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Speaks: english

Surprise Landing Guest Cottage - Battles Wharf- Beautiful Area

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


Fairhope Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + sofa bed, 1 Bathroom. (2-3 adults or 2-4 with children)

Surprise Landing Cottage is in the quiet, secluded area south of Fairhope known as Battles Wharf.

We are located 1 mile north of Marriott's Grand Hotel and Lakewood's Robert Trent Jones Golf Course on Mobile Bay. Several other golf courses are nearby. We are a short drive to historic Mobile, the Battleship Alabama and the white sandy beaches of the Alabama Gulf coast.

The cottage is fully furnished and you would have use of our private pier on beautiful Mobile Bay. Come and enjoy our spectacular sunsets.

There is a walking/biking trail practically at the back door and Fairhope's charming little shops are a short drive or bike away. The area is known for its many seafood restaurants on the Causeway and other local favorites nearby. Tanger's Outlet Center in Foley is a short 30 minute drive for great bargains and The Eastern Shore Center in Spanish Fort offers a huge variety of shopping and dining. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and retail shopping are a ten minute drive.

Fairhope's Arts and Crafts Festival takes place every spring and there are always local artists working in Fairhope. Mobile's Mardi Gras and Fairhope's own Mardi Gras celebrations attract many visitors who like our low-keyed style of celebrating. Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is a unique opportunity to learn about Coastal Alabama.

Whether you are looking for golfing, art, walking, biking, tennis, boating, fishing, crabbing, shopping, discovering coastal South Alabama or just plain relaxing, all are available for you to enjoy year round at Surprise Landing Cottage.

NO WEDDINGS, PARTIES, OR SOCIAL GATHERINGS. Please note that our property is not zoned, equipped, or insured for weddings or events like a reception or after rehearsal party or other gatherings.

Keywords: Cottage pier wharf boat dock

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(30 traveler reviews)
Surprise Landing Guest Cottage - Battles Wharf- Beautiful Area
average rating of 5.0 based on 30 reviews

Most Beautiful Sunsets in Alabama

  • 5 of 5

Deborah and Frank, Thank you for your wonderful hospitality.I truly enjoyed every moment on my retreat at your magnificent property.The sunrises as well as the sunsets are absolutely the most beautiful I have ever witnessed.I loved waking up having my morning cup of coffee on the pier as the sun rose over the beautiful oaks,and listening to the seagulls and pelicans as they started their day .The hammock was wonderful relaxing, and a great place to read a book or just meditate.The view of all the beautiful homes and golden waters that surround the property is breath taking from the dock at sunset.The cottage was clean cozy and relaxing. I'll never forget my time at Surprise Landing.Rebecca

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your great review. We are glad that your retreat was so great. The magical restorative power of time spent on beautiful Mobile Bay has been the stuff of legend for many generations. Although many activities, attractions to explore, and the beach scene crowds are nearby, the quiet and solitude to be found at Surprise Landing Cottage are often just the ticket for our guests.
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Our Perfect Getaway

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was absolutely the most pristine perfect getaway for my husband and I. We were greeted by Deborah and Frank upon our arrival and were given a friendly tour. We spent each evening on the pier and it was so peaceful. I highly recommend Surprise Landing for a getaway or vacation. We will be return visitors.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your beautiful review. We were very happy to see you out on the wharf every day. The wharf is one of the greatest benefits of staying with us, and we are always glad when our guests make good use of it. Also, you mentioned our arrival tour, which reminds to mention that whenever possible, we try to give a little geography and history lesson to make folks a bit more familiar with our beautiful area.
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Charming Accommodations, Charming Hosts, Gorgeous Location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a fantastic, relaxing stay with the Moores! The cottage is wonderfully comfortable. Our hosts did everything the could to make our stay enjoyable, starting with the homemade cheese straws and the welcoming bottle of wine on the night of our arrival. Their private pier is a beautiful place to sit and watch the sun set. We had planned to try to do a little fishing, but the time got away from us! We would highly recommend choosing Surprise Landing for your getaway in Mobile Bay. Can't wait to find a way to get back for another visit soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jim and Patricia

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay with Frank and Deborah. Surprise Landing is absolutely fantastic!!! My grand daughter calls it "fairyland" because of all the trees and ferns. From the moment you arrive till the moment you leave, you feel the quiet and beauty. The cottage has everything that you need to cook, have friends over or just sit and relax. Close to all of Fairhope - good restaurants and shops. 30 minutes max from Gulf. Excellently maintained.....can't wait to go back!!! Deborah and Frank are marvelous hosts beginning with a bottle of wine waiting for you on arrival! Does it get any better?!

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you indeed for your beautiful review! We go at it really hard to try to make a visit at our Cottage special, and are always thankful when we are able to succeed. Your description of our property pretty much sums up how we feel. We have been here many years, but still marvel at the beauty of our Live Oaks, our Mobile Bay and our special area. It was great to have you two back again, and we hope you won't stay away so long before you come for another visit.
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Loved Loved Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful relaxing time my husband and I enjoyed at your cottage! It was perfect for relaxing and exploring the area! I already fell in love with Fairhope area but wanted him to and he asked me to please book it again! It was extremely clean with very comfortable bed and I loved the decorating and relaxing atomosphere. Not to mention it was stocked with everything you could possibly need. The fresh cheese sticks and wine were so thoughtful of you and really enjoyed our stay and meeting Frank. I hope to meet Deborah when we return as I LOVE jewelry and would love to meet her- sorry I didn't get to this trip but good excuse to return! Would highly recommend this lovely place with wonderful people to visit. Thank you for sharing your home! Kathi and John Shawhan

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your wonderful review. When you arrived, I thought you both seemed to need a quiet, unhurried time to unwind and "recharge your batteries." It seemed like the Cottage and wharf worked for you even though we had a bit of stormy, chilly, rainy weather during part of your stay. There is such a great deal to do and see in our area that I believe, sometimes conditions such as those are a blessing in disguise to make us just relax. The enclosed Cottage porch seems to create an ideal refuge when "buttoned up", but with all sliding or crank out windows, still provide maximum openness in placid times.
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Pam & Earl

  • 5 of 5

We could not have enjoyed our stay more at Surprise Landing. We always use reviews when booking online. This sweet, charming cottage lives up to all the praise! We planned a last-minute get away and were so lucky to have run across Frank and Deborah's lovely property. We have rented many properties through the years. NO WHERE has been better planned, supplied or stocked to make your visit like a "home away from home"! They literally thought of everything! Thank You

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We felt very fortunate to be able to just fit you in between two other parties. Subject to availability, we are always glad to try to accommodate folks who want to come on short notice and, over the years believe some of those visits end up being all the more enjoyable due to the spontaneity.
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Rates & Availability

Fairhope Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 6.0%


Our minimum stay is two nights at $150 per night or $300. Add a third night for half or $75, making the rental rate for a three-night stay, $375.

Reduced average daily rates when our guests stay longer. For example, five days is $535, one week $695, two weeks, $1,280, four weeks $2,295, and a 30-day month $2,395



CLEANING FEE: Minimum fee is $50 following up to a week’s stay. For extended stays, cleaning is weekly. Cleaning for up to two weeks is $75, for up to three weeks is $100 and for a month is $125.
LODGING TAX: Plus six percent Lodging Tax.
DEPOSIT: A fully refundable $200 deposit is required when booking.
PAYMENT: We accept either cash or check.

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Fairhope Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Equipped with shower, but no tub
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • One queen-size bed in bedroom for two adults. Convertible sofa in living area suitable for one additional adult or possibly two additional smaller children. A crib can be provided for a small baby.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Use of private pier.

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