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USA Alabama Dauphin Island Audubon Place Listing #19808

Shell Cottage - Dauphin Island, AL

32 reviews
Max occupancy: 14 2 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 2 Double Bed, 3 Twin Bed, 1 Futon 4 bedrooms 3 bathrooms No pets 
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Gulf-view home with spacious deck and new hot tub- short walk to the beach!

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.

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. The beautiful kitchen is fully furnished and stocked with everything you may need for preparing a wonderful meal. This home is also equipped with an elevator, and a huge deck with views of the beach and island. Your group is sure to also love the brand new private 5-person hot tub with spa jets.

Things to know:
Free WiFi
Full kitchen

This property is managed by Vacasa Alabama LLC

You must be 25 years or older to rent this property.



Jetted tub


Baby gates



Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC

Kitchen & dining






Water view


Gulf front

Gulf view




Cable : Dish Network

DVD player

Wireless router

Blu-Ray player

Netflix streaming



Step-free Access

Nearby activities & attractions


Golf Nearby

On-site activities

Hot tub : Private

Board games


Gas grill : Private




Parking & access




32 reviews

Annette L. Nov 2020
Minus the days we had to leave due to the incoming hurricane, our week at Shell Cottage was excellent. The kitchen is well stocked with pots, pan, utensils, and tableware. The Hot Tub is an awesome addition to this house, as well as the bikes and kayaks. The two deck spaces that this house has to offer is nice for those who like sun, and those who don't! The local Vacasa employees (Payton and Brandy) were super helpful. We have stayed at many houses on the island and this one continues to be our favorite. This is the fourth time we have stayed at Shell Cottage and it is nice to see a house continue to be so well cared for and in good shape!
Kevin S. Sep 2020
We loved the location of this house! It was steps from the beach, which made it easy to bring all the beach necessities. The house is well stocked with all the kitchen items you’ll need. Linens, a couple days worth of dish soap and laundry soap, beach and bath towels are provided as well. We had a group of 8 and never ran out of hot water for showers (big plus), and had plenty of space (didn’t even use the downstairs). The only issues we had were: the garbage can outside was overflowing and smelled horrible when we arrived—I only mention this because they took care of it right away and we were happy with their response time, and the gate code we were given at check in is outdated by (according to a local) 2 years. We loved our stay and can’t wait to go back! We recommend getting breakfast at lighthouse bakery, smoothies from foxys waffles, dinner at Islanders, fishing at cedar point pier, and souvenirs at a great price from Beach planet! Also, bring plenty of sunscreen and bug spray—mosquitoes are brutal as soon as the sun goes down. We can’t wait to go back!
Natalia D. Aug 2020
Very beautifully decorated and clean house located in the best area of the gated community. House came with everything we needed, including bikes, canoes, canopies, etc. We had all the privacy we wanted to have while enjoying the house amenities.
Jeramiah J. Jul 2020
Everything about this house was wonderful! We stay in dauphin island a lot, but this was the best house we’ve stayed in yet! Steps from the beach, comes with two kayaks, umbrellas, and a tent, the hot tub was nice in the evenings and the elevator made bringing luggage and groceries upstairs so easy! We really enjoyed our stay here.
Mary J. Jun 2020
The house is great. It is seconds to the beach and the hot tub was a big hit with everyone! The elevator was not working when we got there but vacasa worked until they had it going which was so necessary for our handicapped grandson.
Lisa T. Jun 2020
We wanted bring a group of swell 18 year olds away from the “strip” of the normal beach scene due to the current concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic fora senior trip to make up for all they have missed out on. This afforded us a contained atmosphere for them to enjoy themselves without us worrying about them too much.
The house was perfect with close beach access, plenty of space to accommodate up to 14. The kids loved the separate “bunk” quarters downstairs with separate outdoor access. They enjoyed the hammock big enough for two, hot tub, plenty of tv’s for binge watching Netflix. We cooked in for almost the entire week. All the cookware, kitchen supplies we needed were available plus gas grill. Husband and son took a charter fishing trip so we were able to grill fish for the group. Plenty of space for alone you don’t feel cramped even though your group is large. Comfortable bedding and seating inside and out. Beach chairs, kayak, beach wagon all available for use and outdoor shower to wash off the sand.
All in all except for Tropical Storm Cristobal cutting our trip short by a day, couldn’t have asked for a better experience.
Lyn K. Mar 2020
The house was very nice and updated. The furniture was new and very tastefully decorated. The local management was not responsive.
Manager response:
Thank you for sharing your feedback, Lyn. We are glad you enjoyed this home. We apologize if our service standard was not met, and we hope to have another chance to impress you in the future!
Janet M. Mar 2020
The home is beautiful, and the view is awesome. We liked that towels and linens were provided. Plenty of dishes although some of the pots and pans were scratched and could be replaced. The only issue we had was with the hot tub and that it did not appear to have serviced before we arrived as the water level was low as well as the water temperature which continued to drop. It was eventually serviced and we enjoyed it the last day we were there. The family enjoyed their stay at this pretty home.
Manager response:
Hello Janet, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We apologize that the hot tub was not serviced before your arrival. This is not the high standard of customer satisfaction that we hold ourselves too. We apologize for the inconvenience and do hope you will allow us to host you again in the future.
Polly F. Feb 2020
This home on the far east end of the island has it ALL! When we first pulled in I was disappointed to find it situated with another house between us and the ocean. BUT it is nestled up next to the Audubon Bird Sanctuary on the east side with NOTHING to block our view from the water. Perfect large sun deck on the south side with very good outside furniture. An outside shower is underneath, along with a huge hot tub, a GREAT bedroom with bath and a private elevator . We did not have access to the elevator, though but that was fine. The lockbox for the key was a little hard to find, but to be fair, it was dark when we arrived and we were tired from a long road trip. All 3 bedrooms upstairs were fabulous. I only used the master, and the bedding was so comfortable I slept like a baby every night, huge kitchen well stocked with all the basics and more. Very short walk to the beach ! Highly recommend this home!
Kathryn D. Jan 2020
The house was wonderful and a peaceful place for our family vacation. Overall the house was well appointed and met every need. The location was perfect, wonderful views. Though technically a second tier from the beach- it was just a very short walk (less than 1 minute) via our own private path. We enjoyed walking on the beach and enjoying our family time. The house is very well laid out and suited our family trip perfectly.
Margaret S. Sep 2019
We had a wonderful week. Loved being so close to the Audubon Park. The house was well kept and private. We would definitely rent this house again.
Gary M. Sep 2019
Loved the house and especially the elevator . Really helps with unloading and loading. Sad to see the house is no longer pet friendly. We always travel with our dog. We will have to find a new place. Great trip!
john m. Jul 2019
The house was clean, the AC was ice cold, house was as promised!
Natalie H. Jun 2019
This home was amazing!
Jeffrey W. Jun 2019
We couldn’t find a single beach house on the island that met what we were looking for better than Shell Cottage. We were mostly wanting a great view, quiet, and solitude. Shell Cottage had it all and more. It’s situated such that off to the east you have the best view of the Audubon Bird Sanctuary and at a slight angle the ocean. There is a house between Shell Cottage and the waters edge to the south but it was easy to ignore and gave a buffer between us and the very few people on the beach. Most of the time we spent on the beach in early June we saw no one for yards in either direction. Inside it was plenty big for us but we were only a party of five. There were plenty of dishes, cookware, and bath towels. It was clean with nice decor. The only slight drawback was that the elevator is the only way in if you’ve locked the house as the house key only fit the door under the house.
Charlotte G. May 2019
The house was wonderful, beautiful views from every turn. The elevator is priceless! It allows people of age or with mobility problems an option other than a condo. Hope to go and stay there again.
Ernest R. May 2019
Spacious house with nice décor. Comfortable indoor and outdoor furnishings. Great sun and covered decks. WIFI good. Access to house by claustrophobic elevator only. Lock on outside deck door does not open with the key provided. About 50% or more of light bulbs missing or out including half of elevator lights and no lighting in laundry room. Very limited supplies such as toilet paper, hand soap, dishwasher soap, so bring your own. No instructions provided as to cleanup before leaving. It would have been helpful to have those.
Manager response:
Hello Earnest- We appreciate your feedback! I contacted our local staff and they are hiring a handy man to take care of the sliding glass door and to fix all of the lights.Thank you, again!
Kenneth B. Mar 2019
Nice home, beautiful view from deck. Would have been a perfect stay if weather had been better. But our pup did'nt mind his walks in the fog and rain, felt it had to be better than snow and frigid cold in Wisconsin. Ken B
Justin H. Jun 2018
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.
Kelly C. Jun 2018
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.
Amanda F. Mar 2018
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.
Tina H. Mar 2018
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.
Rachel W. Mar 2018
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!
Monica W. Oct 2017
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!
Dawn F. Jul 2017
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!
Traci B. Jul 2017
Shell Cottage is the perfect location for a quiet getaway. We stayed there over 4th of July and we never had anyone around us on the beach. The water on Dauphin Island was disappointing because we had no idea it would be so brown and murky (apparently Mobile bay feeds into the ocean which causes the murky brown water). We couldn't even see our feet once we stepped in the ocean. The sand was the beautiful soft white sand with a few shells and sand dollars that we would hunt for daily. The house was nice but we did have some cleanliness issues....the inside of almost all kitchen cabinets and drawers were dirty and looked like they had never been cleaned. Every single pot/silverware/cup etc we used we cleaned before hand beause everything was so dirty. I understand that the cleaning crew only has 5 hours to turn the house around but there needs to be some attention given to cleanliness. Also the blankets in the closets were just wadded up and thrown on the shelf. If we wanted a blanket we had to wash those too. After getting past the cleanliness issues and figuring out we had to clean our $3300 rental we enjoyed our stay. The location and quietness of the lot was lovely. Trees and a wonderful walking path to the beach one way and alligator lake the other. We saw dolphins, alligators, multiple turtles, we caught a stingray fishing from the beach, we found sand dollars, a shark tooth and hundreds of hermit crabs. Skinners for Royal Red Shrimp, and Miquel's for Mexican and JTs sunset grill for key lime pie.
FYI....we did contact the mgmt company about the cleanliness issues and a couple other things and they offered to send a cleaning crew. We declined because we were already in the rental and starting our vacation.
Kristi D. Jun 2017
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.
Cheryl K. Apr 2017
Lovely home with great views and great outdoor sitting places. Easy access to beach and Audubon Sanctuary.
Dennis L. Apr 2017
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.
Scott Y. Apr 2017
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!!!
Andrea M. Mar 2017
Great location, great kitchen . Large tv's in every room. Covered porch, open deck , comfy beds. Really enjoyed our stay.