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Family Fun with all the Conveniences of Home - Free WiFi - Pool - Hot Tub

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,135 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House w/3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, sleeps 6, 4 satelliteTVs, DVD/VCR, Screened Porch

Forget the elevators and extended hallways. Parking in front of the cottage provides easy, convenient access to your front door. Near Fort Morgan, this small community of single/duplex cottages is nestled at the edge of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Preserve and across the street from the beach (0.4 miles). Just 15 minutes from Hwy. 59 in Gulf Shores, The Rookery captures the perfect blend of nature. The Rookery hosts plenty of community activity as well with a large, zero-entry pool, covered gazebo, hot tub, tennis court, and community grilling area with picnic tables. The unit is professionally cleaned and has 2 bedrooms with queen-size beds, 3rd bedroom has twin beds, full sleeper/sofa in living room (new in Jan 2012), 4 satellite TV’s in living room and all bedrooms (4HD Smart TV in living rm) 2 VCRs & DVDs, wireless Internet & all major appliances incl. washer, dryer, dishwasher, microwave, & ice maker, & small appliances (coffee maker, blender, toaster, crock pot, iron & board, blow dryer),

ACTIVITIES: Close By Activities include: Lots of golf courses to choose from, Wave Runner Rentals, Water Parks, Gulf Coast Zoo, Putt Putt Golf, Dinner Cruises, Shopping at the Outlet Malls and The Wharf, Various Festivals (seasonal) & Night Life. Tour historic Fort Morgan just a few miles away or take the ferry over to Dauphin Island for a visit to the Dauphin Island Estuary. Several restaurants, a marina and boat dock are nearby. Nearby along Fort Morgan Road is the scenic Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.. a haven for nature lovers.

COTTAGE: The full-size kitchen has a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and garbage disposal. Dishes and linens are provided, (also toaster, blender, crock pot, deep fryer, large lobster pot, & blow dryer) and full size washer and dryer. All on one level, there is easy access to the cottage with convenient parking. The beach is across the street, 0.4 miles from The Rookery. Walk to the beach or take your car and park right at the beach for easy access.

THE ROOKERY COMMUNITY: The Rookery was designed to be a natural and quiet resort and is located adjacent to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. This is a wonderful place for kids to play and swim as the large pool has an extended shallow end where little ones can wade and walk right into the shallow end with no steps to climb. This pool has a hot tub, as well as a covered gazebo area and a large poolside bathroom. There is a community grilling area with picnic tables and a tennis court. The public beach is a short walk down Cortez Street.

More Details

Carol VanGilder
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

Why Carol VanGilder chose Alabama Gulf Coast

The cottage is located near the parking area which makes unloading the car (and reloading) so convenient. It is also about a 2 minute (or less) walk to the pool.


Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1135 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Towels, washcloths, 1 bar of soap and 1 roll of tissue provided in each bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • 2 Bedrooms each have a queen bed. Bedrooms and baths are furnished with good linens and plush towels. Both queen beds are topped with feather pads. 3rd Bedroom has 2 twin size beds. All bedrooms and living room furnished with satellite TV. Top of the line ceiling fans, most with palm blades. Outdoor porch area is screened with table, 4 chairs, 2 stools, 2 ceiling fans and pull down shades. Block patio near entrance with adjacent water spigot - a great place to wash off all the sand. Plenty of sandy area around the patio for children to play, as well.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • 2 beach chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • bay/sound
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This is a no smoking unit. However, the porch will accomodate smoking. This is a family area and it remains quiet at night. No glass in the pool area please. Children should be supervised at all times.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(49 traveler reviews)

Family Fun with all the Conveniences of Home - Free WiFi - Pool - Hot Tub
average rating of 4.897959 based on 49 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Great accommodations for families.

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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The property was quiet and peaceful.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed how the property incorporated native plants in the landscaping. I felt like we were in the nature preserve instead of close to it! The cottage was very clean and comfortable.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
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Clean and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

Owner was fabulous. Perfect if you don't need beachfront.

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly a home away from home!

  • 5 of 5

The Rookery really is a special place. The Cottage is beautifully decorated and welcoming. Everything was clean and well maintained. I have stayed in several VRBO properties over the years but this is the one I look forward to returning to. It's a great little neighborhood by the beach and the neighbors are warm and friendly too. Thanks again for sharing your home with us. CLB

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful stay at the Rookery

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time at the cottage in the Rookery. The owner, Carol, was very helpful. The cottage was decorated beautifully, clean, and very welcoming. We had everything that we needed to be comfortable. I would recommend this cottage to my friends and family for a nice, peaceful vacation. It is a family oriented place so we met many new friends. Fort Morgan is actually very beautiful, but we went into Orange Beach to eat at some of the restaurants, The Cobra and Lamberts. I would recommend both for good food and atmosphere. We visited the place down the street that has the food vendors, listened to the band, and enjoyed the games. We also shopped in the souvenir shop. Thank you for making our stay memorable.


Rex, GA

July 2016

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

This place had everything. It was very clean and felt like home the neighbors were nice, the pool was great, distance to the beach was so easy. It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of Gulf Shores and relax in peace. If we ever travel that way again this is where we will stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Location Of Cottages ( See Satellite View)
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Sassy Bass
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Mobile Bay Ferry to Dauphin Island
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Kiva Dunes
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Sassy Bass Amazin Grill
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
Gulf of Mexica
Car: recommended

The Rookery was designed to be a quiet resort located adjacent to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Get away from the traffic and crowds and still enjoy the conveniences of a large marina, boat dock, several local restaurants and convenience stores all nearby (from 1/2 mi. to 5 miles) and so much more. Play games outside with the kids, birdwatch, bike the designed trails, or explore one of the Bon Secour marked trails with your family located nearby. Historic Fort Morgan is only 6 miles away, or take the Ferry to Dauphin Island and visit Fort Gains or the Sea Estuary. There are 2 championship golf courses within a couple of miles. A short 15 mile drive into Gulf Shores and you can visit Waterville, the Gulf Coast Zoo. the Track and much more offering amusement park rides and arcade games, etc. Numerous restaurants also await you. Drive up to Foley and visit the Tanger Outlet, a large outlet mall.


Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Apr 17 2017 - May 19 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 20 2017 - Aug 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer II
Aug 14 2017 - Sep 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 6 2017 - Oct 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer MAY
May 8 2018 - May 20 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Online payment fee $30
Cleaning $125
Refundable damage deposit $150

The security/damage deposit will be promptly refunded after your stay, provided there are no damages.
*$150 security deposit converts to a damage deposit upon check-in

Owner'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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