Lovely C.1890 Flat with Garden in Historic Downtown
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Lexington apartment description
Like the owners' other property, Middleton House, McDowell Studio combines 19th-century charm with pure comfort. The Studio, which has lofty ceilings and a generous sitting room, sleeps 4. It occupies the 3rd floor of a handsome historic house, just blocks from downtown, Washington & Lee, and VMI. A charming stone walk winds through the Studio's private garden to its private stairs and entrance. (Since there are two flights of stairs, McDowell Studio is definitely NOT HANDICAPPED-ACCESSIBLE.)
Formerly an artist's studio, the secluded apartment floods with light during the day, thanks to large windows with views and skylights. (Skylights operate electronically and open to catch the breeze.) Hand-printed wallpapers, c. 1880-1890 antiques, sea grass matting, comfortable seating, and a collection of paintings and prints contribute to the flat's atmosphere and charm. A carefully equipped custom kitchen with soapstone counters and a spacious tiled bathroom with shower offer thoroughly modern convenience.
The bedroom features a queen-sized iron and brass bed, while a top-quality sleeper sofa in the living room accommodates two additional guests. Meals can be taken at a small table in the kitchen or a large one in one corner of the airy sitting room.
Visitors can lounge on the sitting room's sofas or on the flat's small porch--or in the Studio's garden, which has a grill and Adirondack chairs. Thanks to the gardens surrounding the house, birdsong fills the air. (Bird-glasses are provided for those who want a closer look.) Guests also enjoy strolling or cycling nearby Wood's Creek Trail, which follows the creek to the Maury River and Jordan's Point Park.
McDowell Studio is perfectly positioned for shopping and dining in historic downtown Lexington. W & L's Lenfest Center, just 3 blocks away, presents concerts, plays, ballets, and even opera. And this luxurious apartment provides a convenient base for visiting Washington & Lee or VMI, with their elegant architecture and abiding sense of Southern tradition. McDowell Studio offers guests a rare opportunity to live graciously in the very heart of historic Lexington.
Keywords: flat, apartment
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
Pets Not Allowed:
In the interest of peace and quiet, our Australian kelpie, Lulu, requests that other dogs stay home. She is very friendly and gentle, especially with children, but feels obliged to bark when a new dog shows up....moreless
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
Cookware includes pots and pans, baking pans, pie plate, knives, bowls, and specialized tools, including a milk frother, corkscrew, rolling pin, measuring spoons, flour sifter, and can-opener....moreless
- Catering Available:
- Dining Area Seats:
- Ice Maker
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- Satellite / Cable:
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Wireless Internet
- Lanai / Gazebo:
- Outdoor Grill
Location & View
- Fitness Center
- Cross Country Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Live Theater
- Theme Parks
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Horseback Riding
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Delightful stayGuest comment entered by owner
I can't tell you how much we love this place. We SO enjoyed our stay. This apt. is so beautiful and Lexington is lovely.
- Guest A. & C.
- Date of stay 08/26/13
- Review Submitted 08/28/13
Lovely property & charming townGuest comment entered by owner
Lovely property & charming town
We had a wonderful 4th of July in Lexington, thanks in no small part to this beautiful apartment. The beautiful decor is truly inspirational. We went hiking, watched the balloons take flight, and enjoyed the town's charms. Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful place.
- Guest B & S
- Date of stay 07/04/13
- Review Submitted 07/10/13
Scrupulously clean flat with beautiful gardensGuest comment entered by owner
Scrupulously clean flat with beautiful gardens
Amazing flat--so enjoyed our stay! Thanks for your eye for detail in both cleanliness and order! LOVED the gardens!
- Guest J. & A.
- Date of stay 05/21/13
- Review Submitted 05/21/13
Well-appointed & cleanGuest comment entered by owner
Well-appointed & clean
My best friend & I met here from Pa. and S.C. What a lovely stay--well-equipped and clean. Wonderful views and a great workout walking up all the steps!
- Guest L.A.
- Date of stay 04/28/13
- Review Submitted 04/29/13
One word describes it perfectlyGuest comment entered by owner
One word describes it perfectly
The Studio is AMAZING! We loved every inch.
- Guest T. S.
- Date of stay 04/20/13
- Review Submitted 04/24/13
Best accommodation yet from VRBO!Guest comment entered by owner
Best accommodation yet from VRBO!
Lovely retreat perched high above Lexington, Views are fantastic, not to mention the well-appointed furnishings and period decor. Every detail has been considered & is appreciated. The restored dark wood doors & moldings are incredible and are warmed by all the light from the large windows & skylights! I loved my stay & will be back. P.S. I will never stay in a hotel in Lexington again! This is the nicest accommodation I've had from VRBO.
- Guest K.
- Date of stay 03/22/13
- Review Submitted 04/15/13
a perfect hideaway
a perfect hideaway
A wonderful, beautifully appointed flat in the gables with large picture windows and skylights. It has a central yet hidden feel at a few minutes' walk from town, campus, strolls in the woods... The decor is really exquisite - from the period wallpaper to the beautiful paintings to the carefully chosen knick-knacks, it is evident that the owners love the place and want you to love it too. The owners are available and helpful but absolutely not overly present - and the soundproofing between their home downstairs and the flat is impeccable. Finally, the owners love to cook and the kitchen is equipped with everything you could possibly require - even a rolling pin. I got a lot of writing done here and I can't wait to come back. There's no getting around the stairs up to the 3rd floor - people with physical difficulties take note. If climbing up is a challenge, better to choose Middleton House for easy, ground floor access.
- Guest Philemone (France)
- Date of stay 01/06/13
- Review Submitted 02/09/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, tourists without a car, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.
Beautifully appointed propertyGuest comment entered by owner
Beautifully appointed property
A charming studio complete with artwork! Wonderful ambiance!
- Guest J. & P. H.
- Date of stay 11/20/12
- Review Submitted 11/21/12
Glad to have found it.Guest comment entered by owner
Glad to have found it.
- Guest A.E.
- Date of stay 11/10/12
- Review Submitted 11/13/12
Really comfortableGuest comment entered by owner
What a great place! Very comfortable in every way. We will definitely be back since our son is attending VMI.
- Guest B. & M. W. Chicago, IL
- Date of stay 09/07/12
- Review Submitted 09/09/12
Low season: $160.00/night for 1-2 people. Add $25.00 for each additional person. High season: $200.00/night. Add $40.00 for each additional person. Coming from outside the U.S.? We accept PayPal.
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Year Purchased: 1983
About the owner: The owners, an artist and a writer/consultant who specializes in historic interiors, have lived and worked in McDowell House for many years.
Why the Owner Chose Lexington:
Historic Lexington, Virginia offers Washington & Lee U., VMI, a vibrant downtown, a lively and friendly community, and easy access to the scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains. McDowell House, surrounded by its gardens, retains its period charm, yet sits just minutes from Lexington's many current attractions.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Guests walk to events at the universities and downtown churches, theaters, and galleries. They enjoy cooking with superb local meats, produce, cheeses, and flours from the nearby Lexington Farmer's Market and specialty grocery and butcher shops. Visitors can stroll to restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, an ice cream parlor, and a micro-brewery. Virginia's mountains, Natural Bridge, Goshen Pass, additional museums,and other attractions are a short car trip away.
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A stone path winding through the Studio's garden leads to its private entrance.
The airy sitting room has tall windows, a cathedral ceiling & a skylight.
The kitchen combines original 1890 cabinets with thoroughly modern conveniences.
The bathroom, with its own skylight, has a large tiled shower and marble sink.
Historic downtown's restaurants, shops & galleries are just a block away.
McDowell Studio is the entire top floor of this handsome c.1890 house.
The 2nd of two down-filled sofas beckons from a nook in the sitting room.
The bedroom's wallpaper, quilt, & furnishings reflect c.1890 interest in Japan.
Tall front windows look across Lexington to the Blue Ridge Mountains beyond.
The Blue Ridge Mountains are truly blue--and truly unforgettable!
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