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HGTV Charming Island Cottage - PRIVATE POOL!

Bedrooms 4
Space 222 m²
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Sleeps 2 - 10, 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, Private pool

Is your week already booked? Check our our other listings, 216921 (sleeps 12 in gated community with neighborhood pool) and 211477 (sleeps 9, riverfront - great for fishing/kayaking)

This HGTV featured home is your perfect vacation getaway!. This home is located a short walk or even shorter drive from the beach and fishing pier and the golf course is 1/2 mile away! It is just off the bike trail and Salt Creek playground. The home also backs up to Salt Creek, a quiet creek which is great for birding, fishing, or kayaking from the backyard!

Furnished in the latest island style, this home features a gourmet kitchen with stainless appliances and granite countertops, and luxurious bathrooms, one with dual shower heads and another with a deep soaking tub. Three bedrooms have direct bath access. Upstairs you will enjoy the home theater/game room with mini pool table. This also serves as the 4th bedroom, with full size futon bed (best for 1-2 children). Two twin futons in the upstairs sitting area sleep 2 more, for a total of 10 beds.

The outside life is great on Dauphin Island, and you will enjoy the luxury of your own 12 x 20 heated (off season) fun pool

Our Other Homes: If this home is not available, please see our other listings on HomeAway.

Property Number 216921 sleeps a maximum of twelve guests and is located in a private community with pool, tennis courts, and beautiful private neighborhood beach. Weekly rentals only.

Property Number 211477 sleeps up to 9 in beds and is located on the river, a short drive to Dauphin Island. You can fish from the private dock, and enjoy a private, peaceful getaway!

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Member since: 2002
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
26 April, 2017

About Julie

We are Steve and Julie Kenney. We are homebuilders (need a beach home, anyone?) and have three sons. We love Dauphin Island and all there is to do, and the time we spend together, just hanging out at our Dauphin Island homes with friends. Our boys are active in Boy Scouts (our oldest, now in college is an Eagle Scout!), and we love to travel and stay in vacation homes when we do!

Julie purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Julie chose Alabama Gulf Coast

We purchased the property this home is built on in 2004, the day before Hurricane Ivan flooded the 50 year old home that sat (flat on the ground). We loved this property because of its unique setting on the island - a large, grassy, beautiful location along Salt Creek - just a minute from the beach!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Dauphin Island, Alabama

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 222 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , Master
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , bath with shower , First Floor
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bath with shower , Deep Tub, Upstairs bath
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower , Outdoor Shower at Pool
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double bed , Theater room with full window bed - children only
    Bedroom 5 - 2 single bed , Sitting area upstairs with 2 twin futons
  • The Master bedroom is located on the ground floor and features a private bath with luxury shower and double vanities. It also opens onto a shuttered porch - a nice retreat for morning coffee! The second downstairs bedroom features a queen sized bed and opens onto the rear covered porch. It has an adjacent bathroom. Upstairs you will find the 3rd queen bedroom, also with its own private balcony overlooking the pool and Salt Creek, and also with an adjacent bathroom. The fourth bedroom is outfitted as a home theater, with a flat screen t.v., surround sound, mini pool/air hockey table, and a full size window bed (suitable for 1 or two children). At the top of the stairs is a cozy sitting nook which converts to two twin beds for sleeping.
  • Air Hockey
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • video player
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • deck chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We provide all linens and towels and have a fully stocked kitchen. Please bring your own beach towels for the pool and beach. The pool is heated 'off season' only... it will not need heating in Spring or Summer!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(27 traveller reviews)

HGTV Charming Island Cottage - PRIVATE POOL!
average rating of 4.851852 based on 27 reviews
Sulphur Springs, TX

Everything we expected and more!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage on Dauphin Island is a great place to vacation with family and/or friends (we did both). The description really doesn't do it justice. This is one of the most beautifully decorated and maintained homes we have ever rented. It really is gorgeous! The master suite was so comfortable as were the other bedrooms and baths. All were well appointed with high-end fixtures and amenities. The kitchen was to die for! Everything you could possibly want was there. Games were provided and the selection was great--for the kids and the adults. Some of us enjoyed the beach, while others took advantage of the private pool. We didn't eat out much, but we did take advantage of Skinner's Seafood and ate their steamed shrimp, potatoes and corn a couple of time. The history of the island is interesting and we toured Fort Gaines and enjoyed a ferry ride to Fort Morgan. This is the perfect place to relax and read! The owners have made sure that all the comforts of home are available to their guests. We plan on going back next year!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Private and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable home, well furnished. Nice pool and outdoor space which is private and quiet. Also within walking/biking distance to restaurants and shops. Plus, the beach is an easy walk or short drive. We would be happy to stay in this home again.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks, Mark for your kind words. It was great to meet you and I'm glad you all enjoyed your first trip to Dauphin Island!
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Wonderful, relaxing and private vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

We spent the week between Christmas and New Year and couldn't have enjoyed our stay more (well, we could've discovered Skinner's sooner, that place is amazing!). The house was wonderful for our 2 families and offered the perfect amount of space and privacy. The game room and heated pool were a hit with the teenagers and the deck and river (kayaking) were great for the adults. The proximity to both sides of the island and beaches was convenient and the house was wonderfully finished and stocked. Would highly recommend to others and will likely stay again!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review and stay. We're so glad you were able to enjoy this wonderful season on Dauphin Island!
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Wonderful family vacation home!

  • 5 of 5

The house is amazing and was perfect for our family vacation over Thanksgiving week! Plenty of common living space, good-sized bedrooms, large kitchen, and lots of outdoor space were able to easily accommodate our family. Heated pool was a huge hit with the kids. Bikes and scooters were a wonderful bonus! Getting to the beach was a good, easy walk (also very close walk to a playground). House is centrally located, simple to get to many places on the island while maintaining privacy. Weather was cool most of the week, which seemed to keep the biting insects at bay, but they started to emerge as the weather warmed, so bug repellent/citronella candles would be needed in persistently warm weather. All visible surfaces in the house were clean, but a bit dusty under furniture (as discovered when frequently retrieving toys thanks to our small children). Sheets and towels were also very clean, but a few blankets needed washing prior to use. Furniture and plates were abundant and fashionable, but starting to show the wear of frequent use. Owners provided wonderfully helpful info via email prior to and during our stay. Overall, a very pleasant experience and we will definitely return in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your stay and review, we're glad you had a good vacation. We are glad you enjoyed all the amenities provided, and will relay the feedback to our cleaning service as we do try to keep everything as clean as possible for our guests. We can never tell when the bugs will come out, as they are not always present during warm or hot weather, which is why we do recommend bug spray while visiting the island (not just at our home, but anywhere on the island - when the bugs are out they are everywhere!). We look forward to having you return in the future and are glad you had a wonderful rain-free week. We were on the island ourselves for Thanksgiving and I don't think we could have asked for better weather during the week of your visit! Thanks again for your stay! Julie
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Brentwood, Missouri

Comfortable and accomodating

  • 4 of 5

Overall we had a very enjoyable stay. The location is very convenient to the local market, restaurants and beaches. It also provides a certain amount of privacy which doesn't exist if you stay on the western end of the island. The pool in back is especially nice as an alternative to the beach. The kitchen was well equipped and spacious enough to make cooking or dining a breeze. The house sleeps six comfortably; if you have young children, they could probably sleep on the futons without a problem. But if you have older kids or adults, I would recommend an air mattress or something similar. The owner's provided plenty of beach chairs, umbrellas and other beach items. We were happy with our choice to stay here on our vacation to Dauphin Island.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your stay and taking the time to write a review, I'm glad you had a nice vacation. For others considering our home in the future, we do mention in our description that the futons are best for children, and in 10 years of sharing our home have had not one complaint! :) Maybe everyone was so tired from the pool and the beach they just fell right asleep! :) Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed cooking with the family in our kitchen, having access to all the beach items, and of course hanging out by the pool - our favorite spot. Thanks again for your stay! Julie
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Flower Mound, TX

Everything you need in a beach vacation home.

  • 5 of 5

The house lacks for nothing. It is beautifully appointed and has everything anyone would need. You don’t need to pack any beach gear or coolers and our grown children really enjoyed getting back on bicycle’s again. The island is quite and relaxing with great beaches. We especially liked the west end beach as you had the calm bay side and a very short walk over some dunes you had the gulf side and waves. The pool is a nice touch and we probably spent more time in it then we did the beach. We had 6 adults and a two grandchildren ages 1 and 4 and the house accommodated us all.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review and stay at our home. We're so glad you enjoyed all that our home and Dauphin Island have to offer. We, too, find ourselves having a hard time leaving the pool - we love the quiet, private backyard and the easy commute from the porch! Thanks again! Julie
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Escape to Dauphin Island! This paradise features beautiful beaches, a historic civil war fort, a public aquarium, a golf course along the Gulf of Mexico, fresh seafood, fishing charters, a bike trail and so much more! Visit Fort Gaines, a historic Civil War fort. Watch for birds in the backyard or at the Audubon Bird Sanctuary. Have delicious cinnamon rolls at the Lighthouse Bakery, and play golf with a view at the Isle Dauphin Golf Course. The white sand beaches are beautiful, and you can also charter a fishing boat to explore the gulf waters, or rent a kayak and explore on your own! Fresh seafood is everywhere. Catch your own or buy some 'right off the boat' at the local seafood shops.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Dauphin Island, Alabama

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
April May 2017
1 Apr 2017 - 12 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
13 May 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
12 Aug 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
9 Sep 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$671.04
Cleaning A$201.31
Tax Rate 11.0%

Holiday weeks available weekly only. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's. Ask about last minute 3 night minimum stays.
Holiday weeks, if available, add $300.00 (Thanksgiving, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day)

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