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Charming Craftman Style Cottage Adjacent To The Garten Verein

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,408 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom Cottage, Sleeps 4 Adults And 4 Children, Comfortably

Situated across a secluded street from one of Galveston's majestic private estates. This charming cottage has a perfect unobstructed view of the flamboyant octagonal Garten Verein and it's grounds. The swing located on the sizable front porch is the ideal location to take in the festivities. Located within easy walking distance to the beach, Pleasure Pier, and a variety of wonderful restaurants. The perfect spot to launch a bicycle tour of the island. Secure off street parking is available the at rear of the home. This cottage would a perfect location for a wedding party to prepare for the big day!

Rebecca Doxey
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

Why Rebecca Doxey chose Galveston

During the wedding reception held at the Garten Verein of my niece, my son and daughter noticed an over grown and abandoned home immediately adjacent to the park. Knowing that my niece and her new husband, both having securing jobs at UTMB upon graduating from A&M Galveston, had been unsuccessful in finding a home that they could afford on the island, Paul Parker, my son and a realtor, began searching for the owners of the home.

Three months later he was able to contact the owners, only to find that they had sold the house to the Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF)a few weeks before. He contacted the GHF, and my niece and her husband were able to purchase the house from the GHF. They then set about renovating their new home, and starting their family. A few years later, they were accepted to medical school, and I purchased the home from them for to serve as my weekend get away.

My friends and family used the home extensively, until Ike devastated the island. It was during this period, that I realized that the island was an under valued jewel. The house on the corner became available, and my Son purchased it. A few years later, the house next door went up for sale, and I purchased it! We have been, happily renovating all three homes since.

I am sure that you will find the home and the island as charming an wonderful as do I!

What makes this cottage unique

The home, being in the center of the city, is less than five minutes by car from anywhere you want to be, and the sea breeze blows across Kempner Park providing a friendly place to relax.

It is close enough to the ocean that you can hear the waves crashing on the shore, but far enough away to minimize the constant influx of sand into the living space. The parade of weekend weddings held at the Garten Verein, serve as a a constant reminder that life will bring you a new beginning each and every day.

Stay in this home once, and I know that you will become a repeat guest!


Kempner Park Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1408 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , jetted tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , 1 child bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
  • Queen sleeper sofa in living room.
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

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Charming Craftman Style Cottage Adjacent To The Garten Verein
average rating of 4.8 based on 25 reviews

A pleasant vacation rental

  • 4 of 5

The house is as described and shown in the pictures. The layout worked well for us with four people. Six would be ok but anything more would be uncomfortable with only one bathroom available. Parking is fine. A/C worked well although at times we felt some fresh air in the house would be nice. Unfortunately, the windows don't open which I suspect is normal for Texas homes.

The location is pleasant. The road is quiet with no traffic but you are close to the park next door and on opening the curtains don't be surprised to see people walking their dogs and exercising in the morning. A little more privacy from this public area would not go amiss. However, sitting on the porch watching the world go by is a great way to relax and this was a highlight of the cottage. The back yard is not set up to relax in which is kind of a shame. The walk to the Seawall is doable but the footpath is not consistent and often blocked by cars. Not the nicest walk in the world but again, I'm sure this is typical.

The neighbourhood is mixed with a mansion opposite combined with some poor housing very close by. This isn't a problem but just to be clear, this is not Disney. It is a real neighbourhood with all the joys and challenges that this brings. We remained respectful of the residents and did not have any problems.

The house is presented well overall although some areas should do with additional cleaning and some updating of facilities would be beneficial to the overall experience. Key areas such as kitchen surfaces, bedrooms, bathroom and living room are fine. Its on closer examination in the utility room and inside some cupboards and on certain surfaces that there is an accumulation dust and dirt. A really good deep clean would make a big difference. Also, the refrigerator is very rusty and the cooker smells strongly of gas when in use. Also, we would appreciate a kettle for us English tea drinkers.

The area has a good mix of restaurants nearby and there is plenty to do. We had great fun at Schitterbahn which although pricey, was a great day out. In the same way, the Pier is not cheap but again is fun for the family - we benefited from some coupons which helped. Some fabulous and reasonable restaurants with good service. We have simple tastes and loved Millers, The Star Drug Store and Marios Italian.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
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Beautiful stay in cute cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cottage, it was charming. It was peaceful and quiet. The rooms were good size decorated fresh and

Good taste. We enjoyed the dining area for entertaining. The bedrooms were great with execelent bedding, liked

The colors. The kitchen we used and it had every thing we needed. Glad to have such a location close to so many

Things to do. Hope to come again..

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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North East Texas

Our favorite places on the Island!

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at both of Miss Becky's (as my grandson calls her) cottages multiple times. These are the most clean, most cute and most comfortable cottages around!

We always enjoy sitting on the porches and the views into the park next door.

The beds and linens are all high quality and extremely comfortable. The a/c always works well. Everything needed for a perfect stay is always provided and the owner is the sweetest person you'll ever meet.

This house has two living areas with an excellent space for enjoying the company of your family. A fenced yard with a grill and table make it easy to cook meals outside, as well as a very well appointed kitchen.

Both homes are always exceptionally clean.

I feel comfortable sharing these homes with my friends and family, anytime! (although I hate to give up my secret spot).

We recently rented both homes for our annual Ladies' Trip and all the ladies loved the homes. The location is perfect. The décor and landscaping are beautiful as well. I can't say enough good things about both places:)

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Benton, AR

Charming at first glance, but ...

  • 3 of 5

Stayed here after booking the sister property nextdoor which had a bug problem. Owner would not give refund, but offered this property instead. Property appeared fine at first inspection, but later in the evening of the first night, we were surprised by large roach. This continued everyday our entire stay, despite our putting out 8 roach traps and spraying with eco-friendly bug spray. Also had ants. My sister dubbed it the Pineapple "Bug"alow!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The last few weeks before this guest arrived had been very, very rainy in Galveston. The increased rainfall, per my exterminator, causes the insect to seek more hospitable surroundings. In addition, and as I explained to this guest, both homes were exterminated the week before her arrival. The exterminator came again after her visit. My homes are clean; until this guest I have had no complaints about them. We do control those things that we can. However, Mother Nature is not something within our power to control. I am sorry that she found her visit unsatisfactory.
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Perfect rentals for Garten Verein wedding party!

  • 5 of 5

My daughter could not have been happier with my choice of renting your houses for her wedding party! Everything was completely as described and the entire process could not have been easier. Thank you for helping to make her wedding a success!

Kevin J

Houston, TX

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, TX

Great Vacation House! Wonderful Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We would recommend this property to anyone. It is a great house - really well restored, maintained (spotless throughout), and furnished in a great location. Across the street from a historic Galveston mansion and next to a park and on a street with only 5 houses. We are a family of five with 3 kids ranging in age from mid-teens to early 20's. Walking distance to the seawall and beach although it is a long walk. Was a great location and easy to get anywhere in Galveston. Floor plan allowed us to get together when we wanted but also allowed everyone to spread out. The front porch swing and other seating was a family favorite with nicely landscaped yard for a view. Very comfortable beds with quality linens and towels. 2 of the 3 bedrooms had very nice views of the park with large windows. Owner was very responsive and helpful and even gave us a heads up to an unadvertised fireworks display on the beach. Would also recommend Galveston Island State Park for beaching (clean restrooms and showers). It is about 20 minutes up the island and was not crowded at all. Other things to do that we enjoyed was the tour of the clipper ship Elissa and Seaport Museum, Dolphin tour, Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, The Strand. Good places to eat were the Sunflower Bakery and Cafe for breakfast or brunch, Olympia for lunch (next to the Ocean Star Rig), our Bay fishing trip was booked through galvestonfishingchartercompanyDOTcom. We caught some nice trout and sheepshead and cooked them at the house (kitchen is well equipped). One person opted out of the fishing trip and spent time wandering around The Strand, seeing the Galveston Hurricane and Jean Laffite movie and looking at the historical exhibits at the Rosenberg Library.

We also stopped by NASA which has expanded the museum with a 747 with a Space shuttle on top for transport that you can tour inside of both.

Looking forward to coming back!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Kempner Park Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $50
Damage Protection $79
Cleaning $125

Contacting guest must be 21 years of age, or older.
Check in Time 4:00; Check out Time Noon
Pets Welcome, with $50.00 Fee.

Fifty percent of cleaning fee refundable if criteria meet (trash out, kitchen and bath cleaned, dishes and towels washed and put away, check sheets changed and beds made, other items on check list completed).

All guest must register at check in.

While we welcome the use of the home for your event, consideration must be given to other guest and residents of the neighborhood.

Events are defined as any gathering in which 4 or more non registered guest are simultaneously
invited into the home, or on to the premises for any reason. Events must be communicated, and funds remitted 30 days prior to check in.

Subject to availability, reservation and payment of the event fee will include use and access to the home next door (2802 N1/2).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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