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Shell Cottage

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Vacation rental house. Sleeps 14, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms. Dogs allowed.

302 Audubon Place Dauphin Island, AL 36528 United States

You’ll love this Island hideaway on the Gulf of Mexico! Bordered by the Audubon Bird Sanctuary and a short walk from the beach, this two-story home features beautiful views of the water, flat screen TVs in every room, an elevator, and a gourmet kitchen!

Welcome to your Island hideaway! “Shell Cottage” is a charming 4 bedroom and 3 bathroom house located right next to the Audubon Bird Sanctuary and just steps away from your own private beach on the Gulf of Mexico! Be sure to check out the aerial drone video and Google Map of "Shell Cottage" in the Media Tab above!

The Great Room has picturesque views of the Gulf and the Island wildlife. Large windows and two sets of French doors provide scenic views of the porch overlooking the water. This room is furnished with a bistro table with two bar chairs, two cozy chairs, loveseat, sofa, and handcrafted décor. For movie nights, this room has a 65-inch flat screen TV with satellite, a sound system, and Blu-ray player. This room opens to the dining room—perfect for entertaining the family!

The beautiful kitchen is fully furnished and stocked with everything you may need for preparing a wonderful meal. This modern kitchen is decked out with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a pleasant design. With appliances like a coffeemaker, double sink, knife block, refrigerator, oven/cook top, tea carafe, microwave, and all the cookware you may need, you’ll love cooking in this kitchen. Beautiful paintings overlook an expansive dining room table that seats 8 with room for 3 more at the bar. If you’re in the mood for grilling, you’ll find a gas grill underneath the house—great for cooking the fish the kids caught earlier!

Upstairs, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, flat screen TVs, and Blu-ray players in every room will please everyone in the family. The Master Bedroom is cozy with views of the deck and beach, stylish furniture, and 48-inch flat screen TV and features windows that open to listen to the surf. The Master Bath offers large countertops, Jacuzzi tub, sink vanity, private toilet, separate shower and a gigantic walk-in closet. On the other side of the house, you’ll find the other two bedrooms and bathroom. The second bedroom offers a king bed with a 42-inch flat screen TV and comfy furniture. Third bedroom offers a queen bed, daybed with trundle, closet, and flat screen TV. These two bedrooms share the second bath, which is complete with a tub/shower duo, toilet, and sink vanity.

This home is also equipped with an elevator! Downstairs, you’ll find the “Bunk Room”—a studio-like room that sleeps 6! This room has two sets of bunk beds—one set with a double beds while the other offers a futon on the bottom and a single bed on top. The Bunk Room has a full bathroom with toilet, sink vanity, and shower. This room also offers a flat screen TV, microwave, and mini-fridge, and the Bunk Room has a separate heating and cooling system!

Outside is a huge deck with views of beach and island. The deck has comfortable patio furniture and a child gate, which makes this spot great for dinners outside or afternoon naps. Underneath the house, you’ll find plenty of parking space, patio furniture, a gas grill, and a hammock!

If you can’t leave your furbabies at home, Shell Cottage is a Dog Friendly Property. A non-refundable of charge of $100 per dog is required for each one that comes to Shell Cottage. All pets must be reported at the time your reservation is made. We will require the total number of dogs their breed and weight. All dogs must be on a flea, tick and heartworm prevention program and have all current vaccinations. The Town of Dauphin Island leash law requires dogs to be on leash and properly secured when outdoors and also requires that dog waste from rental property yard, beaches and public areas be picked up and properly disposed of.

So pack your bags! This stunning house will have you longing to never leave and coming back as soon as you can.

Rooms and Amenities
Property Type House, 2 story
Unit Code ShellCot
Beds 2 king beds, 2 queen beds, 3 twin beds, 2 bunk beds
Bathrooms 3 bathrooms
Rooms Sleeps 14
Pets Dogs allowed.
Standard Amenities combination tub/shower, double, king, outdoor shower, queen, shower, toilet, tub, twin/ single, bay/sound, churches, library, Dining, Satellite / Cable, Television, Air Conditioning, Clothes Dryer, Elevator, Hair Dryer, Heating, Internet, Iron & Board, Linens Provided, Living Room, Parking, Towels Provided, Washing Machine, Coffee Maker, Dishes & Utensils, Dishwasher, Kitchen, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Stove, Toaster, beachcombing, bird watching, photography, walking, ATM/bank, fitness center, groceries, massage therapist, Beach View, Ocean View, Water View, Deck / Patio, Outdoor Grill, bedroom, full, shower, cycling, deepsea fishing, fishing, golf, jet skiing, pier fishing, sailing, sound/bay fishing, surf fishing, surfing, swimming, wind-surfing, children welcome, non smoking only, pets considered, wheelchair accessible, Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Attractions Art Gallery, Audubon Bird Sanctuary, Bay/Sound, Churches, Dauphin Island Sea Lab/Estuarium, Golf, Historic Fort Gaines, Library, Marina
General Air Conditioning, Ceiling Fans, Central Air, Hair Dryer, Heating, High Speed Internet, Ironing Board, Linens Provided, Parking, Telephone, Towels (Bath) Provided, Washer & Dryer, Free WiFi
Entertainment Cable TV, DVD Player, Satellite TV, Television
Kitchen & Dining Full Kitchen, Coffee Maker, Cookware, Dining Area, Dishes & Utensils, Dishwasher, Grill, Grill - Gas, Ice Maker, Microwave, Oven, Refrigerator, Stove, Toaster
Local Services & Businesses Nearby ATM, Nearby Bank, Nearby Fitness Center, Nearby Grocery Store, Nearby Massage Therapist, Nearby Post Office
Location Beach View, Gulf Side, Waterfront, Waterview, Secluded
Outside Deck, Outdoor Shower
Sports & Activities Beachcombing, Bird Watching, Cycling, Deepsea Fishing, Fishing, Golf, Jet skiing, Kayaking, Pier Fishing, Photography, Sailing, Sound & Bay Fishing, Surf Fishing, Surfing, Swimming, Walking, Wind-Surfing
Suitability Children Welcome, Non-smoking Only, Minimum Age Limit For Renters, Pets Considered
Culture Audubon Bird Sanctuary, Historic Fort Gaines, Art Gallery, Dauphin Isl. Sea Lab / Estuarium
Convenience Area FitnessCenter, Nearby Grocery, Golf Course, Marina
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100 % of our reviewers would recommend this vacation rental.

Vacation Rental Reviews

  • Privacy, Privacy, Privacy

    Stayed 7 days ending in July, 2018

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    a guest from Maryville, TN recommends this vacation rental

    If your looking to be away from any sort of crowds this is the place. A great home on the border of the bird sanctuary (make time to enjoy the trail systems through this area - wear bug spray!).

    We arrived to find a clean home that has obviously been well cared for overall. Typical lived in home dings and dents but nothing your wouldn't expect to find in any home USA. For the price of this rental home compared to like homes in the same area this is a steal! The house accommodated 3 families including 7 children ranging from age 2-15. Kitchen is spacious and allows plenty of room to work, the covered deck is a great place to relax and spy on the dolphins. The older kids loved the bunk room and having their own private restroom and place to unwind with their music etc, while the adults conversed or played cards in the late evenings.

    Get up early and walk down the beach a short distance to enjoy great sunrise views over the fort or watch the cargo and cruise ships sailing in and out of Mobile. Close everything and even during July 4th week (fire works on the beach a family favorite for the kids) the island was quiet with little traffic making exploration to west end and "in town" extremely easy. Take advantage of the local seafood market Skinner's, they have a great selection a fair market pricing that is worth the money. Cooked just about every meal in the house so we can't comment on local dining but we do have a couple of children that will tell you the cinnamon rolls as the Light House bakery were amazing.

    Overall very pleased with the condition of the home although it could use a little landscape clean up around the base of the stairs and around the direct perimeter. We did notice the HVAC unit was starving for air so we changed the badly clogged air filters on the returns with the spares in the closet. Little things that did not deter or cloud our opinion of this home or location.

    A great experience. Thank you.

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  • Relaxing getaway

    Stayed 7 days ending in June, 2018

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    a guest from Battlefield, MO recommends this vacation rental

    Our family (9 adults and 3 children, 6mo to 69yrs) traveled from Missouri to Dauphin Island for a relaxing get together and that is what we got. We chose Shell Cottage because we decided on a beach location but out-of-the-way with less people so that we could just relax and enjoy being together. I believe everyone in our group was able to do just that. Beach house was beautiful and very comfortable for a large group. The bunk room is just that, so expect bunks. We all loved the private beach and deck and the fact that we were able to just walk to the beach without having to load and unload the cars. We prepared most of our meals at the house. Planning ahead in bringing your groceries is a must to save you some driving time. We were able to each choose activities on the island and even as far as Mobile that we enjoyed without being pressured to always be fon the go. We had a couple minor issues at the house that we contacted management about and they were immediately met. We had a great experience at shell cottage and would recommend it to anyone looking for our kind of vacation!

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  • Loved it

    Stayed 7 days ending in June, 2018

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    Kelly C from Madison, WI recommends this vacation rental

    We liked the house and the location. We did feel that the bedroom on the lower level could use more comfortable mattresses. Also the TV did not well. The light and the fan are on the same electrical switch, which is fine if you can shut the light off and keep the fan running, but that's not what happens. Also the stairs leading to the second floor should have a motion light on it. Its very dangerous going up and down the stairs at night.

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  • Sanctuary next to a Sanctuary

    Stayed 7 days ending in May, 2018

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    Jeffrey E from Trophy Club, TX recommends this vacation rental

    My wife, two dogs and I came to Dauphin Island for the first time. Shell Cottage was a great place to stay. The house is in a great gated community. It is slightly set back between two other houses. But that did not ruin the view. From the deck and especially the side deck you have an amazing view. Side deck is great in the hot afternoons. Inside was just as great. Very comfortable for the two of us and pups. Nice linens, appliances, and furniture. Private beach was fantastic and we basically had it to ourselves. Minor drawback was no outdoor shower and a small amount of landscaping that could be done. Overall we will be back and would highly recommend! Island Resort staff was awesome!!

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  • Great Place!

    Stayed 7 days ending in April, 2018

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    a guest from Grand Rapids, OH recommends this vacation rental

    This is a great house and in a great location. Low key and relaxing. House is laid out nicely and kitchen is nicely equipped. Elevator made loading and unloading a breeze. Steps to the beach. The bird sanctuary next door was a nice place to walk and it created an unobstructed view of the ocean from the deck of the house. The fort and aquarium were also fun to discover. Highly recommend.

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  • It went too fast

    Stayed 7 days ending in March, 2018

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    Tina H from Searcy, AR recommends this vacation rental

    Best home away from home experience we have had in a long time. The private beach was phenomenal. The peace and quiet were just what we needed. Management was quick to respond to any issues we had and was concerned with our concerns. We did not want to leave and are already planning our next trip.

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  • The Perfect Family Vacation

    Stayed 7 days ending in March, 2018

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    Rachel W from Strafford, MO recommends this vacation rental

    We are frequent travelers and have been to Shell Cottage twice now in the past two years. We normally don't go to the same place twice, but this place has resulted in the absolute best family vacation both times. I love that Dauphin Island is not a place with lots of people and crazy party goers, perfect for a family with small children. The house is so bright and well decorated, which I can't say for most of the vacation rentals we have stayed at. The beds are very comfortable and there are plenty of rooms and bathrooms to accommodate larger or multiple families, which can make it more cost effective if you are looking to save money. The location is also perfect. The house is about a minute walk away from the beach but it is surrounded by beautiful trees and feels much more secluded than any of the other houses. It is also at the end of the cul-de-sac which adds an additional layer of privacy. I also love that the town is somewhat small and has a biking trail that spans the length of the island. There is also a bird sanctuary within walking distance of shell cottage, so you honestly don't even need to drive much to have a week's worth of family activities. We spent our week spending most of the day on the beach with almost no one in sight. When we weren't at the beach we would go for long bike rides as a family, walk around the bird sanctuary and look for alligators, and even tried to catch crabs at night on the beach. We also biked down to the aquarium one day and took a tour of Fort Gaines. You can also tour the battleship in Mobile which is just a short 45 minute drive away, and there is also Bellingrath gardens about 15 minutes away for short excursions. It was the perfect mix of low-key things to do for a family with small children. The property was also very clean and the kitchen was fully stocked with everything you would need. My only wish is that there was a decent grocery store close by, the ship-n-shore price gouges! Stock up before!

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  • So good we tried to book it again while we were still there...

    Stayed 7 days ending in October, 2017

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    Monica W from La Grange, KY recommends this vacation rental

    Shell Cottage was perfect for our Fall Break. 2 families (4 adults, 9 kids ages 5-13). We got groceries in Mobile and cooked at the house most of the week (except for a couple of trips to Miguel's, which we recommend). Kitchen was well-stocked; only thing missing was a blender, but we brought one. ADVICE IF YOU STAY THERE: Open all the cabinets, drawers, closets on your first day--they really do have everything! House sits back from the private beach, but you can see well enough from the deck to let the kids play out there. Comfortable beds. Bunk room great for 6 boys. We couldn't figure out the elevator, but it didn't matter enough to ask. We'll definitely be back!

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  • Peaceful location

    Stayed 7 days ending in July, 2017

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    a guest from Clifton Park, NY recommends this vacation rental

    We chose this home for a 4 generation family vacation. It easily accommodated 9 adults and 3 children 6 and under. Our eldest, age 91, although could have used the stairs to the living level, appreciated the elevator. The beach was a short distance from the house so the routine of packing a tent, chairs and beach toys was not a big hassle. An outdoor shower made clean up easy especially for 3 little ones that emerged themself in sea and sand! The location could not have been more peaceful! We had the beach to ourselves and our view was of the natural habitat - this home was on the edge of the Bird Sanctuary, which could be entered to walk the well groomed baths from the beach! No entrance fee required!

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  • Relaxing Beach Getaway

    Stayed 7 days ending in June, 2017

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    Kristi D recommends this vacation rental

    Our family had such a great time at the Shell Cottage. Clean and had everything we needed. Rental Company was very easy to work with. Very short walk to the beach. Sitting on the covered porch watching the waves and dolphins was my favorite spot! Highly recommend if you want to get away and relax. Very peaceful. Would rent again if we return to the area.

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  • Beautiful and perfect

    Stayed 7 days ending in April, 2017

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    Cheryl K from Santa fe, New Mexico recommends this vacation rental

    Lovely home with great views and great outdoor sitting places. Easy access to beach and Audubon Sanctuary.

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  • SHELL COTTAGE STAY.

    Stayed 7 days ending in April, 2017

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    Dennis L from Liberty Township, OH recommends this vacation rental

    My family sure enjoyed themselves with lots of fun at the beach. I mostly liked the side deck where I could watch them and dolphins and drink my desired beverage of the moment.

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  • The Perfect Oasis

    Stayed 7 days ending in April, 2017

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    Scott Y from Westfield, IN recommends this vacation rental

    Peaceful, beautiful, amazing views, tranquil, loved the bird sanctuary, highly recommend bike rental. We had an unforgettable week and can't wait to come back!! Loved It!!!

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  • Shell Cottage getaway

    Stayed 7 days ending in March, 2017

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    Andrea M from Murfreesboro, TN recommends this vacation rental

    Great location, great kitchen . Large tv's in every room. Covered porch, open deck , comfy beds. Really enjoyed our stay.

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  • Hidden Gem

    Stayed 7 days ending in July, 2016

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    a guest from Biloxi, MS recommends this vacation rental

    Everything was perfect. The rooms, the view, and the location made it difficult to leave. No super stores or malls anywhere near and that's what made our stay so amazing. The beaches weren't crowded and the weather was perfect.

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