1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, Sleeps 2 Adults & 2 Children
Amy McLaughlin & Shawn Means
About Amy McLaughlin & Shawn Means
I'm Amy and my husband's name is Shawn. We were both born and raised in Charleston, WV, where we still live and we both work for the same non-profit organization. Charleston is only about one hour from Fayetteville, so lucky for us, the best vacation spot in West Virginia is close by. Lafayette Flats began with our simple desire to get out of town. We love our home in Charleston's East End but we really like to travel. We found out early in our relationship that we travel together well and we love to do it as often as we can. We love taking weekend driving trips to places like Asheville, Columbus, Charlotte and Louisville, and we've been all over our home state of West Virginia. Five years ago we drove across the country on Route 66 and last fall we toured Northern California - Yosemite, Redwoods, Wine Country - we loved it all. But big trips are few and far between, so we satisfy our travelin' Jones by making the drive up to Fayetteville as often as we can. Maybe it's the Bacon Jam at The Secret Sandwich Society or the breathtaking views from Long Point Trail, but something keeps us coming back again and again. We looked for a small apartment in Fayetteville that we could rent, just to have a home base where we could escape to on weekends but found nothing suitable. After months of searching we decided to take on a project where we could build our own space. We looked a several opportunities, but the one that caught our eye was the historic building on the corner of Court Street and Wiseman Avenue - known as 'The Malcolm Building.' This building was built in 1906 to house The Bank of Fayette and is on the National Register of Historic Places as part of Fayetteville's Historic District. Our home in Charleston is in a 100 year-old townhouse community, so I guess it's safe to say that we are drawn to old buildings. We spent the summer and fall of 2013 renovating the building - doing much of the work ourselves. We are eager to show off our space!
Amy McLaughlin & Shawn Means purchased this Apartment in 2013
Why Amy McLaughlin & Shawn Means chose Fayetteville
Our love for Fayetteville and the New River Gorge area caused us to something we had never done before: We bought and renovated this historic cut stone building, transforming the top two floors into four apartment style vacation rentals. Nuttall is one of four flats in the building. Since it is on the Historic Registry, we were very intentional in our renovation plan to leave the building intact as much as possible. Originally built to be an office building, each floor only had one common bathroom and the heating in the building was hot water radiators. Since it was built before electricity, the electrical system was hodgepodge of makeshift circuits and ancient fuse boxes. Along with theses negatives, though, were a lot of positives: The beautiful original woodwork is still there and the fortress-like construction means that the building is very sturdy. The beautiful cut-stone exterior looks exactly like it did when it was built a century ago. Our renovation plans preserved the woodwork and the basic configuration of the building. Installing a new electrical system and the plumbing necessary to support two additional bathrooms and kitchens was done in such a way as not to change the character of the building. Fire codes made us make some alterations to doorways, but overall the building looks as it has for the last century. In spite of the ancient spaces of this small town former bank building, the interior design is chic, modern and urban. We want to offer visitors to Fayetteville something completely different from the campsites, cabins and large vacation home rentals available in the area. Furnished with all the comforts of home and decorated to the nines with local original art and many unique design elements, this is not your typical vacation rental! We want you to more than just feel at home - we want you to wish that you lived here!
What makes this Apartment unique
Most lodging in the New River Gorge area is campsites, cabins or oversized vacation homes in remote settings. Lafayette Flats offers a small town main street lodging experience with walkable access to unique locally owned restaurants, shops and activities. The decor, with an emphasis on local original art, provides visitors with a rich cultural experience. Travelers interested in history will enjoy staying in a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the stunning view of the Fayette County Courthouse. Even though Lafayette Flats sits on main street downtown, it still is walking distance from National Park trail heads and all of the outdoor adventure that the New River Gorge provides.
Max guests: 4 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 23
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Perfect Location for any activity
We came to birdwatch but when it was rainy one day we had plenty of time to tour the interesting art pieces surrounding us with the help of the guestbook directory as well as check out the wonderful collection of regional books. The hiking and birdwatching were great the next day. Scarlet tanagers and all kinds of warblers. What lovely surroundings and such a cute, cozy and delightful room. Local restaurants provided delicious local food too. Thanks Amy and Shawn. We will be back!
The perfect escape!
In a time where the world feels chaotic, escaping to Lafayette Flats was the perfect respite. We spent the days enjoying Fayetteville’s best hiking trails and the evenings enjoying our flat. We read books, drank coffee, watched movies and had meaningful conversation while staying socially distant from the outside world! We also patronized Fayetteville’s best restaurants through carry out, and they were all incredibly appreciative. Thank you for this beautiful, much needed escape from the world!
Comfy beds, spotless flat - you can eat off the floor!, immaculate bathroom, shower, claw foot tub, fluffy towels, could not ask for more! Eclectic decor, so many things to capture your attention i.e. artwork, books, games. Close to everything you want to do in downtown Fayetteville. We’ve stayed in 2 of the 4 flats. Can’t wait to knock out the other 2 soon! Thank you Amy & Shawn!
Loved the property
Everything went great. The property is so clean and well decorated. We were in an ideal location to walk around town to restaurants and events. I would definitely recommend to anyone staying in the area.
Best lodging in town for couple or small group
If you are looking for a place with ambience, style and convenience, this is the place for you. It captures WV charm without appearing schmaltzy, and showcases WV creatives of all types. It’s also clean, practical and comfortable. Within walking distance to everything in downtown Fayetteville. Communication was timely and thorough. Thank you!
World-class rafting, hiking, kayaking, climbing and biking bring thousands of visitors to the New River Gorge each year. Lafayette Flats provides adventurers chic downtown lodging in historic Fayetteville, named by Budget Magazine as one of America's Coolest Small Towns. Visitors to Lafayette Flats will find themselves in the middle of a charming small town with many locally owned and operated restaurants and shops. Just minutes from the famous New River Gorge Bridge, Lafayette Flats is in a great place to enjoy all the fairs and festivals that Fayetteville has to offer, including Bridge Day and the Bridge Day Chili Cook-off, Independence Day activities and Christmas festivities on the courthouse lawn.