If your tribe of family and friends has outgrown other vacation homes and you can't bring yourself to vote anyone off the Island - then Susan's Sand Castle III is the perfect beachhouse for groups up to 30!
Locals refer to the area as Pleasure Island (ever since the IntraCoastal Waterway was built fifty years ago). So whether your pleasure is water sports, sunning on the beach; or digging for treasure, this beach house provides the perfect place to do just that! With our subtropical climate , you can enjoy year-round fishing, golfing, cruising and more; however we don't recommend Gilligan's Three-Hour Tour!
Whether you ride the elevator or take the stairs - when you first arrive - you should really start on the top floor for the amazing view of the Gulf, which just about takes your breath away!
The Great Room, includes the Living, Dining and Kitchen areas in one enormous space on the top floor. The Living Area has plenty of comfortable seating, with a 55" curved-screen Smart Samsung TV, Blu-Ray, DVD, and Speakers. Guests are welcome to enjoy the extensive book collection, board and card games housed on the bookshelves and cabinets below.
The Kitchen has a massive Island, for meal-prep or to serve meals buffet-style. No problem to have multiple cooks in this Kitchen! Two large refrigerators are provided: one is a stainless french-door, with freezer below; and the other is located in the Utility Room. A built-in icemaker makes 35 pounds of ice a day and is a guest favorite, along with a large microwave, glass-top stove with five burners and two ovens; two full size dishwashers are also provided for your convenience. The double sink has a garbage disposal. Every imaginable small kitchen appliance is also provided, and we have more than double what any group would need of dishes, bowls, glasses and silverware, along with serving dishes, mixing bowls, pots and pans. A spice rack is filled with a wide array of spices to complement any meal your designated chefs create.
The dining table seats 20; with seating for 4 at the Kitchen island; and another 10 can sit at the Balcony picnic table. An incredible 24" by 48" gas griddle is located on the Balcony, just off the Dining Room, for cooking pancakes, bacon, sausage, fried eggs, burgers, hot dogs and steaks!
Two King Master Suites: one on the third floor and one on the second, have direct access to the Balcony or the Deck. Both have jetted tubs, separate walk-in showers, and are wheelchair accessible.
Three additional King Suites are located on the second floor, and all face the Gulf, with french-door access to the immense Deck. Two Bunk Room Suites: one on the 3rd floor and the other on the 2nd, do not have outdoor access. Both have their own private bathroom with shower/tubs. Each Bunk Room sleeps up to eight children on two bunk beds, each with full size mattresses on top and bottom. The third floor Bunk Room also has a game table. Two Queen Sleeper sofas are in the Great Room for additional guests. All bedrooms have their own flat-screen Smart TV, so feel free to stream a movie and relax.
For teens who want a place to hangout, there is a huge built-in picnic table under the house. Families will enjoy this space for charcoal grilling, craw fish boils and cooler summer breezes. The Deck runs the full width of the beach house and has not only chaise lounge chairs, but deck chairs galore, so that you can retreat to your own little corner of paradise. Enjoy your coffee as you watch the sun rise to the east; and a glass of wine as the sun sets to the west. Don't hold us to the dolphin's schedule - but typically you can see them swim by every day between 9 - 10 a.m. and then again between 3 - 4 p.m. Feel free to take our deck or lounge chairs with you to the beach each day. We just ask that you bring them back each evening, as nesting Sea Turtle Mommas can get tangled up or confused when they come ashore at night. Mid-May through mid-August, we have a professionally installed and maintained 10' X 20' Beach Canopy for guests to enjoy while playing on the beach. The Sand Dune Walkover (Boardwalk) is magnificent and there is a sitting area halfway down with built-in benches, so you can be closer to the water at sunrise or sunset.
An interior elevator is provided for your convenience in transporting groceries and luggage, as well as for anyone with mobility challenges; however please do not allow children to use it - as it is not a toy.
A full size HE Washer and Dryer are located in the second floor Laundry Room. Towels, wash cloths, beach towels, linens, pillows and comforters are provided for no additional fee.
Two fabulous community swimming pools and two incredible tennis courts, are all within walking distance of our beach house. If the Beach is calling your name and you long for the serenity that only Sand and Surf can bring; send us a message now to find out when your group can have your next beach adventure!
This beach house is perfect for Family Reunions; Vacations with Family/Friends; Weddings; Corporate Retreats; Girfriend Get-Aways; Guys Deep Sea Fishing Week; and more! Snowbirds are welcome to contact us about renting by the month. There is a $1,500.00 surcharge for weddings.
We have two other beachfront luxury homes: one also located in the Morgantown sub-division and the other, three miles closer to Ft Morgan. Check out those listings at #677 for Susan's Sand Castle I, which sleeps up to 20; and #679, Susan's Sand Castle II, which sleeps up to 18.
We have so many loyal returning guests for all three of our beach houses that our Reservation Calendar fills up quickly for peak times and they often reserve "their week" years in advance , but we love to make new friends and welcome your inquiry. We do our best to respond in under an hour, but because we don't recharge on coffee alone - we do try to sleep at some point, therefore will respond to late night inquiries first thing the next morning.
We are currently accepting reservations through the end of 2021.
The location is close enough to everything, but not so close that you can't enjoy privacy and quiet time on a not so crowded beach.
Perfect for Multi-Family or Friend Vacations, Corporate Retreats, Family Reunions, Girlfriend Get-Aways; Men's Deep Sea Fishing Weekends, Golf Outings, Weddings, Anniversary Celebrations, and More!
|-||Nightly rate||Weekly rate||Monthly rate||Min. Stay||Change-over|
|Rate summary||$628.57 - $1,240||$1,000 - $11,497||-||1 Nights||-|
|Early Spring Rate 07-Mar-2020 - 10-Apr-2020||$1,097.14||-||-||-||4 Nights||-|
|Spring Rate 11-Apr-2020 - 15-May-2020||$1,240||-||-||-||4 Nights||-|
|Summer Rate 16-May-2020 - 14-Aug-2020||-||-||$10,950||-||7 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|July Fourth - Added Holiday Rate 04-Jul-2020 - 11-Jul-2020||-||-||$1,000||-||7 Nights||-|
|Late Summer Rate 15-Aug-2020 - 11-Sep-2020||$1,064.27||-||-||-||4 Nights||-|
|Fall Rate 12-Sep-2020 - 20-Nov-2020||$842.86||-||-||-||4 Nights||-|
|Thanksgiving WEEKLY Rate 21-Nov-2020 - 27-Nov-2020||-||-||$6,200||-||7 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|Winter Rate 28-Nov-2020 - 05-Mar-2021||$635.71||-||$4,450||-||4 Nights||-|
|Christmas Week - Added Holiday Rate 19-Dec-2020 - 26-Dec-2020||-||-||$1,000||-||7 Nights||-|
|Early Spring Rate 06-Mar-2021 - 09-Apr-2021||$1,097.14||-||-||-||4 Nights||-|
|Spring Rate 10-Apr-2021 - 14-May-2021||$1,240||-||-||-||4 Nights||-|
|Summer Rate 15-May-2021 - 13-Aug-2021||-||-||$11,497||-||7 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|July Fourth - Added Holiday Rate 03-Jul-2021 - 10-Jul-2021||-||-||$1,000||-||1 Nights||-|
|Late Summer 14-Aug-2021 - 10-Sep-2021||$1,064.29||-||-||-||4 Nights||-|
|Fall Rate 11-Sep-2021 - 19-Nov-2021||$842.86||-||-||-||4 Nights||-|
|Thanksgiving WEEKLY Rate 20-Nov-2021 - 26-Nov-2021||-||-||$6,200||-||7 Nights||Sat - Sat|
|Winter Rate 27-Nov-2021 - 04-Mar-2022||$635.71||-||$4,450||-||4 Nights||-|
|Christmas Week - Added Holiday Rate 25-Dec-2021 - 01-Jan-2022||-||-||$1,000||-||7 Nights||-|
|Alabama Lodging Tax||Required||6%||One time|
|Pet Fee Per Pet||Optional / Seasonal||$106||One time|
|REFUNDABLE Damage Deposit||Required||$500||One time|
|Wedding/Event Fee||Optional / Seasonal||$1,590||One time|
My dear friends,
Jerry and I are so very happy when you spend your vacation with us! You are our invited guests and we want you to make lifelong memories at the beach.
We’ve been married 47 years in June of 2019. Working hard to raise and support our children, Matthew and Jennifer, we expected to spend our retirement years quietly (which is not happening). In 2008, Jennifer had twins on New Year’s Eve; a boy and a girl, Taylor and Tyler. They adore the beach and come down every summer. They are the apples of Papa’s and GeaGea’s eyes.
My darling husband knew my lifelong dream was to have a beach cottage. He made it his mission, when we got close to retirement, to make that dream come true! We looked all the way from the Florida coast to Alabama, until I saw the house of my dream . . . “Beachy Keen”. It’s previous name was The Pelican! It was perfect!
So, we were enjoying our fun in the sun, until a house came up for sale in the neighborhood. We were just talking on the porch, when one of us said “We could try the rental business.” Long story short - that became Susan’s Sand Castle I (SSCI).
We later purchased a lot, and Jerry built SSCII. After that, he needed another project, so he started from scratch, and SSCIII was born. I’ve had a ball decorating, since I want you to feel as if you’ve come home!
There went retirement, but God had other plans for us. We’ve had a ball and met some of the nicest people we’ve ever known!
So many blessings galore, and may God bless each of you abundantly!
P.S. Papa says, “There won’t be a SSCIV”, (even though our friends Shug and Fred say they are going to outgrow our biggest house!).
Outstanding! SSC3 was an excellent home for my family beach trip, it was stocked with everything a family needs and the home was very clean. My family really enjoyed the beach home and we'll be back again. Special thanks to Dana who made the whole check in, week long stay, and check out process very easy.
Stayed October, 2019
Perfect - pretty much sums it up! First thing to note is the property manager - Dana. She is flipping amazing!!! Can't say enough about her and her crew she has put together to manage the owners properties. From the very beginning stages of deciding on vacation home to weeks after our stay. So informative, super polite, answered everything right away and I could go on and on about her.
The Home - Beautiful!!! Location - Excellent!!! Amenities - Superb!!! Comfort - Incredible!!! The only negative I could possibly think of is it setting the standard so high that if you stay somewhere else then you'll be full of disappointments... Honestly... Brief vacation overview - been going to Gulf Shores/Ft. Morgan for several years to vacation and by far Ft. Morgan is the most relaxing atmosphere. This home is located in a very nice community with 2 community pools and tennis courts. Loved this... Our family consisted of 14 people - 5 couples and 4 kids. Every couple had their own private bed and bath. It was great. Another perk was having an ice machine - this was used ALOT! Going back to this place every year!
Thanks Dana for being outstanding and Jerry/Susan for creating a gem for families to vacation to and enjoy happiness!!!
Stayed August, 2019
We are thrilled Tim that your family had such a good time - especially with such a long drive from Indiana!
We built this beach house for families just like yours - plenty of room for couples and the children. Thank you for your kind words. It means so much to us to know that our efforts to create such an inviting home is appreciated!
Susan and Jerry Keen, Owners
What a wonderful place for our 20 family members ranging from 1 year old to 77 years young. The house is lovely and beautifully equipped for a large group. We loved the kitchen that allowed us to have five great family dinners all at one table. The beach is perfect and two swimming pools allowed the little ones to play in the water. No crowds and a wonderful canopy on the beach - you cannot ask for a better place!
Stayed July, 2019
That's wonderful news - that your family had such a great time at our beach house! Just let us know when you want to return!
Just got home from Susan's Sandcastle 3 so thought I would share my review while its fresh on my mind. First Dana, who manages the property, was amazing to deal with from the booking, answering questions, welcoming us and saying good bye.
The property is amazing and beautiful. It couldn't be better situated. Private beach access directly from the house. A clean off area on the board walk back up to the house to clean off the sand. Plenty of seating for eveyone and plenty of chairs to take to the beach. The house is very well stocked with every dish, utensil or appliance that you will need. There was even a great supply of seasonings for your trip. Other than food we just had to buy some extra paper towels, toilet paper, dishwasher pods, laundry detergent, and trash bags. They provide plenty of beach towels.
The house is very big and everyone was comfortable without walking all over each other. The property was more than we expected and have no complaints only a few suggestions. There is no access from the lower level under the house to the beach so you have to walk through any of the 4 rooms that are beach side on the 2nd level. For us it worked out just fine as we didn't have any early risers that were in other rooms in the house that wanted to walk the beach in the morning. I would suggest building a walk up from the lower level to the board walk. There is a griddle on the 3rd level balcony. Actually it was identical to the one I have at home in which I love to cook on it. Only problem is that the beach wind is too strong to properly heat the griddle surface much of the week we were there. The only exception was in the morning as it was relatively calm most mornings. I had a tarp and was able to rig up a wind block on the outer area of the balcony. I would suggest building some sort of partial surround where the griddle is. So a little about the area. We choose this area because we wanted to be more secluded which we were. Other area's the beaches are packed especially near the high rises and public beach areas.
Susan's Sandcastle 3 is in like a small neighborhood of it's own where the houses off the beach have access to the beach but they are out of the way of this property. Being a more secluded area it is a drive to get back to town to get supplies. There are a few places closer than the middle of town but they lack some of the things you might need. If you go to Walmart that place is a mad house and have been told that it's always like that during this time of year, June for us. Saturday's everyone arrives for vacation so the place was packed and they had pallets on the floor stocking the shelves as fast as people were pulling stuff off. And expect a little time to travel to and from as traffic is generally moderate to heavy in town.
Well I hope this helps in making your choice. For us it was a vacation home like no other we have been to. Well worth the price. And would go back in a heartbeat if it wasn't so far for our family to travel. Chris
Stayed June, 2019
Thank you so much for your review of Susan's Sand Castle III and the area. We're thrilled that your family had such a great time in our beach house!
It is our goal to provide exceptional customer service - so are very pleased to learn that that was your experience!
While we appreciate your feedback about walking through bedrooms to get to the Deck, we actually designed the house this way on purpose - for the safety/security of our guests who have small children. Adults only have access to the Deck and Balcony; but those in the Bunkrooms do not.
Let us know when your family can travel from Texas again to our little piece of paradise!
Susan and Jerry Keen, Owners
My entire family got together and spent a week together! great kitchen! also with enough room to be apart when needed lol
Stayed June, 2019
So glad to hear that your wedding went off without a hitch and that your family was also able to enjoy our beach house the week of your big day!
The house and location provided the perfect way to gather our family and celebrate our life over the past 50 years. The house is spacious and well appointed with even the little details taken care of. Great care has been taken to help visitors feel like this was their home while they were there. Even though there were many people along the beach, we still felt like we had our own private space on the beach with lots of room to play, build sand castles, and just relax. When any questions came up regarding the house we always received an immediate answer. I can highly recommend this property for a family gathering and enjoyable stay at the beach.
Stayed June, 2019
Thank you so much for your kind review! We are thrilled to hear that your extended family had such a great time for your 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration, at Susan's Sand Castle III!
This is a beautiful, spacious, well-equipped, and well planned home. As a newer home, it was in excellent condition throughout, and equipped with every amenity. Especially nice is the fact that five couples have their own king suite with direct access to a deck, full bath, and satellite TV, while the bunk rooms also had their own baths and satellite TV. Dana, the property manager, made sure our entry and exit was easy, and promptly responded to every inquiry. The direct beach access walkway with benches and a shower at midpoint was great for keeping sand out of the house. I can't recommend this property highly enough and will definitely reserve it for any future vacations in Gulf Shores
Stayed March, 2019
We built this house for groups such as yours - with multiple couples and children. We're thrilled to hear that all of the extras we provided were noticed and appreciated. Please let us know when your group can return!
We had 3 generations for Christmas week in this house and it was perfect. 18 adults and room for everyone. The kitchen was fully stocked with everything we needed and plenty of towels for showers and the beach on site. Beds were very comfortable, we did have the younger generation in the bunk rooms and they were a little tight for more than 2 adults, but we managed well!. Amazing walkway to the beach with warm water to rinse off in (bonus during cold nights!)
Stayed December, 2018
We're thrilled to hear that your multi-generation family had such a great Christmas at Susan's Sand Castle III! And that you had everything you needed to make it such a good experience for everyone.
This beautiful house served very well for our recent ladies retreat. It is located directly on the beach, and it beautifully appointed. The property manager was very accommodating and communicated thoroughly, which is always great. Our group was overwhelmingly pleased with the experience, and we hope to go back soon!
Stayed October, 2018
We are so pleased to hear that your ladies had such a good time at Susan's Sand Castle III for your Church Retreat. We'd love to have you all come back next year!
It was one of the best trips we had. The house is bigger than the pictures show. It was like having a second home, they had everything, all you need is clothes.
The canopy on the beach was big as well, we enjoyed the beach all day.
Well worth the drive!!
Stayed August, 2018
Thank you so much for your review. So glad to hear that your family had such a good time - especially because you all had an 18 hour drive each way to get to our beach!