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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
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • children welcome


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!

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Cindy Thornsvard
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 2017

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 Outer Banks

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
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
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!!!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(64 traveler reviews)

Circa 1953 beach cottage...this is 'old school' beach at it's best!
average rating of 4.875 based on 64 reviews

It was decorated wonderfully and was very quaint and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was great! Everything was very comfortable and tidy, it was in a perfect location close to everything we wanted to do. Having the washer and dryer was a nice bonus! We will definitely be returning for another stay!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased that you like the cottage & enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your kind review. Please come for another stay!!!
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Weekend get away

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a wonderful 3 day weekend at Tale of a Mermaid. Loved the house and location. Contacted by the owner while there letting us know that the house was not being rented the day we were leaving and that we did not have to rush or worry about the check out time . I thought that was a very nice touch we would definitely rent this property again.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate your kind words. It was indeed my pleasure to have you as my guests. I take great pride in offering clean & comfortable accommodations. I hope to hear from you in the future regarding your return trip to the Tale of a Mermaid!
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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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Rates & Availability

Nags Head Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season
Oct 8 2016 - Mar 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Mid Season
Apr 1 2017 - May 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Value Season
May 6 2017 - Jun 2 2017
3 night minimum stay
Peak Season
Jun 3 2017 - Aug 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Value Season
Aug 26 2017 - Sep 1 2017
3 night minimum stay
Sep 2 2017 - Oct 6 2017
3 night minimum stay
Off Season
Oct 7 2017 - Dec 31 2017
3 night minimum stay

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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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.


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