About this listing
The Wren's Nest is a comfortable and cozy home in tree-lined Old Seminole Heights. Our guests have their own guest bedroom and bathroom, use of the large living room,office, kitchen, patio and deck. The best visit possible to our guests!
Wrens Nest, in Old Seminole Heights, you have half a cozy, secluded house in artsy Seminole Heights, Tampa. The Wren's Nest, a lovely home in tree-lined Old Seminole Heights near the Hillsborough River, can be your home for days or weeks. Your own private, cozy bedroom with queen size bed, private bath, living room and kitchen amenities under a southern canopy of oaks and palms. All amenities, cable TV in your room, WiFi, overhead fan, private bath, an office across from the private bedroom with a desktop computer, printer and scanner with an eclectic library. The outside patio, complete with a hammock in the "secret garden", is beautifully landscaped with native Florida plants and trees. The garden was created in 1956, providing a Palm and Oak shaded sanctuary in a natural, serene and private setting. A block away is the Hillsborough River, great for manatee and alligator sightings. The neighborhood is perfect for walks and jogging along tree lined Old Seminole Heights streets. Awaken in a natural setting to abundant birdlife, the wrens greeting one another, along with the Cardinals, Thrashers, Mockingbirds, Blue Jays and occasional hawk. Minutes away from the Wren's Nest are a cornucopia of restaurants, cocktail lounges and bars, a micro brewery, recording studio, grocery stores, coffee shops, vintage clothing/toy shops, and a BBQ, "Smoky Oaks" is within walking distance, scenting the neighborhood with the aroma of smokin' ribs, chicken and brisket. The Mermaid Tavern is also within walking distance with well over 100 craft beers and "the best veggie burger" three of our guests have ever had in their lives! Our neighborhood, Seminole Heights has just been written up in the Tampa Bay Times, in an article, "Greatest Heights" as the best neighborhood for many trendy restaurants, ranging from eclectic, BBQ, home style cooking, breweries and craft beer taverns to every choice a dedicated foody could desire! Downtown Tampa and the convention center, history center, the STRAZ Performing Arts Center, Tampa Museum of Art, Glazer Childrens Museum, and many restaurants of every ethnicity are all ten minutes away. Busch Gardens Amusement Park and Lowry Park Zoo are fifteen minutes away. If you'd like to try your luck at a casino, Seminole Hard Rock Casino is fifteen minutes (website hidden). Petersburg and Clearwater beaches are 35 minutes away. Tarpon Springs with its sponge docks and great authentic Greek food is 45 minutes away. The Lightening Hockey Team, the Yankee's Spring Training, Legends Field, The Bucs stadium, all are within fifteen minutes of the Wren's Nest. The Rays Tropicana Field is 45 minutes away. Not to be missed is the night life and restaurants in historical Ybor City, the birthplace for the cigar industry in the late 1800's, only ten minutes from the Wren's Nest. From downtown Tampa, take a trolley to visit Channelside, or to hang out in Ybor City, where you can go on a Mafia tour or a ghost graveyard tour, after cocktails, cigars and dinner with many fine restaurants, including the famous and historical 1905 Columbia, to choose from. If you'd prefer a home-cooked meal, I am an excellent chef and love to cook. My specialties include artisan breads, Italian dishes (my mozzarella stuffed meatballs in tomato basil sauce is always a hit), crepes for breakfast and anything from salads to soups to stroganoff are just some of my offerings, for a small additional fee. Music lovers relish Ybor city with it's exciting nightlife. For more far flung adventures, Disney and Orlando are just an hour and fifteen minutes away. Nestled under the oaks of Old Seminole Heights you can relax in our comfortable home or be on a major highway within five minutes or grab local transportation, at the HART bus line stop is on our corner. You'll find a complete guide book with maps, coupons and a cornucopia of information to help you enjoy your stay with us. Escape to the Wren's Nest for a delightful visit exploring all that makes the Tampa Bay area great!
The guest bedroom with queen size bed, guest bathroom, living room, kitchen and office/library, deck
and patio area. The guest area is on one side of our home, with the kitchen separating our living area and that of our guests. The pullout couch in the living room can sleep two more, at a cost of $10 per additional person per night.
Interaction with Guests
As much or as little interaction as our guests would like to make their stay with us the most enjoyable possible. We are happy to provide lots of information on the best Tampa has to offer.
We are located in Seminole Heights, the home of the new foody/wine/beer proliferation of independent eating and drinking spots, known as "The Heights". Our area has become" the IT spot in Tampa with dozens of existing restaurants, bars and food businesses crowded along N. Florida and N.Nebraska avenues, and more are poised to debut this spring." Quoted from Tampa Bay Times article, "Greater Heights", March 11, 2015. To see article in full go to (website hidden).
We are ten minutes from downtown Tampa, 30 minutes to local beaches and minutes from many local restaurants and attractions. Our neighborhood is a beautifully tree lined oasis in Tampa, one block from the Hillsborough River. There are three small parks in our immediate neighborhood along the river, many places to walk and job, and within one mile excellent local restaurants and shops.
The Wren's Nest is located in Old Seminole Heights.We are very centrally located to hwy 275 and rt. 4, within five minutes of fast access to both. Public transportation: HART busline is available for transportation with a bus stop on the corner of our street of 17th and Sligh Avenue. Bus #9 or #41 takes visitors to downtown Tampa within 25-30 minutes. By car, downtown Tampa is 10 minutes away from our airbnb. There are also many taxi services and if our schedule permits we provide rides to or from the airport for a fee. Additionally, Lyft and Uber began operating in Tampa, which is an inexpensive taxi-like service. There is also a bike rental service available in downtown Tampa. We help to provide transportation information to all guests.
Other Things to Note
My husband is an artist and I am a writer. Our home and patio and very private back yard is an oasis of peace away from busy Tampa. We love people, the arts, and I love to cook, bake bread and share recipes. Our home is an eclectic combination of art, antiques, books, comfort and is a peaceful getaway close to beaches, restaurants, night life, music, the Yankee's Spring training Stadium, Legends Field, as well as other spring training facilities. The Lightning Hockey Team, museums, art galleries, Ybor City are all assets that Tampa has to offer. We are also about an hour from Orlando's Disney, Universal and about 30 minutes from the Hard Rock Casino. Whatever you're looking for, be it a peaceful getaway or a fun time of entertainment and shopping, it's all here!
Check-in time is 2pm, unless otherwise arranged with Jayne and Tim. Checkout time is at noon, unless otherwise arranged with hosts Jayne & Tim. Please request reservation at least one day in advance of arrival. No smoking or pets. More guests can be accommodated in the living room on a sofa bed for $10 per person, up to two people.
There were fresh flowers in my room, a place set for me in the kitchen; I felt like a long-lost friend being invited in to visit!! Jayne was great with information on everything I needed. I found public transit two blocks from the home and was able to go all over Tampa (downtown, to Ybor) very easily for only $4 a day! It was perfect. Tim invited me to go to one of his evening painting classes and I was able to complete / meditatively escape into painting for a good two hours! The neighborhood itself is beautiful and easy to navigate for walks. As my first Airbnb experience, this sold me for life! I see no reason to ever stay in a hotel again when I can stay "with friends" all over the world!!!
Jayne really spoiled me, I can see why her BNB is rated so highly. The private room felt like a hotel with fresh carpet, real bed, private bathroom and VIOS TV service. Jayne was affable and a good communicator, she reponded promptly via email/text. The house was less than 15 minutes drive from a work seminar and local hangouts.
Thanks, Stephanie for your wonderful review! My goal is to spoil everyone, but we always learn so much from our guests. Thanks for the tips on Green Lemon in Soho and the fact that sequins, either in gold or silver, look great on everyone!!! Hope to see you again in the future!
Everything was just as they had described and better. When we got there, Jayne gave us the tour. When she showed us our room, there was a personalized greeting card and a binder full of local attractions and things to do. I couldn't be happier with the service that Jayne and Tim provided.
My boyfriend Kyle and I had a wonderful experience at the Wren's Nest! Jayne and Tim were very accommodating and told us about all of the spots to hit in the up-and-coming town of Seminole Heights! The house is very unique with art from all different eras covering the walls, and the yard and garden are beautiful with flowers and birds around every corner. Jayne and Tim are super kind and generous with their home, supplying us with fresh coffee brewed every morning and breakfast! We felt spoiled! I would definitely recommend staying here again, in such a cool home and neat area of Tampa.
Could not have had a more welcoming and helpful host. The neighborhood is great, walking distance from good food, bus, brew pub, etc. Easy to get around from the house by car. Would recommend this for one - two people! Jayne made the stay as easy as it could be! Fresh flowers in the room and at the breakfast nook, so thoughtful and beautiful.
So glad you and Mary Jo enjoyed your stay. You were the first to notice the fresh flowers! Thank you for appreciating our Wren's Nest and all our neighborhood has to offer. We do have an eclectic atmosphere with lots of art, appreciated by all our guests. Hope to see you again in the future.
This was my first airbnb experience, and Jayne & Tim made it a good one. The space at Wren's Nest is cozy, artsy, clean, and very comfortable. Altho I didn't get to stay very long or spend time in the beautiful garden, I will look forward to another visit sometime in the future. Highly recommended!
Jayne and Jim were good host! Definitely made us feel welcome in there home.. I would recommend them to anyone..
About the Host, Jayne
I am a writer first, an artist second. I have developed my art and writing through my years in NY, Vermont, California and Florida. Tim and I are both artists and writers. Our home is our little art colony so there are always on-going art, writing, art shows and projects we are involved in and enjoy sharing with friends and guests. We both love Tampa and enjoy the special secrets of all of our great restaurants, walks, beaches, hideaways and historical, art, entertainment and city events with others. The Hillsborough River is a block away from the Wren's Nest, great for viewing the manatees and alligators. The setting of our home is in a natural Florida landscaped garden. The patio, complete with hammock, was created completely of native plants in 1956, which have thrived and grown over the years, creating a completely private setting. Tim's art is displayed in several different restaurant galleries in downtown Tampa. My work, published in the Pages of My Life Anthology by Breath and Shadows Press is also a USF Center for the Aging textbook requirement. We are very "people oriented" hosts and would love to provide you with as much information to make your stay with us perfect. Tea or coffee served in the mornings, and for a small fee, my specialty crepes with homemade jam can also be provided. We look forward to making our home your private getaway!