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

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 bathrooms


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


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


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