HISTORIC HOUSE WITH GARDENS NEAR UNIVERSITIES & DOWNTOWN

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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
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HISTORIC HOUSE WITH GARDENS NEAR UNIVERSITIES & DOWNTOWN

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House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

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

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
Property Manager
Advertiser since 2010
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About The Owner

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

Why The Owner chose Lexington

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.

What makes this house unique

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!

Guestbook comments from the manager

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!
Oct 2013
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Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights
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Reviews

Reviews

Historic House with Gardens Near Universities & Downtown
average rating of 4.5 based on 2 reviews
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Historic House with Gardens Near Universities & Downtown
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Lexington Shenandoah Valley
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W&L parents

W&L parents
  • 4 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Historic House with Gardens Near Universities & Downtown
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Lexington Shenandoah Valley
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Historic look and feel, but modern comforts!

  • 5 of 5
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.
  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: On your upcoming visits, try using our commercial-grade gas grill--the secluded back garden is the perfect place to cook scallops, shrimp or steaks from local food mecca Donald's Meats, while sipping something delicious and watching the goldfish swim amidst the lily pads. We look forward to having you back!

Map

Map

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.

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Availability & Rates

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Lexington House Rental Rates

Notes

  • From $195/nt, depending on season
  • US Dollars
  • $195-$275/night for 2 persons, depending on season. For each extra person, add $45
  • Need to sleep 8-10 guests? Also book McDowell Studio (VRBO#339861).
  • 11% lodgings tax
  • Having a party? Over 8 guests incurs a surcharge. Call for rates.
  • Optional daily housekeeping service available at $60/day.
  • SPECIAL OFFER: Stay a week, but pay for just 6 days.
  • We accept PayPal.

Amenities

Amenities

Lexington House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave
  • Cooking Utensils ...
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2) The tall-post bed in the 1st-floor bedroom dates from c.1820-1830, but has a luxurious custom queen mattress. The 2nd-floor bedroom has a handsome queen-sized brass bed with top-quality Stearns & Foster mattress., Twin or Single Beds (2) Twin brass beds share the 2nd-floor Turret Bedroom. Both have comfortable new mattresses and luxurious all-cotton linens.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Books
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • live theater
  • zoo
  • museums
  • health/beauty spa
  • theme parks
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • wildlife viewing
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • fishing
Notes:
Historic McDowell House offers a wide menu of modern comforts, including an exceptional kitchen and a sauna.

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