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Pet frndly,5 star Beachside Prvte Home, Fncd Yd,Best Bch,Great Rate

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type house


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

You’re going to Love The Mermaid Cottage

Enjoy your best vacation ever. The Mermaid Cottage is a private beachside home totally remodeled during the winter of 2012. This three bedroom, 2 bath home is in a quiet, highly regarded and admired beach neighborhood with a laid back atmosphere, eclectic mix of old Florida cottages and contemporary homes just one block from one of the several deeded beach accesses...just walk on. It is on a full lot that runs from one street to another providing additional privacy,parking and access. We are pet friendly and children love this cottage. Enjoy relaxing and listening to the ocean on the covered porch overlooking the completely fenced front yard. The backyard has a great party deck for grilling, entertaining, relaxing and sunning. In addition there is an upper deck for sunning and viewing the ocean. You are just a short, easy 2 minute stroll to one of the best beaches on the east coast and an easy bike ride to the intra-coastal waterway public boat ramp and Windswept Beach Park. You are only 10 miles from Marineland and 12 minutes from historic downtown St. Augustine.

The open Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen floor plan allows The Mermaid Cottage to live big and easily all on one floor. All bedrooms have extremely comfortable Beds (we love comfort). The MB is a king size bed and has a 40' HD flat screen tv, the second bedroom has two twin beds with a kit to easily convert them to a king size bed, and the third bedroom (which is actually a 2nd Master Bdrm) has a king bed, sitting area with love seat and tv. The two master bedrooms are located on different ends of the house making it a great house for two couples or teenagers. One of the two sofas in the living room is a very comfortable queen sofa bed. You can easily sleep up to 8 people. Our home is fully equipped, very comfortable and very well decorated. A large, fully equipped kitchen allows you to easily prepare meals at home when you choose. Enjoy the 46“ flat screen HD satellite TV, DVD Player and free wi-fi. The two Master Bedrooms also have TV's. There’s even a stocked desk if Mom or Dad need to do a “little” work while away or just write postcards. We’ve provided lots of little extras to make your vacation memorable and the most fun.

We are out of state owners but very “hands on” with our property visiting often and living in one of our three vacation homes in St. Augustine during the winter. The Pearl Cottage is next door and is available to rent at the same time with the Mermaid Cottage for larger family/friend gatherings at the beach. The listing number on VRBO is #726115. Please read our reviews. We work hard to maintain our homes and make sure that our guests have an enjoyable experience.. Local friends help us maintain this lovely home and are available immediately should you need assistance

You will love the Mermaid Cottage, the beach and the neighborhood. You will feel right at home immediately. We want you to relax and enjoy our home and your St. Augustine vacation experience and return year after year.

Special rates for weekly and two weeks. Full week rentals + only for June and July unless 7 days are not available and then the days available for open for rental. If wanting less than a week during these months please contact for consideration.

More Details

Deborah Reeves
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
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Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About Deborah Reeves

George & Deborah live in the mountains of NC. George just retired from a career as a general contractor and still uses his skills to remodel and maintain our homes. He is an accomplished musician and can be found playing often in St. Augustine. He is also a wood worker and bee keeper. Deborah recently retired from decades of owning salon/spas, is an avid gardner, stained glass artist and assistant bee keep and aspiring cookbook author with a blog site. We live a sustainable lifestyle in our 100+ year old farmhouse in the mountains of Cashiers, NC.

Deborah Reeves purchased this house in 2011

Why Deborah Reeves chose St Augustine

George and I love the beach. We were both raised on east coast beaches and although we love living in the mountains of NC, we missed the coast. We always dreamed of owning a beach house. We've spent many hours and dreams designing and redesigning the quintessential beach get-away. We believe that we have created that special place to retreat, relax and recharge....the perfect 'memory building' spot to share with family, grandchildren and friends.

We have also found it very satisfying to restore and keep some of the original beach cottages close to as they were only much more modern and comfortble. So many of these cottages are being replaced with large tall homes and although they are beautiful we appreciate the beach as we remember it . And we are happy to be sharing it with you and your family and pets.

What makes this house unique

We love grabbing a beach chair and just walking the short distance to the beach ramp. The ramp is built over the dunes and we enjoy looking at the plantings and creatures that live in the dunes. The beach is one of the widest on the east coast and we are always awed by it. It's a casual beach which we find very relaxing. Pets are allowed on a leash and we enjoy watching people and their pets. We are so close to Dtwn St. Augustine , the oldest city in the U.S. It takes minutes to drive Dtwn and enjoy all the siteseeing, shops, architecture and great dining. We are always passing ghost tours and one of these days I'm going to take one. I highly recommend taking the trolley tour of DT.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in St Augustine in St. Johns County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • This is a quiet neighborhood and parties are strictly prohibited.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • One bath was completely remodeled in 2016. Very nice bath towels and hand towels are provided. please bring your own beach towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , king bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , twin beds with kit to convert to king bed
    Bedroom3 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , third bedroom suite with king bed, sofa sitting area and TV
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen size sleeper sofa, very comfortableg
  • King size beds (2) Pillow top, Twin or Single Beds (2) Excellent mattresses, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Very comfortable queen size sofa bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
  • 8 garden chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This house has three outdoor living areas including a covered front porch and a back deck for grilling and entertaining and an upper deck with ocean views.


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Pet frndly,5 star Beachside Prvte Home, Fncd Yd,Best Bch,Great Rate
average rating of 4.961039 based on 77 reviews
Greenville SC

Best Rental Houses in St Augustine!!

  • 5 of 5

Between my friends and I, we have rented all three houses of Deborah and George's in St Augustine and we love them all!!! This is our second year in a row renting from them and they truly are the best people wanting you to have the best experience. Deborah stayed in contact with us, keeping us up to date on the house during hurricane Irma. They even rushed down to clean the properties just days before our stay. We are so thankful these beautiful homes were not damaged during the storm. We love that they are so pet friendly as well! We plan to return every year for as long as we can! Thanks again so much Deborah and George for once again opening your doors to us and our furry babies.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I don't know what to say except, "Thank You" and we look forward to your return.
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Old friends

  • 5 of 5

We had a nice relaxing time, very comfortable and cute.

  • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear that you had a comfortable and relaxing time in The Mermaid Cottage with friends.
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Haleyville, AL

Beautiful and comfortable cottage, easy walk to beach

  • 5 of 5

We very much enjoyed our stay at the Mermaid Cottage. We loved the decorations and colors used. It was perfect for a great beach getaway! We loved the easy walk to the beach and the short drive to all the attractions and restaurants that St. Augustine has to offer. We enjoyed sitting on the porch and deck when we had the chance. I liked that the window coverings were nice enough that the room was dark when I was sleeping. The neighborhood is quite and the people that we met were friendly. The cottage is very comfortable and relaxing. The Reeves are wonderful and we appreciate them letting us stay at their beautiful cottage.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a nice review. We greatly appreciate you and your rental. You made me smile when you mentioned the drapes in all the bedrooms. We make certain that all our bedrooms have light and noise blocking drapes for the perfect nights sleep. It's the little things that count. This cottage was designed to feel both beachy and homey so that the most comfort could be enjoyed. It's terrific that your review reflects our efforts. Hope to have you return.
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Amazing House and Location

  • 5 of 5

House is everything advertised and more. It was clean, well presented and in a great location. Deborah was great to work with and there was all kinds of information in the house about the area, things to do and places to go. We were very impressed by all the amenities and the way the house was laid out. We walked to the beach and had a wonderful time enjoying the scenery. Deck on top of the house had a nice view of the ocean and was very relaxing. It was a short drive to downtown St Augustine. All is all a perfect place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that you enjoyed your stay at The Mermaid Cottage. It means a lot to us that our efforts to make your stay comfortable and convenient were appreciated. Glad to hear that you walked down to the beach. It is one of the best beaches on the East Coast and our section is almost like having a private beach since there are no condo's in the immediate area. Thank you for the rental and we hope to have you return and stay longer next time.
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Great Family Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

Our family and our 2 dogs really enjoyed this very comfortable and beautiful home. It has everything you need for a stress-free vacation. From the decor of the home to the upstairs balcony, it was a perfect fit for us. Its a quick walk to the beach and the beach was clean! Being dog friendly was a bonus! I enjoyed the walk in shower. Deborah was very easy to work with and talk to, she kept us informed as the hurricane passed through just weeks before our stay and made sure we were settled and happy on our first day. I highly recommend this house for your stay in St. Augustine!

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: As always thank you for trusting us with your vacation rental. We live in this house most of the winter so it's always nice when our guests comment on how comfortable it is because that is exactly how we feel. The beach is one of the best on the East Coast and dog friendly on a leash. We are glad that so many of our guests can travel with their pets...their four legged family members. Come back soon.
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Loved the time we stayed at the Mermaid Cabin

  • 5 of 5

The cabin was very clean and ready to go when we moved. We had been informed we clould move in an hour earlier than the contract said and that was nice. It is a very short walk to the beach.

  • Review Submitted: 21-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Happy to hear that you liked the Cottage and that everything was good when you arrived. Sometimes we can be ready early for you and we are glad when that happens and it allows you a little extra time. Please return when you can stay longer.
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The Mermaid Cottage is just one block from one of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast. We are an easy 7 miles from the historic Downtown district, 5 miles to the famous St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zip Line and 10 miles from Marineland.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £94.21
Pet Fee £75.37
Damage Deposit £150.74

Rates may increase for holidays such as Labor Day, Memorial Day, July 4th and Christmas holidays.

Two week rate 2300 Monthly rate 3600 winter months only. June and July 7 day minimum

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