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Time to plan this year's vacation! Check out this quiet, dog-friendly cottage.

People7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,113 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 baths, huge shaded lot, on a dead end lane on Bon Secour Bay

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.

More Details

Owner
Carolyn Van Laare and John Quenelle
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2017

About Carolyn Van Laare and John Quenelle

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

Why Carolyn Van Laare and John Quenelle chose Alabama

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 makes this cottage unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Sep 2015
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Gasque in Baldwin County

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1113 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • city centre ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Double Bed , 40" tv with DTV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , tv with DTV
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed , Great kids' room!
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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
  • golf pass optional
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

Time to plan this year's vacation! Check out this quiet, dog-friendly cottage.
average rating of 4.733333 based on 16 reviews
Birmingham, Al
5

Great location and peaceful cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Highly recommended to anyone who want to enjoy Gulf Shores without the crowds and noise. Will stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Great house and location for our group

  • 5 of 5

We had 4 adults, 3 young children and 2 dogs. The house, yard and piers were perfect. We caught red fish, stingrays and black drum with poles as well as crabs in the trap. Everyone enjoyed the screened porch. We had a fire one night for smores. We spent most evenings on the large pier watching the sunset while fishing. The large yard was perfect for the kids and the dogs to get out and stretch. The location was convenient for the beach at the Bon Soceour Refuge as well as getting into downtown Gulf Shores. We will definitely look to return.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Better the 2nd time around

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd time staying at Carolyn's Cottage and we are more in love with the house and area than before. Great porch to relax on. Close to water and the sunsets were gorgeous. Well appointed, comfortable and great, quiet location.

We'll be back in the fall!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

What a great place!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment the property owners responded to our first inquiry in August of last year for a February 2017 stay I knew we were in good hands. Carolyn and John (property owners) and Martha (property manager) were great to work with and very responsive to all our questions.

The cottage felt like home - everything we needed and plenty of "nice to have" were there, including a large fenced yard for our two dogs! The location was perfect for us - off the main roads, on the bay and convenient to Gulf Shores (8 miles).

Would we stay there again? In a heartbeat - we loved it!!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Quiet & Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

The perfect family cottage

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your review, Levi. It's always great when someone visits who loves the place as much as we do.
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Location

Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Pensacola (Gulf Shores has a small airport.)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Beach Hut
Nearest Ferry
12 Miles
Dauphin Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Several courses, check www.gulfshores.com/golf/
Nearest Motorway
8.5 Miles
Intersection of Ft Morgan Rd and Hwy 59
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Beach Club
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge public beach
Car: necessary

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.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Gasque, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Spring
4 Mar 2017 - 12 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£533
for 3 nights
From
£138
From
£143
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,061
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Summer
13 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£570
for 3 nights
From
£151
From
£172
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,187
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Summer
17 Jun 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
£633
for 3 nights
From
£172
From
£185
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,321
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
Late Summer
12 Aug 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£533
for 3 nights
From
£138
From
£151
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,086
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
Fall
9 Sep 2017 - 1 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£507
for 3 nights
From
£130
From
£143
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£1,027
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
Winter
2 Dec 2017 - 2 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£482
for 3 nights
From
£122
From
£134
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
£969
£1,610
 
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £4 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£621
for 3 nights
From
£168
£1,292
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £108.22 + Tax
Pet Fee £38.65 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £193.26
Tax Rate 8.5%

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.

Owner'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.
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