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 a luxury private residence, situated along the Hillsborough River, just minutes from everything in Tampa. 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 HOME OFFERS THE BEST OF EVERYTHING. Fully furnished, your large, private UPSTAIRS bedroom offers: Queen Size bed; 15' vaulted ceilings; en-suite private bathroom w/ walk in shower & rain head; closet; 42" flat screen TV; WiFi; and a door leading to the sun deck, overlooking to pool and aviary. UPSTAIRS there is also a den w/ small refrigerator, sink and coffee maker (coffee & tea are available 24/7 - GRATIS); 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 aviary (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 2 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
Jeff and George were great hosts. Very friendly and accommodating. The room was very comfortable and the house is just gorgeous. It was a full house so there was plenty of opportunity to be social. That being said, we kept to ourselves and that was perfectly ok. Their food recommendations were great. I was happy to not have to google restaurants every time I wanted to eat out. Another plus, free breakfast and coffee were offered every day. The coffee bar was a staple of my trip. I had a great time and would recommend this house to anyone especially if you're travelling in a group of friends.
This was our first airbnb experience, and we loved it! The house is beautiful. It is set up great for guests, large enough when other guests are present you don't feel crowded or cramped, you hardly notice they are there. Jeff & George are a lot of fun also. They have great recommendations for local restaurants, beaches and site seeing. My husband and I had never been to Tampa before and used them as our guides. The neighborhood has many independent restaurants and we went to a few. There are also local breweries nearby. Their pet cockatiel, Elvis, had so much personality! We were stranded at the airport and missed our connection due to weather, we just called Jeff back up and he made it easy to book another night last minute! Nice breakfast every morning with just about everything and anything you would want. If you need a place to stay in Tampa, or the surrounding area, this is the place!!!
Amazing house- great location to food and Tampa restaurants and activities. Perfectly designed home for guests. Clean, quiet, elegant and very comfortable. Don't know which was better- the pets, private rooms, wonderful spa-like atmosphere. Probably, the best are the hosts. Jeff and George are so gracious and welcoming. Always encouraging you to make yourself at home.
This is our second trip to the Tampa Riverhouse, and it was just as enjoyable as the first time. Jeff and George are excellent hosts and make you feel right at home. Everything is always beautiful, well-kept, and inviting. Our room was cozy and perfect, right down to the soft towels and sheets. The patio areas and pool are an awesome oasis in the middle of Tampa. Highly recommend it!
Admittedly, I have not stayed at more than a handful of B&Bs but Jeff and George have set the bar very high. Everything was as pictured or listed, if not better. They made my stay very enjoyable and comfortable. They are friendly and welcoming and just make you feel at home. Thanks guys, I would stay with you anytime I am in the area.
Loved my stay here! Stayed in room 3 which opens onto the sun deck.
Jeff and George were both very friendly, great recommendations for local restaurants and attractions. Brilliant access to the kitchen for breakfast and as needed. Recommend the Refinery and Rooster and the Till for local restaurants.
The pool and jacuzzi are both gorgeous. Unfortunately didn't get a chance to use either. Was away on the beach instead!
Good system for watching TV with the bluetooth headsets for each room.
My wife and I were visiting Tampa for a Wedding but we also wanted this to be a nice little getaway for us. This experience was a TOTAL HOME RUN!!! Absolutely lovely stay at this gorgeous home. Exceptionally clean, safe/cool/hip neighborhood, great location in the city, and wonderful hosts! George was professional, congenial, helpful, laid back, and always available for us. The home is STUNNING! Loved the fact that we had free range regarding the huge kitchen, upstairs fridge, laundry, pool, etc. We love animals, so their pets really made us feel at home. Very, very sweet quit and well behaved dogs (yes, I did cuddle with one on the couch during a nap). Our bedroom was perfect. Very modern, great shower and bathroom, quaint sun balcony (though we choose to have our coffee by the pool each morning), extremely comfortable bed, pillows, large and new towels, and silky smooth/high thread count sheets. Everything was high end. Coffee always available in two locations. We enjoyed cooking a couple of meals with 2 of the other guests, which we really enjoyed getting to know. The front door keyless entry made is very easy to come and go. Plenty of parking in the circle driveway as well. The views were spectacular. Great neighborhood for runs along the river, with HUGE live oaks everywhere. Also loved that we were so close to the airport, downtown, and the beaches. We wanted a more remote beach, so George recommended Pass A Grille, which was only about 30 mins away--and it was perfect! This house was also extremely quiet during "normal" quite times, so we got plenty of rest. I have bragged about this experience to everyone since our return home and here is the best way to sum this up: we felt like we were staying with a really rich friend and a few of their friends. We never felt awkward, in the way, whatever--and I typically don't like B&Bs or shared homes due to my privacy--but this really was perfect! There will be no need for us to ever look on AirBnB again in the Tampa area--this WILL be our place whenever we travel down to Tampa. My only regret is that we couldn't take George out for drinks to thank him...so George, next time we're down there--drinks on us! Thank you so much for such a lovely weekend. We will be back.
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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.