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The Martin House - In the heart of historic downtown Lexington

33 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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3 - 5 nights


Historic South Hill House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms - 2 Bathrooms - Sleeps 6-10

Visit martinhouselexington on the web for more info. Spacious 2 story brick home centrally located in Lexington’s Historic South Hill district is the perfect spot for Bluegrass area visitors. This unique home, built in 1908, is registered with the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation, and is an intriguing combination of private retreat and downtown convenience. The completely fenced in back courtyard provides an inviting, peaceful venue for relaxing, and grilling out – but one has only to walk out the front door to discover all that downtown Lexington has to offer. This charming home has lots of character with 10 foot ceilings, hardwood floors and six uniquely tiled fireplace mantles throughout as well as 1st floor and 2nd floor screened in porches overlooking the courtyard and downtown Lexington. Other special features are a cozy seating area in the open, airy kitchen, and a coffee/ tea station in the office area located upstairs. A wonderful get away spot for old home lovers

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Jeannette Bracken
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 23, 2016
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About Jeannette Bracken

We are a family of four living in nearby Paris, KY. We acquired this house in April, 2004 and felt it would make a wonderful home away from home for visitors to Lexington! We started renting it as a vacation home in September, 2005.

Jeannette Bracken purchased this house in 2004

Why Jeannette Bracken chose Lexington

We have always loved downtown Lexington, and we couldn't resist this property when it came on the market. We love staying here, and really enjoy being able to share it with others that are visiting Lexington.

What makes this house unique

There are so many restaurants within walking distance of our home - you could eat in a different one each night! Also, our home is unique in that it is a 100 year old home with beautiful woodwork, located in the center of a historic district.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We came to The Martin House to get our family together in one place (8 of us)for a few days since we all live many miles apart. We were so pleasantly welcomed with fresh chocolate chip cookies (everyone's favorite!) and fresh flowers all over the house. We felt at home right away. Many rooms, many towels (they were needed with 100 degree temps), lots of comfy beds, and well-stocked kitchen. The owners left a list of suggestions for restaurants & things to see--great! There were lots of things to see within walking distance. We all loved the experience!
Jul 2012
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based on 33 traveler reviews

The Martin House - In the heart of historic downtown Lexington
average rating of 4.939394 based on 35 reviews

Lovely residence, but with some reservations

  • 4 of 5

The Martin House is a lovely home in a beautiful area. We enjoyed the variety of interesting restaurants within walking distance.

There are a couple of things a renter should be aware of - the residence is on a busy street with a lot of traffic noise all night long. If you're noise sensitive, be sure to bring ear plugs. I ended up using ear buds connected to a white noise app on my iPhone.

Another concern are the steep steps going upstairs. My friends and I are all in our late 60s and some of us had trouble climbing up and down.

Again, the house was lovely - comfortable beds, screened-in porch, cozy living room, great location, accommodating owners.

  • Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming Property

  • 5 of 5

Great property. The cookies upon arrival were a very nice touch and the house a lot of great charm. Great location and size to spread out and relax while on vacation. Only down side is it is on a busy street and the driveway is very narrow, but we got the hang of it after a couple times.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We were in town for the races at Keeneland. Jeannette was fantastic during the whole lead up to the trip about responding to questions and payments. Arrival and entry were super easy, and we were greeted with a plate of cookies as well!

The house just oozes character and charm. The location is ideal. It's literally 2 blocks over and up to all of the nice bars and restaurants downtown. We walked down to a different place every night. The only time we ever got in the car was to go to and from the track (also easy to get to). We also visited the Woodford Reserve distillery, as well as Claiborne Farm, and this place is ideal for those types of trips as well.

The beds were really comfortable, and the A/C unit, Wow! Let's just say that you won't be uncomfortable in this place, as the unit is fantastic. We sat out on the porch and had drinks and watched the cars go by. We cooked breakfast everyday in the kitchen. A great TV room for movies or for watching games.

I don't know of a single thing I could recommend that would have made our trip better. Many thanks to Paul and Jeannette for the rental. I will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Really Did Feel Like Home

  • 5 of 5

My family (including two dogs) stayed for a week and enjoyed the Martin House as much as the beautiful Lexington area. The location is very convenient - an easy walk to downtown, shops and restaurants. The house itself was impeccably clean and very comfortable. It had the charm of its age along with all the modern conveniences. And the backyard is a little treasure that the dogs loved exploring.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portage, MI

Wonderful historic home!

  • 5 of 5

Our family gathered in Lexington as a central meeting place over Easter. Great location to walk from and explore the city. Indian restaurant around the corner was terrific and very accomodating (requested take out). The porches were great for enjoying the first taste of spring weather. The owners were very attentive from our first inquiry through the chocolate cookies waiting for us when we arrived! Highly recommend the Martin House if you are going to be staying the Lexington area. Tall people need to watch their head at the top of the stairs!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Palm Coast, FL

Great home in heart of downtown

  • 5 of 5

This house is lovely and the owners were very easy to work with. The welcome plate of cookies was a huge plus. Was so nice to have everything we needed, spices, condiments, sodas even as well as soap/shampoo, etc.

We enjoyed walking to restaurants, etc. There was plenty of room for all of us. The parking is a bit tight but we were forewarned and did just fine.

The yard and porches were quite enjoyable too. We had great fun going to Keeneland, Rolex and Claiborne Farms

  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
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Nearest Airport
6.3 Miles
Bluegrass Airport (LEX)
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Tates Creek Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
I-64 and I-75
Car: recommended

Walking distance: University of Kentucky Basketball, UK Campus,

Transylvania University Campus, Kentucky Theatre, The Opera House,

The Civic Center, Children’s Museum, Lexington Farmer’s Market, Rupp

Arena, many fine restaurants and nightclubs Nearby: Keeneland, Applebee's Park (Home of the Lexington Legends),

Ky Horse Park, UK Arboretum, Red Mile Harness Racing Track, Raven

Run Nature Sanctuary, Commonwealth Stadium (Home of UK Football) In the region: Shaker Village, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Old Fort

Harrod State Park, Ky State Capitol, Red River Gorge


Rates & Availability

Historic South Hill House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Keeneland Fall Meet
Oct 7 2016 - Oct 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 27 2016
4 night minimum stay
Dec 23 2016 - Dec 30 2016
5 night minimum stay
Keeneland/ Rolex
Apr 7 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $25 + Tax
Changeover Fee $125 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 16.07%

Minimum stay is 3-4 nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Historic South Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , Handheld shower in claw foot tub
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Rear Bedroom - 1 king , Private balcony
    Front bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Front bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • There is a full size sleeper sofa with inflatable mattress in the upstairs den. We also provide a queen sized inflatable mattress on a frame that can be placed anywhere, as well as a full size inflatable mattress that sits on the floor.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • 6 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:

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