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Oak Shade: Year Round Retreat, Fully Furnished!

45 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Ocean Springs Bungalow Rental Photos and Description

Bungalow dwelling with two adjacent rentals: the Palmetto Suite & Azalea Room.

Oak Shade is an award-winning property located in the historic area of old downtown Ocean Springs. The Main House was the original Harbor Master's home built in 1953. I became the owner in 1988 and eventually added the Palmetto Room Suite and the Azalea Room. Each rental offers private bath, private entrance and the accommodations are spacious, comfortable and quiet.

Oak Shade was the first B&B to be licensed in Ocean Springs; however, following Hurricane Katrina I went to a 'no frills' board & lodging facility and now offer only coffee & tea. (Guests are welcome to bring in their own food and beverage.)

Oak Shade is walking distance to the beach, the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, Fort Maurepas State Park, the Little Children's Playground, the library, and the shops and restaurants that dot tree-lined Washington Avenue through downtown.

The people are friendly and warm; the weather is nigh onto perfect; and the town is utterly charming.

The three rentals vary with price depending on the space you select. Azalea Room features an enormous open design with comfortable sitting area in front of entertainment - TV/DVD, high-speed internet access and numerous books, a desk with chair for easy internet access, queen-bed, closet and a deep, soaker tub preferred by some.

The Palmetto Suite offers two queen beds, one in the more private MBR sleeping space with a small deck attached to French-sliding-door. The other is a Murphy-queen-bed located behind enormous book shelves in the living area. It is made only when guests require a second bed. There is also a wet-bar, table & chairs, two easy chairs and an entertainment center that features DVD/VCR compatibility. High-speed internet access, of course!

The Main House at Oak Shade offers a MBR with queen-bed and guest bedroom also with queen bed. It comes with a fully-furnished kitchen, dining room and open living room area with two reading chairs and a small sofa. Living Room opens onto screened-in front porch with seating for several to enjoy sunsets and moon rises. Office opens onto a wonderful deck area that is shared with the Azalea Room. (My daughters and I built the deck in the summer of 1998 and are understandably proud of our efforts!)

Oak Shade offers tranquility, peace and quiet. Dissertations have been worked on as well as quilting, sewing, art and other equally romantic pursuits.

Keywords: Two spacious accommodations each with private entrance and bath attached to Oak Shade Main House by a breezeway.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Marian Wingo
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 3, 2016
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About Marian Wingo

I am a high-energy beyond midlife woman whose world altered dramatically after Hurricane Katrina. Only one block off the beach my property was undamaged and I housed five homeless families and 28 people after the storm.

When tourism returned I revved-up and revitalized the place but decided to no longer offer breakfast to my guests. Instead, they may bring their own provisions or enjoy numerous restaurant options in downtown Ocean Springs, walking distance from Oak Shade .

My four children are grown, responsible, professionals who are advocates for the environment, possess excellent credit ratings and who return each year to this lovely small town where they grew up.

I love to read and I provide guests with a wide assortment of books for their pleasure: travel, nature, art, history, fiction, biography and poetry.

My goal is to die young at an old age and having this wonderful property helps to ensure that eventuality!

Marian Wingo purchased this bungalow in 1988

Why Marian Wingo chose Mississippi

I wanted to be able to walk along the beach day or night in a safe community with good neighbors, where both nature and the arts are celebrated.

Ocean Springs is all that and more! Restaurants, the library and the Walter Anderson Museum are also within easy walking distance.

My five young grandchildren enjoy the Little Children's Park and Fort Maurepas State Park, both walking distance from Oak Shade. My adult children appreciate the Inner Harbor Park, walking to local restaurants and being able to visit the library just up the street.

What makes this bungalow unique

With a small-town atmosphere, charming downtown area, safe streets and friendly people, Ocean Springs is a visitor's paradise.


This area is a vacation destination with numerous outdoor recreational pursuits as well as stimulating art and music venues.

Gulf Islands National Seashore is nearby as well as the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.

Ocean Springs offers two beaches, Front Beach a block from Oak Shade and East Beach a drive across the Inner Harbor Bridge.

Shearwater Pottery and the Mary C. O'Keefe Cultural Center are 'must-see' venues.

Most often guests comment on the location, privacy, and coziness of staying at any of the three Oak Shade options. And they return again and again!


based on 45 traveler reviews

Oak Shade: Year Round Retreat, Fully Furnished!
average rating of 4.977778 based on 45 reviews

Great Location and Owner!

  • 5 of 5

As a resident of Ocean Springs, I have driven and biked by this home many times not even realizing it was a BnB. I toured it last week and it is a really neat property and Marian was so nice. This would be the perfect spot to stay if you are from out of town or even if you are local and just wanted a "staycation" for a weekend. Walking distance to the beach and downtown and has great historic appeal as well. I would recommend Oak Shade to anyone wanting something other than your typical hotel as a place to stay in OS. Lots of rooms, nice soaking tubs, manicured grounds and relaxing patios & front porch if you just want to sit and relax with coffee or one of her many books from her library. 2 thumbs up!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Jennifer! Your lovely comments about Oak Shade are appreciated.
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Family getaway

  • 5 of 5

First of all, Marian was very nice and accomodating. Oak Shade was perfect, from the cleanliness of the house to the location. Loved the screened in porch as we did enjoy it in the mornings and evenings. The house is within walking distance to the beach, in which we did everyday. If we vacation in Ocean Springs again, we will definitely come back to Oak Shade. Thank you again Marian!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great review from wonderful guests! Thank you and come again...
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A Wonderful Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Oak Shade is a very comfortable, clean, and accommodating home-away-from-home. My friend and I had a wonderful time without worrying about any of the details. The apartment is also within walking distance from the town center where you'll find many fine restaurants, shops, and churches. The beach is also just a block away. This was a great choice for a relaxing weekend.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much! Please come back....
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Duluth, GA, USA

Wonderful Homey Feel in a Wonderful Town

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I came through Ocean Springs in between Houston and Atlanta, and we stayed a night at Oak Shade. We were very pleased with the atmosphere and amenities provided, the short walk to the Gulf coast made for a wonderful morning, and the town was also very fun and inviting. All in all, we had an excellent experience at Oak Shade, and would highly recommend it for anyone coming through the Mississippi Gulf Coast!

  • Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Drew & Cat, for this sweet review. Indeed I agree with your assessment about the town and Oak Shade. Please visit again.
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Meridian, Ms

Gregg and Nancy Bordelon

  • 5 of 5

Very nice property. Was impressed with the cleanliness. We really enjoyed the screened in porch. Within walking distance to all the restaurants, boutiques, art galleries etc. We will stay again!!! Very lovely! BUZZY'S has a great breakfast!!!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hälsingland Sweden

Warm welcoming in late evening!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Oak shade BB. Great location and comfortable and also very friendly atmosfhere. Would like to come back!! Breakfast at Bussy´s completed our stay!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. So glad you made it home safely.
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Tax Rate 9.0%

There are three private bath, private entrance rentals at Oak Shade. Prices vary ($125.-155.), are open to negotiation and depend upon length of stay.

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Ocean Springs Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Palmetto Suite offers 2 queen-beds @$155. Azalea Room offers one queen-bed @$135; Main House @$175. offers two queen beds & use of full kitchen. All three spaces are private entrance and bath.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Oak Shade Main House is the original Harbor Master's Home for Ocean Springs Harbor and is located one block off beach, walking distance to the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, two playgrounds, library, restaurants and shops in the charming downtown area of historic Ocean Springs. Nearby is Gulf Islands National Seashore with a Visitor's Center rebuilt since Hurricane Katrina. Over 100 restaurants help the visitor to understand the slogan: 'Ocean Springs, where the Coast comes to dine!' Oak Shade is an award winning B&B property and was the first B&B established in Ocean Springs. Though no longer serving breakfast Oak Shade provides the Palmetto Room Suite and the Azalea Room with a microwave, toaster, small refrigerator, and coffee maker and guests are welcome to bring their own provision. Private, charming and comfortable, Oak Shade offers the perfect get-away for the business traveler as well as a retreat for family reunions and a vacation destination for families.

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