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The Acclaimed Parsonage Bed & Breakfast!

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,350 sq. ft.
Property type house


About the property

One KING bed room or one QUEEN bed room

Many accolades for Gig Harbor's newest B & B! Awarded the best bed and breakfast business in Gig Harbor for 2015, 2016, and 2017. Selected for Gig Harbor's Garden Tour in 2017! Selected for Gig Harbor's Christmas Tour of Homes in 2013! DELUXE BREAKFAST AVAILABLE AT $10 PER PERSON. The group discount rate for both PRIVATE bedrooms is $234 plus tax. Set in a flower garden setting, this vintage home built in 1901 was transformed in 2009 to a modern home with top end quality finishes. The charm of an older home is captured in the angles and high ceilings of the rooms. The rooms have small refrigerators, TV's, and DVD players. Guests have a sitting room and use of the house. The living room and dining room also are nice for games, relaxing, TV watching etc. There is a shade pavilion on the patio and a large hot tub in the backyard. When the weather warms, my gourmet breakfast on the patio is especially nice! We provide bathrobes and beach towels for guests who want to lounge in the 8 person spa. Guests have use of the whole house. The guest bedrooms, a sitting room, and office are located on the second floor. Choose the King bed room or the Queen bed room. The Queen room has a table and chair. We can add an 18' high blow up bed for a third person to the queen bed room. $10 more per night is charged for a third person. Everyone raves about the comfort of the beds and our terrific gourmet breakfasts. There is a beverage center with a microwave oven in the sitting room. WI-FI is free. Need something to read? We have a community book exchange, too. Bathrobes, beach towels, hot tub, good food and comfort...we are THE PARSONAGE BED AND BREAKFAST!

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More Details

John Souza and Mary Souza
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 23, 2018

About John Souza and Mary Souza

Mary is a Tacoma native, where she grew up until meeting John at Western WA State College. They married after college and lived in several WA locations. The Souza's moved to Gig Harbor in 1992 and had 16 years in a successful real estate career before semi-retiring and starting The Parsonage Bed and Breakfast in August, 2010. Mary lost John with his passing in July, 2016. Mary provides a great breakfast between 9:00 and 10:00am. A gourmet breakfast is usually served. However, since competitive tennis is her first passion, she cannot guarantee a gourmet breakfast. However, be assured you will have a wonderful stay at The Parsonage!

John Souza and Mary Souza purchased this house in 2009

Why John Souza and Mary Souza chose Gig Harbor

We are right downtown and only 1.5 blocks to Gig Harbor Bay, restaurants, shops and more! Our house was the first minister's residence in Gig Harbor. The home had been built by volunteers over a 4 year period, and was finally finished by Brother Andrew Jackson McNemee at his own expense, becoming its first occupant. Being only the fourth owners, husband John was able to gather significant historical data about the home, the first church of Gig Harbor that set next to it, and the growth of the community. Several binders of historical information, photos, reconstruction, original house materials, and previous owner interviews are available to visitors.

What makes this house unique

There is no place on earth as gorgeous as Gig Harbor on a sunny day! To the east stands Mt. Rainier tall and majestic with the Cascade Mountains at its feet. To the west are the Olympic Mountains as a gorgeous backdrop to the villages a short drive from here. Eagles soar in our skies, deer may wander into the yard to hopefully eat only the plants John planted as a sacrifice for them, and an array of bird varieties are attracted to the yard and hummingbird feeder. Mary loves serving guests healthy meals and incorporates garden produce as much as possible. Having designed the home to meet all their needs and giving Mary her kitchen 'to die for', and with all the nooks and angles of a traditional Victorian home, Mary doesn't plan to sell any time soon. The totally rebuilt Parsonage now at 2350 square feet is a home she wants to share and enjoy with others.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We received a beautiful bouquet of flowers, (just in time for Easter) and a thank you card from Danny and Kaitlyn. Here's what they wrote, "It was amazing being able to stay in your beautiful home. Hope to come visit again soon! "
Apr 2014
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Gig Harbor House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2350 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please eat in the kitchen. Park on the left side of the driveway or on gravel. Be gentle with removal & replacement of hottub cover and controls.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , When both rooms are booked, we clean bathrooms every day.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Guests share tub/shower. We clean bathrooms every day.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , We have a cot, pack n play, booster chair & infant seat.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 baby crib , This is an extra large king bed. The pack n play fits here
  • King size beds (1), Queen size beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • 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
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Peace and quiet, no freeway noise, no banging doors, well insulated bedrooms and bathrooms, breakfast ready when you want it (between 9 and 10am), coffee and tea for early morning risers.


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The Acclaimed Parsonage Bed & Breakfast!
average rating of 4.8653846 based on 62 reviews

Very Nice Gig Harbor BnB

  • 5 of 5

Great location. Clean and comfortable. Enjoyed meeting you Mary!

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyed our stay

  • 5 of 5

Quaint little rooms, clean and comfortable. We rented the whole house which worked great for two couples. Quarters are tight with the two rooms right next to each other and one bathroom to share, not sure I would have been as comfortable if I was there renting one room and sharing the bathroom with strangers but for the two couples it was absolutely perfect. The breakfast was absolutely wonderful!

  • Submitted: Oct 9, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Enjoyable Stay

  • 4 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this home. The house was very clean and comfortable. There was plenty of room for us all to relax and enjoy our stay. We spent most of our time in the kitchen enjoying appetizers and drinks while we were there. Although this is a B&B, the owners were out of town so we did not have their typical B&B experience. We did enjoy having the house to ourselves. I did not give this 5 stars because of all the house rules and the fact that the hot tub was not working. Having a hot tub was one of our must haves for our girls get away so we were all very disappointed about that.

The location of the home was 2 short blocks away from the main drag of the Gig Harbor waterfront. There are restaurants and shops as well as a mini mart that stays open late within about a 5 minute walk from this home. The rest of the shops are about a 1 mile walk away. We walked it and enjoyed every minute of walking by the harbor and checking out all the shops along the way. We all said we would stay in this home again, but would like the hot tub to be working and to have the house to ourselves again. We like to stay up late laughing and listening to music and would not want to disrupt the B&B owners with that.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Immaculate house!

  • 5 of 5

Mary, the hostess, keeps this B&B cleaner than any I've ever seen - even my mother-in-law! She's a very nice lady too! In addition to beautiful furnishings etc, she makes an awesome gourmet breakfast! The location of the house is close to the harbor and shopping and there are walking trails nearby. The only downside would be if you were renting only one of the two rooms, as they are right next to each other so you can hear someone talking in the other bedroom. It worked out fine for us though, my parents took one room and I took the other. We really enjoyed relaxing in the upstairs family room with the big TV, cable and Netflix. Very comfortable house, even including soft, plush towels, and comfortable beds. I recommend this house especially if you take both rooms.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, beautiful, and stately, but not austere. Very comfortable and welcoming.

  • 5 of 5

We were four teachers looking for a place to retreat, brainstorm, reconnect, and get motivated for the upcoming school year. The parsonage provided us with plenty of work space, but also enough room for personal space for reading and writing. Breakfast each morning was a delight-- both a visual and culinary feast. The surrounding neighborhood provided lovely walks and restaurants. Mary was the perfect hostess -- engaging with us, which was so fun, but we never felt stilted by sharing some of her beautiful spaces. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind review! You seemed to work hard during your stay and I am sure God will give you his guidance throughout this new school year. Many blessings, Mary
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Good location, Clean!, Beautiful home and garden.

  • 4 of 5

Walking distance to restaurants, shops, general store and water fun. A lovely quiet neighborhood.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
36 Miles
Seattle Tacoma International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Puerto Vallarta Restaurant and Marso's Wine Bar
Nearest Ferry
9.5 Miles
Pt. Defiance Park and Ferry Landing
Nearest Golf
4.3 Miles
Madronna Links Golf Course or Gig Harbor Public
Nearest Train
14 Miles
Amtrak Train Station in Tacoma, WA
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 16
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
JW's Restaurant or Anthony's or The Gourmet Burger
Nearest Ski
76.5 Miles
Snoqualmie Summit, Crystal Mtn, or White Pass
Nearest Beach
0.05 Miles
Gig Harbor Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Harbor History Museum
Nearest Point of Interest
Anthony's Seafood Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
The Christmas Shop
Nearest Point of Interest
Wine Tasting at Two Wine Bars!
Nearest Point of Interest
Boat and Kayak Rentals
Nearest Point of Interest
Puerto Vallarta Restaurant
Car: recommended

We are very centrally located for visits to Seattle, Wild Waves Amusement Park and Water Slides in Federal Way, The Lemay American Car Museum in Tacoma, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park in Eatonville, The Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge just south of Dupont, and Pt. Defiance Park and Zoo in Tacoma, just to name a few. We've had guests arrive and remove their bicycles from their cars and off they go. There are both paved and dirt paths through the woods. Some guests like to rent a car at the Airport. Others prefer to take a shuttle bus from the airport to Gig Harbor, where we pick them up. Cars can be rented in Gig Harbor, too. You may not want a rental car during your entire stay, if you enjoy walking. Buses go into Tacoma and we are close to a bus center. Golfers always have a terrific time here. Besides the two Gig Harbor courses, there is Gold Mountain Golf Course 18.5 miles away, McCormick Woods 16 miles, Kitsap Golf and Country Club 24 miles, Horseshoe Lake Golf Course 7.5 miles, and Village Greens Golf Course 16 miles. We haven't even started to name those in Tacoma, which may be even closer. The U.S. Golf Open will be held at Chambers Creek Golf Club in June, 2015! That course is only 12 miles from here. We are 12 minutes to the shuttle site, where attendees will park. The shuttle ride is only another ten minutes to the course. Boat rentals, paddle boards, stand up boards, and kayak rentals, fly fishing lessons and harbor tours can all be enjoyed within 10-15 minutes walk from The Parsonage. Relax at downtown parks or Gig Harbor Bay viewing tables to catch herons and harbor seals at play. A gentle walk takes you to local stage productions. Not to be forgotten are the free Tuesday evening open air concerts within walking distance during the summer. We will supply your blanket or portable chair. Another laid back community event are the free 'walk in' outdoor movies on Friday evenings during the summer. Enjoy Washington's forests on miles of paved and unpaved walking trails through the woods. Gig Harbor also offers quaint downtown shops within walking distance and full sized department and grocery stores within a couple miles. Come and visit us! You will love the spectacular beauty of our mountains, trees, Puget Sound water ways and lakes.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $10 per person per night

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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