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The Seashell Cottage: a Charming Cozy Key West Style Cottage Near Nokomis Beach

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Seashell Cottage at The Hidden Compound


Last updated: 04/14/2017
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  • Minimum stay:7-10 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

The Hidden Compound Consists of VRBO#802315 and VRBO#671368

The Seashell Cottage is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath that sleeps 4. The Seashell Cottage has been completely remodeled in a colorful Key West style. The Cottage is fully equipped with everything you would need
to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable, except food. The Hidden Compound is nestled on a ½ acre beautiful property full of mature trees and tropical landscaping.
Amenities include onsite laundry room which has a small library for
your reading pleasure: (some books are added by guests and some
travel with guest to far away places), a fire pit next to the Tiki Hut to
enjoy and relax in the beautiful weather that Florida has to offer. The Seashell Cottage has a lanai, a small kitchen with all you need to cook and prepare meals (perhaps your local catch of the day), a grill in the Tiki Hut, a cozy living room
area to relax or enjoy a cup of coffee overlooking the court yard full of
tropical plants. Tropical fruit trees are on the property and guests are
able to enjoy fresh fruits when available. For the artistic guests (or not
that artistic), there are fun fences waiting to be decorated with
nautical art, paint and brushes are supplied and guests are welcome and
encouraged to have fun with paints. The owners will judge best painting
every year at our annual Cinco de Mayo Party and the winner will
receive a complimentary 1-week stay at the Hidden Compound (contest
rules are posted in each Cottage). Events may be held at the Hidden
Compound with 2 months advance notice if available.
Living on site, George and Joanne are available 24/7 to make sure our
guests have a memorable stay and hopefully return again and again.
If your lodging needs exceed 4 people, check VRBO Listing #802315 to see an adjoining one bedroom unit.


Member since: 2015

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/14/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 450 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    All children must be under the supervision of adults at all times. We have 2 cots for toddler and a playpen available if needed....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    For the comfort of our quests, smoking is allowed in the Tiki Hut area only....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 2: 1 double


  • First bedroom has a queen size bed and the second bedroom has a double/full bed. Both bedrooms have a closet, dresser, and extra set of sheets, extra blankets, beach towels and independent AC units....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • The small colorful bathroom with a nautical motif has a shower/tub, plenty of towels . ...moreless


  • Books:

    Small library in laundry room ...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games:

    Board games, cards etc...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable


  • Churches
  • Festivals
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Water Parks

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Village:

    Nokomis is a historic fishing village nestled on the West Coast of Florida. Midway between the cities of Sarasota and Venice, Nokomis offers city convenience with village lifestyle. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Skiing
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Dining and sitting area in screened in lanai and inside cottage as well....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Independent for each room...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace:

    Outside fire pit located by Tiki Hut. Free firewood available upon request...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Dining and sitting area in screened in lanai and inside cottage as well....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Extra set of linen in each bedroom...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Cozy living room with entertainment center and small desk...moreless

  • Parking:

    Space for 2 cars, and covered motorcycle parking for 4 bikes. Plenty of parking on premises. ...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Plenty of bathroom towels and beach towels....moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Laundry room shared with the 3 cottages...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Regular and decaf coffee, and coffee condiments...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully equipped just like at home. If you find you need things that are not in the unit, George and Joanne will make every reasonable effort to provide it ...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Small kitchen is fully equipped with all you would need. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Full size oven...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Items provided are toilet paper, paper towels, laundry and dish detergent, basic cleaning supplies, bath soap and bottled water. ...moreless


  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Landscape courtyard with bird feeder behind each cottage....moreless



Write a review 5
from 19 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Apr 1 - Oct 31, 2017
7 night min stay

High Season
Nov 1 - Apr 30, 2018
10 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $100 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Tax Rate 12%

Owner's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/14/2017
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10 Miles
Nearest Airport
0.1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Waterfront Too
20 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Little Palm Island Ferry
0.1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Sorrento Par 3
3.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Waterfront Too
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Nokomis beach

Car: Necessary

Conveniently located off exit 200 from I-75, Nokomis is located mid way between Sarasota and Venice which makes easy access to many businesses, activities, and attractions listed below:

• Beautiful Nokomis Beach (6 minute drive) which features a drum circle twice a week to celebrate our spectacular sunsets

• Several Offshore Fishing Charter Boats within a 10 minute drive

• Siesta Key Beach (15 minute drive) Voted the “Whitest Sand In The World”

• Downtown Sarasota (20 minutes north) Shops. World-Class Restaurants

• Jungle Gardens (20 minutes North)

• Ringling Museum (25 minute Drive)

• Disney, Universal, and Seaworld (90 minutes)

• Busch Gardens (1 hour drive in Tampa)

• Casperson Beach (10 minute drive) Shark Tooth Capital of the World

• Historic Downtown Venice, a relaxing stroll of this quaint sea-side town full of restaurants and shops

• Seashell collecting on World Famous Venice Beach (10 minutes)

• The Legacy Trail (an 18 mile linear park on an old railroad bed) where you can enjoy the Florida outdoors on bikes, skates, running, or walking. (5 minutes)

• The Nokomis Groves (a family owned business of 67 years) best homemade ice cream made with their own fresh citrus (7 minutes)

• Patriot Park where a steel I-beam from the World Trade Center is on display (7 minutes)

• Marie Selby Botanical gardens (25 Minutes)

• Spanish Point Historical Site (5 minutes)

• Oscar Scherer State Park (5 minutes)

• 4 Restaurants within walking distance; dozens more within a 15 minute drive)

• Myakka State Park (20 Minutes)

• Mote Marine Aquarium (35 minutes)

• Scenic Gulf Front Casey Key Road

For the physically active guess, there is a Kayak/Paddleboard rental business within walking distance, tours are available.

If you are looking for an adventure for a day, Solomons Castle is the place to go, located in the middle of the state or as their website states in the middle of nowhere. It is an interesting and eccentric place to visit. The drive to the middle of nowhere is a beautiful one thru the country and orange groves. Be ready for the artistic mind of Mr. Solomon. There is also a little cafe to have lunch. Great motorcycle ride. See their website for more details

A short 3 minute drive will take you to Casey Key Fish House, a world famous waterfront restaurant and tiki bar..

For more local info on restaurants and attractions (including coupons), there is a folder in your unit.

As long-term residents of the area, George and Joanne are both great resources to inform our guests of local activities and attractions


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2003

About the owner: George and Joanne Toms, recently married in 2013 are your hosts. Born in New Jersey, George moved to Sarasota at the age of 18 to escape the weather of the North East. Retiring in 2012 after a 25 year career as a Firefighter/Paramedic from Sarasota County Fire Department, George now owns GLT Property Services; an excavating and facilities services business. His passion of historic restoration of old homes has made The Hidden Compound what it is today. Able to build or fix anything, The Hidden Compound has kept George busy since 2003. At age 24, Joanne left a small fishing village in New-Brunswick Canada where she was born. After traveling the World as a registered nurse, Joanne settled near her sister in Florida in 2008. Currently employed as a Registered Nurse at a local hospital, Joanne still enjoys her career of 29 years. With all of her travels, Joanne brings a worldly touch to The Hidden Compound. Her passion though, is gardening, which keeps The Hidden Compound colorfully beautiful year round. Both George and Joanne truly enjoy meeting people, and have friends from all over the world. They love entertaining and often have gatherings of friends and family from places far and wide. Both have a great love of the outdoors: camping, traveling, sailing, riding motorcycles (on which they took a 6000 mile round-trip to Canada last summer)

Why the Owner Chose Nokomis, FL, USA:
George Fell in love with this property many years ago because of it's private surroundings full of big trees and spacious lot, also the proximity of many attractions but still having a private and secluded feeling. Seeing it for sale in 2003, George jumped on the chance to own it. Things really took off in 2011 when Joanne moved onto the property; her visions and design talents gave George's building skills direction. The result is continual improvement of The Hidden Compound. Originally rented annually, many friends likened the property to a resort, which inspired the idea of vacation rentals. As leases expired, units were completely remodeled and furnished. We look forward to sharing the uniqueness of The Hidden Compound with our guests.

Contact us

Speaks: english, french
Response time: Within 12 hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/14/2017

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  • Seashell Cottage at The Hidden Compound

    Seashell Cottage at The Hidden Compound

  • Bedroom with queen size bed

    Bedroom with queen size bed

  • Lanai and dining/sitting area

    Lanai and dining/sitting area

  • Tiki Hut

    Tiki Hut

  • Artists Fence and Tiki Hut

    Artists Fence and Tiki Hut

  • Covered motorcycle parking.

    Covered motorcycle parking.

  • Colorful bathroom door

    Colorful bathroom door

  • Full kitchen

    Full kitchen

  • Laundry room

    Laundry room

  • At the Tiki Hut, donated by a local artist

    At the Tiki Hut, donated by a local artist

  • More Art on the Fence

    More Art on the Fence

  • Some of the landscape

    Some of the landscape

  • Around the property

    Around the property

  • Desk with outside court yard

    Desk with outside court yard

  • The Lanai

    The Lanai

  • Fire pit at Christmas

    Fire pit at Christmas

VRBO #671368

This listing was first published here in 2015.

Date last modified - Monday, April 17, 2017

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