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

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!


5 on August 22, 2015

Everything at the Inn is to insure the comfort of the guest.The Inn is beautiful, clean,outstanding breakfast & a pleasant staff. I would love to stay here again.

Fabulous Inn!!!

5 on August 19, 2015

This B&B is perfically named. It is a Storybook location. The design and service were top shelf! The breakfast was beautiful and delicious!

An evening at The Storybook Inn

5 on August 18, 2015

Check in and tour of the facility was excellent. It is a beautiful home furnished in antique art and furniture. There is also an attractive garden with a flowing fountain and two friendly cats. An excellent breakfast is served in a clean "solarium" kind of room on the east side of the home. Our room was cosy with a very comfortable bed.

A Storybook Inn - As advertised!

5 on August 15, 2015

From arrival to our departure, our stay was simply the BEST B&B experience we have had to date! Our room, the food, the ambiance, everything exceeded our expectations! We will be back!

Great Place

5 on June 29, 2015

Inn was beautiful. Room was as expected plush and comfy. Staff was very available. Would stay again when in the area. Food was delicious.

Beautiful and Serene B&B

5 on May 31, 2015

Elise and staff made us feel special from the moment we arrived. Elise learned that I love blueberries. Breakfast each morning consisted of wonderful blueberry dishes and Elise gave me two fabulous homemade blueberry muffins to take with me when we left. All the food was delicious and beautifully presented. This B&B will spoil you. Thanks Storybook Inn.

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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, 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, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, 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, Swimming pool, 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.