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Great house w/screened porch you won't want to leave! Book now for next summer

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Gulf Shores House Rental Photos and Description

4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, sleeps 8

This beautiful waterfront cottage sits on the north side of Little Lagoon. About five miles down Ft. Morgan Rd, its elevated screened porch makes it easy to avail yourself of the steady breezes that lull lagoon dwellers by day and night. Swim, fish or ski in the calm waters or take a short drive to the white sandy gulf beach. Avid golfers will love being just across the street from the Peninsula Golf Course. A five mile walking/biking trail is also just across the street.

Flying South for the Winter? This house is the perfect place for snowbirds and it is big enough to share with a second couple for a real winter bargain.

Perfect for snowbirds: If you are thinking of wintering in Gulf Shores, this cottage is the ideal place. The split floor plan makes it a perfect home for two couples to share. Each side has two bedrooms, one bath and French doors to the wonderful screened porch. The great room in the center of the house contains a huge kitchen, comfortable seating and a large dining area where you can share good times with family and friends.

Just up the road, 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.

Golfers Paradise: Who could ask for more than waterfront and a top of the line golf course! The Peninsula Golf Club is located just across the street. 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 a 10 minute drive away. Want more? Play Kiva Dunes or the Golf Club of the Wharf; both are just five miles away.

Shop till you drop: Shop over 120 brand name outlets on Hwy 59 in Foley!! Brooks Brothers, Gap, Polo, Ann Taylor and more draw shoppers from miles around. From housewares, to clothing, to home furnishing, there is something for everyone at the Tanger Outlet mall just 10 miles north in Foley.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Martha Howard, Gulf Coast Keyholders and Exit Realty, Gulf Shores
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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Why Martha Howard, Gulf Coast Keyholders and Exit Realty, Gulf Shores chose Alabama Gulf Coast

The lagoon has held a special place in my heart since the 1950s when my parents, my three sisters, and I would vacation there every summer. Daddy loved his four girls

and wanted us to enjoy ourselves making castles on the sandy beach and swimming in the placid lagoon waters. Now my grandson is enchanted by the lagoon and loves it as much as I do.

What makes this house unique

In additional to the 20 shady oaks, this home has breathtaking views of the shallow blue water of Little Lagoon. With its sandy bottom and no riptides it is great for children. The riding-walking path across the street meanders from the Peninsula subdivision to Orange Beach. Great golf is just across the street at the Peninsula Golf Club and you are only 10 minutes from restaurants shops and the gulf beaches.

20 Oaks is very private and quiet. A perfect get away!

Guestbook comments from the manager

Loved the house. Thank you Mirs. Gene for opening your house and heart!
Mar 2010
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Great house w/screened porch you won't want to leave! Book now for next summer
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Lovely and felt good, great view, clean, and had everything that we needed!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time visiting the gulf beaches and staying in Gene's cottage. The cottage was very spacious and clean, the back porch was wonderful, and it was equipped with everything we needed. We could cook, do laundry, and everyone could relax somewhere. The locals are kind and respectful, and the area very family friendly. We will definitely visit again.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gulf Shores Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent one week at Gene's Lagoon Cottage with our children and parents and we had a fantastic time! The house was perfect for our needs and was suited to a relaxing and fun filled week! We had more than enough room for the 8 of us. The home was clean and ready for us upon arrival. The kitchen and living area provided great views and an open concept that was warm and inviting. The porch on the back of the house was perfect for relaxing with a cup of coffee and enjoying the weather while watching the kids have fun! The kitchen was well stocked to prepare meals and the bedrooms were accommodating and roomy enough, very comfortable. The layout of the entire place was great for a group with kids.

What we enjoyed most was the peace and quiet and the ability we had to sit on the porch, the dock, underneath the house on the porch swing, or even in the living room and to see the beautiful lagoon and just relax. We did not want or miss the touristy bustle of the areas on the ocean, and with Bon Secour beach right down the road, we still had the beauty of the water without the crowds. It was truly a treasure!

Our family will happily go back to Gulf Shores and we would recommend this home to anyone who wants a calming retreat with plenty of fun things to entertain nearby. We still did all of the usual, go carts, LuLu's, etc. But we were always happy to have this"home" to go back to!

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Dallas, TX

Gorgeous. Relaxing. Perfect.

  • 5 of 5

My family of four (two 5 year olds) and my cousin's family of four (3yo and 7yo) came here after renting a dump in New Orleans that was different from what was advertised. This house was absolutely spot-on as advertised (and reviewed).

We were in the house for 3 days and never left except to get groceries - it is too hard to take all our kids to a restaurant and we prefer to cook anyway. It is indeed 5 minutes from town - and a major grocery store. There is also an awesome fresh seafood market literally a minute down the street. The house was well-equipped to handle all our meals.

Martha was a great "host" - she lives a couple houses down so she walked over with the key, gave us a little history of the home, and generally made sure we were set up and comfortable.

We mostly ate and hung out in the lagoon which was awesome, especially for our kids. I'm 6'5" and I had to walk out about 100 yards before my knees got wet. Without the kids, out of curiosity I walked close to halfway across the lagoon. Also, if you want the waves and more white sand, only about 3 miles past the house coming from Gulf Shores is the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge off Mobile Street, has free parking and minimal tourists and is pretty great if you like fluffy white sands and would prefer not to contend with the other people vacationing with their kids and buying souvenirs. It was legit. Loved it.

The screened in porch was perfect for our kids to play on while they took a break from the water. It was even more perfect after the kids went to bed. Speaking of, they were comfortable and clean. The house design was great for two families like ours because there are two rooms on either side, with the kitchen and common area between them. Each side has a room with a queen and a room with two twins, as well as a bathroom. So it was like each family had a "wing" of the house. It was great.

Overall, I would highly recommend this house to anyone who wants to relax. Especially if you want to relax, but also have kids. I'm sure the attractions in Gulf Shores are nice too. But we didn't experience those. And we didn't miss out on them with this incredible home.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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The property is great. just as described.

  • 5 of 5

The beds andl linens were very clean. the temperature control and ceiling fans made for a great night's sleep. The house is decorated very nicely. We would definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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so close and so far

  • 5 of 5

I took my family of 4 plus another couple with us and the stay was phenomenal.

The kids played in the lagoon everyday and it was nice to not have to worry about anything while they were out there. I'm 6'3" and I waded out 200 yards and still had shoulders above water. The 3 year old could go out past the dock and was only waist deep.

The house is beautiful and the screened in porch has to be the highlight. We spent all our time in the cabin out there. It is roomy enough for everyone to enjoy and not feel crowded. And no matter how hot it got the porch was always breezy and relaxing.

The cottage also feels isolated yet in 5 minutes you can be in town shopping or on the actual beach swimming in the gulf. Plus there is a golf course less than a mile and the ferry is 20 minutes away over to dauphin island.

We can't wait to go back!

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Columbus, MS, USA

Absolutely Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

There are no words to describe our experience at Gene's Lagoon. We had our daughter's wedding reception there on 6/6/15 and everything was PERFECT. The screened porch area served as the ideal place for the food setup and the open downstairs as the sitting/eating/dance area. The neighbors on both sides of the house were fantastic too, especially Dr. Finklea and his beautiful wife, Sharon. Dr. Finklea even joined us and took pictures at the reception. I cannot say THANK YOU enough to everyone (especially Martha) for being so accommodating. The house truly met our expectations and a whole lot more. The bedrooms and baths being split were perfect for our guest. It is definitely a wonderful place to sit and relax (I finally got to do this on Sunday morning and evening). I highly recommend Gene's Lagoon to anyone that needs a place to get away, but still close enough for the conveniences of shopping and of course eating great seafood.

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Pensacola, FL or Mobile, AL
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Ft Morgan/Dauphin Island
Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
Across the street at the Penninsula Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hwy 59
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Car: necessary

The Fort Morgan peninsula is filled with local flavor and offers unique access to Mobile Bay, Little Lagoon and the white Gulf beaches. The area is great for people who want to be away from the crowd yet close to shopping, entertainment and sports activities. The Bon Secour National Wildlife Preserve offers 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.

Other Activities: Historic Fort


Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 10 2016 - Nov 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2014-15
Dec 1 2016 - Mar 3 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Mar 4 2017 - May 10 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Early Summer
May 11 2017 - Jun 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
Peak Summer
Jun 17 2017 - Aug 11 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 7 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Refundable $300 deposit returned within 14 days of departure after inspection for weekly rentals.
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. A $300* deposit is required to hold a booking more than 30 days prior to arrival. *Cleaning fee and deposit may vary with leng

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • 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
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a great place to get away from the crowd. It is secluded yet close enough to get into town in 5 minutes or less. This location has something for everyone! Sandy beach for sunbathing. Calm waters for swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, or fishing. Walking distance to The Peninsula Golf Club's superior course. Adjacent to bike and hiking trail which goes all five miles into town. Room to park four cars in the paved area under the house. Additional property for boat or jet ski parking. Great fishing in Little Lagoon. Check in 4 p.m. Check out 10 a.m.

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