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Tony

Member since: 2014
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Speaks english

Secluded Modern Retreat Half Hour from Washington, DC

26 Reviews
Sleeps7
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this Accokeek holiday house

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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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
Tony (Owner)
Member since: 2014
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Speaks english

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 Molly is also a big fan.

Whether Molly and i 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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Reviews

4.8
based on 26 traveller reviews

Secluded Modern Retreat Half Hour from Washington, DC
average rating of 4.8076925 based on 28 reviews
5

Quiet, comfortable and well kept.

  • 5 of 5

This house was so comfortable and spacious. I would highly recommend to friends without hesitation. So nice to come "home" and be able to relax after a day visiting Washington D.C. activities.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

This property is amazing. It was the perfect retreat from busy days in DC. The property was easy to get to and feels completely surrounded by beautiful trees and wildlife. The host was very organized and helpful throughout the stay. I would definitely recommend this place to others!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Magical sanctuary in the treetops!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family thoroughly enjoyed staying at The Lightcatcher Retreat! The property is secluded and situated in such a way that you literally feel as though you are in the treetops. We saw lots of wildlife right in the yard including deer and bard owls. It was a wonderful place to relax and recharge after our busy days sightseeing in and around DC. Everything was clean and comfortable and in good working order. Tony was easy to get in touch with and even sent a text to warn us that there would be a fireworks display at Mount Vernon so we wouldn't be alarmed by it. I would highly recommend the property and we hope to stay again in the future!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It was relaxing atmosphere with the forest nature.

  • 4 of 5

The facility was very good and enjoyable. The owner were kind and welcome any suggestions. Required maintenance were responded promptly. People who like to be isolated and like forests adventures they will enjoy it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Absolutely fabulous!!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 6 traveled East from Cali for my brother's retirement from the Navy at Annapolis. We stayed half of our trip at this incredible, beautiful and peaceful property. Everything was clean and perfectly maintained. We can't wait to stay again some day! Tony was awesome!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I look forward to your return!
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5

The Lighcatcher retreat is an amazing house.

  • 5 of 5

This house is located in the middle of the woods, very quiet and yet well-equipped, cozy and bright. The beds are very comfortable and the hot tube is perfect to relax surrounded by bird songs.

The owner was very helpful and respond quickly at our question through the HomeAway App.

We were staying there during a convention at National Harbor and if we go at such a convention again we would definitely stay there !

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Washington National Airport
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in Accokeek, Maryland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Sun Drawing Season
28 Nov 2016 - 22 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
A$437
A$2,687
 
 
Christmas & New Years
23 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
A$403
 
 
Sun Drawing Season 2
3 Jan 2017 - 17 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
A$403
A$2,553
 
 
Inauguration Weekend
18 Jan 2017 - 21 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$806
 
 
Sun Drawing Season
22 Jan 2017 - 28 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
A$403
A$2,553
 
 
High Spring Season
1 Mar 2017 - 25 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
A$403
A$2,553
 
 
Summer 2017
26 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$437
A$2,754
 
 
July 4th Holiday
1 Jul 2017 - 4 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
A$571
 
 
Summer 2017
5 Jul 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
5 night minimum stay
A$437
A$2,754
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
A$336
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$403
Cleaning/Management A$161
Property Damage Protection A$79
Tax Rate 11.0%

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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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Accokeek, Maryland

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq. ft.
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 , bath with shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with 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 large double bed , Private balcony with hammock off this bedroom
    Upstairs Master - 1 extra lg. double bed , Small suspended balcony off this bedroom
    Loft - 1 double bed , 1 single bed , 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:
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
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