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A Storybook Inn

277 Rose Hill Avenue , Versailles, KY 40383 USA (Show map)
4.9
244 Reviews
$269 - $417
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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. The proprietor, Elise Buckley and her staff's level of service and attention to detail is phenomenal and leads to an exceptional experience. From the first class touches of home in the well-appointed rooms to the beautiful setting and grounds of the Inn to the delicious breakfasts served in the garden room this is The place to stay in Blue Grass Country.

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

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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Reviews

Overall
4.9

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

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Hospitality Unmatched!

5 on October 28, 2014

My husband and I so enjoyed our stay in the Gone with the Wind suite. From the delicious chocolate brownies upon our arrival, to the beautifully presented, absolutely delicious breakfasts of Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Frittata, fresh fruit, Pancakes with Orange Glaze garnished with pansies, and the yummy Cranberry spread appetizer delivered one late afternoon - we thoroughly enjoyed our stay! Just wish we had been there a bit more to enjoy the beautiful grounds and share a glass of wine with our FANTASTIC hosts, Susan and Jim. We will definitely be back!


Superlative in Every Way!

5 on October 28, 2014

Prepare to be royally spoiled in every way! Your stay in any of the five rooms will be a lasting memory because A Storybook Inn is "top-drawer" in hospitality, comfort,and superb beauty-everywhere you look. My dearest friend and I stayed in the Somewhere in Time suite which was like living a dream! Such charm, elegance and comfort! Breakfasts are nutritious, varied and a feast for the eyes, too. Elise, Veronica and Grace all made us feel special and welcome with every encounter and the homemade snacks each afternoon were always a treat. We also met Susan and Jim, interim innkeepers who fill in for Elise so she can have a short respite. They are perfect extensions of her with ready smiles, helpful tips and that southern hospitality!


A Vision of Tranquility

5 on October 25, 2014

The Somewhere in Time room was elegant!! We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Sue and Jim are the perfect Hosts'!! We will definitely return for another visit!!


Somewhere in Time

5 on October 21, 2014

Four wonderful nights in the "Somewhere in Time" room. Such a beautiful room, such a beautiful inn, such wonderful people running it, up to and certainly including Elise, the owner. I was there with my best friend who is the one who found this marvelous place online and I can honestly say it is truly a dream come true. The ambiance, food, amenities, setting, landscaping -- just everything -- should absolutely NOT be missed. Thank you to Elise and Veronica as well as Jim and Susan and all the others behind the scenes who made my stay so perfectly memorable.


Great Getaway

4.8 on October 09, 2014

We stayed in the Gone With the Wind room. The room decor was done in deep hues that gave it such a warm feeling. The siting area was so comfortable that I spent much more time in the room than I ever would in a hotel room. The staff and Elise were so welcoming and informative. Fresh oatmeal, cranberry cookies were a perfect afternoon treat. Breakfast exceeded my expectations. So much food, but so wonderful: fruit/yogurt parfait, warm scones, fabulous blintzes topped with blueberries, and several pieces of bacon. I did not feel I had to eat again until dinner time. The location is perfect if you want to visit horse farms or take your chances betting at Keeneland. The surrounding area offers some great places to eat, shop, or tour the Bourbon distilleries. I highly recommend Storybook Inn for a weekend getaway.


Simply the Best...Better than All the Rest!

5 on September 16, 2014

We had the privilege of sharing The Huntsman Chase cottage at Storybook Inn with our 'Outlaw' family recently. This home is a perfect arrangement for families or couples spending time together in this quaint Kentucky 'horse community'. Private BR's & baths with the most lovely individual décor themes for each room are eye candy to be sure. Every detail has been considered and tended to with care and grace. Elise & Co. make everything look effortless especially the multi course breakfasts (don't plan to eat until dinner after one of these healthy, delicious and well plated events). The afternoon 'tray of sweet and or savory snacks' was a welcome repast for cocktail hour and rest before dinner. The main Inn Mansion has been carefully restored with great thought given to the luxurious fabrics in the drapery & upholstery at every glance. The grounds are beyond lovely and well maintained.. If all this weren't enough, there were those engaging conversations and stories from Elise about the history of the Inn and the Versailles area Don't miss this B&B...a must stay worth going out of your way to be here! A final P.S. on the elegant hospitality; we were 2 hours on the way home and got a call from Elise telling us we had left our case of souvenir bourbons and other spirits in the Laundry rm. What to do? too expensive and illegal to ship so they volunteered to tuck them away until we or our friends come back through town in the next few months! Three words...Above & Beyond! Kathy & Larry Kelly


Wonderful Experience

4.8 on September 15, 2014

My wife and I have stayed at many Bed and Breakfast's around this country but have not stayed at one quite as nice as this! We stayed in the main house and it is absolutely beautiful! It has been meticulously renovated into a modern yet true to the period house! Every detail of our stay was attended to starting with the check in, to the amenities, to the comfortable bed, and finishing with a wonderful breakfast! The Inn Keeper had time to tell us the story about how she turned this old house into a spectacular mansion! I would recommend staying here to everyone!


The Best!

5 on September 12, 2014

My wife and I stayed in The Storybook Inn for two nights and would have liked to stay for a week or more. Wonderful Inn, friendly staff and very clean. Breakfast were the best and rooms all freshly appointed. If you go check out the kitchen! The best bed and breakfast we have ever stayed at.


Is There Anything Better?

5 on September 09, 2014

This property is absolutely stunning. Elise and her staff are so friendly, the breakfasts/feasts are delicious, and the property is both elegant and warm. Don't hesitate--just go!!!!


La creme de la creme in the Bluegrass.

5 on September 09, 2014

We had long talked about staying for a few nights at A Storybook Inn, and only needed to plan sufficiently in advance that we could reserve when suited our schedule. That day arrived last Friday evening, when we checked into the Huntsman Chase Guesthouse. From the moment we arrived until the moment we left, we were spoiled to death by Elise and her staff. The breakfasts were AMAZING, the cottage was sparkling clean and uber-cozy. The entire experience was one we will definitely want to repeat. Thank you all for such memorable hospitality!!!


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Location

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

Airport

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, Bed and Breakfast, Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, 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, In-room internet, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Ironing Board, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Wi-Fi

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, Swimming pool, Table Tennis, Tennis courts

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Policies

  • 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 S, y, s, t, e, m, ., C, o, l, l, e, c, t, i, o, n, s, ., G, e, n, e, r, i, c, ., L, i, s, t, `, 1, [, S, y, s, t, e, m, ., S, t, r, i, n, g, ]
  • 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.

Innkeepers

Name(s)

C. Elise Buckley

Languages spoken

English

Resident Pets

Dogs

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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Meals

Breakfast

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.


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

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