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Mild Winter Beach House for Beach Walks, Fishing, Golf, Birding or Porch Sitting

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 14 - 26 nights

Overview

About the property

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

Non-Smoking Property - Oyster Reef, our beach retreat can be yours. Golfing, Fishing & Birding are really great in our mild winters. Located just 45 minutes from New Orleans, it is a world apart. Custom built 7 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. Walk the sidewalk 1/2 mile to town for our favorite Cat Island Coffee Shop and Pass Book Store, or many great restaurants and wonderful local shops.

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. The kitchen is fully stocked with all pots, pans and dishes required. Bring food. 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.

*Want to be on an island in north-east Florida? Check out Coquina Cottage in Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Florida. A modernized historic cottage in downtown Fernandina Beach. Key words 'Historic downtown Fernandina Beach' VRBO # 296523*

More Details

Owner
Maureen & George Rayborn
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 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 Pass Christian

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.

Map

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
5 Miles
I-10
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.

Amenities

Pass Christian House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Tenant is responsible for pickup and disposal in garbage of all pet waste, whether in our yard or in public areas.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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)
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

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Mild Winter Beach House for Beach Walks, Fishing, Golf, Birding or Porch Sitting
average rating of 4.5333333 based on 15 reviews
Prairieville LA
5

Great Stay

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 7 week stay at Oyster Reef. The house was wonderful, warm an inviting, with incredible views.

It comes fully furnished and well stocked, with lots of amenities and all the comforts of home.

The screened in front porch was great for : relaxing, dining, morning coffee, evening cocktails, reading a good book, watching the fisherman and boats go by, admiring the family of pelicans that hang out near the pier and maybe if you're lucky you might see dolphins swimming and playing in the surf.

We started and ended every day on that great porch.

Our children, grandchildren and other family members from 1-85 also enjoyed relaxing and hanging out in the large pool. The outdoor shower and bathroom was ideal and came in handy.

The manager Gayla and her husband Jim are the 2 nicest people you will ever meet. They are always a text or phone call away. We are looking forward to our next visit.

The Lambert's

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little Rock, AR
5

Pass Time

  • 5 of 5

Our September at Oyster Reef Cottage in the 'Pass' was perfect. A serene spot on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The house is beautiful and the layout works great for both family and private time. The screen porch was the place to be! Watching the water, fishing boats, beachcombers, and the busy world passing by. We enjoyed cool breezes through the live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, reminiscent of days gone. Everyone we met from Bay Saint Louis to Ocean Springs was gracious and helpful. We felt like we were home. We are all ready for more time in the 'Pass'.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beebe, AR
5

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: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.