Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

Newly Renovated 3/2 Close To The Beach with Pool, Mermaid's Basket Has It All!!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,711 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom/2 Bath Newly Renovated, Sleeps 6

The newest of the “Basket Family”, Mermaid’s Basket is sure to please! If you are unfamiliar with the other basket, Beach Basket (VRBO Listing #440105) is one of the finest vacation rentals on Anna Maria Island. Just 2/10 of a mile from the white sand beaches and the perfectly clear waters of Anna Maria Island you will feel right at home in this newly renovated oasis of relaxation and sunshine! The owner who is a professional decorator has made this her latest project and it has been furnished by the Pink Pineapple as the other Baskets are with that great Beachy Feel!

Mermaid’s Basket is a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home with plenty of open living space to enjoy the island lifestyle. The kitchen offers 42' cabinets, Granite counters and recessed lighting. Marble floors throughout and Ceiling Fans in every room for that great Island Feel. Outside there is a Brick Paved Patio, Hot and Cold Shower and a heated pool!

The King Master suite is located on the opposite site of the living area from the Queen Bedroom. This Queen bedroom can function as a second suite with a door to the bedroom and also another “pocket door” after the second bath to create an en suite area! Leave the pocket door open and there is access from the living area or the third bedroom to the bath! The third bedroom has two twins with a private entrance to the pool area. If you don’t need a third bedroom this room can function as an office or den or just a private nook for you to relax and enjoy a good book and a frozen cocktail! All of the bedrooms offer privacy as they are each located in a different area of the home.

Mermaid’s Basket has become one of our most popular homes so book well in advance to find out why!!

Small Pets Considered!




More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017


Holmes Beach Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1711 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Cancellation-Fees collected will NOT be returned unless the unit is re-rented for the same period. If re-rented all fees will be refunded minus $150.
  • Please include size & breed of animals for permission to bring them. $150 taxable pet fee per pet will apply.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master - toilet , shower
    Guest - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Outside - outdoor shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Suite - 1 king
    Guest Twins - 2 twin/ single
    Guest Suite - 1 queen
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Newly Renovated 3/2 Close To The Beach with Pool, Mermaid's Basket Has It All!!
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews
Tega Cay, SC

The inside of house was very clean and beautifully furnished and decorated.

  • 5 of 5

I enjoyed staying in the house so much it was tearful to leave. Plenty of room in the kitchen and living room. Updated appliances to use. Beds were extremely comfortable. Outside patio and pool beautiful. Even an outdoor shower. Bathrooms are beautiful. Nice having a garage to keep all the chairs and floats. Stores and gift shops close by. Block and 1/2 to the beach. Took about 5 minutes or less to walk to the beach. Beautiful pink flowered tree on side of yard. Enjoyed all the tropical plants and trees.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Arlington Heights, IL

Just Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

We love Anna Marie Island and everything the island has to offer! The house is beautiful and so comfortable. Every thing is very well maintained. Loved having access to the garage and all the beach toys and the trolley.

Pool as so nice, very clean and again well maintained. The house could use some additional plastic drink wear, to use by the pool! The layout of the house is perfect!

Plus you are in great hands with Gulf Island rental associates. WOW they are amazing!

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa, Anna Maria is a magical place and I thank my lucky stars every time I drive over the bridge! Glad you found our home well maintained and had all the beach items that you needed. We will make sure to add some plastic drink wear to the home for use by the pool. Thank you for that suggestion. We also enjoy the layout as all 3 bedrooms are separated so there is maximum privacy for all! Have to agree on our Management team! Ellie, Suzanne and Bob of Gulf Islands Vacation Rentals are the BEST!!!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Another perfect paradise holiday and winterscape in a great location...

  • 5 of 5

This was our 3rd year at the house. Everything went well, we really enjoyed our 6 weeks stay. We're sorry we won't be back to this house since it's on the market for sale. Hopefully the ew owners will continue to rent. I can't say enough about Ellie and Bob from the Gulf Island Rental, they were, as always, were very nice and addressed all of our minor issues promptly and completely to our satisfaction. We'll be back and work with Ellie and her team to find our next fantastic vacation place. AMI, although might frustrate with its busy traffic, still one of the best places to relax and enjoy a fantastic island experience without having to leave the country. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to review our property. We know your time is valuable and it is appreciated. We are contemplating taking the home off the market as we do love the home and we are having 2nd thoughts! You will be the first to know if we do so! Ellie, Suzanne and Bob with Gulf Islands Vacation Rentals do a fantastic job for us and that is one of the main reasons we are reconsidering. With such a fantastic rental team it keeps our life simple! Anna Maria Island has been discovered so the traffic can be a bit much in the very busy high season but in most times of the year it is not a problem at all. We do hope you come back to see us for next year!
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Top-notch home w great yard and pool; down the street and around to corner to the Gulf beach

  • 5 of 5

All three generations enjoyed this relaxing, beautifully-decorated home with large open rooms and the bedrooms separated from each other. Grandkids spent hours in the pool. Garage filled with pool and beach items. Free trolley runs length of island, with northbound and southbound each at the ends of the block. Ellie and the Gulf Islands team are the best managers on the Island. They provide service when it's needed, with friendly, happy determination to make your stay the best. We can't recommend this rental highly enough. Anna Maria Island, St Pete, and the Sarasota area have dozens of attractions that will match anyone's interests.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Judy and Family, We love to hear the stories of the families that have enjoyed Mermaid’s Basket. It is so wonderful that you could have 3 generations together! Glad the kidos enjoyed the pool. Most folks do appreciate the wide open space and as you mentioned having all of the bedrooms in separate parts of the house makes it very private for everyone allowing them to enjoy their own space. The trolley is the way to go to see the island. We love doing the evening tours stopping at some of our favorite “watering holes” without the worry of driving. As you mention also, if there isn’t enough to do on the island (which I can’t imagine) then venture to Sarasota or St Pete or for that matter, Orlando is only a 2 hour drive. Thanks to the Gulf Islands Vacation Rentals crew for taking good care of you.
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Chicago area

Mermaid's Basket

  • 5 of 5

This home was a wonderful place for us to spend Thanksgiving with our son and daughter and grandchild! It was beautifully furnished, immaculate and close to everything we needed to do. The beds were so comfortable...we felt as if we were in our own beds at home. We can't say enough about the folks at Gulf Island. They are incredibly easy to work with and so very attentive to any needs. This was our third time renting through them and we will be back.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Elaine, Elaine, thank you for taking the time in reviewing Mermaid’s Basket and we are so happy that you enjoyed your stay! It’s nice that you and your family had such a good Thanksgiving at our home. We enjoy our location in a peaceful neighborhood but still close to everything. We are fortunate to have Ellie, Suzanne and Bob to take care of all of our guests needs. I know that they will be thrilled to hear back from you when you book your next visit.
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0

Schmidlkofer Family

  • 5 of 5

This is the second home we have rented from this rental company and we have been very pleased with the condition and location of both homes. The Mermaid Basket was beautifully decorated, and a perfect lay out for a young family. I had been worried traveling about the pool with 2 small children. But the doors and windows all had alarms and loud notifications if the doors or windows were opened, so that immediately put my mind to ease.

The house is literally a block from the ocean and an easy walk. We travelled with a 2 and 3 year old and we walked daily. The house is well stocked with pool toys and beach toys and chairs. They even have a cart you pull down with the chairs and towels etc, that turns into a table at the beach. So cool that these things were provided!

My only negative was the lack of supplies at the house. Most homes in the past we have rented have come with a couple days worth of garbage bags, paper towels, and toilet paper. This home literally had only enough for the first night. Very low stock in living products so it required an immediate trip to the store as they only had one trash bag in the can.

The stove top also had a broken burner. Which wasn't a huge deal but should definitely be fixed for future renters. As a family of young children we used the kitchen (which was lovely) almost every night and every morning for breakfast.

The pool was amazing, heated to just the right temp and perfect for our toddlers with floats. We really enjoyed our stay and will definitely be renting again next fall when we visit the island again.

Thank you Suzanne for your help and thank you for being so awesome about setting things up for us. Suzanne helped us find a local company to rent a crib from while we stayed on the island that did drop off and pick up! Amazing!

This rental is worth renting and very reasonably priced. We would highly recommend it to anyone visiting Ana Maria Island. Perfect location.

And a quick side note- the Waterfront Restaurant is SO good! Go early at 5 and you won't have a problem getting a seat. Amazing FOOD! Good prices. <3

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Erin, Thank you for reviewing Mermaid Basket, I’m glad that your family enjoyed vacationing in our home. It’s good to know that the door alarms that our management team installed work as they should. We try to provide all the things that are useful to our guests such as beach towels beach chairs and a cart to hold these on your short walk to the beach. In regards to the other supplies, we ask our cleaning crew to ensure there is enough to last at least the first night. This way our guests do not need to go directly to the grocery store especially after a day of traveling. I apologize if this was not the case and we will of course take it up with the cleaning company. Thank you for letting us know about the stove burner, we will get that fixed. Suzanne, Ellie and Bob are always helpful with helping our guests find what they are looking for. I’m sure they would love to help you reserve your stay for next fall!
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0


Nearest Airport
18 Miles
Tampa TPA 50 Miles or Sarasota Bradenton SRQ
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
No Ferry but the Free Trolley is close!
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
2/10 of a mile!!

Anna Maria Island is located on the Central West Coast of Florida nestled between the tropical blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the West and Tampa Bay to the North. Once a best –kept secret among local Floridians, it is now known as a vacation favorite among local, national and international travelers. From honeymooners to Hollywood film crews, youngsters to the young-at-heart, people from around the world have discovered what’s awaiting you – Your Piece of Paradise, 'An Island In The Sun'… The island consists of 3 cities, Bradenton Beach being the southernmost, Holmes Beach in the middle and Anna Maria City on the Northern tip. Each community has its own distinct character but all have that relaxed old Florida Charm with unique and charming shops and restaurants. Anna Maria Island has miles of sugar white sand beaches, sand dunes, sea oats and Australian Pines lying between the Gulf of Mexico and the Intercoastal Waterway. This destination is a natural choice for tropical vacationers looking for golf, tennis, water sports, shopping, plus many cultural and historical attractions. Located close to all the major attractions, yet far from the maddening crowds make the Gulf Island Beaches the ideal vacation spot. Enjoy a sunrise overlooking Tampa Bay and a picture-perfect Florida sunset all in a day… You need never leave the island to find fun and relaxation. Our island is only 7 miles long and no more than a few blocks wide which leaves you with sounds of waves and visions of the sunset in every location. Enjoy a day at the beach and watch the kids play in the sand. Walk along pristine beaches and dine in award-winning restaurants, Enjoy fresh grouper sandwiches on a pier and sipping martinis while enjoying live music. Go shopping in our specialty shops and boutiques all along the island. We even have a Free Trolley to take you where you want to go. The friendly environment and endless activities will keep you coming back for more. Hop aboard and experience island paradise!


Rates & Availability

Holmes Beach Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 1 2017 - Jul 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Aug 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 24 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 25 2017 - Dec 22 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay
Jan 6 2018 - Jan 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Feb 1 2018 - Mar 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Apr 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
May 1 2018 - May 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2018 - Jun 16 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $200 + Tax
Property Damage Policy $49
Admin Fee $85 + Tax
Pet Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Contact Owner

You might like these similar properties