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50% off 6 - 20 August! Beach View on West Beach! Sleeps 30! BIG pool!

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Property Details

Updated: Jul 21, 2016
Large House, 8 Bedrooms, 3 Living Rooms, 3 Kitchens, 5.5 Baths, (Sleeps 26-31)

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Sweet Dreams is the perfect house for your large family vacation, plus it can be rented by snowbirds as a 2 or 3 bedroom unit in the winter. Here are some of the highlights of this house:

- On West Beach Blvd with a great view of the gulf

- 2.5 miles from the intersection of Highway 59 and Beach Blvd; Close enough to enjoy the activities but far enough removed to escape the crowds

- 8, yes that is EIGHT, bedrooms

- 3 king beds, 5 queen beds, 1 twin bed, 3 full/twin bunk beds, 1 child's bed, 2 queen sleeper sofas and a regular sofa. This home can sleep up to 31 people! 10 mattresses/box springs were replaced in November 2014 and 6 more were replaced in April 2016! Note ... it probably goes without saying but sleeper sofas are best for kids ... not very comfortable for adults!!! If there are no kids in your group, then the house can sleep 26.

- 5 full baths and 2 half baths

- 3 living areas

- 3 full kitchens

- 3 sets of washers and dryers

- Over 3,800 sq ft of living space

- Covered parking for at least 4 vehicles

- Driveway parking for at least 6 more vehicles

- Large deck on the front of the house with beach views

- Large screen TVs in every room! 37' HD televisions in all three living rooms and 32' televisions in every bedroom!

- Two video game systems (X-Box and Nintendo) with games

- A very large, private, in-ground pool! This pool is completely enclosed with a vinyl fence for privacy, has two ladders for easy access, and has lots of built-in seating for your comfort. There are chairs, chairs and more chairs for your comfort around the pool. This may be one of the nicest pools in Gulf Shores, with a size of 16 feet by 32 feet and a depth of 3.5 feet to 5.5 feet.

We know that the kids (and adults) love the beach, but a beach vacation also means time away from the beach. At Sweet Dreams, you can enjoy the beach, enjoy the pool, watch some of the dozens of movies in the house, or play some of the dozens of games. Or just sit on the deck and catch the rays. There is something for everyone!

Oh, did we mention the best feature of this house? In today's economy, all of us look for bargains. There is no doubt that this house is the best bargain in Gulf Shores. You can rent this home, with 8 bedrooms, 5 baths, sleeping 31 people, with a large private pool and a great beach view for much less than any similar house will cost in Gulf Shores!

A house this large means that a large extended family can enjoy a vacation together. With three kitchens, everyone can cook what they want. With 3 living rooms and 8 bedrooms all with HDTVs and DVD players, everyone can watch what they want! If you want everyone together, use the large deck facing the gulf or gather around the pool.

This home could be a perfect vacation spot for you even if you don't have 31 in your party. Because of the layout of this home, during the off-season (Fall, Winter and Spring) you can rent as few as 3 bedrooms or as many as 8 bedrooms. For a family not needing the entire house, there are steps from the covered parking to each side of the house. The front deck has a divider that can be closed off to ensure privacy between the two sides. Plus, there are steps at the back of the house to the 3rd floor apartment. But, if you do have a large family and need the entire house, there is a door on the deck to connect the two sides and there are steps in the east side unit that can be used to get to the apartment.

Here are your choices for how to rent the house and the costs for each. The prices are for a week, as we rent from Saturday to Saturday throughout the year. We also rent by the month in November through February. If you need less than a week, we may be able to assist you. Please email or call.

Summer 2016: 14 May - 19 August

- Entire house (8 bedrooms) = $6,700 / week

Fall 2016: 20 August - 28 October

- Entire house (8 bedrooms) = $2,358

- West side of house (3 bedrooms) = $1,217

- East side of house (5 bedrooms) = $1,727

Winter 2016: 29 October - 24 February

- Entire house (8 bedrooms) = $1,592 / week or $3,484 / month

- West side of house (3 bedrooms) = $788 / week or $1,604 / month

- East side of house (5 bedrooms) = $1,141 / week or $2,413 / month

Spring Break weeks 2017: 25 February - 7 April

- Entire house (8 bedrooms) = $7,770 / week

Late Spring 2016: 8 April - 12 May

- Entire house (8 bedrooms) = $3,484

- West side of house (3 bedrooms) = $1,743

- East side of house (5 bedrooms) = $2,615

Summer 2017: 13 May - 18 August

- Entire house (8 bedrooms) = $7,700

Fall 2017: 19 August - 27 October

- Entire house (8 bedrooms) = $2,358

- West side of house (3 bedrooms) = $1,217

- East side of house (5 bedrooms) = $1,727

So, if you need lots of room, want a view of the gulf from three living rooms, three kitchens, two decks, and two bedrooms, want to be able to sleep up to 31 people, want a very large, private pool, and all at a great price, then Sweet Dreams is the place for you!

Is Sweet Dreams booked the week you need it or do you need something smaller? We have 3 other properties. If you want a stand alone house with an unobstructed view of the beach then check out The Southern Cross, vrbo number 257393. This is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath house on West Beach Blvd. If you need 6 bedrooms and 6 baths, then you could rent The Southern Cross and Fun In The Sun. Fun In The sun, vrbo number 331813, is right on Little Lagoon (perfect for kids playing in the water) and is less than 50 yards from The Southern Cross! If you want to be right on the gulf, then look at A Whale Of A View, vrbo number 398689. This is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath condo (5D) at The Whaler on East Beach Blvd. This unit may have the best gulf views of any unit in all of Gulf Shores with gulf views from every room in the house!

More Details
  • Sleeps 30
  • 8 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bath
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

We are Mark and Janet Binkley. We lived in Starkville, MS and worked for Mississippi State University for almost 30 years before retiring and moving to Gulf Shores in 2015. We manage four properties in Gulf Shores as well as 168 mini storage units in Columbus, MS. Our son graduated from MSU and manages a Sherwin Williams store in MS. Our daughter also graduated from MSU and works for United Health Care in MS. When our kids headed off to college, we discovered that we enjoy being at the beach. After looking at literally hundreds of homes along the coasts of Alabama and Florida, we decided on a home in Gulf Shores (The Southern Cross, VRBO 257393). Within a few months, we knew we had found the perfect location and began to search for a second house. Sweet Dreams is our second beach home and is great for large family gatherings. Since then, we have purchased two more homes in Gulf Shores. We would love for you to visit one of our homes and have a great vacation! Please email us to get more information and more photos of all the properties. Mark & Janet Binkley Starkville, MS.

Speaks: english

50 Reviews

4.8
based on 50 traveler reviews

tennessee
4

Wonderful Stay

  • 4 of 5

Just enough room for our "herd". We had a great stay in this home. Recommend it to anyone with large group or one side for smaller group. Pool was great and just across from the Gulf.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Love this house!!

  • 5 of 5

We were looking for a place large enough for several families to stay together for our son's World Series week. And Sweet Dreams was MORE than enough room!! We had a blast staying here....we cooked, hung out on the balcony, walked across to the beach, swam in the pool. We loved every minute and if we had a concern/question, Mark answered/resolved right away. Can't wait to go back to Sweet Dreams!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beloit, WI
5

Mark & Janet Binkley To The Rescue!

  • 5 of 5

After arriving at ANOTHER companies rental and finding a filthy, moldy accommodation, we asked for our money back. We now had 7 adults and 3 children and no place to go. My wife and niece found a unit online and within minutes we arranged to meet the owner Mark Binkley to preview it to see if it would work. After meeting Mark at the unit and seeing that it was very nice but would be a little too small, we explained our needs and Mark offered an opportunity to rent "Sweet Dreams" for the week. We jumped on it and are so happy we did. It offered the perfect place for our first vacation to Gulf Shores. We were located just across from the beach with gulf views. The kids and adults all loved the private pool when we were done at the beach for the day. Sweet Dreams offered us plenty of space for family gatherings as well as privacy for those who wanted it. We cooked dinner most nights and the kitchen had all the items we needed. The unit was about to undergo some needed remodeling which they held off on to accommodate us. We assume that it will only be better for upcoming renters. In conclusion, in dealing with Mark & Janet Binkley, it felt like we were renting from friends. They communicated quickly with any questions we had. We would rent from them again.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review! I just want to explain what our guest meant by renovations. We just expanded the two bedrooms on the upper floor. That allowed us to add two sets of bunk beds to those rooms along with a new queen bed and new dressers. So now both "apartment" bedrooms have queen beds and bunk beds with twin over full beds. To do this, we extended these bedrooms and added a new metal roof! We also just replaced a sleeper sofa and loveseat in one living room, 2 chairs in each of the downstairs living rooms, and several other items! This will allow the house to now sleep 30 people!!!
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4

Great house for large groups

  • 4 of 5

I recently stayed here for spring break with a big group. The renter, Mark was so quick to respond and super friendly. If we had any issues he was there right away. We really enjoyed having our own pool. It was also nice having three kitchens (since we rented out the entire house). This property is great for large groups and is only a few miles away from night life and places to eat. However the sleeper sofas were broken, which was a bummer. Other than that we had a great time, thanks again Mark for treating us so well.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review of the property and thank you for staying in our beach house. As for the sleeper sofas, I'm sorry that they were not working for you. We knew that there was an issue with one of them and have one ordered to be installed by mid-April. Also, for future guests, we have expanded our upstairs bedrooms and, by mid-April, you will be able to sleep 26 people without worrying about sleeper sofas (not very comfortable!). If you want to use the sleeper sofas, then the house will sleep 30 people!
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4

Wonderful Property

  • 4 of 5

I spent a week with 20 of my best friends at this house. It was everything we imagined and more! The location was PERFECT and the pool was very clean and nice. The house is much bigger than what the pictures looked like and there was plenty of room for everyone. The only negative thing was that the pullout couch in the apartment was pretty old and the mattress was indented in the form of a V. However, all the other beds were very comfortable and the sheets were clean and soft. The outdoor rug on the porch is worn out, but it didn't bother anyone. I highly recommend this house if you are with a big group, and Mark is great!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the response! I'm sorry that you had to put up with the broken sleeper sofa. Just so future guests know, we are completely changing the 3rd floor of the house. We have expanded the two bedrooms in the 3rd floor and are adding two sets of twin over full bunk beds! So we are actually adding sleeping quarters for 4 more guests!!! The sleeper sofa will no longer be used. I'm sorry that you had to put up with the broken sleeper during our transition.
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HOME AWAY FROM HOME

  • 5 of 5

I recently down a month at SWEET DREAMS and can only say it was amazing. There was so much room for myself and visitors that I had. Mark and Janet Binkley have made each of their properties very comfortable and clean.

I often cooked and just had quiet time to sit on the balcony or out by the pool just enjoy.

If there is ever a need the owners are there to help.

I would recommend this home to families to share and relax.

I hope to spend more time here again soon

SWEET DREAMS is amazing.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Activity and Interests

Sweet Dreams is located approximately 2.5 miles from the intersection of Highway 59 and Beach Blvd. The house is located at 1392 West Beach Blvd. We are directly across the street from the beach with gulf views from the decks, living rooms and some bedrooms. Need a smaller home or is Sweet Dreams booked the week you need it? Check out The Southern Cross, located at 1964 West Beach Blvd. This is a 3 bedroom, 3 bath house with great views of the gulf. This house also backs up to Little Lagoon. You can go out on the pier and fish in the lagoon! There is also a swimming pool. Visit www.gulfshoresbeachrental.net for details or go to rental # 332937 on Home Away.

Other Activities: shopping, boating, wildlife viewing, health/beauty spa, minature golf

Availability

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Summer 2016 - Entire House
May 14 2016 - Aug 5 2016
7 night minimum stay
$6,700
 
 
Late Summer 2016 -Entire House
Aug 6 2016 - Aug 19 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$3,500
 
 
Early Fall 2016
Aug 20 2016 - Sep 9 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$2,358
 
 
Fall 2016 - Entire House
Sep 10 2016 - Oct 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
$393
$2,358
 
 
Winter 2016 - Entire House
Oct 29 2016 - Feb 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
$265
$1,592
$3,214
 
 
Spring Break 2017
Feb 25 2017 - Apr 7 2017
7 night minimum stay
$7,700
 
 
LateSpring 2017 - Entire House
Apr 8 2017 - May 12 2017
3 night minimum stay
$580
$3,484
 
 
Summer 2017 - Entire House
May 13 2017 - Aug 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
$7,700
 
 
Late Summer 2017
Aug 19 2017 - Sep 8 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
$2,358
 
 
Fall 2017 Entire House
Sep 9 2017 - Oct 27 2017
3 night minimum stay
$393
$2,358
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning Fee $300 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.0%

Call for rates between 27 February and 16 April 2016.
Rates for Holidays and Special Events may be higher.
Minimum age limit may be waived with additional fees.
Prices do not include $300 cleaning fee & 11% Alabama tax.
Saturday - Saturday only during the summer season.
Nightly rates may be available in the off-season.
Fully refundable security deposit is 15% of the total cost.
If you find a better rate for a comparable property, please let us know!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Amenities

From the Owner

Sweet Dreams is the perfect location for a large family who want to vacation together without breaking the bank. There are many reasons why we enjoy this home. (1) It is a large home, with over 3,800 sq ft. There is plenty of room for everyone to have privacy. (2) There are three separate living areas. Each living area has plenty of seating, so one group can watch the big game on one HDTV, while another group can watch a favorite show on a second HDTV and a third group can catch the movie they want to watch on the third HDTV. And, of course, the kids can watch their shows in their bedrooms since there is a tv in each bedroom! (3) We know how difficult it is to prepare enough food for 30 people in one kitchen, or how difficult it is to find food that 30 people like. That is not a problem in Sweet Dreams as there are THREE full kitchens (refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers) in the house! (4) If you are going to bring 30 people to a family retreat, you don't want people sleeping on the floor. That is not a problem with Sweet Dreams as there are king, queen, twin, single and children beds throughout the house. Enough beds to handle 30 people (counting sleeper sofas in two living rooms)! (5) Need to do laundry while visiting? There are three sets of washers and dryers. (6) Need to catch up on work or that facebook account? Wireless internet is in the house. (7) Finally, and most important, are the outside activities. Walk across the street and you are on the beach! Being 2.5 miles from the center of Gulf Shores, the beach is not crowded and you can enjoy your time laying in the sun or trying your luck at fishing in the gulf. For those who want the sun and water but prefer fresh water and privacy, wait till you see our swimming pool! It is HUGE! Plenty of room for the entire family. It is a large in-ground pool, 16 by 32, completely surrounded by a vinyl privacy fence. You could stay at the pool all day soaking up the rays in your lounger!

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family

General

  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Game Console ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Beach
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View

Attractions

  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • fitness center

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing

Floor Area

  • 3800 sq. ft.

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • Bathroom 3
  • Bathroom 4
  • Bathroom 5

Bedrooms

  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 30
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, West Side, 1st floor. Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 king, East side, 1st floor. Sleeps 2.
  • Den - 2 sleep sofa /futon, Queen sleeper sofas in two downstairs living rooms. Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 5 - 1 queen, East side, 2nd floor, south end. Sleeps 2.
  • Bedroom 6 - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single, East side, 2nd floor, north end. Sleeps 3.
  • Bedroom 7 - 1 queen, 1 bunk bed, South bedroom in apartment. Bunk is Twin over Full. Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 8 - 1 queen, 1 bunk bed, North bedroom in apartment. Bunk is twin over full. Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king, 1 child bed, West side, 2nd floor, south end. Sleeps 3.
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen, 1 bunk bed, West side, 2nd floor, north end. Bunk is twin/full. Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (3) 2 king beds in west side of house. 1 king bed in east side of house. Queen size Beds (4) 1 queen bed in west side of house. 2 queen beds in east side of house. 2 queen beds in apartment. Twin or Single Beds (1) 1 twin bed in east side of house. Child Beds (1) 1 child bed in west side of house. Sleep Sofa (2) 1 sleeper sofa in the west side of the house. 1 sleeper sofa in the east side of the house. Bunk Beds (3) 1 twin over full bunk bed in west side of house. 2 twin over full bunk beds in the apartment.

Outside

  • Balcony ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Wood Deck

Meals

  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website

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