keywords: Beach House
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- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 14, 2018
About Janet McCown
Jan and I live on a mountain ridge just north of Birmingham, AL, but have been avid beach goers for many years. We have three grown children,one of whom is married , and we all enjoy our beach time! We purchased the house for our family use, decorated it to our tastes, and are happy to be able to share it with others. We have been surprised at the level of care our guests show when visiting- it seems they love the place as much as we do!
Janet McCown purchased this House in 2006
Why Janet McCown chose Surf Side Shores
Having attended college in nearby Mobile, AL we spent many weekends at the beach in the Gulf Shores area sunbathing, fishing and surfing. We always knew we would own our own place there one day, but did not think it would happen so soon. The location, layout, yard, proximity to the beach, and privacy are just what we wanted, so we made the leap!
What makes this House unique
The thing we enjoy the most at our cottage is the privacy. The house sits among live oaks with lots of natural dune vegetation surrounding it, and the path over the dune to the beach makes you feel like you are on an island somewhere. We also enjoy the screened porch, the private beach 5 minutes away (no condos!), the quiet neighborhood, and the unique furnishings inside. It really is different than many of the rental homes you see down there.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Our families favorite vacation place!
This is our families favorite vacation place. You feel like you are living on your own private island. The lot is secluded and the walk to the beach is short and beautiful. From sitting on the back porch to taking it easy atop the crows nest the atmosphere is excellent and quiet. The house is nice and well maintained and feels like a home away from home. While we are there escaping from reality my kids skim board and swim, my wife sunbathes and I fish off the beach. If you are looking for a private and relaxing get away from the fast pace world and some good alone or family time this is it.
Always glad to have you guys down, appreciate the kind words. Was also glad to hear that you were successful in catching speckled trout and redfish right off the beach in front of the house- I may leave the boat docked next time I go down!
Nice peaceful escape
Quiet, clean, well decorated and stocked with appliances and other necessities to make stay comfortable. Only negative was some biting bugs outside that limited ability to enjoy outside seating. Would return.
Cute house and loved the privacy
The house is really cute and has great decks on the house. It is a couple blocks from the beach and has a great path to the beach behind the house. It has plenty of room to have several people stay and is very comfortable. We enjoyed the stay. I would recommend staying at this great house.
Perfect private getaway!
We visit the Gulf Coast every Christmas for our mini 4 day vacation. This cottage was our 4th visit to the beach area. We were pleasantly surprised. It is very private, has a very short walk to the beach and every amenity possible. We did not lack for anything. Kitchen is well stocked with every cooking utensil necessary to prepare and serve meals. We visited the seafood market located near Rouse grocery store and bought the best grouper cheeks we have ever tasted! The gas fireplace was a nice ambient touch for those "chilly" December nights. Cottage was clean with plenty of linens. The screened in porch was very relaxing with comfortable seating for reading one of the many books provided. Excellent selection of reading material! We highly recommend this cottage for anyone wanting privacy, solitude and distance from all the hustle and bustle of a busy beach with condominiums. Pictures and description of property was right on!
Very relaxing week
Very cozy cottage loved it
The perfect getaway
The Driftwood Cottage is the perfect place to go to relax and rest. It's quiet and cozy, and we had a wonderful time. It felt like home away from home. I can't think of anything to complain about. I will never stay in a condo again. Driftwood Cottage is my vacation destination from now on.
Historic Fort Morgan 7 miles away. Ferry to Dauphin Island 6 miles away. Good fishing off beach in front of cottage (contact me and I will tell you how to catch them!)
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
PET FEE- there is a 15% NON-REFUNDABLE pet fee, based on cost of rental only. Pet is allowed pending approval of owner. Dogs only. Rates are subject to change. If you have made your deposit, your rate will not change, but will remain as quoted. CANCELLATIONS – A 60 day notice is required for cancellation. Cancellations that are made more than 60 days prior to the arrival date will incur no penalty. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay, that are made within 60 days of the arrival date, forfeit the full advance payment and damage/reservation deposit. Cancellation or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent or deposit.