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Lovely C.1890 Flat with Garden in Historic Downtown

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A stone path winding through the Studio's garden leads to its private entrance.

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Last updated: 08/14/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property 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

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Property Type

  • Apartment

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Smoking is not permitted anywhere on this historic property. ...moreless

  • 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

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Convertible bed(s)

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  • Queen size Beds (1) The queen-sized bed has an excellent mattress and high-quality all-cotton linens., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The custom sofa bed has a substantial mattress and the same high-quality linens used on the bed....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Living room, kitchen, and bathroom have electronically operated skylights that flood these spaces with light. Skylights can be opened to catch the breeze....moreless

Entertainment

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable:

    An extensive cable package provides a wide range of channels. A Blue Ray DVD player increases viewing options....moreless

Attractions

  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Theme Parks
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • Fitness Center

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Both sitting room and bedroom views include backdrops of mountains. The sitting room offers a picturesque view of historic downtown Lexington's roofs and spires....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Tennis

Dining

  • Dining Area

General

  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    Services of a private chef are available for anything from dinner for two to holiday fare. Please indicate interest in this service when making your reservation....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    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

  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    The kitchen has an electric range, a 36' refrigerator, an extra-deep sink, and soapstone counters. Original cabinets updated for modern use give the room an authentic look. ...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator

Outside

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Entry to McDowell Studio is through a small enclosed entry porch with windows--a perfect location for birdwatching....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill
 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Fall High Season
Sep 1 - Oct 31, 2016
2 night min stay
$185
$990 $3,300

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$165
$990 $3,300

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 13%

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Art galleries, birding, dance studios, libraries, Pilates training, personal trainers, massage, acupuncture

 

Owner info

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, VA, USA:
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.


Contact us

Speaks: english

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Photos

  • A stone path winding through the Studio's garden leads to its private entrance.

    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 airy sitting room has tall windows, a cathedral ceiling & a skylight.

  • The kitchen combines original 1890 cabinets with thoroughly modern conveniences.

    The kitchen combines original 1890 cabinets with thoroughly modern conveniences.

  • The bathroom, with its own skylight,  has a large tiled shower and marble sink.

    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.

    Historic downtown's restaurants, shops & galleries are just a block away.

  • McDowell Studio is the entire top floor of this handsome c.1890 house.

    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 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.

    The bedroom's wallpaper, quilt, & furnishings reflect c.1890 interest in Japan.

  • Tall front windows look across Lexington to the Blue Ridge Mountains beyond.

    Tall front windows look across Lexington to the Blue Ridge Mountains beyond.

  • The Blue Ridge Mountains are truly blue--and truly unforgettable!

    The Blue Ridge Mountains are truly blue--and truly unforgettable!

VRBO #339861

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Wednesday, August 24, 2016

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