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Winter dates available

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 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

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017

About The Owner

Our family of four resides in Helena, AL

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2011

Why The Owner chose Gulf Shores

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.


Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • 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 ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Gazebo
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Tennis
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(22 traveler reviews)

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average rating of 4.909091 based on 22 reviews

Absolutely Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying here! The house was perfect for 2 families. The young kids loved the bunk bed room. Right across the street from the pool and only a short golf cart ride to the beach! Kay was so wonderful and helpful! We will definitely be coming back!!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Meghan, Hi, we are so glad y'all had a great time and that the kids enjoyed the bunk room. The pool is pretty awesome:) We would love to have you back in the future! Thanks for the kind review. Sincerely, Kay
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A little piece of paradise!

  • 5 of 5

There are no words and no enough pictures to describe this place. It is the cutest and homes place my family and I have ever stayed in. It was very comfortable and cozy! We wanted a place to feel like home and it definitely exceeded our expectations. There's a grocery store 3 miles away. A Dollar General 10 miles away and Walmart 15 miles away. We were only 10-15 miles from activities and resteraunts. Still close enough but just far enough away from th hustle and bustle. It is so peaceful. The beach is right across the road and the pool is heated and really big. Jon and Kay have outdone themselves with this place! And the neighbors are great! We loved Larry next door. Everyone is so friendly. Definitely our BEST vacation to date! We will definitely be back to the Rookery!!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This cottage was perfect for our family! Loved the screen porch and the pool! You can see the pool from the kitchen window. The beach was very close and not crowded at all!! We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dawn, Hi, thanks for the kind review. Glad y'all enjoyed the is awesome!! And the beach is gorgeous! We'd love to have y'all back! The Paucke's
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Milwaukee, WI

Perfect spot for a quiet family getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family spent 5 nights here in April, and found the cottage to be perfectly outfitted with what we needed. We were able to get in immediately upon arrival, and the unit was nicely decorated and we felt very comfortable in the home. We chose to drive to the beach (although walkable), and were happy that the beach was relatively quiet. At some points, we had the whole thing to ourselves, although I think we were a bit "off season". The Rookery community was very welcoming, the pool offered a nice swimming alternative, and the hot tub was great during a cool evening. We lucked out with near perfect weather (for us!), and truly enjoyed our time in the Gulf Shores. We didn't realize quite how far west these properties were, but we enjoyed being out of the busyness of the touristy spots, and having a quiet home to return to each night. Overall, this was a perfect spot for our family to get away and recharge. We didn't get to do everything we wanted when we were there, so hopefully we will be able to return soon! Thanks to the owners of the unit for their hospitality and making us feel welcome.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nicole, Hi, I'm so happy you and your family enjoyed our cottage and your time in Ft Morgan. Thanks for the kind comments on our place. You were spot on in your review about "quiet family getaway" That's why we love our place so much and Ft Morgan!! We hope to have y'all back in the future. Thanks, Kay & Jon
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  • 4 of 5

We spend Feb./March in this cottage. Lots of room in this well laid out vacation home. Great place to relax with long walks on the very near beach. Directly across street from recently rebuilt pool/hot tub which was relaxing. Lots to do in area all within a short drive. Owners are absolutely awesome !! Look forward to returning again.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gary, Hi, thanks for the kind review. Glad y'all had a nice, relaxing time. Hope y'all enjoyed the awesome Alabama weather and all that Ft Morgan has to offer. Thanks for choosing to spend your winter in our cottage. We would love to have you and Tere back next year :) The Paucke's
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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: August 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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $125
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 6.0%

We prefer checks or Paypal. All Credit Card charges will result in a 3% fee

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.