USA Gulf Coast Alabama Fort Morgan Listing #57173

The Rookery 1601 - Quiet Cottage - Fort Morgan, AL

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Max. occupancy: 8 1 King Bed, 1 Queen Bed, 1 Double Bed, 1 Twin Bed 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms Sleeps 7 comfortably  No pets 
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Quiet Cottage at The Rookery - Steps to Pool & Short Walk to Beach

Escape to our 3BR, 2BA (sleeps 7) cottage in The Rookery, a quiet Gulf Shores community on the edge of the Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge. Take in a sunset over Mobile Bay, walk a couple blocks to the beach or enjoy an onsite hot tub, pool, and tennis courts. Drive 20 minutes to downtown for eateries and entertainment.

INSIDE THE COTTAGE

Park right outside your door with space for several vehicles and step up to the screened porch with bench seating.

The front door enters to the open concept living, dining, and kitchen areas. Light wooden floors are topped with a tan throw rug for a sandy feel in the living area, which offers sofa and recliner seating for 6.

Heading back toward the kitchen, the dining table separates the living and cooking areas. Seat 6 around the wooden table for board game nights or family feasts.

The kitchen has a clean, all-white decor and all the appliances and accessories you’ll need, including a fridge, stove/oven combo and microwave, and a dishwasher.

Off the living area is the king-size master bedroom with a 40' smart TV and en-suite bath to enjoy a little extra privacy. Settle in with plenty of closet and dresser space to unpack and stay a while. Bring your favorite bubble bath to utilize the tub/shower combo for added relaxation.

Just before the entrance to the guest bathroom is the laundry facility. Washer and dryer are ready for your used beach towels and bathing suits.

The next door off the dining area is the full guest bathroom with tub/shower combo and single vanity. It has a connecting door that also leads into the queen-size 2nd bedroom. This bedroom features a closet stocked with board games for the kids and is located just off the dining area.

The kids’ bedroom is across the hall, opposite the kitchen. Here, a twin-over-full bunk offers sleeping for 3. For cartoons in the morning, check out the 32” smart Roku TV and DVD player.

Please note: There is an air mattress available.

OUR LOCATION

You’re a quick stroll from the resort pool, hot tub, and tennis courts. Beach access is a quick walk of a couple blocks, and downtown’s shops and restaurants are 20 minutes away.

Or find delectable eats even closer to home. Sassy Bass Amazin’ Grill is less than a mile away and has options for kids and a great cocktail menu, as if their fresh oysters and catch of the day dishes aren’t enough to wow you. If you don’t want to let the water out of your sight, check out Tacky Jack’s on Fort Morgan for seafood with waterfront views, 5 minutes from home.

Ready to get outdoors? Take a hike and learn about wildlife at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge just 7 minutes away. Rent a kayak or plan a deep sea fishing trip in the gulf. The world is your oyster!

On your way back toward the airport, why not plan for a stop at Waterville USA? Twenty minutes from your front door, waterslides and lazy rivers are waiting for you.

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

AMENITIES

Features

Iron

Washer/dryer : Private

Heating & cooling

Central AC

Partial AC

Kitchen & dining

Dishwasher

Fridge

Microwave

Location

Beach access

Media

Internet

TV

Cable

DVD player

Wireless router

On-site activities

Pool : Shared

Board games

Tennis court : Shared

Outdoor

Patio

Parking & access

Paid parking only

Theme

Snowbird-friendly

27 reviews

Julie T. Apr 2022
The space and layout was excellent. Basic, no frills home was away from hub- bub of town and far enough away from neighboring homes. Walking to beach was an easy 10-15 minute walk. Pool was frigid but hot tub made up for it. Very peaceful.
Andrea H. Mar 2022
This was our first visit to Gulf Shored and the cottage at the Rookery was accommodating for us. The location was nice because it was close to the beach. The Sassy Bass with the market attached was extremely convenient. The Rookery was nice and quiet in the evenings but lively during the day. The only negatives of the home were the linens and the smell from the master closet. The pillows in the master were flatter than pancakes and there was a terrible smell coming from the closet. The room with the bunk bed had a couple of stains on the comforter but not terrible. You will need to buy supplies like trash bags, dishwasher detergent, etc. overall we were satisfied with our stay. We would definitely book again.
Manager response:
Andrea, we are very sorry for any unpleasant smell encountered within the home. We encourage guests to contact our customer service line for any assistance, as our local staff is readily available. We will notify our team to address this matter, and we look forward to hosting another stay!
Matthew F. Dec 2021
Great location. We love the Fort Morgan area. It was nice and quiet. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
John c. Oct 2021
The home is in kind of a fun location, but with limitations. First, it`s not in Gulf `s about 15 miles away in Ft. Morgan. Great beaches nearby, but it`s quite remote, with very limited eating options. Groceries should be picked up ahead of time. There`s a nice local market/deli nearby, but prices are high. The pool on the property is very nice and well kept. The home itself is a little rough around the edges, with stained carpets, loose molding, etc. There are a lot of pretty basic amenities that are missing, such as kitchen linens, trash bags, broom, knives, hair dryer, hot pads, etc. The cleaners showed up at 3:50 p.m. (occupancy starts at 4:00), so obviously their cleaning was very limited, and it doesn`t include things like changing out obviously burned-out light bulbs, etc. The wifi site wasn`t available, but the management company provided an alternate (although slow) option. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Lisa R. Aug 2021
Nice place. Good size space. But needs lots of repairs. Beds are terrible and need to be replaced. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Calin g. Jul 2021
This rental fit the needs of the group for a much needed vacation. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Peter r. Jun 2021
House was clean, and roomy for our needs. Pool in the complex was very nice. Great proximity to the beach. You can walk if you are just taking a towel, but too far to bring chairs, coolers etc. The small down sides were: garbage bags were too small for the can, and Not enough cleaning supplies, so we went out and bought some. Had trouble getting the wifi set up and had to call the help line, which was hard to get through to as well. Overall it was a nice place. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Kathy M. Jun 2021
overall a good experience. I was disappointed at the lack of toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags and dish soap. Luckily, I had packed extra just in case. Other than that, it was good. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Vanessa M. May 2021
While the place itself was a great pick! I feel `turnkey` creates a cheapened experience. When I made them aware of the fact that there was only one roll of toilet paper in each bathroom for 6 people for a 4 day stay, I had to banter with them back and forth for far too long to get more. They did however provide extra on the last evening. There also was only one trash bag in the kitchen. To me these are basics that you don`t want your guests to have to `run out` on their vacation to purchase. I did not see a warning ahead to bring your own or that would have be adequate as well. Over all we really enjoyed the place and how spacious it was for our family! We would return, but be warned you need to bring your own tp, paper towels, coffee filters, etc. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Jeff m. Apr 2021
We loved the cottage and all the property amenities. The pool, hot tub and tennis court were enjoyed often. Loved all the palm trees around it all. Especially loved the seclusion from all the hub bub of crowds and the beach is really a short distance away by car. Loved the beach and ocean was amazing. It is a 20 minute drive to get to main part of town but we didnt mind since we had a great kitchen and cooked our meals and enjoyed cocktails in our screened in porch. We loved our stay so much we booked for next year and can`t wait to get back. We arrived ahead of our check in time but the turnkey employee was gracious and allowed us in early. Very pleasant person and appreciated her help. The cottage was very clean and tidy and had everything we needed. Only negative is the hand can opener was super cheap and barely worked and two of the dining room chairs had broken legs but we had plenty of good chairs. Overall very satisfied, a 4 star review! This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Danielle . Sep 2020
Very good This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Barbara g. Jul 2020
Upon arrival we noticed that you had to cross a very busy highway to get to the beach- if you don`t mind a quick little drive, it is perfect. Just not ideal for youngsters to go alone. Pool was especially nice and upkept with minimal attendance. Then the cabin... VERY SPACIOUS for 6. We were in awe as the pictures do not do it justice. Decorated beachy and we felt at home readily. Property managers communicate quickly and efficiently; we felt they were attentive. Some dishes were not clean and the dishwasher leaked. We called and we feel the owners will replace readily. Property management had a repairman onsite in under an hour once we took the time to report the issues. We also think that is why some of the silverware and dishes were not clean. Overall, we would go again! This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Diana H. May 2020
Our first stay in Alabama we loved the beach, beautiful white sand nice warm water. Our unit at the Rookery was furnished pretty nicely and had great decor. It was close to the pool. Unit was a bit rundown the outside could look better. The carpets need to be replaced maybe with vinyl flooring. A few of the cabinets in the kitchen have seen better days. It was pretty clean, almost everything you could think of to use in the kitchen except a can opener had to go buy one. Internet service left a lot to be desired. The parking situation could be better, not enough luckily we only had one vehicle. The distance to the beach was a little far. We are Wyndham owners so I guess I am used to all amenities and beautiful resorts. It was a bit over priced once all the fees are added in. Like I said the beach was nice, the stores are a little far away. I might stay in the area again but probably not the same unit. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Jonathan c. Oct 2018
First off, let me say that Turnkey Vacation rentals gets an B- for communication. They are on top of it when it comes to check-in, and I truly believe they wanted to help us solve our problems. I seriously wonder if they even know what a mess this rental is. On nearly every other front, it`s a solid BAD, D+ rental. We evacuated from 30A area on a Tuesday morning, and quickly found this rental in Fort Morgan area of Alabama. We thought we were escaping the hurricane, so our family of 5 teenagers could still enjoy the beach and a pool. However, this rental is not as described. Let`s just start at the front door. The porch step is broken, the water hose for spraying off sandy feet has to be turned on from the far side of the house (requiring you to walk through sand), the screen door is barely hanging by it`s hinges, and then you have to use a 10 digit code to get entry. Not a one-time 10 digit code, a 10 digit code EVERY SINGLE TIME you want to open the front door. Then you open the front door and it hits the couch. The couch barely leaves room for two people to enter the house through the front door. The living room is tiny, the couch is too big and while there is seating for 7, there is no way for 7 people to see the TV from the living room. The WIFI is super slow, barely registering above 125kbps speeds. With Roku players in back bedrooms, all television viewing is blurry and buffering constantly. And then you`re out of range for much data on Verizon. Made for a long week of streaming. The fridge is missing shelves on the inside door, thereby limiting fridge space; and with our group of 7 it was less than helpful. The pots and pans are old and scratched, and there is hardly any counter space. The bedrooms are tiny with beds and furniture stacked together limiting space. The sheets are paper thin, and scratchy. The towels are thin and don`t even absorb much water. The dryer never worked, even after wrestling with Turnkey for a solution for much of our stay. Prepare This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Vanessa S. Jul 2018
A very nice spacious home This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Kelly . Jun 2018
The pictures are not accurate. That is good and bad. The furniture is brand new and very comfortable.There is no air hockey table. No pull out couch. Did provide an air mattress. Floors were not clean, master bathroom was not cleaned at all. Some TVs worked some didnt . Not as convenient to the water. Have to cross a very busy road, not easy with small children. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Lyndsi d. May 2018
The furniture and appliances were falling apart. We were scared to sit at the kitchen table because of the chairs. The rocking chair in the corner was on its last legs and the refrigerator shelves were duct taped together. The floors were very dirty when we got there. The location and the house it`s self were great. The pool was nice and beach access wasn`t far. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Stacy layne . Mar 2018
The location was great. The property however was less than desirable. The furniture and bedding is horrible. Some of the furniture is falling apart. The washing machine only halfway works and the drier doesn`t dry. I used it once and had to run it 6 times to try and get 1 load of laundry dry. Several pots and pans had dried food on them. There are no basic supplies in the house, not even a broom and forget about a vacuum!!!!! With 3 kids it would have been to be able to sweep after coming back from the beach. I would stay in the Rookery complex again but NEVER this unit. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Brittney c. Mar 2018
When we arrived the first night I saw a mouse run across the room and into the laundry space. Upon further inspection there was mouse poop everywhere. In the living room, kitchen, and even on the furniture. I called Turnkey right away and they said they’d put a stat call to the local people and I should hear back in 1-2 hrs. 17 hrs later they called stating they would send housekeeping and an exterminator. Neither service came but said they did. We spent hours cleaning poop and had to go purchase our own traps which we did catch a mouse with. The place had never been cleaned before our arrival. Stains on the carpets and piles of sand in the living room. The rental company was very frustrating to deal with.
The gnats (bugs) are horrible. Make sure you bring bug spray as they bite and it’s very itchy. The house was right by the pool which is nice. About a 20-25 min drive to town.
Do not stay here. Seems they could care less about how we feel about our stay. They said they would compensate us but then never returned my call. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Jennifer s. Jul 2017
The unit and location was nice. However the inside of the home and its furniture was very outdated! Most of all of the furniture was wobbly and very old. The refrigerator was broke on the door. The kind size bed was very uncomfortable and the frame was leaning in toward the bed. The bedroom dressers were hard to open. The kitchen table and chairs were mostly broken down. I would highly recommend a complete update of the furniture as soon as possible. For the amount of money that I spent to stay at the home it was very upsetting to find the house to not be up to par. This property did not meet my expectations and I would not recommend it to anyone! This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Hannah N. Jul 2017
It was a very clean quiet comfortable stay. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
John C. Jul 2017
home as clean close to pool injoyed the time there This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Jamar . Jul 2017
This was a let down to me and my family. Didn`t smell the the best, so we went to the Dollar General and brought things to help the place better. Items was broken, bathroom wasn`t clean. Just some many things wrong. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Dan D. Jul 2017
Pros:
- great location, with a swimming pool and tennis court right next door, and a ten minute walk from the beach, and quick 15 minutes ride to town.
- plenty of space for two adults and four children.

Cons:
- the house needs some upgrading, and a very thorough clean up! Some furniture pieces were not functional (a dresser hollow on the inside, for instance). Also, we did not expect the property to be spot-free, given its location by the pool and beach with the heavy traffic that entails, but some areas were simply dirty. We had to clean the shower rugs and shower curtain in the master bedroom to minimize a strong moldy odor, for instance.
- The walk to the beach includes crossing a busy road. The pond next to our house has a large alligator as a host, and does not have a fence around it. So, watch your younger children around that area.

Overall, we had a great time, with the kids enjoying the outdoors and the beautiful surroundings. And that is the reason we would recommend this location and property to other families. Thank you! This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Elizabeth . Jun 2017
This lovely cottage was listed as pet friendly on both VRBO and Air B&B when I made our reservation in March. I rented through VRBO. A week before our stay, the middle agent, Turnkey rentals, sends me an email stating `**THIS IS A STRICT NO PETS ALLOWED HOA POLICY, PETS ARE NOT ALLOWED HERE DESPITE WHAT ANY OTHER SITE MAY SAY.** Please be aware that if pets are discovered on the property you will be asked to leave without being refunded and may be responsible for any cost to clean up associated with it and also fines tendered to the Home Owner.`
It was too late to cancel our trip, so I did not bring our dog. And after 3 phone calls and hours on the phone with the Turnkey representatives, I was finally refunded my $200 pet cleaning fee! I have a bad taste in my mouth for Turnkey, VRBO, and the owners for having it listed as pet friendly, when there were very old laminated signs inside the house that read, `No Pets!` It is half a mile from the beach. And though the cottage is lovely, the furniture is well worn and the cabinets, shelving and chair legs are damaged. We still had a nice time, enjoyed our vacation, but it has been a lot of work to recoup. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Ana O. Jun 2017
We had a great time , thank you This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.
Michelle m. May 2017
Unit wasn`t up to par. All furniture and kitchen wear looked like they were garage sale rejects. Everything was horribly mismatched, I was scared to put stuff on table because it was so wobbly. Unit was supposed to sleep 9 but only had 7 dining chairs. There were sticking handprints all over yes, mirrors and windows. We paid a pet fee and triple checked that until was pet friendly but on day 2 was informed by property manager that property wasn`t pet friendly and we would have to board our dogs. Dogs didn`t have kennel cough vaccination so they couldn`t be boarded. We couldn`t get agent with turn key to understand this. After a day of back and forth and missed vacation time worrying, we finally came to a solution. Would never return to this unit or use Turn Key again. This review was submitted while the home was managed by a different property management company.