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Charming cottage near beach adjacent to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,135 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 30 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms (king, queen, full & single trundle) Sleeper sofa also.

Forget the high rises with elevators and extended hallways. Enhance your vacation and capture the perfect blend of nature and relaxation at the Rookery -- a small community of single/duplex cottages nestled in the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge – 15 miles west of Gulf Shores at the 6 mile marker on Fort Morgan Road.

Park right by your cottage for easy, convenient access to your front door. Enjoy the on-site amenities: two saltwater pools ( the large pool has a zero entry for the little ones); a hot tub for the adults; a tennis court and a family grilling area. Or head to the white, sandy beach (0.4 miles) across the street and watch the dolphins swim. You can then relax and enjoy the sounds of nature on your screened-in front porch. If you're a web surfer the cottage has broadband internet access for your convenience.

This is a no smoking cottage.

Pets not permitted.

The 'smoke-free' cottage can comfortably accommodate six guests and is bright, cheerful and fully furnished. (additional guests can be housed if the 3rd bedroom trundle snd the living room sofa bed are used). Satellite HDTV with DVD, full size washer and dryer. The master bedroom has a king size bed. The guest bedroom has a queen size bed. And the third bedroom has a full size bed with a pull-out single size trundle underneath. A queen sleeper sofa is in the living room. There is ample parking for a boat. The marina is only 4 miles away.

(There is an up-charge for more than six guests.)


No smoking & absolutely NO PETS

We do not rent to groups under 25 years of age.

Three championship golf courses are located nearby: Kiva Dunes (2 miles), Peninsula (10 miles) and the Gulf Shores Golf Club (14 miles).

More Details

Property Manager
Ernie Church
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Rookery. Peaceful, beautiful and easy trip to the beach. Your cottage is lovely and we appreciated all of the amenities. Thank you!
Jul 2017
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Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1135 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • 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
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
  • Sleeper sofa in living room (queen size). There is a $50 upcharge if there are more than six guests.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Resort Amenities Convenient parking (including boat/trailer parking), zero entry pool, hot tub/spa, tennis court, charcoal grills, nature trails, beach access (0.4 miles) Large outdoor pool has a heater/cooler which maintains a comfortable swimming temperature spring, summer and fall. . Hot tub heated year round. Cottage Amenities Fully furnished, sleeps 8 (king, queen, two twins and queen sleeper/sofa), three tv's (one HDTV), DVD player, ironing board & iron, blender, electric mixer, coffee pot, dishes/utensils (service for eight), hair dryer, towels/linens, full size washer and dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator w/icemaker, pots and pans (including lobster pot), alarm clock/radio.


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Charming cottage near beach adjacent to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
average rating of 4.85 based on 171 reviews

Nice area

  • 5 of 5

Location was great. House was very comfortable and clean. The pool was awesome!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved it.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. Very cute place to stay. Little bit of a drive to everything but that was fine. The queen bed was very uncomfortable. But besides that I would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. We have replaced all the mattresses.
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Marginally adequate

  • 3 of 5

Everything was Ok, but not so great. Furniture was quite dated, not so comfortable, and the master king bed guest and queen bed was awful, like sleeping in a hole. Master bath didn't drain, A/C was ok, but if you have many people in the unit, the A/C will not keep up during the day. Arriving with the A/C set on 78 doesn't work. Lots of nature so if you like the sound of bull frogs all night, then this is the place for you. Pool is very nice. No restaurants or night life anywhere nearby.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very clean, nice cottage. The neighborhood was clean and quite.

  • 4 of 5

The very nice cottage is well maintained as is the neighborhood. As someone else has pointed out the mattresses are a bit lumpy. It is not a upscale stay but is very adequate for the small beach town. The kitchen has all th appliances that you need. It would make a good place for a family vacation if your children prefer a pool, instead of the the beach.

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your comments. We have replaced the mattresses.
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Perfect spot from which to explore Fort Morgan

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we've stayed at this location. We love its proximity to the beach, to the Fort, and to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. The kids love the community pool. The cottage is well appointed, with enough space to spread out (important to my kids now that they're in the teen and pre-teen ages). The owner is very accommodating - I called with a question and he was able to answer my call right away. I would recommend this cottage to anyone looking to enjoy the area without the chaos of staying in Gulf Shores proper.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

Tucked away in a quiet, peaceful Fort Morgan community, this cottage at The Rookery is a gem. Beautifully appointed, fully stocked kitchen, a wonderful screened-in porch adjacent to a wildlife refuge. The most relaxing stay at the beach my family has ever experienced.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Sassy Bass Amazin Grill
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Dauphin Island
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Kiva Dunes
Nearest Motorway
15 Miles
Gulf Shores Parkway (Highway 59)
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Sassy Bass Amazin Grill
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
Gulf of Mexico
Car: necessary

The Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge borders the cottage. Explore any of three marked Bon Secour trails (all within a ten minute drive). Visit historic Fort Morgan, six miles away at the end of the island. Take the ferry to Dauphin Island and visit Fort Gaines or the Sea Lab Estuary. Three championship golf courses are located nearby: Kiva Dunes (2 miles), Peninsula (10 miles) and Gulf Shores Golf Club (14 miles). Bargain hunt at the Tanger Outlet in Foley, Alabama.

A short fifteen minute drive into Gulf Shores and you can visit Waterville, the Gulf Coast Zoo, or the “Track” (offering amusement park rides and arcade games). Numerous local restaurants also await you.

Other Activities: web surfing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

more than six guests $75 + Tax
cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

There is a $75 uncharge for more than six guests. (Max occupancy eight guests)

Snowbird special Dec thru Mar. One month $1300, two months $1200/month, three or four months $1100/month

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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