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Modern Beach House for Golf/Fishing/Swimming or Walk the Beach - Non-Smoking

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 26 nights


About the property

2 BdRm, 2 Bath - Beautiful Private Beachfront Creole Cottage, Private Pool

Non-Smoking Oyster Reef, our beach retreat can be yours. Golfing & Fishing are really great in our mild winters. Located just 45 minutes from New Orleans, it is a world apart. Custom built 6 years ago our home is set in a stand of majestic live oak trees, which makes it a birders paradise for watching resident and migrant birds. The home is beachfront with a very wide, very deep, very private screened front porch spanning the front of the home. Follow the oyster and shrimp boats fishing on the Mississipppi Sound of the Gulf of Mexico. Golfing and fishing are year around activities here on the MS Gulf Coast - 2 excellent golf courses located in Pass Christian. Fishing pier located just down the beach at our harbor. Or take a charter boat out for deep water fishing in the Gulf.

Our private pool is large and features a pleasant deck with table and chairs for picnics.

Non-smoking property - minimum one month rental.

The interior of the home has 12 foot ceilings, beautiful crown molding, ceiling fans and wide pine floors throughout.

The large living room is highlighted by French doors opening onto the front porch, and a wood burning fireplace. The dining room seats up to eight and includes a floor-to-ceiling closet with wine cooler. The kitchen features a double wall oven, gas range top, granite counters, lighted wall pantry and lots of cabinets and shelf space. Laundry room with washer & dryer is in the living area.

The master bedroom, with queen size bed, faces the beach and opens onto the screened porch through French doors. The guest room, with twin beds, overlooks the pool. Each bedroom has its own full bath.

In this quaint little town, you can enjoy golfing, tennis, fishing, boating, walking and hiking, beachcombing, sunbathing and a beautiful harbor filled with historic fishing boats and modern recreational craft. Downtown Pass Christian features wonderful restaurants, pubs and gift and specialty shops.

Golfers really appreciate the two golf courses located in Pass Christian, Timber Ridge and The Oaks, plus multiple others on the coast. These are popular year around with our mild weather.

Boaters/Fishermen - there are 5 boat launches within a mile of Oyster Reef, plus multiple public piers, and of course, salt water wade fishing right out our front door.

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More Details

Maureen & George Rayborn
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 2017

About Maureen & George Rayborn

George Rayborn grew up in Hattiesburg in southern Mississippi and Maureen got here as soon as she could, right out of college. From then on, although living in the north-east, our love affair with Mississippi, especially the coast, grew.

Both retired attorneys, we do volunteer work in Pass Christian and our other home of Deleware. We enjoy our time at Oyster Reef and know that you will too. Our hint, our local library is one of the best, with not only books, DVD's & computers, but events & concerts.

Our good friend, Gayla Schmitt, handles most of the arrangements for renting Oyster Reef for us, as well as being a local presence to help with any special needs. 'Where can I find fresh shrimp? At the harbor on the boats'

Maureen & George Rayborn purchased this house in 2004

Why Maureen & George Rayborn chose Mississippi

We have lived in Pass Christian at different times over the past 40 years. In 2004, we bought a lovely old home surrounded by live oak trees on this beachfront land on West Beach Boulevard. A year later, Hurricane Katrina washed away our home and its guest cottage. The only things that survived were the trees and our mailbox. Over the next several years, we lived in various places, including a FEMA trailer and out of state, while we built a new small rear cottage first, and finally this wonderful, Creole-style home overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The house is furnished with lovingly restored furniture from my childhood home, along with new, bright, fun beach-type pieces and artwork. We love the new house and we think that you will too. Maureen and George Rayborn

What makes this house unique

Our front screened porch is what brings us back, always. Just sit and watch the fishermen, dolphins & white sand beach, while enjoying your book.

Where else can you look out from your porch and watch the 'tongers' bringing in oysters on the reef, then go to the harbor and buy them fresh? Of course, there are also the shrimpers and fresh shrimp or just go to our local restaurants and let them cook it. All of these are what make us want to keep returning to Oyster Reef.

People - we have the friendliest, most-hospitable people in the world in Pass Christian. Just ask someone for directions and the next thing you know, you'll be sharing lunch.


Pass Christian House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Oversize shower with 3 shower heads
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , Tub/Shower combo make this great for guests.
  • Baths are all modern and fully equipped with towels etc. We also provide a starter supply of consumables (soap, paper etc. for bath and kitchen)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Master Bedroom has queen size bed, matching bureau & chest
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 2 Twin Beds with matching chest
  • French doors open onto our private screened porch in the trees. Our high ceilings throughout the house make sleeping with the windows open a dream. Lots of closet space.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The high ceilings and tall doors and windows allow Gulf of Mexico breezes to cool the house with our mild climate. However, if the weather isn't perfect, we have central heat and air conditioning for year around comfort. The view is especially nice, since our home is raised a full story off the ground. It is all on one floor, once you're up there.


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Modern Beach House for Golf/Fishing/Swimming or Walk the Beach - Non-Smoking
average rating of 4.4615383 based on 13 reviews

Pass Christian Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Our vacation at Oyster Reef was wonderful! The home was lovely and the fenced yard was perfect for our dog. We enjoyed sitting on the screened porch as well as relaxing in the back yard next to the pool. The home had all of the amenities we required, and Gayla and her husband were very helpful with any questions we had. We would, definitely, stay here for future vacations.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful spot!

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about this location, house, or contact. Gayla was responsive answering all my many questions and even worked with me to adjust my dates. Pass Christian is small and private - just what we were looking for. And the people are SO FRIENDLY! We went to Shaggy's, which is a great experience (try the beach balls!), and to Bacchus on the Beach (I had these french fries with something they called "debris" but is a fantastic pot roast). We walked quite a bit. The house, though, is fantastic! High ceilings, comfy furniture, fully stocked kitchen. The pool was lovely, but the screened in porch is my favorite, shaded by HUGE live oaks with a view of the beach and water. You are probably 100 yards from the water's edge. It's wonderful. I would definitely stay here again. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beebe, AR

Absolutely fantastic!

  • 5 of 5

This is a delightful place for a relaxing vacation! It's in an ideal location--apart enough to have plenty of privacy in the house, pool, and on the beach. Yet it's also near many attractions, shopping, and restaurants. We had a wonderful two weeks relaxing on the screened porch, building sand castles, swimming in the ocean and pool, flying kites, taking walks, watching dolphins--we could have stayed longer! The house has everything needed for your ideal vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Outstanding Stay for the Money!!!

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding property for family vacation, I would recommend this property for anyone to use. The Manager of the property is very responsive and handles any and all issues immediately. Don't let this opportunity for an outstanding family vacation pass you by.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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River Ridge, La

Cool breeze and relaxing

  • 4 of 5

This is was our second stay at Oyster Reef and we are booked for 2016. Our fav thing about the house is the lovely screened in porch. The view of the gulf and especially the ocean breeze are wonderful. Thanks to Gayla and Jim for all of your recommendations on things to do and places to dine.

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hamburg, Germany

Dagmar and Reinhard

  • 4 of 5

We are from Germany, we've rented many homes over the last 20 years.

We just had an amazing month in this beautiful home. Everything was just perfect and we had a fantastic time. The home is very nicely decorated and very clean.The kitchen is great and we loved it to prepare our meals. The neighbors are very friendly.

The fishing was not so good (not the best time of year). My husband tried all fishing piers, no success. But we enjoyed the beautiful beaches. Unfortunately, between the beach and the house is a busy road.

Thanks for the nice time in your house.

Dagmar and Reinhard

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Gulfport/Biloxi - GPT
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Shaggy's at the Harbor
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Pass Christian Isles Golf Club & The Oaks Golf
Nearest Train
60 Miles
New Orleans, LA
Nearest Motorway
West Beach Blvd.
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Full Downtown selection & Shopping
Nearest Beach
Across the Street, Pass Christian
Car: recommended

With New Orleans & the French Quarter only 1 hour away and Casino Row only 20 minutes away in Biloxi, it's hard to remember that Relaxation is the main 'must do' at the beach here in Pass Christian. Walking is a popular activity here, as well as Sunset watching. Golf is a major attraction on the Gulf Coast, especially in winter, with 2 courses in Pass Christian, Timber Ridge and The Oaks, plus Grand Bear and many others within an easy drive.

Build your appetite for local shrimp, oysters or fish bought from the fishermen on their boats, whether cooked in your modern kitchen or at any of several local restaurants.

26 miles of open beaches give a beautiful entrance to several world class art Museums - Ohr O'keefe Museum, designed by Geary to showcase potter George Ohr in Biloxi and the Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs.

Plan to visit lots of local restaurants as well as our Saturday Market in the Park for fresh produce and art gifts to take home.

So, if you want to spend time at the BlackJack tables or top name concert at a casino or just entertain your grandchildren in the pool or at the beach with sandcastle building, Pass Christian is the place and Oyster Reef is the beach house for you.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Pet Fee $75
Cleaning Fee $130

NO SMOKING PROPERTY! For offline lease or payment arrangements, please email owner.
Pets Welcome - add $75 per pet fee to payment total

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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