About this listing
Hark Back to a Simpler Time. 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. Ideal for vacations, honeymoons, family getaways and reunions (we also have a cottage on this property). Come discover why Florida is so much more than “the prize” for a life well lived somewhere else.
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.
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.
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, so if you need food items beyond what we stock, send us a list. We'll do the shopping and Shipt will deliver same day!
We supply beach towels and cooler, suntan lotion and bug spray, bath soap, shampoo, makeup remover, free laundry & detergent, toilet paper, paper towels.
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.
Interaction with guests
I am present on the grounds during your stay to answer questions and introduce you to the neighborhood and the surrounding area. Whether we're booking an executive transfer or vacationer, we are regularly greeting guests from across the United States, Canada,the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Finland , Germany, Argentina, we feel it’s so important to help our guests feel comfortable and appreciated without ever intruding. In our four years 296 families found the time to relax and recharge at Erehwon Retreat - Cottage or Bungalow.
Other things to note
Entire property is landscaped in Florida Native Plants that thrive under Florida conditions. We have minimized the number of plants that require watering. We designed our landscape to create cover, nesting areas and food and strictly limit use of pesticides to insecticidal soaps and horticultural oils to protect the health of our wildlife visitors.
1. NO check-ins prior to 3:30 PM. If your plan to check in after 11 PM, please make special arrangements for arrival.
2. AUTHORIZED USE and GUESTS –
The premises are for the sole use as a personal vacation residence by not more than four persons. In order to refrain from disturbing the privacy and historic density regulations, please arrange to meet friends and family off property. Rates may be adjusted if number in party exceeds that listed in Inquiry.
2.HOLD OVER -Guest agrees that there shall be no holding over or late departures without prior approval.
(website hidden) SMOKING: We maintain a total free smoke free environment in and on our property.
4. OCCUPANT AGE REQUIREMENT & DRIVER’S LICENSE - You must be 25 years of age to book this property unless accompanied by an adult guardian or parent. The individual making the reservation must occupy Erehwon Retreat during the entire term of the reservation, ASSIGNMENT or SUBLETTING- Guest(s) may not assign any interest in this agreement or sublet any part of the Premises. 6.WEDDING RECEPTIONS, BRIDAL DINNERS, BUSINESS MEETINGS AND ENTERTAINMENT & NON PROFIT RECEPTIONS are not permitted.
7.QUIET TIME-During your visit, we ask you to be sure and respect “Quiet hours (10 PM to 7:30 AM on weekdays and 10 PM until 9 AM on weekends.”
8.ALTERATIONS – We are offering a 1920’s experience as shown in photos of every room. Guests shall not make any alteration in or about the Premises including but not limited to moving furniture, TV, art work, adding or changing locks, placing signs, displays or using screws, fastening devices or adhesive materials.
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
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Your host launched Erehwon Retreat in March 2010 following a 3 year restoration of three historic buildings in Old Seminole Heights. Follow ErehwonRetreat's daily photo blog of Tampa Bay and Central Florida places to visit on .
Henry enjoyed an extensive career in the arts including The Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, The New York City Center Joffrey Ballet, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Cincinnati Ballet Company, NY University School of the Arts. He continued to serve nonprofits in capacities of management and fundraising consulting for 17 years. He retired in June 2015.
He is a sailor. In 1992, he sailed over 10,000 miles through all of the Great Lakes and the route of Columbus 500 years later.
With a career in the arts. I am a classical music, ballet and theater fan, a collector of great films which I share in both our cottage and bungalow. I am a foodie and I make a diligent effort to know each guest and offer them suggestions based on THEIR tastes and interests. Between my service in the US Navy and professional and personal travel, I have traveled to over 40 countries and all 48 states in the continental limits.
With an eclectic, worldly and local knowledge, I assure a unique experience.