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Architect William McDowell designed this stately house in 1891, as his own home.

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Last updated: 09/26/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2-5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

McDowell House offers the unusual opportunity to stay in an exquisitely restored historic residence in one of Lexington's most beautiful neighborhoods. Surrounded by other 19th-century properties, the house sits just blocks from Washington & Lee, VMI, and downtown's restaurants and shops. A deep front lawn and tranquil gardens provide quiet and privacy.

McDowell House sleeps 6 guests--or up to 10, when combined with the property's 3rd floor apartment, McDowell Studio (VRBO #339861). Combined bookings receive a special rate.

All beds have high-quality mattresses, silky all-cotton linens, and hypoallergenic duvets. McDowell House's charming 1st-floor Garden Bedroom features a tall-post double bed and a window overlooking the secluded rear garden. An adjoining tiled bathroom retains its original marble sink and claw-footed tub, but with shower mounted above.

On the 2nd floor, the West Bedroom has a queen-sized brass bed and tall windows on 3 sides. The Turret Bedroom features an elegant pair of antique brass twin beds and its own little circular porch overlooking the front lawn and mountains beyond. Two well-appointed bathrooms serve these bedrooms: a marble-floored bathroom next door with tiled shower and claw-footed tub and the house's original bathroom, on the same floor, which contains a sauna and shower.

Guests may use a rowing machine, Nordic Track, exercise bicycle, and vibration platform conveniently located in a nearby 2nd-floor conservatory and porch.

McDowell House has an amazing eat-in kitchen with original wainscot, Virginia soapstone counters, and state-of-the art appliances--from restaurant-grade gas stove to espresso maker. With windows overlooking both rear and side gardens, it's the perfect place to enjoy cooking--or eating--local vegetables, meats, breads, and cheeses. Glassware, china, flatware, and serving pieces make dining, entertaining, or enjoying take-out easy and fun.

McDowell House is a magical place to spend time with friends and family. A large, airy parlor with tall windows opens into the generous dining room, via sliding doors. The sunny library provides comfortable space for reading, working, watching television, or catching up on the day's activities.

Rooms feature luminous colors and period carpets, wallpapers, and curtains. Art covers the walls, as it did in the 1890s. Musical guests love playing the c.1890 ebonized Knabe piano in the handsome 1st-floor hall.

Visitors also enjoy lounging on the porches that wrap the house.
In the back garden's rock-lined pool, goldfish swim among the waterlilies. A round table and chairs sit on a stone terrace, surrounded by lush Japanese maples and evergreens, ferns, and native woodland plants. McDowell House provides a quiet refuge--and a perfect base for visiting Washington & Lee and VMI, exploring scenic Rockbridge County, and enjoying Lexington's vibrant downtown.


Keywords: historic property, residence, villa, self-catering house

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional
  • Private Chef

Suitability

  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    Minimum age for renters is 25 years. Visitors under the age of 25 must be accompanied by at least one older adult....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Absolutely no smoking is allowed either inside the house or on its porches....moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed:

    To protect carpets and upholstery, we do not allow pets at this property. Our other rental house, Middleton House, welcomes pets....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

  • Bedroom 1

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  • Bedroom 2

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  • Bedroom 3

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  • Other (See Description)

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  • Queen size Beds (2) The tall-post bed in the 1st-floor bedroom dates from c.1820-1830, but has a luxurious custom queen mattress. The 2nd-floor bedroom has a handsome queen-sized brass bed with top-quality Stearns & Foster mattress., Twin or Single Beds (2) Twin brass beds share the 2nd-floor Turret Bedroom. Both have comfortable new mattresses and luxurious all-cotton linens....moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

Other Amenities

  • Historic McDowell House offers a wide menu of modern comforts, including an exceptional kitchen and a sauna....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

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

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Swimming

General

  • Air Conditioning:

    Air conditioning on 2nd floor can cool entire house, if needed....moreless

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    WiFi is readily available throughout the house....moreless

  • Wood Fireplace:

    Wood for the parlor fireplace is provided....moreless

Kitchen

  • Catering Available:

    Please request information about our private-chef service before booking....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Cooking utensils include All-Clad pots and pans, fine knives, a full array of baking pans and bowls, food mill, hand and stand mixers, grater, garlic press, peelers, and just about anything else neede...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    The custom kitchen has counters of Virginia soapstone and an extra-deep sink. Equipment includes microwave, blender, espresso maker, coffee grinder, food processor, KitchenAid mixer, and 5-burner restaurant-quality stove with vent. A large library of cookbooks fills a built-in bookcases....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator:

    The kitchen's stainless steel KitchenAid refrigerator has French doors and a bottom freezer with ice maker....moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    Visitors can enjoy al fresco dining on the back terrace, surrounded by a garden of Japanese and 19th-century trees and plants....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Spacious porches--replete with wicker furniture--wrap the house, offering places to read and socialize....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    A private garden behind the house provides a lovely outdoor space for dining, on a stone terrace. The garden features Japanese plants and a fish pond, where water-lilies bloom....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Sauna:

    A separate bathroom with shower houses the sauna....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional
 

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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
$285
$1,425 $5,700

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $45 per night, per additional guest

2017 VMI Graduation
May 13 - May 17, 2017
5 night min stay

$4,000
flat fee
2017 W&L Graduation
May 21 - May 25, 2017
5 night min stay

$4,000
flat fee
My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$195
$1,170 $3,900

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $45 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%

Manager's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting manager when booking


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Location

McDowell House is 3 blocks from the Woods Creek Trail, which winds down to the Maury River at Jordan's Point Park, connecting with university trails along the way. From Jordan's Point, walkers and cyclists can cross the Maury River bridge and pick up the riverside Chessie Trail. The property is also located just blocks from Washington & Lee's Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts; Lexington's Wednesday Farmers Market--with its fabulous local food; a movie theater; Sweet Things ice cream parlor; antique shops; restaurants; bookstores; and Healthy Foods Market. Back at the house, visitors can use the house's exercise machines, sauna, watch cable TV, relax with a book, enjoy the private back garden, with its goldfish pond--or play the c.1890 Knabe piano.

 

Manager info

Year Purchased: 1983

About: The owners' award-winning restoration work has been featured in magazines such as Preservation, Early American Life, Victorian Homes, Traditional Homes, and Southern Living.

Why Lexington, VA, USA:
Lexington combines the intimacy and friendliness of a small Southern town with the diversity created by universities. Located a short drive from stunning scenery--Natural Bridge, Goshen Pass, the Blue Ridge mountains--the city is also linked to the country by walking trails.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Local meat, eggs, vegetables, cheeses, ice creams, breads, beers, and wines make Lexington a wonderful place to dine--out or in. McDowell House is just blocks from downtown's shops, bakeries, farmer's market, wine shop, and micro-brewery. Its location encourages walking to everything: the newsstand, exercise classes, the whole foods grocery, the movies. At McDowell House, the car stays parked!


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  • Architect William McDowell designed this stately house in 1891, as his own home.

    Architect William McDowell designed this stately house in 1891, as his own home.

  • A Bessarbian rug hangs above the round dining table, which expands to seat 12.

    A Bessarbian rug hangs above the round dining table, which expands to seat 12.

  • The kitchen's table & chairs create an informal spot for eating--or chatting.

    The kitchen's table & chairs create an informal spot for eating--or chatting.

  • The spacious 2nd-floor bedroom has a  queen-sized brass bed with c.1890 design.

    The spacious 2nd-floor bedroom has a queen-sized brass bed with c.1890 design.

  • From a secluded terrace by the kitchen, stone paths lead to other gardens.

    From a secluded terrace by the kitchen, stone paths lead to other gardens.

  • The Turret Bedroom contains a chaise longue, as well as antique twin brass beds.

    The Turret Bedroom contains a chaise longue, as well as antique twin brass beds.

  • The parlor has comfortable seating and an intriguing collection of art.

    The parlor has comfortable seating and an intriguing collection of art.

  • The kitchen features soapstone counters, a deep sink, and a 5-burner gas range.

    The kitchen features soapstone counters, a deep sink, and a 5-burner gas range.

  • In the 1st-floor bedroom, Arts & Crafts patterns create a rich, but light look.

    In the 1st-floor bedroom, Arts & Crafts patterns create a rich, but light look.

  • Even McDowell House's 3 bathrooms feature luminous colors popular in the 1890s.

    Even McDowell House's 3 bathrooms feature luminous colors popular in the 1890s.

  • The sunny library offers comfortable seating, flat-screen TV, and lots of books.

    The sunny library offers comfortable seating, flat-screen TV, and lots of books.

VRBO #369363

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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