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On the Beach, Teddy Roosevelt Stayed Here. Pet friendly, large fenced property

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

This property if the only remaining part of the estate of Governor Parker who, in 1915, hosted a visit here by Teddy Roosevelt. The log cabin lies in over 2 acres of garden and is set back from the more than 190 feet of beach front to allow for privacy and tranquility. The cabin was one of the very few structures to survive Katrina, though it was halved in size by the storm. With the beach at its feet, it is also only a short distance further to the picturesque port and to the center of Pass Christian, which is being rebuilt.

Our cabin was on tour with the Pass Christian Historical society May 1, 2011. Come stay in a historic site.

The cabin has been totally renovated with luxury fittings in the bathroom and an ingenious kitchen area. There are just 2 rooms, as well as the bathroom, the bedroom with king sized bed, and 42” television, with cable and wireless Internet. We only have one TV; there is no TV in the living room, kitchen area. If you would like a second TV bring your own. The main room, which serves as sitting room, dining room and kitchen, has a dining table seating 6 and a queen size sofa bed. Both rooms open onto a large screen porch (the former great room) ideal for enjoying relaxing drinks, and on cooler nights sitting in front of the wood-burning fireplace (easily lit by gas) or generally sitting and admiring the extensive garden, under the ceiling fan with a wonderful view over the gulf. There are lights on the two north corners of the house that illuminate when their motion detector is activated so you have light when you arrive and leave.

There is a fenced pool in the garden, a short walk from the cabin. The property is fenced. During the summer, if there has been a lot of rain the grass can be long. Due to the expense of mowing 2 acres we only mow every other week. If this may be a problem for you please contact Rebecca O’Dwyer, our manager and ask when the grass will be mowed to make sure it doesn’t disturb you. All other times of the year this is not a problem.

This property has been in my family for over 110 years. It is a place of tranquility, privacy, serenity and beauty. I am delighted to share it with those that would like to experience its beauty. The log house was built in the 1920’s by my grandfather. If you want new construction, this is also not the place. It is a place for writers, artists and those of us that want to unplug from everyday life to come and be renewed. If you are looking for TV in every room, perfectly manicured lawns where your dog is not welcome this is not the place for you.

An excerpt from A Book-Lover’s Holidays in the Open. 1916. By Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919).

“ON June 7, 1915, I was the guest of my friend John M. Parker, of New Orleans, at his house at Pass Christian, Mississippi. For many miles west, and especially east, of Pass Christian, there are small towns where the low, comfortable, singularly picturesque and attractive houses are owned, some by Mississippi planters, some by city folk who come hither from the great Southern cities, and more and more in winter-time from the great Northern cities also, to pass a few months. The houses, those that are isolated and those in the little towns, stand in what is really one long row; a row broken by vacant reaches, but as a whole stretching for sixty miles, with the bright waters of the Gulf lapping the beach in front of them, and behind them leagues of pine forest. Between the Gulf and the waters lies a low ridge or beach of white sand. It is hard to make anything grow in this sand; but the owners of the houses have succeeded, using dead leaves and what manure is available; and in this leaf-mould the trees and grasses and flowers grow in profusion. Long, flimsy wooden docks stretch out into the waters of the Gulf; there is not much bad weather, as a rule, but every few years there comes a terrible storm which wrecks buildings and bridges, destroys human lives by the thousand, washes the small Gulf sailing craft ashore, and sweeps away all the docks.”

Why do I say that the property has been in my family for over 110 years? And Roosevelt visited in 1915. My grandparents owned the property next to Gov. Parker. In 1969 my mother bought the Governor’s house and incorporated it into our lot.

We will be more successful in all our endeavors if we can let go of the habit of running all the time, and take little pauses to relax and re-center ourselves. And we'll also have a lot more joy in living. Thich Nhat Hanh

Keywords: Beach House, Log Cabin

More Details

Property Manager
Rebecca O'Dwyer
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
October 11, 2017

About Rebecca O'Dwyer

New Orleans native, spent summers in the 'Pass' growing up.

Rebecca O'Dwyer purchased this house in 1906

Why Rebecca O'Dwyer chose Mississippi

My grandparents bought this property in the early 1900's.. My grandfather had the cabin build in the 1920's. Teddy Roosevelt visited a part of the property in about 1915, that part was added in 1969 to the original plot, it is mentioned in Roosevelt's diaries.

What makes this house unique

Just sitting in the pool on a hot evening talking and looking at the stars. Some mornings in the spring or fall there is very heavy fog on the beach, beautiful for photographing. The sunrises and sunsets especially in the winter months can be fantastic, when the sun rises and sets over the water. Walking on the beach, especially in the winter months, when you have the beach to yourself and can commune with the sea birds. Birding in the garden especially during the fall and spring migration. The birds are gathering in the fall to gain strength before they set off over the Gulf. One visitor commented in our guestbook at the house on how excited they were to see so many Bluebirds in the garden. There are always birds, just many more during the migration. Come and add to your life list.

Guestbook comments from the manager

While the property is lovely and dog friendly, the local beach ordinances forbid dogs on the beach. We will not return for that reason.
Dec 2009
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Map

Nearest Airport
10 Miles
tina@tinafreeman.com
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
In Pass Christian town
Nearest Ferry
9 Miles
Ferry to Ship Island (seasonal) Gulfport, MS
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
150 Country Club Dr., Pass Christian, MS
Nearest Motorway
7.5 Miles
Interstate 10
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
A number of restaurants in Pass Christian town.
Nearest Beach
100 Metres
In front of the property (steps away)
Car: necessary

WARNING: Map location is not accurate we are on the beach. The entrance is on the street one block off the beach. If you go down to the Harbor you can buy fish, shrimp and oysters. Super fresh but you might have to clean the fish.

Amenities

Pass Christian House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Light filled bathroom with shower, no tub.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa (1) Queen sized sofa bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
We have a unique kitchen built into a piece of furniture. Nothing is missing it is all there but camouflaged. The lights over the kitchen are on a dimmer. The lamps in the rooms are on the wall switches.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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On the Beach, Teddy Roosevelt Stayed Here. Pet friendly, large fenced property
average rating of 4.6949153 based on 60 reviews
Metairie, LA
5

Love

  • 5 of 5

Love this house and grounds so much. Cant say enough wonderful things about it. I hate giving it 5 stars because the more people know about this gem the harder it will be gor me to book it haha

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! You say it all. Come back soon... We, as owners, have a hard time finding a date!
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5

My family and I had a fantastic trip!!

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was super clean, that was the first thing that we all noticed when we walk through the door was how clean it smelled. The cabin was fully stocked with not only towels but soap, dishes, utensils, lighters, grilling Essentials, Grill, etc!!! The pool was very clean and very enjoyable to swim in. I would only change possibly a few things: more lighting at the pool so we could swim at night, more Lighting in living room area, and possibly a TV in the living room area. Overall our stay was amazing and I would definitely return. My family and I loved having the personal space the cabin/property offered, we enjoyed our time greatly!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great place

  • 5 of 5

Awesome property, very peaceful and relaxing. The house is small but nicely done, perfect for a family. We plan to return

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Orleans, LA
4

Lovely Property and Peaceful Stay

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stayed in late Aug. 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed our visit! We spent our mornings at the beach and afternoons at the pool (which is nicely shaded that time of day). The property is beautiful and is wonderful for dogs who enjoy exploring and having room to roam. Even my senior dog was running around like she was a puppy again! The fence seems very secure, although there is evidence of previous dogs (or perhaps other animals) digging holes in a few spots. None of them were big enough for my dogs to escape, but others may want to inspect for themselves. The property would also be wonderful for taking family photos.

There were a few minor inconveniences that hopefully the owner can easily address:

- We were aware the grass grows quickly this time of year so we were prepared with tennis shoes instead of flip flops. The ants got us pretty good a few times when we did wear flip flops walking to the pool, so be aware (for yourself and especially with young ones running around). Maybe the owner could add stepping stones from the house to the pool to avoid having to walk through the grass. Would also be helpful to have a small table by the pool for placing drinks and snacks (we quickly learned ants are likely to crawl into your drinks if you leave them poolside).

- We found the patio furniture to have cobwebs and/or algae and not particularly comfortable to sit in for long period. Cushions would be nice, if possible. A good pressure wash is needed across the patio as a whole (e.g., algae growing around the edges and branches/leaves were accumulating on the roof). Some of the screen was also separating from the door and there were areas where the door didn't quite meet the floor,.

- For inside, a couple of hooks or hall tree would also be helpful when coming back with leashes, keys, rain gear, etc. We found ourselves piling things up on the dining room table.

- Comfortable chairs/seating areas inside would also be welcomed. There are plenty of dining room chairs to sit around the table, but not really any lounge-type chairs. Could replace some of the dining chairs in the corners with wing-back or lounge chairs.

- Plastic reusable dishes/cups would be helpful to take outside. Next time I'll bring a stack of Mardi Gras cups :).

- Dusting is needed around the windows and in the rafters. If you look up in bed, you see cob webs. I recognize that is difficult to reach, but just making the owner aware.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your thoughtful review. The table by the pool is a good idea the reason we haven't done this is needing a heavy enough table that possible storms won't make it a flying projectile. There are folding lounge chairs that may be taken to the pool. The furniture on the porch has had a lot of rain so it does get a bit green. We will get on this. There are two lounge chairs in the bedroom for watching the television. We haven't put any in the sitting room/ dining room because they would take up a lot of floor space. Replacing two chairs with smalish upolstered chairs would work. Hooks are a good idea. So glad you will be back.
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Love size of property but needs better maintenance of property...(Grass)

  • 3 of 5

Grass was knee high when we arrived and thigh high when we left 4 days later.... I do love the size of the property and the fencing for my dogs but when you cannot enjoy it for the grass, it makes for a long few days... Also, there needs to be a TV in the kitchen/Living room area...

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hope you will come back in the winter. The winter is wonderful and the grass is dormant. When we have a rainy month in the summer the grass grows. We have contracted for the grass to be mowed once every two weeks. Our monthly mowing cost is $470. or over $5000. a year. Mowing two acres takes a number of hours. We have been looking into changing this, but haven't been able to find another contractor that will come more often in the rainy summer months. With our current contractor we would have to contract a mowing every week for the entire year. Did you take a photo of the thigh high grass? I would appreciate seeing it. If so could you post it with your review, please?
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5

Wonderful relaxing. Just what we needed !

  • 5 of 5

Very well maintained. Nice pool. Only complaint was door latches and locks need some attention.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Cleaning Fee $90
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 12.0%

HOLIDAY RATE IS $175/NIGHT WITH A 3 NIGHT MINIMUM

CANCELLATIONS – Cancellations made 45 days or longer before your rental are refundable.
will incur a cancellation fee of $100. Cancellations from 45 days to 30 days
before the rental will incur a cancellation fee of $200. We try to be very
fair, but last minute cancellations are very disruptive. This fee also
applies to longer rentals that are eligible for a full refund as described
below.

Cancellation inside of 30 days or early departure does not warrant any
refund of rent unless the unit is re-rented for that time period. We will
attempt to re-rent as many of your dates as is possible at the last minute at
the best possible rate based on our judgment given how last minute the
cancellation is. Refunds and returns of security deposits will be processed on
cleared funds within 2 weeks of cancellation. If you are concerned about
having to cancel your trip, we suggest that you look into trip insurance that
is available and offered by many reputable firms online and otherwise.

MONTHLY RESERVATION CANCELLATIONS - Monthly renters must cancel Sixty (60)
days prior to check-in. Monthly renters who make a change that results in
a shortened stay must do so at least Sixty (60) days prior to check-in.
These cancellations are eligible for a full refund. Refunds for cancellations
or shortened stay changes made less than 60 days prior to check-in will be
made only if the unit is re-rented for that cancelled time period.

Rentals of more than 7 nights and less than 30 days must cancel Forty Five
(45) days prior to check-in or shall forfeit any deposits made unless the
unit is re-rented for that time period.

Rentals of 7 nights or less must cancel Thirty (30) days prior to check-in
or shall forfeit any deposits made unless the unit is re-rented for that
time period

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.

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