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The Mermaid Cottage: A Charming Cozy Key West Style Cottage Near Nokomis Beach.

Bedrooms 1
Space 300 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

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

The Mermaid Cottage is a 1 bedroom, 1 bath that sleeps 2. The

Mermaid 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. Mermaid 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, 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 is a fun blue fence 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 2 people, check VRBO Listing #671368 to see an adjoining two bedroom unit.

More Details

George and Joanne Toms
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 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 land clearing 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)

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:
  • 300 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • 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 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is decorated in the popular "Steampunk" style reminiscent of a bathroom in an old coastal fish house. Featuring a stand-up shower with exposed copper plumbing, a granite counter with copper sink basin.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • 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
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • 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 Mermaid Cottage: A Charming Cozy Key West Style Cottage Near Nokomis Beach.
average rating of 5.0 based on 8 reviews

Absolutely charming cottage close to everything!

  • 5 of 5

We booked this place last minute, as another rental fell through. Should have come here first. The hosts went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable. The property is sooo cute. Decorated nicely, lots of extras - bikes, water cooler on the lanai, well stocked with anything you need. Very clean. George and Joanne had pizza night around the fire pit on our last weekend there. They left fresh fruit in our cottage, chocolates in the fridge. I could go on forever. They were there to answer any questions, but did not bother us at all. This place is close to a couple of beaches, and was close to everywhere we went in Sarasota and Venice. We hope to stay with you guys again! Thanks much!

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This place is TOO cute!

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with this cottage. It is very comfortable, bright and sunny, full of mermaids and other sea creatures. The location was just great for all of our needs. We enjoyed meeting and gabbing with our neighbors and felt at home with friends joining George and Joanne at the Friday night fire pit. Thank you for creating The Hidden Compound. Look forward to the day we return. Paul and Beth

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a great stay here and the owners were absolutely amazing. The house is exactly as it is described and everything is clean and neat and absolutely perfect. We will definitely stay here in future trips and couldn't ask for better accommodations. Overall we are super happy that we chose this home.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Close to everything Nokomis/Venice area

  • 5 of 5

The Mermaid Cottage is delightful, just as advertised. Pretty tropical setting, quiet and relaxing. Your hosts have paid great attention to every detail, and provide everything you need for a perfect Florida vacation. The Hidden Compound is a real hidden gem!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Highly Recommended

  • 5 of 5

Our second trip to the Hidden Compound was just as enjoyable as the first. We love how comfortable the Mermaid Cottage is and how George and Joanne make you feel like your at home. The beaches and restaurants are all very convenient. You can always find things to do in the area or just relax around the fire pit and tiki hut.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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an awesome hidden gem to stay while in Florida

  • 5 of 5

A very quaint living accommodation. Very nice personal touches used throughout the property. We stayed for 10 days at the property and I literally did not want to leave. I visit Florida quite a bit and this has been the best stay ever!. Hats off to the owners making our stay there, the most desirable ever in over thirty years of visiting Florida. We highly recommend you check this hidden gem out.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
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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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $250

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed

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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