|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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This newly updated, vintage Gulf Coast cottage on 1.3 acres of shaded property is a great place to relax and recharge, and all that Gulf Shores offers -- sugar white beaches, delicious dining, fishing, golf, kayaking, entertainment, children's activities, and more -- is minutes away. Or, watch your favorite team crush their opponents on the big screen TV while kicking back in one of two comfy recliners.
The 3 bedrooms and 2 baths accommodate 7 guests comfortably, with 2 full beds in one (with tv), a king bed in another (with tv), and 3 twin beds in the third bedroom. The large dining room table seats 8, with a couple of extra chairs just in case. Prepare delicious seafood in the fully equipped kitchen with serve-through bar, range, refrigerator with ice maker, microwave, dishwasher, and all the usual small appliances such as coffee maker and blender. The living room, with two comfortable recliners and sofa, has a large-screen tv over the fireplace mantel. The cabinets and bookshelves have games and books for long, lazy days. Everything is on one level, with no steps other than a low step into the kitchen.
Or go to what we think is the most beautiful beach in the world, the public Gulf beach in the protected Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge, with plenty of parking and a boardwalk to the uncrowded beach. The Wildlife Refuge surrounds the cottage and the other homes on our little lane, giving us the recent experience of standing in the living room and watching, through the floor-to-ceiling windows, an osprey snatch a fish from Shellbanks Bayou on one side of the house while pelicans and cormorants dove for them in Bon Secour Bay on the other.
On our tenth wedding anniversary, we discovered this beautiful property during one of our frequent stays at Meme's Bay Cottage across the lane. It was truly love at first site. This trip to the Gulf was on the heels of our recent retirement from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where we practiced couples and family therapy for 20+ years. We both enjoy kayaking, hiking, and biking, all of which are available here in the form we now like best -- all on flat surfaces.
Carolyn Van Laare and John Quenelle purchased this cottage in 2015
Growing up in Alabama, we both enjoyed many beach trips with our families over the years. The Gulf Coast has always been our second home, and we have always dreamed of having a place of our own here some day, which turns out to be now. Dreams do sometimes come true. Since we have both lost beloved family members in recent years, this has been a great place to relive many favorite memories, and to honor these memories and feelings. We hear similar comments from guests.
What attracted us immediately, of course, was the water access and spectacular view of Bon Secour Bay and Mobile Bay beyond, as well as the spacious, park-like beauty of the 1.3 acre setting. What has surprised us is how much we enjoy the the bayou on the back side of the house. It's breathtaking at every time of day and we have seen some truly spectacular wildlife displays.
Hello my fb family and friends. Were on vacation at Gulf Shores last week and stayed at this great place. Our family went with us including our nephew who needs total care and is dependent on his parents to take care of him.They used a lift to move him from w/c to bed. The beds were high enough for the lift to work, it is the only place we have ever stayed without a problem. The place was beautiful. My daughter has posted pictures on here. I have one of her sleeping on the swing bed. I love the swing, there is a place for going fishing, and it's not too far from the beach. Next time you're going to GULF SHORES and want a place that has this many beds: 1= 2 double beds, 2 = 1 king, 3 = 3 twin beds, 2 full baths. I would be happy to give you the contact to the owner.
We loved the cottage, the location and the area. We spent a lot of time riding around, just looking and exploring. We ate at a lot of seafood restaurants, Lulu's, Original Oyster House, River Fish Grille, Flora Bama and had breakfast at Sassy Bass....we had a great time! The cottage was perfect, it was quiet, peaceful, clean and had everything we needed. My husband even got a fish on the line but the end of the pole broke and he lost the fish. I enjoyed sitting on the screened porch, swing with a martini and my book and watching fish jump in the bayou. So relaxing and refreshing. Everyone we met was so friendly, helpful and easy to talk to. We can't wait to come back! Thank you Carolyn, John and Martha for such a wonderful stay in your great cottage. See you soon!
This cottage was everything we could have wanted, and more.
We ferried across from Dauphin Island on our way in. It is a nice relaxing ride across the bay. From the fort, it is just a few minutes to the cottage, which is tucked away from the highway.
The manager of the property met us promptly and had everything ready and waiting for us. The cottage was clean and fresh upon our arrival.
I will spare you the details that you can read in the description. A couple things we were not expecting were kids toys, a large movie-style popcorn popper, a small library, and an extremely convenient outdoor shower and feet wash station.
It was so handy for our large family to have the full kitchen and bbq. Easy at home breakfasts saved us a lot of money.
The beach that is just a couple minutes away was never busy. It was ideal.
Gulf shores is just a few minutes away. Of course there are numerous tourist attractions there.
I really cannot say enough good things about this property. We look forward to returning.
We just returned home from our stay at the cottage and it was beautiful. More than we imagined. Carolyn and John were great to deal with. They went above and beyond!!!!! Highly recommend them. We will be returning to the cottage next year for another family vacation.
We thoroughly enjoyed our week just wish it could have been longer. The was fantastic and well taken care of with everything that you need.
Me , my husband and his mother spent a week at the cottage. My mother-in -law is 81 and had no problems moving about the house.
The house was very clean, and very roomy, the beds were comfortable and we loved the screen porch. The kitchen was well equipped .
It is on a dead end street with very little traffic.
The owners gave lots of information on things to do in Gulf Shores.
I recommend the Tin Top Restaurant, the food was wonderful , it is located at 6232 Bon Secour Hwy.
The docks are in need of repair, but we still managed to fish and crab from them.
Thank you so much for a wonderful visit.
Tracie, Ben & Marge
We had a wonderful time. The house has everything you need for an enjoyable stay and is convenient to beach and other sight seeing attractions. Owners provide a great summary of the area and local favorites. Love that it was a little secluded but close enough to enjoy everything. Highly recommend this property. We are hoping to return for a longer stay!
Caroline's Cottage is a traditional Gulf Coast cottage situated on 1.3 shaded acres on a quiet lane on Bon Secour Bay. While the beautiful, sandy Gulf beaches are just a stone's throw away, the diverse ecosystem of Shellbanks Bayou can enchant at any time. Hawks, ospreys, seagulls, and pelicans are on the wing, while white egrets and blue herons wade below. For relaxing and power naps, there is nothing like the screened porch bed swing and three-person classic swing. For more energetic pastimes, there's easy access for kayaking on the bayside. Also, shady, picturesque bike paths are minutes away, as well as a short bike ride down the shady lane, just out the front door. Another activity for nature lovers is walking the hiking trails through the Bon Secour National Refuge which surrounds Council Lane. Or take a breezy, exhilarating ride on the Dauphin Island ferry just for fun.
At the same time, you'll be a 15-minute drive from the center of Gulf Shores and a short trip farther to Orange Beach, with their extensive variety of attractions, activities, and shopping. For more shopping, the Tanger outlet mall is a short drive up Highway 59 to Foley.
And, of course, the Gulf Coast's greatest seafood is served in every way from basketsful of fried shrimp and oysters to white linen, fine dining restaurants.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event Price|
3 Dec 2016 - 3 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
|Pet Fee||£39 + Tax|
|Cleaning||£102 + Tax|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£197|
Refundable $250.00 deposit, returned within 7 days of departure following inspection for weekly rentals. For parties of more than 6 people or stays of two weeks or more, we require payment of a $79 premium for $3,000 PDP (Proper Damage Protection). Minimum rental age 25 years. Dogs allowed with pet fee and pre-approval. Limit two dogs. No cats. The full rental balance is due 60 days prior to scheduled arrival date. If booking an arrival date that is less than 60 days away, entire rent is due at the time of booking.
* Approximate monthly price. Actual pricing will depend on the days of the month you stay.