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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 - 6 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
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 21, 2018

Why Carol VanGilder chose Gulf Shores

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.

What makes this cottage unique

All the conveniences of home with ocean and beautiful sandy Beach nearby...... plus large community pool, hot tub, tennis courts and plenty of local activities for the whole family to enjoy.


Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1135 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • 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
  • Free Wifi
  • 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 memory foam 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
  • Games
  • 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 ...
  • 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.


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Family Fun with all the Conveniences of Home - Free WiFi - Pool - Hot Tub
average rating of 4.854839 based on 62 reviews

Great Place

  • 5 of 5

Great place to close to the beach everything we needed was in the cottage

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect place!

  • 5 of 5

Awesome place. Owners are super nice. Was a great home for a week. My family of five loved it. Loved having a pool close by if we didn’t want to go to the beach. Thank you Carol!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Awesome stay!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was what was presented. Carol was quick to respond if needed. We loved the quiet scenario compared to staying in the more tourist area. Our toddler adored the pool! Everyone staying there was friendly... whether residents or renters. Beautifully decorated. Would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful girls trip! Everything was so nice. Wish we could have stayed longer.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Jemison al

Very nice. Very quiet. short drive to very quiet beach. Porch facing neighbor's porch only drawback

  • 4 of 5

The property was very nice. The porch directly faces the neighbors porch so sitting out could be a little awkward. The pool was a very walkable distance. Beach is a short drive. I think I would check into renting a golf cart if I were to stay for a week to make the short trip to the beach. Beach is very quiet and family oriented. For a family with small children this would have been a good place to ride bikes, go to the pool and the beach. Our family actually has decided to rent a house for next year on the beach right where the beach access was for this cottage. Highly recommend the area and this cottage if seeing water is not worth the price difference for you.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Good vacation

  • 3 of 5

Overall, our stay was good. This cottage is attached to another cottage, which wasn't clear to us when we booked. Thankfully, we only heard our neighbors when they opened and closed the closets in two of the bedrooms. The layout of the cottage is nice, and the beds were fairly comfortable. The cottage is a bit of a walk to the beach, particularly if you have younger children. The large pool in the neighborhood is great. We prefer Fort Morgan to Gulf Shores because it is less busy, and the beaches are not crowded at all.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125
Online payment fee $30
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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