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Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights


About the property

The Lil House is a four bedroom, three bath, with a porch all the way around allowing for a breeze at anytime of the day or night. It has the best view of the sunset on Dauphin Island allowing for memorable front porch memories. The sandy yard with seawall just feet from the porch allows for the best of both island worlds--sand fun for the kids, and boat access for the sports enthusiast. The fishing from seawall/boardwalk is great both day and night. Dolphins are frequent visitors at Lil House and can often be seen swimming in front of the house. So whether you are a family with small children, or snowbirds looking for tranquility, or a fishing enthusiast, the Lil House is for you!

Property Manager
Susan Carley
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This 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
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Calendar last updated:
19 August, 2018

About Susan Carley

I am a 49 year old mother of two middle schoolers living in Mobile, Alabama with my husband, Kevin. I own a coffee shop in the historic part of town called Cream & Sugar Café. We live just a short 35 minute drive from the island where we love ALL water sports and just watching the sunsets and dolphins....that never gets old!

Susan Carley purchased this house in 1974

Why Susan Carley chose Royal Lagoons

My grandmother, Lil, built this beautiful island house in the early 70's and I grew up coming to the house every summer with my six cousins and two siblings. We have fond memories of running the seawall chasing porpoises, fishing morning and night, and crabbing with chicken bones with my grandmother. Now my children run the seawalls, catch our dinner, and swim in the very water that we did as children.

What makes this house unique

My uncle designed the house to be like a steamboat with a porch 'deck' all the way around the house, doors in every room that open out onto the 'deck', and water views from every window. The front porch with swing and rocking chairs offers the best sunset view on the island. It also sits so close to the seawall that the adults can sit in the shade (of upstairs or downstairs deck) and watch the kids as they swim, ski, or kayak in front of the house. Because the house is situated on a cul-de-sac, the children can ride their bikes and play safely with other neighborhood kids. The house faces the Mississippi Sound allowing for good fishing and boat access, but is directly across the street from Lafitte Bay which is a no wake zone and allows for great, safe place for kayaking or swimming. The house is just a short two block walk from the Gulf front beaches which gives you the option of a day at the beach or a day of watersports. The kids will also love sandcrabbing on the beach at night!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Royal Lagoons in Dauphin Island

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Main Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bunkroom/Downstairs Bath - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , This bath is located downstairs in teen bunkroom
    Master Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 3
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Master bedroom has a private bathroom.
    Sailboat Room - 1 Double Bed , Has a pull out mattress underneath bed for easy access.
    Seagull Room - 2 Single Bed
    Sofa Bed - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , This sofa bed is located in main living room/kitchen area
    Teen Bunkroom - 2 Single Bed , Not accessible from house; not suitable for small children.
  • Queen Bed (1), Double Bed (1), Twin Beds (2), Sleeper Sofa or Futons (1), Bunk Beds (2)
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Shelling
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
The downstairs bunkroom is not suitable for small children since you must go outside and down the stairs (albeit covered) to access the room. But this room is a perfect 'get away' for teens with its sofa, TV and play station. The deck downstairs gets a nice breeze since the house is on stilts. There is covered seating and open deck area both adjacent to the sandy yard where the kids play and the boardwalk-covered seawall where someone is always fishing. There is a bike trail that extends from one end of the island to the other and several bike rental companies on the island. There is a sea lab and estuarium that is open to the public seven days a week. Its very educational and a new shark and stingray tanks allows for petting. There is a bird sanctuary on the island with a beautiful boardwalk leading through the piney area of the island to a secluded beach. Because the house has plenty of beds but limited living space area, for your comfort, we request no more than 10 guests.


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Waterfront Island Beach Home with Beautiful Sunset
average rating of 4.6833334 based on 60 reviews

A Wonderful Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Our Home Away vacation has given us many good memories to talk about forever. Everything was pretty near perfect. The house had everything furnished. The views from every angle were like painted pictures, something new every day. Fishing was great once I learned how, the seafood delicious, my bike rides everyday, being with family, the ferry rides to Wolf Bay, just sitting out on the porch drinking my coffee.....on and on and on. The dolphins putting on a show and Mr. Blue waiting on me to catch his fish for him. Were the highlights. What a Wonderful vacation God blessed us with.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled to hear your vacation was so awesome Vickie! Coffee on the front porch and watching the dolphins is always my favorite thing also. We hope you return to Lil House again some day. Mr Blue will be waiting!
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Must needed

  • 5 of 5

We had 10 people on our trip (5 adults and 5 kids). There was room for everyone! This was exactly what we needed. Everyone had an amazing time. The kids (both young and old) loved fishing from the boardwalk all hours of the day and night! We swam off the boardwalk one day and the rest of the time, we walked to the beach. The view from the porch was amazing. I would say the majority of our time while at the house, was spent either on the porch or fishing. Thank you for opening up your home to us.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very welcoming and relaxing home

  • 4 of 5

We very much enjoyed our vacation at Lil House. Had so much fun swimming, kayaking, lots of fishing and of course trips to the beach. Great place and great location.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad y’all enjoyed the house and the amenities and hope you got to eat. One of the fishvyiu caught!! Nothing better than Fried fish caught the same day! We now have an electric fryer for large fish fries with your group. Hope to see y’all on another visit!
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Location, location, location! Beautiful sunsets and great fishing!

  • 4 of 5

The water front home has everything you need for a great week. The home is rustic and does need some updates in the baths and kitchen. However, the location and all the extras the home provides evens out! The decor is so cute and the views from the porch are breathtaking!

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time! The Lil House worked perfectly for us. There was 8 of us and we were all very comfortable. We loved seeing the dolphins play and the dock worked perfectly for my nephew (who lives in Mobile) to bring his boat and tie it up. We spent most of the time on the top deck in the swings watching staring at the beautiful scenery. I would definitely recommend this property to anyone that wants to be right on the water. Thank you Susan for sharing your little slice of heaven with us.

Rochelle Hopkins

Chamberlain SD

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful trip!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time staying at Lil House and we had a wonderful time. This time we fished off the dock and caught over 15 fish!! Not all keepers but it was so much fun. Walk out the door and down the steps - then fish! We enjoyed the bird watching for this time of year. We took in the parks this time and I recommend everyone do that. We watched a storm come in. Susan sent her son over to take down the swings and put the chairs and cushions away. We were very grateful for that. If you want the feel of relaxation, outdoor sitting and an uncomplicated trip, Lil House is just for you. Comfort all the way!!! Thank you Susan for another fantastic trip!!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed the house and the many opportunities for rest and relaxation offered at the island. We hope to see you again next year if not before!
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Nearest Airport
37 Miles
Mobile Airport
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Dauphin Island-Mobile Bay-Gulf Shores Ferry
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Dauphin Island Public Beach
Car: necessary

Other Activities on the Island:

Paddleboard rental—Michael Wing with SUP (Stand Up Paddleboards)--(251)591-3316

Surfing lessons and rentals—Blue Revival (one of the little shops across from the condos)—(251)861-2048

Kayak and Bicycle Rentals—(251) 861-2222

In-land Fishing charters—the following licensed captains (who I all know personally) will pick you up at the house or the marina and take up to 4 or 5 fishing for speckled trout, blackfish, bluefish, etc. and bring you back within 4-6 hours for approximately $400. Richard Rutland, With Coldblooded Fishing, (251)459-5077, Joey Abruscato 251-680-0653, or Charlie Gray with Gray Gulf Charters, (251) 379-5067.

Deep Sea Fishing on the Lady Ann with Cap’t Mike—(251) 861-5302

Bird Sanctuary—even if you are not a bird watcher, this is an excellent sanctuary where you can enjoy a pleasant, shady walking trail through the pines and around estuaries all the way to the beach.

Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Estuarium and Aquarium--open 7 days a week. They now have a Stingray and Shark Tank where you can touch them. (251) 861-2141

Fort Gaines—(251) 861-6992 Tour the site of the battle of Mobile Bay

West End Public Beach with Inflatable Water Slide—there is good parking, or you can ride bikes to this beach. There is usually a food truck and bar.

Ferry ride—There is a ferry on the far east end of the island that takes passengers and cars across the mouth of Mobile Bay. The trip is 30 minutes over and 30 minutes back. It is fun to just go for a ride and stand on the deck watching the seagulls, pelicans, dolphins, and boats/ships/barges coming in and out of Mobile Bay. Or you can take the ferry over the bay for the day and tour Fort Morgan or have lunch at Tacky Jack’s or go spend the day in nearby Gulf Shores/Orange Beach where there is a Waterworld and putt-putt courses, and lots of touristy things to do if you or your kids are tired of the “sleepy little fishing village” of Dauphin Island. ; )

Children's Museum and Exploreum--located in downtown Mobile, just 30 miles away, also has an IMAX theater

USS Alabama Battleship is a popular tourist attraction is located on Mobile Bay Causeway about 35 miles away (near Exploreum.)

Bellingrath Gardens--only 15 miles away these gardens which are always in bloom is a beautiful site and popular tourist attraction.

Fairhope, Alabama is a precious village on the Eastern Shore of the Bay, about 50 miles away.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £117.66
Pet Fee £39.22
Property Damage Insurance £46.28
Refundable Damage Deposit £156.88

In case of cancellation, the first payment will be refunded at 100% if more than a 30-day notice is given of cancellation; 50% if less than a 30-day notice is given. The damage deposit of $200, which is included in the quote, will be refunded within two weeks of departure if there is no damage found. Check in is 4:00 pm on arrival date. Key entry information will be emailed. Checkout is 10:00 a.m.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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