The Commander and the Mermaid is a Historic Home built in 1892 and a documented 1900 Storm Survivor. It has been lovingly restored as a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom cottage. It is fully fenced and is pet friendly. The House can sleep 6 comfortably with a Queen Bedroom, 2 Twins and a Queen Sleeper Sofa. The house has a brand new kitchen complete with all of the amenities including granite counters and a large granite island with space for 6 to dine. 2 full bathrooms and a full size washer and dryer round out the house. There is both a front porch and a back porch with comfortable seating for relaxing and enjoying the wonderful weather. The back porch comes with a great view of the Historic Galvez Hotel. The house is wonderfully located just 1 block from the beach. The house is Pet Friendly complete with a dog ramp in the back yard so feel free to bring along you best 4 legged friend.
- House1300 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Min Stay2 nights
Pet Friendly Historic 2 Bedroom 2 bath just 1 block from the Beach
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- Aug 15, 2018
About Lynn Bunn
The owner is a retired seafaring Commander who dropped anchor in Galveston shortly after retiring from 25 years of sailing with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. On one of his sea assignments thru the Carribean, he sailed past Key Largo and swore in the dim dawn of Red Sky in Morning, that a beautiful Mermaid was sighted riding the bow wave. Years later he landed a shore side assignment as Manager of Key Largo National Marine Sanctuary in Florida. During a 10 day Saturation Diving mission in the Underwater Habitat Aquarius off Key Largo, the Commander once again caught a glimpse of the beautiful young Mermaid who once again slipped away thru the reef. One evening while having a Grogg at the Carribean Club (Bogart's Bar), he noticed her at the end of the bar. IT WAS HER!!! The beautiful flowing fin was gone, but the rest of her WAS HER!!! Of all the bars in all the world, She had to be alone in mine!
Lynn Bunn purchased this House in 2017
Why Lynn Bunn chose San Jacinto
Their first home opened to the public on Bolivar, rebuilt as The Commander's Retreat after Hurricane Ike destroyed their original beach home. The 360 degree ocean and bay water views reminded him of his time at sea in the wheelhouse. The home is no longer theirs, but remains a favorite retreat on Bolivar Peninsula and available thru VRBO. Galveston has been their home for years now, and they recently purchased an 1892 two bedroom, two bath home directly behind the fabulous "Hotel Galvez" on the Seawall. A block to the Gulf of Mexico, three blocks to the Pleasure Pier, and a short walk to half a dozen fine restaurants. There's a peek-aboo-view of the Gulf thru the Galvez's Lobby windows!! The famous Sunday Buffet at the Galvez is just half a block away! The owners have 2 Retired Racing Greyhounds so the house is Pet Friendly. There is even a ramp at the back door in case your pet does not handle stairs well.
What makes this House unique
"The Commander and The Mermaid" is a world away from the hustle and bustle of the big cities, yet just a short drive if you want to hit Houston, Beaumont, or the casinos in Lake Charles which are just over 2 hours away. Baseball, football, soccer, concerts, NASA Space Center, Houston Rodeo and the Superbowl are less than an hour away. The beach and maritime motif can be seen throughout this beautiful, peaceful retreat. The local attractions of the beautiful Galveston Seaport are just a short walk, or bicycle ride away. The Strand and all its shops and restaurants, Schlitterbahn, Moody Gardens, the Elissa and the Maritime Museum, the Convention Centers, and all the Islands beautiful beaches are just blocks away. The Commander (Alan) and the Mermaid (Lynn) welcome you to their lovely Island getaway!! There continue to be occasional Mermaid sightings just beyond the surf out front of the Hotel Galvez!!
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Quick trip to the beach with the family
We loved the charm of the house. Plenty of room for 5-6 people. The beach was only a short walk and the pier was close by. Our stay was awesome. Would recommend to anyone and I hope to stay again. Thanks.
Thanks so much for the kind words! We hope you will come back and stay with us again!
Perfect get away
We had a wonderful time. Perfect location, beautiful home. Exceeded expectation!!!
My husband and I came in town for a family reunion. We had our two dogs with us. The house had not been cleaned when we checked it but that was just a miscommunication between the owner and cleaner. That was not a big deal to do the laundry and make the beds. The dogs were not a fan of the dogs next door but by the end of our stay they had warmed up to them. We didn’t spend much time in the house because we had planned activities throughout our stay but when we were there is was nice! It’s only two blocks from the beach and near Millers restaurant which is very good! We ate their several times in between events. Outside seating at the house was amazing! We loved sitting out there even tough all you could look at was the back of Hotel Galvez. We would stay here again.
Great experience and relaxing
The house was just as described. Other then a couple of minor housekeeping issues it was as described. They provide beach equipment as well.
We had a wonderful time! House was well stocked, clean, roomy, and great taste in decor. Walls are a little bit thin though If you are a light sleeper then outside traffic noise could keep you up, but it was a holiday so perhaps it is quieter during other times. Would come back again!
Loved this cottage