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Donnie Manning

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english


44 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

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Alabama Gulf Coast House Rental Photos and Description

Bayfront Estate Home, 4 Bedrooms + Loft + Office, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 12-14)

Shangri--Log. Gorgeous log home on the bay. The views during the day and night are unbelievable. The home is beautifully decorated with open beam soaring ceilings. Shangri Log's white sandy beach is private and large. One of the last natural beaches on the Bay.

Egyptian Cotton sheets and premium bedding in the Master.

This home is perfect for Families, or couple reunions,we even have small weddings on our beach. Each bedroom has its own private bath.

The kitchen is equipped with GE Monogram stainless appliances. It is a cooks' delight with gas cooktop/griddle/grill,wine/beverage cooler, separate ice maker ,double refrigerator.Granite counter tops and travertine floors. The floors in all bedrooms and living areas are Brazilian cherry. Each bedroom features its own bath. The master bath has a double whirlpool tub, multiple shower heads 2+person shower, and marble floors.2000 square feet of decks overlooking the bay with stainless gas grill and outdoor dining table and chairs. This home has over 4200 square feet.

The location of this home is at the point end of County Rd. 1. We are on Mobile Bay with views of Weeks Bay and Bon Secour Bay. The State Boat launch is near the property. We have a 350ft private covered pier with boat/swim platform and a fish/crab cleaning sink. The pier deck is covered at the end and is large enough to have a large party and safe enough for the kids with benches and railings. We also have a nice private sandy beach,and a double hammock on the deck overlooking the bays. This property will accommodate family reunions.

We are 10 minutes away from the world famous Grand Hotel and 15min..from downtown Fairhope. The Tanger Outlet Mall is 20 minutes away and Gulf Shores is 35 minutes away. Some of the best seafood and shopping is so close,but Shangri-Log is so quiet and peaceful. Walking/running/bike riding for those who enjoy a little exercise. Our roadway is used for several bike races throughout the year so it is perfect for these activities. Our front porch has rocking chairs to watch the sunrise. We have kids swings under the house.We enjoy sitting on the beach porch and watching all the birds(blue heron,brown pelican,owls,sea gulls,osprey,etc.)Great fishing and crabbing or bring your small boat or jet skis and dock at the end of the pier. Have you ever been floundering, our water and bay is perfect. A little tidbit: We have Jubilee's in Fairhope/Point Clear, the only other place for this phenomenon is in Japan! The artwork in Shangri-Log is from Dawn Manning (owner)a locally acclaimed artist. Owners are Licensed Real Estate Agents in the State of Alabama.


We have the most fabulous sunset and sunrise views.

Keywords: Large Estate Size home. Luxury amenities.Private sandy beach. Pool Table, Wii games,Fishing,Crabbing,Boating,Gulf access,Bay Front

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  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Donnie Manning (Owner)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

About Donnie Manning

Dawn and I always dreamed of having a place on the bay. We bought this place and thought, what can we name it. Shangri-La(Shangri-Log) is a mystical place that words can't describe. The views of 3 different bays and breezes from the bay and gulf are unbelievable. Our white sandy beach and location at the point of the bays make this place special. The location is so close to quaint downtown Fairhope with shops and restaurants and Gulf Shores with all the tourist things to do.

Donnie Manning purchased this house in 2006

Why Donnie Manning chose Alabama Gulf Coast

This location is at the point of 3 bays. Our home is the last home and we can watch the boats coming in and out of Big Mouth. Big Mouth is the name locals call the location where 2 of the bays meet.

What makes this house unique

When you walk into Shangri-Log you will notice all the quality workmanship of this beautiful log home(cabinet maker built this home). The chefs kitchen with GE Monogram appliance, gorgeous Brazilian cherry,travertine and Italian marble floors,the latest TV surround sound system. The Master suite and bath has a double whirlpool tub and 2+ person shower with multiple shower heads. We have a 9' regulation pool table.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Yes sorry for the stairs, but when you're on the bay the houses have to be up in the air.(hurricanes you know) Maybe one day we can put an elevator in.Thanks for letting me know about the leaky plumbing issue,plumber is there today..Please come again and enjoy our Shangri-Log
Apr 2012
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based on 44 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.818182 based on 45 reviews

Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place for a family gathering!!

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Please come again
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Feels like home to our family

  • 5 of 5

This was the second consecutive New Year's our whole family has spent at Shangri-Log. We are two parents in our 60s; three adult children with their spouses; and six grandchildren, ranging in age from 11 down to 4. Shangri Log gives us an equidistant meeting place big enough for all at an interesting location. The place feels like home to all of us now. We know all the features for fair weather or foul. Weather precluded golf but we shot pool, caught (and released) several crabs, shot fireworks (after checking ordinances), shot sleet locally, had cocktails at the Grand, watched Bowl games, cooked great meals in the gourmet kitchen etc. Etc.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

One word: AWESOME!! This is a beautiful, spacious home perfect for family/friends reunions. Our party was 4 couples of older adults and there was plenty of space for everyone. If you are a fan of architecture and absolutely wonderful craftsmanship you will love this home Great kitchen with lots of dishes, pots, pans, utensils and seating for 12. There is a wonderful pool table where many good games were played. The city of Fairhope is a short distance away and is a charming town with lots of wonderful shops, restaurants and history. The thing I really liked about this home was the privacy. No neighbors right next door. It is within walking distance of the public boat launch where there is great fishing. You absolutely cannot beat the view of three bays which all come together in front of the house. Future renters should be aware that there are lots of stairs. Access to the upstairs bedrooms is through the loft and there two very high steps to gain access to the bedrooms. That was the only complaint I had since we had an upstairs bedroom and stepping up that high step with no handrails was problematic for me (with bad knees). We are already making plans to return. The owner was very responsive to any questions or problems we had. RENT THIS HOME--YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for visiting. We love it too.
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It has it all

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family stayed at the Shangri-Log. We were 3 couples and a few singles and kids and were very comfortable. The beach was just the right size and very private and safe. The pier was extra fun especially for catching crabs for dinner. Highly recommend this home!

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Family gathering

  • 5 of 5

Loved the location! House was very large and open floor plan for our large gathering! The views were spectacular and the private little beach was perfect for our 1 and 5 year olds! It was such a comfy welcoming home! Loved the pier and spent most of my time on it! We got to swim with dolphins and just enjoy the space! Thank you for allowing us to share in your home, it was perfect!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pace, Florida

Beautiful Location

  • 3 of 5

This is a beautiful house on the Bay. Unfortunately for us the A/C was out in half the house (NO REFUND OFFERED). It is quit a drive to pick up food and drinks so make sure you bring with. The water is very shallow so make sure your boat drafts 16 inches but owner did make aware after payment was taken. Would of got 5 stars if those issues were taken care of. Beautiful view and good in shore fishing.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Pensacola International
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
The Pub/Fairhope,Al
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 98
Nearest Beach
25 Miles
Gulf Shores,AL
Nearest Point of Interest
Grand Hotel Marriot
Nearest Point of Interest
Fairhope Municipal Pier and Town
Nearest Point of Interest
Gulf Shores,Alabama
Nearest Point of Interest
Foley Outlet Mall

The county paved road ends 500-1000 feet past this property. Walking and bike riding are a favorite past-time in this area. OH! You can crab off the end of the pier!


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring Rates
Mar 5 2016 - Apr 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Summer Rates
May 1 2016 - Sep 10 2016
7 night minimum stay
Fall Rates
Sep 11 2016 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $185
Tax Rate 6.0%

Please contact the owner to discuss anything that you don't understand. There is a $500.00 security deposit required, but refunded after 14 days to your credit card if there is no damage.

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Alabama Gulf Coast House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Double tub and extra large shower with multiple shower heads
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , 1/2 bath in main living area with toilet and sink
  • 4.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Main Level next to Master Bedroom
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Main Level
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Upper Level
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , upper level
    Loft - 2 double , 2 twin/ single , Upper level between 2 upper level bedrooms
  • King size beds (1) Master Bedroom, Queen size Beds (3) 3 private bedrooms have queen beds, Double Beds (2) Antique double bed in loft area and a additional double bed in loft area, Twin or Single Beds (2) 2 single beds in loft area
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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