Great time at the Rookery! Cabin was very well stocked and clean-with plenty of pillows!
Great beaches just a short drive-plenty of restaurants close-Tacky Jacks, The Beach Club,The Hangout, Lulu's,The Steamer, Nolans,The Flying Harpoon(you must have a Poontang there) and Sassy Bass-which also had a market and package liquor store-two minuets away! We did a lot of eating, drinking and beaching!!!
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This place is awesome! Our group was made up of 3 couples. The two bedrooms had very comfortable beds and were quite spacious with plenty of dresser storage. The fold out bed in the office room was not the most comfortable but manageable. Maybe we just couldn't figure it out, but the living room couch did not appear to have a fold out bed as it says in the description. Those were literally the only negatives from the entire stay. The cottage was perfect for our group with the large dining table for 6 that we often used to play board games. The pool area is very nice and the hot tub was great for nighttime relaxation. The beach is close enough to walk to, but since we had chairs, umbrellas, etc we drove the very short distance to a public parking area and beach access. Not sure if it was the time of year, but our whole stay was SO peaceful and quiet. We had both the beach and pool pretty much to ourselves nearly everyday. We cooked one night and the kitchen had everything we needed. Our only wish would be for a some kind of water filter, as the refrigerator does not have this and we weren't quite accustomed to the area's tap water. You could always just buy bottled. The place had starter sets of all necessary items (laundry detergent, trash bags, toilet paper, etc) but they do expect you provide your own beyond that. It was no big deal to bring a few of those things from home. We can't wait to go back and want to stay in the exact same place! Couldn't have asked for a better experience for the price.
We recently stayed with 2 adults, 3 teenage girls, and 2 children. First off our trip was amazing. Gulf Shores is a beautiful place. Enjoyed the many beaches and site seeing in the area. I will say pictures do not do this cottage justice. It was beyond our expectations. The rooms were big. The beds extremely comfortable. The bathrooms huge. The kitchen was stocked better than other places we have stayed in the past. It was extremely clean. It was located close to the beaches but far enough away from the hustle and traffic which was what we were wanting. The pools were awesome for when we weren't wanting the ocean waves. The kids didn't want to leave and they are already begging to go back. Truly a great experience. There wasn't anything negative we could say about it other than we had to leave. Thanks again.
My family have had a rough year and we've never been on a family vacation. So, for the first time in 15 years we changed that.
The Rookery Cottage and the Gulf Shores was like finding out Heaven really exists and we definitely found it.
What was even more special about the location of our cottage was that ours was located near the back and this made it even more private. Plus, not all cottages have an outdoor shower like ours did to help get you, your little ones, or any beach items cleaned. As for the inside - it was just perfect. Not only was everything more than clean, it was nice to look at and super comfortable.
We loved it so much that we are planning on making this a mandatory yearly trip. And it takes us about a 12 hour drive to get here.
What's also perfect is the location to the beach. You can walk or drive. And the beach is gorgeous and way more private with less people than Orange Beach. Don't make the mistake of staying in Orange where you have way too many people and over crowding, when you have the same beautiful beach right here.
The pool and hot tub were also great. We met lots of nice people while here.
As for the nature refuge that the Rookery cottage is nestled into - so many cool animals and wildlife to see at all times during the day.
Here's a quick tip if you stay in the Rookery: the house comes with every thing you need and some. Just stop by the store and pick up some paper towels, trash bags, and toilet paper to get you by for the week. We used the washer and dryer every day.
Bottom line: if we could move here - we would.
We enjoyed our stay and the cottage is beautiful with close beach access. The cottage is not stocked with essentials such as, toilet paper, trash bags, paper towels, and laundry detergent. I felt that these basic things should be supplied especially when expected to do laundry, empty trash etc.. The property is about 20 minutes from gulf shores. There are great local restaurants. Overall we enjoyed our vacation.