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Family Fun with all the Conveniences of Home - Free WiFi - Pool - Hot Tub

45 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Gulf Shores - The Cottage at The Rookery

House w/3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, sleeps 6, 4 satelliteTVs, DVD/VCR, Screened Porch

Forget the elevators and extended hallways. Parking in front of the cottage provides easy, convenient access to your front door. Near Fort Morgan, this small community of single/duplex cottages is nestled at the edge of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Preserve and across the street from the beach (0.4 miles). Just 15 minutes from Hwy. 59 in Gulf Shores, The Rookery captures the perfect blend of nature. The Rookery hosts plenty of community activity as well with a large, zero-entry pool, covered gazebo, hot tub, tennis court, and community grilling area with picnic tables. The unit is professionally cleaned and has 2 bedrooms with queen-size beds, 3rd bedroom has twin beds, full sleeper/sofa in living room (new in Jan 2012), 4 satellite TV’s in living room and all bedrooms (4HD Smart TV in living rm) 2 VCRs & DVDs, wireless Internet & all major appliances incl. washer, dryer, dishwasher, microwave, & ice maker, & small appliances (coffee maker, blender, toaster, crock pot, iron & board, blow dryer),

ACTIVITIES: Close By Activities include: Lots of golf courses to choose from, Wave Runner Rentals, Water Parks, Gulf Coast Zoo, Putt Putt Golf, Dinner Cruises, Shopping at the Outlet Malls and The Wharf, Various Festivals (seasonal) & Night Life. Tour historic Fort Morgan just a few miles away or take the ferry over to Dauphin Island for a visit to the Dauphin Island Estuary. Several restaurants, a marina and boat dock are nearby. Nearby along Fort Morgan Road is the scenic Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.. a haven for nature lovers.

COTTAGE: The full-size kitchen has a stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and garbage disposal. Dishes and linens are provided, (also toaster, blender, crock pot, deep fryer, large lobster pot, & blow dryer) and full size washer and dryer. All on one level, there is easy access to the cottage with convenient parking. The beach is across the street, 0.4 miles from The Rookery. Walk to the beach or take your car and park right at the beach for easy access.

THE ROOKERY COMMUNITY: The Rookery was designed to be a natural and quiet resort and is located adjacent to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. This is a wonderful place for kids to play and swim as the large pool has an extended shallow end where little ones can wade and walk right into the shallow end with no steps to climb. This pool has a hot tub, as well as a covered gazebo area and a large poolside bathroom. There is a community grilling area with picnic tables and a tennis court. The public beach is a short walk down Cortez Street.

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Carol VanGilder
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2016
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Why Carol VanGilder chose Alabama Gulf Coast

The cottage is located near the parking area which makes unloading the car (and reloading) so convenient. It is also about a 2 minute (or less) walk to the pool.


based on 45 holidaymaker reviews

Family Fun with all the Conveniences of Home - Free WiFi - Pool - Hot Tub
average rating of 4.9333334 based on 45 reviews

Wonderful stay at the Rookery

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a great time at the cottage in the Rookery. The owner, Carol, was very helpful. The cottage was decorated beautifully, clean, and very welcoming. We had everything that we needed to be comfortable. I would recommend this cottage to my friends and family for a nice, peaceful vacation. It is a family oriented place so we met many new friends. Fort Morgan is actually very beautiful, but we went into Orange Beach to eat at some of the restaurants, The Cobra and Lamberts. I would recommend both for good food and atmosphere. We visited the place down the street that has the food vendors, listened to the band, and enjoyed the games. We also shopped in the souvenir shop. Thank you for making our stay memorable.


Rex, GA

July 2016

  • Review Submitted: Jul 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

This place had everything. It was very clean and felt like home the neighbors were nice, the pool was great, distance to the beach was so easy. It was nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of Gulf Shores and relax in peace. If we ever travel that way again this is where we will stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Spring Break

  • 5 of 5

Carol has an amazing beach home! She always responds to your emails within a few hours. Her home is close and within walking distance to the ocean. We packed sandwiches and walked to the beach everyday. Although we didn't go to the pool or hot tub, they are very nice and clean. The Rookery is quiet and peaceful and I would recommend her home to anyone. This was by far my favorite vacation. Gulf Shores is absolutely beautiful!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
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Cottage was great.

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the cottage was fantastic. My wife was amazed at how clean and how any thing that you would want or need was there. Carol did a fantastic job. The neighbors were very friendly and I enjoyed sitting around fire pit listening to them sing and play.

Jeff Morgan

  • Review Submitted: Mar 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
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  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing. By far one of the nicest places we have stayed. Carol did an amazing job describing the Rookery. We had a wonderful vacation and were so impressed with all the kitchen amenities. I don't think there was anything she didn't have. The location was perfect for out group. A nice walk to the beach or Sassy Bass or a quick drive depending on what you would want to do. All of the people we met at the restaurants/bars were very friendly and helpful. Would definitely recommend this place to friends and family who would like a very nice and relaxing vacation. I think the highlight was the alligator that lived in the pond of water across the street.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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  • 5 of 5

We were very impressed with the cottage at The Rookery. It was everything that Carol described!! Our ONLY complaint is that we didn't stay long enough!! The beaches were beautiful, and the kids loved the pool. We grilled out every night. The screened porch was nice to sit and relax also. The deck box is completely stocked for everything you need for a day at the beach. If you're looking for a fishing charter, we used Capt. George Pfeiffer in Orange Beach (www.fishemeraldspirit.com) He was very reasonably priced, and very knowledgeable. I definitely give this place 5 starts. We will definitely be back!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Sassy Bass
Nearest Ferry
6 Miles
Mobile Bay Ferry to Dauphin Island
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Kiva Dunes
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Sassy Bass Amazin Grill
Nearest Beach
0.4 Miles
Gulf of Mexica
Car: recommended

The Rookery was designed to be a quiet resort located adjacent to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Get away from the traffic and crowds and still enjoy the conveniences of a large marina, boat dock, several local restaurants and convenience stores all nearby (from 1/2 mi. to 5 miles) and so much more. Play games outside with the kids, birdwatch, bike the designed trails, or explore one of the Bon Secour marked trails with your family located nearby. Historic Fort Morgan is only 6 miles away, or take the Ferry to Dauphin Island and visit Fort Gains or the Sea Estuary. There are 2 championship golf courses within a couple of miles. A short 15 mile drive into Gulf Shores and you can visit Waterville, the Gulf Coast Zoo. the Track and much more offering amusement park rides and arcade games, etc. Numerous restaurants also await you. Drive up to Foley and visit the Tanger Outlet, a large outlet mall.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Gulf Shores, Alabama Gulf Coast

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
6 Sep 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Winter/Spring 2017
1 Mar 2017 - 10 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
11 Apr 2017 - 7 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £82
Refundable Damage Deposit £123
Online payment fee 3% £0

*Approx. 95% of my renters have paid by check. However, I do accept credit card payments (with a 3% additional fee).
The total cost is the rental rate+ $100 cleaning fee. There is an additional security/damage deposit of $150 which will be promptly refunded after your stay, provided there are no damages. These rates are actual and all-inclusive - no hidden fees.
*Renter is responsible for PayPal & online (credit card) payment fees, if applicable. These are typically 3%.
*$150 security deposit converts to a damage deposit upon check-in

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Gulf Shores in Alabama

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1135 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Towels, washcloths, 1 bar of soap and 1 roll of tissue provided in each bathroom.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • 2 Bedrooms each have a queen bed. Bedrooms and baths are furnished with good linens and plush towels. Both queen beds are topped with feather pads. 3rd Bedroom has 2 twin size beds. All bedrooms and living room furnished with satellite TV. Top of the line ceiling fans, most with palm blades. Outdoor porch area is screened with table, 4 chairs, 2 stools, 2 ceiling fans and pull down shades. Block patio near entrance with adjacent water spigot - a great place to wash off all the sand. Plenty of sandy area around the patio for children to play, as well.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Conservatory
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • 2 deck chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • bay
  • festivals
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This is a no smoking unit. However, the porch will accomodate smoking. This is a family area and it remains quiet at night. No glass in the pool area please. Children should be supervised at all times.

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