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River House: Close To Busch Gardens - Convention Center!

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights


About the property

4 bedroom 2 bath located on the beautiful Hillsborough River

Welcome to Mockingbird Vacation Rentals! We are proud to be a 7 time award winner on each of our 7 vacation rentals on Trip Advisor and Flipkey. Our clients feel they receive the ultimate service when staying with us. We strive to be the best in the vacation rental industry. We hope to engage you in the same experience when you visit us too.

After a day of fun vacationing, work, or convention meetings relax in this lovely 4 bedroom home in quaint Old Seminole Heights. A charming home to relax in, with its' cozy living room and flat screen TVs. Enjoy the spacious back yard with a grand view of the Hillsborough River. Feel like your at home in a fully equipped kitchen where you are able to prepare a home-cooked meal. Enjoy waking up in sunny Tampa, Florida full of lush landscaping and beautiful palm trees and stroll through this charming neighborhood to one of the many local parks along the river within minutes from your vacation home. Here is a perfect waterfront setting on the Hillsborough River. The views are amazing and gorgeous. Whether it's the river view or the privacy of your own room this house provides a family or corporate experience. This rental is ideal.

Located on the Hillsborough River in Seminole Heights on 'Hanna's Whirl'. Enjoy the tree lined streets for walking, jogging or bike riding and visit one of the many fine restaurants in a trendy area that is fast becoming an urban destination!

Enjoy wildlife in its natural beauty. View manatee, owls, hawks and more, all from your private dock. Enjoy the dock for fishing or just taking in the gorgeous river scape while having coffee or dinner on the outdoor patio. Bring your kayaks and canoes, or rent from a local vendor for easy launch from this beautiful property. Enjoy a good book while listening to the soothing sounds of the River and wildlife. Pick ruby red grapefruit and sweet delicious Florida oranges (when in season) right in your backyard. This house is located in a hidden jewel right in the middle of Tampa.

Unlike most vacation rentals we are not run by a property manager. Like most of our customers, our experiences have not been the best with property managers as they are usually not available when you need them. We own and operate the properties and offer you our undivided personal attention that you deserve. We have been very selective in the location of our properties so you feel safe and enjoy the environment you are staying in too. Your safety is our priority and many rentals are on busy streets and in questionable neighborhoods not even safe to walk in during the day. We live within minutes from all of our rentals and upon arrival will greet you at the property to familiarize you with the security code and WiFi code and any questions you may have. We are on call 24/7 to meet your needs and make sure you have the optimum experience to create a vacation of elation!

We look forward to seeing you soon :)

More Details

Michael A. Bozel
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 20, 2018


Old Seminole Heights House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - Full Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing


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River House: Close To Busch Gardens - Convention Center!
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 6 reviews

Beautiful backyard with deck overlooking the river

  • 4 of 5

What a lovely place to spend our Florida vacation! The house was perfect for us with plenty of room for everyone and all the conveniences of home, plus a huge sun room off the back. But the back yard is definitely the star of the show. Completely fenced in so our two doggies had plenty of yard to run in, a good sized deck overlooking the river and beautiful landscaping. Understand that this is a 1950's home, complete with many of the quirky things that older homes often have, i.e.: lots of steps up or down throughout the house as many of the rooms are on different levels, smaller bathrooms, it takes a few minutes for the water to warm up, these sorts of things. Nothing that bothered us for week's stay. Mike, the owner, was very accommodating, allowing us to add a couple of days to extend our stay, providing fans for the warm nights and suggesting places to check out in Tampa during our stay. Please note that there is a small guest house in the back yard which they also rent so if you bring pets, this is something to consider. For the most part, this wasn't a problem for us as the couple who rented it during most of our stay were very dog friendly. All in all it was a great experience. We had a wonderful time and would absolutely recommend this to anyone, especially if you have dogs.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Gary, You, John, your sister and your four legged companions are always welcome! We are happy you had a nice stay and look forward to your next visit. Lysa & Mike
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New York, NY

A lovely place to be

  • 5 of 5

My family and I were in Tampa for Spring Training baseball and stayed at the River House. The house was very clean and had a fun and cozy feel. Mike and Lysa are super nice and were helpful and communicative to everything we needed. The backyard, perhaps my favorite aspect of the property, is charming and beautiful. The river is full of jumping fish, birds and other intriguing wildlife, which was such a treat. I loved sitting on the dock and enjoying a cup of coffee in the mornings and stretching out there after my jogs in the lovely surrounding neighborhood. I hope we have the opportunity to return! Thanks so much for such a pleasant stay :)

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Port St. Lucie, FL

Charming and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

My team and I stayed here for a conference in the Tampa area. We were very pleased with the space with room for all eight of us! Mike was very personable and helpful, only ever a quick call or text away. Thanks for making our stay in Tampa a delight!

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very eclectic and satisfied our needs

  • 4 of 5

Very unique property. Coming from a vacation property management background it fit our needs well. Very clean and practical to our needs. Mike was nice and easy to work with. Loved the view of the river and close to everything.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Everything we expected and more!

  • 5 of 5

Michael and Lysa we're absolutely wonderful! They made sure that all of our needs were met during our entire stay. They went above and beyond what we have experienced from prior property owners. The house was well kept and we were given clear instructions on how to care for it during our stay. Michael even made suggestions on how we could maximize our stay. We were able to visit the beach, several museums in the area,and spent hours fishing. Everyone in our party was able to enjoy the stay because there were so many things to do. We will definitely be staying there in the future!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the River House earlier this month while I was attending a conference in downtown Tampa, the house itself was stunning and the location on the river was breathtaking. I mention to Lysa that we needed to rent a space for a corporate dinner and she told us about their other company Riverview Events. We booked Lysa and Mike's backyard; their home is located right next door which was very convenient for our needs. The decor is phenomenal and getting to see all the river wildlife was a lovely experience, despite my being there for business I felt right at home in this spacious property. Would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Tampa International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
The Mermaid
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Rogers Park
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Ox & Fields
Nearest Beach
13 Miles
Ben T.Davis


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $125
Cleaning $130
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund