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Lake front, modern yet rustic Italian "barn" house

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedroom, 2 bath lakefront cottage on 20 acre estate

This warm and inviting, rustic Italian style "barn" house has 1,200 air-conditioned square feet plus a spacious back porch. This 2 story gem is fully equipped with modern conveniences and is on a "one of a kind" site. Surrounded by the lake and conservation wetlands, the house has beautiful views and is situated on 12 acres (one of 2 homes on a secluded, 20 acre estate). It is very private and serene, yet also very accessible to major roads for quick access to local attractions. Wildlife which frequent the property include deer, sand hill cranes and many varieties of birds.

After accessing the property through the estate's automatic gate, a winding drive brings you to the house. The first floor has an entry with piano room, a separate laundry room with full size stacking washer/dryer, laundry sink and full bathroom with corner shower (the garage is not usable). A large back porch with rocking chairs allows you to enjoy the outdoors under the cover of stained wood ceilings with cypress beams and ceiling fans.

The second floor has a great room open to the kitchen and casual dining area. The great room has a leather sofa, two arm chairs, coffee table, end table and antique secretary. Large picture windows overlook grassy fields, wetlands and the lake. WIFI, cable TV and telephone for local calls are included. The upstairs main floors, cabinets and some interior walls are finished with reclaimed barn wood. The kitchen is fully equipped, with full sized oven, microwave, glass cook top, toaster oven, coffee maker and full sized side by side refrigerator-freezer with ice maker, kitchen island, dining table with 8 chairs and corner pantry cabinet. The house's capacity is 8 people and the rental rate is based on a 5 person occupancy ($25 per person per night extra fee for additional guests).

Also on the second floor, bedroom #1 has a king sized bed and dresser. The large, walk-in closet connects the master to the single sink vanity and into a full bathroom with tub/shower, toilet and separate vanity with sink. The second bedroom, which shares this bath, consists of 6 twin beds: a double bunk, a triple bunk and single bed. There is a dresser in the second bedroom and this room shares the large walk-in closet. The additional full bath downstairs is also usable as needed.

The house is located on a natural, 55 acre lake with no public access. There is a dock at the rear of the main house and our rental guests are welcome to relax, eat or fish at the dock (brim and bass abound) during daylight hours. A gas grill is located on the back porch for outdoor cooking. A single person kayak and life vest are available for use upon request at least 48 hours prior to arrival. Beach towels are located in the laundry room, lower cabinet. Downtown Tampa, University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center, Pepin Heart Hospital and the Veterans Hospital are a 25 minute drive away. Busch Gardens, the 19th best rated theme park in the world, is 30 minutes away, the Premiere Outlet Mall is 8 minutes away, and there are many beaches within a hour drive or less - beach chairs and a beach umbrella are available upon request. Disney World and other Orlando theme parks are less than an hour and a half drive away.

Hairdryer, iron and ironing board are provided. The house is equipped for the start of your stay with two rolls of paper towels, fresh kitchen sponge, dish washing soap, dish washer detergent, clothes washing detergent and toilet paper. All linens are provided for beds and extra pillows and blankets are available in the closet. Portable crib, high chair and baby gate with linens are available upon request at least 48 hours prior to arrival.

More Details

Terri Fechtel
Member since: 2017
Speaks: spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018


Lutz Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Recreational activities such as dock use, kayaking, hiking, lake use, etc. are at your own risk (Owner and manager have no liability)
  • See also attached Rental Policies
Location Type:
  • Lakefront ...
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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(9 traveler reviews)

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Lake front, modern yet rustic Italian "barn" house
average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This home was the perfect location for a birthday stay-cation for my husband and our close family and friends. The view from the house is brilliant. We felt completely relaxed, rested, and at home. We cooked, played soccer, and enjoyed beautiful sunrises. Terri's extra birthday touches really ministered to our heart.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Tiffany. We are so glad that is was all you wanted it to be for your husband’s birthday weekend. Thank you for staying with/choosing us :)
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A great place to relax for 8 guys in from out of town

  • 5 of 5

Several friends and I were in town to celebrate my buddy getting married and needed a place to relax in the evening for two nights. The place was absolutely beautiful and perfect for what we needed. The scenery is idyllic. Terri was very easy to work with and quick to respond to any questions. The interior is beautifully rustic and well-appointed. We cooked two meals there in the kitchen. I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a quiet, serene, and rustic getaway vacation in the Tampa area.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Y’all were great, Brandon. It was a pleasure having you and am so glad y’all had a good time. Thanks for the review :)
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Spectacular and peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

The accomodations were immaculate and comfortable. The cottage was impeccably decorated. The grounds were sprawling, peaceful and scenic. The owners were very warm and kind. I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else next time I'm in town.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure having you all and we look forward to your future visit. Thank you for choosing us and for your kind words. All the best :)
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  • 5 of 5

The place was nice, clean, and as described. The landlord was very responsive and accommodating. Thanks for a helping us have a great trip. The property itself was really cool.

  • Submitted: Feb 19, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Matthew. You all were wonderful tenants. We hope you’ll come back again when you have more time to enjoy the lake :)
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Peaceful getaway

  • 5 of 5

I recently had the privilege of enjoying this beautiful “barn” while also attending a professional conference nearby. It was very nice to return to this peaceful and very beautiful location at the end of each hectic, chaotic day. Terri and Jay are great owners, and Terri was very nice to work with. She had left a lovely basket of welcoming treats for us, which was a nice surprise.

Four of my friends and colleagues spent time with me at the house, and the space was great. While one bedroom is a “bunk room,” the beds are really comfy and the space accommodates adults in a comfortable way. In fact, the sofa is super comfortable as well!

I highly recommend this property and its owners. I hope to return for a longer stay when work is not involved. The lake and surrounding land is beautiful with plentiful wildlife. It almost reminds you of an island location with the live oaks and Spanish moss.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming little house with a beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a great time staying at this house. The place was well equipped with everything we needed, and Terri and Jay were kind enough to set up a pack and play and baby gate for our 9 month old. All in all a very relaxing and restful vacation!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you - it was a pleasure having you and we are so glad you enjoyed your stay. :)
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Car: recommended


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night
Damage Deposit $300

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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