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Lighthouse Property on Puget Sound 'One of Finest in U.S.'

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 1903 Lightkeepers House On Shores Of Puget Sound

This historic 1903 lightkeepers house, with a full kitchen, beautiful woodwork, and furnished with antiques has been described by US Lighthouse Society as 'one of the finest examples of lighthouse property restoration in the country.' It sleeps a maximum of six people (including children) in three bedrooms. The front porch looks out on a park lawn down to the shores of Puget Sound 100 feet away. The Olympic Mountains and lights of Tacoma can be seen in distance.

Online magazine, Smartertravel, voted this one of the best lighthouse properties to stay in the country. Staying at this fully restored lighthouse keepers cottage is a unique experience offering more than a vacation or weekend rental. Instead, you will be signing up to be an honorary lighthkeeper on a “Tour of Duty.” As such, you will participate in some aspects of the life of lightkeepers. You will have duties including raising and lowering the flag, maintaining a log of maritime traffic, keeping the cottage yard tidy, laundering linens, and having the place clean and ready for next lightkeepers.

Each Saturday from May through October public tours are held from 1pm-4pm in the cottage. Tour guides will be on site to lead tours.

Please read the rental agreement thoroughly and before signing it determine if this experience will fit your expectations and needs

**2017 CONSTRUCTION NOTICE AUGUST & SEPTEMBER*** Renovations by Metro Parks Tacoma to improve the parking lot and ADA pathways may cause some inconvenience such as limited access to parking, some construction noise during working hours, etc. Every effort will be made to minimize the impacts this project has on your stay.

The cottage rental is for personal use only. No parties, events or wedding related activities are permitted on this historic property.

Sorry, no pets are allowed.

There are three bedrooms with queen/double beds. The cottage is furnished with antiques but has a modern, working kitchen that is stocked with pans, plates, cutlery, etc for your use. Wifi, TV and DVD player are available.

We look forward to your “Tour of Duty”!

More Details

Property Manager
Scheduler for Browns Point Lighthouse Cottage
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About Scheduler for Browns Point Lighthouse Cottage

US Coast Guard still owns the property and maintains the working lighthouse. Metro Parks Tacoma has a long-term lease to have the grounds open to the public as a waterfront park. Points Northeast Historical Society, a volunteer organization since 1986, is responsible for restoring the property, having it available both as a vacation rental and interactive history museum. Rental fees go back into restoring the property and presenting history and museum programs like school field trips.

Scheduler for Browns Point Lighthouse Cottage purchased this house in 1903

Why Scheduler for Browns Point Lighthouse Cottage chose Puget Sound South

This is one of five lighthouse properties in Washington available for vacation rental. Online travel magazine, Smartertravel, says this is 'one of the 10 best lighthouse properties to sleep in' and US Lighthouse Society designated it as one of the best examples of restoration of lighthouse property in the country.

What makes this house unique

You are not just 'renters' but designated as honorary 'Lightkeepers' with duties such as raising the flag daily, keeping a log, and having the premises open for visitors on Saturday in summer season and assisting historical society docents to give tours of the basement history museum, boathouse with replica surfboat, and bell house (former pump house) where you can ring the original lighthouse fog bell.


Browns Point House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • One bathroom with antique claw foot tub with shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Three bedrooms (2 on upper floor one on lower) with queen beds in each. Sleeps 6 maximum, including children.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • gambling casinos
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Our normal check in time is 4pm and our normal check out time is 11am.


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Lighthouse Property on Puget Sound 'One of Finest in U.S.'
average rating of 4.935484 based on 31 reviews
Wasilla, AK

A unique and beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

This place is like staying in a museum. So much history in such a great cozy, but roomy classic house. The view is incomparable; watching the boat and ship traffic, wild birds and even the stormy seas was just awesome. Our grandkids loved "visiting" us. They had a great time exploring the beach on the better weather days and playing school in the old schoolroom in the basement on the stormy days. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and enjoyed the unique opportunities our cottage offers. Thank you and we hope you will return again.
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Heaven on Puget Sound

  • 5 of 5

A most beautiful and relaxing site!

  • Submitted: May 27, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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CHARMING HOUSE On the Puget Sound and entrance to Tacoma Harbour

  • 5 of 5

House Very clean and absolutely charming. House and furnishings have great and warm ambience--very comfortable and cozy. The house and premises are well maintained and the view from your front windows is continually changing--barking seals, Sail boat Traffic, Large Container Ships gracefully passing past your Lighthouse. The Lighthouse was constructed in the 1930's --it's design is very unusual. Nice place for a couple or for 3 couples for a great get-away. You will love it!!!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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The cottage is not only lovely, it's very educational for children. THE VOLUNTEERS are amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the cottage for our family to stay in during our Easter weekend wedding. (We also rented the Brown's point improvement center for the ceremony) Our two nieces LOVED the cottage. It was not only fun for them, but educational as well. There was an Easter egg hunt also! The adults were able to relax and unwind in a calm, home environment. Thank you to the lovely volunteers who make the cottage magical all year round. You helped make a special moment in our lives even better. thank you so much! Deborah and Herbie

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bozeman, MT

Quaint, quiet, nostalgic.

  • 5 of 5

Amazing place. Well appointed. Kids loved the "living museum". Had a lot of fun dressing up and doing schoolwork in the old classroom. Not to mention exploring the beach finding crabs and watching the sea lions. Will definitely be coming back.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you had a fun stay and look forward to your return!
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A good week at Brown's Point

  • 4 of 5

Browns Point Lighthouse & cottage have their rightful place in history. My sister and I learned about Owen & Anna from the many articles, books & photos in the cottage. Our bedrooms were well-appointed as was the rest of the house. It's like stepping back in time, but with a Mr Coffee and a DVD player under your arm. With a market , coffee hut & two really good restaurants very nearby , this is a good location for unwinding, My only other comments are that I wish we'd been greeted with the beds fully made instead of having to make them ourselves. Washing the sheets after we used them and then making the beds for the next guests would be ok with me.. I just would have felt more welcomed initially with things in " ship shape." Caution needs to be used on the steps into the cottage's garden. They are shallow & steep. Our hostess was very helpful and good humored. All in all we enjoyed seven days playing keepers of the light.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review...we are glad you had a good stay at the cottage. One unique part of being an honorary light keeper is the few duties we assign. Making your own beds upon arrival ensures that the linens are nice and clean for you when you climb into bed. we hope that you'll return again now that you are an experienced keeper.
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Cliff House, Browns Point Diner
Nearest Ferry
16 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
North Shore
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
State Highway 509
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Browns Point Diner, Cliff House, BP Pizza
Nearest Ski
65 Miles
Snoqualmie Pas
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Dash Point
Car: necessary

Property is in a neighborhood community park with spectacular views of Puget Sound and Olympic Mountains and the lights of Tacoma. Located 100 feet to the shore for fishing, kayaking, swimming, and beach combing. Huge container ships, sailboats, and ferries pass by daily. Within five miles are: golf course, Dash Point Dock fishing pier, Dash Point State Park with camping, picnicking, skim boarding on sandy beach and miles of walking trails.

Within a mile are two fine dining restaurants, a neighborhood Browns Point Diner and Sandbar, and pizza parlor. Groceries and a shopping mall 10 minutes away.

World-class attraction in downtown Tacoma (15 minutes) include Washington Sate History Museum, Chihuly Glass Museum, Lemay, America's Car Museum, Children's Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, live theater, AAA baseball.

Walk Tacoma's Waterfront Esplanade from Tacoma Dome to Point Defiance Park, Aquarium and Zoo.

Day trips could include: Seattle (40 min); Mt Rainier (90 min); Olympic Mountains, Mt St. Helens, four other Washington lighthouses, Pacific Ocean beaches, a ferry ride from Tacoma to Vashon Island to West Seattle or another from Seattle to Victoria , Candada.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $200

$50 cancellation processing fee

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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