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

Bedrooms 2
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 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

***Sorry, pets are NOT allowed***

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!

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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Cindy Thornsvard

In 1999, we purchased an RV in the RV park in Kitty Hawk. At the time we lived in Richmond, VA & enjoyed spending weekends at the Outer Banks. As our family grew with marriages & the birth of grandchildren we needed a larger place for everyone to visit. In 2006, we purchased a lot in Nags Head and built our second home. In the spring of 2007, we took occupancy of our new home. It became our families' favorite place to spend holidays & the summer! In 2011, we sold our home in Northern VA and moved to Nags Head and became permanent residents. Living near the ocean is such a blessing. We work from our home office with a spectacular view. Life is good!!

Cindy Thornsvard purchased this cottage in 2011

Why Cindy Thornsvard chose Nags Head

I was contacted by a friend/realtor when this property went on the market to be sold. She knew of my love of decorating. She thought this was a project "right up my alley". My husband & I went to take of look at the cottage. I must admit that we were intrigued with the lot as it is larger than most others. The cottage was built in 1953 as a "fair weather" cottage primarily for fishermen.

Most realtors that had viewed the property thought is was deplorable & in need to demolition. As one realtor put it..."it's nothing but a tear down"!

I, on the other hand, walked through the front door and had a vision. Even though it was in need of repair & renovation I saw great potential. It was in pretty bad shape & needed some tender loving care.

The trend in vacation homes on the Outer Banks was to build them bigger & bigger. I felt as though there was a "niche market" for those looking for smaller cottages. It's rare to find a 2 bedroom cottage near the ocean.

We began renovation & remolding in the fall. My 1st renters arrived in the spring of 2012. I am very fortunate to welcome wonderful guests to The Tale of a Mermaid season after season.

What makes this cottage unique

My cottage is truly a little gem. It's cozy & comfortable. I take great pride in providing my guests with clean & well-appointed accommodations. The cottage is conveniently located in the town of Nags Head near restaurants, shops, grocery stores, recreation & entertainment.

The cottage has comfortable outdoor spaces to include the front porch with built-in benches, back deck to enjoy the afternoon sunshine & a screened porch to enjoy coffee and/or cocktails.

**the cottage is pet free & smoke free**


Nags Head Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 0
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
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
  • 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
  • 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 smoke free cottage: NO smoking & NO vaping !!! Sorry, NO pets!!!


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(78 traveler reviews)

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Circa 1953 beach cottage...this is 'old school' beach at it's best!
average rating of 4.8974357 based on 78 reviews

Clean, Cute, Quaint, and Great location!

  • 5 of 5

We shared the cottage with another couple. The cottage was clean and small but just perfect. The screened in porch was a nice place to relax with coffee in the morning or the rainy days. We all loved the outdoor shower! About a 5 min walk to the beach.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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What a great vacation!

  • 5 of 5

Our vacation stay at this lovely little cottage was awesome! No detail was over looked. The location to the beach and the pier was great! Looking forward to another stay at this gem!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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This cottage was a gem! It was so clean and had everything we could need!!!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was right at the Nags Head Pier and we got to see the fireworks over the water!!! Breathtaking and a gave us a memory of a lifetime!!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the cottage! Quiet and well equipped. Close to beach, restaurants and running path!

  • 5 of 5

Loved this working vacation in this nice, cozy cottage. I was able to run each morning on the path right in front of the house while husband took his walk. Washer-Dryer, kitchen and bath were first rate. Nags Head Pier is a PERFECT lunch spot. Will definitely try to return in the fall!

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

Adorable cottage, clean and comfortable. Definitely stay here again if we return to Nags Head!

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage by the sea!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed over Memorial Day weekend, and had the best time! This charming cottage could not have been more perfect! It was super clean, the decor was darling and the side porch just topped it off!

We will most definitely be back!

  • Submitted: May 29, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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