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'Dr. Seuss': Charming Home in Downtown Historic Lexington

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Originally built in 1880 and later expanded to its present four bedrooms, living room, and dining room, this two story house retains its historic dignity, but has been embellished over the years with certain structural eccentricities that give it antique charm. That quality - a crooked window here, a slightly unusual door there - prompted the owners' daughter on her first visit, to remark about it: 'This looks like a house Dr. Seuss could live in.' And thus it immediately was dubbed 'Dr. Seuss,' the designation on a plaque on the front porch and in a Dr. Seuss print just inside the front door.

Just a few blocks from Lexington's beautiful and historic central district, Dr. Seuss sits immediately next to Lexington city hall, adjacent to Washington & Lee University fraternity houses, and the Lexington visitor's center. Dr. Seuss is steps away from a variety of engaging retail shops, an abundance of excellent restaurants, carriage rides, history walks, movies, and other entertainment.

The historic and beautiful campuses of Washington & Lee University and the Virginia Military Institute are within easy walking distance, as are parks, gardens, and walking trails.

Visitors to Dr. Seuss can relax on the front porch and watch the world pass by, or grill and picnic in the backyard. The house features a spacious living room, a dining room with reading nook, and a fully equipped kitchen.

There is one large bedroom and bathroom with shower on the first floor, as well as a laundry room with washer and dryer. The second floor features two large bedrooms and one smaller bedroom, all with queen size beds and dressers. The second floor bath has a shower/tub combination. It's perfect for housing guests for W&L or VMI graduations, weddings, or family gatherings and treks through the Virginia countryside or events at the Virginia Horse Center.

Dr. Seuss doesn't have granite countertops. It doesn't have designer wallpaper. There's no wide-screen tv or plush embroidered bathrobes in the closets. It lacks a wine cellar (but there is a cellar). What is does have is a happy, unassuming nature, a relaxing ambience, and a great location from which as many as eight people can visit this most beautiful Virginia town.

Keywords: historic, large house, back yard, front porch

More Details

Property Manager
Heather Hamilton
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018


Lexington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Double Beds (4)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Bed linens and blankets, towels, glassware and dishes; dining room will seat eight or more with some creativity. Reading area adjacent to dining table with comfortable wingback chairs.


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'Dr. Seuss': Charming Home in Downtown Historic Lexington
average rating of 4.4 based on 5 reviews

Fantastic weekend getaway

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time and will definitely come back!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very glad you enjoyed your stay. We'll leave the light on for you!
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Walking Distance to Downtown Lexington with nice accomodations

  • 5 of 5

Very convenient home to downtown Lexington and W&L.... layout is a little odd, but it adds to the charm of the home.

We will definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to your next visit.
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  • 4 of 5

Overall, this was a good rental experience. The property was conveniently located in walking distance of Main Street Lexington, W&L Campus, and the VMI Post. The house comfortably accommodated 4 couples, had a working kitchen, gas grill (which was useful for cooking tailgate food), and private parking. It lived up to its reputation for quirkiness. Our only real item for improvement was that the beds were not comfortable at all, and could do with being replaced.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very pleased you enjoyed your stay in Dr. Seuss - many have found its eccentricities part of the entertainment of staying here. As it happens, Dr. Seuss lately has had some mattress discussions, but it's hard to anticipate what each of us perceives as a comfortable bed. We certainly hope for our guests to have a comfortable experience, and we hope that will be the case on your next visit. We look forward to it. Best Wishes, Dr Seuss
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Woodbridge, VA

Comfortable and Quirky

  • 4 of 5

We are always very comfortable when we stay here. It is as advertised, not fancy but clean. I say quirky because it is old and therefor the floors are slanted and the ceilings are low - be warned if you are tall, my 6'3" son hit his head several times! My only recommendation is the plaid sofa is getting tired - threadbare and the stuffing is exposed - time to replace. OH - and potholders in the kitchen would be helpful! Overall, we would stay again.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very pleased that you enjoyed your stay in Dr. Seuss - as you say, its charms are quirky and tall people need to take care entering the kitchen. Things wander off over time - we'll see to the potholders - and Dr. Seuss is well aware that the couch needs attention this fall. Thanks so much for staying!
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san diego

Quirky, but simple and a great location

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for a wedding at VMI, which was right down the way. My wife, daughter, dog and two other couples had a great time, and would stay here again in a second.


Room for 3 couples and a baby

A short walk into town (5 mins)

Plenty of parking

Each bedroom has AC

All the dishes you need

Cute front porch and rocking chairs

Backyard had a gated area for dogs

Not so goods:

Beds were pretty uncomfortable

House slopes and has low ceilings

Close to fraternities... And their parties

  • Submitted: May 13, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Dave, We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay at the house, and there's no question that - as the description say - the place has assume a sort of quirky stance after 135 years of settling on a rock foundation. One guest told us she thought that walking through it was an experience akin to being on a boat. To our pleasure, everyone who has stayed there enjoyed the eccentric ambience - a bit like staying in a rustic camp house, except in town. And sorry you found the beds not to your liking - while they admittedly are not five star hotel quality, we've never had a complaint, including from our daughter and her friends and spouses who stayed there in October. San Diego is a beautiful place, but we hope you will have another opportunity to visit us in Lexington. Happy New Year, Dr Seuss
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $35
Tax Rate 13.3%

The rates for 2016 are $275 for each of the first two nights, and $250 for each subsequent night. Long term rates are negotiable. Please note rates are subject to change and do not include lodging taxes.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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