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Wayman House - Large, Beautiful, Historic Home Close to ESU & Downtown

Bedrooms 5
Separate WC's1
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bed, 2.5 Ba 2200 SF Sleeps 2-15, beautifully restored

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. Home has been completely restored inside to bring out its historic charm, yet a nod has been given to modern conveniences.

BEDS: 1 KG; 2 QN; 1 Full; 5 Twins; 1 Full sofa sleeper;

* Beautifully remodeled, kitchen with stainless steel appliances offers you the flexibility to prepare your own meals. It is equipped with a full compliment of utensils, pots/pans, bakeware and small appliances. Coffee pot and coffee fixings are also provided.

* Spacious living, dining and foyer offer plenty of space to kick back, relax and enjoy the company of family and friends.

* There is a 1/2 bath and full sized sofa sleeper on main floor.

* The upstairs boasts 3 spacious bedrooms (1KG, 2QN, beds), 2 full baths and a utility/bedroom (1FULL).

* Bonus space (bedroom) is a 400+ SF finished dormer attic that offers an additional (5TWIN beds). Pack and play on site.

* Bbq grill, Four TV's with Directv and Free Wi-Fi.

* HE front loading Washer/Dryer, Hairdryer, Iron/Ironing Board.

* Ample off-street parking: 3 spots in rear driveway and 1 spot in front driveway.

More Details

Michelle Kriss
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 March, 2018

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 Emporia

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:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Do NOT block shared driveway on North side of house AT. ANY. TIME!
  • Bath towels are not to be used for anything but bathing.
  • No cleaning of any game on the premises.
  • 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 15
  • Bed/utility room - 1 Double Bed , 2nd floor
    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
    Attic/Dormer - 5 Single Bed
    Veteran's Day Suite - 1 Large Double Bed , Queen/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 * Check-in/out times are negotiable depending on schedule of other guests. *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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Wayman House - Large, Beautiful, Historic Home Close to ESU & Downtown
average rating of 4.8039217 based on 52 reviews

Love the Wayman House

  • 5 of 5

The Wayman house is perfect for my group's quick trip to Emporia for Lunar Kanza. It's spacious enough for a larger group and the water stays hot during multiple showers. The home is furnished very nicely and is very comfortable. We love staying at the Wayman House when we are in town!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So nice to have you and your bike crew back again this year! Hope to see you on other E-town events.
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Chattanooga, Tennessee

Beautiful. Well stocked. Very welcoming.

  • 5 of 5

the house was beautiful! Especially the Christmas tree!! Loved the separate bedrooms. Great open kitchen/ dining area. It was perfect for our family!!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ada, OK

Nice place for large family gatherings

  • 4 of 5

Nice house. Good space for our family of 11 (including 5 kids ages 12-19). Small but nice kitchen to prepare meals in. Nice living area to gather in for games, etc. They put up a lovely Christmas tree!!! Plenty of towels and extra blankets. Nice laundry facility when we needed it. There are only two showers which was a bit of a challenge for our large group but we made it work. The pantry already had plenty of spices, coffee and sugar. TONS of pots, pans, crockpot, cookie sheets, etc. Pretty much everything we needed to prepare our meals. Overall a good experience. The house could have been cleaner (in particular the bathrooms). The beds were not the most comfortable. But those would be our only “complaints” and they weren’t major. Overall a nice place for a large group to gather for family togetherness.

  • Review Submitted: 26-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, Texas

We had fun !!!

  • 5 of 5

Every one enjoyed the stay. Thank you !!!!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is the 2nd year staying in Wayman house, the house was great. Michelle is a great host and very accommodating!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The property was fantastic! This is our second year in staying at this home and it met all of our needs. It housed our Varsity Volleyball team as they were in Emporia for State Tournament. We won State! The home was a great refuge for the girls to relax and retreat. Look forward to staying there again next year. Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 02-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 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
Nightly Rate
21 Apr 2018 - 21 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Nightly Rate
22 Apr 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 May 2018 - 4 Jun 2018
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Junior PDGA Championship
7 Jul 2018 - 15 Jul 2018
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £42.6
Cleaning Fee £71.49
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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