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Ernie Church

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Charming cottage near beach adjacent to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights

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Gulf Shores Cottage Rental Photos and Description

3 bedrooms (king, queen, 2 twins) -- sleeps 6 ( can sleep 8 with sleeper sofa)

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. (Up to eight guests can be housed if the living room sofa bed is 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 two twin beds. 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 a $50 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Ernie Church (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Guestbook comments from the manager

We absolutely loved our stay at Rookery 1502! This was our first trip to Gulf Shores (Fort Morgan) from Jacksonville IL. Everything in the cottage was perfect -- even when we had a mishap with the toilet it was fixed right away! We loved the beach off "Our Rd" the best, a little calmer for having a little one along. Would highly recommend the "Cobalt" restaurant -- delicious! The pool was fantastic and we did not meet the acquaintance of "Bubbles" the gator, but we were fine with that. Thank you for everything! We are leaving behind a boogie board and a corkscrew -- not to be used together. Don't wine and boogie!! :)
Jul 2016
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based on 16 traveler reviews

Charming cottage near beach adjacent to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
average rating of 4.9375 based on 82 reviews

Clean, easy check in and out

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was in a great location, quiet and had everything we needed. We enjoyed the pool and the overall experience. Public beach was just down the road. Thanks for a great family vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great place to stay!

  • 4 of 5

Loved the property! Like the location! Pool was great, property was great over all enjoyed our time there. Only suggestions are the beds need to be replaced not comfortable and master bedroom only room without a tv. Would go back again.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

This was so much fun. Everything was provided in the house. It was just the right size for our group of 7. The grandkids loved the beach, the pool and the roominess of the house. We even saw the alligator which lives in the preserve. We would highly recommend this house.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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  • 5 of 5

Everything about our stay at the Rookery was perfect! The pool, the cottage, the proximity to the beach. The cottage was very clean and well kept and had everything we needed. It was great to have a pool that was very kid friendly with the zero entry area. We highly recommend this place to any family wanting a relaxing family getaway!

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  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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This is the place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

Staying in the Rookery was the best part of our vacation. The cottage met all of our needs and was in the perfect location. Being across from the pool and a few minutes drive to the beach gave us plenty of options for fun in the sun. Our family took hikes in the wildlife refuge down the street and we even spent an afternoon at Fort Morgan.

The cottage itself was clean, quiet and spacious. The screened in porch was pleasant with ceiling fans and a view of the pond. Although everything we needed (including a full size washer & dryer) was in the cottage, we knew Ernie was close by if necessary.

We loved this place so much that my husband and I are considering purchasing a similar place in the next few years.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Owner's Response: So glad you had such a great vacation at the Rookery. Would be so nice if y'all would join our community full time some day! Thanks for providing a review -- prospective renters love to hear what others say about us.
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Charming, Relaxing, and Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for opening up your cottage to our family! The cottage is super charming, clean and has everything vacationers need and much more. The open floor plan allowed our family to be able to "hang" out together even if someone wanted to watch TV while others were playing cards. The kitchen had everything you need for cooking "at home". The full size washer and dryer was perfect. I had less than a load of laundry to do when I returned home. As a result, I don't need a vacation from my vacation! But if I did I know where I would go ;)

But why would we spend all of our time inside? We must have picked the the exact right time to visit, the weather while we were there was postcard perfect. The beach was a short drive across Hwy 180 and we spent a lot of time at the clean, quiet beach swimming, building sandcastles, flying kites, and catching some rays. When were were not at the beach we were enjoying the heated saltwater pool that was right outside the cottage door. Everyone we met at the pool was super friendly and our kids made new "friends" every time we went swimming.

When we were not at the beach or pool, we were taking in the sites of the U.S.S. Alabama, the historic scenes of Fort Morgan, and watching dolphins race during our dolphin cruise at Orange Beach. Even though school is out for the summer the kids were still learning and did not even realize it HAHAHA, parent win! We also enjoyed the fun, laid back environments at LuLu's and the Hangout. However, my favorite was getting fresh seafood and watching the sun set over the Gulf at Tacky Jacks 2 which is very, very convenient to the cottage. This was the perfect way to wrap up a perfect vacation.

The Church family communicated with us from the time we booked the cottage, up to our arrival, and promptly after our stay to ensure we had all the information we needed to make our stay enjoyable.

We are already trying to figure out when we can come back. I would LOVE to make this an annual trip and so would the kids.

I would highly recommend this cottage to anyone who wants to get away and have a truly relaxing vacation.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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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

Gulf Shores Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2
Sep 6 2016 - Oct 12 2016
2 night minimum stay
Shrimp Fest
Oct 13 2016 - Oct 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2
Oct 17 2016 - Nov 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2017 - May 26 2017
2 night minimum stay
Memorial Day Weekend
May 27 2017 - May 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 1
May 31 2017 - Jun 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Jul 4 weekend 2017
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 5 2017
4 night minimum stay
Summer 2-2017
Jul 6 2017 - Sep 1 2017
2 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend 2017
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 6.0%

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

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Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1135 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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