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It all began with a dream...

MEET YOUR HOST, KRIS HARTLAND

Kris Hartland, owner and host of Riverbend Retreat - Fla.

Hello! My name is Kris. Starting Riverbend Retreat - Fla. has been a long-time dream of mine. 

Once I found this home, I knew it was the one to transform that dream into reality. The natural beauty and riverside view created such a sense of peace and serenity as well as provided a fantastic, spacious area for recreational activities.

My husband and I with some of our family at the dock right before purchasing the home

My husband and I with some of our family at the dock right before purchasing the home

Thus, Riverbend Retreat - Fla. came to be. The property was purchased in Dec. 2017 and we have repainted, resealed the oak floors and cabinets, resurfaced the pool and rebuilt the deck. It looks like an old-style house, but it feels fresh and new. As of Dec. 2018, we are now members of PAII, Professional Association of Innkeepers International, as a fully licensed bed and breakfast.

When my husband, Bob, and I are here, we are happy to be available to you. We are friendly, yet professional. Bob and I are both in our 50s and still work full-time. I get to work from Riverbend Retreat about half the time. We also love to travel like you do! This year I stayed at an airbnb in Savannah with girlfriends in April for the Women's Half Marathon and Bob and I are headed to Maui in May with a group of friends. Enjoy your travels wherever they take you and I'm glad you're considering here!

We hope to share this favorite place with you. It will be something different. Perhaps you'll consider Riverbend Retreat your own second home.

Two of my grandchildren doing stretching on the dock

Two of my grandchildren doing stretching on the dock

Cheers! My Mom loves staying here sometimes too. Watching sunset on the dock is her favorite time.

Cheers! My Mom loves staying here sometimes too. Watching sunset on the dock is her favorite time.

Family enjoying the kayaks on the Alafia River!

Family enjoying the kayaks on the Alafia River!

My oldest daughter, Jen, and my son-in-law,  Jared Blake  (yes, from  The Voice !)

My oldest daughter, Jen, and my son-in-law, Jared Blake (yes, from The Voice!)

A fox we happened to catch a picture of a few houses down from ours!

A fox we happened to catch a picture of a few houses down from ours!

T-Rex – our rabbit hard at work in the back office of Emerald House.

T-Rex – our rabbit hard at work in the back office of Emerald House.

 

 

My grown children love to sing this Pocahontas song when they come to visit. :)

My grown children love to sing this Pocahontas song when they come to visit. :)

 
 

Greetings from Riverview, Florida!

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OUR LOCATION

Riverbend Retreat is a convenient hideaway just a mile off I-75 and near to plenty of shopping, restaurants and entertainment, yet secluded by the Alafia River on two sides an a 80-acre preserve on another. Enjoy swimming, fishing, kayaking, hiking or relaxing in the hammock or on the deck.

We've caught glimpses of many different forms of wildlife (recently, a fox!) For fisherman, they can enjoy our river filled with Sheepshead, Red Snapper, Speckled Trout, Snook, Spotted Bass and Florida Gar.

We have only one adjacent neighbor. Our neighborhood is agriculturally zoned and you'll see horses, cattle and chickens on your drive in. 

This unique property lends itself to a tranquil adventurous time to breath and stretch. We look forward to sharing this true Florida experience with you!

Getting around

Come by car or boat. We have plenty of parking or docking for either. It is easy to get around Riverview. We are about 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport and an hour either way to Disney or the Gulf beaches.

It is easy to get around, but you don't really have to go anywhere because there is so much to enjoy right here!

 
 
 
 
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If you want to explore the area some more, feel free to check out our personal recommendations!
View our 'Plan Your Trip' page.

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