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Mermaid's Beach House, 3 BR 2 1/2 bath, Ocean view Loft and 2 Living Areas

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Sleeps 8, BR 1 queen, BR 2 queen ,BR 3 twins, Loft w/trundle bed sleeps 2

Just steps from the ocean with beautiful oceans views , breathtaking sunrises and sunsets sits the Mermaid's Beach House. This charming A frame beach cottage has all of the amenities needed, just show up with flip flops and a bathing suit and enjoy. Lots of parking , with an extra large deck, 2 patios with fire pit and BBQ grill ready to entertain. Fully upgraded kitchen with all cookware and appliances needed, wi-fi, 2 flat screens tv's, 2 separate living areas, downstairs living/bedroom has bath and wet bar, washer & dryer, complete with linens and towels. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at home or walk/bicycle to several of Florida's fresh seafood restaurants on the ocean and Intracoastal. Only a 5 minute drive into beautiful historic downtown St. Augustine and 40 minute drive to Daytona Beach. Bring your boat, kayaks, surfboards, fishing rods and motorcycles. Enjoy paradise in Vilano Beach at the Mermaid's House.

dorothy donald
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, murell.donald@gmail.com
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 September, 2017

About dorothy donald

I have owned the house since 1999 and lived in it personally for 15 years. We both work for the airline and love to travel so listing my house with all of the amenities of home was a great idea to me. I love St. Augustine as I attended Flagler College and fell in love with the oldest city in the United States. The beaches are beautiful and the history of St. Augustine are dear to my heart. There are fabulous art galleries and restaurants and if you are into quaint beautiful towns like I am you will love St. Augustine and Vilano Beach.

dorothy donald purchased this house in 1999

Why dorothy donald chose St. Augustine Area

The Mermaid Beach house is a great retreat for a girls getaway, family vacation or romantic weekend. The location is perfect, an almost private beach is directly across the street. Ponte Vedra Beach is 15 minutes North on A1A and Downtown St. Augustine is 10 minutes South. There are great fresh seafood restaurants within walking distance that will not disappoint . The house has all the amenities of home, fully stocked kitchen, linens, towels, and a gas BBQ grill for dining and entertaining at the house.

What makes this house unique

The "A" frame offers 3 levels for privacy as the bedrooms are on each floor and the downstairs bedroom has a separate living area with a large flat screen.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I recently stayed with my family at this great beach house and thoroughly enjoyed the amenities of the home. The beach was great for my sons to surf. We were able to walk to nearby restaurants as well as grill out on the deck and enjoy the sunsets. This house was beautifully decorated and we will certainly return soon for some more fun in the Florida sun!
Jan 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saint Augustine in St. Johns County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • A copy of all adults staying at the property must email a copy of their Driver's License to the owner.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • city centre ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , has add living area, with bath & wetbar
    Oceanview Loft - 2 Sofa bed/Futon , open loft with trundle bed sleeps 2
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


Very Good! 4.1/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)

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Mermaid's Beach House, 3 BR 2 1/2 bath, Ocean view Loft and 2 Living Areas
average rating of 4.076923 based on 14 reviews
Asheville, NC

Girls Weekend

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Mermaid House with my girlfriends for a getaway and it was great! The house was very clean, decorated so cute and we had every thing we needed! There was plenty of room for everyone, just bring your clothes. The views are fantastic from the front and bank of the house and we spent long hours on the deck catching up with our classes of wine. There are great restaurants blocks away and fun attractions just a few miles down the road in St. Augustine. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mermaid heaven!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for a girls weekend! There were 8 of us & we did not feel cramped at all! Just a quick walk across the street to the beautiful beach, less than a 2 min drive to Publix & many cute/tasty restraunts on the water! It's also only about a $8 Uber ride to downtown St. Augustine! The house had everything we needed & more! There was a meteor shower the last night we were there & the back deck was so perfect to sit out on, sip wine & watch for shooting stars!! I will say that the living room does get warm mid day but it is Florida in the middle of August so that is to be expected (especially with 8 girls getting ready with blow dryers,curling irons, etc!) Once the sun started to go down it would cool off immediately! We absolutely LOVED this house & would recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing beach getaway!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great offbeach location (beach across street) that was clean and well equipped

  • 5 of 5

Nice clean beach home with great views and close to St Augustine. Massive living room, two bathroom, four bed unit. Kitchen was well equipped to bake or cook just about anything. Had a couple minor issues (WIFI access and key access) and the owner responded quickly (less than five minutes). Home is also close to several fine restaurants and a Publix Grocery Store.

If available, I will rent this home again and would expect others that saw this home to do the same.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved how close to the water this home is! The house itself was clean cozy and comfy!

  • 4 of 5

The owners were very easy to get in contact with and to respond. I would recommend this home to anyone who does not have an issue with stairs. It is located in an ideal spot close to the water, close to the grocery store, and close to old town St Augustine. What more could you ask for?

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Overpriced, poor maintence, unresponsive owner

  • 1 of 5

When I first contacted the owner about renting her property, I was very clear that I didn't want the rental to be a distraction during my visit.

Four days after hurricane Matthew passed through, I gave the owner a chance to cancel the transaction if the property was damaged. I was assured it was already rentable.

The problems started immediately. I had to buy WD-40 from the Publix down the road to lubricate the locks because the keys would stick to the point I thought they would snap off.

I think the owner intentionally misleads prospective renters by not disclosing there is an ancient spiral staircase in the center of the house. There is no picture of it in the listing. It by no means meets modern building codes. It's too narrow, the rise of the steps is too short, and there are no handrails. The steps are bare, polished, and extremely slippery. Simply moving luggage up and down the stairs was a challenge. My dog tumbled down them the first time she used them. Luckily she is OK.

The A/C unit never cooled the house, which smelled musty. I had shut to shut it off the first morning of our visit because the outside Freon line was frozen over and I didn't want the compressor to fail. I contacted the owner and the excuses started immediately. Only after I demanded a decision on whether she was going to fix the A/C did she offer to send someone to look at it. I had to leave my son's wedding reception and drive across town to let the 'technician' in. He's actually the owner's handyman and happened to be working on a storm-damaged property across the street. All he did was turn the unit back on, put his hand over a vent and declare that it was cooling. Needless to say, he was wrong. The unit never got below 77 degrees, and that low occurred at 6 AM the second morning when it was 10 degrees cooler outside. It's obvious the condenser unit is poorly maintained. The cooling fins are clogged with dust and the unit is covered with rust.

The rental is poorly maintained. Burned out light bulbs, peeling kitchen cabinets, broken microwave, electrical outlets that were either broken or so worn that chargers simply fell on to the floor when plugged in. Both gates on the deck were broken and had to be blocked with chairs to keep the dogs in.

It needs a deep cleaning. The linens on the bed I slept in were bleach-stained and smelled musty. The lawn furniture was covered with mildew.

The owner is very unprofessional. Pass on this rental.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, is all I can say to this one! First of all I must say that I personally was there with my family 3 days after hurricane Matthew to make sure my home was in good condition and rentable. The neighborhood had major devastation and I am lucky and thankful my home had little damage. Jim contacted me to see how things were, and Never asked to get out of the rental as I would have gladly let him. I will address his issues one by one so my future renters know my house IS maintained and Cleaned properly. I had just left 3 days prior to him coming in so I am not sure why he had to use WD-40, it worked when I was there, but it is the Beach and things can rust overnight!! I do not mislead that there is a spiral staircase . It is new by the way, not ancient, and made with beautiful wood there are also grip handles on the walls to hold as you go up the stairs. There are also fewer stairs outside to bring bags in thru the front door. He texted me about the AC, my handyman was directly across the street and he went immediately over to check on the unit. It WAS cooling! The AC outside unit took some damage from the storm which looked bad but the unit was still cooling which I verified by my handyman. I imagine he had the front doors to the patio open and the AC on and this house takes a while to cool down as it is an "A" frame. He also cranked the thermostat down which made the unit freeze up. I had a Brand New AC installed this week. He did not have to leave the Wedding as my handyman has keys. I have a professional cleaning done after every renter and the house is extremely clean. The only truth to his comments are the gate blew off the side patio due to the storm and the maintenance man was going to fix that. Jim also had 2 dogs at my property which I only thought there was 1 dog, which I do allow, and only paid for 1 dog. There was a burned out light bulb in one of the light fixtures I was unaware of but was an easy fix. I have never been called unprofessional in my life as I work with the public on a daily basis and try to please people rather than have them upset about something. All I can say is my house is beautiful and most people love it. I think Jim was probably looking for excuses to try and get out of the rental, he was probably asked to leave his own son's wedding because he was not a very nice man to deal with. I think this renter would have complained if he was at a 5 star resort and the Red carpet was rolled out for him! I did my best!
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Great property, very comfortable

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the Mermaid Beach House. The beds are comfortable, the kitchen has everything you need, and the beach is within walking distance. We thought the house was very clean and seemed well-kept. The porch is fantastic to sit out on in the evenings and enjoy the breeze. The house also had lots of towels and other things we were allowed to use. All in all, very comfortable. We did have a person who slept on the couch in the living room and that room would get very warm in the mornings. It's understandable though because the living room has very large windows (beautiful!!) that face east, so the sun shines directly in until about 1 pm. The lower windows have blinds to cover them, but the upper windows do not. The windows allow for lots of natural light, but aren't ideal for temperatures in the day :) However, we were there during a particularly hot week, so would imagine it's not quite as warm all the time. We had a couple plumbing issues during our stay, but the owner was extremely responsive and got things fixed right away. Overall, I would recommend this property for a group of about 6 and fewer, very comfortable and convenient.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Located just 5 minutes from beautiful historical downtown St Augustine, 5 minutes from deep sea fishing marina


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Saint Augustine, North East 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
24 Dec 2017 - 31 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add £82 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £92.51
Additional Guest Fee £74.01 per person per night
Pet Fee £37
Damage Deposit £370.05

Checkin after 3:00pm, checkout at 11:00am

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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