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Jan Hollingsworth

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Charming Country Retreat With Pool, Gazebo

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, Sleeps 4

Private, immaculate poolside cottage on 3.5-acre estate shaded by grandfather oaks, minutes from FishHawk. Walk to Starbucks or drive 15 minutes to golf, tennis, horseback riding, canoe rentals, hiking trails, state parks, wildlife preserves and some of the best mountain bike trails in the state. Country Retreat is an oasis of tranquility central to all that Florida has to offer. Thirty minutes from antique districts, outlet malls, Plant City, downtown Tampa and The Florida Aquarium. 45 minutes to Busch Gardens, less than an hour from the beaches, 75 minutes from Disney and two hours from the Space Coast and Cape Canaveral. An ideal location to explore Central Florida from coast to coast and an inviting, secluded retreat at the end of the day. Wildlife abounds as horses graze in the adjacent pasture. A unique experience.

Cottage is charmingly furnished and fully equipped, including clothes washer and dryer, hi-speed Internet and satellite TV.


Guest comments: 'We wanted to thank you guys for making our stay so enjoyable. You gave us shopping tips, places of interest to visit and fresh fruit. The orange juice from the store isn't nearly as good as fresh squeezed. Sometimes it's the simple things in life that makes all the difference. Best Wishes.


More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Jan Hollingsworth (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english


based on 21 traveler reviews

Charming Country Retreat With Pool, Gazebo
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 21 reviews

Country Idyll

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here on our first trip to Tampa and arrived at night and exhausted. We were greeted with a welcome pack of tea & pastries which was much appreciated as we didn't have the energy to go out for dinner. The next day the sun was out and we saw the place for the 1st time - amazing! We had breakfast by the pool surrounded by incredible giant Oaks and listened to the birds. The cottage was just perfect and had everything we needed & more. We walked to Starbucks and the supermarket is a 2 minute drive away so everything is on hand.

Jan & Fred are great hosts and no request was too much: how to get into town? how to get to the beach? where can we eat? and when we asked about sight-seeing Jan gave us the 'grand tour'.

If you want to chill out in the country this is the place to be.

  • Submitted: May 11, 2009
  • Stayed: Apr 2009
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Absolutely wonderful!

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful relaxing vacation, just what we needed! The property and house were very clean, the house is spacious and comfortable as well as quiet. Will definitely return.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Chattanooga, TN


  • 5 of 5

It's a great quiet little cottage that is in a quiet location but still close to all of the things to do. I would definitely recommend this and the owners to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Charming little cottage

  • 5 of 5

Neatly tucked away under oak trees with spanish moss. Clean, well supplied and maintained. We had everything we needed and were comfortable. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Gorgeous setting for any occasion!!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I arrived to find a very clean, well maintained cottage in a beautiful setting. We had everything we needed at hand for preparing meals, etc. Jan was most gracious and helpful during our entire stay. We loved the beautiful pool which was very well maintained throughout the time we were there. The cottage is convenient to any shopping need you might have. We loved having the new Fresh Market 3 minutes away and that is a shopping experience in itself!! We look forward to going back again. Our animals enjoyed their vacation as much as we did. Gus and Scout loved the pool!!

Thanks Jan for providing a lovely place close to our daughter and her family. We had a great time. I recommend this property to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
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Comfortable, Quiet and Convenient

  • 4 of 5

The property is well described and well maintained. The pool and backyard area was very nice with easy access. It was centrally located for shopping and good restaurants. Owner had stocked us with brochures and menus so eating out was never a problem. Close enough to the beaches for an easy drive and close enough to Orlando for a day trip.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Bloomingdale Ave. and Lithia-Pinecrest Rd.
Nearest Beach
45 Miles
Car: recommended

Located mid-way between Tampa and Lakeland, the rural suburb of Valrico is convenient to all that Central Florida has to offer. Country Retreat is ideal for vacation, house hunting, or corporate relocation. Walking distance to shopping, restaurants, banks, pharmacies, medical clinics. Minutes from golf, tennis, hiking, canoeing, birdwatching, mountain biking. Less than an hour to beaches, antique districts, outlet malls, theme parks and historic sites.

Other Activities: canoeing


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 1 2015 - Apr 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
May 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Pet Fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 12.0%

Rates are seaonal ranging from $500-$700 per week and $1500-$2000 per month.
$75 cleaning fee. $50 pet fee.
Rates include all utilities, plus high-speed Internet and cable TV. Fully furnished and equipped with linens, towels, dishes, cookware and all appliances, including clothes washer and dryer. $200 reservation deposit. 50% of fees due 60 days prior to arrival. Balance due 14 days prior.

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Florida Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Spacious bathroom opens onto the pool area and also serves as laundry room with personal full-size washer and dryer.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , queen-size
    Bedroom 2 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen-size
  • Main bedroom furnished in charming antiques, with queen bed, high dresser, writing desk. Second bedroom furnished with a queen-size futon with thick Sealy mattress, bookcase with reading materials, video tapes and DVDs, and large dresser with mirror.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis

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