5 on July 28, 2013
My husband surprised me for our 5th wedding anniversary with a weekend at Pinnacle View Inn, near Berea, KY, an area that we both love. This outstanding B &B and innkeeper Ira surpassed our expectations in every way. Ira's attention to detail ranks up there with a five-star hotel. His warmth, great conversation and knowledge of numerous topics ranging from the local area to doctoral-level subjects made our stay even more enjoyable. He knows how to treat his guests. When you go ask for the stuffed French toast for breakfast. Actually, you can ask for anything -- he already knows how to make it! Breakfast was excellent. This was the best getaway we've found east of the Mississippi! Beautiful setting, delightful innkeeper. We didn't want to leave.
5 on July 03, 2013
Your kind hospitality and delicious brunch provided an outstanding environment for our staff retreat this year. We sincerely thank you for the tour and space provided for our conference. With much thanks, The Office of Alumni Relations Berea College
5 on July 01, 2013
Ira is a remarkable host as well as an exceptionable chef. The rooms are nice size and very comfortable and breakfast was beyond compare. We had the pleasure of being the only guests for a night and shared a movie and fresh baked cake and strawberries with our host( Thanks Ira!). If you go, plan a stop at Tater Knob pottery (Ira will give you directions) Beautiful pottery by fascinating people who love to talk to visitors. Those of you who are Green, Ira designed and built this house to be leed-certified and it is a great piece of Architecture.
5 on April 24, 2011
My wife and I were looking for a quick getaway from our extensive schedule and obligations without being irresponsible (financially, and functionally), and still have the comfort of a 'homestay' instead of the generic hotel and "continental breakfast". Having lived in Kentucky for only a year, my knowledge of how to make this happen was pretty limited (don't you hate not knowing?) but when she suggested a Bed and Breakfast, I started doing the homework, and researched over 45 B&Bs in KY. The Pinnacle View Inn already had great reviews, and was within our budget/mileage limit, so two minutes later, we were booked. I thought, "Man, that was easy. I hope this place lives up to it's reviews." It did not live up to them - it surpassed them in every way! Ira is a Jack-of-all-Trades, and Master of the B&B! We stayed in the Anna room of his "Green" environmentally friendly 21st century B&B, and it was hard to imagine such lavish accomodations could be constructed and enjoyed without disregarding stewardship of the planet. But thanks to Ira's dream, we didn't have to imagine it at all - we just had to enjoy it! And then there was breakfast - which should have been called "Startfast" because after we ate the four course meal, we didn't eat again for 9 hours. From scratch, fresh, organic omlets and 'stuffed french toast', and a MASSIVE bowl of pineapple, orange wedges, kiwi, and strawberries, not to mention the fried shortcake bread with raspberry jam to go with our fair trade coffee! You cannot go wrong staying here, but it would be wrong for you to think you should stay anywhere else!
4.8 on April 05, 2011
Amazing place! Even though we weren't that far from Lexington, we felt completely transported to a place that was completely serene and relaxing. The made-to-order breakfasts were delicious and the unique desserts in the evening were a great treat. It was nice to spend a couple days away from the television, computer, and city traffic! We had time to go hiking, read, take photos, and play Monopoly:) Ira was a fantastic host--we can't wait to come back and bring our friends!
4.4 on March 30, 2011
Ira was a wonderful host and a great cook. The fresh desert and made to order breakfast was wonderful. While our privacy was respected, when we did come out to visit with Ira we found the conversation to be very interesting, can speak on a variety of subjects includeing going green, cooking and much more. This trip was to be a time to relax and enjoy ourselves and I must say that the wonderful room and gracious host made our stay everything we had hoped for.
4.4 on March 14, 2011
Our stay at the Pinnacle View Inn was an on the road decision. The evening dessert was unexpected and very special---Ira the innkeeper is friendly and interesting-- we enjoyed the evenings conversation. The room was well appointed and the bed and linens were 1st class.
5 on January 17, 2011
This bed and breakfast is fabulous! My friend and I were able to experience the pinnacles without having to hike them! Mr. Bates definitely did his research and has natural hospitality! It was relaxing, entertaining, and very interesting to stay here. I would recommend to anyone-anywhere!
5 on January 12, 2011
The Innkeeper is a very intelligent, knowledgable, considerate, and talented man. He's very delighted to share stories of old Kentucky. We spent our Christmas holiday at the Pinnacle View and it felt just like home. The breakfast was excellent...fresh fruit, yogurt, fresh eggs, stuffed French toast, and Bread of Heaven dessert was out of this world. The beds were so cozy and warm. The view of the snow-covered hills and mountain were breath-taking. What a wonderful place to spend our Christmas. Thank you for your hospitality, Ira. We'll be back!!
3.6 on December 10, 2010
A unique B&B in a very scenic part of central Kentucky. Accommodations were very comfortable and the food was great. Many attractions in area worth an extended visit.
5 on December 09, 2010
The Pinnacle View Inn, its owner and host Ira J. Bates, examples on of the best B&B experiences our family has had in the past 30 years of travel. For my father-in law, the conversation, the intellect, and humor of Ira are memorable; for my wife the caring and comfort continuously created a relaxing visit, and for me from my first phone conversation to make arrangements to continuing follow up conversations, the ease and attentiveness of Ira to make this special trip truly special leaves me with much thankfulness and the feeling of "the perfect adventure".
4.2 on November 10, 2010
We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary at Pinnacle View Inn; and our stay could not have been more memorable. Our room and bath were both spacious and comfortable; the food was excellent; and mountain views were awesome. But the defining factor in our stay was the inn's congenial host, Ira Bates. Ira has the rare talent of knowing when to engage his guests, and when to leave them alone. At breakfast each morning, he got the conversational ball rolling, then observed as guests interacted with each other. His recommendations for places to dine and sights to see were spot-on; and his knowledge of the area (Berea, KY), its history and its people were an added bonus. If you're looking for a B&B that's off the beaten path without being boring, this is THE place to stay.
5 on October 23, 2010
Ira was a wonderful host. It was like staying at a good friend's house. He was eager to please and had a very relaxed atmosphere. Ira was fun and interesting to talk with. The ice cream dessert was out-of-this-world delicious! The next day I hiked at Indian Fort Mountain Trails outside of Berea. I took the East Pinnacle trail and I believe I spotted Ira's place from the top of the pinnacle.
4.8 on October 21, 2010
We had an amazing stay at Pinnacle View Inn -- everything was beautifully decorated and it felt just like home. We stayed in the Anna Room, which was cozy and cute with a great view (and a very comfortable bed!). The desserts and breakfast were outstanding, and the staff were warm and welcoming. I definitely recommend this B&B to anyone planning on visiting the area, and I hope to come back someday soon!
4.8 on September 30, 2010
Our stay was unfortunately cut short by outside circumstances, but our stay at Pinnacle was delightful. Mr. Bates showed us a wonderful time while we were there and was very accomodating in every way we needed. The meals were a delight and the rooms were quaint and unique. We will definitely be staying again in the future.
5 on September 12, 2010
Wonderful Hosts! Very scenic, quiet area. The inn is very unique with lots of ideas for green living. The breakfast and dessert were wonderful also! Thanks for a great weekend!
4.6 on September 09, 2010
Great stay at Pinnacle View Inn. The inn was very clean and inviting. Innkeeper, Ira Bates was a excellent host and made our stay most enjoyable. Breakfast was awesome, especially the omelet. Thanks for a great stay!
5 on September 02, 2010
What a wonderful place to stay, eat and converse. Ira is a wonderful host. Loved talking to him. Great rooms. Very clean. Food was wonderful. Order whatever you want for breakfast. Dessert was the soooo good. This home is so unique. And OH what a VIEW. Would go back in a heart beat.
4.8 on August 11, 2010
We stayed in the Lee Suite to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary. Ira provided outstanding service from the moment we arrived. We enjoyed the breath taking views of the mountains, red wine, night time dessert, and exceptional breakfast with great a conversation. I would recommend to anyone. We have stayed at several B&B's in KY and would return to this one for sure. Thanks Ira for making our stay wonderful. Best of luck in your endeavors from the Caudill family.