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Martha Howard

Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks english

Get away from it all at the Shady Shack! Dog friendly. Quiet spot on the bay.

91 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Gulf Shores holiday cottage

2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, sleeps maximum of 6

This cozy nautical cottage is located on a large, secluded, wooded lot about halfway down the Ft Morgan peninsula. The shady moss covered oaks in the back yard give way to a lovely view of Mobile Bay . Relax on the large screened porch or take a short walk down to the Bay. In addition, the cottage is located only two miles from the Mobile Street access to the Gulf of Mexico where there is free parking and a boardwalk over the dunes to soft white sandy beaches that are perfect for swimming, fishing, walking or shelling. Neat, clean, attractively decorated, and recently renovated! Fishermen will love having room to park their boat and the short distance to public launching. Charter fishing close by.

Golfer's Paradise: Who could ask for more than a beach house and top of the line golf courses! The Peninsula Golf Club is located just four miles East. It features 18 holes, a pro shop, and restaurant. In addition you will find tennis courts and a swim fitness center. If you want to change things up a bit try the 36 holes of Pure Palmer Golf at Craft Farms, Cotton Creek, and Cypress Bend just an 15 minute drive away. Want more? Play Kiva Dunes or the Golf Club of the Wharf; both are just five miles away.

Fishermen welcome: For avid fishermen who want to bring their boat to the beach but avoid the high cost of properties with piers and docks, this cottage is perfect. The large yard has room for parking a boat and a public launch is just minutes away. The Shell Banks Reef is just out in front of the property for great bay fishing. For those wanting to fish the Gulf of Mexico, a launch a little further down makes getting into the gulf a short and easy trip.

Don't have a boat? Charter fishing services are close by. What could be easier!

Enjoy the City's recreation and special events: The City of Gulf Shores has a fantastic recreation center with daily, weekly, or monthly rates. It features an indoor temperature controlled swimming pool, basketball courts, fitness room, indoor track, ping pong and pool tables, water aerobics, yoga and other fitness classes.

In the winter the city's Special Events Department sponsors an outstanding series of performances.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Martha Howard (Property Manager)
Member since: 2007
Call Manager
Speaks english

About Martha Howard

A native of Mobile, Alabama I grew up on two shores spending many days as a child on Pleasure Island and then traveling back and forth on summer days and weekends as a teen and young adult to bask in the sun on the white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores.

In 1990 I bought my home on Little Lagoon in Gulf Shores where I raised my family while teaching high school in the area.

Now, after retiring from nearly 30 years in education I enjoy inviting others to share the pleasures of the island and the Ft. Morgan peninsula. This house is one of several I rent to guests from around the world. Some I own and some belong to friends and neighbors.

I have made many friends and always enjoy making new ones. It is my pleasure to see others enjoy a relaxing vacation in a home that is just right for them.

Martha Howard purchased this cottage in 2003

Reviews

4.9
based on 91 traveller reviews

Get away from it all at the Shady Shack! Dog friendly. Quiet spot on the bay.
average rating of 4.934066 based on 91 reviews
5

Coffee by the bay on Thanksgiving Day enjoying our holiday The Shady Shack way :)

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our visit to Gulf Shores and so happy to have had stayed at The Shady Shack. Perfect for the two of us and our yellow lab. We had everything we needed and were close to everywhere we wanted to be on our family get away. Many thanks to Martha for a great stay!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Cottage and grounds are picturesque

  • 5 of 5

Shady Shack truly is home away from home. So quiet and secure yet close to all points of interest. Our stay was great and will most definitely book the Shady Shack again.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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4

Super nice property. We enjoyed our stay.

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed the quaintness and quality of this property. Very clean and secluded. I was very comfortable staying here. The property owners were very sweet.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Picturesque and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

The Shady Shack is a little piece of heaven! It is so quiet and quaint with the cutest decor. The fenced in yard was wonderful for our dogs and the cottage could not have been more perfect, especially the screened in porch. Martha is a very gracious and accommodating host. We hope to come back again someday soon.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent! Very well maintained and updated. Decor is beautiful and gorgeous location.

  • 5 of 5

Property was very quiet and peaceful. Gorgeous setting nestled a few steps from the Bay. Loved the fenced yard for our pets. Just open the back door and they have plenty room to play. Too many things provided to name but if you forget anything Martha has it!!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Awesome!

  • 5 of 5

Clean, private, and Dog friendly!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Pensacola, FL or Mobile, AL
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Pines
Nearest Ferry
10 Miles
Dauphin Island
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Kiva Dunes or The Penninsula
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Hwy 59
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Beach Club
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Mobile Street access
Car: necessary

The Fort Morgan peninsula is filled with local flavor and offers unique access to Mobile Bay, Little Lagoon and the white beaches of the Gulf of Mexico (just two miles from the house) The area is great for people who want to be away from the crowd yet close to shopping, entertainment and sports activities. A public boat launch is just three miles away. The Shell Banks reef is just out front for great fishing. The Bon Secour National Wildlife Preserve offers pristine gulf beaches, a wonderful hiking trail and birdwatching opportunities. Three golf courses are within a few minutes' drive. History buffs will enjoy the ruins and museum at Ft. Morgan and her sister, Ft. Gaines, which is a ferry's ride across to Dauphin Island.

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Winter
1 Dec 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$168
A$1,142
A$1,847
 
 
Spring
1 Mar 2017 - 12 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$188
From
A$195
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,310
A$4,030
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest
 
Early Summer
13 May 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$202
From
A$215
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,464
A$5,374
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest
 
Peak Summer
17 Jun 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$222
From
A$235
Thu,Fri,Sat,Sun
A$1,558
A$5,374
 
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$7 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
A$215
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning A$175 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit A$336
Pet Fee A$67 + Tax
Tax Rate 8.5%

1st payment is your down payment on your rental. The full rental balance is due 30 days prior to scheduled arrival date. It will include your damage deposit . If booking an arrival date less than 30 days away, entire amount due at time of booking. A $250* deposit is required to hold a reservation for a week or less, $500 for a month or more. Minimum rental age 25. Dog friendly with fee and approval. Monthly rentals require higher cleaning fee.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Gulf Shores, Alabama

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , 1 single bed
    Living room - 1 sofa bed/futon
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • video player
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • conservatory
  • Small Cooler
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • bay
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
Smoking allowed outside only. We allow small, well-behaved, flea-free, dogs. An additional non-refundable pet fee is required. An increased cleaning fee may also be required. Fenced side yard is perfect for children and pets.