Henry Young, Jr.

Speaks english, swedish, spanish
Bedrooms 2
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. sleeps 4

We designed Erehwon Retreat for niche markets, working professional or retireee's who can get away for one to two weeks in the winter and northern europeans and south of the equator (their winter) summer visitors. Year Round the Bungalow is only available with a minimum five or seven (+) night ane a maximum stay of 14 nights. As this property is the private home of the proprietor it is never made available for periods less than the minimum stay. Similarly we are seldom able to consider monthly rentals as this is a proprietor occupied property.

Our couples/partner oriented home and its antique decor is only appropriate for adults.

Occupancy laws and historic neighborhood density do not permit us to rent to more than four people.

This home has 1578 sq-ft interior with 10-ft high ceilings, a massive fireplace, refinished orginal heart pine floors, fresh paint, attic insulation, all new wiring, drapes in both bedrooms and dining room, and roman blinds in the living room. Living and dining rooms are open to one another, but separated by a curved arch. A classic swinging door opens to a kitchen with 33' 4-burner gas range, EnergyStar dishwasher and refrigerator (33').

Porch life: The exterior features an L-shaped front porch which provides a setting to enjoy the native plant landscaping, which requires minimal water. A pergola gate and custom craftsman fence includes ceramic tile art along the walkway on the north side of the home and adjoining owner office and cottage.

Perfect spot for the serious reader: Erehwon Retreat Bungalow is the perfect vacation for the serious reader - on our bookshelves are the 20 volume Worlds Greatest Literature - Harvard Classics,the entire works of William Shakespeare, interesting tomes on the Craftsman period along with all kinds of travel books on 'old central; Florida' and literally hundreds of DVD's highlighting great films, children's classics and best of British Film making.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • Low Allergen Environment
Henry Young, Jr. (Owner)
Advertiser since 2010
Speaks english, swedish, spanish

About Henry Young, Jr.

Your host enjoyed an extensive career in the arts including The Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, The New York City Center Joffrey Ballet, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Cincinnati Ballet Company and DanceAspen. He continues to serve in capacities of management and fundraising consulting and offices on property. He's a sailor and in 1992, sailed all of the Great Lakes and the route of Columbus 500 years later. He is well traveled Great Britain, Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belarus, Greece, Bermuda, Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Canada With his eclectic worldly and local knowledge, he assures a unique experience and excellent recommendations.

Henry Young, Jr. purchased this bungalow in 2007

Why Henry Young, Jr. chose Tampa

During my childhood our family lived in an Craftsman Bungalow on Las Robles Ave in Pasadena, CA. Later we moved to an apartment building overlooking Central Park in Manhattan. 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 and in 2007, I purchased this property in Tampa's Historic District Old Seminole Heights.

What makes this bungalow unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Henry was out of town and the WIFI was not working. We called the owner and he was "on Brighthouse" to get it working within a day. After that things were terrific and Henry's Assistant Nicole could not have been more helpful and agreeable. Our first two days we have rather rainy weather but after that our next week was beautiful. My wife and I had a great time exploring the neighborhood. Our diners at "the Refinery" were very eclectic and good. Henry's thoughtful provisioning of basics was terrific. The beds and linens were the best, as were the towels. We were sorry to have missed meeting Henry, but he was grabbing some vacation time as well.
May 2014
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Bedrooms 2
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 7 nights
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Restored Bungalow in Historic District
average rating of 4.5 based on 4 reviews
Restored Bungalow in Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast

lovely home and setting

  • 5 of 5
We very much enjoyed our stay. It was great to have a comfortable, beautifully appointed home to return to at the end of our long conference days. If you have a way to bring a bike with you, it makes a nice 20-25 minute ride downtown to the conference centre, Ybor City and other central locations.
  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alison, Happy to have you at Erehwon. Sorry to have been so busy preparing for my vacation that we didn't find the opportunity to discuss the conference. I should mention we have bike riders who visit primarily for the Cross Florida and Pinellas County bike paths. The City of Tampa is making more bike lanes available each year as well, so its becoming quite an interest area.
Restored Bungalow in Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast
Cobden, IL


  • 5 of 5
The bungalow is as beautiful as the pictures online, and meticulously clean! The beds are super comfortable and the neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. It's safe to get out and walk around and only three blocks to The Front Porch, that is a gem!
  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Carla, It was lovely to have you and your husband with us. There's something particularly gratifying when I see historic curiosity and discovery when I walk guests thru the Bungalow and I see relaxation setting in within hours of arrival. Great to have Southern IL represented on my history of guests map.
Restored Bungalow in Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast

Lovely, But With Flaws

  • 3 of 5
Feb 4, 2013 through Feb 11, 2013

My sisters and I rented this bungalow after seeing it on this website. We read the reviews and it seemed to be a lovely place to stay as the pictures indicated. The Bungalow preserved from the 1920’s, was perfectly restored. It was decorated in the style of the time and had beautiful furniture, lamps and pottery on display. The owner, who lives next door was very nice and had suggestions for where we could eat and recommended sights in the area to see. We discovered the next morning while having our Starbucks on the patio (the coffee maker was broken) that the landlord’s office faced where we sat and he seemed to observe us while working on his computer. He came out to visit, which was fine, but we became uncomfortable with him being a constant presence while we were outside. We felt we were being watched the entire week we were there. He even mentioned to us after we told him we had returned from a walk, “I know, I was watching you.” The stone steps leading to the patio were unstable causing us to wobble a bit. Our stay at the bungalow was comfortable enough, but the lighting is almost as low in wattage as it would have been in the 1920’s. It was very difficult to read inside until the sun came up and impossible to read in bed at night. It was a nice return to the past but don’t expect to have all the creature comforts you are used to, such as chairs and couches that you can slouch on. The smaller bathroom is almost unusable for a grown adult, so the four of us had only one bathroom to share. Our toaster also broke within a few uses and both that and the coffee maker were replaced the day before we left. The TV base was broken as well, and propped up on some DVDs. The TV, as I understand it, has since also been replaced. The owner complained that we did not check out properly but we thought since he kept such a close eye on us, he was aware of all of our movements.
  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The guest describes an unsatisfactory check out - who leaves the keys on a table, the doors unlocked and never discusses early departure, or even leaving a cell phone message. The result was someone robbed the home of its flat screen TV. During this guest stay, I was advised that the coffee maker, toaster did not work and they were replaced the next day. In addition they broke a wine glass. As for lighting, all overhead lights have a reostat in the wall switch, perhaps they didn't notice this.

I was advised one month prior to check in that one sister is somewhat disabled. She is not wheelchair bound but does have trouble going up and down stairs. We advised that the rear entrance uses stone paver stairs, the bath rooms both have shower/tubs and that one bath room was very small and provided the link to our website with the floor plan. I was very concerned that the renter did not advise me at the point of their inquiry that she had a member of your party with mobility issues and offered to refund the bungalow fees suggesting a hotel would be better suited to her requirements. Our office does look out on the deck but during their entire stay they were comfortable enough to have breakfast on the deck in their sleepwear and our luxury robes.
Restored Bungalow in Historic District
Tampa Florida Central Gulf Coast
Cumberland, MD

Erehwon Retreat defines relaxation on an otherwise hectic business trip....

  • 5 of 5
I have to admit, when I first checked into Erehwon Retreat, a 1920's era bungalow on the outskirts of downtown Tampa, I was a bit unsure of my initial decision. After all, I was in Tampa for business and this place, in an up-and-coming older neighborhood, was a bit off of the beaten path. Boy, did I leave with an altogether different impression! The house was full of antiques and architectual appointments, which certainly set the ambience. However, behind the 1920's appearance, modern conveniences abound. The thick, plush mattresses in each bedroom were dressed with Egyptian cotton linens. A towel warmer graced the master bath. Plenty of bath provisions, including high-end body wash and shampoo were included. The kitchen was equally as impressive, and amazingly stocked with cereal, spices, soda, butter, tea, coffee, liquor (No, I'm not kidding!), mixers, food products and on and on and on....There was more cookware than you could ever require, antique china and crystalware, sterling silver cordial cups, coffee mugs of every dimension and so much more. Although I didn't get much use out of it, there is a lovely wood deck attached to the house with a resident kitty who spends a lot of time keeping you company. About the only shortcomings were a rather outdated TV (with no ESPN), reduced water pressure (particularly evident on the shower) and a coffee press, furnished in lieu of a real coffee maker. Henry (the owner) swore by the French Coffee Press, but after drinking several cups of luke warm coffee and then having to clean the press, I found my Mr. Coffee to be far more efficient. If you want a coffee maker, you will have to go about 2 miles to the Walmart Supermarket and buy one, as I took the one that I purchased home with me. But, these "shortcomings" are mentioned more for informational purposes, and did almost nothing to diminish my overall positive experience. Coming home after a long day of work, turning on the salsa music and grilling a steak on the brand new gas range beat the hell out of being cooped up in a 300 square foot hotel room. This place is flat out, relaxing. You will, guarenteed, leave this bungalow with less stress than when you came. As a matter of fact, I found myself looking forward to my next trip to the Tampa area so that I could stay here again. Henry, the owner, will bend over backwards to make your stay memorable. I have no doubt that the next renter will leave an equally enthusiastic review. Kudos to Erehwon Retreat!
  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2011
  • Stayed: Jan 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Robert,

Many thanks for your thoughtful review. So interesting about the French Press, I have added a Brewmaster for those who want drip coffee. TV is a Flat screen now, remember that you asked if I could open a few days early for your stay. With your five night stay, I so value the insights for our first review of the Bungalow. Many thanks. Hope your travels bring you back to Tampa next year.
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Train
3.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
I-275 & Hillsborough Ave.
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
The Front Porch
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.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates


Tampa Bungalow Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 11 2014 - Nov 23 2014
Changeover Day: Monday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $2 per night, per additional guest
Nov 24 2014 - Jan 25 2015
Changeover Day: Monday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $2 per night, per additional guest
Jan 26 2015 - Apr 5 2015
Changeover Day: Monday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $2 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $150
Cleaning $100 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $69
Tax Rate 12.0%
Notes NO: PETS, SMOKING, RENTAL TO 3rd PARTIES or to individuals 25 years or younger an adult unless accompanied by guardian or parent.
NUMBER OF GUESTS 4 in (2) Queen bed CHILDREN. If traveling with children under the age of 11 years of age, let's discuss. No additional charge for children under the age of 17. Children 18 and above are considered adults..
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Tampa Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1520 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Downtown ...
  • River ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Heating ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Pantry Items
  • Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This is a small bathroom added during restoration
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • In the 1920's working families had their Sunday church clothes and then working clothes. As a result each bedroom has one small closet and a bureau.
  • Books ...
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Beach Towels
  • Small Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Low Allergen Environment
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • health/beauty spa
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • theme parks
  • zoo
  • restaurants
  • arboretum
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
Leisure Activities:
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • walking
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • golf
  • roller blading
  • hiking
There is a wrap around front porch that is a favorite of guests. Our favorite beach is located at Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin, FL 23.2 miles. 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.

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

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