Like the owners' other property, Middleton House, McDowell Studio combines 19th-century charm with pure comfort. The Studio, which has lofty ceilings and a generous sitting room, sleeps 4. It occupies the 3rd floor of a handsome historic house, just blocks from downtown, Washington & Lee, and VMI. A charming stone walk winds through the Studio's private garden to its private stairs and entrance. (Since there are two flights of stairs, McDowell Studio is definitely NOT HANDICAPPED-ACCESSIBLE.)
Formerly an artist's studio, the secluded apartment floods with light during the day, thanks to large windows with views and skylights. (Skylights operate electronically and open to catch the breeze.) Hand-printed wallpapers, c. 1880-1890 antiques, sea grass matting, comfortable seating, and a collection of paintings and prints contribute to the flat's atmosphere and charm. A carefully equipped custom kitchen with soapstone counters and a spacious tiled bathroom with shower offer thoroughly modern convenience.
The bedroom features a queen-sized iron and brass bed, while a top-quality sleeper sofa in the living room accommodates two additional guests. Meals can be taken at a small table in the kitchen or a large one in one corner of the airy sitting room.
Visitors can lounge on the sitting room's sofas or on the flat's small porch--or in the Studio's garden, which has a grill and Adirondack chairs. Thanks to the gardens surrounding the house, birdsong fills the air. (Bird-glasses are provided for those who want a closer look.) Guests also enjoy strolling or cycling nearby Wood's Creek Trail, which follows the creek to the Maury River and Jordan's Point Park.
McDowell Studio is perfectly positioned for shopping and dining in historic downtown Lexington. W & L's Lenfest Center, just 3 blocks away, presents concerts, plays, ballets, and even opera. And this luxurious apartment provides a convenient base for visiting Washington & Lee or VMI, with their elegant architecture and abiding sense of Southern tradition. McDowell Studio offers guests a rare opportunity to live graciously in the very heart of historic Lexington.
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The apartment is just beautiful. It lacks for nothing! It was the perfect home base for all our activities in Lexington--from settling our son into VMI to strolling through town, to watching the hot air balloons, to kayaking on the James, to hiking House Mountain. It was so wonderful to come back to such lovely surroundings after many busy days! Don't change anything! We plan to be back many times in the coming years.
The owners, an artist and a writer/consultant who specializes in historic interiors, have lived and worked in McDowell House for many years.
Historic Lexington, Virginia offers Washington & Lee U., VMI, a vibrant downtown, a lively and friendly community, and easy access to the scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains. McDowell House, surrounded by its gardens, retains its period charm, yet sits just minutes from Lexington's many current attractions.
Guests walk to events at the universities and downtown churches, theaters, and galleries. They enjoy cooking with superb local meats, produce, cheeses, and flours from the nearby Lexington Farmer's Market and specialty grocery and butcher shops. Visitors can stroll to restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, an ice cream parlor, and a micro-brewery. Virginia's mountains, Natural Bridge, Goshen Pass, additional museums,and other attractions are a short car trip away.
Art galleries, birding, dance studios, libraries, Pilates training, personal trainers, massage, acupuncture