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

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


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, Realtor, EXIT Realty Gulf Shores
Member since: 2007
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2018

About Martha Howard, Realtor, 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 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 manage rental properties and sell real estate 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.

As a licensed Alabama Realtor with Exit Realty Gulf Shores I can also assist guests with finding a perfect vacation, 2nd home, investment property or retirement home.

Martha Howard, Realtor, EXIT Realty Gulf Shores purchased this cottage in 2003

Why Martha Howard, Realtor, EXIT Realty Gulf Shores chose Gulf Shores

I bought this home because of its beautiful yard. The oaks with Spanish Moss, the view of the bay, the serene setting all appealed to me. The home was just a tool shed turned fishing camp then. While it was livable it needed some major updates and renovations which we undertook in 2005.

What makes this cottage unique

This is the perfect get away for those who want to be away from the crowds or not right on the hot gulf beach. Its shaded screened back porch has a woodsy feel and a view of Mobile Bay. The yard is large and shady and guests can walk down to the bay. It is also only a mile from the Bon Secour National Wildlife Preserve where you find not only a great public beach access but also hiking trails and nature walks.


Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 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
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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Get away from it all at the Shady Shack. Dog friendly
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Martha's Magic Touch

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and the Shady Shack. Very special decor, location, amenities.

The only thing that would have made it better was warmer weather. Still warm enough to enjoy Gulf Shores and Martha's Magic.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean and inviting

  • 4 of 5

Ideal for someone who wants privacy and has a pet. Very cozy

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Just like home

  • 5 of 5

Was just a short stay but had we stayed longer the Shady Shack was very well equipped with about everything a person could need or want- just like home ! A gorgeous fenced in back yard for our pups and screened in porch to view Mobile Bay. We hope to be back!

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely cottage just minutes from the water

  • 5 of 5

Lovely cottage under giant Oaks. Very well maintained. Everything you need is on hand. Just a short walk from the water. Enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic, quite, secluded cottage with everything you need.

  • 5 of 5

We were pleasantly surprised with this neat house. It had everything that one could hope for and then some. Very clean and easy to care for and a wonderful yard for our dogs to play in. Martha was very nice to deal with and made sure that we had good directions and easy access to the house without running all over town to get the keys or return them at the end of our stay. Hope to be able to go back soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just right

  • 4 of 5

The Shady Shack was just what we needed. Would probably come back here again.

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Fort Morgan Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
Pines Pizzeria
Pizza Restaurant
Behind the Pines Restaurant - Fort Morgan 'Roundback
Seafood Restaurant
The Village Lawn at The Beach Club
Live Music Venue
The Village Hideaway
Coast Restaurant at The Beach Club
Sushi Restaurant
Sassy Bass Island Grill
Kiva Grill
Bar & Grill
Peninsula Restaurant & Grill
Bar & Grill
Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club
Sassy Bass Amazin' Grill
Oyster Bay
Bar & Grill
The Beach House Kitchen and Cocktails
American Restaurant
Janino's Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
Safe Harbour Seafood
Seafood Restaurant
The Tin Top Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Oyster Bar Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Gulf Shores Golf Club
Bahama Bob's Beach Side Cafe
Seafood Restaurant
Flip Flop Deli Shop - Gulf Shores
Bill’s By the Beach
Seafood Restaurant
DeSoto's Seafood Kitchen
Seafood Restaurant
Sassy Bass Crazy Donuts
Donut Shop
Gulf Shores Public Beach
The Steamer Baked Oyster Bar
Seafood Restaurant
Yabba's Wacky Snack Shack
Ice Cream Shop
Gulf Shores Dog Park
The Flying Harpoon - Kitchen 11-1 Bar 11-2
Seafood Restaurant
JOHN GYRO mediterranean 2
Mediterranean Restaurant
Crico's Pizza & Subs
Pizza Restaurant
Gulf Shores Tennis Complex
Shrimp Basket Gulf Shores
Seafood Restaurant
Original Oyster House Seafood Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Papa Rocco's
Pizza Restaurant
Snappy's Snowcones
The Hangout
Seafood Restaurant
David L. Bodenhamer Center
Rita's Frozen Custard
Matt's Homemade Alabama Icecream
Ice Cream Shop
Cafe Beignets of Alabama
The Royal Oyster
Oyster Bar Restaurant
Chocolate corner
Chocolate Shop
Ribs & Reds
Barbecue Restaurant
Tequilas Mexican Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Hog Wild BBQ
Barbecue Restaurant
The Cove Bar and Grill
Bar & Grill
King Neptune's Seafood Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Duck's Coastal Kitchen
Breakfast Restaurant
Mikee's Seafood
Seafood Restaurant
Fish River Grill
Seafood Restaurant
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.




Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning $135 + Tax
Pet Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.5%

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

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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