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The Historic Ice House - Steps From King Street in Old Town Alexandria

Old Town (Alexandria, VA, USA)
  • House1800 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps7
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

Built just after the Civil War, the Ice House is a three bedroom house located in Ross Alley in the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria. The Ice House has been completely renovated to include a recent kitchen remodel.

Because it was built in the 19th century as a warehouse, the Ice House is unusually wide for Old Town and provides an open and spacious living space that is perfect for families (compare to other local options). Upstairs on the second floor is a fully stocked modern kitchen with plates and silverware for 12 people. A Keurig, Nespresso and a Chemex provide a multitude of options for coffee (and there is a Starbucks only 400 feet away). Sub-Zero refrigerator and Miele dishwasher are consistent with the level of finishes in this house.

An especially large and deep couch provides plenty of seating for watching movies or television. Because the main living room has a "flounder" roof, it gets wonderful light and it perfect for lounging after a day of visiting the many local historic sites.

Further upstairs is a roof deck with chaise lounges and seating for al fresco dining and relaxation.

Downstairs, the largest bedroom has a king bed (Tempur-Pedic mattress), while the second bedroom has a beautiful antique queen bed (Tempur-Pedic mattress), and the third bedroom contains a full-sized hide-a-bed. There is also a very large and deep couch in the upstairs family room that could be utilized as a bed. The bed linens are by Boll & Branch.

There is a full bathroom downstairs and a half bathroom upstairs.

This property has a walkscore of 99! A bikescore of 87! You are just steps from the corner of King and Washington - arguably this is the closest residential property from this hub of Old Town activity - but the Ice House is hidden in a quiet alley away from the bustle of King Street. Hop on the free shuttle up to the King Street Metro to head to DC. Or take the water taxi just five blocks south at the base of Cameron Street. The water taxi goes to the Wharf, National Harbor (gambling and shopping), and the National's stadium (during the season). The Ice House is just 3 miles from Washington Reagan National Airport.

The Mount Vernon trail is so close and nothing beats a bike ride up or down the Potomac along a protected bike path maintained by the National Parks Service.

While other locations in Old Town may claim to be central, this is it! You can walk to close to 100 restaurants from the Ice House. Walgreens and CVS are just steps away. And there are 5 grocery stores within walking distance, including a Trader Joes, Harris Teeter, Balduccis, Safeway, and a Whole Foods. The Saturday farmer's market is only two blocks away.

Please inquire about parking. There is no parking space at the Ice House, but there is a self-park City parking lot just 250 feet away.

There is an additional charge for parties of adults of 5 or greater; there is no additional charge for children.


Scot and Susan

Member Since 2017
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within a few hours
Calendar last updated:
Apr 17, 2018
Why Scot and Susan chose Old Town

I have lived in Old Town Alexandria for almost 20 years and have owned several historic properties. The Ice House is a unique combination of space and charm that is difficult to find in Old Town. Because the building was a warehouse, it is quite open and the windows on the flounder room provide for fantastic light.

What makes this House unique

Old Town is filled with history, adventures, outdoor activities, food, and events. And it is also a perfect location for a first-time or repeat visitor to Washington, D.C. Old Town was a colonial port town, famous for an association with George Washington (who had a townhouse just 300 meters away) and which became part of the District of Columbia. Retro-ceded back to Virginia before the Civil War, Alexandria's many stately homes became army hospitals during the conflict. Many Alexandria properties have been preserved and exhibit the characteristic late-Georgian style of the federal period. The Old Town calendar is filled with events and activities, no matter the time of year. I hope you enjoy your visit.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 sleep sofa /futon
      • Tempur-Pedic mattresses in Bedrooms 1 and 2. Boll & Branch linens.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower


          • Adventure
          • Away From It All
          • Family
          • Historic
          • Romantic
          • Sports & Activities
          • Tourist Attractions


              • Guests provide their own meals


                  • Air Conditioning
                  • Clothes Dryer
                  • Hair Dryer
                  • Heating
                  • Internet
                    Fast WiFi
                  • Iron & Board
                  • Linens Provided
                    Boll & Branch linens.
                  • Living Room
                  • Towels Provided
                  • Washing Machine


                      • Coffee Maker
                        Keurig, Nespresso, Chemex
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                        Place Settings for 12
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen
                        Fully Stocked Kitchen
                      • Microwave
                      • Oven
                      • Pantry Items
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                        Dacor Convection Oven
                      • Toaster


                          • Dining
                            Comfortable table seating for 6. Plus 3 on counter stools.
                          • Dining Area
                          • comfy seating for 6 people


                              • Books
                              • DVD Player
                              • Games
                              • Satellite / Cable
                              • Stereo
                                High Quality Marshall Bluetooth Speaker
                              • Television
                                Netflix, Amazon
                              • Video Games
                              • Video Library
                                Lots of DVDs you can watch.


                                  • Deck / Patio
                                    Roof deck with chaise lounge and table.
                                  • Outdoor Grill
                                    Propane gas.


                                      • museums
                                      • arboretum
                                      • churches
                                      • cinemas
                                      • festivals
                                      • health/beauty spa
                                      • library
                                      • live theater
                                      • marina
                                      • botanical garden
                                      • playground
                                      • recreation center
                                      • restaurants
                                      • ruins
                                      • synagogues
                                      • theme parks
                                      • water parks
                                      • winery tours
                                      • zoo

                                        Leisure Activities

                                          • paddle boating
                                          • antiquing
                                          • boating
                                          • gambling casinos
                                          • miniature golf
                                          • outlet shopping
                                          • bird watching
                                          • photography
                                          • scenic drives
                                          • shopping
                                          • sight seeing
                                          • walking

                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                              • ATM/bank
                                              • groceries
                                              • massage therapist

                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                  • basketball court
                                                  • cycling
                                                  • ice skating
                                                  • pier fishing
                                                  • sailing

                                                    House Rules

                                                    Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                    Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                    Cancellation Policy

                                                    100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                    12 Reviews


                                                    Latest reviews

                                                    Great Location in Old Town

                                                    STEFANIE K.

                                                    The house is close to everything you need in Old Town. The rooftop deck is the best part, and we were lucky enough to have great weather during our stay. The kitchen and living room are great.

                                                    The only drawback is the one full bathroom- it's a little small when there are 2 adult couples sharing the house. For a short period of time it was okay.

                                                    perfect DC area rental!

                                                    Alena T.

                                                    we had a wonderful stay at the ice house. it is in a rare, historic part of the dc area, only minutes by car to the Mall. so many unique restaurants and boutiques within walking distance. the icehouse is a modern design interior, with a great layout, and spacious enough for our family of four. the finest linens and most comfortable beds. we loved the new rooftop gas grill. all amenities are provided, even coffee. and wifi at very high speeds. the owners are very kind and helpful. we will definitely stay here again. you will be lucky to stay in such a place...

                                                    Historic and hospitable home

                                                    Ruthy S.Montgomery, Illinois

                                                    We are a family of six (4children under the age of 7 and youngest 17mo). As you can imagine we are very busy and need for ge extra room. The house is incredible. They made use of every space of the small sq footage of the home without feeling crowded. It was very clean and I clean ALOT as a mom of 4. We needed the washer and dryer and everything was provided for that need. Linens and pillows and towels were excellent- like new quality. The kitchen has basic cooking/baking items. We did cook at the house vs. going out to eat. We shopped at The Giant store just a few minutes away but there is also some within walking distance as well like Trader Joe’s and Harris Teeter. You cannot park in the alley but for a limited time to unload. We found street parking easily and used the parking apps like Pango to pay the meter. Driving into the Capitol was very easy! If you come from a city like Chicago you will fell right at home. We used the Parkmobile App to find parking spots to all the attractions and museums. Overall we were sad to leave, and hope to return in the future as the kids get a little older and the younger children have a new appreciation for travel. It is a beautiful area and Alexandria has a lot to offer. Thank you to Susan and Scot for their hospitality they were easily available and accommodating.

                                                    The Ice House is a perfect get-away.

                                                    The Ice House is beautifully rennovated, the hosts provide everything you need. It's in a perfect location. It was the perfect place to relax for a few days, and watch the unexpected snowfall. The only thing that could top the snow is a warm day where you could spend time on the upstairs deck. The kitchen is well appointed, and the bedrooms are super comfortable, as well as the very spacious living room.

                                                    Beyond Perfect!

                                                    Julie S.

                                                    Absolutely the PERFECT location! The hosts went over and above all expectations to make sure we were all comfortable. Would highly recommend this house for any stay to the Washington DC area! The house’s character was charming and so authentic!! Loved it!

                                                    I left my heart in Alexandria

                                                    The owners are so kind and thoughtful and even checked in (via email) to see if we needed anything. The home is amazing and so much fun as it is a historic home with rich culture and history all around you.

                                                    Alexandria is the greatest and the home is centrally located in a way that you are within walking distance of shops, malls, restaurants, metro, and so much more. Even though you’re in the center of it all the home is super cozy and tucked away in a quiet alley which makes it super comfy. We spent hours snuggled up watching movies and cooking in the amazing kitchen.

                                                    We can’t wait to come back to Alexandria soon and will definitely look for the Ice House again :) Thanks so much for a wonderful stay!


                                                    Old Town (Alexandria, VA, USA)

                                                    Mount Vernon is 10 Miles Washington, DC (the Mall) is 6 Miles

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                                                    12 Reviews
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