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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

With a romantic history that matches its arts and crafts architecture, Erehwon Retreat Cottage welcomes you to enjoy a quiet and secluded getaway in Tampa.

This hidden gem started out life as a Model T garage and through the years has been everything from a mother-in-law cottage during the Depression to modern-day full-time living quarters. Like your own personal dollhouse, the cottage is nestled under an old growth canopy with an adorable, welcoming front porch adorned with rockers, perfect for watching the world go by.

In 2010, the cottage underwent major renovations, transforming it into a tranquil and cozy place to relax and unwind. From the minute you step inside the front door, you won’t stop “oohing” and “ahhing” over all the arts and crafts touches.

Head into the bead board living room for some down time, where you can kick back on the couch in front of the TV. The cottage’s DVD collection rivals a video rental store, catering to all movie night tastes! If you prefer quieter entertainment, curl up in the leather chair with a good book or one of the many American Bungalow magazines found around the cottage. Or truly unwind and soothe any weary muscles with a Swedish massage; we have a massage therapist that makes house calls for our guests.

When it comes time for some sustenance, the comfy kitchen includes everything you’ll need to cook up breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. When you raid the fridge for snacks you won’t go hungry; we stocked it with fresh Florida orange juice, milk, coffee and plenty of condiments and cooking necessities.

We are also members of Shipt.com, so if you need food items beyond what we stock, send us a list. We'll do the shopping and Shipt.com will deliver same day!

As the sun sets and the weather cools, head out to the deck, shared with the adjacent bungalow, and enjoy time with new friends and the property cat, Thomas!

At bedtime, head to the back of the cottage where you'll find the bedroom complete with arts and craft décor, queen bed and luxury bedding; all you need a restful night’s sleep. On your way to bed, stop by the hallway storage closet and wrap yourself in a fluffy white robe and matching slippers. Even the bathroom oozes charm with pedestal sink, walk-in shower, luxury towels, custom-made tea olive soap and high-end bath products.

Part of the Old Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, our cottage is conveniently located close to numerous shops, attractions and restaurants. Part of the National and State Register of Historic Places, the neighborhood started out as cattle grazing land and citrus groves, but by 1920'a grew into Tampa’s first suburb.

From the minute you arrive, the charm of Erehwon Retreat Cottage invites you to come in and stay awhile. Everything about our cottage--from the historic décor to the secluded setting to the smallest details--welcomes you home.
Erehwon Retreat is licensed under the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation/Division of Hotels and Restaurants and registered with the Florida Department of Revenue and City of Tampa Business Tax Division.

Pack Light: We have a coffee bean grinder, French Press pot in the event you don't want to take a four block walk to Starbucks. Pur water filter at kitchen sink and check out the sundries page on ErehwonRetreat branded website for all that comes with the cottage (see Sundries) or things folks love about the area (see Location). You'll find everything from spices to maple syrup, toaster, pots and pans and pot holders, plus orange juice, half and half cream, milk and cereal to get you started, Publix is just a four blocks away for grocery needs, housekeeping every third day and a massage therapist who comes to the cottage.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 408 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

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  • A fabulous night’s rest on our Queen sized bed with plush-top mattress. Your bed linens are sumptuous to the touch, and topped with the casual elegance of our feather duvet cover with whisper-soft hypoallergenic polyester filament and sewn all the way through to prevent bunching. Fresh linens and lite cleaning every 3rd. day, include 1 bath sheet. 1 hand towels and 1 wash cloth per quest plus dish towel. For extended stays we provide fresh bed linens weekly. The cottage is for up to 1 or 2 persons in one bed. Fire, Occupancy and Density Laws do not permit additional guests and health department does not permit use of Couch as additional sleeping....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Full 1: toilet, shower

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  • The cottage is served by a tank-less water heater. We hope you are prudent in use of fresh water, but it's always be hot. Fresh linens include 1 bath sheet. 1 hand towels and 1 washcloth per quest plus dish towel. Linens are changed every third day along with guests bed makeup and light clean. For extended stays we provide fresh bed linens weekly....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Greyhound Bus Terminal 3.3 miles Amtrak 4.3 miles Cruise ship terminals 4.64 miles Tampa Convention Center 6 miles Tampa International Airport 8 miles University of Tampa 4.85 miles USF 6.75 miles Gulf of Mexico Beaches 23-30 miles. Distance and drive time for various Spring Training: New York Yankees, 4.8 miles, 9 mins. Toronto Blue Jays 20.5 miles, 40 mins. Philadelphia Phillies,22 miles, 35 mins. Pittsburgh Pirates, 50 miles, 55 mins. Baltimore Orioles, 65 miles, 1 hour. Houston Astros 74 miles, 1 hour 14 mins. Milwaukee Braves 80.2 miles 1 hour 20 mins. Bok Gardens 1 hour Orlando, Disney World, or Gainsville 1.5 Cape Canaveral and Key West High Speed Ferry 2 hours Naples 2:30 Jacksonville 3:15 Miami 4 hours Pensacola 6:45...moreless

Theme

  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Bay/Sound
  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Coin Laundry
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Library
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Gambling Casinos
  • Miniature Golf
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    You will be staying in Tampa's first suburb developed between 1911-1929. Downtown Tampa 3 m, 5 m Tampa Convention Center. University of Tampa 4 m. Tampa General Hospital 5 miles. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Roller Blading
  • Surf Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Water Tubing

Dining

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 3 people
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Cancellation Special
Sep 18 - Oct 10, 2016
3 night min stay
$59 $62
Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
$413
HIGH SEASON
Dec 11 - Feb 25, 2017
7 night min stay

$532

Changeover Day: Sunday

PEAK SEASON 2017
Feb 26 - Apr 29, 2017
7 night min stay

$600

Changeover Day: Sunday

My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$66 $69
Thu, Fri, Sat
$459

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Cleaning $84 + tax
  • Tax Rate 12%

Notes:

HIGH & PEAK SEASON - SUNDAY TO SUNDAY - MINIMUM 7 nights, MAXIMUM 14 nights NO: PETS, SMOKING, RENTALS to anyone under the age of 26 years requires extensive discussion with Proprietor. COTTAGE SLEEPS 2 in ONE QUEEN SIZED BED. Fire & Occupancy Laws & Historic District Density restriction 2 persons per bedroom. Rates shall be adjusted if number in party exceeds that listed in Confirmation.


Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.


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Location

7 Miles
Nearest Airport
Tampa International Airport
0.25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
The Independent
3.5 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrack, Union Station
0.25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I - 274 x 48B
0.12 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Front Porch Bar & Grill
23 Miles
Nearest Beach
Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin, FL

Car: Not Necessary

Tampa is one of the premier cruise port destinations in the South. Erehwon Retreat is less than 5 miles from the Port of Tampa and we coordinate our two properties to ship arrival and departures schedules. Our cottage turnover day is Sunday coordinated with the Carnival Cruise Lines Legend, Holland American's Ryndam, and Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Dawn. Mondays are turnover day for the Bungalow coordinated for Carnival Cruise Line’s Paradise and Caribbean Cruise Line’s Brillance of the Seas. This coordination allows passengers to take more time sightseeing, and taking in the cultural fair of the city of Tampa.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: Guests consistently describe in their property reviews the number of excellent recommendations he provided during their visit. My commitment to service and unique experiences comes from his life and career. Following service in the US Navy, your host enjoyed a management and fundraising career in the performing arts including landmark organizations The Guthrie Theatre, The New York City Center Joffrey Ballet, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cincinnati Ballet Company and DanceAspen. He continues to serve in capacities of management and fundraising consulting and his persistence in getting things done is legendary. This combination of management and the arts made him curious about history and people and comfortable with the ambiguity of new. He's been a sailor since turning a teenager, and armed with his Naval service as a navigator he and his family spent a year sailing all of the Great Lakes and the route of Columbus 500 years later. He is also like concierges around the world, he knows the ins and outs of traveling. If you were to examine his various passports he's traveled to Iceland, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belarus, Bulgaria, Greece (Crete, Rhodes, Hydra), Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Cuba. Since reaching semi-retirement, he has hiked in over 100 Florida State or County parks and preserves. With his eclectic worldly and local Florida knowledge, he assures a unique experience.

Why the Owner Chose Old Seminole Heights, Tampa, FL, USA:
During my childhood our family lived in a Bungalow on S. Las Robles Ave in Pasadena, CA. Later we moved to an apartment building in New York City overlooking Central Park. My late mother reminded me that I always talked of the Bungalow and encouraged me to consider restoring one at some point in my life. Mothers always know best.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Erehwon Retreat is landscaped with native plants which have been growing in Florida for thousands of years without human intervention. We are committed to providing the natural food, shelter, and nesting plants of local wildlife. Visiting in fall and spring, you will see hundreds of birds, butterflies, and a wide variety of crucially important insect pollinators looking for our native plants for predictable sources of nectar, berries, insects and firm branches in which to hide their nests.


Contact us

Speaks: english, german, spanish, swedish

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Photos

  • Cottage living room 4-20-10

    Cottage living room 4-20-10

  • Looking from the living room into the kitchen/dinnette 4-20-2010

    Looking from the living room into the kitchen/dinnette 4-20-2010

  • Photo update of Kitchen 5-9-16

    Photo update of Kitchen 5-9-16

  • bath room, not shown, walk in shower, toilet, storage area and beach towels.

    bath room, not shown, walk in shower, toilet, storage area and beach towels.

  • Our beds grant hours of uninterrupted sleep. 4-20-10

    Our beds grant hours of uninterrupted sleep. 4-20-10

  • Lot's of artistic discoveries to be made  if you look around the property.

    Lot's of artistic discoveries to be made if you look around the property.

  • Chinese Hat fall/winter bloom, popular in the 1920's, seldom seen today.

    Chinese Hat fall/winter bloom, popular in the 1920's, seldom seen today.

  • ErehwonRetreat cottage with office to left.

    ErehwonRetreat cottage with office to left.

  • Begonia, Bamboo palms dress the front porch of the cottage

    Begonia, Bamboo palms dress the front porch of the cottage

  • Our FL native plant hammock which helps to introduce plants before your hike.

    Our FL native plant hammock which helps to introduce plants before your hike.

  • Cottage living room update 5-9-16

    Cottage living room update 5-9-16

  • Keeping the chinaware in tropical colors, one more sign of attention to detail.

    Keeping the chinaware in tropical colors, one more sign of attention to detail.

  • Bathroom shower Photo update 5-9-16

    Bathroom shower Photo update 5-9-16

  • Bedroom photo update 5-9-16

    Bedroom photo update 5-9-16

  • Photo update of cottage living room 5-9-16

    Photo update of cottage living room 5-9-16

  • We offer 2 free loads per week to guests. Shown laundry room 5-9-16

    We offer 2 free loads per week to guests. Shown laundry room 5-9-16

  • Kitchen photo 5-9-16, down hallway to bath on right and master bedroom

    Kitchen photo 5-9-16, down hallway to bath on right and master bedroom

  • Thomas our Assistant Concierge welcomes you home daily. He is not allowed inside

    Thomas our Assistant Concierge welcomes you home daily. He is not allowed inside

  • Rear Deck of Bungalow which is common shared space with cottage guests. 5-9-16

    Rear Deck of Bungalow which is common shared space with cottage guests. 5-9-16

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Monday, September 26, 2016

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