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Lovely C.1890 Flat with Garden in Historic Downtown

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 5 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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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
July 16, 2017

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 Shenandoah Valley

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 5.0 based on 35 reviews

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: Sep 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: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We loved every minute of our stay. Perfect location, well equipped and comfortable! We would definitely book again,and again, and again!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful flat in a perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in many properties in historic Lexington, but this may be my favorite. The flat has been lovingly restored and is quite comfortable and well appointed. The living area, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom are cozy, light-filled and all a couple needs for an enjoyable visit. From this spot, you can walk to everything, but it's quiet and residential. Stairs are required to reach the third story loft, but it's well worth the effort.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Historic, Top Floor Apartment

  • 5 of 5

We were two couples heading down to Lexington to enjoy some cycling, eating out, eating in, relaxing and also wanted to find a space in the heart of Lexington which reflected the beautiful historic homes, and had an eat in kitchen. The space is absolutely perfect for 2 people and great for 4 people if one couple is willing to sleep on a queen size pull out couch (we bought a memory foam mattress to put on the pull out couch and plan to bring it next time we stay there). The couch is located in a living room that has pocket doors so you can easily create two bedrooms by closing the doors which leaves the small, well appointed kitchen as common space. We were there in winter so didn't get the chance to eat in the lovely garden below but plan to go back next summer to enjoy it and even do some vegetable kababs on the grill. Peter and Jean were wonderful to deal with and even gave me a short tour of the even more impressive McDowell House below the apartment. The other reviews are 100% accurate with regards to the art (many of Peter's paintings), the wall paper, the furniture, the kitchen that you can cook in, and a great selection of books. We go to Lexington regularly and this will become one of our places to stay over and over again. We are really happy to have found it.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a perfect hideaway

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful, beautifully appointed flat in the gables with large picture windows and skylights. It has a central yet hidden feel at a few minutes' walk from town, campus, strolls in the woods... The decor is really exquisite - from the period wallpaper to the beautiful paintings to the carefully chosen knick-knacks, it is evident that the owners love the place and want you to love it too.

The owners are available and helpful but absolutely not overly present - and the soundproofing between their home downstairs and the flat is impeccable.

Finally, the owners love to cook and the kitchen is equipped with everything you could possibly require - even a rolling pin.

I got a lot of writing done here and I can't wait to come back.

There's no getting around the stairs up to the 3rd floor - people with physical difficulties take note. If climbing up is a challenge, better to choose Middleton House for easy, ground floor access.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Jan 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Lexington Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
2017 Fall High Season
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 6 2017
2 night minimum stay
2018 Spring High Season
Mar 30 2018 - Jul 8 2018
2 night minimum stay
2018 W&L Alumni Weekend
Apr 26 2018 - Apr 28 2018
3 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2018 VMI Graduation
May 14 2018 - May 17 2018
4 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2018 W&L Graduation
May 20 2018 - May 24 2018
5 night minimum stay
Flat fee
2018 Fall High Season
Aug 31 2018 - Dec 2 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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