Harbor Garden House

Comfortable, quiet, and private vacation rental home on the inner harbor in Ocean Springs, Mississippi


January 2018

Newly renovated 1700-square foot, 3-bedroom, 1.75-bath house with sunroom, two porches, covered carport, herb and vegetable gardens, fruit trees, wireless Internet, cable tv, firepit, and private woods with walking paths. Fully equipped kitchen. Rocking chairs, down pillows, memory foam mattress in the master bedroom, complimentary bicycles, horseshoes, and other comforts and distractions. If you need to work or want some quiet time alone, there's a study/office with a desk, comfortable couch, and a separate entrance.

Located on a quiet dead-end street on a hill above the inner harbor with live oaks and banana trees, directly across the inner harbor from Shearwater Park (The house is barely visible among the trees in the linked photo.) and the entrance to Shearwater Pottery.

There's excellent bird watching, wooded walking paths, five blocks from downtown Ocean Springs. The property is a Certified Wildlife Habitat per the National Wildlife Federation. (But don't fret about wildlife in the house.)

Available for rental. Contact Don at HarborGardenHouse@gmail.com for details, rates, and reservations. The house is listed on airbnb.com and TripAdvisor.com, but you can also call Don directly at 228.806.1009. The basic rate is $175/night with substantial discounts for week-long or month-long visits.

More information and photos:

Facebook - with lots of photos

Google Places - location and driving instructions, detailed contact information, comments

Airbnb.com - Explore the house and grounds, check availability, and make reservations on AirBnB.com.

Tumblr - A photo blog for guests and potential guests to help you get to know the house and the local area. It features nature observations, good food opportunities, local events, fishing tips, and updates on the house and grounds.

Trip Advisor - Another booking service, similar to the Airbnb.com listing.

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It's winter, things are quiet in the garden.

Herbs: There's turmeric, oregano, ffennel, chives, tarragon, cilantro, parsley, thyme, rosemary, bay, and Greek oregano. This has been a banner year for ginger and turmeric. There's plenty for harvesting now.
Wildflowers: Not much happening now.
Vegetables: We'll be planting a spring garden in a few weeks. Stay tuned.
Fruit: The two sever freezes put the fininishing touches on all the fruit except the kumquats.
Local Food: You can find fresh (often caught that morning) shrimp from the boats in the harbor. Expect to pay about $2.50 per pound for smaller shrimp and $4.00 to $4.50 per pound for larger shrimp (16 count or larger). Local fresh shrimp are the greatest food bargain you'll find and the taste is superb.
Critters and wild things: All the usual suspects are here: cardinals, catbirds, bluejays, various doves, thrashers, towhees, wrens, titmice, and gulls, pelicans, and terns in the harbor. The bald eagles have returned from wherever they go in the hottest part of the summer. I've heard great horned owls almost every night lately. Great blue herons are already choosing nest sites in the tall pines across the harbor at Shearwater Pottery.
Toads and frogs call in the woods on warmer, wet nights. The two ephemeral ponds are full of water. With all the rain we've had, the spring is flowing well. The box turtles are holed up until spring.

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View of house and garden from the harbor side in early summer, showing pole beans and tomatoes. Guests have picking privileges, including the turmeric and ginger in the foreground and the herbs nearer the house.