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Romantic and Private Cottage! (This One is Different!)

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,375 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

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!

Keywords: Beach House

More Details

Janet McCown
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

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 Fort Morgan

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.


Surf Side Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1375 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Queen size Beds (1) Queen bed in the Master Bedroom. , Double Beds (3) Two double beds in the upstairs guest bedroom, and one double bed in the downstairs suite., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) - The sofa in the downstairs suite folds out as a floor matress.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles ...
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Beach Chairs, beach umbrellas, skim boards, buckets and nets provided! We also have a small library of books for great beach reading.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(84 traveler reviews)

Romantic and Private Cottage! (This One is Different!)
average rating of 4.9404764 based on 84 reviews

Our families favorite vacation place!

  • 5 of 5

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.


  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2009
  • Stayed: Sep 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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!
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Great Beach House

  • 5 of 5

Very well appointed beach home just steps from the beach in a nice, quiet neighborhood. We especially enjoyed the neatly furnished screened in porch.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place To Stay

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for sharing your home with my family and me. This was a wonderful home filled with a very welcoming atmosphere. We all loved the clean and fully equipped kitchen. The screened in porch seemed to be our big gathering place. On our first day, we went in the house and put everything down. Then headed straight for the beach, but before we got there we sat in the swing. We loved everything. We look forward to our next stay.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded and very quiet. Fantastic place for R and R

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is a terrific place to relax and unwind. Beach is gorgeous. The cottage has everything you need for a comfortable beach vacation. The owner is very kind and accommodating.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Best Girls Trip Ever!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was such a great place for the girls to get away! The privacy was great! The back porch was our favorite place to hang out. The owner was always great to talk to.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

Everything here was perfect, with the exception of the weather. We somehow picked the 4 day arctic blast as our vacation dates, but we made the best of it! We would love to visit again and be able to enjoy the beach a little more. Luckily the house was cozy!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Pensacola, FL
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Sassy Bass
Nearest Ferry
7 Miles
Dauphin Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Kiva Dunes
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Sassy Bass
Car: necessary

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

Surf Side Shores House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 2 2017 - May 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 20 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 10 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Mar 1 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $135

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.

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