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 owners, an artist and a writer/consultant who specializes in historic interiors, have lived and worked in McDowell House for many years.
The Owner purchased this apartment in 1983
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.
We are so thankful for our stay here! This studio exceeded our expectations, from enough dishes to entertain our son & his friends, to the comfortable & spacious sitting area where we enjoyed a rainy Saturday. We will definitely return while our son is a freshman at W & L! Thank you!
A wonderful, beautifully appointed flat in the gables with large picture windows and skylights. It has a central yet hidden feel at a few minutes' walk from town, campus, strolls in the woods... The decor is really exquisite - from the period wallpaper to the beautiful paintings to the carefully chosen knick-knacks, it is evident that the owners love the place and want you to love it too.
The owners are available and helpful but absolutely not overly present - and the soundproofing between their home downstairs and the flat is impeccable.
Finally, the owners love to cook and the kitchen is equipped with everything you could possibly require - even a rolling pin.
I got a lot of writing done here and I can't wait to come back.
There's no getting around the stairs up to the 3rd floor - people with physical difficulties take note. If climbing up is a challenge, better to choose Middleton House for easy, ground floor access.
The studio is in a perfect location allowing us to park our car and simply walk everywhere; to shops, restaurants and the various museums. The studio is beautifully decorated and the kitchen well equipped (although we did not need it!). Great restaurants nearby. Try 'brix' and 'The Bistro'. Visit the George Marshall Research Library and Museum, and wander through W&L university and VMI. We drove from North Carolina and visited The Natural Arch and the National D-Day Memorial. Both close enough to I81 to make worthwhile detours. I would definitely recommend the studio and also Lexington as a destination.
While there is much to do and see in this area, the accomodations are so pleasant, that one just wants to nestle in on the couch looking over the city and pull out a good book.The living area is exquisitely furnished with a real eye for detail. The kitchen is fully equipped and ready for you to pour a glass of wine or make an entire dinner. The bed is very comfortable and bathed in morning sunlight. You don't feel like you are at a hotel or rental, you feel as if you are in your new stylish apartment. We will be back to try in every season.