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"HAPPY SHACK" Beach & Bay | Best of both worlds!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,539 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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. Cross the street to our private, deeded beach with large tiki hut on the gulf. 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. 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. Not recommended for toddlers and children 5 & under.

More Details

Allison Ager
Member since: 2017
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 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.

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 not perfect, but it really is awesome! The eclectic details are all around you, be sure to take them in!

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 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.


Alligator Point Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1539 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , View the Bay from our huge shower & dressing room!
  • Bathroom connects to laundry room, which opens to back of house. This allows guests in the 'Fowler House' to enter the bathroom or main house without having to walk through the living room.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Sink, TV, Ceiling fan, black out curtains.
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Ceiling fan, blackout curtains
    Bedroom 3 - 2 queen , TV,window AC,space heater,sink, blackout curtains,ceilingfan
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • marina
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Please keep in mind that the nature of this military barrack lends itself to quirky, fun amenities. Our floors are natural and have years and years of use on them. The Happy Shack is clean and comfy, but maybe not for the 'prissy'! The AC works as it should, but in super hot temperatures of the summer, this house will not cool to 68 degrees in the heat of the day, but we are sure you will be comfortable! Many of the windows in the Happy Shack are original 'pocket windows'. Don't be alarmed when you hear squirrels scampering across the tin roof; they are kinda cool and...some of them are white! For everyone's sanity, we prefer not to host families with children age 5 & under. There' s just too much for them to get into! :)


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"HAPPY SHACK" Beach & Bay | Best of both worlds!
average rating of 5.0 based on 31 reviews
Knoxville, TN

Perfect vacation. . .

  • 5 of 5

My family & I absolutely loved happy shack and can’t wait to return. Everything was so peaceful, charming, and relaxing.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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  • 5 of 5

2nd yr staying here. Will be back every year!! If you want a taste of "old world florida" with peace and quiet, this is IT!! The house is Awesome. Ocean view in front, Alligator bay out back. Allison, the owner, is Awesome! Best vacation ever. My home away from home. The BEST!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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The best beach 2 weeks of my life! We did not want for a thing. Beach and bay steps away.

  • 5 of 5

This is the most peaceful and relaxing place in the world. AP has it all and Allison & Robert have put love and effort into keeping the historical aspects perfect while adding comfortable modern furniture. Kudos. Loved the artwork throughout the house.The beach was nearly empty but loved all the dogs and their persons.Dolphins and Coots in numbers. We will be back to Happy Shack and AP

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Clearwater fl

Pura Vida!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

As the cushion on the comfy couch says...PURA VIDA!!!! The next best thing to owning Happy Shack is renting it now and then! If you need to chill out this is your spot. So much history in this cottage. Much to amuse you..including the swing on the bay, the oyster pit in the back yard,the hut on the beach, and plenty of wildlife including dancing dolphins. We were here in January and it was quite cozy inside even though the temps were in the 50s and 60s. The sun was shining most of the time and it was warm at the beach...which we had mostly to ourselves. This is our second trip and we will be back!!! ( If there is a week open......check out to see how much it is rented, and this is a relatively new rental. Many folks have discovered this gem in a very short amount of tie. If you are lucky enough to will be back again and again as well!)

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Clinton, New York

Super-cute and comfy

  • 5 of 5

Huge windows and porches--gorgeous gulf view, across the road from the beach. We pushed the twin beds together, brought an air mattress, and had plenty of room for 6 adults, one kid. Pragmatically speaking, this cottage has everything you need--from condiments to a double oven, to a great front-loading washer/dryer. The best part, though: The artistic touches. Local artists' prints. Hilarious shelf men (have to see for yourself), a paintbrush hung at at the perfect angle to take sand off your feet. It's just so full of the owners' charm it's hard to describe. We loved our stay and would stay again.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Clearwater fl

Magical Mojo!

  • 5 of 5

Ummmmmmm. If you like both the beach and the bay this is the spot for you. So much fun! Horseshoes/Bayside swing/Kayaking/ fishing/oyster roasting/ and a home with history. White squirrels/eagles/dolphins.......a place for all...unless you are looking for a highly commercial/crowded spot. That is definitely not Alligator Point. This cottage has unbelievable mojo. It welcomes you to your home away from home! Can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Nearest Airport
44 Miles
Tallahassee International Airport
Nearest Golf
19 Miles
St. James Bay Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
9.2 Miles
Angelo & Son's Seafood
Nearest Beach
Alligator Point

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 small grocery store




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $80
Refundable damage deposit $100

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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