Erehwon Retreat Bungalow: Hark Back to a Simpler Time

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms


Three miles from downtown Tampa, as you sit on the front porch of the Erehwon Retreat, you’re transported to the early 1920's, 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 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 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(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 DURING HIGH SEASON (Dec 23-April 14), we primarily rent in 7 and 14 night visits. Returning guests may book 21 nights. MONTHLY RATES ONLY AVAILABILE MAY 1-14 DECEMBER. 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 turn over day during High and Peak Season is Saturday. Between December 23 and April 30, due to the enormous interest in one and two week winter getaways when snowbirds books the winter season, we do not offer monthly stays or discounts. Our couples/partner oriented home and its antique furnishings is ideal for adults. We welcome children but do require the purchase of Damage Insurance based on age of your children. 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


  • Air Conditioner
  • Dishwasher
  • Fitness
  • Fireplace
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Laundry
  • TV/Cable/DVD


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