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Serene Mermaid Studio Suite

39 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday studio in Mexico Beach - The Mermaid Studio Suite

A Unique Suite Located On a Serene Pine Lined Property, Yet Close to the Beach.

Situated not unlike the Tranquil Mermaid cottage (my cottage #591810), this serene studio suite is surrounded by greenspace and quiet, yet only a short walk or bike ride to Mexico Beach's highway 98 and the beach. Attached to the main house, but with a private entrance, this suite is designed for a romantic or relaxing weekend getaway.

This large one room studio, with California king bed, has lots of windows with a view of pines and lawn. It has its own private entrance, private bath w/large closet and kitchenette, including microwave, coffee pot, small refrigerator. Guests have access to the main deck with large table, umbrella and chaise lounges, as well as a more private area with barbeque, lawn chaises, table and chairs. Decor is similar to the cottage in that it is done in peaceful shades of grey, white and neutrals. Wi-fi, Netflix and Amazon prime are included.

My dear dog Zoey and I stay in the main part of the house. But, while we love our guests, we respect your privacy. Other than seeing us coming or going or working in the yard, you probably won't hear us.

A smaller version of the cottage, this suite comes with the same 5-star commitment to hospitality, housekeeping and comfort. It would be my pleasure to host your stay.


More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

dana palmer
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 October, 2016

About dana palmer

I moved back to Mexico Beach after being gone for several years. I led a blessed life as a photographer, but wanted something new for the next phase of life. When I decided to experiment with my cottage and rent it out part time, much to my surprise and joy, it became booked rather quickly. When it was booked, I used to stay with friends, or sometimes in my Airstream, but realized that I needed something more permanent over summer. I struck a deal with a wonderful gentleman in Atlanta who owned a home 2 blocks over that was in desperate need of love and attention. I cosmetically rehabbed the house to put back on the market. In the process, I fell in love with it. I could hardly believe that anything could feel more peaceful, quiet and serene than the cottage (The Mermaid Cottage, VRBO #591810). But, I loved retreating here at the end of a long day.

Hence, the gentleman agreed to sell me the house so that I had a place to stay when the cottage was rented, and so I could set up my studio/office in a permanent space. But what really made the property perfect was that it had this huge master bedroom with a separate entrance off the back deck. And from there, the Mermaid Suite was born. I designed her to be a romantic getaway or peaceful, private short and sweet stay for any 1-2 people who love the beach but also appreciate green space and nature the way I do.

Zoey (my Catahula and I) stay in the main part of the house, and we just love the idea of having a little company from time to time. We love sharing our simple life at the beach. We look forward to having you stay with us. We will continue to add gardens and other little joys as time goes on.

It would be my pleasure to host your stay. dana (& Zoey)

dana palmer purchased this studio in 2015

Why dana palmer chose North West Florida

I personally love the balance of greenspace, quiet and a neighborhood, after a wonderful day in the sun. During peak season, I also love not being in the heart of all the coming and going and traffic we have on our highway. It is the best of both worlds. This little space is affordable, but still gives you taste of life at the cottage, without so much to care for. It is a little slice of serenity, for sure.

What makes this studio unique

I am an artist, so sometimes I am a mix of both a very outgoing personality, and also a person that enjoys serenity. Therefore, having a home that is so close to everything, and yet offers the peace of the birds singing, the wind thru the pines- is such a perfect blend. This space is a great little hideaway for one or two people who don't want to care for an entire cottage, like to be out and about during the day- and like to retreat to some privacy after a great dinner- maybe read a little, watch a movie, play cards, or sit and watch the stars.


based on 39 holidaymaker reviews

Serene Mermaid Studio Suite
average rating of 4.948718 based on 39 reviews

Pretty serene for the Merman, as well...

  • 5 of 5

Dana is a welcoming and knowledgeable host, and the studio is charming, comfortable, and convenient. We definitely plan to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mermaids Are Real.....

  • 5 of 5

If comfortable, peaceful, unique and delightfully charming is appealing to you, then look no further than the Mermaid Suite.

My husband and I wanted something different, off the beaten path, relaxing and private. We knew from the VRBO photos that the Mermaid Suite was all those things...so refreshingly different from the usual beach-themed rentals...this creative, artistically designed and decorated studio was beyond all expectations...no detail was left to chance, the Head Mermaid, Dana thought of everything. I mean everything!

And I'm certain Dana enlisted the help of her sidekick and resident Mermaid-dog, sweet Zoey.

From delicious, fresh-baked muffins, extremely comfortable king bed, bikes (we biked to breakfast each morning), beach chairs, beach towels, great kitchenette, plenty of readily available ice...to lip balm; Dana has thought of every detail make your stay comfortable...and pampered. My husband, a big guy's-guy, loved the room as well, he's still talking about it! There was more than ample space for the two of us with room to spare.

The beach is a very short bike ride away, the location of the suite is quite, peaceful, and tranquil.

Another delightful discovery once we moved in to the suite was a large bathroom with great lighting/mirrors/vanity/and roomy closet. A small consideration to some perhaps but for the ladies, especially those preparing for a special dress-occasion (a lovely wedding), it was greatly appreciated.

Since we had evening gatherings to attend as well, it was so lovely to discover upon our return, the walk to our private and very safe entrance was well-lit with wonderfully effective soft lighting...mermaid lights!

Dana herself was so warm, welcoming and a pleasure to work with from beginning to end.

I cannot recommend the Mermaid Suite highly enough...I'd give the Mermaid Suite 10 stars if that were an option...but since it's not; I give the Mermaid Suite 5 glowing stars and 5 mermaid tails!

Amazing, whimsical, everything you could possibly want or need for a memorable, magical stay...book the Mermaid Suite for a lasting memory...and become an official mermaid!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Julie, This is so beautifully written, that I want to copy it and make a MERMAID book! Thank you for taking the time write in detail so much about your stay. I so loved meeting you both, and had you not had other places to be and other things to do, with lots of other folks...I would have absolutely loved spending even more time getting to know you better. You are a wonderful, wonderful couple. Thank you again...I sure hope there will be another opportunity to host a stay! dana
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Lovely Welcoming Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

Dana welcomed us like we were family. She provided a warm welcome with a sign that said Welcome to the beach!! With my name!! Her studio was warm welcoming and very comfortable. If you are looking for a place to relax this is your place!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much... : ) ! dana
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Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Mexico Beach was wonderful. We're so glad we visited the Florida gulf and stayed at the mermaid studio. The studio was clean and comfortable. It's quiet and peaceful. It felt like home when returning there from a beautiful day at the beach! Dana's recommendations for places to eat and visit were right on (LOVED Joe Mama's and Pepper's). Dana is thoughtful, warm and welcoming. She has a gift for hospitality! If you're thinking about making the trip to the Florida gulf, look no further for a place to stay!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tiffany...thank you...for this and for EVERYTHING! I adored meeting you both, hosting your stay, learning so much from you both about life, health. I am grateful and would so love to see you again soon... ! dana
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Nice cottage with close access to tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Dana was a very genuine person...don't see that much any more these days. The room was nice and clean, perfect for what we needed. There is a grill so instead of eating out we just cooked and hung the back porch in the evenings. There are beach cruiser bikes available that we rode to the beach. For us it was a much needed getaway and the seclusion was unmatched.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michael, thank you so much! I loved hosting your stay- you both inspired me with your beautiful healthy lifestyle, and incorporating the grill into your meals. Thank you for the frying pan! : ) I will look forward to next time...dana
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Wonderful, well-maintained, accessible, pleasant

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed ourselves while at Dana's lovely Mermaid Studio. We came to Mexico Beach for a week for rest and relaxation and were able to enjoy our stay to the fullest extent. Dana was pleasant and accommodating as can be, we also enjoyed talking with Dana immensely!. Although we were partially rained our during our stay, the beach time was still wonderful and we couldn't have asked for more. If we are ever in the area again, you can bet that we will try our best to get back to the Mermaid Studio. This place is a wonderful home away from home!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mark, thank you so much for this beautiful review ! I hate when my guests have to experience rain during their stay, as much as we have needed it to keep everything green. I look forward to having you back again soon for sun sun sun... ! : ) dana
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Killer Seafood
Joe Mama's Wood Fired Pizza
Thirsty Goat Lounge
Caribbean Coffee LLC
Frost's Pottery Garden
Tamara's Cafe Floridita
Nearest Airport
48 Miles
Panama City Beach
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Port St Joe/Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Mexico Beach
Car: recommended

Mexico beach is such a wonderful location- even in peak season the crowds are so minimal to other beach towns. And yet, within just a short drive there are other coastal towns all with completely different flavors. While we have our own restaurants, etc., the next town down, port st. Joe has a wonderful selection. It's downtown is quaint and all the shops are owned by locals. You can journey out to Cape San Blas for horseback riding on the beach, bike riding on their path, or a day on their beautiful beach. The state park is wonderful. Travel a little further and you reach Apalachicola- an old fishing village that now also has wonderful galleries, shops, restaurants, and is famous for their oysters and shrimp. Mexico beach is the perfect place to retreat and not have to do anything else but relax, and yet for those who want to venture out, there is plenty within an hour.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday studio in Mexico Beach, North West Florida

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
2016 Seasonal
1 Apr 2016 - 31 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
2016-17 Standard
1 Nov 2016 - 28 Feb 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
2017 Seasonal
1 Mar 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £62 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £41
Tax Rate 11.5%

I absolutely want my guests to feel at home...to access all areas of the property as it calls to you. Because this property is part of a private residence, located on a quiet, dead end street, I simply ask that guests be courteous to neighbors in terms of parking in designated areas, and respectful of their privacy. Mexico Beach has wildlife to include fox, racoon, bear and deer and more. This property has large areas of greenspace, so while rarely seen, I always like to remind guests that we do have a population of critters, and are respectful to them as well. PLEASE RESPECT and HONOR that this is a NON-SMOKING property both inside and out. Thank you. dana

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday studio in Mexico Beach in Florida

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Nice sized bath with large closet, one sink, storage, medicine cabinet, shower and bath. Window with view of pines and natural light.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Cozy, peaceful and decorated in cottage style soothing greys, whites and neutrals. Large one room studio with King Size bed, lamps on either side. COMFY sofa, eating table/desk with lamp, large dresser, television with OnDemand. Nice sized bath with tub and shower with large closet. Small kitchenette area with microwave, coffee pot, ice bucket, small refrigerator. 3 windows with views of pines and a window in bath with same.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • 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
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
I am so in love with the grounds and green space here. In the afternoons when a breeze comes up, it blows thru the pines and into our back yard. You can hear the muffled sounds of the beach and boating, but not the traffic. As with the mermaid cottage (my cottage #591810), I am dedicated to the same 5-star hospitality, housekeeping and comfort of my guests. dana

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