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Tranquility and Charm Abound

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome


About the property

1 Bedroom sleeps 2 in Queen Bed

With a romantic history that matches its arts and crafts architecture, Erehwon Retreat Cottage welcomes you to enjoy a quiet and secluded getaway in Tampa.

This hidden gem is like your own personal dollhouse, the cottage is nestled under an old growth canopy with an adorable, welcoming front porch, perfect for watching the world go by.

In 2010, the cottage underwent major renovations, transforming it into a cozy place to relax and unwind. From the minute you step inside the front door, you won’t stop “oohing” and “ahhing” over all the 1920 Arts and Craft touches.

Head into the bead board living room for some down time, where you can kick back on the couch in front of the TV. The cottage’s DVD collection rivals a video rental store, catering to all movie night tastes! If you prefer quieter entertainment, curl up in the leather chair with a good book or one of the many American Bungalow magazines found around the cottage. Or truly unwind and soothe any weary muscles with a Swedish massage; we have a massage therapist that makes house calls for our guests.

When it comes time for some sustenance, the comfy kitchen includes everything you’ll need to cook up breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. When you raid the fridge for snacks you won’t go hungry; we stocked it with fresh Florida orange juice, milk, coffee and plenty of condiments and cooking necessities.

As the sun sets and the weather cools, head out to the deck, shared with the adjacent bungalow, and enjoy time with new friends and the property cat, Thomas!

At bedtime, head to the back of the cottage where you'll find the bedroom complete with arts and craft décor, queen bed and luxury bedding; all you need a restful night’s sleep. On your way to bed, stop by the hallway storage closet and wrap yourself in a fluffy white robe and matching slippers. Even the bathroom oozes charm with pedestal sink, walk-in shower, luxury towels, custom-made tea olive soap and high-end bath products.

Part of the Old Seminole Heights neighborhood of Tampa, our cottage is conveniently located close to numerous shops, attractions and restaurants. Part of the National and State Register of Historic Places, the neighborhood started out as cattle grazing land and citrus groves, but by 1920'a grew into Tampa’s first suburb.

From the minute you arrive, the charm of Erehwon Retreat Cottage invites you to come in and stay awhile. Everything about our cottage--from the historic décor to the secluded setting to the smallest details--welcomes you home.

Erehwon Retreat is licensed under the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation/Division of Hotels and Restaurants and registered with the Florida Department of Revenue and City of Tampa Business Tax Division.

Pack Light: We have a coffee bean grinder, French Press pot in the event you don't want to take a four block walk to Starbucks. Pur water filter at kitchen sink and check out the sundries page on ErehwonRetreat branded website for all that comes with the cottage (see Sundries) or things folks love about the area (see Location). You'll find everything from spices to maple syrup, toaster, pots and pans and pot holders, plus orange juice, half and half cream, milk and cereal to get you started, Publix is just a four blocks away for grocery needs, housekeeping every third day and a massage therapist who comes to the cottage.

More Details

Henry Young, Jr.
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, german, spanish, swedish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 26, 2017

About Henry Young, Jr.

Guests consistently describe in their property reviews the number of excellent recommendations he provided during their visit. My commitment to service and unique experiences comes from my life and career. Following a 45 year career in arts management serving such major cultural organizations as The Guthrie Theatre (Minneapolis) , The New York City Center Joffrey Ballet, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cincinnati Ballet Company and DanceAspen and consulting with retirement I chose to continue a life of service thru offering two authentic to the 1920’s vacation properties in Tampa.

I’ve been a sailor since turning a teenager. First sails were on the Toms River and Barnegat Bay and later the Conneticut River and Long Island Sound. During my military service in the US Navy service I was trained as a navigator which prepared me well for my family’s year long cruise of all of the Great Lakes, Eastern Seaboard and Bahamas Islands our Columbus 500 celebration.

Like concierges around the world, I know the ins and outs of traveling. If you were to examine my various passports I’ve traveled to Iceland, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Austria, Germany, Belarus, Bulgaria, Greece (Crete, Rhodes, Hydra), Bermuda, the Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Cuba. Since reaching semi-retirement, I’ve hiked in over 100 Florida State or County parks and preserves.

Henry Young, Jr. purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Henry Young, Jr. chose Tampa

Just five years following the end of WW II, my and I family lived in a 1920’s Bungalow on Las Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA. Because this home design is part of my DNA, I developed a fascination with the period. In my adult years, my late father in law owned a 1923 Model T. Keeping to the period I restored a 1923 Crosby Wianno Senior, a knockabout sloop famous for the number of Kennedy family members who raced this class off of Hyannis, MA. So when it came to preparing for retirement, my now late mother reminded me that restoring a bungalow from the twenties, the decade that changed America, would be a wonderful post career project. I selected this home following extensive research on the early development of Tampa, the rush of tourism that began post WW I.

What makes this cottage 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

Thank you doesn't see like enough to express my gratitude for the opportunity to experience Erehwon - I would like to say that I believe Erehwon found me. In making my plans to come to Tampa to deliver my son to UT, I had so many options. I knew I didn't want a chain hotel or a resort, and then my google search popped up on Erehwon Retreat. Yes, this would be a perfect spot to helpme with the emotional task of moving my son 1,300 miles from home. A blessed 'Retreat' this week has been. A step back in time with such a peaceful decor, colors, pictures, even the Arts and Craft era tile in the fence. Thank you for your hospitality and our dear chats, I so enjoyed them. I hope that you will get to meet Kyle and the rest of my family. My best wishes for continued success with your venture. It's a little piece of heaven. Peace and Belessings
Aug 2013
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Old Seminole Heights Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 408 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
  • The cottage is served by a tank-less water heater. We hope you are prudent in use of fresh water, but it's always be hot. Fresh linens include 1 bath sheet. 1 hand towels and 1 washcloth per quest plus dish towel. Linens are changed every third day along with guests bed makeup and light clean. For extended stays we provide fresh bed linens weekly.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • A fabulous night’s rest on our Queen sized bed with plush-top mattress. Your bed linens are sumptuous to the touch, and topped with the casual elegance of our feather duvet cover with whisper-soft hypoallergenic polyester filament and sewn all the way through to prevent bunching. Fresh linens and lite cleaning every 3rd. day, include 1 bath sheet. 1 hand towels and 1 wash cloth per quest plus dish towel. For extended stays we provide fresh bed linens weekly. The cottage is for up to 1 or 2 persons in one bed. Fire, Occupancy and Density Laws do not permit additional guests and health department does not permit use of Couch as additional sleeping.
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
Greyhound Bus Terminal 3.3 miles Amtrak 4.3 miles Cruise ship terminals 4.64 miles Tampa Convention Center 6 miles Tampa International Airport 8 miles University of Tampa 4.85 miles USF 6.75 miles Gulf of Mexico Beaches 23-30 miles. Distance and drive time for various Spring Training: 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. Bok Gardens 1 hour Orlando, Disney World, or Gainsville 1.5 Cape Canaveral and Key West High Speed Ferry 2 hours Naples 2:30 Jacksonville 3:15 Miami 4 hours Pensacola 6:45

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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(50 traveler reviews)

Tranquility and Charm Abound
average rating of 4.86 based on 65 reviews

Cozy, Clean, & Conveniently located!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage brings the amenities of a hotel suite into a quiet, peaceful neighborhood. It is well maintained and cleaned regularly. Starter groceries and staples are provided. Privacy is respected, and social interaction is available. The general atmosphere is homey and inviting. As frequent travelers, my wife and I especially appreciated the comfortable bed and the large, plush towels. We highly recommend this cottage and hope to visit again in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great location and wonderful experience. Would like to spend more time here.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Very happy that you had a wonderful time. You didn't let any grass grow under your feet, you really saw the Central part of Florida and got as far S as Naples and the East Coast and yet found your way home every night during your two weeks with us. Would be delighted to see you if your travel plans call for Tampa in the future. Best
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Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great four day stay at this adorable cottage. Thanks to Henry for being a wonderful host. He supplied everything we could need in the cottage and his historical info and tips of where to eat were perfect. We hope to be back again sometime in the near future.


  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jane. CJ certainly had you going from morning to night on her field examination of Tampa as part of there Thesis. Look forward to your return.
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Very cute 1930's cottage

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed meeting Henry and found we had many things in common. He was a perfect host, around when you needed him, not obtrusive.

The cottage is small, but had everything we needed. The cupboards and fridge were stocked with items to get us started.

There are many nice restaurants nearby. Our favorite was the Rooster and the Till. You can sit at the bar and watch the chefs at work.

We rode our bikes down to the river and enjoyed the trails there. We also rode the Courtney Campbell trail that goes along the Bay. It's really nice, but we were against the wind on the ride back which was challenging for us old folks.

The week was relaxing and fun until we discovered our bikes were stolen the last night we were there. We had a supposedly burglar proof lock, but they were able to break it. So if you have bikes with you, I would take them inside at night.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Barbara and Roger, The Eurostyle in-ground bike rack we placed in service is buried in three feet of concrete. Since opening we've rented 2016 nights and this was the first robbery we've ever had. Since your incident I have purchased two New York Ubar Kryptonite bike locks for overnight storage by future guests. No question your cable lock works perfectly for day use but clearly it was easily popped open and there was no need to cut your cable by whoever stole your bikes. Correction, the cottage was built in 1923. As you know I was profoundly sorry and stunned by your loss. Glad you enjoyed the cottage.
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It was nice

  • 5 of 5

Henry was really nice and had everything we needed. He was accommodating and if we go go back to the area, we will definitely be staying with them again

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your post Gerald. I enjoyed having you and Tamara with us for a week. Hope your drive home to Indianapolis was without incident.
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Smallish bungalow good for a week; great dining in the area!

  • 4 of 5

Great neighborhood and restaurants. Felt very safe. Enjoyed going for walks and looking at the different homes. The tiny bungalow was perfect for 2 people - super kitchen, smallish bathroom was made for only 1. Nice decor. No internet in the bedroom or kitchen held us back from working. But luckily we brought our own modem as we had a lot of work to do in addition to going back and forth to our new home. The host who went in and out of the house to check on the place and make sure we were comfortable. He was good with making suggestions on where to go and what to see, but learned quickly we were there for work purposes as well as closing on our new home; and not to sightsee. We would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Michelle, Thanks for your note. Of the 268 nights we hosted in the cottage in 2016, you visit was the only stay in which the purpose was other than vacation and we remember what it's like moving a long distance and waiting for contractors and moving vans. Clearly stressful when three hours after check out you message that your husband is on the way back to pick up all the clothes you left in the hall closet. Hopefully, you all are settled in and loving Carollwood.
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Rates & Availability

Old Seminole Heights Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 24 2017 - Sep 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Dec 24 2017 - Feb 24 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
Feb 25 2018 - Apr 23 2018
Changeover Day: Sunday
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $84 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 12.0%

HIGH & PEAK SEASON - SUNDAY TO SUNDAY - MINIMUM 7 nights, MAXIMUM 14 nights NO: PETS, SMOKING, RENTALS to anyone under the age of 26 years requires extensive discussion with Proprietor. COTTAGE SLEEPS 2 in ONE QUEEN SIZED BED. Fire & Occupancy Laws & Historic District Density restriction 2 persons per bedroom. Rates shall be adjusted if number in party exceeds that listed in Confirmation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Lowry Park Zoo
George M. Steinbrenner Field
Tampa Museum of Art
The Columbia Restaurant
Henry B. Plant Museum
Tampa Theater
Florida state parks - Hillsborough River
The Refinery
Front Porch Grille
Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe
Cappys Pizzeria
Bok Tower Gardens
Salvador Dali Museum
Honeymoon Island State Park
Fort DeSoto Park
Brooker Creek Preserve
Mt Dora
Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art
Busch Gardens - Tampa
Chihuly Collection
Yummy House China Bistro
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Weeki Wachee State Park
Asolo Repertory Theatre
Sarasota Ballet of Florida
Florida Aquarium
The Independent Bar and Cafe
Florida State Fairgrounds
Bern's Steak House
Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
The Independent
Nearest Train
3.5 Miles
Amtrak, Union Station
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
I - 274 x 48B
Nearest Restaurant
0.12 Miles
The Front Porch Bar & Grill
Nearest Beach
23 Miles
Honeymoon Island State Park, Dunedin, FL
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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