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Gorgeous Captain's Cottage with Hot Tub!

Bedrooms 4
Space 2,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)

Welcome to the Captain's Cottage, located in the heart of the East End Historic district of Galveston Island. A 1900's storm survivor and escaping damage by Hurricane Ike's devastation, the Captain's Cottage is a testament to Galveston's resilience as a coastal hub. Built in the early 1870's by Captain Rufus Jameson, a wealthy shipping merchant, it still contains original features such as the hardwood floors as well as remodeled features and furnishings to catch the historical essence of the home. At the same time, much attention has been given to providing modern conveniences for you during your stay.

Upon entering the Cottage, you will find a wonderful living room tastefully decorated and completed with leather sofas and a flat screen TV. Flowing from the living room into the dining area, you have a counter height table with seating for eight. Our spacious kitchen, perfect for any size group, has granite counter tops, a refrigerator with water and ice dispenser, microwave, and a gas stove/oven that includes a center grill. The kitchen is stocked with plenty of dishes and utensils for your cooking needs. Of course for those who enjoy a cup of coffee, a coffee pot and supplies are provided for your stay as well as multiple other kitchen appliances. The kitchen has an additional table that seats four and stools at the large island for comfortable socializing.

On the main floor you will also find the master bedroom graced with a king size bed and flat screen TV. The connected master bath has a claw foot tub/shower and an antique bureau sink/mirror. A second guest bedroom located off the kitchen includes a queen size bed and flat screen TV. Another full size bathroom is just around the corner from the second bedroom. If you travel up the main wooden staircase in the living room you will find a spacious beach themed bedroom and bathroom on the second floor. This bedroom has a queen size bed, and the bathroom has a shower stall. The fourth and final bedroom, is up a staircase at the rear of the house in a loft style bedroom. It contains two twin beds. Additional bedding is provided on our sleeper sofa in the living room, which folds out into a full queen size sleeper.

Many come to the island hoping to enjoy the great weather the coast offers, especially those southern breezes. A wicker furniture set on the front porch will allow you to enjoy your spot in a historic neighborhood with roses and oleanders blooming in our front flower beds. Or if you prefer more privacy, our backyard is a great place to relax with well manicured yard and flower beds, back porch with patio furniture, or a ground level patio with patio table and grill for dining in the outdoors. A favorite feature of our home of course is the large private hot tub on the back patio. Up to six people can relax and enjoy!

The Captain's Cottage is perfectly situated on Galveston Island for whatever kind of getaway you have in mind. Whether a family vacation, family reunion or special event, couple's getaway, or group occasion it is convenient to enjoy all Galveston has to offer. A quick drive, less than a mile, will get you to the Seawall where the beach awaits you. It is also just 8 blocks to the historic Strand district and adjacent cruise ship terminal area. Many unique restaurants and some of the best on the Island are within a pleasant two block walk. If you are interested in the historic side of Galveston, Bishop's Palace, Moody Mansion, and large number of the historic homes on the Galveston Home Tour are right in our neighborhood, as well as various artist carved statues from the bases of large majestic trees destroyed by Hurricane Ike. Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn, and Galveston's newest attraction - Pleasure Pier are other places you may want to take in while visiting Galveston.

Come enjoy our Captain's Cottage! Don't forget to check out our guest book to see what others have said about their stay, and be sure to leave your own comments for those that follow.

Keywords: Historic Home, private home, getaway

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 21, 2018

About Julie

We are the Ellis Family - Marty, Julie, Kylie & Clint. We are a family that enjoys traveling. From beaches to the mountains, national parks to museums, we love seeing and experiencing new places. Many times it is the recommendations of others that have led to great experiences in our travels such as kayaking in Homer, AK. Nothing beats an opportunity to leave it all behind and getaway together as a family! Our home in Galveston has allowed us to do that much more frequently.

Julie purchased this house in 2009

Why Julie chose East End Historic District

The Ellis family visited the island, staying in the East End Historic District in 2008, before Hurricane Ike's devastation. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and started discussing the idea of owning our own family getaway. We returned to the island after Ike's devastation with the intent of looking into buying a home. Then we found our Captain's Cottage... newly restored and untouched by Ike, complete with an interesting history. We were hooked. Now we visit the island on a regular basis as a home away from home.

What makes this house unique

We love the unique experience of being surrounded by the beautiful and charming historical homes in our neighborhood. Our location centers us in all the activities we enjoy on the island from going to the beach just a short drive away, playing at Moody Gardens for the day, finding cool stores on the Seawall or the Strand, and then add in the benefits of great local restaurants within walking distance. The only thing remaining is to come home to relax and take a soak in the hot tub.


East End Historic District House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking On Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size sleeper sofa located in living room
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(39 traveler reviews)

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Gorgeous Captain's Cottage with Hot Tub!
average rating of 5.0 based on 39 reviews

We enjoyed our stay, everything was great.

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay, everything was great.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Beautiful home! It was perfect for our family of 9.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time! Loved it! Thanks for having us.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tomball, Texas

Beautiful Historic Home

  • 5 of 5

I believe this was our 3rd or 4th time to spend at the Captain's Cottage. The owners are amazing and very easy to work with. The home is absolutely amazing. Has ALL the amenities you'd ever need. It's cozy inside and out! We love sitting on the back deck telling stories (true or false!!). Its in a great location to all the restaurants and shops in the area. We plan to be back again this year 2017!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Home and Perfect Location!

  • 5 of 5

Our group was rather small - myself, my sister, my son and his two children. There was more than enough room for the five of us, but this home could very easily accommodate a much larger group. The Captain's Cottage far exceeded my expectations. Not only was it roomy and comfortable, but absolutely gorgeous, and the location is close to all the attractions and restaurants. Everything we needed was provided, all we had to bring is our food. I would definitely recommend the Captain's Cottage to anyone travelling to Galveston. I will not hesitate to book this amazing place again.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, TX

Amazing Find

  • 5 of 5

There are not enough words to describe how absolutely perfect this property is! We were two families with a total of 9 people and everyone had a bed, the teenagers had their own loft, the grandma had a room on the main level without having to use the stairs, and the master suite was great for my husband and I. We hosted two graduation dinners at the house for a total of 15 people and there was plenty of room to sit and socialize. The kitchen is fully loaded (coffee even) and the harvest table in the dining room was the center of our social time together. Easy very short walk to the BEST breakfast on the island, Sunflower Cafe or Mesquito Cafe for lunch and dinner. Amazing desserts at Sunflower and Mesquito Cafe. We bought full cakes and pies from Sunflower for our dinners and they were delicious. 7 block walk to Postoffice Street shopping and about 9 to the Strand. (We highly rate Postoffice shopping over The Strand which is extremely touristy). The Captains Cottage is simply the best place we've ever rented. We spent 4 years coming back and forth to Galveston. Wish we had discovered Captain's Cottage 4 years ago!!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location, Amenities and Stay!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the house for a girls weekend and could not have been happier with that decision. The house is located in the east end which made it a great location to do a tour both of the historic east end houses and of the live oak sculptures. We found it very easy walking to shopping and many good restaurants are only a block away. The amenities in the house were incredibly thoughtful. Plenty of towels, hand soap and toilet paper for the 5 day stay and the kitchen is very well stocked to make cooking a breeze. The back yard is gorgeous and the hot tub was a nice bonus. The stay was very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.