VACATION HOME ID: 157
RENTAL TYPE: Bed-Breakfast
Fernhill by the Sea is your very own Private Beach House
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Fernhill By the Sea
Fernhill by the Sea combines traditional beach house features with contemporary comforts. Situated on sand dunes overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, it rises three stories to give breathtaking views. Outside are large porches overlooking white sandy beaches and sparkling clear water. Inside, you'll find all the comforts of home including modern appliances, comfortable furniture, and a cozy fireplace (for those cool fall and winter nights).
Covered parking, lots of beach "toys", and a convenient shower for rinsing off are provided at ground level. Here you'll also find a lighted recreation area with picnic table, gas grill, horse shoe court, dart board, and garden areas.
Fernhill by the Sea offers its guests a truly unique beach experience. With accommodations for no more than one couple at a time, the entire first floor is at your disposal. In addition to your suite, this includes the Great Room, Kitchen, Laundry, and both porches.
Guest RoomOverlooking the Little Lagoon through bay windows, your suite features a queen-size bed, reading area, media center with TV/VCR, and a private bath with double vanity, Jacuzzi tub, and enclosed shower. Plush terry-cloth bathrobes, towel warmer, and hair dryer are also provided for your convenience.
This is your private space, and we'll protect your privacy by never entering your suite without your permission. At the same time, we want to make sure your accommodations are as clean and comfortable as can be. To balance these two concerns, our policy is to not enter your suite unless you invite us to do so. If you want your rooms cleaned, your sheets changed, etc., please just let us know. We'll be glad to freshen your accommodations daily, but we'll do so only at your request. Complete self-service laundry facilities are also available for your convenience.
The Great Room and Stairway Library:
Great RoomWith a panoramic view that extends across the horizon, the main living area features a leather sofa, comfortable chairs, gas fireplace, TV/VCR, and a game table. An adjacent trestle table also provides ample room upon which to spread out any of the hundreds of books on hand. Reading is a favorite beach pastime, so bring a book. If you forget to bring one with you, don't worry. The Fernhill by the Sea library holds hundreds of books.
We encourage our guests to make themselves at home. The kitchen includes a guest refrigerator (always stocked with juices, soft drinks, beer, and wine), microwave, a filtered wet bar with ice-maker, and a coffee machine, all for round-the-clock use. On the counter, a snack basket offers assorted teas, cookies, candy, chips and crackers.
The Beach Porch:
East view from the Beach porchOffering unobstructed views of the Gulf, this porch extends the length of the house from east to west. Scattered about are comfortably-cushioned antique wicker furnishings, a hanging porch swing, and several quiet areas for enjoying a leisurely breakfast, a little alone time, or a quiet nap.
West view: from the Beach porchStairs at one end allow direct access to the private beach and the covered recreation area.
The Lagoon Porch:
View from the Lagoon porchWatch small, private and commercial fishing boats make their way to the Gulf or flocks of waterfowl swim along the shoreline. If you're more into people watching, you'll be sure to enjoy the comings and goings of walkers, joggers, skaters, cyclists, and a wide variety of friendly passersby.
Laughing GullsDirectly on the West Beach of Gulf Shores, Fernhill by the Sea is separated from the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge by the Little Lagoon. This area is environmentally sensitive with respect to several species of wildlife including Purple Finch, Laughing Gulls, Blue Herons (who love to "stand guard" while you fish), and Sea Turtles. A variety of beach plants and grasses also thrive in this area, so we expect our guests to show mature judgment by not walking on the dunes.
Sunrise on West BeachBoth sunrise and sunset decorate the skies over the Gulf, and the views from our porches extend for miles in all directions. To the east and west is an enclave of private, single-family, vacation homes so our beaches are never crowded. To the north are the sparkling blue waters of the Little Lagoon and the majestic beauty of the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge with sand dunes, marsh grass, and live oak stretching as far as the eye can see.
Our guests come here to take a break from their kids, but please don't get us wrong. Like you, we have wonderful children, perfect grandchildren, and we think kids are great. Unfortunately, with only the one guest suite, we simply don't have the room. If you have children, we hope Fernhill by the Sea will be your first choice whenever you can sneak away for a few kid-free days.
Can't wait to get away, but can't leave your pet at home? With pets of our own, we know how hard it is to enjoy yourself while your best friend's stuck in a kennel. Fortunately, small pets (10 pounds or less) can enjoy the beach too, providing you let us know ahead of time. Local regulations also require that they be kept on a leash and that you clean up after them.
No smoking in the house, please. You may smoke on the porches; as long as you use provided container
Rates are effective from January 2004 through December 2005. Rates are "per couple" and include suite, breakfast, snacks, and beverages. Local lodging tax is extra. Check-in any time after 3:00 PM. Plan to stay a full week and your 7th night is free. Check-out by 11:00 AM.
FIREPLACE, VCR PLAYER, STEREO, CD PLAYER, PHONE, AIR CONDITIONING, HEAT, DISHWASHER, ICEMAKER, MICROWAVE, REFRIGERATOR, UTENCILS, POTS AND PANS, WASHER AND DRYER, GAS GRILL, CHARCOAL GRILLE, Private Jacuzzi
HIKING, GOLF, MINATURE GOLF, FISHING, MUSEUMS, SWIMMING, SAILING, JET SKIING, TENNIS COURTS, AMUSEMENT PARK, RESTAURANTS, SIGHTSEEING, SURFING, SHELLING, BOATING, SHOPPING,
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