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- Minimum stay:5-7 nights
- Property type:Cottage
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
1 Bedroom sleeps 2 in Queen Bed
This hidden gem is like your own personal dollhouse, the cottage is nestled under an old growth canopy with an adorable, welcoming front porch, perfect for watching the world go by.
In 2010, the cottage underwent major renovations, transforming it into a 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 1920 Arts and Craft 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.
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.
Member since: 2010
- 408 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 2
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, Beds for 2
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Botanical Garden
- Coin Laundry
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Recreation Center
- Theme Parks
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Massage Therapist
- Medical Services
- Bird Watching
- Gambling Casinos
- Miniature Golf
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Deepsea Fishing
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Roller Blading
- Surf Fishing
- Water Skiing
- Water Tubing
- Dining Area
- Seating for 3 people
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Mar 7 - Apr 30, 2017
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Friday
HIGH SEASON 2018
Dec 24 - Feb 24, 2018
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Sunday
PEAK SEASON 2018
Feb 25 - Apr 23, 2018
7 night min stay
Changeover Day: Sunday
My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
Fri, Sat, Sun
Additional information about rental rates
- Cleaning $84 + tax
- Refundable Damage Deposit $250
- Tax Rate 12%
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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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.
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 my life and career. Following a 45 year career in arts management serving such major cultural organizations as The Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis) , The New York City Center Joffrey Ballet, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cincinnati Ballet Company and DanceAspen and consulting with retirement I chose to continue a life of service thru offering two authentic to the 1920’s vacation properties in Tampa. I’ve been a sailor since turning a teenager. First sails were on the Toms River and Barnegat Bay and later the Conneticut River and Long Island Sound. During my military service in the US Navy service I was trained as a navigator which prepared me well for my family’s year long cruise of all of the Great Lakes, Eastern Seaboard and Bahamas Islands our Columbus 500 celebration. Like concierges around the world, I know the ins and outs of traveling. If you were to examine my various passports I’ve 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, I’ve hiked in over 100 Florida State or County parks and preserves.
Why the Owner Chose Old Seminole Heights, Tampa, FL, USA:
Just five years following the end of WW II, my and I family lived in a 1920’s Bungalow on Las Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA. Because this home design is part of my DNA, I developed a fascination with the period. In my adult years, my late father in law owned a 1923 Model T. Keeping to the period I restored a 1923 Crosby Wianno Senior, a knockabout sloop famous for the number of Kennedy family members who raced this class off of Hyannis, MA. So when it came to preparing for retirement, my now late mother reminded me that restoring a bungalow from the twenties, the decade that changed America, would be a wonderful post career project. I selected this home following extensive research on the early development of Tampa, the rush of tourism that began post WW I.
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.
Links to more information:
Photo update of cottage living room 5-9-16
Looking from the living room into the kitchen/dinnette 4-20-2010
Keeping the chinaware in tropical colors, one more sign of attention to detail.
Bathroom shower Photo update 5-9-16
REFRESH program included new Hotel grade hypoallergenic Queen bed 12/12/16
Photo taken 12/15/16
We offer 2 free loads per week to guests. Shown laundry room 5-9-16
Thomas our Assistant Concierge welcomes you home daily. He is not allowed inside
REFRESH repairs: new deck boards, hand rail, path and passive lighting 12/15/16
Florida native plants bring wildlife to your front door. Cottage far right.
"REFRESH" program included reupholstering our reading chair 12/1/16.
Kitchen photo 5-9-16, down hallway to bath on right and master bedroom
Photo update of Kitchen 5-9-16
bath room, not shown, walk in shower, toilet, storage area, beach towels 3/1/10
Begonia, Bamboo palms dress the front porch of the cottage
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.
Our FL native plant hammock which helps to introduce plants before your hike.
Off street parking for guests on E Henry Street
Looking S of ErehwonRetreat N Suwanee Ave. 12/15/16
This listing was first published here in 2010.
Date last modified - Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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