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Gorgeous 1923 Old Seminole Heights Bungalow: Hark Back to a Simpler Time

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Last updated: 03/26/2017
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  • Minimum stay:5-7 nights
  • Sleeps:6
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Bungalow
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. sleeps 6

As you sit on the front porch of the Erehwon Retreat, you’re transported to years gone by, when life was simpler and time moved slower. Close your eyes as you sit on the expansive wrap-around porch with eaves and you can almost hear the whir of the motor of a Model T rambling down the road or the neighbor stopping by for a chat. In the 1920s, the bungalow was in its heyday and our home harkens back to those glory days.

From the minute you walk in the front door, you’ll notice each room has been lovingly restored, with touches from the arts and crafts era like arches, columns and original pendant lights. The built-in bookshelves, next to the massive fireplace, contain all the Harvard Classics and the complete works of Shakespeare for your reading pleasure.

Even with all nostalgic features, you’ll still get modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi, washer and dryer, dishwasher, off-street parking and light housekeeping every third day.

When it comes time to eat, head to the gorgeous and well-stocked kitchen where you’ll always find all the basics for a quick snack or gourmet meal. We stock the pantry and fridge with cereal, pancake mix, real maple syrup, spices, butter, milk, Florida OJ, tea, coffee and more.

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!

The thoughtful touches continue into the bathroom, where you’ll find towel warmers and luxurious custom-made Erewhon Retreat tea olive soap, made right from the plants found around the home.

At night, lay your head down on the plush mattresses and fall asleep on luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets. Choose from either of the queen bedrooms, one with ensuite that includes a tub and shower. There is a second, large master bath, also with tub and shower.

Even the backyard invokes feelings of another era, when gardens were a sense of pride for homeowners. Meander through the well-kept yard, smelling and enjoying the vibrant colors of the numerous native Florida plants. Grab a book and find a spot of shade under the 90-year-old camphor trees and laurel oaks. In the early evening hours, guests of both the cottage and the bungalow often gather on the deck, swapping stories of the day and enjoying the company of the property cat, Thomas.

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.

Part of Tampa’s first suburb, Old Seminole Heights, Erehwon Retreat sits near numerous restaurants, pubs and shops and is a short drive to downtown Tampa, Ybor City and the airport. Our property is ideal for a weekend getaway, long-term stay(off season only) and everything in between.

This arts and craft bungalow is 1578 sq-ft interior with 12' ft ceilings, recently refinished original heart pine floors, Low Voc paints, full attic insulation, all new wiring, appliances, new 2016 AC/Heat pump, drapes in both bedrooms and dining room, and roman blinds in the living room. Living and dining rooms are open to one another, separated by a curved arch. A classic swinging door opens to a kitchen with 4-burner gas range, EnergyStar dishwasher and refrigerator/freezer.

Due to the popularity and frequent return visits we primarily rent in 7 night stays. When booking for periods less than a week, we may advise that we need to place your request on a wait list until 60 days prior to your desired check in date. If the bungalow books for a week during your wait list period we advise you the moment of the booking. During the wait list time we will accept no other short stay request other than a full week.

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.

Our properties are Pet and Smoke Free in consideration of future guests and possible allergy and pulmonary related illnesses.

Due to the number of returning guests during the winter months, we may have to limit 1st. time guests to a maximum stay of 7 nights. Monthly rates are only available June 1- 2nd week of December. During mid December to mid April, first time visits are limited to 7 nights in order to serve our loyal regulars.

When making an inquiry please take the time to tell us about yourself. After all this is the Internet and we’re unable to speak on the phone or independently communicate via direct Email until the booking is confirmed and paid, according to HomeAway terms.

We select Monday as the turn over day for the bungalow during HIGH SEASON in order to link with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line “Brilliance”, Carnival Cruises “Paradise,” which maintain a HIGH SEASON or year round weekly arrival and departure in the Port of Tampa.Many of our guests wish to extend their time in Tampa/St. Petersburg prior to or following a cruise.

Our couples/partner oriented home and its antique furnishings is ideal for adults. We welcome children and adjust the Damage Insurance based on age of your children. Occupancy laws and historic neighborhood density are strictly enforced.

Owner

Member since: 2010

Speaks: english, german, spanish, swedish
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/26/2017

Property Type

  • Bungalow
  • 1190 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 6
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    26 years of age...moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Be aware this property is filled with antiques and breakables and in general its been our experience that its best suited for children over the age of eleven....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed:

    This property is unavailable to anyone with pets. We have a number of guest who spend a week or two with us annually many of whom have pulmonary issues. ...moreless

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Massage

Suitability

  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 3-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

    ...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

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  • Bedroom 3: 1 sleep sofa /futon

    Located in the Den...moreless

  • In the 1920's working families had their Sunday church clothes and then working clothes. As a result each bedroom has one small closet and a bureau....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Full 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • 2: toilet, combination tub/shower

    This is a small bathroom added during restoration...moreless

Other Amenities

  • There is a wrap around front porch that is a favorite of guests. Gulf of Mexico Beaches 24-30 miles Amtrak 4.3 miles Bus Terminal 3.3 miles Port of Tampa Cruise Ship Terminals 4.64 miles Major League 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. Sarasota, Bok Gardens, 1 hour Orlando, Disney World, Gainsville 1:30 Mount Dora, Cape Canaveral 2 hours Naples 2:30 Jacksonville 3.15 Pensacola 6:45 ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Harvard Classics, some current novels plus Samuel Butler's 1934 Utopian novel "Erehwon", and Agatha Christie's 1923 Pairot mystery, "The Murder on the Links"....moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Brighthouse: Basic Cable...moreless

  • Television:

    22' Flat Screen (Polaroid) with DVD...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Extensive, 77 movies provided and rotation of films available....moreless

Theme

  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Beach:

    23-27 miles to Gulf of Mexico Beaches...moreless

  • Downtown:

    3 miles to downtown, 7 miles to USF, U T. 5 miles Tampa Convention Center...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Roller Blading
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    With bay window looking out on our Florida native plant garden...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    System includes HEPA air filter and Germicidal UV Light....moreless

  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Free use, 2 loads per week....moreless

  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace:

    Fireplace is capped....moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Balance Ball and Yoga Mat provided....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Heat Pump...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    We provide fresh towels every third day and fresh bed linens once per week. Light housekeeping is provided at each change....moreless

  • Living Room:

    Bungalow open design with dining room, historic waterfall lights, slag glass lamps, Sofa, 2 leather chairs, 3rd. chair...moreless

  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street:

    Limit 1 car for the bungalow, no campers or trailers. Off Street parking insures the comfort of our neighbors with new cars in the neighborhood. In ground Euro style Bike rack provided....moreless

  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided:

    Bath sheet, hand towel and face cloth...moreless

  • Washing Machine:

    Free use - 2 loads per week, detergent, bleach and fabric softner provided gratis....moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    2 G available, Through Rate Download speed test 17.09 Mbps....moreless

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    We provide whole bean and grinder for French Press or ground coffee for Drip....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Do a web search for Erehwon Retreat, Tampa and see our Sundries list on our web site for complete detail of what's included in the kitchen, pantry, spice cabinet and refrigerator....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Dishes & Utensils for 4...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Large kitchen with dining area for breakfast...moreless

  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Do a web search for Erehwon Retreat, Tampa and see our Sundries list on our web site for complete detail of what's included in the kitchen, pantry, spice cabinet and refrigerator....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    4 Burner Natural Gas...moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    4 slots wide enough for bagels...moreless

Outside

  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio:

    Shared with guests that may be staying at Erehwon Retreat Cottage, seating for 4. The best feature and for privacy - our wrap around front porch....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Native Plant Garden, 100 year old Campher and Laurel Oak trees. plus Red Bud, Slash Pine and Long Leaf Pine....moreless

  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
OFF SEASON
Apr 17 - Sep 30, 2017
5 night min stay
$99 $125
Fri, Sat, Sun
$715 $2,415

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest

HIGH SEASON
Dec 23 - Feb 24, 2018
7 night min stay

$882

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest

PEAK SEASON
Feb 25 - Apr 13, 2018
7 night min stay

$946

Changeover Day: Saturday


Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$120 $135
Fri, Sat, Sun
$805

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $250
  • Cleaning $84 + tax
  • Tax Rate 12%

Notes:

HIGH & PEAK SEASONS - Saturday to Saturday - MINIMUM 7 nights, MAXIMUM 14 nights first visit, 21 nights for returning quests. Monthly rates only during Off Season 1 May to September 30. Reservations for less than 7 nights, may be delayed until 30 days prior to desired check in. NO: PETS, SMOKING, RESERVATIONS TO 3rd. Parties (Friends, Family, Travel Agents), NO RENTALS to anyone under the age of 26 years. Bungalow SLEEPS 6 in TWO QUEEN SIZED BEDS plus pull out couch in den. Rates shall be adjusted if number in party exceeds that listed in Reservation Confirmation. HIGH SEASON (December 20-April 30). OFF SEASON (May 1-August 23).


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
Fodder and Shine
3.5 Miles
Nearest Train
Amtrak
0.25 Miles
Nearest Motorway
I-275 & Hillsborough Ave.
0.25 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
The Front Porch
23 Miles
Nearest Beach
Honeymoon Island State Park

Car: Not Necessary

Tampa, a year round destination is one of the premier cruise ports 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 Brilliance 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: 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 Bungalow:
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
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 03/26/2017

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Photos

  • Dining room seating for four.

    Dining room seating for four.

  • Pottery, an art form inhabited solely by women in the early 1920's is featured

    Pottery, an art form inhabited solely by women in the early 1920's is featured

  • English Arts and Craft check of drawers in the Plate Room, celebrating women's fashion over the centuries.

    English Arts and Craft check of drawers in the Plate Room, celebrating women's fashion over the centuries.

  • Master bedroom, small bathroom en suite, Queen bed photo 12/15/16

    Master bedroom, small bathroom en suite, Queen bed photo 12/15/16

  • View of den taken from kitchen door.

    View of den taken from kitchen door.

  • Custom designed Arts and Craft kitchen

    Custom designed Arts and Craft kitchen

  • Laundry room and wicker beach towel storage

    Laundry room and wicker beach towel storage

  • Wrap around front porch, fabulous for end of day wine or morning coffee

    Wrap around front porch, fabulous for end of day wine or morning coffee

  • Our attempt to produce the Florida Hammock is maturing 5/9/16

    Our attempt to produce the Florida Hammock is maturing 5/9/16

  • Bungalow open design of Living room & dining room and 1st. downlight of '20's.

    Bungalow open design of Living room & dining room and 1st. downlight of '20's.

  • Florida native plant garden, ask Henry to give you a tour.

    Florida native plant garden, ask Henry to give you a tour.

  • Off street parking for guests on E Henry Street, bungalow to far left of photo

    Off street parking for guests on E Henry Street, bungalow to far left of photo

  • The front bedroom is named the Plate Room with 100 years of Fashion

    The front bedroom is named the Plate Room with 100 years of Fashion

  • Mast bathroom

    Mast bathroom

  • Den with pull out couch.  "Refresh" program added new rug. 12/15/16

    Den with pull out couch. "Refresh" program added new rug. 12/15/16

  • Historic designed cabinets with gas stove, diswasher etc.

    Historic designed cabinets with gas stove, diswasher etc.

  • Kitchen nook and often used as a computer work station

    Kitchen nook and often used as a computer work station

  • Floor plan of Bungalow

    Floor plan of Bungalow

  • Florida native plant garden pathway 8/5/2014

    Florida native plant garden pathway 8/5/2014

  • Artistic expression is everywhere on property even the fence posts

    Artistic expression is everywhere on property even the fence posts

  • The Bungalow and Cottage are pet free but Thomas is always here to greet you

    The Bungalow and Cottage are pet free but Thomas is always here to greet you

  • ErehwonRetreat 1922/1923 Arts and Craft Bungalow

    ErehwonRetreat 1922/1923 Arts and Craft Bungalow

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Monday, March 27, 2017

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