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Spacious 3 Bedroom Newly Renovated Gulf View Beach House

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Newly renovated home fall of 2016 including new tile floors, 3 bedroom 2 bath house with a short walk to an uncrowded beach. There are only 6 houses on this small road and only 2 are rentals. The remaining houses are not for rent and are seldom used, so most of the time you have a large segment of the beach to yourself. This house was completely remodeled in 2016, and we have just redone the tubs and shower in the bathrooms. House has all new appliances including stainless french door refrigerator, and a free standing ice machine (no need to buy ice). There is a separate laundry room with a full size washer and dryer. The large family room has plenty of seating with a 55 inch smart T.V. and DVD player as well as high speed internet. Dining table seats 8 plus bar seating of 4. Screened porch has a table for 4. There is also a deck with view of beach.

The master bedroom is large with king size bed and a new premium mattress. There is plenty of closet space and drawer space for long term stay. The master bath has a double vanity with shower. Bedroom 2 has a queen bed with new premium mattress and bunk bed. Also there is ample closet space and drawer space. Bedroom 3 has a queen bed with new mattress and a bunk bed as well as plenty of closet and drawer space. All bedrooms have smart tv's. Second bath has a tub/shower.

For our guests, there is a grill, beach chairs , lots of beach toys and a cart to carry to beach.

We are located near the ferry and walking distance to the marina and Tacky Jacks Restaurant. There are two restaurants/markets within a five miles radius.

More Details

Linda McCrary
Member since: 2016
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
16 April, 2018

About Linda McCrary

We purchased this home spring of 2016. We have loved traveling to this area for approximately 15 years. We love the uncrowded beach setting as well as watching sunsets and love watching stars at night just as they come out. We enjoy the great food, playing tennis on some great clay courts. We have spent vacations with out children’s an grandchildren at Ft. Morgan the last two summers with our children. We all loved watching the dolphins from the beach, fishing from both the beach and boat. It's just a great area for family vacationing. Kids loved the beach, collecting shells, sightseeing and shopping. We all love the great seafood.

Linda McCrary purchased this house in 2016

Why Linda McCrary chose Gulf Shores

We like the fact that the beach in this area is more secluded, and not wall to wall people like so many areas. It is a great place for families

What makes this house unique

This is an older home with large rooms. It has a very open feeling. So many of the houses that you rent have very small rooms and no storage. There is a closet in each bedroom, plenty of seating area, and a nice screened in porch where you can sit at night and listen to the waves. If you like, we've furnished an air bed to sleep on the screened porch.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Gulf Shores in Baldwin County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please do not use the grill on the deck due to fire hazard.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master bath has double vanity with shower Hall bath has shower/tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom has king bed Bedroom 1 has queen bed and bunk bed Bedroom 2 has queen bed and bunk bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • churches
  • marina
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • jet skiing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Spacious 3 Bedroom Newly Renovated Gulf View Beach House
average rating of 4.7916665 based on 24 reviews

Wonderful, spacious beach house with great views of the gulf.

  • 5 of 5

From the time we reserved the property to the time we checked out, the owners were in communication with us to make sure we had a great stay! Very much appreciated!! Very comfortable beach house with amazing views! The kitchen included everything we needed to prepare meals . We really enjoyed the screened in porch in the evenings. Walk to the beach was short and easy! We did not want to leave .

  • Review Submitted: 11-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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2 Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was our 6th year vacationing at Fort Morgan, first time at Rustic Retreat. The name is perfect for this home. The exterior is rustic looking yet not lacking in the amenities such as outdoor shower to rinse off sand, clean concrete area on ground level with picnic bench to grill and of course the screened in porch on the upper level. The street is very quiet. There is one other house behind Rustic Retreat that is in close proximity, otherwise it is surrounded by empty lots which has the desired beachy look. You can see the Gulf from inside the home. The inside is a very open concept that appears to have been updated recently and decorated in a modern beachy theme throughout. The dining table was our favorite place to gather. It is a large beautiful table with plenty of seating due to having 2 large bench seats on either side of the table. We were pleasantly surprised that the beds were SO comfortable. The owners of this home invested in great mattresses. All the bedding is updated and in great condition. When the kids went to bed, the parents sat out on the screened in porch with the provided heater. There is ample seating in the screened in porch. There are windows from the family room looking out onto the front porch towards the Gulf. We loved to sit out on the porch because we could talk without whispering after kids went to bed and we could see inside to make sure the kids were fine. In the past, when renting vacation homes, we found that the homes that stated they do not offer condiments/spices/oils had some commonly used condiments/spices/oils that previous vacationers left. Be aware, at Rustic Retreat, you will need to bring ALL of your own condiments/spices/oils. There is a short walk to the beach. The walk is on a hard surface, easy to pull the wagon with beach items. Once you hit the sand, there is a 10-15 yard sand path to the beach. Very short walk. On a side note, the owner was always very quick to respond through email. On our way to the home, we emailed her a question. She responded very quickly. Plus prior to our vacation, she answered emails within minutes/hours. I was very impressed with her response time.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the good review. Glad you enjoyed your stay. Sorry about the condiments. We originally had some things on hand but was hard to monitor what was there. Thanks for letting me know and we will try to do better. Linda
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Like, WOW!!! This is Great!

  • 5 of 5

There were ten of us, all adults, and we were very comfortable at the Rustic Retreat! Family stopped by to visit, share a meal with us. The open floor plan worked so well. A great place to stay, enjoy the beach.

(Would have appreciated more than one garbage bag, extra TP, and more than one cube of dishwasher detergent.)

  • Review Submitted: 29-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Crew from Kansas

  • 4 of 5

Great house, the only problem we had was never finding the switch to the stair lights! I would have liked being right on the beach only because we had 5 children with us, three of them being under 4. Other than that it is a short walk! Thanks for sharing your home! Kansas crew!

  • Review Submitted: 25-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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birmingham, al

president's weekend get-away

  • 5 of 5

There are not enough word allowed here for me to adequately describe what a wonderful place this is. I thought I would like it but it far superceded my expectations. My husband, two kids, and I went down for a few days on their school break. I have been to the beach many times but I had never been to Fort Morgan so wasn't sure how I would like the desolate tranquility of this place........but I loved it. The house was beautiful and clean and there wasn't a thing that I needed that they didn't have (even though I filled up my SUV with stuff). They had everything you could possibly think of to use for the beach. It was a 2 minute walk to the beach (285 steps is what we counted) and a straight shot down the gravel driveway.The beach was beautiful and everyone there was very friendly and stopped to talk to us. The house itself was beautifully decorated and the beds were comfortable. All of the bedrooms were large with a lot of sleeping space. There was also a lot of eating spaces (barstools/ big dining room table/ plus an outdoor pub style table on the porch) The wifi worked great which was important for us b/c my kids had some school work to do. There was an ice machine, large refrigerator, and an extra dorm fridge for beer/ sodas etc. The kitchen had everything you would have at your own house. We went bike riding to the fort which was very peaceful, went fishing off the pier by Tacky Jacks-which is less than a block away, and did an amazing hike an the Bon Secour Wildlife refuge (highly recommend this if you like to hike). We spent a lot of time on the screened in porch which had a nice fan and a constant cool breeze. I was worried about not having a clear open view of the ocean, but you can see it easily from the porch and you definitely can hear the waves crashing so this was a non-issue. I actually liked the privacy of this place since it wasn't directly on the frontline of the beach. You are remote and not close to any grocery stores/ stores/ gas stations so bring what you need, but I really enjoyed the isolation and peacefulness of the area. The owners were very responsive and very easy to work with. Overall, I could not come up with a negative thing to say about my whole experience (except I did not care for the food at tacky jacks but I'm Cajun so my standard are probably high for seafood dishes) which is really irrelevant to this review. I never like to go to the same place twice but this may have to be an exception;I liked it that much!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind review. We are so glad that you had a great time. Hope you'll be able to visit again Linda & mike
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We enjoyed our stay. The place was very comfortable. Would definitely stay there again.

  • 5 of 5

Our family stayed here during our annual New Year’s Eve trip and really enjoyed the place and the location.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Gulf Shores Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Tacky Jacks
Nearest Ferry
3 Miles
Ft. Morgan/Dauphin Island
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Kiva Dunes
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Tacky Jacks
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £132.72
Refundable Damage Deposit £286.96
Tax Rate 6.0%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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