2 Story Historic Carriage House on 1889 Victorian View Estate
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Tacoma cottage description
Perched on a hill overlooking Puget Sound, Catchpenny Cottage offers affordable excellence as part of a Victorian mansion estate overlooking Puget Sound and the cargo shipping lanes.
Ideal location! Downtown shops and museums, Antique Row and waterfront restaurants are just a few blocks from this remarkable garden retreat. Pt. Defiance Park, a 698 acre rain forest park with gardens, zoo, marina, beach and outstanding aquarium is 15 minutes from the inn, downtown Seattle is just 30 minutes away. Watch the large cargo ships pass by from the inn's wraparound porch, explore Antique Row, or grab a kayak from local outfitters and gain a whole new perspective from the water.
Catchpenny Cottage, a 2 story carriage house on the National Historic Register, offers the best of both worlds - the privacy of a guest house and full access to the first floor of the adjacent Victorian mansion and estate grounds (fireplaces and guest sitting areas, wraparound porch and views of the water).
This estate is the earliest example of landscape gardening in the Pacific Northwest - lots of trees and greenery. Views of Puget Sound and Commencement Bay from the main inn and porch, small view of the bay from carriage house.
Featured on Tacoma's Grand Home Tours and on the National Historic Register, Catchpenny Cottage is located in a great walking neighborhood, filled with tree-lined streets, graceful turn-of-the-century mansions and lovely estate gardens. A 27 acre park and Victorian Conservatory is just 3 blocks away.
Once used to house the carriages and horses of the estate, Catchpenny Cottage has an 8 ft. curved iron canopy bed (queen) and a new queen sofa sleeper in the downstairs bedroom area, along with a Jacuzzi alcove and private bath w/shower. The Jacuzzi is built into a large raised slate deck in what was originally the horse's stall.
The upstairs was once the carriage master's quarters and the hayloft (the hay chute is still intact). There is now a bedroom with a queen carved pineapple bed, large walk-in closet, private sitting room, private bath with claw foot tub and shower. The sitting room has a wonderful oversized lounging chair and ottoman - great for an afternoon of book browsing (there is also a twin rollaway for extra sleeping accommodations).
Cable TV/VCR are in both upstairs and downstairs sitting areas. The 2 suites can be rented separately, or joined together to sleep 6-7 comfortably. Lots of antiques, estate memorabilia, original stained tongue-and-groove walls - very unique, fun! There are additional rooms that can be rented in the main building of the bed and breakfast, as well as a 2 bedroom kitchenette with water view (check with owner on details).
Guests have 24 hour access to the guest kitchen, which is kept well-stocked with complimentary juices, bottled water, sodas, hot chocolate, teas, popcorn. Kitchen includes fridge, sink, toaster, microwave, coffee maker, dishes (no stove).
Full gourmet breakfasts are available for an additional fee (check with owner on pricing options and sample menus).
This historic property have been featured in several publications, including Sunset Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel & Leisure Magazine, Coastal Living, Best Places to Kiss Northwest, Northwest Best Places, Recommended Country Inns of the Pacific Northwest, Amazing Getaways and Seattle Magazine. We are a 2009 top 10 Frommers choice among hotels & bed and breakfasts in the entire state of Washington.
* * * Be sure to visit our website (see link below) for more photos and information about Catchpenny Cottage as well as other lodging options at the mansion. * * *
Keywords: cottage, cabin, view, Jacuzzi, family, carriage house, Victorian, downtown, waterfront, Puget Sound, house, bed and breakfast
- Vacation Rental
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 2-7
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
microwave, sink, toaster, microwave, guest fridge, coffeemaker, dishes, wine glasses. 24 hr. access to complimentary cookies, juices, sodas, bottled water, gourmet hot chocolates, teas, popcorn, breakfast/snack bars....moreless
full gourmet breakfasts (served from 7am-9:30am daily) are available for additional charge. check w/owner on details, sample menus. special dietary requirements and food allergies are cheerfully accommodated....moreless
- Ice Maker
- Parking Off Street:
- Linens Provided
- Air Conditioning
- Video Library
- Satellite / Cable
- Wireless Internet:
- Dialup Access:
Pool & Spa
Location & View
- Ocean View:
- Water View
- Cross Country Skiing
- Fitness Center
- Water Skiing
- Rock Climbing
- Theme Parks
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Wildlife Viewing
- Miniature Golf
- Horseback Riding
- Sight Seeing
- Three mile waterfront promenade, 700 acre rainforest park w/zoo and aquarium, 14 miles of old growth forest trails, beach and museums, Seattle Pike Market, Mt, Rainier, Antique Row, galleries, museums - including the new International Glass Museum and new Washington State History Museum. Or catch the ferry to Vashon Island and spend the day exploring beaches and small shops....moreless
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Catchpenny Cottage a nice getaway
Catchpenny Cottage a nice getaway
Catchpenny Cottage was everything the listing stated. The Cottage was very clean, and Elizabeth the housekeeper was very helpful. Cecil the owner was an excellent cook, he even went out of his way to prepare a gluten free breakfast for me. I would recommend Cecil and Yarrows place to all my family and friends. My boyfriend and I loved exploring the neighborhood, we walked all around the neighborhood and discovered Thrift Way a great grocery store with a deli and coffee bistro. While your out walking make sure you see Stadium High School, and go for a stroll at Wrights' Park. We also went to see a movie at the Grand Cinema a one of a kind theater.
- Guest pam (Quincy, Ca)
- Date of stay 07/25/13
- Review Submitted 08/15/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Guest comment entered by owner
Posted online by guest under VRBO Listing # 285 (the cottage is listed under both Seattle and Tacoma VRBO directories) 5 out of 5 stars -- thoroughly enjoyable stay Guest: Alice (Madison, WI) Date of Stay: July 17, 2010 Review Submitted: December 22, 2010 the booking process was easy & quick. loved the property and the neighborhood. the owners are extremely friendly and everything is explained easily up front. and the breakfasts....WOW!! I wish I could have stayed forever, will definitely be back. thanks much. Recommended for: Girls getaway, Tourists without a car, Sightseeing, Families with teenagers, Families with young children, Romantic getaway
- Guest Alice
- Date of stay 07/17/10
- Review Submitted 01/06/11
May-October: $250/nite for 1-2 guests for the cottage, $25 for each addt'l guest $1565/week for 1-2 guests, $175/week each addt'l guest. Other lodging options available, starting at $95/nite for single guest. :) Nov-April: $175/nite for 1-2 guests (downstairs of cottage only) or $225/nite for 1-2 guests (entire cottage), $25/nite for each addt'l guest $475/week for 1-2 guests (upstairs of cottage only) $1253/week for 1-2 guests (entire cottage) $175/week/addt'l guest(s).
Note: Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Year Purchased: 1996
About the owner: Yarrow and Cecil opened up the mansion and cottage in 1996 to give them the chance to pursue their passions. Cecil is finishing up his master's in counseling. Yarrow is an award-winning novelist and screenwriter. We thank you for taking the opportunity to visit our website, and hope that we may get the chance to offer our personal take on Pacific Northwest hospitality (which includes hearty breakfasts & serious coffee, of course). Cheers! Cecil and Yarrow
Why the Owner Chose Tacoma:
Love the green. Love the water. Love the buzz of the Seattle scene, the quietude of nearby old-growth trails. Life is good.
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Catchpenny Cottage, a 2 story carriage house, is part of a Victorian estate.
Catchpenny Cottage (downstairs suite of 2 story cottage)
Point Defiance has 14 miles of trails through old growth forest (15 min away)
The estate is the earliest example of landscape gardening in Pacific Northwest.
One-of-a-kind antique pieces throughout mansion and cottage make for fun photos.
Cottage guests have access to shared kitchen and 2 dining areas in mansion.
Take a ferry across to Vashon Island - or spend the day touring San Juan Islands
Catchpenny cottage downstairs bath includes a Jacuzzi tub-for-two and shower.
Catchpenny cottage guests have full access to the mansion common guest areas.
View from wraparound porch/garden area.
B&B accommodations also available - check w/owner
Super comfy beds and custom bedding await the Seattle vacation traveler.
Bright and cheery guest kitchen - the never empty cookie jar!
1889 Victorian mansion is filled with woodwork, antiques and period lighting.
Cottage guests have access to parlor area in mansion - cozy up to the fire.
Wraparound porch overlooks Commencement Bay and hillside gardens
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