Gearing up for beach weather

Gearing up for beach weather

Folks simply love our beaches.

We’ve just finished our annual repair and refreshment of the cottage and in late April will move onto the bungalow.

Funny about spring in Florida—it doesn’t does take being a scientist to know when beach time is upon us. The Gulf of Mexico off Fort Desoto State Park reached 73 degrees in early April, email inquiries for summer are streaming in, and we all know just being around the water brings on contentment. But why? Is it the color blue that makes us relax? Is it acoustic, the Beach Boys, children playing, sea gulls calling, waves crashing ashore?

Here at Erehwon, we so enjoy receiving notes of inquiry or letters of thanks with comments like, “When we looked out onto the Gulf or walk along the strand of Bayshore, our imagination for travel opened up seeing a boat on the horizon, smelling salt in the air, and, oh, there’s that sensation of sand between our toes.”

A perfectly restored and appointed retreat

A perfectly restored and appointed retreat

A review from one of the first guests to stay in the newly available Erehwon Bungalow:

A beautifully restored bungalow with all the comforts needed for a relaxing stay away from home. As a business traveler, I look for unique places to stay for a more enjoyable stay away from home. Erewhon Bungalow was a delightful and spacious home in the middle of a quiet neighborhood making it the perfect respite after a long day of meetings. I loved the comfortable furnishings, the equipped kitchen, and the infusion of period antiques throughout the property. Henry, the proprietor was a gracious host, providing wonderful restaurant recommendations, tips about travel around the Tampa area, and an insider’s view of the surrounding neighborhood. This is one of the most outstanding homes that this seasoned traveler has rented.

Additional reviews are on VRBO.com for both the bungalow and the cottage.

Another 5-star review!

Another 5-star review!

I was there in the spring of 2010 to study for and take my pathology boards…it’s quiet, and incredibly comfortable. Henry has led a very interesting life and has some great stories to tell. There is no better place to stay in Tampa…it’s close to everything and the bed is more comfortable than my own. There is a lot of thought put into every detail of the cottage and it shows. I look forward to visiting again!

You can read more of our guest’s reviews on VRBO.com. We appreciate every kind word and are grateful for the opportunity to provide so many a place of respite and relaxation!

Our guests or our marketing department?

Our guests or our marketing department?

One of the many delights of conceiving and running Erehwon Retreat has been hearing and reading the lovely things our guests have said about their experiences here. Some validate our attention to detail:

Overall, staying in the cottage—with the memory foam top bed, surrounded by beautiful gardens featuring native plants, and provided with everything I could ever need—was the ultimate renewing and relaxing experience!

While others are downright poetic:

I expected this place to suit me perfectly and it does. Erehwon is a magical place. It is a homey place. It is a little miniature house. It is a safe place, a quiet place, and a place where a person can rest, relax, recharge or simply be based and race about from knowing that upon return Erehwon awaits. It is a refuge from the chaos. It is an oasis amidst the madness.

You can read more guest reviews on both VRBO and HomeAway.