As you sit on the front porch of Erehwon Retreat, you’re transported to years gone by, when life was simpler and time moved slower. Close your eyes as you sit on the expansive wrap-around porch with eaves and you can almost hear the whir of the motor of a Model T rambling down an unpaved road or the neighbor stopping by for a chat. In the 1920s, the bungalow was in its heyday and our home harkens back to those glory days.
From the minute you walk in the front door, you’ll notice each room has been lovingly restored, with touches from the arts and crafts era like arches, columns, twelve foot ceilings and original waterfall lights. The built-in bookshelves, next to the massive fireplace, contain all the Harvard Classics and the complete works of Shakespeare for your reading pleasure.
Even with all nostalgic features, you’ll still get modern conveniences such as Wi-Fi, washer and dryer, dishwasher, off-street parking and light housekeeping every third day.
When it comes time to eat, head to the gorgeous and well-stocked kitchen where you’ll always find all the basics for a quick snack or gourmet meal. We stock the pantry and fridge with cereal, pancake mix, spices, soda, butter, milk, Florida OJ, tea, coffee and more.
The thoughtful touches continue into the bathroom, where you’ll find a towel warmer and luxurious custom-made Erewhon Retreat tea olive soap, made from the plants found around the home.
At night, lay your head down on the plush mattresses and fall asleep on luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets. Choose from either of the queen bedrooms, one with en suite that includes a tub and shower. There is a second, large master bath, also with tub and shower and a pull out couch in the den.
Even the backyard invokes feelings of another era, when gardens were a sense of pride for homeowners. Meander through the well-kept yard, smelling and enjoying the vibrant colors of the numerous native Florida plants. Grab a book and find a spot of shade under the 90-year-old camphor trees and laurel oaks. In the evening hours, guests of the both the cottage and the bungalow gather on the deck, swapping stories of the day.
DISCOVER OLD SEMINOLE HEIGHTS
Part of Tampa’s first suburb, Old Seminole, Erehwon Retreat sits near numerous restaurants, pubs and shops and is a short drive to downtown Tampa, Ybor City and the airport. The Bungalow is ideal for a getaway, long-term stay during Off Seasons, and everything in between.
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Bungalow Guest Reviews
Didn’t want to leave
Shane – June 2019
Henry’s place was of the best places I have stayed for comfort, quality, cleanliness, value, and a great host. It is located in a safe and upcoming neighborhood with several interesting restaurants and shops within walking distance. It is also an easy Lift or Uber ride to most places around Tampa (never more than a three minute wait for pick-up while I was there). Very relaxing living spaces in a comfortable homey atmosphere. Highly recommended!
It’s the little things
Chris – March 2019
Everything about the Bungalow is as you’d expect. It’s the level of hospitality and consideration the host, Henry, provides that sets the home apart from the rest of Airbnb listings. As a seasoned traveler w/ family, we rely upon concierge services more than most. Henry meets and exceeds this need. Little touches such as a French Press, children’s toys and spices/condiments enhanced our stay. In a historic neighborhood, on a cobblestone street and just minutes from Waterworks, Armature, Hyde Park, SoHo (South Howard St), the Seminole Heights community is perfectly positioned for Tampa’s finest. Great beeches are <45min away.
Wonderful home, great layout, great amenities (even a French press). Wow!
Bonnie – 11/17/2018
Wonderful location, comfortable beds, fabulous Owner. Perfect for our small family with an eight year old boy. Restaurants for both adult and family tastes just down the street (within three minutes) – all serving food to come back for. It doesn’t get any better than this (and we do at least two VRBOs a year). Henry’s house is wonderful.
40 minutes from the ocean, 15 minutes from the incredible zoo and museum, 3 minutes from Busch Gardens. (Hate to advertise – but the Citypass is amazing for Tampa).
Two parks with playgrounds within walking distance – neighbors are friendly, and the street is quiet.
A gem of a place and I am so grateful we found it at the last minute.
Chef Ellard, the Culinary Edge TV – 05/23/2018
Our stay in the Bungalow was exceptional. The neighborhood is amazing, the house is a jewel, and Henry is the perfect host. Erehwon Retreat is style, history, comfort, and kindness all in one. Highly recommend it.
Little Piece of History
Tiffany, Miami FL – 03/10/2018
This bungalow is absolutely beautiful and in great shape. I really appreciated all the attention to detail Henry put into restoring this little piece of history. The beds were comfortable, the kitchen was well-stocked and everything was really clean. The neighborhood is adorable and felt really safe. We went to the ramen place up the street and it was seriously the best we’ve ever had. There are many other awesome restaurants in the area, a few were in walking distance. There was a really cute coffee shop in a converted house just about half a block away. All in all it was a great trip and I hope to come back and stay in this beautiful bungalow again!
A little oasis!
Gill G – 03/05/2018
A thoughtfully prepared, stylishly furnished and decorated bungalow offering comfortable accommodation. Henry’s extras made it more like home. We appreciated the food supplies, toiletries, DVD collection and useful tips supplied by our friendly host and enjoyed sitting out on the adjoining deck and front porch. A relaxing stay.
Henry is a superb host and the Bungalow is a gem.
Rosemary and Doug – 03/04/2018
We marveled at the harmonious color scheme and choices in furniture. Everywhere you look, your eye falls on something interesting and beautiful. And if you’re lonely or want entertainment, just ask Henry about his life in New York fundraising for the Brooklyn Academy or Music or rescuing the Joffrey Ballet from bankruptcy. Being here was such a pleasure!
Availability & Booking Calendar
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Daily Rate: From $103 per night
Weekly Rate: From $721 per week
– Rate varies due to seasonality and holidays.
– Please select your dates on our online booking calendar for an exact quote.
- Attractions – Arboretum
- Attractions – Botanical Garden
- Attractions – Churches
- Attractions – Health Beauty Spa
- Attractions – Library
- Attractions – Live Theater
- Attractions – Museums
- Attractions – Synagogues
- Attractions – Theme Parks
- Attractions – Winery Tours
- Attractions – Zoo
- Bed Linens
- Bike Rentals
- Bird Watching
- Cable Television
- Central A/C
- Central Heat
- Clothes Dryer
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dining Area
- Dining Oven
- Dining Refrigerator
- Dining Room
- Dining Spices
- Dining Stove
- Dining Toaster
- Games Kids
- Hair Dryer
- House Cleaning Included
- Internet – Wireless
- Live Theater
- Living Room
- Massage Therapist
- Meals Guests Furnish Own
- Other Services Concierge
- Other Services Massage
- Type Guest House
- Washing Machine
Florida Sales Tax, Hillsborough County Surtax and Tourist Development Tax – 14.50%
Cleaning Fee – $94.00
Cancellations that are made more than sixty (60) days prior to the arrival date will incur no penalty except if deposits were made via credit card or Travel website booking charge. All credit card cancellations are subject to a 6% cancellation fee or $50, whichever is greater. Cancellations or changes that result in a shortened stay and/or are made within 60 days of the arrival date, forfeit the full advance payment paid to date plus reservation/damage deposit. Monthly renters must cancel one-hundred and twenty (120) days prior to check-in. Monthly renters who make a change that results in a shortened stay must be made at least ninety (90) days prior to check-in. Cancellation or early departure does not warrant any refund of rent or deposit. Guests that may have to cancel due to poor health, job demands, are advised to purchase the appropriate cancellation insurance coverage from a broker of your choosing. If property owner is able to rebook cancellation, rent payment paid to date minus credit card charge will be refunded.
Last updated 10/25/2019
50% due at time of reservation and balance due 15 days prior to your check in date.
Last updated 10/25/2019