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Martha Howard

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

Get away from it all at the Shady Shack!! Dog friendly

79 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Alabama Gulf Coast Cottage Rental Photos and Description

2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps maximum of 6

This cozy nautical cottage is located on a large, secluded, wooded lot about halfway down the Ft Morgan peninsula. The shady moss covered oaks in the back yard give way to a lovely view of Mobile Bay . Relax on the large screened porch or take a short walk down to the Bay. In addition, the cottage is located only two miles from the Mobile Street access to the Gulf of Mexico where there is free parking and a boardwalk over the dunes to soft white sandy beaches that are perfect for swimming, fishing, walking or shelling. Neat, clean, attractively decorated, and recently renovated! Fishermen will love having room to park their boat and the short distance to public launching. Charter fishing close by.

Golfer's Paradise: Who could ask for more than a beach house and top of the line golf courses! The Peninsula Golf Club is located just four miles East. It features 18 holes, a pro shop, and restaurant. 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.

Fishermen welcome: For avid fishermen who want to bring their boat to the beach but avoid the high cost of properties with piers and docks, this cottage is perfect. The large yard has room for parking a boat and a public launch is just minutes away. The Shell Banks Reef is just out in front of the property for great bay fishing. For those wanting to fish the Gulf of Mexico, a launch a little further down makes getting into the gulf a short and easy trip.

Don't have a boat? Charter fishing services are close by. What could be easier!

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
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Martha Howard (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english

About Martha Howard

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 in Gulf Shores 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. 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 purchased this cottage in 2003

Reviews

4.9
based on 79 traveler reviews

Get away from it all at the Shady Shack!! Dog friendly
average rating of 4.936709 based on 79 reviews
5

House was as good as advertised

  • 5 of 5

enjoyed our stay, very quiet and homey. would buy if i could, will stay there again if we return

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

Best part of the day was coming back to the cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We had everything we needed and more. We loved the decor and felt so at home and comfortable there. We will only stay there when going to Gulf Shores.

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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A Unique Gulf Experience

  • 5 of 5

The cottage set in the unique natural wonder of the Gulf was wonderful. Spanish moss clinging from trees, bay view from the screened in porch, the night noises, wandering deer and red headed wood peckers abound. Despite the attraction of the beach the Gulf Shores environment has always been unsettling for my wife and I. The Shady Shack by comparison to a high-rise apartment overlooking the ocean or a whitewashed beach house, is more a home to come home to. Turning off 180 on to your property was a very welcome retreat. The cottage had absolutely everything we wanted and also provided a safe haven for our two little dogs. We had a real family vacation.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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5

Perfect getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Shady Shack was incredible. Not only was the house superbly stocked, but the location is unbeatable. The peace and quiet was exactly what we were after that weekend. The beautiful live oaks surrounding the property are covered in Spanish moss and frame a beautiful view out into the bay. The bay is only a short walk away with a nice beach. We also brought our dogs and the fenced side yard makes all the difference. We were able to sit on the screened porch enjoying supper while they played in the yard. Perfection! Beds are comfortable and the bathroom is clean, spacious and bright with a great shower. Martha has taken the time to tastefully decorate the cottage so that you feel like you are at home. We can't wait to return to The Shady Shack!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Wonderful Property

  • 4 of 5

Nice and peaceful setting. Close to many attractions, but not too close to be hectic. Would recommend this to anyone !

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Great stay at the shady shack

  • 5 of 5

Great spacious comfortable stay at the shady shack... Everyone should pack your bags and enjoy a relaxing weekend... Just bring your own skillets the ones provided were very old.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank you for your review of the Shady Shack. We like getting your feedback and suggestions for improvements are always welcome. Anytime you find something at our home that needs attention please bring it to our attention immediately. We will be happy to correct it while you are there so your stay will be even more pleasant. Going out to get new skillets today so no one will need to pack there own! The Teflon coated ones wear out occasionally but we will keep our old, well seasoned, cast iron skillets available for those who are fans!
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Pensacola, FL or Mobile, AL
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Pines
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Dauphin Island
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Kiva Dunes or The Penninsula
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Hwy 59
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Beach Club
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Mobile Street access
Car: necessary

The Fort Morgan peninsula is filled with local flavor and offers unique access to Mobile Bay, Little Lagoon and the white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico (just two miles from the house) The area is great for people who want to be away from the crowd yet close to shopping, entertainment and sports activities. A public boat launch is just three miles away. The Shell Banks reef is just out front for great fishing. The Bon Secour National Wildlife Preserve offers pristine gulf beaches, a wonderful hiking trail and birdwatching opportunities. Three golf courses are within a few minutes' drive. History buffs will enjoy the ruins and museum at Ft. Morgan and her sister, Ft. Gaines, which is a ferry's ride across to Dauphin Island.

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Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Peak Summer
Jun 18 2016 - Aug 12 2016
3 night minimum stay
$160
From
$170
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,160
$4,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Summer
Aug 13 2016 - Sep 9 2016
3 night minimum stay
$145
From
$150
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
Sep 10 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
$129
From
$135
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$895
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
$125
$850
$1,375
 
 
Spring 2017
Mar 1 2017 - Mar 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
$140
From
$145
Thu,Fri,Sat
$975
$3,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$160
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 8.5%

1st payment is your down payment on your rental. The full rental balance is due 30 days prior to scheduled arrival date. It will include your damage deposit . If booking an arrival date less than 30 days away, entire amount due at time of booking. A $250* deposit is required to hold a reservation for a week or less, $500 for a month or more. Minimum rental age 25. Dog friendly with fee and approval. Monthly rentals require higher cleaning fee.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Alabama Gulf Coast Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
Smoking allowed outside only. We allow small, well-behaved, flea-free, dogs. An additional non-refundable pet fee is required. An increased cleaning fee may also be required. Fenced side yard is perfect for children and pets.

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