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Secluded Modern Retreat Half Hour from Washington, DC

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

Set on ten and a half wooded acres, this modern tree house is perfect for visitors to the nation's capital who want a quieter respite after days of sightseeing & touring museums. It's also a great retreat for those in the city who desire some time in nature.

The house has won a number of architectural design awards and has been featured on HGTV and a number of publications. The architect worked with an artist and astronomer to design and build the house around an art installation that captures and projects the sun's rays onto a canvass wall. This light drawing moves with the sun and is visible for varying periods of the day during the autumn and winter months.

There is a nature trail on the property, as well as hot tub, hammock and Weber gas grill so that you may enjoy the sights and sounds of nature--deer, hummingbirds, frogs, turtles and owls are regular residents.

Located across the Potomac from Mt. Vernon, the home is just 30 minutes from Capitol Hill. You'll find several grocery stores, Starbucks and the essentials within a couple miles. In addition to the historic sights in D.C., the property is located near the National Colonial Farm--a historic farm museum near the banks of the Potomac River.

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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 16, 2017

About Tony

I'm an urban dweller and I can't get enough of nature. Lightcatcher Retreat is my escape from the city. It's where I recharge my battery and I'm honored to act as its caretaker. My yellow-lab is also a big fan.

Whether we are on our morning stroll through the nature trail, reading a book that turns into a nap in the hammock, or entertaining friends for dinner, I find something magical and spiritual about this special place.

Tony purchased this house in 2013

Why Tony chose Maryland - Washington DC

I climbed a lot of trees as a kid and have always been drawn to the woods. I had dreamed of one day having my own, adult tree house. And then LIghtcatcher Retreat literally found me in the form of a random Friday morning email--the photos immediately hooked me.

The modern construction looked right out of Dwell magazine and something I'd like to think I would have designed if given those talents. However, it was the secluded privacy and protected woodlands that sealed the deal for me. I think you'll understand after you've stayed here.

What makes this house unique

The house won a number of architectural design awards for it’s simplicity and function when it was built. It is featured in several books, an HGTV episode and a number of publications including The New York Times design column.

It's unique in many ways--one is that the architect worked with artist Janet Saad-Cook to build the house around an art installation that creates a sun drawing on one of the walls during the autumn and winter months.

Guestbook comments from the owner

It is a lovely setting, a fun house. We were able to see the sun drawing and deer. It surprised us that they came closer when we turned the outside lights on. Unfortunately we were not able to explore and get out for the walks we were hoping to do. Maybe another time. Thanks for sharing your home.
Nov 2014
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Accokeek House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • The two main bedrooms have en suite baths and there is a powder room on the main floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Main Floor Bedroom - 1 queen , Private balcony with hammock off this bedroom
    Upstairs Master - 1 king , Small suspended balcony off this bedroom
    Loft - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , Twin over double bunk bed.
  • Two bedrooms each have outdoor balconies and en suite baths. The loft has interior windows overlooking the main living area with metal shutters that close for privacy. The loft has a twin over double bunk bed. The bunk is made of heavy gauge steel and sturdy enough for adults. The top, twin bunk can hold 300 lbs.
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(34 traveler reviews)

Secluded Modern Retreat Half Hour from Washington, DC
average rating of 4.852941 based on 36 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We stayed 9 nights at the lightcatcher retreat. It was a wonderful and very comfortable place to stay for our family of 5. We drove to the metro station each day to get into D.C. it was a very convenient way to explore the city without all the hassle of finding parking in the city. The house is very modern and beautifully decorated. The beds are very comfortable and felt very at home. Tony is a wonderful and very helpful host. He is easy to get a hold of if there is a problem. I highly recommend the lightcatcher if you enjoy being with nature and a little seclusion. We would definitely stay here again if we get a chance for another visit.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to get away and relax

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay here. We have stayed in Old Town Alexandria a number of times to visit D.C. It's convenient, but loud and hectic. After a few days here, we found ourselves wanting to get back to Tony's house after a long day of visiting. It's peaceful, quiet and all the things you need to just get away from it all. The drive to and from drive to Old Town to catch the metro was easy and everything you need to survive is just a few minutes away. We would definitely recommend staying here and hope to come back. It was perfect.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family had a relaxing stay at this house. We drove to the metro each day to go into D.C., which was only 20 minutes away. Tony was very easy to work with and very knowledgable about the area. House was clean and had everything we needed! Would definitely go back there!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing and fun

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic time with our family. We even had the added bonus of a light snowfall. Comfortable, beautiful, with everything we needed provided. Tony was very available for any questions. What great memories for our family. Denise

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very relaxing and beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

This home is on a very secluded lot with beautiful scenery located about a half hour from Alexandria and 50 mins from Georgetown. A great place to rent if you are looking for some privacy and still be close enough to drive into DC everyday for fun. An Uber cost to DC was very reasonable if you dont want to drive at all.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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The Lightcatcher Retreat During the Holidays

  • 5 of 5

Our party of six just returned from a 10-night stay at the Lightcatcher Retreat. We had the pleasure of staying for both Christmas and New Year's and were very pleased with our stay. First, I'll provide all of the routine information. The photographs and descriptions of the property are accurate. Tony provided excellent customer service and the property was clean and well-maintained. I would certainly recommend the property to friends and relatives (in fact, I already have) and will likely stay here again in the future. The property is close to Washington, D.C., National Harbor, Alexandria and Waldorf. You can visit any of these places and then head back to the property for a comfortable stay at night. Now, for a few other details and things that I especially enjoyed....the heated floors! I am always cold, so I sincerely appreciated the heated floors. We were so comfortable at the property, that unless we had a good excuse, we stayed at the house for a majority of our vacation. It is tucked in the woods and is very quiet. The floor to ceiling windows were another of my favorites. Even on rainy days, we enjoyed the view! Tony couldn't have been better. We arrived to find everything we needed. Fluffy, bright white towels--including a "makeup towel"--were much appreciated. Notes were also conveniently posted to help with kitchen appliances and reminders about the septic system; Tony also provided a reference binder about the property and surrounding area. And, we LOVED the wood-burning stove in the main living area. It was easy to use and there was plenty of wood stocked for our use. We followed Tony's printed instructions (including photos) to build the perfect fire. We had good WiFi connectivity and the television in the main living area was a good size for the space. We binge-watched a TV series during our stay. And, we played lots of games around the coffee table while sitting comfortably on the heated floors. Tony also decorated the house for the holidays, which was exactly what we were looking for. The decorations were simple and tasteful. We brought extra lighting with us, which we projected on the large white wall and ceiling. For anyone with a projector, the large white wall in the main living area would be fun for watching movies. During the day, we enjoyed the colored reflections from the prisms suspended from the ceiling. It was a treat to see it on sunny days! We simply had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It's wonderful to share this special place with others and delighted you were able to enjoy the holidays here. Would love to have you return anytime!
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Washington National Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Accokeek House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Jul 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
July 4th Holiday
Jul 3 2017 - Jul 4 2017
2 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jul 5 2017 - Aug 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Labor Day Weekend
Sep 1 2017 - Sep 4 2017
3 night minimum stay
High Season Autumn
Sep 5 2017 - Nov 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 22 2017 - Nov 26 2017
4 night minimum stay
Sun Drawing Season
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 21 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Years
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning $120
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 11.0%

Weekly rates are valid when either the departure or arrival date is on a weekday. Please note that I'm unable to offer the weekly discount for Sat-Sat or Sun-Sun rentals as my cleaning service does not work weekends and I end up losing two weekends for the one week booking.

Available dates and rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Email for Holiday Rates

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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