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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 - 10 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome


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.

More Details

George and Joanne Toms
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
28 March, 2017

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 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 Florida South Central Gulf Coast

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the Nokomis in the Sarasota County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
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 ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The small colorful bathroom with a nautical motif has a shower/tub, plenty of towels .
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • 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 ...
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • 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
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(18 traveller reviews)

The Seashell Cottage: A charming cozy Key West style cottage Near Nokomis Beach
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews


  • 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!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful stay! Would recommend this to anyone that wants fabulous accommodations! Hosts are very friendly and knowledgeable. You made our vacation unforgettable! Thank you and we'll be in touch'

  • Review Submitted: Apr 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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The Seashell Cottage was everything the pictures promised and MORE!!! We fell in love!

  • 5 of 5

As advertised, it was full of charm and convenient to everything we wanted in our Florida vacation. The owners, George and Joanne Toms, were the perfect hosts and thought of literally EVERYTHING! The cottage is complete with everything one would want or need in a delightfully happy and efficient setting. We loved the fact that it was in an area where we could walk to restaurants, neighborhoods, and easily reach beaches and attractions in minutes by car. The hospitality provided was as though we had been friends for years and we especially enjoyed the fun and funky colors and special attention to interior design with unique and comfortable furnishings. Within a day, we knew this was a place to which we would want to return...so we reserved another month in 2017!!! Thanks, Joanne and George, for sharing your piece of paradise with us.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bright- Clean- Inviting-

  • 5 of 5

I don't have access to enough adjectives to describe how much we enjoyed our stay at the Hidden Compound.

The unit itself was comfortable and felt like home by the second day. The owners ( now our friends) are marvelous.

If I had my "druthers" we'd return tomorrow!! You"ll love it :)

  • Review Submitted: Mar 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winthrop Harbor, IL

Met my needs

  • 5 of 5

The location was what I was looking for. Close to beaches and easy access to Venice. The cottage had everything I needed and then some. Owners were on property and very responsive to any questions.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4 fun chickz

  • 5 of 5

Can't say enough about how awesome the property and owners are. We had a wonderful time. We honestly did not want to leave...EVER!!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2015
  • 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 www.solomonscastle.org

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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in the Nokomis, Florida

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
High Season
1 Nov 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Nov 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
10 night minimum stay
for 10 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £81 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £201
Tax Rate 12.0%

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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