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31 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 30 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 - 30 nights


Gulf Shores Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Please NOTE: only Saturday to Saturday rentals June, July and August.

A VERY SPECIAL PLACE... Wonderful family home with large decks and screened porch. Relax on 2 heavily wooded bayfront acres. The house has 3 bedrooms and 2 baths with a greatroom/kitchen. Beach. Bay. Also an Outside Shower! Pingpong table. New pier for fishing and crabbing. Secluded and private but only 15 minutes to all the action. Across the road from Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge, where you can hike trails, and enjoy the most beautiful white sandy beach!

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Melissa Callaway
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2016
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Guestbook comments from the owner

We were specifically looking for 3 things:

1) an uncrowded, quiet place on the water

2) a place we could take our dogs

3) a great kitchen to cook & enjoy fresh seafood

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Hope to be back soon!!
Apr 2013
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based on 31 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.935484 based on 33 reviews

Shellbanks is a warm, lovely home in a beautiful classic setting and with a spectacular view.

  • 5 of 5

From the minute we drove down the drive we knew we would love the house. It was tucked amongst 100 year-old live oaks on a beautiful lot with a fantastic view of Mobile Bay. The house is decorated like our own lake house at home and we felt right at home immediately. We caught crabs and fished from the pier, spent the afternoons on own little beach next to the bay, and our evenings on the screened porch were wonderful. Having coffee on the deck in the morning watching pelicans and cranes catch fish was so cool. There's a little restaurant (Sassy Bass) just down the road and it was great when we weren't cooking seafood. Our entire family (including our four-legged children) loved it and hated to leave. We're already planning a repeat trip next year! Thanks Melissa!

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love the location

  • 5 of 5

The views was amazing. Caught bunch of crabs. The house was wonderful. We had so much fun grilling and my dog loved the yard. We will be back next year

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Inviting and lovely

  • 5 of 5

We( myself, 2- 16yo, 2- 17yo, and 2- 23yo) had a wonderful week! Melissa's home is so comfortable and relaxing. I loved the Spanish moss covered oak trees and enjoyed them for the backdrop of an outdoor movie nite to celebrate my son's 16th birthday while we were there! We set up screen on the lower deck and lined chairs on lower and upper deck..... truly magical! We all enjoyed fishing and caught enough blue crabs for everyone to experience ( must say, we probably could have caught more had we been fully engaged). Also, enjoyed paddle boarding in the bay! The sleeping porch was fantastic in the evenings and I slept out there most nights. Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!! Thanks Melissa for communicating so quickly and kindly! We will be back!!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great vacation spot.

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with the house and yard. So many extras provided to meet our needs. The view is stunning and the long driveway kept all traffic sounds away. Playing in the Gulf and fishing and crabbing off the pier made for some great memories. our guys were able to get in a great snapper fishing trip. There was alot of room for parking our 2 boats and our guests vehicles. If we hadn't had 5 grandchildren with us it would have been very relaxing, but we did enjoy it all. The home was very clean and comfortable. Would recommend this to anyone wanting to get away from all the craziness of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Thanks for helping us have a great vacation. Sidney and Barbara Foster, and the grands.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a great time. The house was very peaceful.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome...feels like home!!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were able to stay at this property, with our dogs, for an extended period of time. We felt at at home from the minute we walked in. Everything was as advertised and more. Home has everything you need for your stay. This home provides many places for relaxing from a screened in porch, to the Adirondack chairs on the deck, to the perfectly placed seating on the dock to watch beautiful sunsets. Location is the best of both worlds. You feel you are in a remote location but are not far away from all the amenities of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Not only was Melissa very accommodating, her neighbors were equally nice and welcoming to us and our DOGS. We will definitely be looking for another opportunity to return to this wonderful property.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Fort Morgan
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Kiva Dunes, Peninsula, Gulf State Park
Nearest Motorway
40 Miles
I 10
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
Car: necessary

Bayfront Fishing, Swimming, and Boating. Gulf Beaches and Wildlife Refuge Trails just across the street. Many Attractions, Shopping, and Historical Fort nearby.


Rates & Availability

Gulf Shores Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 11 2016 - Nov 30 2016
4 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2016 - Feb 28 2017
30 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 11.0%


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Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • King Size Memory Foam Bed (1), Double Bed (1), Twin or Single Beds (4) 3rd & 4th Single Beds are on the screen porch.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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