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Wayman House - Large, Beautiful, Historic Home Close to ESU & Downtown

Sleeps14
Bedrooms 5
Bathrooms2
Half Baths1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

3 Bed, 2.5 Ba 2200 SF Sleeps 2-15, beautifully restored

This beautiful, historic, spacious home was built in 1901 by one of Lyon County's pioneers, Will Wayman. Within walking/stumbling distance of ESU, Emporia's downtown, the starting point for DK200, the DK200 block party and the Glass Blown Open block party! The main floor is a wonderful GATHERING SPACE for family and friends. New kitchen and spacious living, dining and foyer offer plenty of space to get together. There is a 1/2 bath and full sized sofa sleeper on main floor. The upstairs boasts 3 spacious bedrooms (1KG and 2QN beds), 2 full baths and a laundry/utility room (1FULL bed). Bonus space is a 400+ SF finished dormer attic that offers an additional (5TWIN beds). Home has been completely restored inside to bring out its historic charm, yet a nod has been given to modern conveniences. 1 KG; 2 QN beds; 1 Full; 5 Twins; 1 Full sofa sleeper; (there are also areas where cots or air mattresses could be added). Beautifully remodeled kitchen offers flexibility to prepare your own meals with all the kitchen basics provided. We offer grocery service so that you may have food in the house when you arrive. Bbq grill, Four TV's with Directv, NFL Sunday ticket, Roku and Free Wi-Fi. Premium quality linens will pamper you. HE front loading Washer/Dryer, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing Board. Ample parking in rear driveway.


Owner
Michelle Kriss
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
July 26, 2017

About Michelle Kriss

I'm a retired naval officer and licensed engineer with a passion for taking something ugly and making it beautiful. The pic above shows my husband and me before a Tough Mudder. Sums us up, 'go big or go home.'

Michelle Kriss purchased this house in 2014

Why Michelle Kriss chose Kansas

Blame it on HGTV Rehab Addict - I became interested in older homes. After toying with the idea for a while and looking at many homes, I found this one. From the pictures it looked like it had awesome potential. Touring it, I found those treasures I was looking for, original, unpainted moldings, pocket doors, french doors, stamped plaster, hardwood floors. Where others saw filth and smelled pets, I saw potential. My husband, daughter and I spent four months making this something we are proud of and would live in ourselves.

What makes this house unique

Main floor boasts brand new kitchen, spacious dining room, living room and foyer. Perfect for a big family get together or small reception. Within walking distance of Emporia Main Street events, shops, restaurants and Emporia State University. Folding tables and chairs for gatherings available upon request

Guestbook comments from the owner

Will and Adeline Wayman were our great-grandparents. Their daughter, Pearl, was our grandmother. She was married in the Wayman house in 1915. We have a picture of her wedding day standing on the front staircase. We always wondered where this picture was taken. When we discovered this home was to be used as a "hotel" we saw the pictures on line and there was grandma Pearl's staircase! We were so excited.

The owners graciously gave us a tour of the home, where Will's grandsons (one of them our father) came to play as a young boys. Our dad told us that he remembers Will sitting on the front porch after a hard days work.

Walking through the halls of this home we could feel the spirit of our great-grandparents, our grandmother and our father. We could imagine them in the living room by the fire, the parlor visiting with friends and we wondered which of the cold bedrooms upstairs was grandmas.

It was fun to imagine our dad and his brothers (Will's grandsons) running a short two blocks from their house at 705 Union St to see their grandparents.

Our brother, Stephen William F, who passed in 19864 was named after Will Wayman.

Thank you so much for saving the Wayman home! It means more than you will ever know.
Oct 2016
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Amenities

Emporia House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Master - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Hall Bath Upstairs - toilet , shower
    1/2 Bath Downstairs - toilet
Bedrooms:
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Veteran's Day Suite - 1 queen
    Bed/utility room - 1 double , 2nd floor
    Living room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full Sized - Main floor
    Wizard of Oz Suite - 1 king , 2nd floor - en suite bathroom, TV
    Dirty Kanza Suite - 1 queen , 2nd floor, TV
    Attic/Dormer - 5 twin/ single
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • racquetball
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Notes:
Check in: 3:00 pm Check out: 10:00 am * Check-in/out times are negotiable depending on schedule of other guests. *Daily or weekly cleaning available for additional charge if desired. *Air mattresses and additional linens available upon request. *Pack and play, high chair and children's toys available on request.

Reviews

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5

Perfect home for big families

  • 5 of 5

My entire family(15 occupants) shared the Wayman House. Even though our party was large, we did not feel crowded at any given time during our stay. The home had more than enough space for the kids to play and run around. The kitchen was fuly equipped with everything we needed. The bathrooms and bedrooms wore spacious and nicely decorated. The attic was contantly praised, especially by my teenage sister who fell in love with it. The owner check was really attentive and available when we needed her. She was kind enough to send my mail a forgotten bag. Overall, we enjoyed our stay.

  • Submitted: May 19, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time with your family at the Wayman House! We envisioned big gatherings of family and friends when we bought it. Hope to have you back sometime!
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5

Great experience

  • 5 of 5

Historical house and well taken care of. Great for families

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Wedding Entourage

  • 5 of 5

My 13 friends and I came and stayed at the Wayman house in the middle of June for a wedding and our stay was Superb! This house really does have beautiful history as evidenced by the photos of how the house looked before the remodeling. It is exceptionally clean, spacious, and accommodating for any size group. It was a wonderful experience all around.

The only caveat is that the Attic can be very warm during the summer so make sure to use the window AC units if people plan to sleep up there. However the AC units did the trick and it was very comfortable at night.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay! Yes, those attic A/C's have to run for a few hours to cool it down. We look forward to having you back.
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5

Wayman House is fabulous!

  • 5 of 5

We had a large group and everyone was very happy. The bedrooms were very large, 3 of which have ceiling fans and tv's. Very nice, well equipped kitchen with an open dining room accommodated us for breakfast and lunch. Every room is well decorated, super clean and comfy. Really feels like your at home and I can't imagine there would be a nicer home anywhere for the price. The keypad really makes it easy for everyone come and go and there's at least room for three vehicles in the rear parking spaces. The hosts were wonderful to work with and made everything very easy!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wayman House Rocks!!!

  • 5 of 5

We had 10 family members stay and had plenty of space for all of us. The location was great as well. It is walking distance to historic downtown Emporia.

This is the second time renting this house and plan to do it again in the future.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful home...but not a restful place due to loud train

  • 2 of 5

We were delighted with home...all was clean, aesthetically appealing, and lovely. Only issue we found was that there were trains that passed by every 15 mins all night long, honking their horn and unfortunately our entire party were not able to sleep at all. I communicated this issue to the owner and she said she'd add the fact that there's a train in the area, and that she has earplugs available, to the vrbo description. That way an informed decision can be made.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It should be noted that my property has 37 reviews, all 4 or 5 stars save this one. This house is EIGHT blocks from the train track, not right next to them as the review implies. I have slept at the house on several occasions, as have a multitude of other tenants, and not been bothered by the trains. The house has brand new storm windows that dampen the sound. As for the earplugs, those were provided per the request of the 1 other tenant who was bothered by the trains, NOT because I feel that it is so loud they are needed. This is the Midwest, we have freight trains. When I lived in Oklahoma, the tracks were about as close to my house as this one is. My 94 year old Grandma told me she opened the windows so she could hear the trains better when she was sleeping. I guess it's perspective. There is not any place she could have stayed in Emporia where the trains would not have been heard.
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Map

Nearest Airport
92 Miles
Wichita Mid-Continent
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Mulready's, Radius, Trophy Room, Casa Ramos
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Emporia Municipal and Emporia Country Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 35 & KS Turnpike
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Mexican; BBQ; Sushi; Asian; Bistro; Microbrewery
Car: recommended

Historic home on a brick street in Emporia, Kansas Conveniently located within walking distance of the up-and-coming downtown black/gold district (3 blocks) and ESU campus (5 blocks) There are numerous food and beverage options including Asian, Sushi, Mexican, Pubs, BBQ, Cafes, coffee shops, a bakery and a chocolate shop. There are also many shopping options, several fitness facilities, a video store and a grocery store.

Emporia is the heart of the Flint Hills, the National Teacher's Hall of Fame, the founding city of Veterans' Day and the host city of the extreme gravel endurance race, the Dirty Kanza 200.

The historic Granada Theatre has been fully restored and is a popular venue for concerts, comedy shows, special events, weddings and receptions. Check their web site for performances and contact information at http://emporiagranada.com.

The Emporia Arts Council, next door to the Granada Theater offers local artist exhibits and events. Have you own creative itch, sign up for one of the many classes they offer throughout the year.

Emporia State University (NCAA Division II) offers the opportunity to take in a Hornet sporting event or a theater or musical performance.

The following are also within walking distance of the property: Lyon County Public Library; Lyon County Historical Museum; Red Rocks, Home of William Allen White family; Schmidt Museum of Natural History (on ESU campus)

David Traylor Zoo, in Soden's Grove Park, is free to the public. Meander through the beautiful gardens and view the animals. During summer months, Emporia Sertoma Club offers train rides for $0.50. Walk across the street to the All Veteran's Memorial and the Historic Soden's Bridge over the Cottonwood River.

Emporia Aquatic Center offers a place to cool off and spend those hot summer days. The zero entrance pool is perfect for kids of all ages. Relax on the Lazy River, run through the sprinklers or zip down the water slides.

Flint Hills Mall offers shopping, a nail salon and an 8-plex movie theater.

For the outdoors type, Melvern Lake and John Redmond Lake are within 20 miles. They offer biking and horseback trails, fishing and water sports. There are also bike trails at Camp Alexander just 8 miles East.

The Flint Hills was just recently named one of the top 20 places to see the sunset before you die. Wander away from town and check that off your bucket list!!

The Flint Hills are also home to the only remaining Tall Grass Prairies in North America (just this 4% remains). Tall Grass Prairie National Park is just 16 miles West and 2 miles North of Emporia. At certain times of the year you can see the majestic fires across the horizon as the tall grasses are burned.

Several neighboring small towns offer great food and history. Strong City, just 15 miles away, boasts Ad Astra restaurant and neighboring Cottonwood Falls boasts the a town square with brick streets surrounding the historic Chase County Court House. The Grand Central Hotel offers quaint rooms and a first rate dining experience, perfect for a quick weekend getaway.

Emporia is located right off of Interstate 35 and the Kansas Turnpike. Approximate Driving Times:

Topeka - 45 min

Wichita - 90 min

Lawrence or Manhattan - 60 min

Kansas City - 2 hours

Tulsa - 3 hours

Oklahoma City - 3.5 hours

Emporia and the surrounding communities offer you a peaceful pace and friendly faces. Come see for yourself!

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Rates & Availability

Emporia House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
Glass Blown Open
Apr 21 2018 - Apr 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
$2,999
 
 
DK200
May 28 2018 - Jun 4 2018
4 night minimum stay
$399
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$239
$1,649
$3,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $99
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 7.0%

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.
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