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CARRIAGE HOUSE IN PRIME LOCATION (QUIET, SAFE, WALK TO MUSEUMS)

Alec Smyth

Advertiser since: 2009
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Speaks English, Spanish
People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Alec Smyth

Advertiser since: 2009
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Calendar last updated:
18 December, 2014
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CARRIAGE HOUSE IN PRIME LOCATION (QUIET, SAFE, WALK TO MUSEUMS)

People6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 3 bedroom holiday home in Capitol Hill - The Yellow House

1 King bed, 2 Fulls, 1 Queen and a full sized crib

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This house is incredibly centrally located yet is also in a most peaceful spot, set back from a quiet street with a bicycle lane.

Within a radius of less two and a half blocks you will find the Library of Congress, a Metro station, Eastern Market, a Starbucks, and at the time of writing ten restaurants. The National Mall, around which the Smithsonian museums are clustered, is only a short walk away. The house has a Zillow walkability rating of 95 ('Walkers Paradise.') A rack of bright red public bicycles is half a block from your door.

The Yellow House is ideal for a family with children who would like to visit sites such as the Smithsonian museums, the US Capitol, Supreme Court, National Archives, the Library of Congress, or the Newseum, among many others. Our neighborhood, Capitol Hill, is a historical conservation area that is quaint, cosmopolitan, affluent, and highly secure. We are so close to the US Capitol that the house is inside the perimeter patrolled by Capitol security. The neighborhood is where most members of congress live.

The house comes with a little shopping cart, which you can take to the grocery store around the corner, or two blocks to Eastern Market, a wonderful 140 year old traditional market where greengrocers, butchers, bakers, etc. carry the absolute freshest groceries you will find anywhere in the city. Walking your shopping cart to Eastern Market, nobody will suspect you are a tourist.

Visitors who arrive by car typically park it for the duration of their stay. The house includes a parking permit.

Your rental comes with all linens, towels, a blow drier, high quality toiletries, and propane for the grill. All you need to bring is a tooth brush!

So how to proceed?

We recommend using the 'Book Now' button at top right on this page, which will confirm availability and provide a detailed quote before you reach the screen on which you are asked to commit. We book with the $120 cleaning fee, and the balance is due 30 days before arrival. All payments are self-service, via credit card or e-check using VRBO's secure payments page, and you do not need to provide us credit card information.

PLEASE NOTE, WE DO NOT ADVERTISE ON CRAIGSLIST. If you came across the content of our listing on Craigslist, it is a fake ad.

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Alec Smyth (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2009
Call Owner
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Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
18 December, 2014

About Alec Smyth

My wife and I are both management consultants who have traveled widely for decades, and have developed a strong sense of what we like in a locale and in accommodations. We actively manage our vacation rentals as a future retirement plan, but we select and prepare them by asking a simple test question -- would we be happy to live in them ourselves?

Alec Smyth purchased this house in 2009

Why Alec Smyth chose Capitol Hill

The Yellow House is on a quiet street, yet so close to the US Capitol that it is within the perimeter patrolled by the Capitol security, within the area that is sealed off for Presidential inaugurations, etc. Most vacation rentals advertise proximity to Metro. We are two blocks from Metro, but chances are you will not take it because you are already so close to the major sites of interest.

The house itself is much wider than the rowhouses typical of the neighborhood, and has an open floor plan. These features translate to a bright ambiance full of natural light. Please notice also what you see through the windows in the listing photos - trees!

What makes this house unique

There is a lot to see in Washington, with over fifty museums, but unfortunately we feature the very longest commutes in the nation. The museums have no parking, which may be a deliberate strategy to reduce the number of cars. Capitol Hill is the area immediately surrounding the US Capitol, and because it is a historical conservation neighborhood of small houses that cannot be altered, it contains almost no hotels. By staying at a home on the Western edge of Capitol Hill, you are closer to the sites than at a hotel, and free from the hassles of commuting because everything is within walking distance. Quite aside from the convenience of the location, both house and neighborhood are charming.

Guestbook comments from the owner

HI Alec,



We had such a great time we did not want to leave! Your home was really wonderful and we will definitely contact you again next time we come to DC. Quick question – do you know what the mattress was on the king bed? We found it to be really comfortable. Thanks again!



Regards,
Jul 2010
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Reviews

4.9
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Carriage House in Prime Location (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
average rating of 4.928571 based on 92 reviews
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Carriage House in Prime Location (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p265943
+1 -703 906-5346
Capitol Hill Washington DC
Cumberland, Maine
5

A perfect spot in Washington!

  • 5 out of 5
My family had the best stay in the Yellow House this past week... It's a beautiful place to come home to, even more beautiful than the great photos online! Everything was clean and well maintained, and owner was helpful with questions prior to our arrival. It was a treat to stay in a place that was quiet and safe, yet also close to the sites of Capitol Hill and many small restaurants. We would like to come back to enjoy more of the same, but also to see the front and back gardens when things are in bloom. Book a stay yourself if you are lucky enough to see availability left for your dates of travel!
  • Review Submitted: 21-Feb-2010
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Carriage House in Prime Location (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p265943
+1 -703 906-5346
Capitol Hill Washington DC
5

Great Home

  • 5 out of 5
My whole family loved this home. The home was everything listed and more. The owner was responsive to any questions. The owner provided a manual for the area and the home that was very helpful. Close to everything: eateries, shops, churches, museums, government buildings, trains station, market etc. Everything was so close we mostly walked rather that using the Metro. Many flyers in the home. The home was clean with good up keep. Plenty of supplies. We loved the Good Stuff Eatery (outstanding), Hawk and Dove Taven, We the Pizza a few blocks from the home; The Great Gadsby (this we did need the Metro), and a couple of great bakeries. There an Farmers Market that is great make sure you go in the building there are meat markets, a bakery and veg/fruit markets inside. We did the Hop On Hop Off two day Big Bus Tour great way for overall sight seeing on areas that are a little farther out. We will be going back and would recommend this home.
  • Review Submitted: 28-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Carriage House in Prime Location (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p265943
+1 -703 906-5346
Capitol Hill Washington DC
Canberra, Australia
5

Could not have wished or asked for a better place! Thankyou!

  • 5 out of 5
My family and I stayed in The Yellow House for a week around the wedding of my eldest daughter. The location, quality and inclusions of the house were outstanding! The gardens were beautiful, and we're a bonus as a feature for pre-wedding photos.
The house is so conveniently located to restaurants, metro, convenience stores and in easy walking distance to many DC places of interest. In spite of the proximity to every amenity, the house and neighborhood are very quiet and there are pretty parks/ outdoor spaces within a block, much appreciated by my sports mad grandson.
The house features every possible comfort required for a short or extended stay, and presentation was immaculate!
The Yellow House featured prominently in what was a wonderful, relaxing and busy family period, we were so impressed and would highly recommend the property. Many visitors to the house over the week were similarly impressed and would make similar recommendations. THANK YOU SO MUCH!
  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
business
Carriage House in Prime Location (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p265943
+1 -703 906-5346
Capitol Hill Washington DC
5

Lovely and spacious

  • 5 out of 5
This was our first trip to Washington D.C. and we are so thankful we found this home away from home. We were so close to the sights we wanted to see. It was great to be able to come home and rest and relax after a day of sightseeing. I also enjoyed the fact that we cold cook meals when wanted. Since it is not possible to see everything in D.C. in one week, we hope to be able to come backand stay in this wonderul house.
  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Carriage House in Prime Location (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p265943
+1 -703 906-5346
Capitol Hill Washington DC
5

Lovely house in a fantastic location!

  • 5 out of 5
We have just returned from a wonderful trip to Washington with our three teenage children. The Yellow House was perfect accommodation, providing plenty of space for everyone and within walking distance of the main sights and a good selection of restaurants.

The house was clean and very well equipped and spacious with comfortable beds and plenty of good quality clean towels and linen.

The neighbourhood was lovely to walk around, both quiet (a contrast to New York where we had been previously) and safe. Five minutes walk to a great selection of restaurants with a few just round the corner on Pennsylvania Ave. and we would recommend the wider selection of restaurants on Barracks Row and also the 'Tortilla Coast' beside Capitol South metro.

It was also an easy 10 minute walk to the Capitol building, Library of Congress and the Supreme Court.

Alec was a great host - completely unobtrusive yet made it clear that he was available if we needed him.

We would highly recommend this property.
  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Carriage House in Prime Location (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p265943
+1 -703 906-5346
Capitol Hill Washington DC
5

Great House, Great Location, Great Host

  • 5 out of 5
My family (including 3 kiddos under 3) stayed for a weekend at this charming house, in the middle of it all. It is walking distance to so many great landmarks, restaurants, bars, and more. Alex (the owner) has a child gate installed at the top of the stairs, which was a small luxury we weren't expecting while traveling with the little ones. The house was lovely, clean, and had any convenience you might need while being away.

When we arrived, the crib was not set up for one of the little ones, and Alex came right over. We were more than happy to set it up ourselves if we could just get the tools, but when we arrived home from having lunch the crib was not only put together, but set up with sheets, etc. He truly makes sure that his guests have what they need to have a stress free time.

We were able to walk everywhere we needed to go (plus there is a metro stop very close by) but he does include a parking permit if you need to have a rental car.

I would absolutely stay at "The Yellow House" again.
  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway

Location

Car: not necessary

The house is located on a quiet friendly Capitoll Hill block with a park at each end, around the corner from Pennsylvania Avenue with its restaurants and sidewalk cafes. The Capitol, Library of Congress, Eastern Market, Folger Shakespeare Library, and Metro (the underground) are all just a couple of blocks away. Capitol Hill is a historical conservation neighborhood of beautifully maintained, charming old houses. It has a small-town feel and a human scale, is cosmopolitan, and has a thriving cultural scene. The residential area closest to Washington's institutions, it is home to a large number of politicians and VIPs. The house is within the close-in perimeter of heightened security patrolled by the Washington Metropolitan Police, the US Capitol Police and the US Secret Service.

We recommend that visitors come without cars, because our location allows access to the sights on foot and by Metro. However, a free visitor parking permit is included in your rental just in case.

Other Activities: US Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, Library of Congress, Supreme Court, National Archives, Newseum, Folger Shakespeare

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Rates & Availability

From $344 Nightly

Rental rates for this holiday house in Capitol Hill, Washington DC

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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
Low Season (January - February
1 Jan 2015 - 28 Feb 2015
2 night minimum stay
$807
for 2 nights
From
$344
$2,084
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$1,036
for 2 nights
From
$458
$2,925
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $120
Tax Rate 14.5%
Notes 14.5% tax
$120 cleaning fee

Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Capitol Hill in Washington DC

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1426 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Downstairs - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Both bathrooms were recently remodeled with marble floors, subway tile, and high end hardware.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Living Room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Queen sleep sofa
    3rd Bedroom - 2 Double Bed
    2nd Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Cot , Full sized crib available upon request
  • The couch in the living room is a Queen sleep sofa, in case senior guests have trouble with the stairs (one of the full bathrooms is also downstairs).
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • paddle boating
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • ice skating
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
Parking permit included
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