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Circa 1953 beach cottage...this is 'old school' beach at it's best!

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 7 nights

About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 full bath, sleeps 4 (Linens are NOT provided)

The Tale of A Mermaid is located on Beach Road in Nags Head across from the Nags Head Fishing Pier with great beach access. Completely renovated and remodeled in 2012. Amenities include: HVAC, cable TV, WiFi, fully equipped kitchen, front porch, screened porch, back deck, outdoor shower w/ hot & cold water, washer & dryer, charcoal grill, picnic table & outside seating.

Please note: Linens are NOT provided. You will need to bring or rent your sheets, pillowcases & towels.

***You will need to provide your paper products: paper towels & toilet tissue***

Address: 3404 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959

Tale Of A Mermaid is centrally located. Steps from the ocean, walking distance to fishing pier, restaurants & bars, seafood market, souvenier shop, flower shop and more. A short walk to Jockey's Ridge State Park...watching the sunset from atop this amazing sand dune is a must!

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Cindy Thornsvard
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2017


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(62 traveler reviews)

Circa 1953 beach cottage...this is 'old school' beach at it's best!
average rating of 4.870968 based on 62 reviews

Great Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Once again, a great stay. We love the decor and feel!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your kind review is greatly appreciated! It's guests like you who make it all worthwhile. I get excited each time I see your request to re-book. I take great pride in offering clean & comfortable accommodations to my guests. It's doesn't hurt that this charming 1953 "old school" beach cottage oozes with charm! Looking forward to your next visit.
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ever so delightful

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have been happier with this cottage. Perfect location, near all our favorite things like Tortugas Lie restaurant, our first-night go-to restaurant, or the easy access to the beach from multiple accesses with parking and porta potties. Near the excellent Kill Devil Grille, too. Only a few miles from the Tanger Outlets, and near the Seagreen Gallery, a unique gallery specializing in repurposed beach materials. Close to a lot of other shopping options and restaurants. The cottage itself was wonderful. Our hostess really did a great job with updating what had been a pretty basic cottage, at least based on the pictures in the album provided. Everything was very clean, a very important element to us. The cottage was pretty, well-appointed, comfortable. We were encouraged to contact Cindy if anything needed repair, for example, a light was burned out at the backdoor and she came and replaced it. It's small but perfect for two people. Just what we look for in a cottage. Even a small stool was provided to stand on to reach the charming bowl sink in the bathroom. An outdoor shower made cleaning up from the beach easy. The screened porch is nicely located as to catch the sea breezes and made a great place for late afternoon cocktails. We like to eat some meals in and the kitchen provided all that we needed to do that. Wifi is provided, also a must for us, and a very nice TV that was easy to use came with the place. We were super pleased. Absolutely no complaints! Highly recommend this place. We shall return! Thanks, Cindy!

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful Home

  • 4 of 5

The decor was beautiful! We loved hanging out on the screened in porch and watching people go by and listening to the ocean. The beds are full size beds which take some getting use to for two adults. We enjoyed our stay and would rent again.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very homey, clean beach house!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we saw the house it was perfect! It is in a great location and super easy to get to! It is really close to one of the nicest and cleanest beaches I have been to, it is also really close to come great local restaurants! The house itself was spotless and so cute! My husband and I and our 2 friends fit perfectly in the home without being on top of each other! Cindy was so wonderful about asking if we needed anything and being a great host! This is somewhere I know I will stay again! I'm already planning my next trip! Thank you so much for the amazing stay! ❤️❤️

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Located across from the beach and Nags Head Pier, this cottage is exactly as described and even better in person. It is clean, well appointed and beautifully decorated a comfy place for a little rest and relaxation. My personal favorite was the screened in porch with a good book. We would recommend this property to anyone and plan on returning next season for our 3rd stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Right out of a novel!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage met our expectations in every way! Perfect little beach getaway for our small family of 3. The home was clean and orderly and the decor is the prettiest I've seen in any beach rental. The cottage look and feel is just like one that's right out of a novel. The screened porch is the perfect spot for morning coffee and for drinks and relaxing in the evening. Overall it was a great stay and we couldn't have been more pleased. We'll be back for a 3rd year in 2017!

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at The Tale of A Mermaid! I take pride in offering a clean & comfortable cottage just steps away from the ocean. Thank you for your kind review. I look forward to having you as my guests in the future.
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Nearest Airport
85 Miles
Norfolk International Airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Lucky 12 Tavern
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nags Head Links
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Nags Head Pier House Restaurant
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Nags Head
Car: necessary

Conveniently located just 200 yards from the beach and restaurants. Shopping, churches and amusements readily accessible.


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 12.75%

* 50% deposit needed to reserve requested dates. Remaining balance due 30 days prior to arrival.

*CSA Travel Protection Policy is required at the rate of $49. This Property Damage Protection is to safeguard my Vacation Rental from damage and/or loss.

*Rates do not include occupancy tax required in the State of North Carolina of 12.75%.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Nags Head Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Towels are NOT provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Linens are NOT provided!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Linens are NOT provided!
  • Sheets and pillowcases are NOT provided. Pack 'n play for infants/toddlers
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Check-in: 4pm Check-out: 10am This is a NO smoking cottage!!! Sorry, no pets.

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