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The Farmhouse at Country Retreat - has a NEW Homeaway listing #4758037

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Please see our NEW listing -


Dear visitor - thank you for your interest in Country Retreat.

Due to a change in our management we created a new Homeaway listing for the Cottage.

This (old) Homeaway listing you are looking at will expire soon.

Reservations and bookings are no longer possible on this old listing!!!

You will find the new listing using the following link:

Before you switch to the new listing - please take a look at the REVIEWS HERE - Thank you!!


Bloomingdale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
  • The downstairs bathroom also contains a washer and dryer for personal use of guests. The upstairs bath includes an antique clawfoot soaking tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - downstairs - 1 queen , with satellite TV
    Bedroom 2 - upstairs - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , queen & daybed, with satellite TV
    Bedroom 3 - Sitting room/Loft - 2 twin/ single , daybed/trundle
    Bedroom 4 - Loft - 1 double , full size
  • This spacious home is ideal for extended families or travelers who want to share a home. There are multiple wings, affording a great deal of privacy inside and out. One upstairs wing can be used as a private suite, with a huge bedroom with queen bed plus twin daybed, another sitting room/bedroom with twin daybed plus twin trundle and a shared bath with antique clawfoot tub. A loft with antique double bed is in another wing and can be used as a 4th bedroom. The downstairs bedroom comes equipped with a queen bed and is off the foyer, which can be used as a private sitting room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Country Retreat is a pet-friendly environment with fenced yard, dog run/kennel and tile floors throughout the first floor of the home. Smoking is permitted outdoors only, with a number of comfortable options - poolside, on the front porch and on the back deck.


Excellent! 4.5/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

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The Farmhouse at Country Retreat - has a NEW Homeaway listing #4758037
average rating of 4.542857 based on 35 reviews
Decatur, AL


  • 5 of 5

Our family vacation was a complete success, mainly because the house, pool and owners were outstanding. We plan to vacation there many times in the future. Because we were able to get the large home, we were able to have our four grandchildren and one nephew stay there with my husband and myself. We never wanted to leave. The children had room to play inside and out and there was never an issue about the noise because we had this great private wonderland. Horses to feed and pet were one of the highlights for the kids. I would recommend this Home Away to anyone that loves the outdoors, privacy and room to play. The house itself was terrific for me, I loved the Victorian appeal, the large kitchen counter and cooking area made a quick job of preparing and serving meals.Our family says THANKS to the friendly owners and we hope to see you again very soon. Janice, Gil, Justin, Daryl, Dara, Sydney, Destiny, Cari, Jeffrey, Spencer and Wendi (our Pomeranian).

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2010
  • Stayed: June 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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2 1/2 to 3 Stars (good, but needs interior painting/cleaning)

  • 3 of 5

We stayed for Christmas while visiting family who live in the area. We have four kids and a dog so a place like this was great for us. The location was great for us. The house is set back off the road and is beautiful on the outside. The inside was more run down and could use some deep cleaning. We did not mind the old furniture or the old house feel-it's sort of what you are there for; but we thought some fresh paint and deep cleaning would go a long way.

There was lots to love about the house besides the location. The owners had a Christmas tree up and the house was lit for Christmas. Really looked great. We had a HUGE basket of candy and cookies set out for us that was so nice. The house has games and books. The kitchen had what we needed. Lots of towels, etc. Very spacious and accommodated everyone in our family. Great areas to walk the dog. Owners worked with us on getting in the house early for check in and were great in every other phase. No complaints with owners at all; they are new and mentioned things they were working on as far as updates, etc. The price was good for what we needed, I am glad we were able to use the house. Mostly this place could greatly benefit from some painting and deep cleaning.

We think places like this are neat, but you never know what you're going to get until you show up. If you are not up for something new you should stay at a hotel. We would certainly look at renting this place again and wish the owners well with their efforts.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm glad your family enjoyed their stay, but our housekeeping staff of many years will be disappointed to hear that you feel that a deep cleaning is in order. They take great pride in their work and are always happy to see the many reviews for both of the homes at Country Retreat that make note of how clean they are. To clarify: I have owned and operated Country Retreat for many years. Our property manager, Claus and his wife Kathy are recent additions in the past year, but have been coming to Country Retreat as guests for more than a dozen years and bring immaculate German sensibilities to the task. Each new guest will find all bedding freshly laundered -- from mattress pads on up through the bedspread or quilts. Appliances are pulled from walls to clean behind them, fan blades, window sills and vents are all routinely cleaned during the thorough 10-hour process. One of our reviewers once noted "You can eat off the floors." All of this was done under intense pressure to accommodate your last-minute request for an early arrival. If you found something lacking, I wish you had said something and it would have been remedied. When there is ample time between guests, curtains are taken down and laundered, a/c vents are cleaned and we have a window company that comes out regularly to clean windows and tracks, inside and out. The exterior of both homes was painted last spring and Claus has been painting interior rooms in both homes as time permits. Most of the furniture IS old -- at least 100 years or more. In addition to the many antiques that fill the farmhouse, the family room has a brand new suite of furniture, including recliners for everyone, new entertainment centers for two of the three new flat screen TVs and new throw rugs. I do appreciate your noting the time and effort that went into decorating the home for your family's Christmas, and the hospitality basket for you and the kids. I wish I could say we would try to do better next time, but we do our very best every time and hope that if anything doesn't meet your satisfaction we would hear about it sooner rather than later. We take pride in exceeding our guests' expectations and look forward to an opportunity to do so on your next visit.
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Cute and Quaint

  • 3 of 5

Cute place but light fixtures had fewer bulbs that required and not enough wattage which made place too dim.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were pleased to host your out-of-town wedding guests and only wish you had mentioned your issues with the lighting when you arrived as that was easily resolved. Our fixtures all have the required number of bulbs and more than ample wattage, which is why many guests loosen the bulbs in their sockets to dim the ambient light. We would have gladly resolved this for you, or directed you to the kitchen drawer filled with light bulbs that we make available to our guests in case a bulb burns out while they are in residence. We do hope that your family and friends enjoyed their stay.
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Perfect fit for our special family get together!

  • 4 of 5

We came down to the Brandon area to attend our youngest daughter's wedding at Casa Lantana, Brandon, FL. The venue was very easy to get to and only about 10-15 minutes away.

When we arrived, the home was so inviting with all of the festive decor on the front porch and throughout the home! This lovely home was a perfect fit for our family of six, one of which was a three year old. The owner and caretaker were very accommodating to all of our requests while staying at the Country Retreat. We hosted a family dinner for 12, we had a private pre-wedding Zumba class for about 14 people in the driveway and we were able to host a drop by brunch at the house the day after the wedding. Everyone had a wonderful time and the large, very well stocked kitchen, helped to make it easy in hosting all of these events. And at the any point during the day, you could sit at the many outdoor seating areas and enjoy the beautiful, huge, Spanish Moss draped oaks and watch the horses in the fields behind the house. All and all, our stay was wonderful and the Country Retreat was the perfect place for our family to all be together and enjoy a very special wedding day!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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great place

  • 5 of 5

beautiful and relaxing, in town but secluded and private

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome house that was great for a family of four and pets.

  • 5 of 5

Jan made the arrangements and was helpful with reservations and very accommodating. Jan was very responsive and worked with Claus and his wife in opening up the house when I locked the door and forgot the key. Pool was wonderful and location is close enough to downtown Tampa. Only small comment was covered casserole pan, a hair dryer (we left one we bought), and some games (we left some game cards). These are just st minor items as the house and stay was wonderful. Great value that added to the wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property Manager

Claus Eberhardt
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 3, 2018


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
River Hills, Buckhorn, Bloomingdale
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Downtown Tampa
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Bloomingdale Ave. and Lithia-Pinecrest Rd.
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
St. Petersburg/Clearwater/Ft. DeSoto/PassaGrille
Car: recommended

Valrico is a rural suburb east of Tampa, part of the greater Brandon area. It's located mid-way between Tampa and Plant City, the world's winter strawberry capital and home to the Florida Strawberry Festival. Downtown Plant City also hosts a bustling antique district with great eateries and tea rooms. Valrico is also 20 minutes from the Hard Rock Casino and the Florida State Fairgrounds, where expos, equestrian competitions and other activities are held year round. Drive 20 minutes west to Tampa, and you'll find The Florida Aquarium, the University of Tampa, historic Ybor City, the museums of downtown Tampa, plus the St. Pete Times Forum, which hosts everything from hockey to concerts. Tampa is also home to the University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center and Busch Gardens. Drive another 25 minutes west and you'll find some of the nation's top-rated beaches - the award-winning Ft. DeSoto beach & fishing pier, and historic PassaGrille home to the famous Hurricane restaurant.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Dear visitor - thank you for your interest in Country Retreat.

Due to a change in our management we created a new Homeaway listing for the Cottage.
This (old) Homeaway listing you are looking at will expire soon.

Reservations and bookings are no longer possible on this old listing!!!

You will find the new listing using the following link:

Before you switch to the new listing - please take a look at the REVIEWS HERE - Thank you!!

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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