About This Listing
TAMPA RIVER HOUSE is located minutes from everything. 10 min to downtown Tampa, 3 miles to UT, 5 miles to Busch Gardens, 6 miles to USF, 15 min to Tampa International Airport. BUT BEST OF ALL, we are 10 steps from the Hillsborough River & park.
TAMPA RIVER HOUSE is located minutes from everything. 10 min to downtown Tampa (during rush hour), 3 miles to UT, 5 miles to Busch Gardens, 6 miles to USF, 15 min to Tampa International Airport. BUT BEST OF ALL, we are 10 steps from the Hillsborough River, and park. LOADED WITH AMENITIES, THIS GORGEOUS CONTEMPORARY PRIVATE RESIDENCE OFFERS THE BEST OF EVERYTHING. Fully furnished, your large, private UPSTAIRS bedroom offers: King Size bed; 15' vaulted ceilings; en-suite private bathroom w/ walk in shower & rain head; double closet; 42" flat screen TV; WiFi; and your own covered balcony overlooking the river with beautiful sunsets. UPSTAIRS there is also a den w/ small refrigerator, sink and coffee maker; huge sun deck overlooking the pool; w spiral stairs leading to the pool deck. DOWNSTAIRS: offers Italian marble floors throughout, 22ft ceiling in the living room w/ views of both the river and the private courtyard; AWESOME gourmet kitchen where we meet, cook, laugh and tell wonderful tales of live and living; the large dining room (seats 8 - 10 comfortably) opens to the bird cage (yes we have exotic parrots in an aviary complete w/ fountain and chairs) and opening to the pool deck where you can relax to the sound of the koi pond, take a siesta in the shade or bask in the sun; and don't forget the hot tub to relax in before bed. ADDITIONAL FEATURES: WiFi & Internet; Cable TV; ample private parking (not on the street); and 6 ft concrete fence offers extreme privacy. LOCATION. LOCATION. LOCATION. Situated along the Hillsborough River, in Seminole Heights, there are wonderful restaurants, shops and a bakery (all within 3 blocks) plus DOWNTOWN TAMPA IS 3 MILES AWAY (by car or boat - same distance). We are WELL LIVED and know you will LIVE WELL while staying with us. IF THE DATES YOU SEEK ARE NOT AVAILABLE, THEN LOOK FOR OUR OTHER LISTINGS ON AirBNB. WE ALSO HAVE REDUCED RATES FOR WEEKLY STAYS. We have pets, 2 standard poodles and 3 parrots, so please let us know if you are not 'Pet Friendly' we will ATTEMPT to ensure they don't bother your stay. Then there are the DISCLAIMERS.... DISCLAIMER I. We will make every attempt to place you in the room you specifically booked, however if we can not (unforeseen repair - guests wanting to extend past their original dates (happens a lot), or room becomes unavailable, we will put you in a similar room, or upgrade you, at no additional cost. DISCLAIMER II - from time to time maintenance and repairs are required, so there may be an occasion when the pool or hot tub may not be available. That is beyond our control, and we ask in advance for you forgiveness. Thanks, Jeff & George
Guests will have access to all the common areas, such as kitchen, den, living room, dining room, pool, hot tub, sun decks and multiple courtyards. Guests may also use the laundry facility if needed.
Interaction with Guests
You choose whether you want to be reclusive and spend most of your time in your own private suite, or socialize in the kitchen, common areas with other guests and us. You are always invited to join us in the kitchen when we are cooking to chat and "USUALLY" enjoy a glass of wine or two.
Seminole Heights is a historic district, so the area is very safe, with beautiful homes AND, NO CHAIN RESTAURANTS. All the fabulous restaurants in the area are unique and a nice blend from organic vegetarian to Italian, to sports bar to pizzeria.
ALTHOUGH NOT REQUIRED, renting a car is the best option as Tampa Bay is very spread out and mass transit is limited to bus.
However if you are attending a convention downtown, the mass transit to the convention center is easy, inexpensive and fairly quick.
WALKING is safe and easy in the neighborhood and you will find everything from grocery store to restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and pharmacy.
Other Things to Note
PLEASE NOTE - Although we have pets, we are not necessarily a "PET FRIENDLY" establishment. Guests with pets should contact us before making reservations. Our concern is for the safety of our parrots. Our parrots roam freely in the aviary during the day and in the house at night. We have had too many close encounters whereby guests dogs have kipped or bitten our birds.
PLEASE NOTE - we DO NOT provide personal hygiene products. We provide towels, sheets, pillows and blankets, but guests must provide their own soap, shampoo and lotions.
Housekeeping will provide fresh linen and towels to guest staying longer than 5 nights.
FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY OF ALL GUESTS, WE REQUIRE PHOTO ID FROM OUR GUEST UPON ARRIVAL.
$10 REFUNDABLE key deposit is required (since so many guest depart and forget to leave the house key)
NO SMOKING INSIDE THE HOUSE - but plenty of balconies, terraces and pool decks, outside
NO CURFEW - but all doors and gates lock at 10pm. ACCESS AFTER 10PM IS THE MAIN FRONT DOOR ONLY.
NO GLASS CONTAINERS around pool deck or hot tub
PLEASE... PLEASE... PLEASE WHEN ENTERING THE HOUSE FROM THE POOL, USE THE POOL BATH. MARBLE FLOORS ARE EXTREMELY SLIPPERY WHEN WET, AND WE WANT ALL GUESTS TO HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE STAY.
The listing was absolutely accurate. The home was beautiful and our guests were extremely welcoming. Even with an issue getting into the house with our late arrival our host was happy to answer the phone at 3 am and let us know how to get in. We found our room with ease and the bed was beyond comfortable. We enjoyed the amenities including the complimentary breakfasts and coffee! Jeff and George were extremely friendly and we enjoyed interacting with them and the other guests while having breakfast. My boyfriend and I are considering another trip to Tampa simply to stay at this house again!
Our hosts Jeff & George made us feel developed with everything we needed and more. The Seminole Heights neighborhood has a great view of the Hillsborough River, and the room was well appointed with it's own bath/balcony. Netflix is in each room, which was fun to watch. My husband and I slept comfortably in the king size bed, and my husband enjoyed sitting in the leather chair in the room. Artwork in their home lovely. Menagerie of pets was a hoot. Grand piano to play was a treat. Wish we had another excuse to go back to Tampa. May just have to make it a destination for fun. We had bacon/eggs/cereal/toast/yogurt/juices and coffee/tea for breakfast. We didn't have time to use the pool or hot tub. The outdoor shower has high water pressure to get conditioner out of long hair. I highly recommend this delightful airbnb.
Tampa River House is the best airbnb, or for that matter any other rental experience I've ever had, and I've rented quite a few. The hosts are very welcoming and exceptionally accommodating. The house is amazing - they've thought of everything. The suite itself is like a 4 star hotel; but the other amenties of the house are a real bonus (fully stocked kitchen, large dining space, huge living room with lots of comfortable seating area. Most times I stay at a rental as a base for other activities in the area. And though I was in the area to attend a graduation, I really enjoyed being at the house to just hang out. The rest of our group enjoyed doing the same. My only regret is that I'm not likely to be back in the area to enjoy this place again, but I certainly recommend it to others, especially if you have a group who can each rent out one of the suites.
AMAZING!!! Jeff and George made me feel at home from the moment I walked in the door. The house is beautiful and the room I stayed in had lots of closet space, comfy bed, awesome shower, private outdoor terrace overlooking the river that I used regularly to unwind. Breakfast was fun each morning sharing stories with other guests and Jeff/George or just enjoying the backyard oasis. Birds and dogs were an added bonus! Well behaved and very lovable. Location was a great base for me to see many other areas of the west coast and Tampa downtown. Lovely parkland/path right across the street for a run, walk, or workout! It was a perfect week of relaxation and sightseeing. Jeff/George allowed full use of the house, gave me directions, and even let me stay longer after checkout as I had a later flight. I will definitely stay at the River house again! Such a treat to myself :)
Jeff and George were very welcoming hosts. Their home is everything you'd expect from a hotel, but with the warmth and hospitality of a true BnB. Everything was immaculate and Jeff's tour made me feel welcome to use all that was offered. Elvis (the cockatoo) is a delight and their poodles are friendly and quiet. I was within walking distance of some great restaurants (The Refinery was a perfect brunch experience) and less than 10 minutes from downtown, Busch Gardens, and the Florida Aquarium.
I couldn't ask for a better AirBnb experience and I'd most definitely recommend staying here if you're planning a trip to Tampa.
The River House is amazing! The pictures on the website do not do the house justice. The house is beautiful, inviting, clean and relaxing. Jeff and George are the most gracious hosts and take the time to make you feel welcome and were always willing to help with suggestions to local restaurants and local sights. The pets were also so sweet. Elvis the bird was so cute and the dogs were friendly, yet we're never intrusive or in the way. All the animals were always cleaned up after too, so no worries there. We had such a great time and we can't wait until we can visit again. The River house will definitely be out first choice for lodging in the Tampa area.
As long as Jeff has a room, I'll never need to look for another place to stay in the tampa bay area. Exceptional room, gracious hosts, everything I needed and I didn't even take advantage of all they had to offer. This was just flat out a great experience all around. Thank you so much for your hospitality! My room had a private balcony that overlooked the river. Gorgeous room, wonderfully accommodated, I just can't say enough good things. The only down side I can find is that I didn't have more time to sit around and enjoy this wonderful home!
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About the Host, Jeff
Currently living in Tampa Florida, USA, I travel the world. I am passionate about going new places and meeting new people, which is why I love AirBnB. My partner George and I have built our dream house, and we open our doors for all travelers, offering the best comforts available, in our tranquil open lifestyle home. We are well lived, and we live well, and love to share that optimism with others. WELCOME TRAVELERS. you will enjoy your stay. Be prepared, we also love animals, as we have two standard poodles (hyper-allergenic), a koi pond, a macaw parrot, an African Grey parrot and one overly friendly cockatoo named ELVIS.
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