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Charming, Historic Carriage House Old Florida setting on Tampa Bay

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 31 nights


About the property

1 bedroom, 1 full bathroom, 1 half bath, sleeps 4

The Carriage House is nestled in Old Town Safety Harbor. In 3 minutes you walk to the Pier on Tamps Bay, the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa, the Post Office and Starbucks. There are seven Restaurants within a 10 minute walk including the 'Almost Famous' Whistle Stop Grill where you will find outdoor seating , a laid back atmosphere and live music at least 3 nights per week..

The Carriage House' unique architecture and fenced back yard will make you feel like you stepped back in a slower pace. ..Built in 1925 the Carriage House was originally just that- 'a carriage house 'not far from Green Springs Resort. It is the oldest wooden structure in Safety Harbor.

Step out on the brick patio for breakfast and have a drink on the wood deck at night. The bedroom is a second floor large loft with a large window to view the Bay about 100 yds away.

There is a working fireplace, TV and DVD, and a full kitchen.

Guest Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your charming cottage. We felt transported to another place in time. So relaxing & peaceful. The cottage is decorated so lovely and the grounds are beautiful.

You and your husband are wonderful hosts ,looking after every detail.

Marley seems to know his role as the the 'darling dog' of The Carriage House.

Thank you for our gift dinner at your awesome restaurant Whistle Stop Grill. We loved the place so much, we found ourselves back there 3 more times!!

We look forward toour return in April 2010

Guest Comment: We had a great time at The Carriage House.

We felt so away from it all..but yet very close to everything. The back patio was our sanctuary. And within minutes we could be on Main St. downtown . The Whistle Stop Dinner was a highlight..thank you very much.

We enjoyed the bikes & Kyacks you provided and all of your great suggestions of what to do & see in the area.

We hope to come back soon.

More Details

Dawn Pendola
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
April 9, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have been wintering at The Carriage House for the past 5 years. We absolutely adore being there. It is so quaint & comfortable. It feels as though you stepped back in time & life slows down. Yet it has all the amenities of today and is close to everything.

You can walk the Safety Harbor Spa, The Marina , Philippe Park and downtown.

Downtown has many good restaurant and bars and a few cool shops. Clearwater Beach is 10 miles west & Tampa is 10 miles East.

The hosts, of the Carriage House Dawn & Patrick ,own The Whistle Stop that is in downtown Safety Harbor. It is an Old Florida restaurant & bar with great food & live music. They always give a gift card to come down to the restaurant as their guest. Dawn & Patrick have owned both the Carriage House & the Whistle Stop for 16 years. They are wonderful hosts.

We are looking forward to goig back next year..we already booked.
Dec 2010
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Safety Harbor Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , vey small sink and toilet w/vanity
  • Full bath & shower is located on second floor. Ground Floor bath has a toilet & sink only.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Loft bedroom requires using one flight of stairs, sleeps two. Main bathroom off bedroom. Half bath on ground floor. Ground floor sleeps two on queen size pull-out sleeper sofa
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Beach Chairs
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 2 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
The Safety Harbor Spa is very nearby (3 min walk) . There is a pool, fitness rooms, tennis. guest memberships and day visits are available. The local Chamber of Commerce is a two minute walk away. Safety Harbor Regional Museum is located right next door to cottage. Phillipe Park is 1.2 miles walk down the green way along the Tampa Bay Tandem sit -on top kayak available for guests to use on bay. Mantee watching at marina..5 min walk from cottage .Fishing off pier Main St. Safety Harbor & side streets has several shops & restaurants in a 9 block radius. Very walkable. The Whistle Stop Grill dubbed 'Cheers of Safety Harbor,' is located on Main St. It is a landmark 'Old Florida' restaurant. Serves Beer & Wine and great food..Fried Green Tomatoes & so much more. Old Fashion Ice Cream treats. Music 3-4 nights a week. The Famous Bowling Ball House (seen on T.V ..and travel shows) is also in walking distance. Syd Entel Art Gallery on Main St.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(8 traveler reviews)

Charming, Historic Carriage House Old Florida setting on Tampa Bay
average rating of 4.75 based on 9 reviews

Charming, comfortable and very convenient!

  • 4 of 5

This carriage house is absolutely charming. It had everything I needed and was conveniently located. I was able to walk to everything in town. The owners were wonderful and able to take care of anything I needed immediately. I highly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy to read that you enjoyed y0ur stay in The Carriage House. If your travels bring you back this way, we hope you will stay with us again. Thank you, Dawn & Patrick
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Best weekend ever

  • 5 of 5

This carriage house was perfect in every way. Well maintained, roomy and an ideal location. We are three sisters who had a weekend getaway and we definitely will be going back. There's a queen bed upstairs in the loft and queen sleeper sofa in the living room but we also brought a queen air mattress which set up comfortably in the living room. The setting is beautiful and you have everything you need to feel at home. It's walking distance to the adorable Main Street of safety harbor and a short drive to just about anything else you want to do. Unfortunately we didn't meet Dawn, we just kept missing each other but we did touch base a few times by phone and she will make herself available to meet and address any wants or needs you may have. Highly recommend the carriage house.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to have you and your sisters stay in the Carriage House. I'm glad you enjoyed it and I hope you will all return. Next time we will meet in person for sure! Thank you for the nice review.
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Beautiful Property downtown Safety Harbor

  • 5 of 5

My parents come from France every year to visit me in Safety Harbor and they love staying at the Carriage House. The house is charming, clean, beautifully furnished and the garden is lovely. Dawn and Patrick are friendly and take great care of the property. The location is ideal, walking distance to all the restaurants on Main Street and the marina.

I highly recommend this property!

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always so happy when your lovely parents return every year.
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Lovely retreat in a fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have had the pleasure of staying in this lovely home in February, 2014 and 2015. It is in a wonderful location within a short walk of downtown Safety Harbor, a charming small town filled with shops and restaurants yet an easy commute to Tampa and Clearwater. There are many walking and biking opportunities very nearby as well as parks. The home itself has everything you need to feel at home from the moment you walk in. It is light, bright, clean, and well equipped. The owners are a pleasure, quick to respond to questions, and a great source of local information. We enjoyed our stay immensely and plan to return again!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful historic home and garden

  • 5 of 5

This wonderful home is even better than the photos show it. It's filled with charm, character and history and is only a short walk from the bay, Main Street and the Safety Harbor Spa. Well stocked kitchen and plenty of games, books and DVDs. It's in a lovely quiet neighborhood, complete with friendly neighbors. It's perfect for singles, couples and families. I can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Characterful and peaceful 'home from home'

  • 5 of 5

We have just had the most wonderful holiday in The Old Carriage House last week and didnt want to leave! Our previous Florida vacations have always been in hotels or vacation villas around Orlando and this was SUCH a refreshing change. I dont believe the photos do it justice! Full of nooks and crannies and charming decor throughout. Being a keen gardener i also enjoyed our 'private' garden with ample seating and a recliner and took some great photos of an Osprey munching on a fish in the huge old oak tree! Couldnt quite act fast enough to capture the squabbling Jays on film though. Everything we needed was there with the exception of a kettle and Dawn soon put that right (we Brits DO like our tea!!) In fact the owners were quietly attentive without being obtrusive. The two bikes were put to regular use and we would recommend their use to see a bit more of the locality with easy cycle paths in both directions through pleasant parks including one that takes you within a couple of miles of Clearwater! A VERY short walk away is Main St with a host of restaurants and cafes, galleries and antique shops. We enjoyed meals at the Paradise Cafe and The Sandwich bar and not forgetting the owner's own Whistle Stop Grill (where i sampled fried green tomatoes for the first time) A little further afield but easily driveable is the lovely Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and of course, Clearwater Beach and St Petes! We loved the House and believe that anyone who lives in the town is very lucky indeed but If you want pristine and new then this isnt for you HOWEVER if you want some home from home comfort, character and history then book the "oldest wooden building in Safety Harbor"!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza
"Best pizza anywhere and it's right here in Safety Harbor!"
"3 min walk from Carriage House"
Whistle Stop Grill by the tracks
"Old Florida/ New Vibe Great Food & Drink Music 4 nites a week. Always a good time and a go..."
Ruth Eckerd Hall
Bright House Networks Field
Lenny's Restaurant
"Closest eating establishment to a Jersery Diner! Good!"
Parts of Paris
"Very nice fine dining"
Philippe Park
"Absolutely Beautiful Park on Tampa Bay. Small beach areas, covered picnic areas, Indian Moun..."
Safety Harbor City Marina
Safety Harbor Museum-History
"Interesting museum for local history &Tocobaga Indians"
Safety Harbor Resort and Spa
"Great Spa with all the amenities. Pool & Tiki Bar open to public "
Whistle Stop Grill & Bar
" Old Florida / New Vibe ! Cool outdoor Restaurant & Bar. Great food -Live Music Always a goo..."
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Tampa International
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Whistle Stop Grill & Bar
Nearest Ferry
15 Miles
Caladesi Island
Nearest Train
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Interstate 275 and 4
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Whistle Stop Grill & Bar
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Car: recommended

The Carriage House is 100 yards from north Tampa Bay, centrally located for the Airport, St Pete Museums, Mall shopping , Clearwater Beach and the quaint town of Safety Harbor itself. The Clearwater Jazz Festival in October is 15 minutes and the renowned Dali museum is 30 minutes. Safety Harbor is home to many artists whose work you will notice in different forms all over town. Don't miss the 'Bowling Ball House'Art Works & Enjoy eating & drinking at 'Whistle Stop Grill (since 1959!) Fried Green Tomatoes & Other Great music.

Bike or Walk through Beauiful Phillipe Park on the Tampa Bay. Kyack or Canoe on The Tamapa Bay. Watch the Manatees from the Safety Harbor Pier.. Indulge in yourself at the Safety Harbor Spa .and more ..


Rates & Availability

Safety Harbor Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jan 1 2017 - May 31 2017
31 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2017 - Nov 19 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75

An advanced payment equal to 50% of the rental rate is required upon booking unit. The advanced payment will be applied toward the rent. The balance is due within 30 days of check in.
The full amount is non-refundable for cancellations made within 45 days of arrival. Cancellations made 45 days or more to arrival will be refunded less a$50 cancellation fee.

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