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LIFE'S A BEACH COTTAGE: walking distance to all the fun in Downtown Bay St Louis

44 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday cottage in Bay Saint Louis - 'Life's a Beach' Cottage

2 Bedroom, 1 Large Bathroom, close to all that our little Beach Town' can offer

Welcome to Life's a Beach Cottage! We are 2 houses from the beach and 2 blocks from downtown Bay St. Louis. Our cottage, has two (2) Bedrooms and a queen sleeper sofa in the living room, can sleep six (6) comfortably. There are two (2) Televisions, WI-FI, smoke-free interior, full kitchen, and an ADA accessible shower. It's furnished in comfortable beachy furnishings, hardwood floors, and central air and heat and in the cold winter months, there is also a fireplace available.. There is a full size stove, microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, and dryer. The front porch is setup with a swing, table, chairs and a charcoal grill. Curl up in the swing and read your favorite book.

  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Nona Morlan
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2016
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About Nona Morlan

I have lived on this property since early 1980's. I lived and trained in the Jackson, Mississippi area. I graduated a program and wanted to move away from home and parents, so after visiting some friends in this area, I decided it was the place for me. I met and married my husband and we lived in the cottage for 15+ years. We did some remodels, to move in and take care of the aunt that lived in the primary home on the property. This wonderful woman passed away in 1997 leaving the properties to my husband and me. My husband passed away in 2001. For many years a friend stayed in the cottage, keeping with the beach living. Hurricane Katrina came and a lot of things changed. I was blessed that there was minimal damage to my home and the cottage. The bluff, that my property is located on is one of the highest points between Apalachicola Bay, Florida and Galveston Bay, Texas. I never believed that fact prior to Hurricane Katrina, but have since become a confirmed believer. For years, the cottage was just used when friends or family came to visit. I am now a retired medical professional and have decided to try sharing my beautiful beach way of life with others.

Why Nona Morlan chose Mississippi

One day, as I was looking out the kitchen window of the cottage, towards the back wall of the primary dwelling, I realized, I had seen this home and all the landscaping before. I had dreamed of this place many times since I was a young girl. Deja' Vu ...well I believe. I had such a feeling of peace. I don't know what the future holds, but I do know, at this time in my life, I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

What makes this cottage unique

The town and all the interesting activities are wonderful. There has been an increase in arts, shopping, and fun things to do but the thing that draws me to this area the most is...the PEOPLE. They are the friendliest I have ever run into. I have made so many friends over the years. Friends and family that come to visit have made the same discovery. People smile or speak to you as you walk down the street. Join us in 'A Place Apart'.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really enjoyed our long weekend in your lovely cottage. It was so nice to get away for a few days. Hope to see you for, "Cruisin the Coast".
Jun 2014
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based on 44 holidaymaker reviews

LIFE'S A BEACH COTTAGE: walking distance to all the fun in Downtown Bay St Louis
average rating of 4.909091 based on 45 reviews
Collinsville, MS

Cozy cottage in Bay St Louis

  • 5 of 5

This was our second year staying at this cottage for cruisin the coast. It is walking distance to restaurants, beach, marina, shopping and cruisin activities. Very clean and comfortable. Highly recommended for any vacation year round!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy guest quarters near beach and downtown BSL

  • 3 of 5

This convieniently located guest house was quite cozy. The rental property backs right up to the owners personal residence with a narrow courtyard seperating the two -- could be too close for comfort for some who may prefer a little more privacy. There in fact is no private backdoor space-all shared with property owner. Only private outdoor space is front patio shown in pictures. Owners frequent this space as well to access a storage building and park the lawnmower. High security for this property to include two cameras that capture voice and video data--one camera pointing at the outdoor shower(very nice shower!!) and the other pointed at the front patio entryway. Be aware that the property shares the front lawn with a church so parking can be an issue sometimes but the owners were good to notify us in advance about these inconvieinces. Laundry room is shared space with the owners accessible via shared backdoor courtyard. Rental had everything you could need from kitchen supplies to games--takes up a good bit of limited storage space though. Can't beat proximity to beach and fun downtown activities.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We apologize for you thinking you were being audio recorded. After you asked, we told you the first day that only video recording was present. Thank you for bringing it to our attention, that sign now reads"Warning, Video recording in use". As far as the video recording pointing towards the outdoor shower, it is aimed at the parking lot to protect our guests vehicles as that's where we ask them to park for their own security. Not that there is any crime in our area, but you can't be too protective of our guests. The camera could only view someone's head in the shower if they were in excess of six and a half feet, lol. I am blessed to have a guest house behind my house that I am able to share with guests, Properties are different depths, where mine at some point many years ago may have gone all the way thru, street to street, that is not the case now, and we make the best of it. You have a private entrance and there is no reason you can't do anything you want in the front yard, except for 2 hours on Sunday mornings. The church is nice enough to allow our guests to setup volleyball /badminton net to play anytime. So there lot's of room to play and romp in the front yard.
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Beautiful property and wonderful hosts!

  • 5 of 5

This very well maintained property was everything you could want in a home away from home. Everything was clean and every detail was pristine. Nona and Kevin were the perfect hosts--very helpful but not obtrusive. If you would like a relaxing getaway in a lovely little town that is super close to New Orleans, you won't find a better choice than Life's a Beach Cottage. We drove 18 hours from Harrisburg, PA to get there and would do it again! Thank you, Nona and Kevin!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much! We hope to see you again when you come to finish that very long list of things you'd like to do....
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Comfortable stay close to Old Town BSL

  • 5 of 5

We had a very nice stay at this rental near Old Town Bay St. Louis. The house was very comfortable, clean, and inviting. The bed in the master bedroom was so comfortable we never wanted to leave! We loved the porch swing and the convenience of the beach shower near the front door. It was a nice touch to have coffee fixings ready to go in the kitchen. We didn't cook while we were there, but there was a full size fridge, stove, and dish washer for all your cooking needs. The one bathroom is HUGE and loaded with clean towels and mini soaps and shampoos. It has a roll-in shower as well -- which is a rare find on VRBO in my experience looking for rentals that could accommodate a family member in a wheelchair.

The location was great - near to the action without being in earshot of the bars. It was a very pleasant walk along the beach to all the restaurants in Old Town. As advertised, the beach is literally one house away. While sitting on the porch swing you can look out over the Bay. Very pleasant with morning coffee!

Nona and Kevin were great hosts in the house next door. Nona communicated quickly by text -- which is a plus for me because I hate talking on the phone haha! They were always available if we needed anything and even let our dog hang out in their fenced yard while we unpacked. (The house is pet friendly, but everything is so neat and nice inside you'd never know it was! I wish the rental house's big front lawn was also fenced in so we could have let our dog out without a leash, but that's okay) We would definitely stay there again on our next trip in town -- and this time we'd bring more family since the house was easily big enough for another couple or so.

Thank you for a lovely stay!

  • Review Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice home with everything you need

  • 5 of 5

Nona was an excellent host. Greeted us when we arrived and gave us a tour. Really enjoyed the stay

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Life's A Beach

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at Nona and Kevin's home.

We will never stay anywhere else, you feel like you are a special guest.

The house is so warm and welcoming, our grandkids love it there.

Such a great location, we walked downtown for Second Saturday and dinner at the Blind Tiger.

The view of the Bay Bridge is beautiful day or night.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to seeing you next time. Nona
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Nearest Airport
21 Miles
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airort
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
Blind Tiger,Gabbies,Ugly Pirate,Hurricane Hunter B
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
New Orleans
Nearest Golf
2.5 Miles
The Bridges Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
0.8 Miles
Hwy 90
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
200 N. Beach, Blind Tiger, Trapani's, Buttercup,
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
2 Houses up street
Car: not necessary

'Life's A Beach' Cottage is walking distance to many restaurants, shops and churches and only a short drive to local casinos, golfing, tennis, boating, bike trails antique shopping, swimming, and fishing. There are many festivals and fun things to keep you occupied during your visit. Second Saturday (the Second Saturday of each month) is always a blast with downtown streets blocked off to accommodate bands, various entertainment and vendors set up to market their local art or products. Bay St. Louis was named one of the top ten small beach towns in the country, in 'THE BEST LITTLE BEACH TOWNS' in Coastal Living Magazine, September 2010 and also one of Budget Travel's 'Coolest Small Towns', for 2013. There is an app you can download to your smart phone to help you explore Old Town. Come see us, you can stay busy or do absolutely nothing.


There are lots of things to entertain you with: Swamp Tours, NASA test site tours, and Crosby Arboretum (Picayune). Take a ride on a John Deere to see and feed the animals at Global Wildlife Center, the largest totally free-roaming wildlife preserve of its kind, with over 4000 exotic, endangered, and threatened animals from all over the world. New Orleans is less than an hour away with: Historic French Quarter, French Market, World War II Museum, Aquarium of the Americas, IMAX Theater, Audubon Zoo, hundreds of restaurants with as many types of cuisine... don't forget the beignets at Café Du Monde'. There is the 'French Quarter Fest, Jazz Fest, Plantation Tours, Wooden Boat Fest(Madisonville), Strawberry Fest, and there's more...


If you travel east to Gulfport/Biloxi, there are malls, a water park, a Children's Museum, Beauvoir (Thomas Jefferson's Biloxi home), Mad Potter Museum, more casinos, plus more. Take the boat to Ship Island for a nice day on the water and fun in the sun. Biloxi has Maritime & Seafood Museum, Sunset cruises on the Biloxi Schooners & many other possibilities, just check out the listings or Google 'Chamber of Commerce' in each city, you can ask the owner for suggestions. Please remember your sunscreen...


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Bay Saint Louis, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Cruising the Coast 2017
1 Oct 2017 - 7 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Non-refundable cleaning £61
Refundable Damage Deposit £143
Pet Fee £82
Tax Rate 9.0%

Refundable Deposit $175 Tax Rate 9%
Cleaning Fee $ 75 (Non-refundable cleaning fee/Refundable Deposit of $175, totaling $250)
If a pet meets criteria and is approved there is a $100 nonrefundable fee
Be aware if there are damages that exceed the $175 being held for deposit to be returned, the guest is responsible.
Call owner to make reservations. Please call at 228-305-0166

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Bay Saint Louis, USA

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 980 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , 4'X4' handicap accessible shower (no tub) & handrails
  • One large bathroom with 4'X4' handicap accessible shower with shower chair and handrails on 2 sides.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Master bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Front bedroom, living room has Queen sleeper sofa
  • There are 2 bedrooms. A king sized bed is in the master bedroom and a standard bed is in the second bedroom. There is a comfortable queen sized sleeper sofa in the living room.
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Events Allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
This is a 2 bedroom cottage with a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. It will comfortably sleep 6. There is no Bath tub, only a very large shower. There is an outdoor cold water shower to rinse off the beach and sand.

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