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Historic Browning Mansion

Bedrooms 6
Half Baths1
Space 5,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Historic Mansion completed in 1914 6 BR/3.5 Bath on 1/2 acre garden

Winner of the 2016 Utah Heritage Award for outstanding historic preservation, Browning House is a classic Arts and Crafts-period mansion restored to its 1911 elegance, located within the Eccles National Historic District which is the site of more than a dozen historic homes built during Ogden's Hey day at the turn of the twentieth century. With rich hardwoods, stained glass and painted murals, this glorious house was originally built by the family of famed firearms inventor John Browning. Superb craftsmanship inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement is brimming throughout. Browning House features almost 6,000 square feet of indoor space and another 2,500 square feet of outdoor patios and decks, complete with a lush waterfall and Koi pond. The house features six spacious bedrooms and 3.5 baths, a chef’s kitchen (designed and built by Milton Berlin the famed chef at the Bigelow Hotel) with all modern appliances, formal dining, and a separate breakfast nook. We have a gentlemen's game room with billards and a childrens game room in the basement below with Ping pong and other games. For ultimate relaxation, enjoy our steam room and private hot-tub, or relax on our outdoor covered deck. Or maybe you just want to enjoy the game on the 64-inch flat screen. Browning Mansion is ideal for ski vacations, Weddings, family reunions or any special occasions.

Browning Mansion is situated on almost one-half acre with lush flowers, trees and gardens. There is plenty of room for outdoor yard games, or a patio party for up to 150 guests. There is off-street parking for up to seven vehicles and near by parking at city and state parking lots within 1/2 blocks walk.

Browning House is more than a house. It is an unforgettable experience in historic charm, elegance and comfort, all wrapped in a blanket of historic authenticity. $300/night (ask us about discounted rates for says of 14 days or more).

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Gary Simon
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, spanish
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
January 6, 2018

About Gary Simon

Gary was born and raised in San Diego, CA until fourth grade when he moved 100 miles north with his family to Hacienda Heights, CA where he completed his prep schooling. He attended San Diego State University 1972-1978 and graduated with a (lot of) B.S. in Business, Finance, Real estate and Masters in adult education (almost, thesis pending, don’t hold your breath).

He worked as an independent Realtor and community college instructor in San Diego 1978-82 and had all the real estate he could eat before hiring on at Edwards AFB as the base Real Estate and Cultural Resource Manager. In 1986 he moved with wife and two sons to Osan Air Base, South Korea to become the Seventh Air Force Logistics Plans Officer where Lt. Gen Rogers rewarded him with an orientation flight on the F-16D fighting falcon, best adventure ride you’ll ever get! During his time at Osan Gary became a founding member of the South Korean ski Patrol and the founder and Grand Master of the Osan Bulgogi Hash House Harriers and Harriettes (H4), a 7th Generation kennel from Mother Hash (a drinking club with a running problem). During the 90’s also founded the ecstasy H4 which he led to run biennially at 5 consecutive interhashes in the Philipines, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Greece, Island of Rhodes, Indonesia, Tasmania .

In 1990 Gary returned to San Diego to work for NAVFAC Southwest as a civilian SeaBee working alternatively in Real Estate, Community planning, environmental restoration and planning, construction and renewable energy. At this same time he was a member of the Bear Mt ski Patrol and the Association of Professional Patrollers.

Gary retired from DoD civil service in 2012 and began splitting his time between Sailing, boating, surfing in San Diego and ski patrolling at Powder Mt in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains to enjoy “the greatest snow on earth.” He bought the Browning Mansion in May 2017 and looks forward to sharing his experience there with his guests.

He has a son/3 grandbabys

Gary Simon purchased this house in 2017

Why Gary Simon chose Ogden

In addition to its unsurpassed beauty at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, Ogden boasts amazing history from fur trappers like Jim Bridger to bootleggers like Al Capone. Browning House is woven into the fabric of this local history. Even when you have 24 people sharing the house there are still plenty of places where you can get away to read a book, piece together a puzzle or to play games.

What makes this house unique

Space, privacy, and charm. The mansion was obviously built to the highest standards of the time for the Uber-rich during the "robber baron era". It's incredible beauty begins with it's setting in a neighborhood among dozens of other historic Mansions. From the curb the mansion is a fine example of the Frank Lloyd Wright era of Prairie and craftsman style architecture. From the front porch there are incredible views of the nearby majestic Wasatch mountains. The grand entry gallery showcases the wooden staircase, grand salon and elegant dining room. Swing through the bulter's door between the dining room door and the large gourmet kitchen which was re-built during the ownership of one of Ogden's most prominent mid-century Restaurateurs, Milton Berlin. Stroll through the kitchen and pass through the breakfast nook over looking the backyard and into the large billard/gentlemen's game room also added by Berlin. Open the french doors enter the covered back porch overlooking the large but secluded backyard enclosed all around by a 8' metal wall containing a waterfall fountain cascading into the Koi pond, hot tub, propane fire pit and Barbecue. There is 2500 SF of concrete patio paving with seating for 30 at 5 umbrella tables for outdoor entertaining.

Back in the grand entry gallery, float up the elegant staircase to discover yet another large gallery providing access to 4 large bedrooms sharing 2 full baths on the second floor. Complete your tour by finding the hidden basement stairway off of the butlers pantry/laundry porch to access the the 3 sleeping rooms and huge bathroom with steam shower and kids game room in the basement. This year we are adding a giant 20 pair ski boot dryer and racks for all your skis and snowboards. Be sure to ask if there is something more we could provide to make your stay even more enjoyable. It's our mission to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible for all of your guests.


Ogden House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5+
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 5 - 2 queen
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , 1 double
    Convertible bed(s) - 2 queen , 2 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (5) , Double Beds (1). Sleep Sofa (2 queen sized) and or Futons (2) full-sized.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room
  • Music Library
  • Pool Table ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • ski privileges optional
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing
before ski season we will be improving the mud room with a boot dryer and ski racks.


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(51 traveler reviews)

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Historic Browning Mansion
average rating of 4.7058825 based on 51 reviews

Fabulous for the Bridal Party

  • 5 of 5

This was a perfect addition to the wedding festivities (and out of town guests)! This is a charming piece of history with a romantic flare...loved our visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Nan, We are so glad that your group enjoyed the wedding and the stay at Browning Mansion. Of Course we agree that the history does inspire a bit of romance. We are planning improvements for next spring that will make it a great spot for a wedding right on the premises for as many as 200 guests! We appreciate the great care you took of the place. Thanks for your great 5 star review. Sincerely, Gary
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Fantastic time...

  • 5 of 5

This was our 2nd family Christmas party at the Browning Mansion. My kids and Grandkids LOVE it. Its so roomy and cozy. And i need to mention the beds, the beds are amazing . They are so comfortable. We had everything we needed. Thanks to the owner of the home for being so awesome to work with. We will definitely be back.😁

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. It's fun to make your mortgage payment providing a beautiful space for the making of lifetime family memories! And next year it's 3 Christmas parties for your family in our homey mansion. Thank you for your kind words and your continued patronage. Gary
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We had a wonderful time. The space was great for our family.

  • 4 of 5

Our family really enjoyed staying at the Browning Mansion for our reunion! There was plenty of room for everyone and the beds were so comfortable! The back patio space was a great area for our grandchildren to play and for all of us to do outdoor family activites. Our married children loved the hot tub, as well. The main level living space provided plenty of areas to play, relax, eat, etc.

There were a few minor irritations like the doors being difficult to open and shut because of swelling and age. The swamp cooler was not as comfortable as central air would have been, so the bedrooms were warm at night. And the upstairs shower and bathtub were a bit funky.

Regardless, of the age related inconveniences, we loved our stay and would go again!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place for a large family event

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed the variety of large rooms for family to gather and interact. The fish pond, hot tub, large patio and enclosed yard is terrific.

The only downside is the location. Be aware this is a very old building that has been remodeled many times.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind words Kelly. Sorry that you didn't find the location to your expectations. We are located in a National Register historic residential district/neighborhood one mile from the revitalized downtown historic district, not a lot we can do about changing location but we will attempt to communicate this to future guests so they may develop a more accurate expectation. Regarding the remodeling I'm guessing we are all gonna need a little work after one hundred years! Glad you enjoyed your stay and thanks for the feedback, we can't get better without it. Cheers Gary S.
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Clean, well stocked, comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We found The Browning Mansion perfect for our family get-together. We had a large group and everyone fit in the house perfectly. The kitchen was large, clean, and well stocked with dishes, spices, etc.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Leia, Perfect is hard to improve on, glad you enjoyed your stay. Gary S
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Spacious and comfortable.

  • 4 of 5

If you enjoy a bit of history, a space for socializing, but a space that lets you get off by yourself, all at the same time, this place if for you. You'll read other reviews highlighting bathrooms and internet.

We did not try internet upstairs or downstairs, sticking to the main floor. It worked flawlessly.

Bathrooms may be a bit of a challenge, but my wife confirmed the upstairs shower in the master is suitable and that the downstairs shower is, indeed, the best in the home.

The property owner communicated quickly and clearly, and was on site as we arrived to help us get settled in.

We're going to try other VRBOs in the area, but will likely come back to the Browning House at some point in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Stephen, No surprise that we agree! In June 2017 we upgraded to an ORBI wi-fi system and now have excellent results everywhere in the house and on the grounds. We are pleased that you had ample room for group gatherings and private moments, at the same time. With Beds, futons and pull out sofas for 24 (friendly) guests one can still slip away from the hub-bub in the library/conservatory, game rooms, sunset deck, front porch, formal dining room, breakfast room or rear yard and patio to find a quiet moment to soak up the history. We encourage you to try the other establishments in the area and hope you will find us the "pick of the Litter" and will return frequently to the Browning Mansion. We are planning upgrades to the upstairs baths in 2018, sincerely Gary S..
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Salt Lake City International
Nearest Barpub
0.9 Miles
Nearest Ferry
800 Miles
Puget Sound
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
El Monte
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Ogden transit center
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Interstate 15
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Miles
Dolphin Mexican, Thai Curry Kitchen, Rancho markt
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
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Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Pineview Reservoir
Car: not necessary

Also check out the Eccles Dinosaur Park, the Ogden Riverwalk/bike path, Lake Bird Refuge, Pineview Reservoir, Willard Bay, Great Salt Lake, Antelope Island State Park, and the dozens of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails in the foothills above Browning House.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

linen $100
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 12.35%

Federal Holidays $1,900.00 7 day minimum stay required

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.