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Corten At Lafayette Flats - The Coolest Place To Stay In The Coolest Small Town

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Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Fayetteville - Lafayette Flats - Corten

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Lots of Style

Fayetteville is known as one of America's Coolest Small Towns, and Lafayette Flats is the coolest place to stay in Fayetteville!

Lafayette Flats is located on the upper two floors of a historic 100 year old cut stone building originally built to be a bank. The interior of the building has been renovated with new electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems but retains much of the original configuration and architectural details throughout.

This 500 square foot flat has one bedroom with a queen size mattress, a convertible couch, a large luxurious bathroom and a fully equipped apartment size kitchen. Cable TV (42' HD LED in living space), wireless internet and all linens and towels are provided.

Corten's decor is contemporary and comfortable. Guests will be treated to a wide variety of local original art, both in the private living space and the common hallways and stairwells. Guests are also invited to learn about the local area by exploring Lafayette Flats' library of books about West Virginia or those written by authors from West Virginia.

Located on the main street of Fayetteville's historic district, Lafayette Flats is an easy stroll from locally owned and operated restaurants and shops. Hikers, bikers, climbers and whitewater enthusiasts are minutes away from their activities as well.

Located on the second floor of a historic building, Corten is only accessible by stairs. This flat is designed for couples but can accommodate the addition of one child.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Amy McLaughlin
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
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Calendar last updated:
21 October, 2016
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About Amy McLaughlin

I'm Amy and my husband's name is Shawn. We were both born and raised in Charleston, WV, where we still live and we both work for the same non-profit organization. Charleston is only about one hour from Fayetteville, so lucky for us, the best vacation spot in West Virginia is close by. Lafayette Flats began with our simple desire to get out of town. We love our home in Charleston's East End but we really like to travel. We found out early in our relationship that we travel together well and we love to do it as often as we can. We love taking weekend driving trips to places like Asheville, Columbus, Charlotte and Louisville, and we've been all over our home state of West Virginia. Two years ago we drove across the country on Route 66 and last fall we toured Northern California - Yosemite, Redwoods, Wine Country - we loved it all. But big trips are few and far between, so we satisfy our travelin' Jones by making the drive up to Fayetteville as often as we can. Maybe it's the Bacon Jam at The Secret Sandwich Society or the breathtaking views from Long Point Trail, but something keeps us coming back again and again. We looked for a small apartment in Fayetteville that we could rent, just to have a home base where we could escape to on weekends but found nothing suitable. After months of searching we decided to take on a project where we could build our own space. We looked a several opportunities, but the one that caught our eye was the historic building on the corner of Court Street and Wiseman Avenue - known as 'The Malcolm Building.' This building was built in 1906 to house The Bank of Fayette and is on the National Register of Historic Places as part of Fayetteville's Historic District. Our home in Charleston is in a 100 year-old townhouse community, so I guess it's safe to say that we are drawn to old buildings. We spent the summer and fall of 2013 renovating the building - doing much of the work ourselves. We are eager to show off our space!

Amy McLaughlin purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Amy McLaughlin chose West Virginia

Our love for Fayetteville and the New River Gorge area caused us to something we had never done before: We bought and renovated this historic cut stone building, transforming the top two floors into four apartment style vacation rentals. Eddy is one of four flats in the building, and the one that we call our second home. Since it is on the Historic Registry, we were very intentional in our renovation plan to leave the building intact as much as possible. Originally built to be an office building, each floor only had one common bathroom and the heating in the building was hot water radiators. Since it was built before electricity, the electrical system was hodgepodge of makeshift circuits and ancient fuse boxes. Along with theses negatives, though, were a lot of positives: The beautiful original woodwork is still there and the fortress-like construction means that the building is very sturdy. The beautiful cut-stone exterior looks exactly like it did when it was built a century ago. Our renovation plans preserved the woodwork and the basic configuration of the building. Installing a new electrical system and the plumbing necessary to support two additional bathrooms and kitchens was done in such a way as not to change the character of the building. Fire codes made us make some alterations to doorways, but overall the building looks as it has for the last century. But in spite of the ancient spaces of this small town former bank building, the interior design is chic, modern and urban. We want to offer visitors to Fayetteville something completely different from the campsites, cabins and large vacation home rentals available in the area. Furnished with all the comforts of home and decorated to the nines with local original art and many unique design elements, this is not your typical vacation rental! We want you to more than just feel at home - we want you to wish that you lived here!

What makes this apartment unique

Most lodging in the New River Gorge area is campsites, cabins or oversized vacation homes in remote settings. Lafayette Flats offers a small town main street lodging experience with walkable access to unique locally owned restaurants, shops and activities. The decor, with an emphasis on local original art, provides visitors with a rich cultural experience. Travelers interested in history will enjoy staying in a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the stunning view of the Fayette County Courthouse. Even though Lafayette Flats sits on main street downtown, it still is walking distance from National Park trail heads and all of the outdoor adventure that the New River Gorge provides.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for a wonderful stay in this beautiful apartment! We had a great stay and loved all the small touches (i.e. awesome crossword puzzle :)).
Aug 2014
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Corten At Lafayette Flats - The Coolest Place To Stay In The Coolest Small Town
average rating of 4.964286 based on 32 reviews

Absolutely Perfect!!

  • 5 of 5

Owners were highly responsive, helpful and have set up a beautiful rental for their guests. The flat is in a great location, well decorated and has all of the ammentities we were looking for. We wish we could have stayed longer & we will most definitely book again.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely dreamy

  • 5 of 5

We came here to hike and raft. The location is perfect! Just minutes from everything.

We walked everyday to eat and shop. The restaurants were great and the people were so nice.

But the gem was the apartment! I can't find one negative thing to say. The place was immaculate. The decor was comfortable and adorable. The linens were better than all the 5 star hotels i have stayed at

Most important, Amy was always available if we needed anything. I sent her a text and she replied in seconds. I will be back many more times this year!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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West Virginia Culture Reimagined

  • 5 of 5

We loved the owners vision to represent West Virginia in a new artistic light, while honoring its tough-as-nails past. The LaFayette flats are a convergence of a modern aesthetic with the blue-collar backbone that makes WV great.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Clean, modern and great location!

  • 5 of 5

The Corten at Lafayette flats was amazing! Super clean and modern and cozy! Many nice little touches to make it feel like home! Especially the little flower boquets! Great location for walking to the little shoppes and restaurants in Lafayetteville. We freqented Pies and Pints...great food and many beer choices. Also close to Adventures on the Gorge where we enjoyed ziplining and hiking and a horseback trail ride. Perfect place to stay for an adventurous weekend away. What a wonderful idea Amy and Shawn had in revamping this beautiful building! Thank you and we can't wait to return!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love the Flats!

  • 4 of 5

My work colleague and I wanted to et out of the city for a weekend and Fayetteville was near the top of mh list. So off we went to walk the bridge. Had to find a place to stay and found Lafayette Flats. It fit our needs, with separate sleeping accomodations for 2 adult men. We were n the "Corten" unit and it met all our needs. The unit is completely modern with a full kitchen, if you need t. There's an apartment (i.e., mini) refrigerator that, again, met our needs. My buddy complained about the sofa...says it was worse than the bar in my sleep sofa AND he was allergic to something in unit. He only sneezed when he was inside the air conditioned apartment. The Bathroom is large, verging on deluxe. Subway tile floor to ceiling. Plus, being on the backside of the building (0verlooking the parking lot...) it was quiet, tho I don't know if there's much traffic thru downtown Fayetteville overnight. In all, a lovely place to stay.

On Saturday, breakfast was at the Cathedral Cafe. Nice place but for $10 I was expecting a bit heartier serving. Lunch at the Secret Sandwich Society, which was packed. we were told it would be 35-40 but it turned out to be 65 min. We were about the last people to to wait as many parties arriving after us deceided not to wait and left. Hint: call ahead for reservations. Dinner at The Station was very nice. Service was friendly, food quite good and it was quiet in the dining room we were in.

Before leaving on Sunday morning, I went to Vandal's for breakfast and about the same as the Cathedral Cafe but with a more nutritional focus. Lots of kale on the menu. but the omelette was good!

My only complaint is with the voluminous number of emails from VRBO. I could do without most of them.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, nice place

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed in Corten and this was our first time back in the area in 6 years. The location is fantastic -- very close to coffee shops and great restaurants in town, and short drives to the best areas. The apartment was great -- comfortable, nice furniture, and lots of little details. Thanks for making it such an enjoyable stay and this will definitely be the place we stay when we visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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World-class rafting, hiking, kayaking, climbing and biking bring thousands of visitors to the New River Gorge each year. Lafayette Flats provides adventurers chic downtown lodging in historic Fayetteville, named by Budget Magazine as one of America's Coolest Small Towns. Visitors to Lafayette Flats will find themselves in the middle of a charming small town with many locally owned and operated restaurants and shops. Just minutes from the famous New River Gorge Bridge, Lafayette Flats is in a great place to enjoy all the fairs and festivals that Fayetteville has to offer, including Bridge Day and the Bridge Day Chili Cook-off, Independence Day activities and Christmas festivities on the courthouse lawn.


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1 Nov 2016 - 30 Apr 2017
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Property Damage Protection £48
Tax Rate 12.0%

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Fayetteville, USA

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Adventure
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Tiled bathroom with very large shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • One queen size bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
It is one of our goals to introduce Lafayette Flats visitors to a new way to think about West Virginia. We want to surprise our guests with the real West Virginia and nothing will make us happier than if they walk away with an impression that is different from the prejudices they might have held when they arrived. We have tried to do this through the design, art and literature of each flat. We think that Fayetteville itself helps to illustrate this new narrative. Here is a place that through the years has attracted the attention of many people with its amazing beauty and rich supply of natural resources. But instead of repeating our state's history, where those resources are scooped up and taken away on a train, the New River Gorge has been able to remain beautifully intact and now welcomes people to come here to enjoy it.

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