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Secluded Modern Retreat Half Hour from Washington, DC

Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 2,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

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.

More Details

Owner
Tony
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 13, 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 Accokeek

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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Amenities

Accokeek House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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.
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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average rating of 4.8157897 based on 40 reviews
5

Great Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Very secluded, private, and peaceful. Owner is very responsive and was more than accommodating with several requests. Would definitely stay again.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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A very unique secluded home

  • 4 of 5

Our annual sisters weekend was spent in this special house. We loved watching the light make beautiful designs on the canvas wall each morning. After sightseeing in busy Washington it was nice to return to woods and peace and quiet. A very special place. Loved it.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Springville, UT
4

The house was nice. We had a good time.

  • 4 of 5

Unfortunately the weather wasn't great, so we weren't able to take full advantage of the outside. It rained like crazy. Overall the home was really nice. Great layout for relaxing and hanging out. The house was clean and furnishings comfortable.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Gorgeous retreat just outside the city

  • 5 of 5

After a lots of walking and sightseeing in the city - it was nice to return to peace and quiet and enjoy a slower pace in the evenings. The house and land lives up to the photos. A great place to be in any season

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Effingham
5

secluded

  • 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: April 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Washington National Airport
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120
Damage Insurance $59
Damage Deposit $300

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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