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The Martin House - In the heart of historic downtown Lexington

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms - 2 Bathrooms - Sleeps 6-8

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 newly remodeled, 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, a beautiful spa like bathroom downstairs, and another quaint seating area located upstairs. A wonderful get away spot for old home lovers!

Jeannette Bracken
Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 15, 2018

About Jeannette Bracken

We began renting our home in 2005, and have found the best thing about it to be helping visitors to Lexington have a unique, memorable experience in our city! We are happy to help with anything you might need in planning your stay, or with any questions that may arise at any time that need a local's input. Our number one goal is to have happy guests!

Jeannette Bracken purchased this house in 2004

Why Jeannette Bracken chose Historic South Hill

We have always loved downtown Lexington, and we couldn't resist this unique 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. We recently completed a remodel of our backyard and both bathrooms, so we now find it more charming than ever! :) - hopefully you will too!

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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Historic South Hill House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
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
  • 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


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The Martin House - In the heart of historic downtown Lexington
average rating of 4.928571 based on 58 reviews

Cozy and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful experience at the Martin House. The owners were so attentive and went above and beyond to make us comfortable. We even had fresh cookies waiting for us upon arrival. The house is a beautiful historic home close to downtown and great food options.

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very cool and a bit quirky home in a great location.

  • 5 of 5

Historic home in a great location. A bit quirky in the fact that we'd forget our way around the first couple of days. Given that it is an older home you got to be on the lookout for low doorways and low ceilings in spot upstairs.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Martin House is a beautiful older home with lots of personality.

  • 5 of 5

We booked the Martin House for a place to stay for our daughter’s wedding. There were 8 of us staying here and it never felt crowded. We walked all over town. Other friends and family were able to walk from their downtown hotels to hang out with us on the back porch and beautiful back yard. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect home!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Jeannette's beautiful home while competing during finals at the Kentucky Horse Park. Their home was so perfect for our stay and in the best location. The home is very charming and has a beautiful backyard and screened in porch. We used the grill almost every night! The parking was totally fine. I was a little nervous reading the description of the driveway that my car wouldn't fit, but my Jeep Grand Cherokee was completely fine and I would say that there was definitely space for another one as well! There was also plenty of street parking right outside the house.

Everything we needed was either walking distance or just a 15 minute maximum drive. Jeannette was very helpful and accommodating when needed. They have plenty of information about the home and the area in a large book, and were very well organized for our stay. We had a small dog with us, which they welcomed without hesitation. It's always nice to have hosts who are dog friendly because sometimes it's hard to find homes that are.

My only complaint (which isn't even really a complaint) was getting used to the college vibe of the neighborhood as its just off the University of Kentucky campus. Since the house is older, it isn't quite as sound proofed as I would have liked, especially when we had to be up everyday at 5am. If a little noise doesn't bother you then I wouldn't worry about it. We got used to it after the first night and were totally fine during the rest of our stay.

We loved this house and would definitely stay here again on our next trip to Lexington!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House in a Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the Martin House very much and loved the old-house charm! The location is great and within walking distance of all kinds of restaurants. The only thing worth noting ahead of time is that if you have a really big SUV or truck, parking behind the house will be an issue.

  • Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous accomadations

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the Martin House. The house was perfect for our large family and the courtyard and fenced yard gave a safe place for our grandchildren to play. Jeannette was very attentive to details, we even had fresh baked cookies and fresh flowers when we arrived.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Insurance Fee $25 + Tax
Pet Fee $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Changeover Fee $125 + Tax
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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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