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The Farmhouse at Country Retreat - a charming, idyllic, pet-friendly oasis

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Idyllic Retreat with Pool, Gazebo, Wildlife. 3-4 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, Sleeps 6 (-8)

Charming, immaculate, pet-friendly poolside house on 2.5-acre estate shaded by grandfather oaks, minutes from FishHawk. Walk to restaurants or drive 15 minutes to golf, tennis, horseback riding, canoe rentals, hiking trails, state parks, wildlife preserves and some of the best mountain bike trails in the state.

Country Retreat is an oasis of tranquility central to all that Florida has to offer. 30 minutes from antique districts, outlet malls, Plant City, downtown Tampa and The Florida Aquarium. 45 minutes to Busch Gardens, less than an hour from Floridas famous beaches, 75 minutes from Orlando with Disney/Universal Studios/Seaworld and two hours from the East Coast with Daytona Beach and Cape Canaveral.

An ideal location to explore Central Florida from coast to coast and an inviting, secluded retreat at the end of the day. Wildlife abounds as horses graze in the adjacent pasture or owels nest in the Oak trees. A unique experience.

The Farmhouse is charmingly furnished and fully equipped, including clothes washer and dryer, hi-speed internet and three satellite TV.

GUESTS, PLEASE NOTE THAT HOMEAWAY'S NEW AUTOMATED QUOTE SYSTEM IS HIGHLY UNRELIABLE. PLEASE CONTACT OWNER DIRECTLY FOR AN ACCURATE QUOTE THAT MAY INCLUDE DISCOUNTS FOR EXTENDED STAY AND OTHER CONSIDERATIONS.

NIGHTLY RATES AVAILABLE WITH A 2-NIGHT MINIMUM IF OPEN DATES ARE AVAILABLE BETWEEN RESERVATIONS. CONTACT MANAGER FOR DETAILS.

More Details

Property Manager
Claus Eberhardt
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 17, 2017

Amenities

Bloomingdale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

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The Farmhouse at Country Retreat - a charming, idyllic, pet-friendly oasis
average rating of 4.5882354 based on 34 reviews
Decatur, AL
5

AWESOME FAMILY VACATION

  • 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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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
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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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5

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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5

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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Fantastic vacation home

  • 4 of 5

Very private and quiet location. Plenty of space to spread out and relax. Bathrooms are a bit tight, but it is an older home. Light switches are a bit tricky as well. Once you get use to the idiosyncrasies of the home, everything is great! Great place to stay if you have children or travel with animals! Plenty of exploring and room to run.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Kick's
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
Chili's
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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are seasonal, ranging from $800-$900 per week and $2500-2800 per month. Rates are for up to 6 people.
A $10 per person/per night fee for each additional person. Maximum occupancy: 8 people.
One-time cleaning fee $150
One-time pet fee $50 per pet (if applicable)
Refundable Damage Deposit $200

Rates include all utilities, plus high-speed Internet and satellite TV.
Fully furnished and equipped with linens, towels, dishes, cookware and all appliances, including clothes washer and dryer.

Optional interim light housecleaning service is available on request -- cleaning bathrooms, floors, change of linens --- $75.

Nightly rentals are available only if there are extra days of less than a complete week available between two existing reservations.
Stay 2 nights minimum, rate $150 each night.
Tax, cleaning fee and pet fee are not included in the nightly rate.

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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