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Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Wood Fireplace


About the property

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!

Melissa Callaway
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 17, 2017

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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Gulf Shores Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.9411764 based on 36 reviews

Just What we needed!!

  • 5 of 5

We came down for our Daughters wedding in Orange Beach on the beach.That was the only time we went to the beach,a cold front came though that weekend.We were so pleased with the house!!The views was amazing.The house use beautiful and clean; Caught bunch of crabs. We had so much fun grilling and my dogs loved the yard. We will be back next year when we make sure it will be you so much Melissa for letting us enjoy your home.This is the place to stay,you will love it!!God Bless

  • Submitted: May 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mandeville, LA

Just what the doctor ordered!

  • 5 of 5

This was one of the most memorable vacations we've had as a family. There was plenty to do and nothing to do, whichever worked best for you. The first thing I noticed was the cleanliness of the place, and I instantly felt comfortable. We had 3 of our children with us. The 8 year old was so happy to go catch crabs and play in the sand and explore the grounds. The 13 year old loved the crabbing and our days at the beach. The 17 year old loved the porch to read her books and draw. And my husband and I loved the tranquility of the deck for coffee in the morning and cocktails at sunset along with the pelicans. We have already scheduled our return visit, and I am counting the days!

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable and quiet bay side retreat

  • 5 of 5

Nice sprawling property within minutes to beach, stores, nightlife and restaurants. Owner was easy to reach with any questions. Very relaxing.

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May 13 2017 - Sep 8 2017
7 night minimum stay
Sep 9 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $80 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%


Owner's Cancellation Policy

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