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Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Entire home/apt

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

A cabin in the city! Enjoy your own studio space in our backyard, with private bath and access to our backyard patio. In a quiet Capitol Hill neighborhood with walking, bicycling, bus or metro access to the National Mall and downtown. You control the heating/air conditioning, so you'll stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer!

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 9AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/apt
Self check-in: Keypad


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 15%


The space

It's a cabin! It's a cottage! It's a shack! Whatever you end up calling it, it's a totally private studio space in our backyard. You'll have your own kitchenette, full bath, heating/ac, and plenty of light.

Easy access to the National Mall either by foot, bike, or bus. Also hyper convenient to Union Station, Eastern Market, Barracks Row/8th Street, H Street/Atlas District,Library of Congress, Folger Theater, and the Capital buildings. Great for business trips, research trips or sightseeing.

Enjoy a cozy room and private full bath in a newly built building in our backyard. You'll have Wifi, bikeshare across the field behind our house, bus & metro nearby, walk to tons of restaurants in two of DCs best neighborhoods for dining (Barracks Row/Eastern Market and H Street), museums and everything else great about DC. There is a small kitchen with tools to prepare a basic meal. We are happy to lend you what you need if you don't find it there.

-1 Bedroom - queen bed
-1 Full Bath - private
-Completely separate building
-Private entrance
-Window that opens
-Heating/Cooling unit with your own temperature controls
-New construction, very well insulated
-TV streams Netflix and gets regular channels (not cable)
-Total area is 180 SF (about 16 sq meters); we were inspired the Tiny House movement.
-The cabin is cleaned with natural cleaning products
-Backs up to a field that has a dog park on one side and a Capital Bikeshare station on the other
-You are welcome to hang out on our garden patio

-4 blocks from H Street (also known as the Atlas District), DC's hotspot for great food and nightlife
-Capitol Hill is a village in a city: it's friendly, safe, great for families and professionals
-Walking distance to tons of great restaurants
-Easy access by bus, metro or bike to the National Mall and downtown
-Great for going downtown during the day, coming home for a rest, then going out to a nice dinner at night

-BUS - D6 & X8: Bus stops are 2 and 3 blocks away. In minutes you are at Union Station or Chinatown ("Penn Quarter) or downtown where you can walk or take metro. Use the app BusTrackDC to check bus times
-METRO - red, orange and blue lines: Access metro at Union Station (red line) or Eastern Market (blue/orange); each a 20 minute walk through beautiful neighborhoods.
-BIKE: Capitol Bikeshare lets you rent a bike from one of 110 locations around the city and park it at any other station. A great way to get to the metro and is just steps outside our back door.
-CAR: Parking is plentiful on our block because DC utilizes a permit system. When you provide us with your state and tag number we provide a temporary permit for your stay, which entitles you free parking on our street and anywhere on Capitol Hill.

-Free Wifi
-You will have a private entrance, with maximum flexibility to come and go as you like. We will probably not know when you are coming or going.
-We have been renting out a suite in our basement on Airbnb for about 2 years and renting out the cabin for nearly a year.
-Sure, getting lost can be an adventure... but we do everything to help our guests avoid it! Let us know if you need help getting around and we are glad to advise.

Transportation to Dupont Circle: there are 3 good options: a) D6 or X8 bus to Union Station, Metro to Dupont (no transfers); b) a pleasant 20 minute walk to Union Station, then Metro; or rent a bike from behind our house and drop it off at Union Station (7 min) -- or bike all the way to Dupont! (20 minutes).

Transportation to Chinatown/Penn Quarter/Gallery Place:
a) D6 bus goes there; b) rent a bike from behind the house and drop it off in Chinatown; or 3) start the day with a walk! It's 1.8 miles, will take you under 40 minutes, and you'll get a great view of the Capitol Building, Union Station, and many other DC landmarks.

To the Senate/House buildings, Library of Congress and the Capitol Building: If you are coming to DC for business on the Hill, it's an easy walk to any of these destinations and you'll have company - in the morning the pedestrian traffic literally streams in this direction. The bus (D6 or X8) and Capital Bikeshare will also get you there.

To the Convention Center:
Take the D6 bus or walk to Union Station and hop on a Circulator Bus.

Guest access

Guests will have access to the cabin and our backyard patio. There is a table and chairs with an umbrella. Many guests take their breakfast outside or relax with a drink in the evening. Guests may also have access to our storage room where they can easily store their belongings if they arrive early or are staying until later in the day.

Interaction with guests

We respect the fact that guests vary in terms of what kinds of interactions they want with their hosts. We are available to dispense advice and orient our guests, but we make ourselves scarce when guests want to be left alone. The great thing about the cabin is that guests can have total privacy, while at the same time we are not far off if they need something. We are in town for the vast majority of our guests, however we travel for a week in the summer and occasional weekends. In that case, we have neighbors and friends who also host on Airbnb who are around to help.

The neighborhood

Capitol Hill is a village in a city. We love that we can walk a few blocks to great restaurants, theater, live music (for example The Atlas Theater, The Rock and Roll Hotel). The Capitol Bikeshare is a great way to get around, and we love that there is one just steps away from our door.

Getting around

Our house is 1.1 miles from both the Eastern Market Metro (blue/orange line) and Union Station (red line). This is about a 22 minute walk, through a gorgeous historic neighborhood. We walk and bike this all the time. Guests can also find a bus stop 2 blocks from our house that goes directly downtown with very convenient access to the mall.

Guests who need parking just need to send us the license plate and state, and we provide a temporary parking permit. This permit allows you to park anywhere in our neighborhood. Most of the time our guests park directly in front of our house. You can drive through the alley behind our house to drop off your bags.

We recommend guests arriving to Dulles take the Super Shuttle, guests arriving at DCA (Reagan National) take a taxi ($20/20min) or metro to Eastern Market (then walk), and guests arriving at Union Station walk to our house or take a taxi ($10).

Other things to note

We work hard to provide clear details and helpful information so that you get the most out of your stay in DC! We also respect that some guests like to chat and some guests are completely independent. In order to keep costs low and simple, we do not charge a cleaning fee. Kindly use the garbage bins in the alley for your trash (green for trash, blue for recycling). We'd greatly appreciate it if you would strip the beds (comforter cover included) and leave them in a pile with your used towels.

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 2PM

Arriving early or staying late? You may store your bags in our storage room. Let us know and we will send you a code.



Cancel up to 24 hours before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

2 nights minimum stay

376 Reviews

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Kevin User Profile
April 2017
Great location and Ken has made the Cottage perfect for comfort.

Jessica User Profile
April 2017
Ken's place is an ideal accommodation to visit DC. It is well located (close to the Capitol) and the place is charming. The neighborhood is quiet and the house perfectly clean. Ken and his family are welcoming and communicative... we hope to be able to come again !

Hongxi User Profile
April 2017
quiet and sweet to find

Laci User ProfileLaci is a superhost.
April 2017
Me and my wife spent two nights in Ken's cabin and everything was perfect. The location is great, we felt it very safe, a familiar area with beautiful cherry trees, only few steps from a city bike renatal point, which is the best transport in DC. The Capitolium is only 7-8 minutes far by easy bike or fifteen minutes by walk. The cabin is well equipped, very clean and Ken and his family were very kind and helpful! All in all it is a perefect place for two people and Washington DC is a lovely city! We wish to come back!

James User Profile
April 2017
Great place within walking distance of central DC, if you don't mind a bit of a stroll, or 10 mins by bike, or 5 by taxi. The place is in a lovely, safe area and come well equipped with everything you need for a great stay. Some of the extra touches made our trip a lot better, including umbrellas, a hairdryer, and the best folder/manual I've seen at an airbnb. Great communication from ken and Nicole made our stay super comfortable, and if we're ever back in DC we'd definitely stay there again.

Susie User Profile
April 2017
Perfectly sized adorable tiny house! Convenient parking, easy keyless access, and super walkable. We will definitely be back!

Lauren User Profile
March 2017
Loved the little cottage in Ken and Nicole's backyard! What you see is exactly what you get. The bedding was super cozy and the kitchen was fully stocked with cookware, flatware, etc. Ken and Nicole were around if I had questions, but were very respectful of my space. I highly recommend that you seek them out, though! They are incredibly friendly and have great recommendations. I was super impressed with the visitor's notebook, which was filled with maps and information. Also loved that they framed the metro and Capitol Bike Share maps on the wall- both fun and functional! Overall, there's a reason they're always booked and why they have such a great rating. They're well-practiced hosts and have a great space! Thank you!

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States · Joined in November 2011
Ken User ProfileKen is a superhost.

My name is Ken and I live in Capitol Hill, Washington DC, with my wife Nicole, two kids (Nora 13 and Sylvie 11), our dog, Lily and our cat, Little Rock. I am a VBM (Vegetarian by Marriage). Our family loves traveling and we enjoy supporting others during their travels.

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