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Get away from it all at the Shady Shack! Dog friendly. Quiet spot on the bay.

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

Overview

About the property

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

Property Manager
Martha Howard
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

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

Amenities

Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
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
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.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(96 traveler reviews)

Get away from it all at the Shady Shack! Dog friendly. Quiet spot on the bay.
average rating of 4.9270835 based on 96 reviews
St Charles
4

Excellent place to vacation!

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a wonderful time vacationing at the Shady Shack. The home is "as advertised" producing nice, well kept home at an affordable price.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Shady Shack. The house had all of the amenities. It seemed to be well stocked on kitchen items although we did not use the kitchen other than making coffee. If everything falls into place, we plan to return.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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5

Perfect spot

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough about this great location. I knew little about the area before booking and feel like I really lucked out. It's about 10 miles out exactly from the main bar scene. I found that to be perfect. I wanted to experience the social scene in the evenings which was an easy cab ride but also be also didn't want to feel caught up in spring break mayhem. You're a 2 minute walk to the bay and a 2 minute drive to the gulf. Lots of shade but access to sun. A clean well maintained property and rental. 10 miles out also puts you at about the halfway point to the end of the peninsula, so if you're interested in visiting the impressive historical fort at the very end, you're well positioned for that too. While I didn't visit any of them, there seemed to be a few small bars and restaurants out closer to the rental. So you could go out without the 10 mile drive into the main area. Finally this is a great spot for anyone with well behaved pets. The full and shady fenced in yard and various amenities like provided furniture covers etc make this perfect if, like me, you can't go anywhere without your furry kids. Martha was great and quick to respond to questions. I already highly recommended this place to my parents and sister as a great option to consider for future getaways.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful family vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect location spot for my family of 5! Private and very relaxing! Favorite part was the screened in back porch with a view! We will be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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5

Shady Shack

  • 5 of 5

Our recent stay at Shady Shack in Gulf Shores was just fantastic! Martha goes out of her way to make her guests welcome to the point that we walked in to the house and was surprised with seeing a lit, decorated Christmas tree for us to enjoy. We thoroughly enjoy each and every visit to Gulf Shores and can't wait until we can return.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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5

Coffee by the bay on Thanksgiving Day enjoying our holiday The Shady Shack way :)

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our visit to Gulf Shores and so happy to have had stayed at The Shady Shack. Perfect for the two of us and our yellow lab. We had everything we needed and were close to everywhere we wanted to be on our family get away. Many thanks to Martha for a great stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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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:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Spring
Mar 1 2017 - May 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
$140
From
$145
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$975
$3,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Summer
May 13 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
$150
From
$160
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,090
$4,000
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Summer
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 11 2017
3 night minimum stay
$165
From
$175
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 12 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
$145
From
$150
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,000
$3,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
Sep 6 2017 - Dec 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
$129
From
$135
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$895
$2,500
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
Dec 2 2017 - Mar 2 2018
3 night minimum stay
$135
From
$145
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$850
$1,400
 
 
Spring 2018
Mar 3 2018 - May 18 2018
3 night minimum stay
$145
From
$155
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
$1,000
$3,200
 
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

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