Old Florida - Retreat in Natl' Historic District

Old Florida - Retreat in Natl' Historic District


Property Details

Updated: Sep 15, 2014
1 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms, Sleeps 2

Tranquil Surroundings in a nationally and locally designated historic district - Old Seminole Heights. 'Erehwon Retreat.' is the perfect short stay. You will find exacting cleaning standards with a clear focus on the Arts and Craft period of the 1920's. My mind is a very busy place, so I planned the property and your 490 sq. feet cottage that is not. This translates to a very peaceful visit. Everything is beautifully arranged; colorful, subtle, and uplifting. The cottage and neighborhood is perfect for a get-away.

You have easy access to the city attractions including museums (3 miles) and restaurants, Yankee spring training. Tampa Ship Terminal (5 miles) and the Tampa Convention Center (7 miles), as well as Central Florida tourist interests (10 minutes to Busch Gardens, 30 mins to Bok Tower Gardens or Ft. Desoto Beach, 75 mins to Sarasota, 90 to Disney or Winter Park), 2 hours to Cape Canaveral.

Our Cottage: We are your refuge, an area for bird watchers, nature lovers, beach days and Central Florida's famous fresh water blue holes. It's a pleasant throwback to where people grew up, knew their neighbors, sat on their front porch and everybody talked to everybody else. Come, stay awhile and enjoy.

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.com website for all that comes with the cottage. 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. Our turnover day is Sunday, timed for the convenient weekly arrival and departure of cruise ships - Carnival Legend, Norwegian Cruise Line Dawn, and the Ryndam.

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

Your host enjoyed an extensive career in the arts including the The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, The New York City Center Joffrey Ballet, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Cincinnati Ballet Company. He continues to serve in capacities of management and fundraising consulting and offices on the property. He's a sailor and in 1992, sailed all of the Great Lakes and the route of Columbus 500 years later. With his eclectic worldly and local knowledge, he assures a unique experience

Speaks: swedish, spanish, english

Guestbook comments from the owner

I was intrigued by the photos and description of the property when I booked the stay, and was wonderfully thrilled when I arrived and personally saw the cottage. It is just perfect for a quiet get away.

I felt like I was on my own little island, with supplies stocked before I arrived, and info for me to peruse to find things to do and places to go, if I was interested.

Henry is right around if one needs anything (directions, conversation, ideas, etc), but gives one their space. I was especially pleased with the info about massage, and enjoyed Marie's attention indeed, from our conversation on the phone, thru trying to set me up with an appt,, to the actual massage. She is a gem.

I did attend my sister's wedding in St Pete, and reception in Lakeland, and rather looked forward to my home away from home to relax in after the festivities.

Henry is a very personable, thorough, & efficient host, and I will be glad to return another time.

Don't pass this up; it is darling!
Jul 2014
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Old Florida - Retreat in Natl' Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast
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Quaint and Convenient Cottage

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I spent a week at the Erehwon Retreat located in the heart of the historic Seminole Heights. Surrounded by early twentieth century bungalows, many of which were beautifully redone, we walked the peaceful few blocks to Starbucks every morning. We intentionally located ourselves within a neighborhood as house hunting was the priority of our visit. This quaint and beautifully appointed cottage served as a very convenient home base with I-275 within a 3-minute drive while downtown Tampa was just a short distance away. Although petite, the cottage contained everything one needs for a comfortable stay. Henry was very kind and accommodating. I would definitely recommend the Erehwon Retreat for your next stay in Tampa.
  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jackie, Enjoyed having you with us. Let me know when you settle in, we do a former guest, now Metro homeowner Italian wine tasting as we near Thanksgiving. A time for thanks to all our guests and a time to introduce you to others who learned during their stay that Florida is so much MORE than “the prize” for a life well lived somewhere else.
Old Florida - Retreat in Natl' Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast

cottage review

  • 5 of 5
the cottage and property were excellently maintained. definitely a pleasant 2 weeks made even more pleasant by the host with his knowledge, suggestions and wit.
  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Lee and Jim. Lovely to have you with us for two weeks.
Old Florida - Retreat in Natl' Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast

Great place to stay with a wonderful host!

  • 5 of 5
A lovely place to stay - Very private, charming and clean with everything you need to cook or relax. I was in town for surgery and wanted a place to hid out for recovery yet one that was centrally located for ease of access to my doctor. The cottage fit the bill and then some. My husband and I spent almost three weeks here and loved it. Located on a quiet side street within walking distance of restaurants and Starbucks, it was also an easy drive to the doctor as well as shopping and movies.

Henry is a host extrodinaire. While I was hiding out recovering, he was kind enough to bring over a DVD series he thought we might enjoy watching. He is never intrusive but is there to help out with information or just chat if you want. He knew I didn't want to go out in public so he gave us a very nice driving tour to experience the area. Thank you Henry!

Wish I would have had a quicker recovery and more time to explore the area, but if we get back that way again, we'll definitely look to you for lodging. If this cottage is available don't hesitate to book it. You will not be disappointed.

The other
  • Submitted: Dec 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your lovely review. It's very special to receive accolades regarding the historic restoration of our properties - but a deep honor to receive attention for what seemed an obvious question when conceiving our plan for Erehwon -“why should vacationers sacrifice the warm, welcoming feeling that greets them at home when they vacation?”
Old Florida - Retreat in Natl' Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast

Beautiful cottage in a lovely neighborhood!

  • 5 of 5
I had the pleasure of staying in this lovely cottage recently. It was perfect in every way. The owner, Henry, has an eye for detail. The amenities were truly special from the well stocked kitchen to the linens. This cottage is in a lovely neighborhood, convenient to the interstate as well as local restaurants. I particularly enjoyed The Refinery, a wonderful farm to table restaurant. Henry is a most charming and knowledgable host. And did I mention, Marie, the resident massage therapist? Absolutely divine. I am looking forward to visiting again and would recommend the cottage wholeheartedly.
  • Submitted: May 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your review Alayne. So happy we met upon my return from consulting in Charleston. Look forward to seeing you again.
Old Florida - Retreat in Natl' Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast

Wonderfull stay in EREHWON RETRAIT

  • 5 of 5
Mon mari et moi avons passe un séjour remarquable à Erehwonretreat. Nous avons était séduit par ce charmant bungalow et son quartier très paisible. Henry le propriétaire est très accueillant et toujours disponible si besoin est. Nous recommandons grandement cet endroit a quiconque désirant séjourner a Tampa.

My husband and i had a remarkable time at Erehwonretreat. We have been seduced by this charming Bungalow and its quiet neighborhood. Henry the owner is very welcoming and always available if we need. We strongly recommend this place to anybody willing to stay in Tampa.

Seb and Katia
  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Katia. I don't know if our arts and craft cottage or weather in the mid 70's seduced you but we so enjoyed having you with us this winter and look forward to your return.
Old Florida - Retreat in Natl' Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast

Wonderful bungalow in Tampa

  • 5 of 5
We stayed during a combination business trip and get-away. The cottage is in a very cute neighborhood. It is is amazing shape, clean, and everything that we could have wanted including several items in the refrig were provided. Henry was wonderful he was a great resource for local gyms, restaurants, and other attractions. The home is just a bit north of downtown and easy to reach downtown Tampa in 10 minutes even at rush hour. We were very happy with all aspects of our stay and hope to return again in the future. Would recommend completely to anyone.
  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Andrew, I am always honored when we have a Doctor's review citing our cleanliness. It was great to have you visit and so pleased that everything met or exceeded your expectations.


From the Owner

During my childhood our family lived in a Bungalow on S. Las Robles Ave in Pasadena, CA. Later we moved to an apartment building in New York City overlooking Central Park. My late mother reminded me that I always talked of the Bungalow and encouraged me to consider restoring one at some point in my life. Mothers always know best.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : TAMPA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT at 7 Miles Nearest Train : Tampa Amtrack at 3.5 Miles Nearest Motorway : I - 274 x 48B at 0.25 Miles Nearest Beach : Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin, FL at 23 Miles Nearest Barpub : The Independent at 0.25 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Front Porch Bar & Grill at 0.12 Miles Car: recommended

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 faire of the city of Tampa.


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Updated: Sep 15, 2014

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep 1 2014 - Nov 22 2014
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 23 2014 - Jan 17 2015
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Jan 18 2015 - Apr 25 2015
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $200
  • Cleaning $80 + Tax
  • Tax Rate 12.0%

SUNDAY TO SUNDAY - MINIMUM 7 nights, MAXIMUM 14 nights. NO: PETS, SMOKING, RESERVATIONS TO 3rd. Parties (Friends, Family, Travel Agents), NO RENTALS to anyone under the age of 25 years of age unless accompanied by an adult guardian or parent. COTTAGE SLEEPS 2 in ONE QUEEN SIZED BED. Fire & Occupancy Laws, Historic District Density restrictions. WE DO NOT DISCOUNT PUBLISH RATES.


From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Romantic
  • Historic


  • Thermos Bottle
  • Iron & Board
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Living Room
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Heating ...


  • Kitchen ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...


  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...


  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Television ...
  • DVD Player
  • Radio

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...

Location Type

  • Downtown


  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • theme parks
  • arboretum
  • restaurants
  • coin laundry
  • recreation center
  • zoo
  • live theater
  • health/beauty spa

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • gambling casinos
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • wildlife viewing
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • laundromat
  • medical services
  • Babysitter
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • water skiing
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • surf fishing
  • water tubing
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing

Floor Area

  • 490 sq. ft.


  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet, shower
  • 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.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • 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.


  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Deck / Patio ...


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • Distance and drive time for various Spring Training Baseball: 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.
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