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Mermaid Cove~ Weeki Wachee River Retreat (includes Kayaks/Canoes)

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Weeki Wachee - Mermaid Cove

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 7

The perfect mix of relaxation & adventure await you at this charming Old Florida river retreat! Explore the natural beauty of the crystal clear Weeki Wachee River by kayaks or canoes from your backyard and enjoy the breeze from the dock or screened in porch! Home offers a queen bed in the master bedroom, a twin over full in the second bedroom and a queen sleeper sofa in the living room. 2 single person Kayaks, 1 tandem kayak and 1 canoe are included in your stay for an easy paddle to the famous rope swing, restaurants and local recreation area. There are plenty of restaurants, shops and recreation and entertainment within a short driving distance, including the WORLD FAMOUS WEEKI WACHEE MERMAID SHOW at the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park also home of the Buccaneer Bay Waterpark! Pine Island beach is a short 10 minute drive where you can soak up the sun on the sand or watch a beautiful sunset. Boats can be rented at very reasonable prices only 10 minutes away at Hernando Beach for a day of fishing or scalloping in season! A little closer is Rogers Park, a little sandy beach on the river accompanied by a n adjacent riverfront restaurant. Or stay at the house and grill on the dock while you watch the local fish jump and see the manatees swim by. There is WiFi, a flat screen cable TV, DVD's and games for your at home entertainment. Whether you are looking to relax, find an adventure or a mixture of both, look no further, Mermaid Cove is the place to book your next vacation! Check out our other VRBO listings, just around the corner from Mermaid Cove... Captain's Quarters (VRBO# 892741) and Mermaid Landing (VRBO#892691)

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Jason and Andrea Soldini
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
3 December, 2016
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About Jason and Andrea Soldini

Jason and Andrea are lifelong Florida residents. They both grew up in South Florida in the 1970-80's and recall that Old Florida that seems to be disappearing. Both have a deep love for Florida and could not imagine living anywhere else. Jason and Andrea have been married since 1994 and have loved taking travel adventures for anniversaries and family trips. They love finding places to explore with character and beauty , packed with neat things to see and do and are affordable.

Jason and Andrea Soldini purchased this house in 2015

Why Jason and Andrea Soldini chose Florida Central Gulf Coast

In 2010, the family went on it's first Nature Coast adventure, tubing on the Ichetucknee River and scalloping in Steinhatchee. What a blast! In subsequent summers, the family explored Crystal River, Suwanee River, Homosassa Springs and finally Weeki Wachee Springs / Hernando Beach. Weeki Wachee was by far the favorite with its natural surroundlings, waterfront location, proximity to the river, gulf attractions, restaurants and shops. They returned the next year to the same vacation rental home. Since the previous years stay, a lot of thought had been given to purchasing a similar property in Weeki Wachee. Well, lo and behold...upon arrival the property across the canal was for sale and cried out for glorification!

What makes this house unique

Weeki Wachee River Retreats, where "Mermaid Cove" is located is loacted in the middle of State and National forest preserved lands. The gulf coast is only 10 minutes away, town with all the conveniences is only 10 minutes the other direction. Local attractions include kayaking, cycling, boating, fishing, scalloping and exploring. The entire Nature Coast has so many natural beauties to discover. Mermaid Cove sits right on the water. The Living areas and screen porch overlook the water. The dock offers a peaceful and relaxing place to sit. and watch mullet spring out of the water and manatees cruise by The water is lovely to swim in and the river is a very short paddle away . The river is navigable for small boats such as a pontoon, bowrider or fishing boat and is conveniently close to the gulf. The neighbors are wonderful and the vacationers are friendly. What better location could there be? This is the "Old Florida" that Jason and Andrea grew up in and have now rediscovered!


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

Mermaid Cove~ Weeki Wachee River Retreat (includes Kayaks/Canoes)
average rating of 4.5625 based on 16 reviews

Deceiving and not worth the money

  • 1 of 5

Pictures deceiving, grill broken, door broken, kayak had hole in it, yard not well taken care of, floor caving in in kitchen and tripped several times. Would not recommend this place to anyone or stay there again.. Letting the owner know and said or did nothing to improve our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The first thing I have to say is that I'm sorry you felt your experience was poor. A review like yours is not the norm as anyone can see from the 15 preceding reviews left over the last year. Most guests rave about the place, have a wonderful time and return. Just before your arrival, our cleaning person notified us about the door not opening very much because it was rubbing on the deck and she let us know that the kitchen floor had an area of floor that was warped. While you were there, you also called to tell me of these things but said they didn't affect your stay. These two items required some major work to be done which would have been an inconvenience to you if I had it done immediately during your stay. As soon as you checked out, we addressed these issues. The door now opens without any problem and the section of floor has been replaced. In addition, the gas grill has been disposed of, there is still a charcoal grill that is in great condition (which was there and available during your stay) and I have ordered a park style charcoal grill that will be installed in the near future. We replaced towels with new ones and even added a new kayak, although the "hole" you are referring to in the tandem kayak is a bolt hole that the kayak is manufactured with and is above the waterline so it has no effect on the use of the kayak and does not leak. The yard is maintained regularly by our landscape service.
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Not one detail was overlooked

  • 4 of 5

We had a fantastic stay at Mermaid Cove. The owners made sure that everything we needed (or could need) was thought of....even a citronella candle on the porch with a lighter sitting on top of it!!

The location was perfect...right on the water. The kayaks were a great plus! We had a lot of fun paddling around.

The only complaint we have is that the floor had some warping and the front door was difficult to open widely enough to bring our stuff in. But for us, this was a minor thing considering that we spent most of our time outside.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad to hear that you had a great time. Thank you for letting us know about the door and floor issue. We have had those repairs completed.
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Relaxing and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about it! The property is clean and comfortable. The screened in porch is the best place to hang out and relax. We loved kayaking and saw several manatees and an otter family. We will definitely return!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fourth of July trip with 3 teenage boys was AWESOME!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Mermaid Cove for 2 nights during the Fourth of July holiday. It was clean, neat and stocked with everything we needed. Our sons, ages 13, 16, and 19 were comfortable in the bedroom bunk beds and pull out living room sofa. We all loved how peaceful the location is and how beautiful. We went on two kayaking trips while we were there and both were amazing. We loved how close we were to everything and enjoyed the recommended local restaurant Becky Jack's. While at Mermaid Cove we were able to visit Weeki Wachee Springs and see the mermaid show and enjoy the water park. I would recommend Mermaid Cove to anyone who is wanting to get away from it all, but still have all the conveniences from home.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Frostproof, Florida


  • 5 of 5

The past 18 years my family has stayed on Weeki Wachee River. This year we were a little bummed that we had waited to late to book our normal house that was right on the main river. We booked Mermaid Cove instead and we were not sure if we were going to like being on the canal.

To our surprise, we LOVED it! The house was very clean, had a mermaid theme, and felt like home. We enjoyed kayaking, it's only a very short kayak trip to the main river. However, the majority of our stay we played in the clean & clear water right in front of the house! We didn't have to constantly worry about a boat coming by and the kids didn't have to constantly get out of the water. Manatees came by every day with the exception of 1!

We plan on booking Mermaid Cove again next year! It's our new WWR home away from home!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect little vaca house!

  • 5 of 5

Nice, clean, exactly as described in listing. Easy access to river (and manatees!-we went canoeing one day and saw 3), state park, shopping, Pine Island, and an easy drive to several other destinations (if you are traveling with your dog, the little over an hour drive to the dog beach at Honeymoon Island is well worth it!). We loved just sitting on the deck by the water watching the birds and fish, my dog and daughter enjoyed chasing the lizards, and the screened porch was the perfect place to eat breakfast. Master bed was SOOOOOO comfy, I wanted to pack it and bring it home with me (I didn't sleep on the other one, so I have no idea about it). Street was not busy, making dog-walking very easy even though there was not a sidewalk, and small gated area of yard was handy for letting her out when she wanted to go and we did not. Easy check in/check out instructions. Planning to return when we have more time and stay longer!!!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
56 Miles
TPA- Tampa Int'l Airport
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Pine Island Beach
Car: recommended

Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Weeki Wachee, Florida Central Gulf Coast

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2 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £158
Cleaning £47 + Tax
Pet Fee £79 + Tax
Tax Rate 11.5%

Refund Policy: Full refund until 30 days prior to arrival. 50% Refund up until 1 week prior to arrival.
Damage deposit is refundable and will be returned 7 days after check out provided no damage is reported or a $59 non-refundable damage policy may be requested instead.
Check in after 3:00 PM and check out by 10:00 AM

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Weeki Wachee in Florida

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - twin over full
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • Kayaking
  • swimming

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