USA Gulf Coast Texas Gilchrist Listing #11895

Island Home - Gilchrist, TX

38 reviews
Max. occupancy: 10 1 Queen Bed, 1 Double Bed, 4 Twin Bed, 1 Sofa Bed 3 bedrooms 3 bathrooms 2 dog max  (25 lb weight limit) 
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Dog-Friendly Oceanfront Haven with Huge Covered Deck, Water Views & Beach Access

Fix yourself a cold drink and take in the sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico from your private deck when you stay at this comfortable Gilchrist beach house. Located right across the street from 27 miles of pristine beaches, this elevated, dog-friendly vacation rental is the perfect destination for a restful, relaxing ocean retreat.

This home lies on the secluded Bolivar Peninsula, about 30 miles from Galveston and just outside the small town of Gilchrist. With the sand and surf just a few steps away, you'll have incredible access to one of the most uncrowded stretches of beach on the Texas coast. Fly a kite in the breeze or wade in the warm water to your heart's content! For a change of pace, head east to the Smith Oaks Sanctuary for world-class birdwatching, or catch a free concert at Stingaree Restaurant and Marina.

When you're not exploring the island, you'll love spending your leisure time at this unique, family-friendly retreat. Beautiful hardwood floors create a cool, comfortable place to relax while watching TV or surfing the free WiFi. Pick up some fresh fish from the market and fix yourself a delicious seafood dinner in the fully equipped kitchen, then head downstairs to the covered mezzanine to dine in the open air as the ocean sparkles in the distance. For a small fee, you can even bring your canine friends along to join in the fun too! (Two dogs max, please.)

The beach is waiting - book your stay in this delightful vacation home today!

*Please contact Vacasa for our special Snowbird rates!

*Please note: this home resides in a noise-sensitive area and the owners participate in our Good Neighbor protection program. Our smart home technology will alert our team if excessive decibel or occupancy levels are detected, allowing us to reach out directly with a friendly reminder rather than risking a noise complaint from a neighbor. This technology is privacy compliant, and only monitors the presence of decibels and devices—not any personal conversation or information. Thank you for supporting our efforts to be good neighbors!*

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




Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC

Partial AC

House rules


Kitchen & dining






Ocean view


Water view


Beach access

Gulf view



Internet : Hughesnet



DVD player

Wireless router




Beach towels




38 reviews

Carrillo N. Jul 2022
Heather M. Jul 2022
Loved this house. Unobstructed ocean and bay views, beautiful. Very nice interior and quick walk to the beach.
Michelle G. Jul 2022
Great access to the beach, take bug spray for mosquitoes dusk and dawn if you’re on the ground level. Patio level was awesome!! No bugs and a beautiful 360 view. House level is great too. Had a wonderful time and everything was provided. Big issue was the dishwasher but we reported it so they should fix it so it’s is anchored.
Manager response:
Thank you for sharing your feedback and bringing some items to our attention that may need some TLC. We have forwarded your feedback to the local staff so they can work to improve the house for future guests. Please know that our guest services team is available 24 hours a day to assist should any concerns arise during your visit. We hope you choose to stay with us again!
Cassandra S. Jun 2022
We had such a wonderful time for Memorial Day weekend! The camp is so nice! Everything was clean. It was very nice to have 3 bathrooms. We enjoyed sitting on the middle balcony watching the pelicans and the beach. My 86 year old grandmother had no trouble climbing the stairs. Very happy we could bring our dogs also.
We had a golf cart but we also walked to the beach and it was not bad. We will definitely book this camp again!
Pamela H. May 2022
Accommodations are very nice. Not perfect, but awesome. Please put a cookie sheet, baking pan and fix the slow drain in the master bathroom sink. Small stuff. I adore the middle deck and spent a lot of time there. Unless you want to be in the middle of Topless Jeep weekend, the location is perfect with nice gaps with no houses along the beach. I like this side of Rollover Pass. Decent shelling. People unfamiliar with the area, be careful of rip currents on windy wavy days!! We didn't even get in. It was crazy chilly for end of May and pretty rough. I would book this place again, for sure. Wonderful peaceful place to spend my BD.
Angelina M. May 2022
The rental was very clean and nice. Beach access was great. The beach view is awesome. Will definitely book another stay.
KATRINA B. May 2022
Spaciously home. Great location. I would not recommend for handicapped visitors. No lift and there are a lot of stairs. The bed in master was terrible. We slept in the twin beds the next night. Only one TV in the entire home.
Amy F. Apr 2022
Location was great!! Easy access to beach. Close to High Island for birding. Nice views of ocean and bay.
Dakang W. Apr 2022
Dish washer was broken. No one to repair or replace as promised during our four-day stay; Sink was clogged and no one take care of until they called on the last day we stay; No instruction book to tell you how to connect wifi, how to prepare for check out; no one take care of your call seriously. Some good thing: the room is clean and enough bath room and the view is good.
Manager response:
Thank you for your review, Dakang, we hope you were able to enjoy your stay. We sincerely apologize that the dishwasher was not available during your stay. It is always our goal for our guests to be able to use every amenity our homes have to offer and we regret that the ball was dropped this time. Our property manager has assured us that the dishwasher has been replaced since your stay. We hope to have the opportunity to truly impress you in the future.
Bruce C. Feb 2022
Love the area. House was nice. Great view
Rebecca M. Jun 2021
Clean, plenty of towels and linens. Plenty of room. Nice views and close to the beach. Would stay there again.
Susan N. Jun 2021
The views were great. There was plenty of space.
Lonnie B. May 2021
This place was good other than … the cleaning service needs to be improved , trash found under chairs in living area, and one room where the sheets hadn't been washed , Sand all in the beds .
Manager response:
Hi Lonnie, thank you for taking the time to leave us some feedback. We are pleased that you enjoyed the home, though we sincerely apologize for the cleanliness concerns you encountered during your stay with us. Our team of housekeepers takes pride in their cleanliness standards, as it is a top priority service we provide for every guest prior to check-in. We have passed your feedback along to our housekeeping staff so they are aware of your concerns. We hope to have the opportunity to impress you in the future!
Stephanie K. Dec 2020
We were looking for a change of scenery for a few days and this rental did the job. Nothing fancy or over the top but just right to walk to the beach and relax for a few days.
Taylor M. Jul 2020
Dishes were dirty when we arrived, dryer makes loud noise so you aren’t able to do laundry at night, there aren’t very many chairs for sitting outside as pictured, hammock on the deck was broken, living room flooded when it rained, the front door is extremely hard to open. We also think we may have found termites in this house during our stay. Would not stay here again. Good location but too many things are wrong with this home. Not worth your money.
Manager response:
Hi Taylor. Thank you for your review. We’re sorry to hear that the home was in this condition upon your arrival as we never want to have our guests start their vacation off on the wrong foot. We have reached out to our local housekeeping staff to ensure that these details aren’t missed again. We do hope that we have another chance in future to impress you.
Sarah S. Jul 2020
I would recommend looking for another home, unless you're just looking for a place to rest your head at night...and even that was difficult when our family stayed.
Manager response:
Hi Sarah, Thank you for your feedback. We apologize that our home didn't meet your expectations. Ensuring each guest has a pleasant experience is important to us. We hope we have the opportunity to impress you in the future.
Amy M. Jul 2020
Great place for a family with easy access to the beach. Crossing the highway is something you should be prepared for. The road divides the property from the beach. The second floor deck is lovely. Great place to relax and getaway.
Miranda H. Jun 2020
The house is well situated and the view is amazing. We were disappointed with the house cleanliness and safety! All the fans were dusty, crumbs on the kitchen floor, spider web in the dining room and rusty pans was a concern. Extra trash bags were not provided as well. I wish the host had a welcome book for their guest with some local restaurant/shopping and other suggestions
Manager response:
Hello Miranda, We apologize for any issues you experienced during your stay. We encourage guests to reach out to us if there are any issues they encounter during your visit so we can have the opportunity to address them. We understand that you are simply trying to enjoy your vacation and may feel hesitant to bring forth complaints at that time. We apologize for the oversight regarding the cleanliness. We have passed along your feedback to the local housekeeping staff and manager so they are aware of your comments. We are sorry this experience had a negative impact on your stay, and we hope to have the chance to impress you in the future. Thank you for your review.
Jacquelyn Rene T. Jun 2020
I absolutely loved the fact that our dog was able to join us on our trip to the beach. The distance from the beach made it even better. The only improvement needed is more paper towels, toilet paper, and trash bags.
Earl E. Sep 2019
Close proximaty to the beach
Larry W. Jul 2019
We spent most of the time out of the house, but it is nice
Mark G. Jul 2019
The power went out during a storm
Patricia M. Apr 2019
Fabulous location for spring migration, between Rollover Pass and High Island. Porches on two sides meant we could watch both sunrises and sunsets. House is large and pleasant. When we had one little glitch with the keyless entry, a locksmith came right away. We felt well taken care of!
Dody D. Apr 2019
We enjoyed our stay, the house was equipped with everything we needed, I liked each bedroom room having its own bath.
Amanda S. Aug 2018
We had a great time in this vacation rental. My only feedback would be that there was very little cutlery available and a couple of the pots and pans we're unusable because they were dented and scratched on the bottom. Other than that the layout was great, the property was clean and the instructions were easy to understand and gain entry.
Cole M. Jul 2018
Great house no problems
Rickey D. Jul 2018
House was clean and as advertised. No problems getting in and we really enjoyed the stay.
Jennifer B. Jun 2018
We had a really great time and truly enjoyed our stay at this home. The home is nice and convenient and the neighbors were friendly. Though, as much as I hate to point out negative things, I know it helps others to share about our experience. I do hope they will fix the porch soon. 2 kids got BIG splinters in their feet from hanging out on the porch without shoes on & some of the posts were falling down or had come out / were loose. The front & back doors were hard to open & keep shut and had some minor damage. We were also told we would be notified early if we could do early check-in, but didn't receive any communications regarding same. When I called to ask, we were told that we could not get in early. With our long drive, we got into town early and went by the house at 2 pm (just in case) and the house was empty and ready for our arrival. There weren't any trash bags, dish soap, laundry detergent, bleach or dryer sheets. So, we ran to the store & bought everything so we could keep up with dishes, trash & laundry while we were there. The cable also didn't work. When we called to inquire, we were told there must just be a bad signal & nothing could be done. The cable never worked the entire time we were there so we just used tablets at night. Overall, this was a great place to stay and we hope to book again sometime.
Manager response:
We apologize for the disappointments this guest encountered. The WiFi and TV issues were addressed after this guest's stay; we scheduled an appointment as quickly as possible, but they weren't available until after this guest's stay. We have followed-up with housekeeping about the cleanliness comments. Thanks!
Jenny H. Jun 2018
This house fit our family's needs nicely! Three bedrooms each with their own bathroom gave everyone space. When we all came in from the beach ready for a shower, it was nice. Never ran out of hot water. The kitchen could have been better stocked. The pots and pans had seen better days, but we made it work. Easy to get to the beach just across Hwy 87. And we were the only ones on the beach! No crowds here, which we loved. If you are looking for a quiet getaway, this is your place.
Edward B. May 2018
We loved the view fron the balcony. Great beach access and very well kept home.
Everything we needed was there and the 3 story hike wasnt that bad. Will book again
Susan T. Apr 2018
Conveniently located 20 minutes from High Island birding hot spots. Kitchen was sufficiently equipped and the place was clean. Everything worked. Nice view of the surf from the living room and deck. Be aware, it’s two stories up to the front door.
Richard B. Apr 2018
Very nice home. Only thing that keeps me from giving it 5 stars are the moldy shower curtains. Good location, beautiful view, and great location for Bolivar Peninsula.
David B. Oct 2017
Great kept property. First time to utilize this service but have scheduled another trip and plan on using them in the future as well
Rolando H. Oct 2017
First of all, renting this house was not our first idea. We were supposed to be going to New Orleans for the weekend but hurricane Nate changed our plans. This house is beautiful, the views are were great and we couldn’t be happier that our plans had to change. We found the house online, called to reserve it with Misty in reservations (who was awesome by the way!) and were relaxing and enjoying the view within a few hours, no other site we’ve used has allowed same day check in. 6 adults stayed here with no issues, there is plenty of space with comfy beds. As awesome as the house is there are a few minor cons, there is no WiFi here, this house only has one tv, and there is no way of getting groceries or items up to the house other than to carry them up... three stories up. Yes, three stories, with heavy groceries. (We brought some rope and a bucket... just saying) overall we loved it and are already making plans to rent again.