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Corten At Lafayette Flats - The Coolest Place To Stay In The Coolest Small Town

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

Overview

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Lots of Style

Lafayette Flats is located on the upper two floors of a historic 100 year old cut stone building. The interior of the building has been lovingly renovated with new electrical, plumbing and heating/cooling systems but retains much of the original architectural details throughout.

EXPERIENCE THE FLATS

You will be treated to a wide variety of local original art, both in the private living space and the common spaces. You are also invited to learn about the local area by exploring Lafayette Flats' library of books about West Virginia or those written by authors from WV.

ATTENTION TO DETAIL

Corten has lofty rooms and the decor is contemporary, comfortable and luxurious. You can enjoy a refreshing shower after a day of adventuring in the huge tiled shower, and you are sure to sleep well on the high quality linens.

IDEAL LOCATION IN THE HEART OF TOWN

Located on the main street of Fayetteville's historic district, Lafayette Flats is an easy stroll from locally owned and operated restaurants and shops. Hikers, bikers, climbers and whitewater enthusiasts are minutes away from their activities as well.

More Details

Owner
Amy McLaughlin & Shawn Means
Member since: 2013
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

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. Corten 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for a wonderful stay in this beautiful apartment! We had a great stay and loved all the small touches (i.e. awesome crossword puzzle :)).
Aug 2014
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Amenities

Fayetteville Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 23
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Quiet time is from 10:00 PM - 7:00 AM. The apartment style layout of our building requires courteous quests.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Tiled bathroom with very large shower.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • One queen size bed with quality linens.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
Notes:
It is one of our goals to introduce Lafayette Flats visitors to a new way to think about West Virginia. We want to surprise our guests with the real West Virginia and nothing will make us happier than if they walk away with an impression that is different from the prejudices they might have held when they arrived. We have tried to do this through the design, art and literature of each flat. We think that Fayetteville itself helps to illustrate this new narrative. Here is a place that through the years has attracted the attention of many people with its amazing beauty and rich supply of natural resources. But instead of repeating our state's history, where those resources are scooped up and taken away on a train, the New River Gorge has been able to remain beautifully intact and now welcomes people to come here to enjoy it.

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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Great location, very clean and well stocked - no issues at all. Will definitely look to stay again the next time we are in the area.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, Cozy and Quiet

  • 5 of 5

This is the third of the 4 flats in which we've stayed and it might be my favorite. As with all the flats, it's beautifully decorated with modern furnishings and local artwork. It's cozy but I don't mean that as 'small' -- it felt spacious and comfortable.

I most certainly will stay here again!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

This is my second stay at The Flats. An absolute gem! Perfect location for adventuring or just enjoying the restaurants and shops.

Amy and Shawn go above and beyond to make your stay perfect and are always improving your stays.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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OUTSTANDING!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

This is the third or fourth time that we have stayed at Lafayette Flats and all stays have been nothing short of outstanding! Already planning on being back in 2018.

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This was our 6th stay and it was the best visit of all! Eclectic, comfy and clean.

  • 5 of 5

LF is clean, cozy and convenient. We can't wait to come back again (for our 7th visit). Owners Amy and Shawn know how to add those special touches to make your stay unique and memorable. They are always adding beautiful, new, local funky art to each flat, which adds to the experience.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful flat. Truly enjoyed EVERYTHING about Layfayette Flats. We rented both the Corten and the Nuttall. Both unique and beautiful in their own way. Thank you Amy & Shawn for creating such a wonderful space. I hope to meet you both sometime. We will be back !

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Map

Nearest Airport
53 Miles
Yeager Airport (CRW)
Nearest Barpub
0.2 Miles
The Station Restaurant and Bar
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Bridge Haven
Nearest Train
17 Miles
Amtrak Cardinal
Nearest Restaurant
0.2 Miles
Pies and Pints
Nearest Ski
38 Miles
Winterplace Ski Resort

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.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 12.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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