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Pets welcome at this duplex! Don't leave your fur babies lonely at home!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2.5 Baths, (Sleeps 6-7)

Fenced back yard with a downstairs patio for BBQ and relaxing in the evenings. The back is arranged so that you can open the door, and let 'em out in the mornings without leaving your bedroom! Back arranged so your 'darlings' can have plenty of shade.

Get up and have your coffee inside, on the front deck, or downstairs with your pets. Then, take just a few steps (careful crossing the street) to the beautiful white sand beaches for an early walk or dip in the Gulf. I would recommend waiting until the evening before taking your pets for a swim - then leash them & keep them under control. There is a shower downstairs where you can wash off the sand and salt before you go back inside. Don't forget to rinse off the animals! Sand & salt in their fur can cause itching.

Use the full kitchen to fix your meals, or choose one of the many fine restaurants in the area. If you like Pizza, they can deliver in a short while.

Keywords: Duplex - Side B

More Details

Property Manager
William F. Tompkins, III
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 30, 2017

About William F. Tompkins, III

I am a Texan with burnt orange blood, but I discovered Gulf Shores many years ago (I was at the University of Texas), when our group took a few days off after one of the Texas/ Alabama Games. I have been coming to Gulf Shores, off and on, for many years - the only beach in Texas that comes close is on South Padre Island, and that is VERY pricey! Now I am retired, and can spend more quality time here with my kids, grandkids, and all the dogs.

William F. Tompkins, III purchased this house in 2009

Why William F. Tompkins, III chose Alabama Gulf Coast

I have been coming to Gulf Shores, off and on, ever since I discovered it in the 60's. I am now retired, and chose to put my investment in this wonderful property. My kids and grandkids will be able to enjoy it, long after I am gone.

It's a long trip from Castroville, Texas (700 miles), but we Texans are used to long distances. Heck, we'll drive 100 miles for lunch! When we get here we always know that the hours of sitting in the car were well worth it. Now, we can stroll and/or swim at one of the most beautiful, clean beaches in the USA.

My kids and grandkids enjoy para-sailing, and I'll go out in the boat with them, but I won't go up! I enjoy being out on a sight-seeing boat, viewing the Gulf bottom and the sea life, there. The Dolphins are wonderfil! There is a great theme park in Gulf Shores where Willie Nelson has been. The youngsters enjoy the rides, like the big Ferris Wheel. Don't miss the Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo. Sailaway Charters gives up-close tours of creatures that inhabit Longs Bayou and Wolf Bay. The Orange Beach Art Center offers a chance to make your own glass in its glass-blowing classes.

What makes this house unique

I enjoy sipping my coffee on the front deck while the sun is coming up. I'm happy that my pets are fenced, so they don't go 'exploring.' And, I am glad that there is plenty of shade for them when that summer sun gets hot. In the evening, I love the patio area where we can BBQ and sip on our favorite beverages.

The two sides are connected with an interior door, so that when a larger than usual group stays, they can open the doors and pass back and forth without going outside.


Gulf Shores House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2) Large sofa in living area. One person can sleep here.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.3/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Pets welcome at this duplex! Don't leave your fur babies lonely at home!
average rating of 4.3461537 based on 26 reviews
Madisonville, Louisiana

Wonderful Owner

  • 5 of 5

Unfortunately I had to cancel the reservation that I made for this June. I emailed my cancellation to the owner and within one hour I had received my cancellation notice and the notice that my refund would be processed within 5-7 days.

Thank you William and I do hope to visit your Gulf Shore home in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Appleton, WI

Great location, and great for your pet!

  • 5 of 5

The best part was that we could bring our dog with us; oh having the ocean right across the street was pretty great also! There are 2 empty lots kitty-corner so your view is unobstructed, and access is quick to the beach, even though the public walkway is only a few houses down.

Great access to many restaurants, shopping, and nightlife.

I would do it again, and again, and again!

It is an older house, and the salt air takes a toll on structures, just to forewarn someone who may be expecting pristine, new glistening accommodations.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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crawf. indiana

Great house for dog owners or not dog owners! Convenient!!

  • 4 of 5

We spent 5 weeks at Ariel, its a great house, close to the beach ( across the street) and a great place for dogs! We have 2 , a Lab and a Shepherd, nice fenced backyard, safe and easy in and out! The house was clean, good comfortable beds. Very nice upstairs porch. We totally enjoyed it! I would suggest a tv upgrade, if you are really in to watching , otherwise all good! We had a minor maintenance problem and they were there that afternoon and all fixed! Close to everything, convenience stores, great restaurants, you could walk to all ! Highly recommend and yes we would stay again!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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I love my dogs and worth the stay.

  • 4 of 5

The place needs a few minor repairs and some updating but overall a good place to stay. Hopefully I can go back next year and stay at the same place.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Needs a good cleaning!

  • 1 of 5

The home was not clean and for that reason the stay was not pleasant. The gate at the back door would not open, so to let the dogs into the fenced area, you had to go out and down the front steps and then around to the back the fenced in area. This was very inconvenient. There was no television service until the last day of our stay. Wifi was available and it was a good service.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Beach House!

  • 5 of 5

The beach house is actually nicer than it looks in the pictures. It has plenty of space for everyone and we really enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

Alabama, Gulf Shores, Gulf Shores West, Gulf View

Other Activities: Shopping, Kayaking, Boating, Parasailing, Wildlife Viewing, Health/Beauty Spa, Basketball Court, Miniature Golf, Hot Air Ballooning


Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Mar 19 2017 - May 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer
May 28 2017 - Jun 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak Summer
Jun 18 2017 - Jul 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer
Jul 23 2017 - Sep 23 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $180 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Discounts available for military (active duty & retired) and first responders (police, fire, & EMT). Inquire with owner!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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