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Wayman House - Large, Beautiful, Historic Home Close to E.S.U & Downtown

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights


About the property

3 Bed, 2.5 Ba 2200 SF Sleeps 2-14, beautifully restored

**REDUCED Rate for parties of 4 or less! Thank you.

This beautiful, historic, spacious home was built in 1901 by one of Lyon County's pioneers, Will Wayman. Within walking/stumbling distance of ESU, Emporia's downtown, the starting point for DK200, the DK200 block party and the Glass Blown Open block party! The main floor is a wonderful GATHERING SPACE for family and friends. New kitchen and spacious living, dining and foyer offer plenty of space to get together. There is a 1/2 bath and full sized sofa sleeper on main floor. The upstairs boasts 3 spacious bedrooms (1KG and 2QN beds), 2 full baths and a laundry/utility room (1FULL bed). Bonus space is a 400+ SF finished dormer attic that offers an additional (4TWIN beds). Home has been completely restored inside to bring out its historic charm, yet a nod has been given to modern conveniences. 1 KG; 2 QN beds; 1 Full; 4 Twins; 1 Full sofa sleeper; (there are also areas where cots or air mattresses could be added). Beautifully remodeled kitchen offers flexibility to prepare your own meals with all the kitchen basics provided. We offer grocery service so that you may have food in the house when you arrive. Bbq grill, Four TV's with Directv, NFL Sunday ticket, Roku and Free Wi-Fi. Premium quality linens will pamper you. HE front loading Washer/Dryer, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing Board. Ample parking in rear driveway.

Michelle Kriss
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 April, 2017

About Michelle Kriss

I'm a retired naval officer and licensed engineer with a passion for taking something ugly and making it beautiful. The pic above shows my husband and me before a Tough Mudder. Sums us up, 'go big or go home.'

Michelle Kriss purchased this house in 2014

Why Michelle Kriss chose Kansas

Blame it on HGTV Rehab Addict - I became interested in older homes. After toying with the idea for a while and looking at many homes, I found this one. From the pictures it looked like it had awesome potential. Touring it, I found those treasures I was looking for, original, unpainted moldings, pocket doors, french doors, stamped plaster, hardwood floors. Where others saw filth and smelled pets, I saw potential. My husband, daughter and I spent four months making this something we are proud of and would live in ourselves.

What makes this house unique

Main floor boasts brand new kitchen, spacious dining room, living room and foyer. Perfect for a big family get together or small reception. Within walking distance of Emporia Main Street events, shops, restaurants and Emporia State University. Folding tables and chairs for gatherings available upon request

Guestbook comments from the owner

Will and Adeline Wayman were our great-grandparents. Their daughter, Pearl, was our grandmother. She was married in the Wayman house in 1915. We have a picture of her wedding day standing on the front staircase. We always wondered where this picture was taken. When we discovered this home was to be used as a "hotel" we saw the pictures on line and there was grandma Pearl's staircase! We were so excited.

The owners graciously gave us a tour of the home, where Will's grandsons (one of them our father) came to play as a young boys. Our dad told us that he remembers Will sitting on the front porch after a hard days work.

Walking through the halls of this home we could feel the spirit of our great-grandparents, our grandmother and our father. We could imagine them in the living room by the fire, the parlor visiting with friends and we wondered which of the cold bedrooms upstairs was grandmas.

It was fun to imagine our dad and his brothers (Will's grandsons) running a short two blocks from their house at 705 Union St to see their grandparents.

Our brother, Stephen William F, who passed in 19864 was named after Will Wayman.

Thank you so much for saving the Wayman home! It means more than you will ever know.
Oct 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Emporia in Lyon County

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Master - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Hall Bath Upstairs - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    1/2 Bath Downstairs - Toilet
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Veteran's Day Suite - 1 Large Double Bed
    Bed/utility room - 1 Double Bed , 2nd floor
    Attic/Dormer - 4 Single Bed
    Living room - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Full Sized - Main floor
    Wizard of Oz Suite - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2nd floor - en suite bathroom, TV
    Dirty Kanza Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , 2nd floor, TV
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • gambling casinos
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Racquetball
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Check in: 3:00 pm Check out: 10:00 am *Pantry pre-stocking available at cost + 10% *Daily or weekly cleaning available for additional charge if desired. *Air mattresses and additional linens available upon request. *Pack and play, high chair and children's toys available on request.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(34 traveller reviews)

Wayman House - Large, Beautiful, Historic Home Close to E.S.U & Downtown
average rating of 4.8235292 based on 35 reviews

Couldn't have been a better place!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

First of all Michelle couldn't have been a better host, she stopped and picked up flowers to have on the table for when we got there. The house was immaculate, had everything we needed. Great parking in the rear, back deck, great kitchen, dinning room table for 8 plus. Wonderful family room to stretch out in, front porch swing to enjoy, 4 bedrooms on the second floor that are awesome. Third floor is really cool, we didn't use but with a bunch of kids would be great. We all walked from the house to downtown and enjoyed the shops and bars. Would recommend this home for anyone!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad you found your way to Emporia and were able to enjoy some time reconnecting with old friends. Please stay with us for your next get together!
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The house had a lot of room for my group

  • 5 of 5

Accomdations were great, could have used more parking but overall great place to stay!!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying with us! We love hosting locals from E-town. For those concerned about parking, there are 4 off street parking spaces available for tenants.
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Beautiful house and experience!

  • 5 of 5

We rented the Wayman House for a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) Celebration Dinner! It was perfect for our event and had everything we needed! The house is gorgeous. Tom and Michelle did an amazing job restoring the house and modernizing it at the same time. I would highly recommend it for any event or stay! Thank you Tom and Michelle for everything!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love hosting guests and sharing the Wayman House. It is especially nice when they are friends that live in E-town! Thanks for thinking of us when planning your event and we hope to have you return.
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Great house, great owners!

  • 5 of 5

We just stayed at the Wayman House for the state high school basketball tournament and it was perfect. The home itself has been restored quite beautifully. It was very clean, spacious, and comfortable. Great to have a place to hang out during the day. Much more comfortable than a hotel. Michelle and Tom do a great job making sure everything you might need is there. We will definately stay there again if we are in Emporia. Thanks for all you did for us Michelle and Tom!

We'll see you next time.


  • Review Submitted: Mar 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spacious and clean

  • 5 of 5

Very nice and CLEAN! It is a very cool old, but updated and modernized house with lots of charm in a nice quiet neighborhood close to downtown. There was tons of room for activities. I would recommend for any group, everything you need is there...even a fondue pot...and a toaster of course.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hunting Weekend

  • 4 of 5

House was perfect, plenty of space and everyone had their own bedroom. Great to come back to after a day out hunting and relax. Not far from town to go eat or when we got back late cooked our own meals in the kitchen. Easy to get to and we all enjoyed our stay. Weather got bad and we were able to contact owner and stay another day.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
92 Miles
Wichita Mid-Continent
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Mulready's, Radius, Trophy Room, Casa Ramos
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Emporia Municipal and Emporia Country Club
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Interstate 35 & KS Turnpike
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Mexican; BBQ; Sushi; Asian; Bistro; Microbrewery
Car: recommended

Historic home on a brick street in Emporia, Kansas Conveniently located within walking distance of the up-and-coming downtown black/gold district (3 blocks) and ESU campus (5 blocks) There are numerous food and beverage options including Asian, Sushi, Mexican, Pubs, BBQ, Cafes, coffee shops, a bakery and a chocolate shop. There are also many shopping options, several fitness facilities, a video store and a grocery store.

Emporia is the heart of the Flint Hills, the National Teacher's Hall of Fame, the founding city of Veterans' Day and the host city of the extreme gravel endurance race, the Dirty Kanza 200.

The historic Granada Theatre has been fully restored and is a popular venue for concerts, comedy shows, special events, weddings and receptions. Check their web site for performances and contact information at http://emporiagranada.com.

The Emporia Arts Council, next door to the Granada Theater offers local artist exhibits and events. Have you own creative itch, sign up for one of the many classes they offer throughout the year.

Emporia State University (NCAA Division II) offers the opportunity to take in a Hornet sporting event or a theater or musical performance.

The following are also within walking distance of the property: Lyon County Public Library; Lyon County Historical Museum; Red Rocks, Home of William Allen White family; Schmidt Museum of Natural History (on ESU campus)

David Traylor Zoo, in Soden's Grove Park, is free to the public. Meander through the beautiful gardens and view the animals. During summer months, Emporia Sertoma Club offers train rides for $0.50. Walk across the street to the All Veteran's Memorial and the Historic Soden's Bridge over the Cottonwood River.

Emporia Aquatic Center offers a place to cool off and spend those hot summer days. The zero entrance pool is perfect for kids of all ages. Relax on the Lazy River, run through the sprinklers or zip down the water slides.

Flint Hills Mall offers shopping, a nail salon and an 8-plex movie theater.

For the outdoors type, Melvern Lake and John Redmond Lake are within 20 miles. They offer biking and horseback trails, fishing and water sports. There are also bike trails at Camp Alexander just 8 miles East.

The Flint Hills was just recently named one of the top 20 places to see the sunset before you die. Wander away from town and check that off your bucket list!!

The Flint Hills are also home to the only remaining Tall Grass Prairies in North America (just this 4% remains). Tall Grass Prairie National Park is just 16 miles West and 2 miles North of Emporia. At certain times of the year you can see the majestic fires across the horizon as the tall grasses are burned.

Several neighboring small towns offer great food and history. Strong City, just 15 miles away, boasts Ad Astra restaurant and neighboring Cottonwood Falls boasts the a town square with brick streets surrounding the historic Chase County Court House. The Grand Central Hotel offers quaint rooms and a first rate dining experience, perfect for a quick weekend getaway.

Emporia is located right off of Interstate 35 and the Kansas Turnpike. Approximate Driving Times:

Topeka - 45 min

Wichita - 90 min

Lawrence or Manhattan - 60 min

Kansas City - 2 hours

Tulsa - 3 hours

Oklahoma City - 3.5 hours

Emporia and the surrounding communities offer you a peaceful pace and friendly faces. Come see for yourself!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Emporia, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Glass Blown Open
24 Apr 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Dirty Kanza 200
29 May 2017 - 5 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £45.61
Cleaning Fee £68.8

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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