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Quiet oasis of handmade charm and natural beauty downtown Lexington

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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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 a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
13 March, 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Lexington

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • 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 , bath with shower , Hand-made tile floor
    Upstairs Bath - toilet , Toilet and Sink
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Downstairs- Murphy Bed - 1 large double bed
    Upstairs - 3 single bed , 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 rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)

Quiet oasis of handmade charm and natural beauty downtown Lexington
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews

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.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Suburb of Baltimore,MD

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.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Exactly as stated. Clean, close and beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: 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!

  • Review Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was so cute and so clean! We felt comfortable the minute we arrived! Loved all the charm and character...especially loved the screened in porch! Zoé was very attentive and made sure we had everything we needed and had her contact information in case we had any concerns! This was our first time staying here but will definitely be back!! I always rent from VRBO when staying in Lexington and I would put this rental at the top of my preferred list!! It's definitely a "home Away from home"!!

Krista Bee

  • Review Submitted: Apr 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We loved having Krista Bee and her family stay at our cottage. She is a terrific communicator and very thoughtful guest. The place was as clean when she left as when she arrived. She would be welcome anytime.
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Pictures DO NOT do it justice!!!

  • 5 of 5

Very quaint little cottage full of art. You could spend your entire stay inside of the cottage and not see everything that is there. We had everything we needed and felt quite comfortable. Very convenient to the grocery and lots of excellent restaurants (within walking distance). We even ventured to Berea, KY to take in the arts and crafts for a day (Brochures on the table). Actually sad to leave and looking forward to returning to the cottage. Thanks Erika and Zoe for sharing your mothers cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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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

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Lexington

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Keeneland Spring Racing
7 Apr 2017 - 9 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add A$26 per night, per additional guest
Keeneland Spring Racing
12 Apr 2017 - 16 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add A$26 per night, per additional guest
Keeneland Spring Racing
19 Apr 2017 - 23 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add A$26 per night, per additional guest
Keeneland Spring Racing
26 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add A$26 per night, per additional guest
Rolex 3 Day Event 2017
25 May 2017 - 30 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add A$26 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add A$26 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit A$651
cleaning fee A$65

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

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