McDowell House offers the unusual opportunity to stay in an exquisitely restored historic residence in one of Lexington's most beautiful neighborhoods. Surrounded by other 19th-century properties, the house sits just blocks from Washington & Lee, VMI, and downtown's restaurants and shops. A deep front lawn and tranquil gardens provide quiet and privacy.
McDowell House sleeps 6 guests--or up to 10, when combined with the property's 3rd floor apartment, McDowell Studio (VRBO #339861). Combined bookings receive a special rate.
All beds have high-quality mattresses, silky all-cotton linens, and hypoallergenic duvets. McDowell House's charming 1st-floor Garden Bedroom features a tall-post double bed and a window overlooking the secluded rear garden. An adjoining tiled bathroom retains its original marble sink and claw-footed tub, but with shower mounted above.
On the 2nd floor, the West Bedroom has a queen-sized brass bed and tall windows on 3 sides. The Turret Bedroom features an elegant pair of antique brass twin beds and its own little circular porch overlooking the front lawn and mountains beyond. Two well-appointed bathrooms serve these bedrooms: a marble-floored bathroom next door with tiled shower and claw-footed tub and the house's original bathroom, on the same floor, which contains a sauna and shower.
Guests may use a rowing machine, Nordic Track, exercise bicycle, and vibration platform conveniently located in a nearby 2nd-floor conservatory and porch.
McDowell House has an amazing eat-in kitchen with original wainscot, Virginia soapstone counters, and state-of-the art appliances--from restaurant-grade gas stove to espresso maker. With windows overlooking both rear and side gardens, it's the perfect place to enjoy cooking--or eating--local vegetables, meats, breads, and cheeses. Glassware, china, flatware, and serving pieces make dining, entertaining, or enjoying take-out easy and fun.
McDowell House is a magical place to spend time with friends and family. A large, airy parlor with tall windows opens into the generous dining room, via sliding doors. The sunny library provides comfortable space for reading, working, watching television, or catching up on the day's activities.
Rooms feature luminous colors and period carpets, wallpapers, and curtains. Art covers the walls, as it did in the 1890s. Musical guests love playing the c.1890 ebonized Knabe piano in the handsome 1st-floor hall.
Visitors also enjoy lounging on the porches that wrap the house.
In the back garden's rock-lined pool, goldfish swim among the waterlilies. A round table and chairs sit on a stone terrace, surrounded by lush Japanese maples and evergreens, ferns, and native woodland plants. McDowell House provides a quiet refuge--and a perfect base for visiting Washington & Lee and VMI, exploring scenic Rockbridge County, and enjoying Lexington's vibrant downtown.
Keywords: historic property, residence, villa, self-catering house
The owners' award-winning restoration work has been featured in magazines such as Preservation, Early American Life, Victorian Homes, Traditional Homes, and Southern Living.
The Owner purchased this house in 1983
Lexington combines the intimacy and friendliness of a small Southern town with the diversity created by universities. Located a short drive from stunning scenery--Natural Bridge, Goshen Pass, the Blue Ridge mountains--the city is also linked to the country by walking trails.
Local meat, eggs, vegetables, cheeses, ice creams, breads, beers, and wines make Lexington a wonderful place to dine--out or in. McDowell House is just blocks from downtown's shops, bakeries, farmer's market, wine shop, and micro-brewery. Its location encourages walking to everything: the newsstand, exercise classes, the whole foods grocery, the movies. At McDowell House, the car stays parked!
We enjoyed our stay at this wonderful house! We look forward to our next visit to Lexington and this house. Thanks for this special place!
The McDowell House was the perfect place for my family to stay while visiting Lexington for Thanksgiving. The house is incredibly spacious, with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, and a well-appointed kitchen. It was great to gather in the sitting room or around the dining room table, but was also really easy to sneak off to a secluded comfy chair to read or look at art. The architectural and historical character of the house itself is very impressive, even for Lexington. Finally, the location could not be better for just walking out the front door and taking advantage of all Lexington has to offer--the universities, shops, and restaurants.
Our family for this visit included 3 adults, 3 kids, and our VMI cadet. We arrived on Friday and stayed till Sunday. We had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the house. The bedrooms were all comfortable and the entire house was clean. It was very close to VMI which made it easy for our cadet to walk back and forth. The kitchen was well stocked and there was a large table in the dining room for us to eat at and play games. Our girls loved playing the piano. The house was also an easy walk to downtown Lexington. It was a wonderful house to rent for the weekend and we can highly recommend it.
This property stands out for its architecture, garden, fully equipped kitchen, and location! Being able to walk to the W&L campus and Parent's Weekend activities was a big plus and enhanced a very enjoyable stay.
Our family of four (teen aged children) completely enjoyed our stay in this unique home. In fact, we have reserved two more weekends! The kitchen is beautiful, large and well equipped. We found the adjacent dining room and the outside garden to be our favorite rooms to enjoy meals, although there is a small eat-in area in the kitchen as well. We loved the period furnishings and light fixtures. The beds were all comfortable and the bathrooms were updated and well kept. We had a guest who entertained us on the fantastic piano, which made for a really memorable evening. The home is located within walking distance of everything, on a safe side street.
McDowell House is 3 blocks from the Woods Creek Trail, which winds down to the Maury River at Jordan's Point Park, connecting with university trails along the way. From Jordan's Point, walkers and cyclists can cross the Maury River bridge and pick up the riverside Chessie Trail. The property is also located just blocks from Washington & Lee's Lenfest Center for the Performing Arts; Lexington's Wednesday Farmers Market--with its fabulous local food; a movie theater; Sweet Things ice cream parlor; antique shops; restaurants; bookstores; and Healthy Foods Market. Back at the house, visitors can use the house's exercise machines, sauna, watch cable TV, relax with a book, enjoy the private back garden, with its goldfish pond--or play the c.1890 Knabe piano.