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Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

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!

Property Manager
Susan Carley
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018

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 Royal Lagoons

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!


Royal Lagoons House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
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 ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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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Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset
average rating of 4.690909 based on 55 reviews

A Wonderful Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Our Home Away vacation has given us many good memories to talk about forever. Everything was pretty near perfect. The house had everything furnished. The views from every angle were like painted pictures, something new every day. Fishing was great once I learned how, the seafood delicious, my bike rides everyday, being with family, the ferry rides to Wolf Bay, just sitting out on the porch drinking my coffee.....on and on and on. The dolphins putting on a show and Mr. Blue waiting on me to catch his fish for him. Were the highlights. What a Wonderful vacation God blessed us with.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled to hear your vacation was so awesome Vickie! Coffee on the front porch and watching the dolphins is always my favorite thing also. We hope you return to Lil House again some day. Mr Blue will be waiting!
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Very relaxing, we were able to enjoy our family!!

  • 5 of 5

The house had picture perfect views! We were able to see dolphins every day from the porch! That is something our daughter and grand daughters will never forget! We were also able to enjoy the kayaks and paddle board! I wish we could have stayed longer! We hope to be able to come back again in a few years. We had excellent weather as well!! Thank you Susan for allowing us to stay in your home!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy to hear you made lasting memories at Lil House. And glad the dolphins didn’t disappoint! Hope to see you next time!
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Marthas Vineyard, Ma

Good times in Dauphin Island

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at “LilHouse”. The house had everything we needed. The weather was a little cold the first two weeks but then it got nice and warm. We did a lot of exploring to Bayou La Batre, Mobile, Fort Morgan and Orange beach. Enjoyed all of the Mardi Gras celebrations while we were there.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Lil House

  • 5 of 5

Very enjoyable place to stay on the island - especially enjoyed the spectacular sunsets. Cozy, clean, and comfortable home.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad y’all enjoyed your month-long stay! Hope to see you again!
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Madison, Al

Great location and views

  • 5 of 5

We stayed a week and had a relaxing time biking and fishing. We saw dauphins everyday and the beach was very peaceful. The house is in a great location and the view of the water from the house is fantastic. The house has lots of fun perks. Great Time!

  • Submitted: Nov 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy to have y'all this past week at Lil House and hope to see you again in the near future!
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We loved the house and everything about it! Susan was a dream to work with! Will definitely be back!

  • 5 of 5

The house was the perfect fit for our family! Amazing views from every seat, beds were comfy, kitchen had more than we needed, couldn't have been more pleased, just wish we could've stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay! You were very easy to work with also, making my job easy! Hope to see you again! Susan
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Pet Fee $50
Damage Insurance $59
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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

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