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Tropical Tiki Bar, Heated Pool/ Spa, ON the Pinellas Trail!!

16 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday cottage in Dunedin - The Mermaid House

Tropical Tiki Oasis, Gorgeously Finished, Private Heated Pool/ Spa,

Gorgeously Furnished, Artistic Beach House, Featuring a Tropical, Tiki-bar Oasis...

*Our calendar is updated on a daily basis. Please check it for availability before contacting us:)

Sitting directly on the Pinellas Trail, this home features a new salt water swimming pool and spa, heated to your comfort zone. Three comfortably appointed queen bedrooms, all with new mattresses, high-count bed linens, fluffy white towels and sophistically rustic, eclectic, furniture pieces. Shabby-chic meets luxurious comfort! With handmade, Mexican Saltillo tile throughout, super fast Wi-fi and cable television, this gem of a vacation home will make you sad to leave!

Dunedin‘s main drag, an artsy, sociable and trendsetting region, is an easy 10-minute bike ‘stroll’ away. The amazing Pinellas Trail, a 48mi bike trail going to downtown Dunedin, and the beaches, is directly behind the house! You will Jump on one of our six beach cruisers, wheel it out the back yard gate and you’re off! Fancy a day at the beach? Load up our ‘Happy-Hour Wagon’ to one of the bikes, add a cooler, couple of chairs…and you’re off! Into bird watching? Wildlife? Strolling though tropical parkland? Take a left out of the gate, head 500ft down the Pinellas Trail, and enter the amazing Hammock Park! There's so much to do you'll probably never fit it all in...so you'll just have to come back and stay again:)

*For the benefit of our guests with children, we have installed a removable pool fence with a gate.

**Please note, for the benefit of all our guests, the entire premises, including garden and pool enclosure, is STRICTLY non-smoking.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Sharon Gonzalez
Member since: 2015
Speaks English, A little spanish:)
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
26 September, 2016
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About Sharon Gonzalez

Hello and thank you for your interest!

We are a large, blended family, with a crazy passion for traveling! Between the two of us - a British expat former public school teacher, and a retired Captain of the YFD, we've logged a lot of traveling mileage! From the Island of Borneo, to the South of France and all the way up through the Highlands of Mexico..we've lost count at this point! We found our home after an exploratory trip along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Driving though Dunedin on our way to the airport (Atlanta airport, we were a bit off track...exploring:)), we followed main street as it veered off through town. Loving the look of the town - beautifully kept and creative shop/restaurant fronts, we detoured along a couple of residential streets. The lack of high-rises that hog so much of the scenery in other Floridan coastal towns was an instant appeal...Dunedin seemed to embody a vibe we'd been looking for our entire trip - that "Old Floridan" feel that has become so elusive. Recently, on a trip down with our teens, we spent our last evening bike cruising around town. At one end of main street, playing on a huge inflatable screen, Gene Kelly in 'Singing in the Rain' crooned to locals and popcorn vendors sitting on blankets beneath gigantic live oaks covered with moss. Five blocks down, outside Skips Bar, members of the high school bagpipe band wailed out a few tunes. Further down a Jazz singer was singing her heart out at Kelly's, and beyond that, a firework display was going off. The atmosphere was alive, exciting and bustling...and this was all on an ordinary friday in April. It was pure magic.

Sharon Gonzalez purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Sharon Gonzalez chose Clearwater Area

At the bottom of our property sits a gate opening onto the Pinellas Trail. It's a ten foot wide bike/pedestrian pathway to local bars, shops and the beaches. We ride our bike everywhere! Why? Because it's easy, fun and we need the exercise! The house sits on a quiet, residential street, lined with 50's style Floridan ranches - each a different color and each different. The road was formed with hand laid house bricks in a herringbone pattern over sixty years ago...and is as cute as a button. This is an unpretentious neighborhood populated with outdoorsy, dog-walking friendly people. It's like stepping back 50 years and we find that very appealing! The house itself has been completely remodeled, is very comfortable, quiet and is quite literally a private, tropical oasis! We've landscaped both rear and front areas around the property with banana, pineapple and fruit trees, crushed shell and solar lighting.

What makes this cottage unique

Everywhere is within biking distance! Whether you fancy art classes at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center (ask us about it!!), Honeymoon island for an early morning walk, or breakfast at Brenda's on the Causeway, or The Covered Bridge...it's all very, very close!


based on 16 holidaymaker reviews

Tropical Tiki Bar, Heated Pool/ Spa, ON the Pinellas Trail!!
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Great holiday home with all you need for a fantastic holiday. Clean, tidy, comfortable beds, lovely linens, plenty of bath towels, quiet air con. Pool and hot tub were a hit with the kids. Bikes were used every day to cycle the short distance into Dunedin. We just loved it. Thanks Sharon, as you say ....We had a blast!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful, fun, globe-trotting Brits that were an absolute delight to work with!! Thank you, Linda:))
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The perfect house to stay at. Very clean and felt like home! Owners wonderful to work with.

  • 5 of 5

We had the privilege to stay in this home. I like clean homes that we stay at. Very clean!!!! The owners were absolutely wonderful to work with. Sharon wanted to make sure that we had a great family vacation. She even told us about Honeymoon Beach. Which turned out to be our favorite beach and the one where we saw manatees up close!!!! Our girls never wanted to get our of the pool and hot tub. There is such a nice area to sit and relax on the patio while we watched the girls swim. They have a covering over the pool so you don't have to worry about the bugs! We so enjoyed the grill to cook our meals on! As a busy Mom, it was nice not having to worry about dishes.... there is a dishwasher!!!!! This home had all the amenities that are needed to have a amazing vacation. This home is close to so much that we never were bored! Definitely walk on the pier and watch the sunset close to the house. We would stay here again and again. It is hard to find such caring home owners but this place has them. Makes the stay so much more relaxing.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay at the Mermaid House! This house is so comfortable, appealing and welcoming. Darling inside, amazing yard and pool area. The location of this house is also ideal. A quick car ride will get you to several different beaches, restaurants and attractions. It was hard to go home!!

Sharon and her husband are wonderful to work with. Very professional and so friendly. They responded quickly to questions and even checked on us during a storm.

Thank you Tom and Sharon for making our stay so nice!

Erin Paradiso and Family

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Family Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The Mermaid House was perfect! Beautiful - peaceful - the pool & hot tub are awesome.

The access to the bike trail into the quaint town of Dunedin is so convenient - there are many shops & plenty of restaurants just a short bike ride away.

We will definitely be returning to the Mermaid House - pool, beach & fun all in one!

Thank you for a lovely family vacation!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very lovely guests! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review - please keep us in mind should you want to visit the area again:)
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Rest and relax at The mermaid House

  • 5 of 5

The Mermaid House is the perfect vacation destination for 2 - 6 people.

We had Mom, Dad, Son, Daughter and both their other halves and everyone had an absolutely fabulous time.

There are a ton of things to do and see in the vicinity of Dunedin.

We sometimes went in separate directions and sometimes hung together.

It would be impossible to mention all the amenities associated with The Mermaid House but here are a few.

Hammock park and the Butterfly garden

Honeymoon Island State Park especially during the week. They have a dog beach. The house pass is a really nice perk.

Weaver Park Pier and the Island Causeway for fishing although we saw a porpoise swimming around off the pier.

A trip up to Weeki Wachee State Park. About an hour north but Paddle Adventures gets you a kayak/canoe and a leisurely 3

hour trip down the river with Manatee sightings(we saw several including a mom and baby) and lots of places to pull off

and picnic and swim.

A short trip over to Safety harbor. On the bay with a large no. of Manatees sighted off their pier.

Biking all over especially in to town.

One of Dad's faves - hanging out at the back yard beach/pool/spa.

I could go on.

The thing we weren't thrilled with was having to leave.

Oh well there is always next year.

Speaking of which this property is going to get a lot of repeat bookings so you might want to

jump on the band wagon before it is to late.

The owners are sweethearts to deal with and dealing with owners as opposed to real estate people is such a blessing

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a helpful review! You were very wonderful guests, and, we'd love to have you back! You've made us want to got o Weeki Wachee!!!
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Wonderful Weekend!

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our visit to the Mermaid House! It's location on the bike path makes it an easy jaunt to town, the market, and even the beach. It is clean,cozy, and quaint. The pool and hot tub were our favorites! Thank you for sharing your beautiful home away from home!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review:) We're very happy you had a great time!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
TPA/Saint Petes
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Marker 8 Tiki Bar
Nearest Ferry
2 Miles
Caladesi Island
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Dunedin Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Route 19
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Honeymoon Island
Car: recommended


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Dunedin, Clearwater Area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
16 Dec 2016 - 10 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £123
Refundable Damage Deposit £410
Cleaning £123
Tax Rate 12.0%

Please note:

*SERVICE FEE attached to your quote has nothing to do with us. It is a recent 'roll out' by VRBO, going solely TO VRBO, and, is something we have no control over!!!
*Your rates include all utility expenses...including heating the pool and spa. We're not big fans of cold water:)
*Our home is suitable for 6 guests only. This is a quiet residential neighborhood, please keep outdoor fun noise down to a minimum after 9pm:)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Dunedin in Tampa Bay

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • 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 Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bath (no shower)
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • Miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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