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The Farmhouse at Country Retreat

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

3 to 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, sleeps 8

Spacious, immaculate poolside home on 2.5-acre estate shaded by grandfather oaks, minutes from FishHawk. Walk to restaurants or drive 15 minutes to golf, tennis, horseback riding, canoe rentals, hiking trails, state parks, wildlife preserves and some of the best bird-watching and 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. Home is charmingly furnished and fully equipped, including clothes washer and dryer, hi-speed Internet and three flat-screen roku/satellite TVs.

Property Manager
Claus Eberhardt
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2017


Bloomingdale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub
  • The downstairs bathroom also contains a Maytag washer and dryer for personal use of guests. The upstairs bath includes an antique clawfoot soaking tub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , queen & daybed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , daybed/trundle
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , queen-size
    Loft - 1 double , full size
  • This spacious home is ideal for extended families or travelers who want to share a home. There are multiple wings, affording a great deal of privacy inside and out. One upstairs wing can be used as a private suite, with a huge bedroom with queen bed plus twin daybed, another sitting room/bedroom with twin daybed plus twin trundle and a shared bath with antique clawfoot tub. A loft with antique double bed is in another wing and can be used as a 4th bedroom. The downstairs bedroom comes equipped with a queen bed and is off the foyer, which can be used as a private sitting room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • bay/sound
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Country Retreat is a pet-friendly environment with fenced yard, dog run/kennel and tile floors throughout the first floor of the home. Smoking is permitted outdoors only, with a number of comfortable options - poolside, on the front porch and on the back deck.


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The Farmhouse at Country Retreat
average rating of 4.645161 based on 31 reviews
Decatur, AL


  • 5 of 5

Our family vacation was a complete success, mainly because the house, pool and owners were outstanding. We plan to vacation there many times in the future. Because we were able to get the large home, we were able to have our four grandchildren and one nephew stay there with my husband and myself. We never wanted to leave. The children had room to play inside and out and there was never an issue about the noise because we had this great private wonderland. Horses to feed and pet were one of the highlights for the kids. I would recommend this Home Away to anyone that loves the outdoors, privacy and room to play. The house itself was terrific for me, I loved the Victorian appeal, the large kitchen counter and cooking area made a quick job of preparing and serving meals.Our family says THANKS to the friendly owners and we hope to see you again very soon. Janice, Gil, Justin, Daryl, Dara, Sydney, Destiny, Cari, Jeffrey, Spencer and Wendi (our Pomeranian).

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2010
  • Stayed: Jun 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Awesome house that was great for a family of four and pets.

  • 5 of 5

Jan made the arrangements and was helpful with reservations and very accommodating. Jan was very responsive and worked with Claus and his wife in opening up the house when I locked the door and forgot the key. Pool was wonderful and location is close enough to downtown Tampa. Only small comment was covered casserole pan, a hair dryer (we left one we bought), and some games (we left some game cards). These are just st minor items as the house and stay was wonderful. Great value that added to the wonderful experience.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic vacation home

  • 4 of 5

Very private and quiet location. Plenty of space to spread out and relax. Bathrooms are a bit tight, but it is an older home. Light switches are a bit tricky as well. Once you get use to the idiosyncrasies of the home, everything is great! Great place to stay if you have children or travel with animals! Plenty of exploring and room to run.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We love it !!!!

  • 5 of 5

Great property . Conveniently located to stores, restaurants ,parks,beaches..... Thank you Jan !!! Great yard that is fenced and our dog had a blast there. Also our kids loved to see the horses next door.

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Perfection

  • 5 of 5

I've rented properties through Homeaway since it was founded, both here in the US and internationally, with rentals in Canada, France, and Mexico. In all these years, most experiences have been pleasant, one was particularly horrible (our last Florida rental), but this one stands alone - this was perfect in every way. The owner, Jan, was friendly and helpful from the very beginning, and her guidance and advice were invaluable. Onsite caretaker, Claus (and his family), couldn't have been nicer. The property itself is a beautiful oasis. As other reviewers have pointed out, surrounded on all sides by lush grounds and horse/pony pastures, it's hard to believe busy shopping areas are less than a mile away. While my husband and I probably would have happily spent all of our time in the well-appointed, comfortable home, we did venture out to many area attractions with our intermittent guests. Highlights included day trips to beaches (about an hour away - favorites were Indian Rocks and Pass-a-Grille), a walking tour of Ybor City (excellent) and lunches at Columbia restaurant, also in Ybor, and also excellent (even for lunch, make reservations - it's always crowded). A drive to Clearwater for a spring training game was also about an hour, and Disney was maybe 80 minutes in the other direction. If you bring along a four-legged friend, as we did, Jan recommended two near-by parks (Aldermans Ford and Alafia River State Park) which were both great for long walks. Also, right down the street is a small county park with a paved loop that was our go-to location for early morning walks. A tip for those new to the Tampa area (like we were) who will be driving on highways around the city - get a SunPass at Publix when you arrive. My only regret is that the property is already reserved for next year, otherwise we most definitely would have been back!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Loved everything about it..The neighbors were great and ready to help with anything needed!

Thank you all!!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
River Hills, Buckhorn, Bloomingdale
Nearest Train
18 Miles
Downtown Tampa
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Bloomingdale Ave. and Lithia-Pinecrest Rd.
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
St. Petersburg/Clearwater/Ft. DeSoto/PassaGrille
Car: recommended

Valrico is a rural suburb east of Tampa, part of the greater Brandon area. It's located mid-way between Tampa and Plant City, the world's winter strawberry capital and home to the Florida Strawberry Festival. Downtown Plant City also hosts a bustling antique district with great eateries and tea rooms. Valrico is also 20 minutes from the Hard Rock Casino and the Florida State Fairgrounds, where expos, equestrian competitions and other activities are held year round. Drive 20 minutes west to Tampa, and you'll find The Florida Aquarium, the University of Tampa, historic Ybor City, the museums of downtown Tampa, plus the St. Pete Times Forum, which hosts everything from hockey to concerts. Tampa is also home to the University of South Florida, Moffitt Cancer Center and Busch Gardens. Drive another 25 minutes west and you'll find some of the nation's top-rated beaches - the award-winning Ft. DeSoto beach & fishing pier, and historic PassaGrille home to the famous Hurricane restaurant.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

There is a one-time cleaning fee of $150 and a one-time pet fee of $50 per pet, if applicable.
Optional interim light housecleaning service is available on request -- cleaning bathrooms, floors, change of linens -- $75.

Rates are seasonal, ranging from $800-$900 per week and $2500-2800 per month. Rates are for up to 6 people.
A $10 per person/per night fee for each additional person. Maximum occupancy: 8 people.

Rates include all utilities, plus high-speed Internet and satellite TV.
Fully furnished and equipped with linens, towels, dishes, cookware and all appliances, including clothes washer and dryer.

Special rates for extended stays are available.

Nightly rentals are available only if there are extra days of less than a complete week available between two existing reservations.
2 nights minimum. The cleaning fee is included in the nightly rate.

Reservation deposit of $200. 50% of fees due 60 days prior to arrival, balance due 14 days prior.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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