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Last updated: 04/23/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1 night
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Alexandria cottage description

This unique home, known as 'Granny's COTTAGE' , has been updated and modernized, retains WARMTH AND CHARM, and is ideal for someone seeking a short-term rental (1-6 months), or for a family coming to see the WASHINGTON, DC sites!

On an acre of lawn and gardens, the brick cottage has 2 cozy upstairs bedrooms and wide wood plank flooring. Downstairs is a modern kitchen, living room with flat screen TV, dining room, small den with pullout sofa, and bathroom. A favorite feature is Granny's screened in porch where one can enjoy breakfast while watching Virginia's beautiful birds.

The home is 4.5 miles north of Historic Mount Vernon, and 4.5 miles south of Old Town, Alexandria. Within walking distance of parks for hiking and biking; minutes from the Potomac River and the American Horticulture Society (George Washington's River Farm). There is easy access to Washington, DC: 11 miles ride by car or bike, or an easy commute by bus and/or metro. The expansive yard has plenty of room for outdoor games and cookouts.



Keywords: Cottage

Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Pets Not Allowed
              • Non Smoking Only
              • Children Welcome

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5

              • Bedroom 1

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              • Bedroom 2

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              • Den

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              • Upstairs Bedroom #1: Double Bed; Upstairs Bedroom #2: 2 Twin Beds* * Can be converted to King Bed Downstairs: 1 twin size Sleep Sofa in small den Portable baby crib and sheets available for infant...moreless

              Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Dining:

                Small dining room has table that seats 5 or 6. There is large closet in the ding room...moreless

              • Pantry Items:

                dish soap, garbage bags, cleaning supplies...moreless

              • Oven
              • Dishes & Utensils
              • Cooking Utensils
              • Coffee Maker
              • Dishwasher
              • Kitchen
              • Microwave
              • Stove
              • Refrigerator

              Amenities

              • Clothes Dryer
              • Washing Machine
              • Linens Provided
              • Air Conditioning
              • Parking Off Street
              • Parking
              • Towels Provided
              • Iron & Board
              • Hair Dryer

              Other Amenities

                  • Large backyard

                  Entertainment

                  • Television
                  • DVD Player

                  Communications

                      • Wireless Internet

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Lawn / Garden:

                        3/4 acre of lawn and gardens...moreless

                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Deck / Patio

                      Car

                          • Necessary

                          Activities

                          • Golf
                          • Tennis
                          • Kayaking
                          • Antiquing
                          • Cycling
                          • Water Skiing
                          • Wind-Surfing
                          • Hiking
                          • Fishing
                          • Sailing
                          • Live Theater
                          • Museums
                          • Zoo
                          • Cinemas
                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • Shopping
                          • Boating
                          • Wildlife Viewing
                          • Restaurants
                          • Sight Seeing
                           

                          Reviews

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                          • Excellent property, you won't be disappointed

                            Excellent property, you won't be disappointed

                            • Guest Stacey H.
                            • Date of stay 03/25/14
                            • Review Submitted 04/10/14
                            My husband and I and our 2 adult-sized kids stayed in the cottage for a full week and can't say enough good things about it. Wonderful location for seeing all the DC sights and the surrounding area. We drove into town each day and although parking was not plentiful, we always found some. The owners are great, are available if there is a problem, but stay out of your way. The cottage itself is charming and has enough room to be very comfortable. A great place to unwind after each busy day. I was a little bit skeptical that it would turn out to be all I imagined from the photos, but was not disappointed. We would return again in a heartbeat. Highlights for us were the Capitol tour, Mt. Vernon, Annapolis, and the charm of Alexandria.

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                          • Quaint Cottage

                            Quaint Cottage

                            • Guest dana m.
                            • Date of stay 04/02/14
                            • Review Submitted 04/06/14
                            This cottage was perfect for our family. It was so nice and clean. The owners are incredibly helpful. They gave us a free pass for Mount Vernon which saved us $60. On our Saturday night they lit a fire for us to enjoy. I highly recommend a stay here.

                            Recommended for: Girls getaway, families with young children, romantic getaway.

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                          • Young Family Loved It

                            Young Family Loved It

                            • Guest Alex (The Woodlands, TX)
                            • Date of stay 10/15/13
                            • Review Submitted 10/23/13
                            My wife, our 2 year old son and I stayed here and absolutely loved it. The place was terrific as we were looking for something quiet and with space so we didn't feel crowded. The property is very spacious and this allowed for our 2 year old to run wild. It was a 5 minute drive to Mount Vernon and a pretty quick commute to DC. The Coakleys (property owners) were beyond kind and ready and willing to help in any way they could. Would highly recommend.

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, people with disabilities, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway, tourists without a car, adventure seekers.

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                          • Girls Weekend

                            Girls Weekend

                            • Guest Native Texan (Houston, TX)
                            • Date of stay 10/11/13
                            • Review Submitted 10/18/13
                            My daughter-in-law and I came to Virginia to see my granddaughter who is attending college in Winchester. We stayed in Granny's Cottage to be closer to DC and the surrounding area. We loved the cottage even though we had trouble with the hot water heater. Jim and Lisa were very nice and tired everything to fix the problem. The cottage is everything that we expected and more. We would love to come back again and I would recommend the cottage to anyone who is coming to the DC area.

                            Recommended for: Age 55+, girls getaway, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                          • Fabulous Fall Vacation Site

                            Fabulous Fall Vacation Site

                            • Guest gg (Florida)
                            • Date of stay 10/07/13
                            • Review Submitted 10/18/13
                            Granny's cottage is adorable, comfortable, and beautiful. This cottage is better than the pictures represent. The neighborhood is beautiful, there is easy access to Metro station and grocery stores. It is especially close to Mount Vernon - a must see. Old town Alexandria was worth a full day of exploring. The Torpedo Factory has been turned into art lofts. The artists were busy working on their artistic projects that you can watch and purchase. We loved coming home from a busy day of touring to the very well appointed kitchen, grilling local veggies and hanging out in the outdoor patio. Morning coffee was delicious while rocking in huge chairs, watching the squirrels and birds in the covered patio area. I have rented many VRBO houses from the Caribbean islands to Central America, to the United States. This Cottage and the owners are truly an A-list delight. Thank you Lisa and Jim.

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, pet owners, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                          • Fabulous, quaint and cozy

                            Fabulous, quaint and cozy

                            • Guest Suzanne (Yucaipa, CA)
                            • Date of stay 09/12/13
                            • Review Submitted 09/23/13
                            What a great property! We spent 10 days here while visiting Washington DC and historic Virginia. The cottage was perfect for our family of four. We looked forward to returning there each evening after a day of sight-seeing. Jim and Lisa are very gracious and accommodating hosts/owners and we hope to stay at the cottage again on future visits.

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

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                          • Great location; helpful owners

                            Great location; helpful owners

                            • Guest Central Coast (California)
                            • Date of stay 09/04/13
                            • Review Submitted 09/11/13
                            Granny's cottage is adorable and better than the pictures represent. Beautiful neighborhood and easy access to Metro station and especially close to Mount Vernon. My son is training for an Ironman competition and the owners were kind enough to let my son use one of their racing bikes to keep up with his training and gave him directions to the local pool so he could keep up with his swimming.

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway.

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                          • What a Gem!

                            What a Gem!

                            • Guest R & K (Coquitlam, B.C. Canada)
                            • Date of stay 08/25/13
                            • Review Submitted 09/06/13
                            Our family of 4 were so thrilled with our 6 days at Granny's Cottage. What a peaceful place to come home after a busy time touring DC and the neighbouring area. We enjoyed breakfast out on the patio, listening to the birds, cicadas, walking around the gardens and we loved the dogs.The house was stocked with everything we needed and the AC and fans kept us cool. We enjoyed going into Olde Alexandria to pick up groceries and enjoyed dinners at Bilbo Baggins and Austin Grill. So nice meeting you Jim & Lisa and having a chance to stay at your beautiful property. We will definitely recommend it to our friends.

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers.

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                          • Great family getaway

                            Great family getaway

                            • Guest jschnebbe (Iowa)
                            • Date of stay 07/14/13
                            • Review Submitted 07/25/13
                            We drove to DC all the way from Iowa and were very please with the cottage. It had everything our family, with two teenage kids, needed. We were there during a heat wave, and did not get to enjoy Lisa and Jim's beautiful yard. Jim put a hammock up for us to enjoy and the large yard would be a great place for families with smaller children to let them run and play. After a long day touring DC we would come back and enjoy the central air, shower, and wash our clothes from the day. The cottage is across the street from a wonderful biking and walking trail along the Potomac River. Lisa was gone during our trip, but Jim was very friendly and helpful. I would most definitely stay again when we return to the DC area. The cottage is close to grocery stores and a short drive to the Hunnington Metro Station that has all day parking.

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, age 55+, girls getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, romantic getaway.

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                          • Wonderful experience at the cottage!!!

                            Wonderful experience at the cottage!!!

                            • Guest Kellie (Gainesville TX)
                            • Date of stay 06/30/13
                            • Review Submitted 07/16/13
                            We had a wonderful week at the cottage!! It is centrally located to everything in Alexandria including the metro station. We loved everything about the cottage, it was very well supplied and very comfortable!!! We would recommend to anyone to stay there!!!

                            Recommended for: Families with teenagers, romantic getaway.

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                          Fees:

                          • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                          • cleaning $100 + tax
                          • Tax Rate 6%

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                          Location

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                          • Nearest Airport: Reagan National Airport at 8 Miles
                          • Nearest Train: Closest Metro Stations: Huntington or King Street at 5 Miles
                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1999

                          About the owner: My husband, three children and I moved next door to this property in 1984. The wonderful neighbor, who came to be known as 'Granny', maintained a lovely home, and we were fortunate to purchase it in 1999. We live next door to the property, and are available to renters for guidance. In the past several years, local families have rented the cottage while renovating their home, and international students have occupied it while in DC for a semester of study. When not working in the gardens, I work as a nurse, and my husband has his own business. Our Portuguese Water Dogs keep us busy now that the kids are grown.


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                          Speaks: english, spanish
                           

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                            Bedroom #1

                          • yard

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                            Bedroom #2

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                          This listing was first published here in 2009.

                          Date last modified - Sunday, April 20, 2014

                          $175 per night (USD)
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                          2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 5

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                          Minimum stay: 1 nights
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