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

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
1 - 7 nights


Photos and Description of this 5 bedroom holiday home in Emporia - Wayman House

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.

  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered

Michelle Kriss
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
8 December, 2016

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


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(24 traveller reviews)

Wayman House - Large, Beautiful, Historic Home Close to E.S.U & Downtown
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 24 reviews

Perfect Fit for our family vacation!

  • 5 of 5

House was beautifully decorated and had everything we needed! The perfect place to stay in an area that doesn't have any lodging but chain hotels that don't fit a lot of people. For the price of 2 hotel rooms, we could easily fit 3 of our families in the Wayman House. And the little kids LOVED the upstairs loft! The house stayed cozy warm and we loved looking at the "before" pics...you did an amazing job with the restoration! We have found our new home for when we are visiting our large family in the area, and can't wait to return for our next visit! Michelle was easy to deal with and extremely responsive via text, and even helped us have family pick up some items we forgot! Thanks so much Michelle, we love the house and will be back next time!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jennifer and her family were wonderful guests! As it turns out we know their Emporia relatives quite well. Thanks for staying with us. See you on your next trip to KS.
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  • 5 of 5

House was awesome, nicely decorated, comfortable beds, all amenities with fully stocked kitchen. The owners were great to deal with and very accommodating. Will definitely want to stay there again the next time we go back to Emporia.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for making the long journey to Kansas from Georgia! We enjoyed having you as our guests! We hope to host you again. Safe travels.
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Awesome Weekend in Emporia

  • 5 of 5

When I decided to come back to Emporia for our sorority reunion over homecoming I was depressed about the hotel options so went looking for alternatives. I'm so glad I did! I rounded up some friends (about 10 all together) and we rented this house for the weekend. The location could not have been better as we were able to walk to Dug Out and then home from the bar area on Commercial at the end of the evening. The house is darling! Michelle was great to work with. I cannot recommend this place highly enough and next time I need to head to Emporia I will definitely be renting again!!!!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed hosting your sorority reunion! So glad it was a great get away and get together! We hope to see you again next year!
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Beautiful house - great location

  • 5 of 5

The house is beautifully restored and in a great location. Walking distance to downtown. There are a lot a beds to host several people. The kitchen was stocked with all the utensils necessary for cooking. There are also spaced for 4-5 off street parking spaces. We enjoyed sitting on the front porch swing and playing yard games in our free time. We did bring our own yard games but the house did have some board games. Great place to stay in Emporia.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your birthday celebration! What kind of yard games would you recommend? I'll look into it.
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Fantastic, clean and roomy!

  • 5 of 5

Michelle was so easy to work with, and the house was great. It was clean and the beds were sooooooo comfortable. There was plenty of room for everyone to sleep. I wish we had stayed there more than one night because it was so nice! Thank you for everything!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We truly enjoy making your stay in Emporia a great one! We are so glad you chose to stay at the Wayman House while reconnecting with old friends and celebrating a wedding. We look forward to hosting you in the future.
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Perfect Rental

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at the Wayman House over a short weekend. Check-in/out was a breeze, Michelle was very quick to respond to anything leading up to our stay. Very clean and spacious. We had a full house (11 adults) but with the open floor plan down stairs along with 2 porches there was more than enough space. Enjoyed being in walking distance to all of our activities as well. Thanks so much for having us!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • 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, Kansas

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 £47
Cleaning Fee £71

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Emporia, USA

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • 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.

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