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Beachside Home,Dogs Wlcm, Fncd Yd,Best Bch,Great Rate

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,300 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

You’re going to Love The Mermaid Cottage

Enjoy your best vacation ever. The Mermaid Cottage is a private beachside home totally remodeled during the winter of 2012. This three bedroom, 2 bath home is in a quiet, highly regarded and admired beach neighborhood with a laid back atmosphere, eclectic mix of old Florida cottages and contemporary homes just one block from one of the several deeded beach accesses...just walk on. It is on a full lot that runs from one street to another providing additional privacy,parking and access. We are 100% pet friendly and children love this cottage. Enjoy relaxing and listening to the ocean on the covered porch overlooking the completely fenced front yard. The backyard has a great party deck for grilling, entertaining, relaxing and sunning. In addition there is an upper deck for sunning and viewing the ocean. You are just a short, easy 2 minute stroll to one of the best beaches on the east coast and an easy bike ride to the intra-coastal waterway public boat ramp and Windswept Beach Park. You are only 10 miles from Marineland and 12 minutes from historic downtown St. Augustine.

The open Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen floor plan allows The Mermaid Cottage to live big and easily all on one floor. All bedrooms have extremely comfortable Beds (we love comfort). The MB is a king size bed and has a 40' HD flat screen tv, the second bedroom has two twin beds with a kit to easily convert them to a king size bed, and the third bedroom (which is actually a 2nd Master Bdrm) has a king bed, sitting area with love seat and tv. The two master bedrooms are located on different ends of the house making it a great house for two couples or teenagers. One of the two sofas in the living room is a very comfortable queen sofa bed. You can easily sleep up to 8 people. Our home is fully equipped, very comfortable and very well decorated. A large, fully equipped kitchen allows you to easily prepare meals at home when you choose. Enjoy the 46“ flat screen HD satellite TV, DVD Player and free wi-fi. The two Master Bedrooms also have TV's and DVD players. There’s even a stocked desk if Mom or Dad need to do a “little” work while away or just write postcards. We’ve provided lots of little extras to make your vacation memorable and the most fun. There are bikes, a bike trailer, boogie boards, beach chairs and coolers.

We are out of state owners but very “hands on” with our property visiting often and living in one of our three vacation homes in St. Augustine during the winter. The Pearl Cottage is next door and is available to rent at the same time with the Mermaid Cottage for larger family/friend gatherings at the beach. The listing number on VRBO is #726115. Our other home, 2nd Haven, is listed on VRBO also. It is #295611. Please read our reviews. We work hard to maintain our homes and make sure that our guests have an enjoyable experience.. Local friends help us maintain this lovely home and are available immediately should you need assistance

You will love the Mermaid Cottage, the beach and the neighborhood. You will feel right at home immediately. . We want you to relax and enjoy our home and your St. Augustine vacation experience and return year after year.

More Details

Deborah Reeves
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2017

About Deborah Reeves

George & Deborah live in the mountains of NC. George just retired from a career as a general contractor and still uses his skills to remodel and maintain our homes. He is an accomplished musician and can be found playing often in St. Augustine. He is also a wood worker and bee keeper. Deborah recently retired from decades of owning salon/spas, is an avid gardner, stained glass artist and assistant bee keep and aspiring cookbook author with a blog site. We live a sustainable lifestyle in our 100+ year old farmhouse in the mountains of Cashiers, NC.

Deborah Reeves purchased this house in 2011

Why Deborah Reeves chose Florida North East

George and I love the beach. We were both raised on east coast beaches and although we love living in the mountains of NC, we missed the coast. We always dreamed of owning a beach house. We've spent many hours and dreams designing and redesigning the quintessential beach get-away. We believe that we have created that special place to retreat, relax and recharge....the perfect 'memory building' spot to share with family, grandchildren and friends.

We have also found it very satisfying to restore and keep some of the original beach cottages close to as they were only much more modern and comfortble. So many of these cottages are being replaced with large tall homes and although they are beautiful we appreciate the beach as we remember it . And we are happy to be sharing it with you and your family and pets.

What makes this house unique

We love grabbing a beach chair and just walking the short distance to the beach ramp. The ramp is built over the dunes and we enjoy looking at the plantings and creatures that live in the dunes. The beach is one of the widest on the east coast and we are always awed by it. It's a casual beach which we find very relaxing. Pets are allowed on a leash and we enjoy watching people and their pets. We are so close to Dtwn St. Augustine , the oldest city in the U.S. It takes minutes to drive Dtwn and enjoy all the siteseeing, shops, architecture and great dining. We are always passing ghost tours and one of these days I'm going to take one. I highly recommend taking the trolley tour of DT.


The Mermaid Cottage is just one block from one of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast. We are an easy 7 miles from the historic Downtown district, 5 miles to the famous St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zip Line and 10 miles from Marineland.


Saint Augustine House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • One bath was completely remodeled in 2016. Very nice bath towels and hand towels are provided. please bring your own beach towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , king bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , twin beds with kit to convert to king bed
    Bedroom3 - 1 king , third bedroom suite with king bed, sofa sitting area and TV
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size sleeper sofa, very comfortableg
  • King size beds (2) Pillow top, Twin or Single Beds (2) Excellent mattresses, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Very comfortable queen size sofa bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This house has three outdoor living areas including a covered front porch and a back deck for grilling and entertaining and an upper deck with ocean views.


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Beachside Home,Dogs Wlcm, Fncd Yd,Best Bch,Great Rate
average rating of 4.9589043 based on 73 reviews
Greenville SC

Best Rental Houses in St Augustine!!

  • 5 of 5

Between my friends and I, we have rented all three houses of Deborah and George's in St Augustine and we love them all!!! This is our second year in a row renting from them and they truly are the best people wanting you to have the best experience. Deborah stayed in contact with us, keeping us up to date on the house during hurricane Irma. They even rushed down to clean the properties just days before our stay. We are so thankful these beautiful homes were not damaged during the storm. We love that they are so pet friendly as well! We plan to return every year for as long as we can! Thanks again so much Deborah and George for once again opening your doors to us and our furry babies.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I don't know what to say except, "Thank You" and we look forward to your return.
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Loved the time we stayed at the Mermaid Cabin

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was very clean and ready to go when we moved. We had been informed we clould move in an hour earlier than the contract said and that was nice. It is a very short walk to the beach.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to hear that you liked the Cottage and that everything was good when you arrived. Sometimes we can be ready early for you and we are glad when that happens and it allows you a little extra time. Please return when you can stay longer.
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Wonderful! Relaxing! Comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

This was a most relaxing and comfortable home for our vacation. It is well appointed with comfortable, easy care furnishings in beach colors and true coastal accents. Such a blessing to be able to bring your pets along. The home has a beautiful porch and fenced yard where our pets could play and we could sit and enjoy the soft Florida breeze while listening to the ocean waves. Our pets were immediately comfortable in the home and loved the beach. The beach is a fairly easy walk and we enjoyed the early morning walks with the dogs to the beach. There is also a close drive on beach that made it great to just drive, unload and set up! Area has lots of choices for dining, but it was so good to just grill out and chill at home. Would highly recommend for couples, families and of course, pets.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You described it beautifully. It really is the perfect beach getaway house and so comfortable. I live there much of the winter and you made me eager to get back just by reminding me how great it is. Thank you for trusting us with your vacation rental and we are really glad your pets could vacation with you and also got to enjoy one of the best beaches on the East Coast. Please come back.
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We loved the Mermaid Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

The Mermaid Cottage was a fantastic place to stay in the Saint Augustine area. It was immaculate and so beachy feeling in the colors and decor, and just a short walk to the beach. The house also had great tvs with Netflix, which came in handy when it rained. The kitchen was perfect - we ate in for breakfast and lunch most days. It was perfect for the six of us. I highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased that The Mermaid cottage was perfect for you and your family. We live there too part of the winter so we wanted to create the perfect beach house and from your description it sounds like we did it. We believe so too. Thank you very much and we hope to have you return.
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Shelli & Ron

  • 5 of 5

Our family really enjoyed our stay at the Mermaid Cottage. The house felt just like home and Ashes our Miniature Schnauzer really enjoyed the freedom of the fenced front yard and the friends she made on our daily walks. The location is perfect for daily strolls to the beach and super convenient to all the historic sites and wonderful restaurants. We really enjoyed our stay and hope to return often until we can find our own piece of paradise.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that our Mermaid cottage felt like home. We strive to provide that warm home feeling with a high level of comfort. And we agree with is so convenient to everything. But, the nicest part of the location is being just one block off the beach. A beautiful walk over the dunes on the well maintained boardwalk and there you are on one of the best beaches on the East Coast. We look forward to having you return and we were especially glad that your pet got to travel with you.
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Quiet and relaxing

  • 4 of 5

Short walk to beach. Quiet neighborhood. Close to downtown.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: All the good stuff. Glad you enjoyed.
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Pet Fee $100
Damage Deposit $200

Rates may increase for holidays such as Labor Day, Memorial Day, July 4th and Christmas holidays.

Two week rate 2300 Monthly rate 3600 winter months only. June and July 7 day minimum

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.