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Gorgeous 1923 Old Seminole Heights Bungalow: Hark Back to a Simpler Time

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Bedrooms 2
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday bungalow in Old Seminole Heights - Erehwon Retreat Bungalow

2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths. sleeps 4

As you sit on the front porch of the 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 the 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 and 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.

We are also members of Shipt.com, so if you need food items beyond what we stock, send us a list. We'll do the shopping and Shipt.com will deliver same day!

The thoughtful touches continue into the bathroom, where you’ll find towel warmers and luxurious custom-made Erewhon Retreat tea olive soap, made right 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 ensuite that includes a tub and shower. There is a second, large master bath, also with tub and shower.

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 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.

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 is a short drive to downtown Tampa, Ybor City and the airport. Our property is ideal for a weekend getaway, long-term stay(off season only) and everything in between.

This arts and craft bungalow is 1578 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.

Due to the popularity and frequent return visits we primarily rent in 7 night stays. When booking for periods less than a week, we may advise that we need to place your request on a wait list until 60 days prior to your desired check in date. If the bungalow books for a week during your wait list period we advise you the moment of the booking. During the wait list time we will accept no other short stay request other than a full week.

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.

Due to the number of returning guests during the winter months, we may have to limit 1st. time guests to a maximum stay of 7 nights. Monthly rates are only available June 1- 2nd week of December. During mid December to mid April, first time visits are limited to 7 nights in order to serve our loyal regulars.

When making an inquiry please take the time to tell us about yourself. After all this is the Internet and we’re unable to speak on the phone or independently communicate via direct Email until the booking is confirmed and paid, according to HomeAway terms.

We select Monday as the turn over day for the bungalow during HIGH SEASON in order to link with the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line “Brilliance”, Carnival Cruises “Paradise,” which maintain a HIGH SEASON or year round weekly arrival and departure in the Port of Tampa.Many of our guests wish to extend their time in Tampa/St. Petersburg prior to or following a cruise.

Our couples/partner oriented home and its antique furnishings is ideal for adults. We welcome children and adjust the Damage Insurance based on age of your children. Occupancy laws and historic neighborhood density are strictly enforced.

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Henry Young, Jr.
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, German, Spanish, Swedish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 October, 2016

About Henry Young, Jr.

Your host enjoyed an extensive career in the arts including The Guthrie Theatre, Minneapolis, The New York City Center Joffrey Ballet, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Cincinnati Ballet Company and DanceAspen. He continued to serve in capacities of management and fundraising consulting until 12/31/14 and presently offices on property. He's a sailor and in 1992, sailed all of the Great Lakes and the route of Columbus 500 years later. He is well traveled Iceland, 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 his life and career.

Following service in the US Navy, your host enjoyed a management and fundraising career in the performing arts including landmark organizations The Guthrie Theatre, The New York City Center Joffrey Ballet, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Cincinnati Ballet Company and DanceAspen. He continues to serve in capacities of management and fundraising consulting and his persistence in getting things done is legendary. This combination of management and the arts made him curious about history and people and comfortable with the ambiguity of new.

He's been a sailor since turning a teenager, and armed with his Naval service as a navigator he and his family spent a year sailing all of the Great Lakes and the route of Columbus 500 years later.

He is also like concierges around the world, he knows the ins and outs of traveling. If you were to examine his various passports he's 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, he has hiked in over 100 Florida State or County parks and preserves.

Henry Young, Jr. purchased this bungalow in 2007

Why Henry Young, Jr. chose Tampa

During my childhood our family lived in an Craftsman Bungalow on Las Robles Ave in Pasadena, CA. Later we moved to an apartment building overlooking Central Park in Manhattan. My late mother reminded me that I always talked of the Bungalow and encouraged me to consider restoring one at some point in my life and in 2007, I purchased this property in Tampa's Historic District Old Seminole Heights.

What makes this bungalow 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

Your unique home is a beautiful and relaxing base from which to explore the Tampa Bay area. Your suggestions were extremely reliable. We had 2 excellent dinners at The Refinery and enjoyed seeign Quartet at the marvelous Tampa Theater. So much to do. So little time.

Our suggestions for future guests? Tampa and St. Petersburg both have excellent art museums, but the area has parks and preserves that should not be missed. We enjoyed very much Hillsborough River State Park dating from the Civilian Conservation Corps era and the present day effort to preserve the area, the Robinson Preserve in Braedenton. For guest not up to an easy hike in the woods or a stroll along Tampa Bay, try a drive to a charming rural restaurant outside Dade City called Pearl in the Grove. Where has all the time gone to? Oh well, we;ll try to come back some other time. Cheers,
Feb 2013
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based on 18 holidaymaker reviews

Gorgeous 1923 Old Seminole Heights Bungalow: Hark Back to a Simpler Time
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 22 reviews

Lovely Stay

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Erehwon Retreat in mid September of this year and I truly enjoyed my stay! I made a last minute decision to stay because other plans fell through but I'm very glad I did. I read a lot of the reviews first, of course, because I ended up traveling alone and being a 33 year old single woman that makes you take more into consideration. That being said, this was the right spot for me! The house is quiet and in an area close to a major road so you won't get lost, but tucked into the neighborhood enough where you won't hear any traffic. As a person who needs quiet, this was great for me! I was able to chill and relax on a couple rainy days and go out and do things on the sunny ones. I wanted to have a kitchen for the option of cooking and it was fantastic- Henry had everything! Pots, pans, plus little things you forget you need like spices and nonstick spray. The kitchen was lovely and I can't emphasize how happy I was that the house was so clean! He even had stacks of different movies to watch on the tv which was a great treat for me because I love movies. The other reviews on Henry are spot on- he was the best! Kind, thoughtful and probably the historical authority on all things Florida lol. He was next door if I needed him but not at all creepy or overly invasive. The neighborhood is very quiet so if you like loud hustle and bustle this is not the place for you. Also some good places to eat nearby. The only warning I have is, this house does have 2 bathrooms but one is very historical...translation: tiny! That is of course a feature of most historical houses, but if you're depending on two full sized bathrooms, consider yourself warned! The main bathroom is gorgeous, and the pictures don't do it justice! All in all I felt very safe even when I came home late and I would definitely recommend it for those looking for a quiet relaxing stay.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karmiah, What a delight to host you at Erehwon Retreat. It's particularly special whenever our guests show interest in what living and life was like in 1923, three years after women won the right to vote and three years into Prohibition. You have great curiosity and so happy that you got out and about and met members of our community. I hope you'll introduce your parents to Erehwon on a future visit to Tampa.
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Erehwon Retreat Bungalow exceeded our expectations

  • 5 of 5

The Erehwon Retreat Bungalow turned out to be just what we were looking for and more. All of the minimal requirements for a great stay were perfect. Check-in was simple as the owner was there on the property to meet us. All of our questions were answered promptly and to our satisfaction. The photos and description of the property were exactly as represented. Everything that we needed was provided such as linens and kitchen supplies and there were extras as well. The unit was clean, well appointed, and charming.

Our goal was to spend Thanksgiving with my son since he is attending a nearby university and couldn't come home because of work. We wanted to have a place that was like home where we could have a traditional holiday dinner while being close to him, close to other sites, and safe. On this front we struck gold. The area is nice with a variety of restaurants, pubs, and stores. We were 5 minutes from my son, close to the airport, downtown Tampa, Ybor City and we took day trips to Fort De Soto, Anna Maria Island, and Tarpon Springs in the short time we were there.

But I would be remiss if I didn't mention the wonderful hospitality and conversation provided by the owner as well. He is a wonderful host and has a wealth of knowledge about the the area - and many other things. And finally, I must mention the wonderful friendship we forged with Thomas -- the cat.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Absolutely delighted to have you and your son over Thanksgiving. So happy some of our suggestions were to your liking. Hope to see you back in early May for Graduation. Thomas sends you a big MEOW.
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Phoenix, AZ

Quaint and charming!

  • 5 of 5

My adult daughter and I stayed at Erewhon in late July 2015. We thoroughly enjoyed the adorable bungalow which brought back many wonderful childhood memories of visits to my grandmother's house. The photos posted of Erewhon are an accurate representation. The house was very clean and well appointed with every possible amenity (except a microwave which did not bother us at all). Henry even went so far as to have milk and OJ in the refrig for breakfast after our late evening arrival! The neighborhood was quiet and we felt very safe there. The beds were very comfortable and we had use of a washer and dryer which was greatly appreciated. We would absolutely stay there again! Thank you, Henry. You are a generous host!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lynn, Many thanks. So pleased to have you both stay with us for the week and that you were able to find so many gorgeous shells on all your beach walks while your daughter interned at one of Tampa's Vetinary Hospitals. We hope if she selects Tampa, we'll see you both from time to time. Henry
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Charming bungalow

  • 5 of 5

My daughter, granddaughter and I stayed in this bungalow the week of July 10-17, 2015. Having one of the bedrooms away from the kitchen and TV room was helpful for a napping baby. After my family went back home I stayed alone for several days and felt safe and comfortable. The house is charming and clean. We loved the front porch swing.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marlene, Not sure what happened here, but it appears you posted two reviews? Very fun to host our first newborn at Erehwon!! It was fabulous to see the care you with your daughter and to have your mother visit as well. You were neat as a pin and our guests staying in the cottage remarked on Friday that they were sorry that you left a day ahead of them. Happy you felt safe and that you enjoyed your visit. On behalf of your mother, I hope to see you again. Thanks for taking the time to provide insights for other travelers. Best Henry
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Tampa visit

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at the Erehwon bungalow July 10-17, 2015. The bungalow was a great set up for my daughter, granddaughter and I. It helped having one bedroom on the opposite side of the house from the TV (important with a napping baby). I stayed alone in the house when my family left and felt very comfortable and safe. The bungalow was charming, nicely decorated and clean. I would recommend this rental to anyone looking for a pleasant and comfortable place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Marlene, Very fun to host our first newborn at Erehwon!! It was fabulous to see the care you with your daughter and to have your mother visit as well. You were neat as a pin and our guests staying in the cottage remarked on Friday that they were sorry that you left a day ahead of them. Happy you felt safe and that you enjoyed your visit. On behalf of your mother, I hope to see you again. Thanks for taking the time to provide insights for other travelers. Best Henry
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Safe, comfortable and perfect upkeep

  • 5 of 5

After a rough winter, my retreat to Erewhon was just what I needed. I felt so safe as a single woman which helped me to truly relax. The attention to detail in the cottage and unexpected amenities provided gave it just the extra touches to make it even more special. I enjoyed the privacy but also knowing the owner was within easy reach and clearly ready to make my stay the best it could be. I am so glad I chose to visit and rejuvenate here. Oh and Thomas, the cat, is a great concierge!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I so appreciate your compliments. We have many guests who visit from Maryland, but you are our first from the District of Columbia. As soon as you got out and took a look around, I could tell you felt you were home. Very pleased that you took my suggestions with Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg, Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs and tried the restaurant along the Pinellas Bike Trail in Dunedin. Thomas our property cat and part time Concierge adored the attention you provided on the porch each evening and deck with morning coffee. He asked me to send you his BEST - "MEOW." Btw, it sounds like I was right - you should visit for a week rather than 5 days. Next time!! Thanks for leaving the cottage spotless.
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Tampa International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Fodder and Shine
Nearest Train
3.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
I-275 & Hillsborough Ave.
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
The Front Porch
Nearest Beach
23 Miles
Honeymoon Island State Park
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 Brilliance of the Seas. This coordination allows passengers to take more time sightseeing, and taking in the cultural fair of the city of Tampa.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday bungalow in Old Seminole Heights, Tampa Bay

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
19 Dec 2016 - 26 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest
PEAK 2017
27 Feb 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £11 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £205
Cleaning £69 + Tax
Tax Rate 12.0%

HIGH SEASON - Monday to Monday - MINIMUM 7 nights, MAXIMUM 14 nights first visit, 21 nights returning quests. Monthly rates only during Off Season 1 May to August 23. NO: PETS, SMOKING, RESERVATIONS TO 3rd. Parties (Friends, Family, Travel Agents), NO RENTALS to anyone under the age of 26 years. Bungalow SLEEPS 4 in TWO QUEEN SIZED BEDS. Fire & Occupancy Laws & Historic District Density restriction 2 persons per bedroom. Rates shall be adjusted if number in party exceeds that listed in Confirmation. HIGH SEASON (December 20-April 30). OFF SEASON (May 1-August 23).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow in Old Seminole Heights in Tampa Bay

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1190 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach ...
  • city centre ...
  • river ...
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , This is a small bathroom added during restoration
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • In the 1920's working families had their Sunday church clothes and then working clothes. As a result each bedroom has one small closet and a bureau.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
There is a wrap around front porch that is a favorite of guests. Gulf of Mexico Beaches 24-30 miles Amtrak 4.3 miles Bus Terminal 3.3 miles Port of Tampa Cruise Ship Terminals 4.64 miles Major League 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. Sarasota, Bok Gardens, 1 hour Orlando, Disney World, Gainsville 1:30 Mount Dora, Cape Canaveral 2 hours Naples 2:30 Jacksonville 3.15 Pensacola 6:45

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