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Fall dates available!! No crowds & great weather!!

17 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Gulf Shores Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Welcome to our cozy Coastal Cottage. Step back in time to a place where you can relax on the screened porch, swim in the fabulous pool, hop across the street to the most beautiful white sandy beaches on the Gulf Coast and the fishing is incredible.

The outdoor jacuzzi, Tiki hut and bar-b-que area offer you a place to enjoy the outdoors. This is a haven for the lovers of nature since you would be located next to The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge and down the road from Historic Fort Morgan and The Ferry to Dauphin Island and the Dauphin Island Sea Lab.

Enter through the screened in porch to a large living, dining and kitchen area with room for everyone. There are three nice size bedrooms with a queen, double, sleeper sofa and two sets of bunk beds. There are 2 full baths with a full size washer and dryer.

The perfect place to enjoy all the wonders of the Gulf and the surrounding areas.

Keywords: Unique Cottage, with screened in porch, large open space, endless pool, national wildlife refuge

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 29, 2016
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About The Owner

Our family of four resides in Helena, AL

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2011

Why The Owner chose Alabama Gulf Coast

The Alabama Coast has a special place in my heart. I'm very blessed to share a part of my childhood with my husband & children. The Rookery gives us a place to visit that is away from the high rise condos; away from the crowds. A place where we can get back in touch with nature and step back into time. Our porch is a great place for family dinners, relaxation, playing board games & enjoying each other's company.

What makes this cottage unique

We love The Rookery because it's close enough to shopping, dining & entertainment, but far enough away from crowded beaches. We love the proximity to Mobile Bay, which is ideal for watching the sun set & fishing. Walking nature trails, riding bikes, swimming and special family time will offer you a vacation to remember.


based on 17 traveler reviews

Fall dates available!! No crowds & great weather!!
average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews

Comfy, relaxing, and very accommodating!!!

  • 5 of 5

First I would like to say that this is our first time using the vrbo site and it works really well, even better than we thought it would. Yes, our stay at this cottage was wonderful. It was well equipped with everything we could imagine to cook with, relax, games for the kids, etc. The cottage is well maintained and clean. Plenty of room for everyone to hang out, eat, relax, and sleep. We had a full house and it was very well accommodating for all of us. The pool is very close, only steps away.The pool was never to crowded either, so even with other people there the kids still had plenty of room to spread out and play. And we had 6 kids with us. Really awesome sight was the alligators that live in the pond areas. The family that owns and manages this cottage are very wonderful people. They are very responsive to any questions you may have and helpful. They will get back to you within only a few hours from the time you send them an email. I would recommend this property to anyone with or without children to visit the gulf shores area. Despite all the rain that was in the area it was very lovely. My family and I will definitely stay at this cottage again in the future, if we were to come back down to that area.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tim, thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. We are very appreciative of the review. Thanks for the kind comments and all the compliments. We really hope you and your family had a good time, despite all the rain. We would love to have you stay with us again in the future. Hope the remainder of your summer is nice. Sincerely, Jon & Kay Paucke
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Peaceful & Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here!! The cottage was well equipped, it was clean, nicely decorated, all was in good working order & everyone in our family of six slept comfortably. The pool area was nice & we loved the walk in pool area with our smaller children.

Distance to the beach was easily walkable, but we choose to drive over & park (be warned that there is no designated parking area for public beach access...parking was on shoulder of road).

There are two small local restaurants (The Sassy Bass & Behind the Pines), which are equally delicious...although I was partial to Behind the Pines (great fish tacos!).

Overall the Fort Morgan area was so relaxing. We had great neighbors, never an issue with noise or traffic. Wonderful place to vacation when you just want to get away for some much needed downtime!!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Leslie, Hi, thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are pleased that you and you family enjoyed your vacation. Glad you found the cottage to be peaceful & relaxing. We agree, the fish tacos at Behind the Pines are delicious!!! One of our favorite places to eat. We hope to have you back in the future. Sincerely, Jon and Kay Paucke
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So Comfy

  • 5 of 5

I used to clean these cottages and I always told myself I would stay in one someday. So, I can happily take that off my bucket list. My kids and I had a wonderful weekend at this cottage. It was neat and clean, well decorated and organized. We had everything we needed and enjoyed all the amenities. Everyone who was staying there was very friendly and it was so quiet and peaceful. I would highly recommend this property!!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tracie, Hi, we are thrilled that you & the kids enjoyed our cottage! And very happy that you got to stay at The Rookery. We'd love to have y'all back in the future. Thanks for the kind compliments and for such a nice review! Sincerely, Jon and Kay Paucke
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Enjoyed our stay!!!

  • 5 of 5

You're place was absolutely wonderful!! There were 3 adults, a teenager and two little girls. We had plenty of room and the girls enjoyed their room with the bunk beds and tv. We really loves being so close to them pool, which we all enjoyed. The house was very clean and well taken care of and the pool area was always clean. The beach was a very short drive and we enjoyed being away from all the busyness of town. We would definitely recommend your house! Thanks again!!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kamber, Thanks so much for the kind review. We are glad y'all had such a great time. We love the pool also and love being so close to it! Thanks for recommending our cottage. We hope to have you and your family back in the future! Sincerely, Jon and Kay
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Germantown, TN

Pat K

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was perfect for our short stay. It was clean and had everything we needed. I would recommend that you stay here!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pat, So glad y'all enjoyed your stay and thanks for the kind review! Hope to have y'all back in the future. Sincerely, Jon and Kay Paucke
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Bham AL

Our very belated honeymoon 😊

  • 5 of 5

It was even better than we imagined. This cottage is well taken care of and is super nice as well as comfortable. It was such a blessing that the owners left us a little guide on their favorite stuff. We will be going again very soon!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Randa, so happy y'all had a great belated honeymoon!! Thanks for taking the time to write a kind review. We appreciate the nice compliments. We'd love to have y'all back in the future:) Once again, we are happy that y'all enjoyed our cottage! Thanks, Jon & Kay
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Nearest Airport
58 Miles
Pensacola Regional
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Sassy Bas Bar & Grill
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Mobile Bay Ferry
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Kiva Dunes
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Sassy Bass Bar & Grill
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Cortez Street
Car: necessary

Ferry to Dauphin Island, The Historic Fort at Fort Morgan, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, White Sugar Sand Beaches, Fort Morgan Pier


Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall 2016
Sep 11 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
Winter 2017
Jan 1 2017 - Feb 28 2017
2 night minimum stay
Spring 2017
Mar 1 2017 - May 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
Early Summer 2017
May 21 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $100
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 6.0%

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Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Private Master Bath 2nd bath can be accessed from both the Queen guest bedroom and the hall
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 2 bunk bed , 2 sets of twin bunk beds
  • Our cottage sleeps a max of 4 adults with 4 kids/teens for a total of 8. Queen size Beds (2), Two sets of Twin bunk beds. Bunks sleep children/teens only
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

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