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The Seashell Cottage: A charming cozy Key West style cottage Near Nokomis Beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


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.

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.

More Details

George and Joanne Toms
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 22, 2018

About George and Joanne Toms

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 30 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 a few years ago)

George and Joanne Toms purchased this cottage in 2003

Why George and Joanne Toms chose Nokomis

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.


Nokomis Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • House Ruled are detailed in a binder in each unit.
  • Quiet time is 10PM to 8AM
  • All children must be under the supervision of adults at all times. We have 2 cots for toddlers and 1 playpen available if needed.
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The small colorful bathroom with a nautical motif has a shower/tub, plenty of towels .
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
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


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The Seashell Cottage: A charming cozy Key West style cottage Near Nokomis Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Great rental

  • 5 of 5

Very welcoming stay with the best hosts we have had with a VRBO rental. Lots to do in the area. Everything you need in visiting the area is provided by the hosts. You won't be disappointed in renting here.

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Nice place. Roomy. Everything we needed. Very quiet. Close to everything. Wonderful hosts. We’ll be back!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This place is awesome. Very comfortable, close to the beach, resturants, things to do and great/fantastic owner. We spent 10 days at a most relaxing, enjoyable home away from that we could have expected. We will definetly be back if we can get reservations when we want them.

Thanks George for the use of your rental. Once again a fantastic place and owner.

Mack and Maryann (aka M & M)

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Joanne and George, the owners, were gracious and first class proprietors. The Florida Keys style cottage and grounds were terrific, and full of ambiance. It was quiet, near the beaches and great restaurants. We'll be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! Happy guests are our reward for all the hard work; looking forward to your return!
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A wonderful month in the sun

  • 5 of 5

George and Joanne were wonderful hosts and made us feel like family. The cottage was cozy with everything we needed and close to beaches that beckoned for long daily walks. Pizza night is a must.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great property and wonderful hosts. Lots do all around you! We enjoyed Nokomis Beach and the North Jetty, Myaka State Park, Jungle Gardens, Sarasota waterfront and skate park. Lots of fires around the fire pit and wonderful new friends!

Cozy and beach themed furnishings. Painting the fence was a huge highlight of the trip also!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Waterfront Too
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Little Palm Island Ferry
Nearest Golf
0.1 Miles
Sorrento Par 3
Nearest Motorway
3.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Waterfront Too
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
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




Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 12.0%

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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