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Martha Howard, Gulf Coast Keyholders and Exit Realty, Gulf Shores

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

Ask about our late summer special. Quiet spot on the Bay. Dog friendly.

63 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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Gulf Shores Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom , 2 Baths, Sleeps 6

Relax under the oaks or on your own screened front porch and enjoy the majestic views mother nature offers on Historic Mobile Bay. Explore the Wildlife Sanctuary or take a walk along the sandy white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. This lovely modern cottage is located just minutes from Gulf Shores down a quiet shady lane.

Golfer's Paradise: Who could ask for more than a beach house and top of the line golf courses! The Peninsula Golf Club is locaed just four miles East. It features 18 holes, a pro shop, and restuarant. In addition you will find tennis courts and a swim fitness center. If you want to change things up a bit try the 36 holes of Pure Palmer Golf at Craft Farms, Cotton Creek, and Cypress Bend just an 15 minute drive away. Want more? Play Kiva Dunes or the Golf Club of the Wharf; both are just five miles away.

Outlet Shopping: Ten miles north of Gulf Shores in Foley, Alabama the Tanger Outlet Center features 120 name brand shopping options for the bargain hunter. Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Osh Kosh, SAS, Gap, Banana Republic, Anne Klein, and more.

Enjoy the City's recreation and special events: The City of Gulf Shores has a fantastic recreation center with daily, weekly, or monthly rates. It features an indoor temperature controlled swimming pool, basketball courts, fitness room, indoor track, ping pong and pool tables, water aerobics, yoga and other fitness classes.

In the winter the city's Special Events Department sponsors an outstanding series of performances.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Martha Howard, Gulf Coast Keyholders and Exit Realty, Gulf Shores (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

About Martha Howard, Gulf Coast Keyholders and Exit Realty, Gulf Shores

A native of Mobile, Alabama I grew up on two shores spending many days as a child on Pleasure Island and then traveling back and forth on summer days and weekends as a teen and young adult to bask in the sun on the white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores. In 1990 I bought my home on Little Lagoon where I raised my family while teaching high school in the area.

Now after retiring from nearly 30 years in education I enjoy inviting others to share the pleasures of the island and the Ft. Morgan peninsula. I am a licensed Realtor in the State of Alabama and proudly work with Exit Realty, Gulf Shores

I own this home jointly with my daughter Marguerite who is a Coast Guard search and rescue helocopter pilot, former Navy helicopter pilot and graduate of the United States Naval Academy. While she and her husband can not be here to help with the management she always enjoys coming home for a stay in her grandmother's house.

This house is one of several I rent to guests from around the world. Some I own and some belong to friends and neighbors.

I have made many friends and always enjoy making new ones. It is my pleasure to see others enjoy a relaxing vacation in a home that is just right for them.

Martha Howard, Gulf Coast Keyholders and Exit Realty, Gulf Shores purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Martha Howard, Gulf Coast Keyholders and Exit Realty, Gulf Shores chose Alabama Gulf Coast

This property is special to me because it was my mother's home. All of her life she dreamed of living on the water and at 78 she designed and built this bayfront home. She enjoyed spending the last five years of her life quilting in the front room where she had a beautiful view of Mobile Bay and lots of light from the many windows. She loved sharing her home with others and always enjoyed visitors. I know she would be happy that guests come from all over the world to sit on her front porch and watch the dolphins play. I take pride in the continued care of my mother's home.

What makes this cottage unique

Guests at this home will see a different side of Gulf Shores. Located on a secluded, quiet, cul de sac this home is truly away from it all yet at the same time close to the beautiful white sandy Gulf beach. Our guests enjoy sitting on the covered dock watching seagulls, pelicans, and dolphins play. They enjoy the shaded screen porch and beautiful moss covered oaks as well as panoramic views and incredible sunsets over Mobile Bay.


based on 63 traveler reviews

Ask about our late summer special. Quiet spot on the Bay. Dog friendly.
average rating of 4.952381 based on 63 reviews

An amazing cottage rental

  • 5 of 5

Meme's Bay Cottage is the perfect getaway for a short or extended stay. I was fortunate to learn about it while searching for places that were dog friendly. When we arrived, the first thing noticed was that it was "out of the way" in terms of peace and quiet but just a few short miles from Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Perdido Key. The front yard was fenced in and is perfect for any mid size to small dog. The inside of the residence was extremely clean and well maintained. The rear of the house faces Mobile Bay and nothing was better than sitting on the back screened in porch or on the actual dock with your morning coffee. Just less than two miles away is access to the gulf and it's beaches. This particular location is in a wildlife preserve so there were no other people around the area. We had the whole beach to ourselves as far as you could see. It truly is a wonderful place and Martha was absolutely pleasant to work with. We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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Beautiful and Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

This was our first family vacation to the Gulf Shores area. So glad that we went this route and rented Meme's Bay Cottage instead of a hotel. Felt just like home. We couldn't have asked for more. We were there 5 days. Loved the way the home was decorated, had a real welcoming feel. The whole place was so clean!!! The back screened in porch was my favorite to sit and enjoy the porch swing. The sunsets were amazing and we enjoyed the dock area very much to sit and listen to the sounds of the water and the view. One day, instead of going out site seeing, we spent an entire day at the cottage just relaxing putting puzzles together and playing games. Martha has everything there for you to use. Games, puzzles, movies, etc. The kitchen is beautiful and I did enjoy some light cooking during our stay and everything was there that I could have needed. At this location you are away from the hustle and bustle of Gulf Shores, and for us that was Perfect. We came in on a Saturday and the traffic was terrible, so it was a welcome site when we got out to Meme's. Peaceful and quiet!!! We found a road, just down a 1/2 mile or so to the West from Meme's, that had public beach access. That was nice and quiet too, not a lot of people, went early in the morning before it got too hot and enjoyed our time spent on the beach very much. Restaurants were great too, in the area. We ate at Doc's on Canal Rd in Orange Beach, that was our favorite. Martha was so sweet to give us some recommendations and we went to all of them, Loved them all. We just got back home and Meme's bay cottage has been on my mind since. Finding that I'm missing it already... If you are up for peace, comfort and quiet, then Meme's is the place!!! Then when you want to go and do things, town is really only 20-30 min. away. We don't mind that because we live 30 min. out of a larger town it was just like home to us!!! If you were to fish or enjoy catching crabs, you'll really love it. We caught many in the trap and let them go. Saw Dolphins one evening too while eating supper on the back porch. Our teenage kids love it as well. The Gulf coast is well taken care of and there is plenty to see and do. You won't be disappointed in this rental or working with Martha. Everything was top notch and we appreciate you sharing your home with us!!! All the best! The Stedjee's from Wisconsin.

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Love this cottage!

  • 5 of 5

This was our family's first trip to Gulf Shores and we could not have dreamt of a better place to stay. We absolutely love Meme's Cottage! The cottage is cute, well maintained, and very clean! The view of the bay is absolutely beautiful and lends itself to such a tranquil setting. We enjoyed our time just relaxing at the house and we also enjoyed visiting the beach and taking in a dolphin cruise. We enjoyed the fun atmosphere of LuLu's and The Hangout. We also loved the Gulf State Park beach. It was very clean and not crowded. At the end of each day's activities we all looked forward to going back to the cottage and relaxing. It truly was our home away from home. Our only regret is that we didn't get to stay longer. Thank you Martha for providing such a wonderful place to stay and great customer service!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Ideal for Relaxation

  • 5 of 5

It is hard to describe this house because words do not accurately describe our experience. First of all, it is well off the beaten path and did not feel like a typical rental. It is on the Mobile Bay and rather secluded. The noises we heard were from all the birds in the trees or on pylons in the bay. There was no street traffic at all. After touring around the Gulf Shores area, we came back to total serenity and beauty.

We were greeted by the scent of honeysuckle and lots of shade. The inside of the house is tastefully decorated without being overdone. We had everything we could need in the way of furnishings and household equipment. My husband enjoyed his morning coffee on the dock, while I preferred soaking in the claw foot tub.

The owner has made this house feel like one's own home. We have used VRBO several times and never once have we been disappointed. We never return to a place we've been before as we like to experience different places. This house has made us reconsider that practice. The yard is perfect for dogs, yet because we knew we'd be out and about, we left them home. Not wanting to leave them in a hot vehicle while we were out during the day, we're thinking about returning during cooler weather.

We experienced two minor disappointments. First we did not see any dolphins. The owner can certainly not be faulted for that as everything else was perfect. The owner is friendly and helpful beyond measure. Secondly, we left the binoculars at home and surely missed some sights on the bay; maybe even a far off dolphin.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Wonderful Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We had the pleasure of staying at Meme"s Cottage over the weekend and I can't say enough about how nice it was! The cottage was perfect! Very clean and the atmosphere couldn't have been more relaxing. We took our Yorkie with us and he loved the fenced in backyard and looking out at the water off the pier.

We would recommend Meme's to anyone who just needs to "escape" for a bit. Martha and the whole process of booking our stay was wonderful!!!!!

Thank you for a great vacation!!!!!


  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Very beautiful location and home.

  • 4 of 5

This vacation was just what we needed. The house was set up with everything we needed and more. It is just minutes away from beaches or shopping. Also several museums not far from the home. I hope to be able to come back. It was so beautiful.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Beach Hut
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
To Dauphin Island/Mobile County
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Penninsula Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
8 Miles
Hwy 59 and Ft Morgan Rd
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Beach Club
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Mobile Street access
Car: necessary

Eight miles down Ft. Morgan Rd. this quiet get away features nearby white sandy beaches, warm Gulf waters, deep sea fishing, surfing, shopping, golf, and seafood restaurants. Quiet bayfront location is just a short distance from the Bon Secour wildlife trail, great golf courses and uncrowded beaches for long walks and hunting sea shells. Historic Fort Morgan is only 10 miles away. Spas and fine dining nearby. Gulf Shores attractions just a 10 minute drive back into town.


Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Late Summer
Aug 13 2016 - Sep 9 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Sep 10 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Dec 1 2016 - Mar 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $130 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 8.5%

Refundable $250 deposit returned within 14 days of departure after inspection for weekly rentals. Minimum rental age 25 years. Dogs allowed with additional fee and pre approval. Limit 2 dogs. No cats. The full rental balance is due 30 days prior to scheduled arrival date. If booking an arrival date that is less than 30 days away, entire rent is due at the time of booking.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • 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 ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , Clawfoot tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Living Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , New Sofa Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Very large room. TV
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , TV/DVD player
  • Master bedroom is huge. Full size crib available for families with infants. TV Second bedroom has two twin beds. This bedroom has its own TV and DVD player.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Shed
  • 9 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Your are sure to enjoy the pier and covered deck. Take your chair out and enjoy the incredible sunsets or toss over a line and catch some fish or crabs for your dinner. We have a crab trap and a big pot to cook them in. The yard has room to park a boat! A public launch is just minutes down Ft Morgan Road. Dogs allowed with additional fee. Limit two. Please ask to see our pet guidelines. No cats. Check in 3 p.m. Check out 10 a.m. Penalties apply for late checkout if not pre-approved.

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