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Quiet oasis of handmade charm and natural beauty downtown Lexington

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,800 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Convenient - Walk to anywhere in downtown Lexington. Sleeps up to 5. Private.

This charming home is a beautifully converted potter's studio full of color and handmade objects. The two-story cottage is private and surrounded by natural beauty. Sleeps up to five guests. Fully equipped for living - washer and dryer, clothesline, dishwasher, TV and WiFi.

Neighborhoods are walk-able. 24 -hour Kroger grocery store is only one block away. Woodland Park is across the street with walking paths, venerable old trees, public swimming pool, playgrounds, tennis. Nearby are restaurants, bars and many shops. University of Kentucky and it's hospitals are close by, as is Rupp Arena, the University of Kentucky stadium, Transylvania University, the Kentucky Horse Park, the Red Mile Race Track and Keeneland Race Track.

Property Manager
Zoé Strecker
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, a bit of Greek.
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2017

About Zoé Strecker

My sister and I are hosts of this charming artist's cottage. It was formerly our mother's ceramic studio and later her own home.

My sister is a metal sculptor, and I am an artist and a professor at Transylvania University. My husband is a studio potter and sculptor. We have two daughters. We all love to explore other places but are deeply attached to the vibrant and beautiful city of Lexington.

I live on a farm and sell free range eggs on the porch of the main house in a self-serve fridge. If you would like delicious fresh eggs for your stay just go leave $4.00 per dozen in the envelope in the "wee-fridge" on the front porch of the main house.

Zoé Strecker purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Zoé Strecker chose Kentucky

The front house was our mother's home, and this cottage was her ceramics studio

for years before she transformed it into a beautiful, colorful living space filled with all kinds of artwork, especially ceramics. For guests' enjoyment we keep books, objects collected during our own travel and some family memorabilia throughout the house and yard. Outdoors are flowers, fruit and nut trees, grape vines and ornamental perennials.

This cottage is an oasis of comfort and beauty in the heart of the city.

I am in Lexington almost every day and my sister lives only 3 blocks away, across the park so we are available as needed. Happy to provide recommendations. Info on some of the amazing local culture will be left on the table for you to peruse. As you can tell by our listing we are NEW to HomeAway, and look forward to hosting you, and getting your feedback on our lovely retreat cottage in the heart of Lexington.

What makes this cottage unique

You will love the screened-in porch downstairs with outdoor furniture and dining space and the open balcony upstairs under the shade of grape vines and trees.

Proximity to Woodland Park is a special feature. The park is like an arboretum with old trees and a lovely flower garden, walking paths, a terrific swimming pool, playground, tennis courts, skateboard park, basketball courts, and baseball field. Our cottage is walkable to most of downtown Lexington. The brand new 24-hour Kroger grocery store is one block away.

Many restaurants and bars nearby in the Chevy Chase Neighborhood. Downtown is walkable- with even more dining and entertainment options. Close to the University of Kentucky, all hospitals and Translyvania University. Minutes to Keeneland (7.3 miles and a straight shot- literally one turn from the cottage) and Rupp Arena (1.6 miles), and not a far drive to the Kentucky Horse Park (9.6 miles) or other interesting attractions, It's in a really great location.

We just increased the WiFi signal for guests.


Lexington Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs - toilet , combination tub/shower , Hand-made tile floor
    Upstairs Bath - toilet , Toilet and Sink
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 7
  • Downstairs- Murphy Bed - 1 queen
    Upstairs - 3 twin/ single , One twin is out. 2 more in cubby spaces. Pull out as needed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Quiet oasis of handmade charm and natural beauty downtown Lexington
average rating of 4.7777777 based on 9 reviews

Quiet, comfortable, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this visit was excellent! This place is clean with high end appliances and an open floor plan. The artistic vibe is great and the restaraunts and farmers market in the area are fantastic. I'll stay here again if I'm ever back in Lexington.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Very charming

  • 4 of 5

Adorable place, so charming! Beds were super comfy. Location was relatively convenient to KHP. Great park across the street, grocery store up the road. Might be tight for 5 people though since the half bath has no real privacy. We were a party of three and fit just fine. Internet was slow, but when I mentioned it to Zoe she was quick to offer to fix it. Bathroom was a good size and stocked with plenty of towels. Would stay here again for sure! If you have small children, I wld stay elsewhere - although this place is adorable, it is NOT child friendly!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the different works of art. Porches and location were great

  • 4 of 5

Cottage was perfect for our family. We enjoyed the park nearby and discovering new pieces of art each day during our visit. Great location.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unbelievably charming.

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying in the Clay Cottage. It is across the street from a lovely park in a quiet neighborhood, and one block from a very nice grocery store. The cottage is much larger inside than it looks from the outside. My family of four had room to spare. Everywhere you look, there is artwork, but it never felt like it was "in the way". The owner provided everything we needed to feel right at home, including comfortable beds! This would not be the right choice for a family with young children, due to the open staircase to the loft, as well as all of the pottery, but our two teenagers loved it.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Exactly as stated. Clean, close and beautiful.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A destination on its own!

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was the kind of place that would make me drive to Lexington for no other reason than just to stay there. It is simply lovely. Filled with beautiful art and full of whimsy and creativity, spending time in this home gives you a feeling of possibilities and joy. My son was graduating from the University of Kentucky, and we gathered at the house to celebrate his accomplishments. The place was roomy and comfortable, and we entertained family with ease. There is ample parking and many conveniences nearby. The furniture is all very comfortable, and the entire place is spotless. Zoe was very helpful with suggestions and recommendations. I travel a lot and frequently rent on Home Away and other sites. This is the best home I have ever stayed in, and it is now the standard by which other rentals will be judged. Do yourself a favor and rent this place!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Nearest Airport
7.1 Miles
Blue Grass Airport
Car: recommended

Close to the Kentucky Horse Park (10 miles away), Keeneland Race Track and many Bourbon and Microbrewery locations. Truly a great location- all of downtown Lexington is walkable from this location.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $50
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 9.0%

My sister is very allergic to all furry critters- please honor my requirement for NO pets- or pets only crated on the porch (not on the furniture) or in the fenced in yard. Thank you.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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