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Tranquility and Charm Abound in this Historic Seminole Heights Cottage


Property Details

Updated: Oct 28, 2016
1 Bedroom sleeps 2 in Queen Bed

With a romantic history that matches its arts and crafts architecture, Erehwon Retreat Cottage welcomes you to enjoy a quiet and secluded getaway in Tampa.

This hidden gem started out life as a Model T garage and through the years has been everything from a mother-in-law cottage during the Depression to modern-day full-time living quarters. Like your own personal dollhouse, the cottage is nestled under an old growth canopy with an adorable, welcoming front porch adorned with rockers, perfect for watching the world go by.

In 2010, the cottage underwent major renovations, transforming it into a tranquil and cozy place to relax and unwind. From the minute you step inside the front door, you won’t stop “oohing” and “ahhing” over all the arts and crafts touches.

Head into the bead board living room for some down time, where you can kick back on the couch in front of the TV. The cottage’s DVD collection rivals a video rental store, catering to all movie night tastes! If you prefer quieter entertainment, curl up in the leather chair with a good book or one of the many American Bungalow magazines found around the cottage. Or truly unwind and soothe any weary muscles with a Swedish massage; we have a massage therapist that makes house calls for our guests.

When it comes time for some sustenance, the comfy kitchen includes everything you’ll need to cook up breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. When you raid the fridge for snacks you won’t go hungry; we stocked it with fresh Florida orange juice, milk, coffee and plenty of condiments and cooking necessities.

We are also members of, so if you need food items beyond what we stock, send us a list. We'll do the shopping and will deliver same day!

As the sun sets and the weather cools, head out to the deck, shared with the adjacent bungalow, and enjoy time with new friends and the property cat, Thomas!

At bedtime, head to the back of the cottage where you'll find the bedroom complete with arts and craft décor, queen bed and luxury bedding; all you need a restful night’s sleep. On your way to bed, stop by the hallway storage closet and wrap yourself in a fluffy white robe and matching slippers. Even the bathroom oozes charm with pedestal sink, walk-in shower, luxury towels, custom-made tea olive soap and high-end bath products.

Part of the Old Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, our cottage is conveniently located close to numerous shops, attractions and restaurants. Part of the National and State Register of Historic Places, the neighborhood started out as cattle grazing land and citrus groves, but by 1920'a grew into Tampa’s first suburb.

From the minute you arrive, the charm of Erehwon Retreat Cottage invites you to come in and stay awhile. Everything about our cottage--from the historic décor to the secluded setting to the smallest details--welcomes you home.

Erehwon Retreat is licensed under the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation/Division of Hotels and Restaurants and registered with the Florida Department of Revenue and City of Tampa Business Tax Division.

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 branded website for all that comes with the cottage (see Sundries) or things folks love about the area (see Location). 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, housekeeping every third day and a massage therapist who comes to the cottage.

More Details
  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Guests consistently describe in their property reviews the number of excellent recommendations he provided during their visit. My commitment to service and unique experiences comes from his life and career.

Following service in the US Navy, your host enjoyed a management and fundraising career in the performing arts including landmark organizations The Guthrie Theatre, The New York City Center Joffrey Ballet, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cincinnati Ballet Company and DanceAspen. He continues to serve in capacities of management and fundraising consulting and his persistence in getting things done is legendary. This combination of management and the arts made him curious about history and people and comfortable with the ambiguity of new.

He's been a sailor since turning a teenager, and armed with his Naval service as a navigator he and his family spent a year sailing all of the Great Lakes and the route of Columbus 500 years later.

He is also like concierges around the world, he knows the ins and outs of traveling. If you were to examine his various passports he's traveled to Iceland, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belarus, Bulgaria, Greece (Crete, Rhodes, Hydra), Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Cuba. Since reaching semi-retirement, he has hiked in over 100 Florida State or County parks and preserves. With his eclectic worldly and local Florida knowledge, he assures a unique experience.

Speaks: english, german, spanish, swedish

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you doesn't see like enough to express my gratitude for the opportunity to experience Erehwon - I would like to say that I believe Erehwon found me. In making my plans to come to Tampa to deliver my son to UT, I had so many options. I knew I didn't want a chain hotel or a resort, and then my google search popped up on Erehwon Retreat. Yes, this would be a perfect spot to helpme with the emotional task of moving my son 1,300 miles from home. A blessed 'Retreat' this week has been. A step back in time with such a peaceful decor, colors, pictures, even the Arts and Craft era tile in the fence. Thank you for your hospitality and our dear chats, I so enjoyed them. I hope that you will get to meet Kyle and the rest of my family. My best wishes for continued success with your venture. It's a little piece of heaven. Peace and Belessings
Aug 2013
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42 Reviews

based on 42 traveler reviews


Wonderful little cottage with all the amenities.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely experience staying at this cottage, Henry was very helpful and attentive with every detail. We loved the neighborhood, very quaint and charming. Would definitely recommend.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely worth staying!

  • 5 of 5

I've truly enjoyed my recent stay August 13-19 2016, Mr Henry Young was more than helpful with any needs me and my wife had. The property speaks for itself, as well for the images very quiet neighborhood and convenient to downtown, and the necessity of stocking the cottage. I strongly recommend staying and look forward to experiencing it again.

- DBethea

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Oviedo, FL

Cozy home for an anniversary weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at the Cottage. Arrival and Departure procedures were easy. It was clean and well equipped, and very close to many nice restaurants. We enjoyed the Aquarium, the Improv in Ybor City and the many craft breweries. Walking and driving around the older Tampa neighborhood was a unique experience! Really cool to see the love that has gone into the restoration of many of the homes. We also took a short trip to St Pete, about 45 minutes away, where we wore ourselves out on the rock climbing walls at Vertical Ventures and then enjoyed the shops and restaurants nearby. The Cottage was a perfect home base for just the 2 of us!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen, Many thanks for your review. It was so interesting to discover where all you got to. You two were up and at 'em and late to return so I didn't realize the depth of your adventure. Sorry you didn't mention that you were visiting for an Anniversary, we would have added another surprise to your welcome amenities. Thanks for visiting from Orlando. I am off for Winter Park tomorrow for the Morse Museum. Have you been? Most of my art collection ideas for the restoration of Erehwon came from my annual visits there. Henry
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Great little cottage stay for Business Trip

  • 5 of 5

It was clean, looks just like the pics. Great place to stay for my week long business trip. It was nice having a little house to go back to every night vs. a hotel room. I would recommend this place to others.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The cottage was very quaint and perfect for our needs.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect for our time in Florida. It was close to our daughter's house and our new granddaughter. It was clean and very comfortable. Especially enjoyed the milk, juice, and butter available for our use!! Henry was very timely in addressing questions during our stay and very knowledgeable about the history of the area!! Enjoyed the coffee shop and restaurants in the area!

Hopefully we can return soon!!

Roger and Mary Welsh

Norwalk, Ohio

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. Just want to make mention that occupancy normally starts to tighten up starting around the 20th of October and we always book out all nights between Christmas to May, so if you think you want to visit your children and new grand baby do plan way ahead. Lovely to have you with us. Henry
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Amazing property and worth the money!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was very beautiful! The background makes it 10x better! Location was good, but we stayed at the beach a good bit of the time. Henry is very respectful and helps as much as he can. I would visit again and recommend it to others! Very lovely property and well taken care of!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Summer is all about anticipation. In summer, our GA, FL, AL and TX guests always seem to anticipate their visit to Tampa. They more frequently dine at our neighborhood restaurants with sidewalk or porch settings following a day at the beach. I try to direct folks to try our Florida Springs where the water temperature is cooler than the Gulf but the draw of our beaches is strong. This summer we've had our own anticipation with a number of much younger guests and Amany and Armando were our youngest yet having their first experience in a vacation rental. We're used to guests hating to head home after falling in love with our cottage, but it was a surprise to hear "this cottage is beautiful" during the check in tour. Most guests don’t want to live in a museum and we receive praise for our interiors that capture the flavor of the era the home was built and enjoy the stories and reading of the history of the period. These young people clearly found relaxation stepping away in time for a week. Look forward to seeing them again in the future.
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Lowry Park Zoo
George M. Steinbrenner Field
Tampa Museum of Art
The Columbia Restaurant
Henry B. Plant Museum
Tampa Theater
Florida state parks - Hillsborough River
The Refinery
Front Porch Grille
Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe
Cappys Pizzeria
Bok Tower Gardens
Salvador Dali Museum
Honeymoon Island State Park
Fort DeSoto Park
Brooker Creek Preserve
Mt Dora
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Busch Gardens - Tampa
Chihuly Collection
Yummy House China Bistro
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Weeki Wachee State Park
Asolo Repertory Theatre
Sarasota Ballet of Florida
Florida Aquarium
The Independent Bar and Cafe
Florida State Fairgrounds
Bern's Steak House

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 : Amtrack, Union Station 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 fair of the city of Tampa.


Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 20 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Dec 11 2016 - Feb 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Feb 26 2017 - Apr 29 2017
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $84 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.0%

HIGH & PEAK SEASON - SUNDAY TO SUNDAY - MINIMUM 7 nights, MAXIMUM 14 nights NO: PETS, SMOKING, RENTALS to anyone under the age of 26 years requires extensive discussion with Proprietor. COTTAGE SLEEPS 2 in ONE QUEEN SIZED BED. Fire & Occupancy Laws & Historic District Density restriction 2 persons per bedroom. Rates shall be adjusted if number in party exceeds that listed in Confirmation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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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


  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Dining Area


  • 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.


  • 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 and health department does not permit use of Couch as additional sleeping.


  • Guests provide their own meals

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


  • Greyhound Bus Terminal 3.3 miles Amtrak 4.3 miles Cruise ship terminals 4.64 miles Tampa Convention Center 6 miles Tampa International Airport 8 miles University of Tampa 4.85 miles USF 6.75 miles Gulf of Mexico Beaches 23-30 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 Cape Canaveral and Key West High Speed Ferry 2 hours Naples 2:30 Jacksonville 3:15 Miami 4 hours Pensacola 6:45

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