About the property
- Cottage1539 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 nights
On the bay with private beach access! Sleeps 6 in paradise.
'Happy Shack' is the ultimate old Florida getaway. With lots of love and attention to unique details, this 1940's military barrack has been transformed to the perfect beach bungalow. Happy Shack sits on a large bay-front lot...cross the street to our private, deeded beach with huge tiki hut on the gulf. (The tiki is shared by one neighbor) The main house has two bedrooms and the property has an additional detached, enclosed gazebo that sleeps two. Two bedrooms have sinks, allowing extra convenience. Enjoy two covered and screened porches (front and back) with plenty of seating. Outside boasts a big bay-view backyard with large outdoor shower, stone fire pit, oyster roaster, horseshoe court, hammock and large swing down by the water to enjoy the bay. Cable, wi-fi, boombox, washer/dryer, grill and fully equipped kitchen. A boat ramp is less than a mile from the Happy Shack and there is plenty of room on the property for a boat and trailer with additional cars. Some guests have enjoyed anchoring their boat in the bay behind the house and wade or shuttle in on a small dinghy. (we do not have a dock) Not recommended for toddlers and children 5 & under. Additional videos and photos can be seen on our Facebook page @HappyShackBeach
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- May 19, 2018
About Allison Ager
We are Allison and Robert from Tallahassee, FL. Allison has two sons in college (SEC) and Robert has a son in high school. We live and work in Tallahassee. Allison grew up visiting Alligator Point as a kid and Robert came to love it after graduating from Florida State (we are big FSU fans, so it's an interesting family dynamic). The 'Happy Shack' is reflection of who we are. We have poured our hearts and souls into transforming this property into the ultimate getaway!
Allison Ager purchased this Cottage in 2016
Why Allison Ager chose Alligator Point
We fell in love with the old Florida charm that we saw in the 'Happy Shack'. We stumbled on this property in the spring of 2016 and recognized that with a lot of elbow grease, we could have a little slice of heaven. It's beautifully weathered and awesome! The eclectic details are all around you, be sure to take them in. We are pretty sure you will feel that you 'fell into' the most amazing cottage on Alligator Point! Don't let the exterior fool you....it's a gem!
What makes this Cottage unique
Besides the breezy vibe that Happy Shack offers, there's a bit of 'famous' here as well. Best selling author Connie May Fowler owned this home for 17 years and the gazebo house where she wrote, is now named the 'Fowler House' in her honor. You will find her books in the home...read them, they are wonderful! Connie adapted "Before Women had Wings" for Oprah Winfrey. The result was an Emmy-winning film starring Ms. Winfrey and Ellen Barkin. Her latest writing (April 2017) "A Million Fragile Bones" is all about her life at the Happy Shack and the BP oil spill that broke her heart.
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Allison seems to be a very nice person.
The place is clean, cozy, and accommodating.
The back yard is awesome. We cut up a whole ribeye and cooked the steaks over seasoned oak wood on the oyster grill.
It is a really neat place to stay. Would highly recommend.
Adorable! Comfy! Cozy!! Everything you need for the comforts of home are provided. Beautiful bay to kayak, and swim. Sweet sunbathing areas. The most comfortable beds EVER! Beauty in nature all around. This was my 2nd trip to the Happy Shack. Planning a third trip.
BRAVO and WELL DONE!!!
You will be happy in "Happy Shack"! Bright, clean, comfortable and fun! We loved the choices of the porches - back or front - sun or shade. A beautiful view in all directions. Loved the beach - just steps away. The history of the "shack" was quite interesting - I read three of Connie May Fowler books that had been written when she lived in the "shack".
Allison was great - easy to reach for any questions or needs.
If you are looking for a peaceful break from the hustle and bustle - visit the Happy Shack - you'll be HAPPY you did.
Absolutely loved our stay at the happy shack!! The convenience of the bay to the back and the beach to the front gives you the best of both worlds!! The Fowler house was the most wonderful to sleep in! Loved looking out at the bay in bed every morning. My only warning is you must plan a very detailed grocery trip prior to arrival because the closest decent grocery store is 40 minutes away. Fresh seafood and liquor store was about a 20 minute drive. But the remote uncrowded nature of alligator point is what my family loves! We will definitely return!!
Happy Shack exceeded our expectations. Our family enjoyed the Gulf and the bay, the abundant wildlife in the area and the pure peacefulness that seems to be what Alligator Point is all about. We are in love with the area and are looking forward to our next visit. Thank you, Allison, for sharing the Shack.
Perfect vacation. . .
My family & I absolutely loved happy shack and can’t wait to return. Everything was so peaceful, charming, and relaxing.
Alligator Point contains miles of untouched white sand beaches, sea oat covered sand dunes, Bald Point State park a 5,000 acre protected wildlife area nationally acclaimed as a bi-annual stopover for migrating birds and butterflies, hiking trails, bicycling, kayaking, full service marina, boat ramps, fishing charters, tiki bar. You will not find crowds, strip malls and amusement parks – this is classic old Florida on the Forgotten Coast!
A few miles north towards Panacea there are seafood restaurants, a liquor store, fresh seafood markets and a Dollar General with produce, milk, etc.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
We prefer a 4 night rental, however if our Calendar will fit you in for a three night stay, we will consider it! If you are checking out on a Sunday, we will have to charge $120 for cleaning on Sundays (per housekeepers). Storms: If there is a storm or hurricane, refunds will be provide for the following reasons: • The state or local authorities order mandatory evacuations in a "Tropical Storm/Hurricane Warning area" and/or • The day that the authorities order a mandatory evacuation order in a "Tropical Storm/Hurricane Warning," area, we will refund: Any unused portion of rent from a guest currently registered; Any unused portion of rent from a guest that is scheduled to arrive, and wants to shorten the stay, to come in after the Hurricane Warning is lifted; and Any advance rents collected or deposited for a reservation that is scheduled to arrive during the "Hurricane Warning" period. If any appliance, utility or air conditioning fails, the owner is expected to call for repair and remedy the situation in a reasonable manner. If the situation cannot be resolved in a timely manner, guests will be refunded for unused portion of rent and day(s) of inconvenience and asked to depart the premises.