55.9 miles from Okatibbee Lake
While my Laurel Cottage is new the Vacation Rental market, I’m not... I’ve got 2 other homes listed on this site in Gulfport, MS. that combined sleep over 43 People.
For longer stays, a week or more, I can reduce the rates, so please reach out to me. If interested in renting a smaller area, for a better rate, I also rent the Master Bedroom with private bathroom, in the Main house.
Also, feel free to ask a question through the site. Look down to my photo below... click “ask owner a question” and you wont have to enter your credit card info to get a quote. Depending on dates, this sites calculator doesn’t always work right.
Less than 2 weeks out, I may also give a bit of discount on the booking.
Are permitted, but with the understanding that gates surround the property and the cottage. There is no gate separating the child from the pool once in the gated area. In the winter this may not be an issue, as (unless work is planned) a pool cover is over the pool... so safe a child could almost walk across the covered pool, but in summer late spring and early fall, its a few steps from the front of the cottage into the pool. Parents will need to be diligent.... so its not ideal for small children & distracted parents.
In summer Shared Pool with Main House
... that said, the pool is mostly vacant except for Cottage guests.
Near heart of town ~ close to everything
The Laurel Cottage offers an amazing getaway and despite being close to the heart of town feels like its own private oasis.
While the yard and swimming pool are shared, the Cottage is all yours.
What Comes with the Cottage?
Well its new to being a Vacation Rental and its rate reflect that.
Comes from the house and works great. The 2 smart DVD Players pick it up... and so should your phone and devices. Its Comcast (Infinity).
The main Living Room TV has Direct TV, that gets premium channels... ??
DVD’s & SMART DVD PLAYER
There are approximately 50 DVD’s ranging from G, GP, and R Ratings. Each TV has a Smart DVD Player hooked to it and the DVD Player is connected to the internet.
I’ve got my Netflix account hooked up to the DVD players and a special Cottage Guest folder just for you. At this posting no antenna or Direct TV; if you’ve got any premium apps you should be able to use them in these smart DVD players.
FLAT SCREEN TV’s
There are 2 large Flat Screen TV’s in the Cottage, one on each level.
For dining or working with 3 chairs and if needed more chairs can be provided
2 LOVE SEATS
One of which is a twin Sofa Bed, sleeping up to 1 person. Sheets, a pillow, and blanket are provided.
WHEN PEOPLE EXCEEDS 3, AN AIR MATTRESS IS PROVIDED
A queen size air mattress is provided when the people count exceeds 3 people. Mattress pad (because vinyl is cold), sheets, 1 or 2 pillows, and blanket is provided with Air mattress.
AC / HEAT LOWER LEVEL
There is a AC Window unit and mini-split AC/Heater unit on the lower level. The mini-split was recently added and should handle all the cooling needs of the Cottage, however the already existing AC window units were left just in case.
AC / HEAT UPPER LEVEL
There is a AC Window unit and mini-split AC/Heater unit on the upper level. The mini-split was recently added and should handle all the cooling needs of the Cottage, however the already existing AC window unit was left just in case.
As the mini-split heater systems are heat-pumps, they may not provide all the heat my guests may want, so in addition, I’ve provide 2 of the portable, extremely safe, radiator style, heated oil, heaters and one of the Radiating “new style Energy-Efficient” heat boxes (they can be seen in photos). Below 30 degrees, with these 3 added heaters going, the mini-split heaters are not even needed to make the Cottage toasty.
New Stainless steel large refrigerator is provided
CONVECTION / MICROWAVE OVEN
Is both a Convection Oven and Microwave... an $800 plus amenity, that also acts as a range hood providing light and venting when cooking underneath on either the
NuWAVE INDUCTION COOKTOP and COPPER ELECTRIC FRYING PAN
Between the Convection Oven, Microwave, and these two cooking appliance, all your cooking needs should be met... sorry no conventional stove/cook top.
Not just new appliances, but new Cabinets, counters, sink, and faucet.
All recently redone, sanded and freshly polyurethaned. There is extensive scaring on the 1st floor’s hardwood flooring. I tried like the dickens to sand it out out of the wood. As layer after layer of wood was removed, the dark scars remained.... I finally figured they were meant to be there and bought cabinets that I hoped would match... lol. The floors do add character.
The Walls were covered in cheese cloth and wall paper (what where they thinking ?? in the 70’s?) which has all been carefully pealed bare to reveal tongue and groove beautiful wood.
COOKING / EATING EQUIPMENT
You should find the basic. Take a look at the photos. If you think anything is lacking, let me know. If its reasonable, I’d be happy to add it to the Cottage’s inventory. Oh yes there is a Coffee Maker and with advance notice, I’ll have a Keurig waiting for you.
Cleaning Fee pays for starter supplies. When you arrive, there will be at least a full roll of toilet paper, paper towels, a liner in each trash can, some hand soap, some dishwashing detergent,... maybe even twice that and some coffee filters. That said, if your stay is extended or you’ve a large group with you, you may need to get additional supplies during your stay.
You’ll find, hand soap, 5 or more bath towels and wash clothes, a shower mat, blow dryer, and small bathroom heater.
BEDDING / TOWELS
If you missed it above, its provided for the number of people booked.
CONTINUOUS HOT WATER
The Cottage is equipped with an amazing continuous hot water heating system. Whether one person or five, shower as long as you want and each of you will have hot water.
I’m 5’6” and have no problem going up and down these stairs, however, for someone a lil taller, they may need to watch there head, at one, just one, low spot on stairs, near the lower level, before it opens up. The stairs are carpeted.
There are 2 closets with hangers, an ottoman, dresser, on of the 2 Smart DVD players and Large Flat Screen TV’s as well as standing light. Whether for business or pleasure, its always nice to stay somewhere, where there are room darkening curtains.... you’ve just got remember to close them.
QUEEN BED is Upstairs
and comes with sheets, 2 pillows, 2 pillow shams, 2 quilts, and a throw pillow. The Queen mattress and bedding is very lightly used. The Mattress is a Tuff & Needle Mattress one of the top rated mattresses out there.
Is covered mid October to mid April. Guests of the Cottage are welcome to enjoy the swimming with signed release and agreeing to follow pool rules.
SLEEPS UP TO 5 PEOPLE?
For 2 or 3 the Cottage will be very spacious, but up to 5 people?
Yes, I think that’s a lil tight. That said, when this Cottage was listed it was the only active listing in Laurel with any of these major sites.... really! Sites like: VRBO, HomeAway, VacationRentals, etc. I really felt I needed to give travelers, who where comfortable in tight quarters another option than a motel.
I hope one day soon to also have the main house available to rent on this site, which can accommodate up to at least 6 guests and probably up to 10 travelers to the Laurel area.
Street Parking and parking in the alley (not blocking alley) in front of the 2 car garage is available at no charge. 1 spot on the parking pad, off the alley, for 1 mid-size to compact vehicle is also available for a very small daily rate. Any and all other vehicles in your group can park on the street. The house is a corner lot with plenty of street parking. Someday, the Garage may be available for an extra charge.
AREAS GUEST DOES NOT HAVE ACCESS TO
INSIDE THE COTTAGE:
Small closet under the stairs off living room
Side attic entry areas, with doors at each end, on upper level
I'm new to the Laurel area, but not new to the Vacation Rental Industry. I own 2 of the largest vacation rentals in Gulfport, MS (#351070 & #406326) combined sleeping 43 people since 2011. I've also owned long terms rentals since 1987, have over 20 years in Franchise Sales, and enjoy socializing. I'm available for questions and conversation when I'm in town. I absolutely love this industry and meeting new people, but will not be intrusive and am very respectful of my guest's privacy.
In the future, I plan to rent my large main home short term and possibly a basement efficiency apartment, with its own separate entrance.
Thank you for consider a stay at the Laurel Cottage