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Beautiful Bayfront Retreat With Unbeatable Bay And Gulf Views

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Max 10 people

The owner is a retired seafaring Commander who dropped anchor on Bolivar and rebuilt this modern retreat after Hurricane Ike destroyed their original beach home. The 360 degree ocean and bay water views remind him of his time at sea in the wheelhouse. The beach and maritime motif can be seen throughout this beautiful retreat.

Sunrises over the Gulf of Mexico from your front porch and Sunsets over Rollover and Galveston Bays from the back porch or the lighted private pier are magnificent. There are redfish, trout, flounder, and crabs to be caught from the 150’ pier. Yachts, sailboats, kayaks, and commercial tugs and barges frequent the Intracoastal Waterway are just a few hundred yards off this private pier. It is only a short walk out the front of the house to the beach for surf fishing or to Rollover Pass for some of Texas’s best saltwater fishing.

After swimming, sunbathing or shelling on the beach out front, use the outdoor shower and hit the swim spa/hot tub and deck area back at the retreat. Watch sunset over the water and distant palms on one of the multiple decks. Crawl into one of several outdoor hammocks and let the sea breeze swing you to sleep.

The free Ferry to Galveston Island is only a 20 minute drive away where you can enjoy the Pleasure Pier, Moody Gardens, Schlitterbahn, The Strand, multiple restaurants, and other activities. The Commander’s Retreat is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, yet just a short drive if you want to hit Houston, Beaumont, or the casinos in Lake Charles which are just over 2 hours away.

More Details

Matt Kowaleski
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About Matt Kowaleski

We bought the original fish cabin 5 months before Hurricane Ike wiped us out. We rebuilt our home with every thought to living fulltime at some point. Alan is a retired Commander with NOAA who still works for NOAA in the maritime industry. Lynn works on the island in Galveston and can share with you all the 'secrets' of shopping and sightseeing on the island if you want to make the 20 minute ferry ride. We make our full time residence in Hitchcock, Texas along with our 16 year old Granddaughter.

Matt Kowaleski purchased this house in 2008

Why Matt Kowaleski chose Texas

We fell in love with the property the first time we saw it even though it was only a 1 bedroom fish camp. So many of our friends gave us so much grief that Lynn finally made the statement 'we bought the lot, not the house. We will insure it and wait for a hurricane to take it and then build our Dream House'. Famous last words as 5 months later Hurricane Ike did exactly that.

What makes this house unique

We have wonderful views from every vantage point as well every possible option from fishing, beach combing, sunbathing, swimming etc. Whether you want to be adventurous or just kick back and relax, this is the place to do it.


Bolivar Peninsula House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower , jetted tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master - 1 king
    Front Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 2 sleep sofa /futon , 2 Sleeper Sofas in Living Room
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • ski lift privileges
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(42 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Bayfront Retreat With Unbeatable Bay And Gulf Views
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 42 reviews
Houston, Texas


  • 5 of 5

Beautiful Home and Location

Very comfortable stay

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Iberia, La

Beautiful home with spectacular views!!

  • 5 of 5

I'm so glad I found this place, my husband & I absolutely loved it! We had a very quiet & relaxing 4 days here for our Anniversary. The home is beautiful & had everything we needed. Matt was quick to respond to any questions we had. Thanks! We will definitely be back next year!

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
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Pictures do not do it justice

  • 5 of 5

Thoroughly enjoyed our 3 day weekend! House was beautiful and had everything we needed and more. Decorated beautifully and everything was more than comfortable. Didn't want to leave. Will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Austin, TX

Really amazing property, the pictures don't do it justice.

  • 5 of 5

We had an amazing stay. The house is very modern and spacious, large bedrooms, and amazing views! The hot tub on the deck was really awesome, works great, it's enormous, and you're overlooking the ocean. I would definitely recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
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Gezellig=Having company with a pleasant, friendly ambience.

  • 5 of 5

a couple important things to me needed attending to and Matt was right on it from the get go.

This home away from home had all the perks I was looking for to bring in the new year with family and extended family but with the simple charm and cozy atmosphere which makes a home (in my opinion) a home.

we'll be back.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston Texas

We Loved It!!

  • 4 of 5

Our first time staying at the Commanders Retreat. This beach house has move to the top of our list as homes to rent for a weekend getaway.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
William P Hobby
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Galveston Ferry
Nearest Beach
152 Metres
Across the Street

Great location for the best of both the beach and the bay. Fish from the 150 ft dock overlooking the Galveston Bay. Relax on the beach less than 500 ft from the front door. Come back and take a dip in the pool. Shopping in historic Galveston is a short ferry ride away.


Rates & Availability

Bolivar Peninsula House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
2016 Summer 1
May 1 2017 - May 25 2017
2 night minimum stay
2016 Memorial Day
May 26 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
2016 Summer 2
May 29 2017 - Jun 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
2016 July 4th
Jun 30 2017 - Jul 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
2016 Summer 3
Jul 5 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
2016 Labor Day
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $300
Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning Fee $100

Holiday weekends will include a 15% premium and will have a 3 night minimum. Pets will be considered on a case by case basis. Non-refundable Pet Fee is $300. Credit Cards are accepted but Pay Pal is preferred.

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.
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