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Des Affiches Bed and Breakfast, Glenn Echo, Bethesda MD
1st floor queen bedroom at Des Affiches Bed and Breakfast
Entry Parlor at Des Affiches Bed and Breakfast
Living room at Des Affiches Bed and Breakfast
3rd floor queen bedroom at Des Affiches Bed and Breakfast
1st floor bedroom at Des Affiches Bed and Breakfast

          Sangamore and Walhonding Road, Bethesda MD

Our Home

The one-of-a-kind home in Bethesda offers two guestrooms and is located just over the DC/Maryland border in Glen Echo Heights, a hilly, woodsy area near the Potomac River.  The owners' vision was to build a home with authentic, turn-of-the-last-century craftsmanship (c. 1900), while updating it with today's amenities.  The house features large porches, high ceilings, plaster crown moldings, stained-glass skylights and transoms, pocket doors, piano curves, eyebrow dormers, curved bays, a covered panel passageway, a turning central stairway and atrium and a large circular turret with a delightful bell-shaped roof. 

Look more closely and you'll see the owners’ large collection of period artifacts being put back into use here, including: four fireplace mantels, a houseful of antique light fixtures, salvaged front doors with original hardware, a pair of cypress craftsman columns, countless antique porcelain doorknobs, an enormous oval pedestal sink, a six-foot curved Art Deco bathtub, antique hearth tiles and a truckload of salvaged, quarter-sawn heart pine flooring from New Orleans. And on the walls, are the "affiches"-- the owners' collection of antique posters. 

In addition to the beautiful, carved staircase, there is elevator access as well.  The house and guest accommodations can be accessed without using a single step. 

Your Hosts

Your hosts are originally from Chicago and New York.  She is an attorney, who now owns a legal placement service after a career as a Hill staffer, lobbyist, local elected official and PBS attorney.  She is fluent in Spanish and French.  Their daughter speaks some Hebrew and is learning French.  He is an executive with an IT/Telecom solutions company.  Note:  Two loving and playful cats also call the house home.  For guest comfort, both cats are not allowed access to the guest rooms.


For those guests arriving by car, off street parking is provided at no additional charge.  Access to public transportation is close by but requires a couple of transfers to reach the downtown area of Washington D.C.  Guests can walk a short distance to catch a Maryland bus, which connects with Washington buses or the Metro system at the Friendship Heights station on the Red Line.  Visitors with a car will find it very easy to get to the National Institutes of Health, National Naval Medical Center, American University, Georgetown University and Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Georgetown and downtown Bethesda itself.  Traveling by car to downtown D.C. is easy, but in most cases would require parking in a commercial garage. 

Due to our hectic schedules we cannot participate in online reservations for stays less than 7 days in advance. If your dates are less than 7 days before arrival, please call for availability, rates and reservations.


  • Quiet suburban location, close to D.C.
  • Historic Architecture
  • Working gas fireplace
  • Many restaurants, shops & theatres
  • Central AC
  • Free off street parking
  • Cable TV/Wireless internet
  • Non-smoking
  • Continental breakfast
  • Two guest rooms with elevator access
  • Note:  Cats in residence

Policies & Other

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • Private Bathrooms
  • No Pets
  • No Smoking
  • No Children
  • Has Parking

Advance reservations required.  We are not able to accommodate walk in guests