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Idyllic Country Retreat With Pool, Gazebo

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 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 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 two flat-screen roku/satellite TVs.

Jan Hollingsworth
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017


Valrico House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
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. The family room comes equipped with a queen-size sleeper sofa.
  • 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.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

Idyllic Country Retreat With Pool, Gazebo
average rating of 4.642857 based on 28 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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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
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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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Fun, clean, lots of space.

  • 4 of 5

Fun, clean, and lots of space! Our family enjoyed the pool and country-like setting that was super close to all necessities. On the downside only 2 of the sleeping spaces were actual bedrooms with doors providing quiet and privacy, the other two sleeping spaces were lofts. The other downside was that several of the beds were not very comfortable and the pillows were flat. Overall we enjoyed our stay and found Jan to be a helpful and available host.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful retreat in a beautiful setting.

  • 5 of 5

This being my first time using VRBO I have to say I was very happy with everything, the owner Jan called upon our arrival and departure making everything as easy as possible. The house was perfect for the 8 of us, we had plenty of room and everything was provided that we could possibly need. We visited several beaches while there but our favorite was Fort Desoto if was the same distance as all of the other beaches, but it has the least crowd and the water was very clear, unlike Clearwater or Honeymoon Island and it was the cheapest $5 unlike Clearwater which was $15 for 5 hr. Parking and Honeymoon Island which was $10 to park. Fort Desoto was recommended by Jan and her husband and they did not steer us wrong. Thanks for a wonderful home and experience, I was nervous this being my first time but you made it perfect with all of your helpful information.

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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A beautiful oasis surrounded by nature

  • 5 of 5

We have been coming to the Country Retreat for almost a decade now and we love it. Jan and Fred, the owners, are great! We have stayed in both the cottage and the big house. We love the closeness to nature. We have seen raccoons, owls, foxes, all kinds of birds and of course, the horses. Restaurants and stores are close by. The property is also conveniently located near Tampa, St. Petersburg, Bradenton, Sarasota, and Orlando but is still in the country. Beaches and state parks are also within easy driving distance. Stearns Road is great for walking or jogging. The houses are very clean and Jan makes sure that everything is available for a comfortable stay. The kitchens are fully furnished, wifi and roku TVs. The rare times, we have had a problem - minor pool pump leak - it was fixed immediately. Jan is quick to respond and very helpful.

  • Submitted: May 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 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

Valrico House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Pet Fee $50 + Tax
Cleaning fee $150 + 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 $2350-2800 per month. Rates are for up to 6 people. A $10 per person/per night fee for each additional person. Maximum occupancy: 8 people. Special rates for extended stays are available. Reservation deposit of $200. 50% of fees due 60 days prior to arrival, balance due 14 days prior.

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