"Old Seminole Heights" has a remarkably preserved history that matches its arts and crafts era architecture. We're just 3 miles from Downtown, 4 m to Busch Gardens and Raymond James Stadium, 5 m to the Tampa Convention Center and 7 miles to USF and Moffitt Cancer Center. But given the areas 90 year old tree canopy you don't hear the city.
Step through the front door and into a world of 1920's elegance when life was simpler and time moved slower. Close your eyes as you sit on the expansive wrap-around porch and you can almost hear the whir of a Model T rambling down the road or a neighbor stopping by for a chat. In the 1920s, the bungalow was in its heyday and today we are located in the center of a national, state and local recognized historic district.
From the minute you walk in the front door, you’ll notice each room has been lovingly restored to the 1920's, with slag glass lamps, touches from the arts and craft period including original pendant 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, real maple syrup, spices, butter, milk, Florida OJ, tea, coffee and more.
The thoughtful touches continue into the bathroom, where you’ll find towel warmers 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 Queen hotel grade mattresses and fall asleep on luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets. Choose from either of the queen bedrooms, one with ensuite that includes a tub and shower. There is a second, large master bath, also with tub and shower. We offer a pull out couch in the den as well.
You are surrounded by a lush Florida native plant garden. Meander through the well-kept pine straw paths, 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 early evening hours, guests of both the cottage and the bungalow often gather on the deck, swapping stories of the day and enjoying the company of the property cat, Thomas. (who is never permitted into our Rental Properties).
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.
Part of Tampa’s first suburb, Old Seminole Heights, Erehwon Retreat sits near numerous restaurants, pubs and shops and and just 15 minutes to the airport. Our property is ideal for a weekend getaway, long-term stay and everything in between. We've welcomed guests for over eight years and perfected indulgence. Erehwon Retreat is not some " sideline or second hustle." We are committed to service and exceptional standards.
This arts and craft bungalow is 1178 sq-ft interior with 12' ft ceilings, recently refinished original heart pine floors, Low Voc paints, full attic insulation, all new wiring, appliances, new 2016 AC/Heat pump, drapes in both bedrooms and dining room, and roman blinds in the living room. Living and dining rooms are open to one another, separated by a curved arch. A classic swinging door opens to a kitchen with 4-burner gas range, EnergyStar dishwasher and refrigerator/freezer.
We live in a world where most things are mass produced. Hark back to a period when time moved slower, when we made things by hand, when craftsman left a part of themselves in the things they built. As a guest recently said, "last Christmas our host left us a mass produced pound cake and you treated us to Viennese Apple Strudel and Champaign. Erehwon is a redhead is a sea of blondes."
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.
Our properties are Pet and Smoke Free in consideration of future guests and possible allergy and pulmonary related illnesses.
When making an inquiry please take the time to tell us about yourself.
Our couples/partner oriented home and its antique furnishings is ideal for adults. We welcome children but depending on the age of your children, may require the purchase of Damage Insurance. If you are visiting with children please include their ages in your reservation request. For monthly renters we also require the purchase of Damage Insurance. Occupancy laws and historic neighborhood density are strictly enforced.