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The Martin House - In the Heart of Historic Downtown Lexington

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  • Kitchen
  • Air Conditioning
  • Pet Friendly
  • Washer


What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Lexington Public Library
    6 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Downtown Arts Center
    7 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Lexington Convention Center
    8 min walk
  • Airport
    Lexington, KY (LEX-Blue Grass)
    10 min drive

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  • The Martin House - In the Heart of Historic Downtown Lexington

    Room Amenities

    • 2500 sq ft
    • 3 bedrooms
    • 2 bathrooms
    • Sleeps 8
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About this area


Located in Lexington, this vacation home is in the city center. Mary Todd Lincoln House is a notable landmark, and travelers looking to shop may want to visit The Mall At Lexington Green and Fayette Mall. Looking to enjoy an event or a game? See what's going on at Rupp Arena or Kroger Field. Our guests love the property's central location.

What's nearby

  • Popular Location
    Lexington Public Library - 6 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Downtown Arts Center - 7 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Lexington Convention Center - 8 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Rupp Arena - 9 min walk
  • Popular Location
    Lexington Opera House - 9 min walk

Getting around

  • Lexington, KY (LEX-Blue Grass) - 16 min drive

About this property

The Martin House - In the Heart of Historic Downtown Lexington

Historic Lexington vacation home in Historic South Hill, walk to Rupp Arena
This spacious 2 story brick home centrally located in Lexington’s Historic South Hill district is the perfect spot for Bluegrass area visitors. A unique home, built in 1908, it is registered with the Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation, and is an intriguing combination of private retreat with modern amenities and downtown convenience. The newly remodeled, completely fenced in back courtyard will keep your pets safe while providing 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 screened in porch and 2nd floor balcony overlooking the courtyard and downtown Lexington. Both bathrooms were completely renovated in 2017. 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 after a long day of sightseeing in central KY! Architecture: The Martin House is a late Queen Anne "Free Classic" residence, and is a good example of this transitional period in architectural styles. Sophisticated in it's massing, simple in it's trim, it is balanced between the Queen Anne use of variety of surface and form and the Craftsman emphasis on simplicity. House History: Jesse Woodruff and his family lived on this block from 1864 through 1908, first next door and then, from 1893 onwards, on this site in a house whose one story footprint on the 1907 map is much different from the current building's. His relative, Thomas B. Woodruff continued to live next door through at least 1925. The present house was built between 1908 and 1911 when J. M. Martin, agent, Chattanooga Brewing Company, and his family acquired the property. They lived here through 1921. A 1976 renovation moderinized the interior and the rear of the building while preserving well-cared for details. It served as a duplex until 1983, when it was returned to single-family use. We acquired the house in April, 2004 and initially planned to return it to duplex form, using one for ourselves and renting the other. However, we fell in love with the entire home and couldn't bear to make those changes! So instead, we started renting it as a vacation home in September, 2005. We found this to be a great compromise as it allows us to share our home with visitors to Lexington, hopefully bringing them great enjoyment, while also being able to stay in and enjoy our home as well! About our neighborhood: The South Hill Historic District is a neighborhood of early residential homes adjacent to downtown Lexington. In 1781, Lexington's five-man Board of Trustees successfully petitioned the Virginia Assembly for 710 acres of land that was divided into half-acre and five-acre lots, according to a town plat. "The south hill" was made up of larger lots located outside of the town of Lexington that were soon subdivided. South Hill is so named because in pioneer days the area overlooked the Town Branch of Elkhorn Creek that once flowed through the center of the city. The homes in this district were built over a period of time spanning more than 100 years. The earliest homes were built during the early 19th century and are mainly Federal and Greek Revival styles. Most of the older homes are in the northern half of the district. The district also includes homes built after the Civil War into the early 20th century. Buildings designed by two of Lexington's greatest architects, John McMurtry and Cincinnatus Shyrock, can also be found in this district. The mixture of styles on each street is aesthetically compatible, of similar scale and placed on lots of similar size. However, the scale and lot size on each street differs, with the bordering streets of the district such as South Limestone and South Broadway containing larger houses on larger lots set further back from the street. This district consists of many homes that were once owned by free African Americans at a time when slavery was still an institution in Kentucky. Prosperous whites lived alongside prosperous African Americans with many middle class citizens also living in the district. The oldest home in Lexington, the Adam Rankin House is located in this district on South Mill Street. Despite the rapid growth of Lexington and the neighboring University of Kentucky, the South Hill Historic District has remained virtually untouched with some commercial infringement on the outer edges of the community. At one time located on the outskirts of Lexington, the neighborhood is now in the heart of the city.
Air-conditioned accommodations at this vacation home offer fireplaces and DVD players. Rooms open to balconies or patios. Accommodations offer separate living rooms. Kitchens offer refrigerators, stovetops, microwaves, and separate dining areas.
Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations and hair dryers. Additionally, rooms include coffee/tea makers and irons/ironing boards.
This vacation home features a garden.
This vacation home is a smoke-free property.
The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

Entire place

You'll have the entire home to yourself and will only share it with other guests in your party.

Property manager

property manager

Jeannette Bracken

Speaks English



Check-in time starts at 4:00 PM

Special check-in instructions

Guests will receive an email from the property manager with check-in and check-out instructions.


Check-out before 10:00 AM

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.


  • Pets allowed
  • Restrictions apply
  • For more information contact the property at the number on the booking confirmation

Property payment types


Important information

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card, or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
    Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

We should mention

Guests can arrange to bring pets by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. A car is recommended for transportation to and from this property.

Property is also known as

  • Martin House Heart Historic Downtown Lexington
  • Martin Heart Historic Downtown Lexington
  • tin Heart Historic Lexington
  • The Martin House In the Heart of Historic Downtown Lexington

Property amenities


  • Internet access

Parking and transportation

  • Onsite parking

Family friendly

  • Toys


  • Refrigerator
  • Stovetop
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Dishwasher
  • Toaster
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils


  • 3 bedrooms
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels provided

Living spaces

  • Fireplace
  • Living room
  • Dining room


  • TV with cable/satellite service
  • DVD player
  • Books
  • Stereo
  • Games
  • Video library

Outdoor areas

  • Balcony
  • Garden


  • Washing machine and dryer


  • Air conditioning
  • Heating


  • Smoke-free property

Services and conveniences

  • Iron/ironing board

Location highlights

  • In the city center

Things to do

  • Hiking/biking trails nearby


  • Sleeps 8
  • Unit size: 2500 sq ft (232 sq m)

Nearby things to do


The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby

Frequently asked questions



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5/5 Excellent

    Perfect location!

    We were in town for a family wedding and this was the perfect place for our family! It was located so close to the venue as well as the other pre-wedding events we had to attend while here. We have two young children (3 and 1) and the set up of the upstairs was perfect for our family while allowing the grandparents a little privacy downstairs. We also hosted a family brunch while staying at the Martin house and the backyard was a perfect spot for letting the kids play and allowing the to adults relax. The home was well appointed with everything you could need - more than any other place we’ve stayed and the owners were so gracious and super easy to deal with. We couldn’t be happier with our time spent here. Absolutely recommend!!!

    5/5 Excellent

      Beautiful house, great location and perfect back yard for our dog.

      Spent a long weekend at the Martin House and couldn't have had a better mini-vacation. House is within walking distance to many restaurants and a short distance to Keeneland and the Kentucky Horse Park. The house has everything you need and is very homey and comfortable. Highly recommend a stay here. Hosts are very responsive and even leave a plate of delicious chocolate chip cookies for guests! Will definitely be back next year.

      5/5 Excellent

        October Weekend in Lex

        Great place - tons of space - close to UK campus and downtown. Wonderful place for a weekend at the horse races and touring bourbon distilleries! Hosts were wonderful and access to the house was easy.

        5/5 Excellent

          Historic home, great location

          Home is with in walking distance from downtown and many fun restaurants. Inside, there were many fun sitting areas and beautiful old fireplaces. Felt like we were exploring a piece of history yet the Bathrooms and kitchen were beautifully redone. Parking was as described, tight but workable. It is on a busy street and near a hospital so needed earplugs to sleep. Would definitely stay here again if in the area.

          5/5 Excellent

            Charming home close to everything

            We had a great stay at this historic house, and enjoyed the proximity to many walkable amenities in Lexington. We walked almost everywhere, taking advantage of all the shops, bars, and restaurants nearby. House has been kept up nicely despite being built over 100 years ago. Our dog loved the fenced in and private backyard!!

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