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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 3 - 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wireless Internet


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
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2017

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 Lexington

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:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

The Martin House - In the heart of historic downtown Lexington
average rating of 4.9210525 based on 40 reviews
Williamsburg, Ky

Our group had a great time at the Martin house. The location is really good.

  • 5 of 5

We walked to Rupp Arena and to Memorial and also many local restaurants.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place in a great location

  • 5 of 5

My in-laws and I stayed at the Martin House over Christmas and it was fantastic. We had easy walks to parks, coffee shops, restaurants, and bars; the house was gorgeous, huge, and clean, with lots of comfortable places to sit and relax; and Jeannette checked in frequently by text to make sure we had everything we needed. I would definitely recommend the Martin House to anyone looking for a home away from home in Lexington.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great house in the heart of Lexington

  • 5 of 5

If you want to stay right in the middle Lexington, this is the house for you. We loved being so close to the restaurants and within walking distance to the University of Kentucky. The house was very comfortable and we loved the plate of chocolate chip cookies that was waiting for us. This house has tons of character but also has all the modern conveniences. We enjoyed the grill in the backyard and the back porch area. I would highly recommend this house to anyone who wants to explore Lexington.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for our group

  • 4 of 5

The Martin House was a great venue for our team to stay in while in Lexington. We were part of a conference at the Lexington Convention Center. The location was perfect for walking to and from LCC. The home was in a great position to hit up local restaurants. There were 7 team members (2 being married), and there were plenty of spaces for us to sleep comfortably. The common areas allowed us to spend time together and building relationships. The home has a lot of character and charm. Even with some of the quirkiness, we were perfectly comfortable and would recommend to families or corporate teams looking for a place to stay near Rupp Arena or LCC.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Winter Park, FL, United States

Large historic home in the heart of downtown

  • 5 of 5

The home is a large older home in the heart of downtown. There are 3 bedrooms upstairs with a shared bath (tub). There is a bath/shower on the ground floor. The owners of the home couldn't of been more friendly and helpful. They sent us suggestions for entertainment and dining which was very useful. They were even kind enough to have a plate of chocolate chip cookies waiting for our arrival. The house was filled with supplies that normally you must go and buy yourself in a self catering home such as laundry detergent, kitchen supplies, etc. I was very impressed. If you are expecting 5 star accommodations/furnishings you have to remember the house is probably over 100 years old. However there was a lounge/tv room on both the ground floor and in the upstairs. The tv had more channels then I have at home! The beds were also comfortable. Parking can be a challenge especially if you have more then 2 cars. Parking is in the very back and is down a very narrow drive. Be aware if you have problems walking up steep steps there isn't a bedroom on the ground floor so you might want to think twice. Since that was not an issue for us we had a wonderful time.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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
Pony Finals
Aug 6 2017 - Aug 18 2017
5 night minimum stay
Keeneland Fall Meet
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 28 2017
4 night minimum stay
Nov 20 2017 - Nov 27 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 1 2018
4 night minimum stay
Jan 2 2018 - Feb 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $175 + Tax
Property Damage Protection $59
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.
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