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Property Details

Updated: May 25, 2015
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. 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.

We select Sunday as the turn over day for the cottage in order to link with the Royal Caribbean 'Brilliance' and Carnival 'Paradise' which maintain a yearly arrival and departure in the Port of Tampa.

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 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
  • Linens 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:: english, spanish, swedish
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
May 25, 2015

Guestbook comments from the owner

Henry, the host, was warmly welcoming, and accommodating throughout my week-long stay. The listing is exactly as described. In addition, there are many extra amenities: a well-stocked kitchen of supplies and a refrigerator and cupboard containing pancake mix, good butter, real maple syrup, several individual boxes of cereal, OJ (it IS Florida), skim milk, pasta, and extra virgin olive oil--enough for several breakfasts and even a dinner at home without food shopping. The cabin is complete with good linens and towels (and additional beach towels), and a super comfortable bed. There is also a person who comes in every few days to clean, which likens this to a nice hotel! The historic Seminole Heights neighborhood is lovely to walk in, with distinct bungalows all around to appreciate. Because of its historic designation, there are only interesting, one-of-a-kind restaurants in the immediate area. Jet City coffee shop and Fodder and Shine restaurant (with a lovely bar) were rewarding destinations, both steps away from the cottage. Henry provides a wonderful welcome book that gives all kinds of information about the area and things to do. That is where I found the notice about Marie, the excellent and knowledgeable masseuse. Delightful and professional, she will come to the cottage for your massage. I recommend letting Henry know on your booking if you want this service, as it took me a few days to get in her crowed schedule. I was traveling on business by myself, and the cottage was plenty large --even though it is quite small (408 sq. feet). It would be fine for two also because its interior is so well designed. For example, during the day, I used the dining table that looks out to a lovely garden for my free internet-connected laptop. I highly recommend this cottage. I will return when my business brings me back.
May 2015
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Old Florida - Retreat in Natl' Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast

Nice area, great owner!

  • 5 of 5
I didn't actually stay at the property because I ended up buying a condo in Tampa. The owner, Henry, was very understanding. He went way "beyond the call of duty", found another renter, and gave me a refund. He has always been very prompt to reply to his emails. I highly recommend him. Incidentally, the area is a very nice place to visit with antique shops and restaurants nearby.
  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nancy,
At ErehwonRetreat guest satisfaction is our number one priority. We promise to do whatever it takes to ensure that our guests' experience with us is a positive one. I'll be honest in that your closing being less than a few weeks prior to your check in, I wasn't sure we could resell your week. Happy we were able to help welcome you to Tampa. Your review is what make us proud of what we do to insure a happy guest.
Old Florida - Retreat in Natl' Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast
Toronto, Canada

Charming vacation spot

  • 5 of 5
I cannot rave enough about Erehwon Retreat which was exactly like the photos posted online. I fell in love with this charming little place and wished that I could have stayed on longer than a week. It had all the amenities one could possibly wish for and more. I appreciated being able to enjoy fresh coffee every morning (a French press and ground coffee courtesy of Henry) and the fact that I coud prepare evening meals to save on eating out. Whole Foods was about a 10 minute drive. The accommodation was spotless and it is clear that high standards of cleaniliness are important here. Henry was helpful in providing suggestions on where to visit and went as far to provide various maps to many different locales. I enjoyed visiting the popular Taco Bus for some meals which was extremely close by. The location was superb enabling me to make day trips to Dunedin, St. Petersberg (for the Dali and Chihuly museums), Mt. Dora (suggestion from Henry was well worth the drive), Ybor City and Ft. Myers. Overall, I would highly recommend this accommodation. I can't make wait to stay here again next year! Thank you Henry for a most enjoyable visit! Kind regards Petrucia Sawchuk
  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank You Petrucia. It always special to have winter guests from Canada, they are so exuberant to be warm and consistently eager to discover all that Central Florida has to offer. You were a great guest and next year I know you'll catch the Blue Jays.
Old Florida - Retreat in Natl' Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast

Relaxing quiet place in the city

  • 4 of 5
This cottage in Tampa is a very good spot to be. This is a quiet place in a quiet neighborhoods. This is small but confortable and Henry will help you enjoy it with is repertory of place to visit. We rent bicycle, went to the beach, went to Bush Garden, to the Amelie Arena and to many many parks just in a week. The grocey store is near by ...easy walk. Perfect! Thanks for the week!
  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dede and Andre,
I always appreciate when guests post reviews. Great to add Montreal back on our recent guest list. I was thrilled you took in so many parks (City, County, State) and took our recommendations for bike rental and beaches that you would enjoy. Best, Henry
Old Florida - Retreat in Natl' Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast

Great Little Cottage!

  • 4 of 5
Great little cottage situated in the very central Seminole Heights. Good location, all the required amenities and an exceptionally attentive host.
  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks Mark. Genuinely thrilled to have you as our first guests from Johannesburg, South Africa.
Old Florida - Retreat in Natl' Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast

A cozy cottage!

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I chose Henry's cottage when I was relocating to Tampa and we were between homes. The cottage was a perfect transition home for us, giving me a comfortable home base to discover the neighborhood and Tampa while allowing my husband a familiar commute to work. I’m only sorry that I did not get to have more conversations with Thomas (the cat)!

The cottage is very clean and set up with all of the basics you might need for a temporary stay. The kitchen is conveniently set up with all sorts of basic ingredients, spices, etc. making it very easy to prepare simple meals.

Seminole Heights is a great neighborhood base for any type of traveler - it's easy to get around Tampa, but even easier to stay in the neighborhood and try all of the great restaurants, bars and coffee shops in the area. I especially loved walking around the neighborhood and looking at the restored bungalows.

I will be sure to direct all of my relatives (who are threatening to visit) to your home!
  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Colleen you and Alon are the fifth couple to use Erehwon Retreat as part of academic, medical or executive transfers. The best is you are staying in our historic neighborhood. We've been very busy since you left with tree trimming and landscape maintenance preparing for a very busy winter season. Thanks for your review.
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.


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 Barpub : The Independent at 0.25 Miles Nearest Train : Tampa Amtrack at 3.5 Miles Nearest Motorway : I - 274 x 48B at 0.25 Miles Nearest Restaurant : The Front Porch Bar & Grill at 0.12 Miles Nearest Beach : Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin, FL at 23 Miles Car: not necessary

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.


From $60 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jun 1 2015 - Sep 26 2015
4 night minimum stay
Sep 27 2015 - Nov 21 2015
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2015 - Nov 28 2015
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Nov 29 2015 - Dec 19 2015
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Dec 20 2015 - Apr 30 2016
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $250.00
  • Cleaning $85.00 + Tax
  • Tax Rate 12.0%

SUNDAY TO SUNDAY - MINIMUM 7 nights, MAXIMUM 21 nights returning quests. NO: PETS, SMOKING, RESERVATIONS TO 3rd. Parties (Friends, Family, Travel Agents), NO RENTALS to anyone under the age of 26 years. COTTAGE SLEEPS 2 in ONE QUEEN SIZED BED. Fire & Occupancy Laws, Historic District Density restrictions do not permit excess of 2. Rates may be adjusted if number in party exceeds that listed in Confirmation.

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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


  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


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


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


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


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

Onsite Services

  • Massage


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

Location Type

  • Downtown


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

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

Floor Area

  • 408 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.


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


  • Guests provide their own meals

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


  • Gulf of Mexico Beaches 25-30 miles. Cruise ship terminals Port of Tampa 4.64 miles Amtrak 3.3 miles Bus Terminal 3.3 miles Tampa International Airport 8 miles Distance and drive time for various 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. Houston Astros 74 miles, 1 hour 14 mins. Milwaukee Braves 80.2 miles 1 hour 20 mins. Bok Gardens 1 hour Orlando, Disney World, or Gainsville 1.5 hours Cape Canaveral and Key West High Speed Ferry 2 hours. Miami 4 hours

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