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Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset

31 Reviews
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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Minimum Stay
6 nights


Royal Lagoons House Rental Photos and Description

The Lil House is a four bedroom, three bath, house on stilts with a porch all the way around allowing for a breeze at anytime of the day or night. It has the best view of the sunset on Dauphin Island allowing for memorable front porch memories. The sandy yard with seawall just feet from the porch allows for the best of both island worlds--sand fun for the kids, and boat access for the sports enthusiast. The fishing from seawall/boardwalk is great both day and night. Dolphins are frequent visitors at Lil House and can often be seen swimming in front of the house. So whether you are a family with small children, or snowbirds looking for tranquility, or a fishing afficienado, the Lil House is for you!

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Susan Carley
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016
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About Susan Carley

I am a 49 year old mother of two middle schoolers living in Mobile, Alabama with my husband, Kevin. I own a coffee shop in the historic part of town called Cream & Sugar Café. We live just a short 35 minute drive from the island where we love ALL water sports and just watching the sunsets and dolphins....that never gets old!

Susan Carley purchased this house in 1974

Why Susan Carley chose Dauphin Island

My grandmother, Lil, built this beautiful island house in the early 70's and I grew up coming to the house every summer with my six cousins and two siblings. We have fond memories of running the seawall chasing porpoises, fishing morning and night, and crabbing with chicken bones with my grandmother. Now my children run the seawalls, catch our dinner, and swim in the very water that we did as children.

What makes this house unique

My uncle designed the house to be like a steamboat with a porch 'deck' all the way around the house, doors in every room that open out onto the 'deck', and water views from every window. The front porch with swing and rocking chairs offers the best sunset view on the island. It also sits so close to the seawall that the adults can sit in the shade (of upstairs or downstairs deck) and watch the kids as they swim, ski, or kayak in front of the house. Because the house is situated on a cul-de-sac, the children can ride their bikes and play safely with other neighborhood kids. The house faces the Mississippi Sound allowing for good fishing and boat access, but is directly across the street from Lafitte Bay which is a no wake zone and allows for great, safe place for kayaking or swimming. The house is just a short two block walk from the Gulf front beaches which gives you the option of a day at the beach or a day of watersports. The kids will also love sandcrabbing on the beach at night!


based on 31 traveler reviews

Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset
average rating of 4.709677 based on 31 reviews

Great bayside home!

  • 4 of 5

We spent a week on Dauphin Island in this lovely home with three teenage boys. The teen space was perfect for them as was the fishing off the porch! The home was clean, comfy and well-appointed.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We love the house it was a awesome week already planing our trip next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home

  • 5 of 5

I loved the house. Plenty of room for all 8 of us and everyone was happy. The girls loved playing in the sand and the boys spent most of their time fishing. We took the canoe out and lounged around in the chairs most of the time. The house was exactly as listed and very clean. All in all a wonderful place to stay!! We went to JT's Sunset Grill a few times and Skinner's to get fresh seafood. We also got icecream almost every day from island rainbow and it was good. We just really enjoy relaxing in Dauphin Island!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Homey and comfortable!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a month and our whole experience was terrific! The house was comfortable and had all we needed. We enjoyed watching birds and dolphins right from our deck. We had a short, three block, walk to the beach which we had to ourselves many afternoons. When bad weather threatened, Susan even offered shelter at her own home. We enjoyed the restaurants and seafood shop. The bakery was one of our daily stops! We would definitely like to stay again! Karen and Rick

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Very clean , great location

  • 4 of 5

Great location , well maintained inside .we enjoyed our stay there wish it were longer

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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Dauphin Island Rental on the water

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in your house right on the water! Weather was not good but loved the house. Had family visit from Oklahoma who wanted to go to the beach. The 2 teenage girls absolutely loved the bunk house. Anything we needed was provided in the house. Enjoyed dinner at the Islander restaurant and of course Skinner's. The grocery store/hardware store is very convenient. Susan was very nice and helpful. The Gulf is about 3 blocks away. We definitely will visit again! Thank you. Cindy and Mark Howard, Talladega

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
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Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab, The
Mobile Bay
Gulf of Mexico
Skinner's Seafood
"The best fish market anywhere around with fresh shrimp, crabmeat, oysters and fish. They wil..."
Lighthouse Bakery
"This is the real deal bakery! Hard to believe on this little island, but all teh croissants,..."
Sand Island Lighthouse
"This lighthouse is on the national historic registry. "
Mobile Bay Ferry
"The ferry runs every 45 minutes and will take pedestrians and cars across the bay to Ft. Mor..."
Public Beach
"The public beach at the West End has parking, bathrooms, and a little place to buy drinks an..."
The Estuarium
Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Mobile Airport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Dauphin Island-Mobile Bay-Gulf Shores Ferry
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Dauphin Island Public Beach
Car: necessary

Other Activities on the Island:

Paddleboard rental—Michael Wing with SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards)--(251)591-3316

Surfing lessons and rentals—Blue Revival (one of the little shops across from the condos)—(251)861-2048

Kayak and Bicycle Rentals—(251) 861-2222

In-land Fishing charters—the following licensed captains (who I all know personally) will pick you up at the house or the marina and take up to 4 or 5 fishing for speckled trout, blackfish, bluefish, etc. and bring you back within 4-6 hours for approximately $400. Richard Rutland, With Coldblooded Fishing, (251)459-5077, Joey Abruscato 251-680-0653, or Charlie Gray with Gray Gulf Charters, (251) 379-5067.

Deep Sea Fishing on the Lady Ann with Cap’t Mike—(251) 861-5302

Bird Sanctuary—even if you are not a bird watcher, this is an excellent sanctuary where you can enjoy a pleasant, shady walking trail through the pines and around estuaries all the way to the beach.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Estuarium and Aquarium--open 7 days a week. They now have a Stingray and Shark Tank where you can touch them. (251) 861-2141

Fort Gaines—(251) 861-6992 Tour the site of the battle of Mobile Bay

West End Public Beach with Inflatable Water Slide—there is good parking, or you can ride bikes to this beach. There is usually a food truck and bar.

Ferry ride—There is a ferry on the far east end of the island that takes passengers and cars across the mouth of Mobile Bay. The trip is 30 minutes over and 30 minutes back. It is fun to just go for a ride and stand on the deck watching the seagulls, pelicans, dolphins, and boats/ships/barges coming in and out of Mobile Bay. Or you can take the ferry over the bay for the day and tour Fort Morgan or have lunch at Tacky Jack’s or go spend the day in nearby Gulf Shores/Orange Beach where there is a Waterworld and putt-putt courses, and lots of touristy things to do if you or your kids are tired of the “sleepy little fishing village” of Dauphin Island. ; )

Children's Museum and Exploreum--located in downtown Mobile, just 30 miles away, also has an IMAX theater

USS Alabama Battleship is a popular tourist attraction is located on Mobile Bay Causeway about 35 miles away (near Exploreum.)

Bellingrath Gardens--only 15 miles away these gardens which are always in bloom is a beautiful site and popular tourist attraction.

Fairhope, Alabama is a precious village on the Eastern Shore of the Bay, about 50 miles away.


Rates & Availability

Royal Lagoons House Rental Rates

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6 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $150
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200

In case of cancellation, the first payment will be refunded at 100% if more than a 30-day notice is given of cancellation; 50% if less than a 30-day notice is given. The damage deposit of $200, which is included in the quote, will be refunded within two weeks of departure if there is no damage found. Check in is 4:00 pm on arrival date. Key entry information will be emailed. Checkout is 10:00 a.m.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Royal Lagoons House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bunkroom/Downstairs Bath - toilet , shower , This bath is located downstairs in teen bunkroom
    Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Master bedroom has a private bathroom.
    Sailboat Room - 1 double , Has a pull out mattress underneath bed for easy access.
    Seagull Room - 2 twin/ single
    Sofa Bed - 1 sleep sofa /futon , This sofa bed is located in main living room/kitchen area
    Teen Bunkroom - 2 twin/ single , Not accessible from house; not suitable for small children.
  • Queen Bed (1), Double Bed (1), Twin Beds (2), Sleeper Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (2)
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • shelling
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
The downstairs bunkroom is not suitable for small children since you must go outside and down the stairs (albeit covered) to access the room. But this room is a perfect 'get away' for teens with its sofa, TV and play station. The deck downstairs gets a nice breeze since the house is on stilts. There is covered seating and open deck area both adjacent to the sandy yard where the kids play and the boardwalk-covered seawall where someone is always fishing. There is a bike trail that extends from one end of the island to the other and several bike rental companies on the island. There is a sea lab and estuarium that is open to the public seven days a week. Its very educational and a new shark and stingray tanks allows for petting. There is a bird sanctuary on the island with a beautiful boardwalk leading through the piney area of the island to a secluded beach. Because the house has plenty of beds but limited living space area, for your comfort, we request no more than 10 guests.

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