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

Alec Smyth

Speaks spanish, english
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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CARRIAGE HOUSE IN PRIME LOCATION (QUIET, SAFE, WALK TO MUSEUMS)

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

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.

You may also be interested in our two-bedroom homes, HomeAway properties #339969 and #3014729.

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

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Alec Smyth (Owner)
Advertiser since 2009
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Speaks spanish, english

About Alec Smyth

I am an engineer and management consultant with a passion for marine environmental issues and ocean exploration.

Alec Smyth purchased this house in 2009

Why Alec Smyth chose Capitol Hill

My wife and I invest in properties that meet two fundamental criteria; they must be ideally located for visitors, and nice enough that we would like to live in them ourselves. That translates to properties located in the five or six blocks of Capitol Hill closest to the National Mall, homes with historic charm, and with open floor plans on the ground floor. They must be on streets that are attractive yet quiet.

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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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.9
based on 81 holidaymaker reviews

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Carriage House in Prime Location (Quiet, Safe, Walk to Museums)
average rating of 4.9259257 based on 81 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, from 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

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, from 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
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, from 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
United States
5

Fabulous house!

  • 5 out of 5
We just stayed at the Yellow house last week with our 3 kids. As previous reviews have mentioned, the house is clean, well maintained, and close to the Capitol Hill side of things in Washington, DC. You'll have everything you'll need here. We had a few issues come up while we were there which could have caused our ratings to go down had we not had the most responsive owner EVER. You will be very well taken care of in this house, probably better than any hotel you'd choose. One thing to be aware of....the stairs in this house may present a challenge for those not able to navigate a narrow curving stairway, but I'd guess that's typical with the age of houses like this. It wasn't an issue for us at all.
  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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
Burlington, Ontario, Canada
5

Fantastic!

  • 5 out of 5
Alec was a fabulous host. He is quick to respond to emails and address any concerns you might have - I'm a bit of an over-planner but he was gracious with my 50 questions! The house is great and in a superb location. Don't miss out on this one! A definite must for families with young kids - having a full-size crib for my two year old was fantastic!
  • Review Submitted: 21-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
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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

Best place to stay to visit Washington DC

  • 5 out of 5
This was not out first visit to DC, but it definitely was our best. The location is ideal - a quiet, treelined street with beautiful gardens, just a block from dozens of good restaurants and a short walk to the subway. The house itself is lovely - comfortable mattresses, fluffy towels, spotlessly clean and a nice kitchen. The garden in the back was perfect for a late afternoon glass of wine. It was hard to believe we were in a big city. The best was we were 4 blocks from the Capitol, so we walked or subwayed everywhere, so a car was not necessary. Fortunately, because parking spots were at a premium,even with the permit Alex provided and we didn't want to move the car. Alex was very responsive to all of our questions, and his restaurant recommendations were excellent. We defintely would recommend this property
  • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway, from HomeAway
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Location

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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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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

Rental Basis:
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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

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:
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Telephone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Alarm Clock
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Laundry Soap
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
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:
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Books
  • Video Library
  • DVD Player
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • 4 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • pets not allowed
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • Shopping
  • antique hunting
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • paddle boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • golf
  • roller blading
  • ice skating
Notes:
Parking permit included
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