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Lovely C.1890 Flat with Garden in Historic Downtown

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

Like the owners' other property, Middleton House, McDowell Studio combines 19th-century charm with pure comfort. The Studio, which has lofty ceilings and a generous sitting room, sleeps 4. It occupies the 3rd floor of a handsome historic house, just blocks from downtown, Washington & Lee, and VMI. A charming stone walk winds through the Studio's private garden to its private stairs and entrance. (Since there are two flights of stairs, McDowell Studio is definitely NOT HANDICAPPED-ACCESSIBLE.)

Formerly an artist's studio, the secluded apartment floods with light during the day, thanks to large windows with views and skylights. (Skylights operate electronically and open to catch the breeze.) Hand-printed wallpapers, c. 1880-1890 antiques, sea grass matting, comfortable seating, and a collection of paintings and prints contribute to the flat's atmosphere and charm. A carefully equipped custom kitchen with soapstone counters and a spacious tiled bathroom with shower offer thoroughly modern convenience.

The bedroom features a queen-sized iron and brass bed, while a top-quality sleeper sofa in the living room accommodates two additional guests. Meals can be taken at a small table in the kitchen or a large one in one corner of the airy sitting room.

Visitors can lounge on the sitting room's sofas or on the flat's small porch--or in the Studio's garden, which has a grill and Adirondack chairs. Thanks to the gardens surrounding the house, birdsong fills the air. (Bird-glasses are provided for those who want a closer look.) Guests also enjoy strolling or cycling nearby Wood's Creek Trail, which follows the creek to the Maury River and Jordan's Point Park.

McDowell Studio is perfectly positioned for shopping and dining in historic downtown Lexington. W & L's Lenfest Center, just 3 blocks away, presents concerts, plays, ballets, and even opera. And this luxurious apartment provides a convenient base for visiting Washington & Lee or VMI, with their elegant architecture and abiding sense of Southern tradition. McDowell Studio offers guests a rare opportunity to live graciously in the very heart of historic Lexington.

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About The Owner

The owners, an artist and a writer/consultant who specializes in historic interiors, have lived and worked in McDowell House for many years.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1983

Why The Owner chose Lexington

Historic Lexington, Virginia offers Washington & Lee U., VMI, a vibrant downtown, a lively and friendly community, and easy access to the scenic beauty of the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains. McDowell House, surrounded by its gardens, retains its period charm, yet sits just minutes from Lexington's many current attractions.

What makes this apartment unique

Guests walk to events at the universities and downtown churches, theaters, and galleries. They enjoy cooking with superb local meats, produce, cheeses, and flours from the nearby Lexington Farmer's Market and specialty grocery and butcher shops. Visitors can stroll to restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, an ice cream parlor, and a micro-brewery. Virginia's mountains, Natural Bridge, Goshen Pass, additional museums,and other attractions are a short car trip away.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are so thankful for our stay here! This studio exceeded our expectations, from enough dishes to entertain our son & his friends, to the comfortable & spacious sitting area where we enjoyed a rainy Saturday. We will definitely return while our son is a freshman at W & L! Thank you!
Dec 2014
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Lexington Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) The queen-sized bed has an excellent mattress and high-quality all-cotton linens., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The custom sofa bed has a substantial mattress and the same high-quality linens used on the bed.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
Living room, kitchen, and bathroom have electronically operated skylights that flood these spaces with light. Skylights can be opened to catch the breeze.


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Lovely C.1890 Flat with Garden in Historic Downtown
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 39 reviews
Asheville, NC

Elegant and private in lovely neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

When going to visit Washington and Lee, we were looking for a place to spend a couple nights where we could do our own cooking and relax, and came across this gem on VRBO. Set on the third floor of an old home, the house has views of the surrounding neighborhood and old homes(the only caution is that there are stairs to climb so if you have physical limitations, you might not be best suited here.) The apartment has been decorated and outfitted exceptionally well and the small kitchen is perfect for cooking in, though it a little throwback in there is no dishwasher! The location is fabulous for walking downtown to shop or grab a bite to eat and the walk to campus was easy and lovely. Would strongly recommend for 2 or 3 people traveling together for a few days, or as a longer stay if you were looking for a retreat. If my son ends up at W&L, we'll be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful accommodations in the heart of Lexington

  • 5 of 5

This property was beautiful and clean. Enjoyed visiting our son at VMI- nice to be so close. Would stay again.

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and Convenient

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this peaceful garret apartment. We found the period feeling decor to be appealing, the parking abundant, and convenience to the town excellent. The kitchen was well equipped for a short-term rental. Passing though the lovely garden and being greeted by robins and bunnies was engaging. For our preferences, the mattress and sofas were not particularly comfortable and we also noticed an overall mustiness probably brought on by the summer humidity. All in all, our stay was pleasant and we would consider renting the apartment again.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dallas, Texas

Enjoyable weekend in classy studio apartment!

  • 5 of 5

The studio apartment on the third level of the larger property in the historic district of Lexington is nicely furnished and very comfortable. Perfect for two or three people, with great access to downtown, W&L, VMI and historic Lexington, VA. Quiet!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique, and so very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. It was so much better than the typical hotel experience. Besides the extraordinary period correct furnishings and artwork, it just felt like our own personal apartment. It seemed as though the studio had been prepared by an invisible butler that had anticipated our every need. VERY COOL AND SPECIAL!

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, charming and cozy

  • 5 of 5

I loved everything about this studio apartment! It is on the top floor of an historical home, a block and a half from Main Street. We were wowed with the antiques and art from the moment we walked in. Gorgeous. It is spacious, with a separate bedroom, sitting room, full kitchen, and was equipped with anything we could have needed for the weekend. The bathroom and kitchen have modern features, along with 1800's decor. Can't wait to stay here again when visiting our W&L student.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

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