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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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
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!!!!
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!!!
5 on August 31, 2014
This was truly a wonderful stay. Elise and her staff could not have been more helpful. The food was exquisite. We are planning our next visit in a few months. A very quiet and superbly charming room. We were dressed in civil war attire for a special event and felt quite at home in the Gone with the Wind room.
4.4 on August 18, 2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the pristine and pastoral Storybook Inn. We were looking for someplace relatively close to home but that felt like it was another world from our urban life. Versailles and The Storybook Inn were just the place! We enjoyed the feeling of isolation and peace we experienced, as well as the attractions the area has to offer - the Bourbon Trail and Shaker Village. The Inn provided a welcoming atmosphere and the breakfast was outstanding! Thanks for a wonderful stay!
5 on August 03, 2014
We met our son and his girlfriend at this inn for 2 wonderful nites. The guesthouse was absolutely perfect for us…we had privacy and a lovely place to hang out after touring horse country and bourbon distilleries. The delicious home-made treats left on the counter were always welcome. We thought we might run a load of laundry in the guesthouse and detergent/softener were quickly provided as were the supplies for corn hole. Breakfasts exceeded any meal we had on our trip and the setting is magical. Summer and Boots are the yard cats that act like friendly dogs. We can't recommend this inn enough. We look forward to going back with some couples for golf and all that Kentucky has to offer!
4.6 on July 03, 2014
We booked the entire inn for our wedding ceremony and to house our parents and our bridesmaids. The beauty, tranquility and elegance of the Inn speak for themselves but added to the entire weekend. Eating the amazing breakfasts each morning in the conservatory was absolutely incredible. Waking and meeting our family each morning reminds me of younger days on vacations :). Our hosts for the weekend were Susan and Jim and they couldn't have been any sweeter or more helpful. Grace was also wonderful leading up to the event answering questions etc... We stayed in the Somewhere in Time room and were in heaven the entire weekend. The rest of our family enjoyed their suites in the house and our friends stayed in the guesthouse with their kids and fell in love with it the second they opened the door;they would love to model their retirement home after it. The surroundings are a perfect setting for an intimate wedding. We did NOT want to leave and are already making plans to come back next year for our first year anniversary or even would love an afternoon tea..... Thank you for providing a lovely beginning to our story!
5 on June 26, 2014
My wife and I left this property yesterday and, while driving back home to Ohio, were talking about nothing but returning. This is a great property and worth an extended stay.
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
From Bluegrass Field, turn left onto Hwy 60. Stay on 60 into Versailles. Turn left at Main Street. Take first right onto Rose Hill. Go .3 mile up the hill to stone pillars on the right. Pillars are narrow entry, originally for carriages.Enter with care with large vehicles.
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
Historic Inn, Cottage, Bed and Breakfast, Other
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
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
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
C. Elise Buckley
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.
Gourmet and/or country style
Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Low Carb, diabetic,, Gluten free
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.