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The BoatHouse on the Hillsborough River- Enjoy river and downtown water views

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 And A Half Bath House On The River With Water And Downtown Views

Welcome to your own private oasis on the Hillsborough River with breathtaking water and downtown Tampa views. Relax on your own private dock with a cocktail while you wave to passing boaters and kayakers and enjoy seeing all the wildlife that calls the river home.

The boathouse has 1 large bedroom with a King size bed and en suite bathroom with shower.

There is an additional half bathroom as well and a stacked washer and dryer.

The kitchen/living room condo has breathtaking views of downtown Tampa and the river.

The house was built over 50 years ago and has all the charm of an old Florida house with all the modern amenities you can expect from a vacation rental.

The living room has a sectional couch that transforms into a very comfortable full size bed that will accommodate another couple or additional children.

The house also has it's own private gated parking lot for your vehicle.

Have a larger group? Combine the boathouse with the Bungalow, listing # 801363 and 991365

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Northwest Tampa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower
  • en suite bathroom with claw foot tub and shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Pack n play crib available upon request
  • 1 bedroom with king size bed, closet and a dresser with mirror, chest of drawers, side table with lamp. Overhead fan/light.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(60 traveler reviews)

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The BoatHouse on the Hillsborough River- Enjoy river and downtown water views
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 60 reviews

A little gem on the river

  • 5 of 5

Our visit to the boat house was totally relaxing and so beautiful. I loved sitting on the deck watching the wildlife and boaters pass by. There is an amazing view of the Tampa skyline that is really lovely at night. I could go there again and again!

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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We loved it

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at the boat house, what a unique place to stay!! Beautiful views of downtown Tampa!! My husband really enjoyed fishing every day!! The weather was a bit cooler than we expected, and our last day there my daughter got the flu so we didn't get to do the things we had planned around the area!! Great location for getting to Tampa International airport!! Thank you Lauren for letting us stay at your cozy river house!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cool little spot

  • 4 of 5

The boathouse was a fun quiet spot on the river. Walked to Ricks one day which is a great place to hang out and drink. Overall a good experience

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing - relaxing and comfy, can't beat being surrounded by the beautiful river!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the Boat House and hope to return in the future! It's definitely rustic, but super comfy - the bed was dreamy! We expected it to be a little cool / drafty inside, but it was perfect! We loved feeding the wild birds who would flock to us while sitting on the dock - very entertaining! The Pirate shuttle was great (get the 2 day pass for an extra $5), we loved Rick's, got ice at the little fish shack, all walking distance. Our favorite restaurant was Ulele - one shuttle stop across the river from Rick's - tough to get in, but we did fine 2 nts in a row to sit at the bar as walk in's, great bartender (Dennis), and the house salad & meatloaf rocked! We enjoyed one of our days visiting Clearwater Beach, just about 40 mins and a beautiful drive! The sand is so white and clean, looked like snow, felt like silk! Enjoyed lunch at Palm Pavillion, across from Frenchy's Rockaway, which was closed for renovations. We also visited the Aquarium - saw Winter and the critters from Dolphin Tale - it's different from the Sea World scene since it's more of a marine hospital than an attraction, but they do a nice job.

The foundation / flooring is unique in the Boat House - if you have balance issues, be aware... not a deal breaker, we got used to it pretty fast. Adds to the ambience :) As others stated, the neighborhood is a little dicey getting in to, but the property is gated and we felt totally secure, no issues at all during our 4 nt stay. Definitely a keeper!!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your time Laree, hope to have you again soon!
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Return visit, great time

  • 5 of 5

We were guests two years ago and when travel plans brought us back to Tampa we booked the Boathouse. It was just as quaint as ever! Quirky, delightful and the owner is very responsive. One of our favorites!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 17, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Loved it.

  • 5 of 5

We loved this quaint little cabin on the river. It was a relaxing spot with great views.

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lauren T
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2018

About Lauren T

Tampa native, had vacation rentals since 2010, feel free to ask because I know Tampa very well!

Lauren T purchased this house in 2007

Why Lauren T chose Northwest Tampa

Water calms the mind and the second you walk onto our dock you'll instantly relax!


Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Car: necessary

Our river house is located in the heart of Tampa. A 5 minute car ride will take you to Downtown Tampa, Tampa's Riverwalk, the historic Ybor City district, the Tampa Convention Center, South Tampa, and the Channelside District. For the beach lovers, a 40 minute drive will take you to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country- Clearwater Beach, St. Pete Beach and Ft. Desoto Beach.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $60 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

Check in time is 4pm, check out is 11am.

No smoking.

Cancellation policy- 30 days notice to receive refund of deposit.
Property owner can not guarantee a utility service from 3rd party vendors such as electric, water and cable companies. If any utilities go out to due outages, storms or any other issue on the vendor side, property owner is not liable.

$20 additional fee per night per person for more than 8 guests.

Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and The month of March all require 5 day minimum stays.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.