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Reviewed July 26, 2014

You're staying in a lighthouse, in Sitka Alaska. You could be sleeping on rocks and still have a good time.
You also get to meet Burgess, a local legend and character straight out of Moby Dick.
The house is old, quirky, uncomfortable and in need of a lot of TLC. It's basically your grandmothers house after she stopped caring about fixing anything or repainting.
It's easier to count the things that aren't broken in the house, than the things that are.
That all said, everything you need works fine, the property is spectacular. Burgess sets you up and also sets your expectations. This is not a 5 star, white glove service hotel. This is a house that you are renting...that is on an island...and has a freaking lighthouse attached to it.
We loved every quirky minute of it.
The beds are comically uncomfortable. The one true bed has a slant to it, but we all slept fine and didn't really have any true complaints. 2 - 60 year olds, 1 - 50 year old, 1 - 30 year old and 1 - 18 year old. No one had a bad time.
Word to the wise, stock up on groceries before heading over. Bring some binoculars and an open mind.
This will be a stay you won't soon forget, and may not be available for much longer.

Room Tip: You can sleep on the top floor...where the light in the lighthouse would be normally. 365 degree view! but you do have to make it up and down the stairs...
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with friends
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10  Thank dmanphs
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Reviewed August 8, 2011

We spent last weekend at the Rockwell Lighthouse. The owner takes you out to the island and then shuttles you once a day into town. He is very nice The house itself is quite old and in need of some real TLC. It is very quirky and fun, but a thorough cleaning is greatly needed. If you can look past the cobwebs, cracked tiles, and broken furniture, it is an awesome treat to stay at this lighthouse. The hot tub is in need of repair, and the wood stove has been taken out with the stack still left hanging. The windows are quite old, so even tho we tried to clean them up, the best views were from the deck. The bathrooms are only on the main floor where sleeping would be on a pull out sofa, and on the 3rd floor with bunk beds. The main bedroom is in the middle. The steps are steep but we thoroughly enjoyed climbing into the cupola a few times a day to enjoy the incredible view. The island is only 1 mile off of shore. You can watch airplanes land at the airport as well as view spectacular views of Sitka Sound. All in all, it has tons of potential, and even as is, is a fun place to stay. Take your own binoculars and enjoy the experience!

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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9  Thank smgail
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Reviewed July 22, 2009

Beautifully built lighthouse, with enough room for a decent group of 6-10 people. Went there with a close friends (couple) and my husband. Enjoyed every moment of it. The owner is very eccentric indeed, but very easy fellow to get along with. He let us use a skiff to travel to town and back for more supplies when we needed (there somehow was never enough wine...) so we did get to explore the cute town of Sitka. Overall, an amazing experience. Would've given 5 stars, but the hot tub doesn't work anymore, and it doesn't sound like he ever plans on fixing it.

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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6  Thank namele1234
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Reviewed July 24, 2003

Watching a sunset, with eagles circling overhead, sitting in the hot tub, as Island folks' scurry back and forth to the main land. The wind blows gently though your hair and you wonder if there is anything more peaceful on earth.

The owner is a delightful, if a bit eccentric, host as he shuttles you out to your very own island lighthouse experience.

While the weather can be a bit sketchy for us sun-laden easterners, once the adjustment is made, it is absolutely delightful.

11  Thank Inspiration27556
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Reviewed October 8, 2001

Rockwell light is an experience not to be missed.

I prefer a winter stay when the surf is crashing on the rocks below the hot tub and the snow is falling.

A unique place.

20  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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