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Wonderful Bay Cottage Home Twenty Feet from the Water!

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

20 feet from the water, this cozy, quiet waterfront getaway on Mobile Bay in Fairhope, Alabama is a perfect place for writing, painting, or just hanging around on the wharf catching Blue Crabs. The town of Fairhope is a quaint bay-front village that began in the 19th century as an artists colony, and it still retains much of this feel, couched in a Deep-South warmth.

The center of town has many quaint shops that add to this charm and evoke a feeling of stepping back in time. The house itself invites you to sit and rock, watch the pelicans, herons, and gulls fly overhead, and boil some of those crabs you catch on the pier.

For those who can tear themselves away from the boiling of seafood and the clink of ice in the glass, the Gulf of Mexico is but a short drive away. Have a good time, and remember: This is the home of 'Forrest Gump', 'Cheeseburgers in Paradise' (found at Pirate's Cove), 'Margaritaville', and in nearby Mobile, the original Mardi Gras!


Brush your teeth on the deck by the light of the full moon;

Sleep out on the pier at least once if you can;

Turn off the ac/heat and open all of the windows when there is a breeze so that you can hear the sound of the water washing up on the rocks;

Count the number of pelicans that pass over the house in the afternoon;

Don’t miss a sunset;

Read more; watch TV less;

Serve drinks or dinner on the pier;

Look for porpoises chasing shrimp up and down the bay. When they are active you can see them 100-200 ft. off the end of the long piers;

Meet the neighbors; they are very nice;

Use the deck shower as often as you can;

Act out one of Shakespeare’s plays (there is a full set on the bookshelf);

As the kitchen is well equipped, learn how to make Creole Seafood Gumbo or West Indies Salad with the crabs that you catch (e-mail me for a recipe if you like).

Keywords: Bayfront Cottage

More Details

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About The Owner

I: From Mobile/School at McGill and Spring Hill/Then to D.C./Background in International Relations/Wine Consultant/Love Fairhope, New Orleans, New York, and Hawaii/Love to Cook.

My Wife: From France/International Marketer/Family of Winemakers and Engineers/Love Fairhope, The Pyrenees Mountains, New Orleans, and Chicago/Love to Bake.

Why The Owner chose Fairhope

Fairhope is a diamond in the rough! An artists' colony that doubles as a retirement community; a fun town that can be quiet; a village that is both civilized and laid back is hard to find indeed!

It is not only the proximity of our house to the beautiful body of water that is Mobile Bay that drew us to it, but also the pace and gentile nature of the town of Fairhope itself that makes this a genuinely special place in this country.

What makes this house unique

This is the closest house on the Eastern Shore to the water; only twenty feet! This makes the panoramic views fantastic, and your neighbors houses are built so far back that you don't even know they are there. Water views from every room are a great perk, and bay breezes through the windows are a treat! In addition, we own the lot next door, and our lots are among the deepest on this part of the bay, so there is a lot of room for children to play or to let your dogs run around.

Have we mentioned that we have the most well-equipped kitchen you will ever find in a vacation house?

Just read the reviews to see what we mean!


Fairhope House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • 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
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1) Twin beds in second bedroom may be converted to king., Queen size Beds (1) Queen in master bedroom., Twin or Single Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1) Pack 'n' Play available., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Sleeper sofa in living room.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Fish Cleaning Table
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • 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
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Covered Pier, Telescope, Crab traps, 'Pack And Play', Central Heat and A/C, propane smoker.


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Wonderful Bay Cottage Home Twenty Feet from the Water!
average rating of 4.868421 based on 114 reviews

Our visit to Fairhope, Al

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay and would do it again. There is something very relaxing about staying near the water. The area is beautiful and close to downtown. The local people we met were all very friendly and helpful. The cottage we rented "A Nouste"was just wonderful. Everything we needed was available. The detailed information was great and very helpful. Would do it again.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you were able to visit Fairhope. It is such a wonderful and interesting little town. Naturally we love our place, because we are right on the water, but we also like the sophistication of a nice restaurant or museum (when we can tear ourselves away from the sunsets on our deck)! Hurry back!
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Miamisburg, Ohio

It was OK. Property really needs to be refreshed.

  • 3 of 5

Didn't like the salamanders running around. Was afraid to open the windows because they were so old. Too many rules. Bossy owner.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, I'm not sure what to say to this, but let's start with the fact that there are no salamanders here. I asked my neighbors, maintenance man, lawn man, and my housekeeper if they have ever seen salamanders on any property on the Eastern Shore, and none of them have. We have dolphins, pelicans, herons, common green tree lizards, "peeper frogs", crickets, dragonflies, etc., but no salamanders. We had an ornithologist stay at our house one time who left us a list of the number of bird species on our property. There were 27 different species that come and go. I also am curious what is meant by "bossy" owner, particularly since this guest did not communicate with me, except through one text. Maybe he is referring to the comprehensive housebook I send to all guests that has information about everything one needs to know about the house, including internet instructions, where the crab traps are, how and where to use the meat smoker and grill, where to buy bait, my Great-Grandmother's crab-cake recipe, when the trash goes out, where the electrical panel is, and all manner of things one needs to know, interesting or not, when one is a guest in another person's house. When I got in touch via text on the day of this guest's scheduled departure to see how his stay had gone, after I had previously left him a text thanking him for his booking, and left him a voicemail to which he did not respond, he finally responded: "I'm dealing with an unrelated matter... don't have a lot of time the moment. We checked out tired of the fog and decided to head home. Everything in the property was left in order." This then made me curious about the fog. Fairhope Alabama is not San Francisco, and does not have a foggy climate. We have a lot of sun, semi-tropical rain, and the occasional (expensive) hurricane. It is most often warm, hot in the summer, and generally beautiful (please see pictures). IF fog does appear once in a blue moon, it's because the water (our house is about 20 feet from the bay) is still warm, and the land cools, but as the day warms, fog goes. I would ask you to read what other guests have said about me, and how helpful I am always prepared to be. If someone wants recommendations about restaurants, where to go to find anything at all, what kind of bait to use, what the best historical and natural attractions there are in the area, and all of that, you will see that folks mention that in other reviews, and appreciate it.
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Wonderful relaxing weekend!

  • 5 of 5

I don't have the skils to describe it, but I hope we can come back and stay for longer. SOON. Beautiful area, great house!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so very much for your kind words! Fortunately, other people have liked it just as much is you, so all of those descriptions in the other 100+ reviews should suffice to describe. Thank you again. You are, indeed, welcome back soon!
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Staying on the bay

  • 4 of 5

Very nice. Clean, beds were comfy. We only caught small fish and threw them back. But overall we enjoyed it

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Madison, Al

Great Time!

  • 5 of 5

Great location. We loved the beautiful sunsets and crabbing off the dock. Fairhope is a lovely town with lots of great restaurants. We brought our boat and enjoyed going out in the bay and fishing. We brought our dog who loved the huge yard. Also, there is the biking and walking trail that has beautiful views of the water, which starts down the street from the house. The owner, Sabin, is fantastic and gave us great guidance.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Blue Crab Heaven

  • 5 of 5

This is a very well equipped 2 bedroom cottage. Feels bigger than it is. Kitchen is well stock with dishes, utensils and supplies like aluminum foil, storage bags, etc... Owner of this property is very responsive with any issues or questions.

He has 2 crab traps you can use if you like. We caught about 3 dozen crabs for the week. They also have plenty of chairs to use on the dock.

Highly recommend this place, would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for staying at our little home away from home! You are welcome to come back any time!
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Pensacola or Mobile
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Wash House
Nearest Ferry
35 Miles
Fort Morgan
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Grand Hotel
Nearest Train
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Wash House
Nearest Beach
20 Miles
Gulf Shores
Car: necessary

Crabbing, Deep-sea Fishing, Bi-Plane Rides, Ultra-light Rides


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $75
Cleaning Fee $100
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 6.0%

For stays of 8 nights and up, please speak to owner for further discounts.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.