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About Patricia Dalton
Since in my 20's, I've owned long term rentals. I’ve spent most of my working life as my Father’s right hand in his business, taking most of my waking hours. The other hours, were mostly spent caring for my disabled mother. My folks passed away a few years ago. By that time, despite being the favorite Aunt to my siblings children, it was too late for children of my own. I never married, choosing to remain single, looking for Mr. Right, rather than wedding “Mr. Not-Right” for me. Some Vacation Owners, do the cleaning and upkeep themselves. I want to continue to LOVE my Vacation Rentals, so I have a professional cleaning crew and local maintenance crew. I handle everything they don’t... Guests, calendars, bookings, you know, the fun stuff.... which allows me to be a bit of a tumble weed, offering unusual freedom, as long as I’ve my iPad and internet. About Me? I enjoy great conversations, nature (and about anything from fishing to ATVing in it), friends, cruises, most living things (great & small), learning about people, history, the world, life. I’ll try about anything on a dare from parachuting or swimming with sharks (yep, I’ve done that... and more). I’ve given up on Dating sites (although I could write Several funny stories just on the public 1st date meeting); and started focusing my free time on family and friends. I will tumble weed, at a moments notice, to far flung regions, for adventure, a memorable experience, or on a dare :). Passport at the ready. I am down to earth, a roll up the sleeves & get 'er done kind of gal. I encourage you to check out the house's reviews. I never tire of hearing the house has once again delivered an exceptional vacation experience. I realize you have many choices when choosing a Vacation Rental and hope you choose one of my River Houses.
Patricia Dalton purchased this House in 2005
Why Patricia Dalton chose Gulfport
Since 1996, my family owned a camp on the Biloxi River. It was a slice of paradise. I often thought how amazing it would be to share it with travelers. the camp next to this house, the Great Escape River House. It was such a perfect slice of since 1996, and when the neighbor decided to sell his home, in April 2005, I jumped at the chance to move permanently to the Gulfport area. The house was an impressive 2,400 square feet. When Katrina struck a few months later, I decided it was a great time to turn the house into my 'Dream Home.' After every feature on my wish list was added to the house, it had grown to 4,500 square feet. It was perfect! My dream house for all my friends and family to gather. It didn't take to long to realize, the house was quite a bit more than the I needed. Friends & Family came often, but I still found myself with more room than I needed. I also didn't realize how expensive it would be to be maintain the Great Escape River House. I always liked the idea of sharing my piece of paradise on the River. I knew that most renters would be people, like myself, wanting more than a hotel could offer & would be respectful of the Vacation Home they rented. Opening my home to travelers (like yourself) who long for great times, with those whose company they enjoy in awesome surroundings.... what a great thing to do! I can't imagine anyone coming here, with a dozen or more of their favorite people and not having the absolutely fantastic vacation Being from the service industry, I pride myself on offering a very clean, comfortable, (as advertised) Vacation Rentals. I advertise an exceptional house & strive to deliver an exceptional resort style experience. I encourage you to check out the house's reviews. I never tire of hearing the house has once again delivered an exceptional vacation experience. I realize you have many choices when choosing a Vacation Rental and hope you choose one of my River Houses.
What makes this House unique
The GREAT ESCAPE RIVER HOUSE is unlike anything you can rent on the Coast; maybe anywhere! The following are PRIVATE for the sole use of the Guests of the GREAT ESCAPE RIVER HOUSE: -FEMA approved Outdoor Elevator (not an unsafe lift) -8 Person Hot Tub -2 Continuous Hot Water Heaters -Home Generator -Direct TV with Premium Channels -Cable High Speed WiFi -1000 sq ft. Dining Room & Custom Gourmet Kitchen -1200 sq ft. Great Room -outdoor 20’ x 20’ kitchen with sink off main house -Gas Grill (Option - tank filled) -pool deck also has sink and charcoal grill -19’ Granite Wet Bar (unlike any private home bar) -12 Bar Stools at Wet Bar / 12 at Kitchen Bar -2 huge Sectionals -Pool Table (Real slate table not a kiddie toy) -Basketball Goal -Ping Pong Table -Hammock -Plenty of Seating inside & out -Linens and Bath Towels included -Fire Pit with plenty of seating (Optional - Firewood) -2 Covered Porches -On the Biloxi River -Fishing Deck - ok to bring your boat! -outside shower -Keg Cooler (optional - keg) -12+ TV’s -Washer & Dryer -4 full bathrooms + toilet closet close on outside deck -5 Bedrooms + Huge Sleeper Loft -12 Full to King size beds -2 Convertible Sofas -2 Folding Beds -Sleeps up to 27 people -15’ x 30’ Swimming Pool —ladder/steps into pool —ramp to pool deck —mobility challenged friendly. -Option to Rent RIVER LOOKOUT (next door) to sleep up to 43 people Too much house? RIVER LOOKOUT sleeps up to 16 #406326 on VRBO Also: -Less than 8 miles to Gulf of Mexico beach -In the Gulfport City Limits -Off Exit 38 -Hear crickets and owls - Not trains (Vacationers near beach, listen to trains blowing their whistles & house shaking - all night - Map view train tracks b4 booking) The GREAT ESCAPE RIVER HOUSE is spacious & has so many areas for people to gather or to find a quiet nook. Floor Plan attached to every response to an inquiry. 4500 square feet of accommodations inside, so much outside! Its waiting for you & your group to enjoy!
Pool / Spa
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Great place for a group gathering, plenty of space for everyone had a great time
My family and I loved staying here! We’ve recommended the place to other family member and friends and at least one of them have already booked the house for a vacation. I can’t wait to go back to the Great Escape!
Better than expected...
House was in great shape with everything you might need...very peaceful location. Great house for entertaining...
Great Retreat House for Large Groups!
This place has it all... multiple deck levels, tons of things to do (poker, pool, hot tub, ping-pong tables, and basketball goal), charcoal and gas grills, access to the river with a fire pit... The rooms are well accommodated with up-to-date furnishings and oversize appliances. It was really easy to get to using Google Maps and helped with quick access to Gulfport and Biloxi spots. The owners were accommodating and communicative in all parts of our stay. We would definitely rent it again without hesitation!!!
Great Place for a Guys Trip
The house was amazing for our group of guys fro my friends bachelor party. Huge kitchen and bar were pluses with the hot tub and wraparound deck for hanging out. Patricia was only a text away with any questions we had. Thanks for a great weekend!
Perfect Place For A Golf Getaway
We had 8 friends from school who stayed here for a golf - casino getaway. The house was perfect for our needs. Plenty of space, great amenities, very clean. The pool table and living room area were great for post golf happy hour and pre casino time. The hot tub was also great for post golf. 20-30 minute Uber ride to Biloxi casinos and anything you need is 5-10 minutes away. Patricia was a great host and everything we needed to know about the house was well explained. Too old and it was to cold to try the rope swing but probably alot of fun for kids. Would come back again.
HOW FAR TO GULF OF MEXICO BEACHES?
Located right on the Biloxi River & less than 8 miles from the Gulf of Mexico beaches, a straight shot down the 605 to Cowen Blvd and the beaches on US-90 (Beach Blvd). This road was recently expanded in hopes of diverting traffic from Hwy. 49. That hasn't really happened, so traffic is usually very light, making for a stress free drive from The Great Escape a River House to the Gulf of Mexico beaches.
Minutes from I-10, Just one exit from the Prime Outlet Mall and Crossroads Shopping area, either less than 8.5 miles away from the Great Escape River House. Edgewater Shopping Center, on Beach Blvd, out big enclosed ball is 10.2 miles from the Great Escape River House.
Less than an hour and half from New Orleans.
Just a few miles to many championship golf courses. With the Great Escape River House just minutes from I-10; a perfect launch off to any of our great local Golf Courses. Making the Great Escape River House the perfect place for a large group of golfers to stay - all under one roof. The house has 12 beds, 2 convertible sofas, and at this posting, 2 folding beds - 16 individual places for people to sleep solo.
Island View Casino (In Gulfport) is 12 miles & Beau Riverage Casino (Biloxi) is 16 miles from the Great Escape River House.
WHY STAY AT THIS HOUSE;
BASED ON THIS LOCATION?
Some first time Travelers come to Gulfport, Biloxi, or other towns on the MS Gulf Coast wanting to stay 'on the Beach.' There are just no homes 'on the beach'. Now if you go to this one community, past Ocean Springs, pretty far away & a bit isolated, there are a few homes right on the beach, but it's quite a ride to & from those homes to shopping, Casinos, a good choice of restaurants, etc. That being said some of those homes are good choices, if a secluded beach stay is what your are looking for.
If you are thinking of renting a house 'close to the beach', within two or three blocks (and there are some very nice ones there), check to see how close the train tracks are to the vacation home you are considering. If you are a light sleeper, you will want to factor this into your decision on where to stay. At night, the trains can pass as often as every hour, all night long, depending on their schedules. 2nd time visitors to the coast often mention this as a factor when considering the Great Escape River House.
Unless you are a good walker, with or without kids in tow, walking from one of these 'close to the beaches' vacation homes, may not be a good choice. You will need to walk at least a block (most vacation rental homes are 2 or more blocks from Hwy. 90) & cross busy Hwy 90 (Beach Blvd,). Depending on where the vacation rental home is, you may not have the benefit of a traffic light. It's very likely you would elect to hop in the car, load up the family, the towels, ice chest, and all the other beach gear and drive to the beaches. That way you can pick the perfect place to park, possibly choosing close to the 'comfort stations' with public showers and bathrooms, to rent a jet ski, go parasailing, with other families (or adults) or near a great restaurant.
So, if you're gonna load up the car anyway, why not pick a vacation home away from the trains, where the next door neighbor isn't feet away, heck you'll have to look across the river to see the closest other neighbor, where you have your own private water feature in the back yard, swimming pool, hot tub, fire pit, wet bar, pool table, oh goodness - too many amenities to mention!
STILL THINKING OF ANOTHER VAC HOUSE?
If you are still considering a stay at another vacation rental, please let me give you some advice. First, there are quite a few that are great vacation rentals. Some of my competition is extremely dedicated. I like to think I have the best vacation homes, but I know the MS Gulf Coast has quite a few other dedicated owners...but there are also ones that will disappoint. Carefully look at the posted photos. Are there good window coverings? Does that bedding look inviting? Those photos are of the vacation home at its best. Read reviews, posted by GUESTS who stayed. Not that an Owner would not be truthful, but ideally your source is an actual Guest who stayed in the house.
2nd & most importantly, check out Property Managers with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). There is at least one, I believe the largest one on the Coast specializing in Vac Homes (although they do represent condos too) with an F rating. I've even read Vacation Home Owners reviews where they were answering complaint about their rentals, make reference to the fact they replaced their property manager or it was the property manager's fault. After years of doing vacation rentals, I'm convinced involved Vac Home Owners with professional cleaning & maintenance crews, are in the ideal position to offer the best vacation home experience.