A Storybook Inn

277 Rose Hill Avenue , Versailles, KY 40383 USA (Show map)


No matter how long we stay, it is never long enough So say our Cape Cod guests who have come twice yearly for nearly a decade. A Storybook Inn is located on acreage in the historic district of quaint, historic Versailles, but in walking distance to shops and restaurants. (15 minutes from Lexington, close to artsy shops of Midway.) It is so refreshing to find an award winning historic Inn that is fantastically restored and unequivocally gorgeous but at the same time, not pretentious. We use as many local, organic ingredients as possible. Wonderful afternoon snacks. We have a staff that is ready, willing and able to assist you to make your stay more enjoyable. We can assist you with horse farm tours (please call ahead), dinner reservations, and en-suite massages by a professional Massage Therapist (by appointment). Our guest rooms and suite are very tastefully designed after Classic movies and scrupulously clean enough for the most persnickety germaphobe. The Inn is designed to be a delight to the senses with original oil paintings, tasteful furnishings and antiques but sensitive to travelers needs such as free wireless. You will see why our guests regularly tell us things like this recent review: After traveling extensively here in the US and abroad, staying in both small inns as well as top rated hotels, I would rate A Storybook Inn as the best small Inn or Bed and Breakfast I have encountered."



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  • Guest room4.9
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

A gem of an Inn

5 on May 02, 2016

My wife and I stayed at "A Storybook Inn" from April 27th to the 29th. A most beautiful Inn in an area famous for Kentucky horse farms, Keeneland, stone fences, and Kentucky bourbon. The Inn and it's grounds are immaculate, and the guest rooms are themed around famous movie classics. We were in "Gone With The Wind", very comfortable, and with many pictures, and items to remind one of the movie and book. The breakfasts are well thought out healthy delights, including fruits, vegetables, eggs, etc. The Innkeeper, Elise; the interim innkeepers, Susan and Jim; and the staff; were all just what one would expect in a top notch Bed and Breakfast. They were friendly, polite, courteous, and helpful. Put "A Storybook Inn" on your bucket list of inns to stay at. You won't find a better inn to visit.......Bill & Gloria

Oasis in Bluegrass country

4.8 on March 05, 2016

My husband and I may very well become the inn’s most ardent patrons. We were introduced to the pristine Storybook Inn 4 years ago this March and have returned on four occasions, each time lured by the warm memories of Elise’s gracious hospitality and fabulous cooking in one of the most elegant bed and breakfast settings we have ever experienced. We always marvel at how well Elise maintains the inn and attends to every detail with perfection. From the unique decor of each room and the handwritten welcome note, to the thick robes and warm baked goodies waiting for us, Elise hits the mark on everything that makes a weekend at the Storybook Inn nothing less than enchanting. It’s become our oasis, always delivering on the promise of a relaxing time away from our hectic schedules and work commitments. Elise masterfully blends her love of old world charm and her affinity for current trends in organic cooking and modern pampering. Fred and Josee U

A Bluegrass Treasure!

4.0 on February 14, 2016

The innkeeper and staff were most welcoming and friendly. The breakfast was without a doubt one of the best of any inn we have stayed at. Beautiful property and immaculate rooms.

Timeless elegance and southern hospitality

5 on February 01, 2016

My husband, myself, our two (very young) children and my parents all stayed together in the Guesthouse. My husband and I previously stayed in the guesthouse and new it was the perfect accommodation for when our children were accompanying us do to this establishment's dedication to cleanliness and guest comfort. Anyone with small children understands that they are compelled to live life on the floor! This property is so immaculately maintained that I did not mind having them play on the floor as if they were in our own home! From start to finish our experience has always exceeded our expectations. The Innkeeper and staff welcomed us and our children and treated our little ones as if they were their very own. They made sure our picky little eaters were satisfied at breakfast and even indulged our daughter by allowing her to open the beautiful garden gate! This establishment is exquisite. So beautiful in fact that I cannot imagine very many young children visit because it is such a retreat for those adults who enjoy beautiful surroundings and fine dining. However, my children were right at home here and they were welcomed whole heartedly. This establishment can host anyone with grace and elegance. A rare treat you mustn't miss! We will be back again! ~ The Hancock Family

Trip to KY Bourbon Trail

5 on January 11, 2016

Wonderful stay in the guesthouse for a long weekend. Exceptional service from Elise and her staff for our large group. Delicious breakfast each morning and special treats in the guesthouse each afternoon.

Wonderful stay....

4.8 on January 07, 2016

This is a lovely B & B - every detail is perfect. A very quiet area but close enough to visit attractions if you ever want to leave the Inn! The breakfasts are beyond amazing and the service is excellent. I stayed in the Casablanca Room. It was warm, comfortable and gorgeously decorated.I stayed the week before Thanksgiving and the Inn was decorated in all the Fall colors! Everyone on the staff should be commended for their professional service and their commitment to making your stay a memorable one.

Fabulous Inn

5 on October 17, 2015

Eleven of us came to A Storybook Inn to celebrate our 65th birthday's, and, we weren't disappointed. We arrived to find a delicious derby pie, along with a birthday card, waiting for us. We rented the 'guest house' as well as the 'Gone with the Wind' suite. What an amazing place! Beautiful, comfortable, elegant! We especially enjoyed the yummy breakfasts that were served in their conservatory (so pretty with fresh flowers each morning). The staff, Elise, Robin and Veronica did everything possible to make our stay memorable. And, they succeeded. Would totally recommend the Inn. Hope to return one day.

You HAVE to try it!

5 on October 13, 2015

This was my 6th visit to The Storybook Inn and I've already made my reservation for next year. The owner is such an exceptional chef. Be sure to request her quiche or the pumpkins waffles. The easy access to Keeneland is a great plus since you're coming from the opposite direction of most of the traffic. And if you're actually hungry for dinner, Melissa's Cafe is a nice little walk into town.

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderufl.....just the best!

5 on September 10, 2015

It was absolutely amazing....one of the best! Elise is so welcoming and such a gracious hostess. Cookies and cakes were waiting for us in our guesthouse when we arrived home in the afternoons - the best! Celebrated my husband's 60th with our 3 sons and spouses ...could not have picked a better place. Everything about it was perfect!

A "Must See" B&B!

4.8 on August 23, 2015

Elise is an excellent host, who takes pride in providing a fantastic experience, down to the smallest details. My husband and I love staying at B&Bs and "A Storybook Inn" was by far one of the best. We are definitely looking forward to returning!

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Rooms & Rates

Gone With the Wind Suite

As guests step into this suite, there is a gasp because of the obvious beauty and space in this suite. There is a richness of color and beauty of the sitting room and the "lantern glow" gold of the bedroom. The carpet, rugs, original oil paintings, [one of Vivian Leigh as Scarlett], the luxury bedding, the great views, and SPACE, and the large two person shower in the new bathroom,the walk-in closet with frig, wooden hangers, and thick bathrobes, antique desk, chinz sofa, LUXURY, LUXURY, LUXURY without being fussy. A room that men or women are equally as comfortable in. Rave reviews!

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $289 - $289


Casablanca has newly restored hardwood floors, oriental rugs, antique Chesterfield sofa, leather chair and ottoman, carved sleigh bed and large armoire, build in cabinetry, walk in closet with mini-frig, [all guest rooms do] thick robes monogrammed with Storybook, [all do] large antique writing desk. Windows going all across room facing park. Bathroom has new air whirlpool tub, custom drapes, lovely vanity, mosaic tile, built in cabinetry. Unique "Casablanca" chandelier. Men love this suite! But then...so do women!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $269 - $269

My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady has newly restored hardwood floors with thick oriental rugs. King sized carved poster bed. Thick Sterns and Foster mattress topped with eco-allergy safe feather bed, antique French desk, fireplace [all do], wingback chairs with foot stool, armoire with satellite TV. DVD, VCR. Room is light and airy and has a wonderfully restored bathroom with air whirlpool and built-ins. Looks out over front lawn and rose garden and lighted waterfalls from bathroom. All rooms have custom flower arrangements Original movie posters and "Eliza's hats." LOVERLY!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $269 - $269

Huntsman Chase Guesthouse

We are so proud of our new guesthouse! Large front pillared porch with swing and rocking chair seating. Large private deck in back with gas grill. That's just the outside. Inside, we have a spacious Greatroom with floor to ceiling stone gas fireplace, custom bookshelves, Satellite large HD Flatscreen TV/VCR/DVD, full kitchen (fully equipped) lovely breakfast room with one of the most incredible views of the sunrise across the acres! Custom drapes throughout. Italian leather sofa and matching large roomy easy chairs. 3.5 bedrooms. 3.5 baths. Office. Wireless Internet free. Laundry room, 1st master with large walk-in closet, separate shower and lovely air whirlpool tub. Upstairs the views are wonderful and the bedrooms spacious, the professional decor lovely. Breakfast can still be enjoyed at the main house. Very private - ideal for honeymooners, anniversaries, families, those Keeneland bound, or for individuals who just want to get away from it all! You will not want to leave!

  • Maximum Capacity: 7
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 2 Queen , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $345 - $345

Somewhere in Time

Somewhere In Time is our largest and most luxurious suite. It was the original owner's suite of this grand old house. HUGE is a word that comes to mind. Elegant is another descriptor. Fitting for the mood and feel of this elegant suite, Somewhere In Time has its own private hallway to get to the entrance of this secluded suite in the main house. During the renovation process, we often referred to it our Bridal suite or Presidential suite. And for very good reason! 19-foot long sitting room with original, restored hardwood floor, custom outfitted day bed, custom chairs, writing desk.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Twin

Nightly Rate: $319 - $319

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Location Type

5 miles to Keeneland, Walking distance to downtown;wooded park, Minutes from world class horse farms, Less than 10 minutes to Airport, 20 minutes from KY Horse Park, 10 Minutes from quaint Midway, Airport, Downtown, Small town


Lexington, KY (LEX-Blue Grass Field) 5 miles

Directions to property:

From Lexington: Take Versailles Road into Versailles. Take a left on Main Street. Take the next right onto Rose Hill. Go 0.3 mile up the hill; turn right at the stone pillars with the Storybook Inn signs. We are the large white Colonial that sits back from the street. From Louisville: Take I-64 East to the Frankfort exit and turn right onto Highway 60. Take the scenic route past magnificent horse farms into the town of Versailles. When you approach the town, veer to the right into the town. You are on Frankfort St. which becomes Main. Go through 4 stop lights to Rose Hill and take a right. Just up the hill 0.3 miles: turn right at the stone pillars with the Storybook Inn signs. From Cincinnati: Take I-75 South to exit 115 onto Newtown Pike. Take a right on Newtown and go 1.8 miles to W New Circle Rd/KY-4/W-US60. Take W New Circle Road 4.5 miles to the first Versailles Road exit. You will be heading West [right] toward Versailles. Go 9.3 miles to Versailles to Main Street. Turn left at Main and take first right onto Rose Hill. Just up the hill 0.3 miles; turn right at the stone pillars with the Storybook Inn Signs.

Area Attractions

Amusement Park, Antique Shopping, Aquarium, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Keeneland Race Course, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill, Bourbon Trail, Quaint, artsy Midway & Downtown Versailles, Kentucky Horse Park, Irish Acres Antiques and The Glitz, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Secretarial services, Spa, Telephone, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wet bar , Elevator; Beautiful spaces to relax, Walking distance to wooded park with trails, Immaculately clean for the allergy prone, Special dietary needs considered;Massages arranged, Refreshments at all times; Homemade desserts, 50 Ft Glass Conservatory to dine in

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Golfing, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Falling Springs Recreation Center, Near Shaker Village, 9 minutes to Keeneland, Wooded paved walking trail behind inn, Near Kentucky Horse Park, Near fine dining, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Please no smoking inside but but grounds are extensive
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Just ask! Must be under supervision. Guesthouse: all ages.
  • Childcare Provided: No We can have onsite child care IF reserved ahead of time.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Dogs crated when alone. No running indoors. Pet fees
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Weekends during high season, but exceptions taken given circumstances
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Discounts do not apply for weddings/whole house rentals. Deposit required for weddings/whole house rentals. Discounts do not apply during April, October, Derby & Rolex weekends
  • Cancellations: Please call or email a cancellation 10 days prior to reservation for regular reservation. Because we are a small inn, if a cancellation is not made prior to 10 days, we have no choice but to charge you for the reserved suite or cottage. Thank you for your understanding. Whole house cancellations must be made 30 days in advance for refund. For whole house rental for Derby or special event, [weddings excluded as deposit is nonrefundable]any cancellations must be made 90 days prior to event to order to have deposit refunded.



C. Elise Buckley

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About the innkeepers

I love people. I love pampering people, especially ones that need a reprieve from too much work or just a time away from it all. I have a background in nursing, nutrition, Real Estate, and hospitality. I am gifted in interior design, gardening, and love great conversation. Love to travel and to read. I enjoy creating in the kitchen signature dishes with fresh ingredients. My friends have all commented that all of those traits point to the fact that Innkeeping is the perfect venue for me.

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Gourmet and/or country style

  • Time Served: Between 8:00-9:30
  • Serving Location: Our beautiful new conservatory., Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Low Carb, diabetic,, Gluten free

Signature Dish

Tuscan Frittata with Heirloom Tomatoes,Thick Bacon
This is a wonderful dish made with all fresh ingredients. Fresh eggs, milk, 5 different cheeses, vegetables such as zucchini,brocoli,sweet red pepper,scallions, spices, and presented with fresh herbs. Usually served with gourmet thick sliced bacon, fresh fruit with fresh whipped cream and a sprig of mint, and homemade blueberry muffins or scones. Coffee is freshly ground Premium Organic Coffee. Orange juice is freshly squeezed in season. Or we serve other meals such as: Blackberry Breakfast Pudding w/warmed Maple Syrup and sausages, Amaretto French Toast w/ fresh fruit, Organic Blueberry Pancakes with thick sliced bacon. All breakfasts come with fresh fruit, fresh baked muffins or breads, entree, bacon or sausage if desired, juice, coffee and filtered water.