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Classic Nags Head style cottage...all new in 2015!

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 1,510 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths w/ pool. Handicap accessibility with 2 ramps.

The Mermaid's Pillow was featured in the Fall 2015 edition of My Outer Banks Home. I was contacted regarding an article titled "Downsizing with Charm". We are fortunate enough to be giving the center fold. Also, my cottage was showcased in the annual "Parade of Homes" sponsored by the Outer Banks Homebuilders Association. We are pleased to announce that we were awarded the "Builders Excellence Award" by judges & with over 900 visitors through the cottage we were voted "People's Choice Award".

Cottage boasts classic Nags Head style with modern amenities. Color tvs, cable, internet & docking station. Fully appointed kitchen with electric range, microwave, refrigerator & dishwasher. Washer/dryer. Handicap accessible master bedroom & bath feature large roll-in shower and double vanity with roll-under feature for wheelchairs. Upstairs has 2 bedrooms and 1 bath with double vanities. Ramps front & back making for easy access. Private in-ground pool in fenced backyard. Cornhole boards are provided.

***Linens are NOT provided. You will need to bring sheets & towels***

***Paper products are NOT provided. You will need paper towels & toilet tissue***


More Details

Cindy Thornsvard
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2018

About Cindy Thornsvard

We have owned a 2nd home on the Outer Banks since 1999. As our children married & our family grew we found it necessary for a larger vacation home. In 2006 we built our new home in Nags Head and have been full time residents for almost 4 years.

Cindy Thornsvard purchased this cottage in 2014

Why Cindy Thornsvard chose Nags Head

Since building our home we have a new son-in-law who is a quadriplegic. Our home is not accessible and their visits required staying in hotel. We decided to build a handicap accessible beach cottage for the use of our family & to put in a rental program. Our belief is that there are many families and/or individuals who will benefit from such a cottage. Whether is be a wheelchair, walker, cane or artificial limb. Although it is totally handicap accessible it is also the perfect cottage for those without disabilities.

What makes this cottage unique

Unique, cozy, affordable & conveniently located. Beach access is a short walking distance away with ramp leading to viewing platform. Open floor plan on ground level with master bedroom/bathroom. Covered porches front & back. Rear ramp make for easy access to pool deck & backyard. Plenty of parking.


Nags Head Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1510 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - Half bath features pedestal sink & toilet.
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Features double vanity.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Master bath is handicap accessible with roll-in shower.
  • Master bath with double vanity (one vanity is roll-under), roll-in shower & toilet. **Towels are NOT included**
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Wall mounted TV
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master bedroom is handicap accessible. Wall mounted TV
    Bedroom 3 - 4 twin/ single , 4 twin built-in beds. Wall mounted TV. Pack 'n play.
  • Master bedroom and bathroom are handicap accessible. **Linens are NOT included**
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Please note: linens are NOT included. Guests need to bring sheets, pillowcases & towels. Check-in is 4pm. Check-out is 10am. Sorry...NO pets! This is a SMOKE FREE cottage.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(59 traveler reviews)

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Classic Nags Head style cottage...all new in 2015!
average rating of 4.915254 based on 59 reviews

Awesome Beach Home

  • 5 of 5

The Mermaids Pillow was a PERFECT home for our family. A lot of thought was put into the layout/design of the home - from the 1st floor master, to the awesome pool and deck area to the user friendly kitchen & island area.....we loved it! The upstairs bunk room was also a hit with the little ones (and it was a hit with parents too!)

We loved being so close to a beach access point - especially one with a ramp as it made it easier for us to carry our belonging to the beach.

Awesome Beach Home - already looking forward to our next stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: THANK YOU...THANK YOU !!! It was a pleasure having you as my guests & I am looking forward to your return visit.
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Beautifully decorated and the owners are very accommodating!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing salt water pool out back. Handicapped accessibility great! Pictures do not convey how roomy this cottage is! We enjoyed every minute!

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Impeccably clean and beautiful!!!

  • 5 of 5

This house is in a perfect location and it’s a skip to beach!! It’s our second time renting from this owner and we have had nothing but perfect vacations!! As we drive home we are already looking forward to coming back next year...

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The property was perfect!!!! Super clean, bright, beautifully decorated and functional!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience at this property! It truly was perfect for our needs. A super close walk to two public beach access areas, one with steps and one handicapped accessible which made getting a stroller to the beach a breeze. The house was very well taken care of and fit all our needs. The bright, beach decorated house made for the perfect setting for our beach vacation. The pool was great for another option to swim other than the ocean. The open floor plan have us all the room we needed! We loved our stay here and would stay there again in a second!!! We highly recommend this property to the perfect Nags Head vacation!!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Incredible home, amnenities and location!

  • 5 of 5

We came to nags head with our family of five plus my inlaws. The house was perfect for our needs and wonderfully maintained. We would love to come back next year.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolute Perfection!

  • 5 of 5

This amazing cottage is a life-changer for my family. My dad is in a power wheelchair and needs a truly functional handicapped accessible space. This cottage is all that and more! This is the first time in over 6 years that my parents have been able to spend the night away from their home. The layout and accessibility of this cottage are absolute perfection. In addition, the location is great and the decor is gorgeous. Cindy was so very kind and accommodating during the rental process and even texted to make sure everything was okay for my dad when we got there. Our family is beyond grateful to have found this treasure and can't wait to visit again soon!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you..thank you!!! Your review warms my heart. Our son-in-law who is a quadriplegic was the inspiration for building the cottage. I am pleased that The Mermaid's Pillow was just what your Dad needed to make his trip to the Outer Banks possible. Our home is nearby & I witnessed the family enjoying time together around the pool. It's moments like this that I will always treasure. I look forward to having you as my guests in the future. All the best, Cindy
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Norfolk International Airport (ORF)
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Tortuga's Lie
Nearest Ferry
50 Miles
Hatteras Island
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nags Head Links, The Point, The Carolina Club
Nearest Train
80 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Croatan Highway
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Tortuga's Lie
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Bladen Street Beach Access, Nags Head
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59

*Cleaning fee applies to stays less than 5 nights

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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