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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.
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 on May 12, 2014
This was our third visit to A Storybook Inn. This time, we were celebrating our daughter's graduation from UK. When I realized I needed to book accommodations for 7 of us for graduation weekend, I didn't even consider anywhere else. I knew the guest house at A Storybook Inn would be perfect - and it was. The guest house is beautifully decorated, the kitchen is fully equipped, the grounds are gorgeous, the service is topnotch and breakfast at the Inn is unrivaled. Thank you, Elise, for making graduation - and Mother's Day - weekend everything we'd hoped it would be. We will be back next spring for Keeneland.
5 on May 01, 2014
My wife and I recently stayed at the Storybook Inn, it is a fantastic place to stay, It has it all from wonderful rooms, excellent atmosphere, out of this world breakfast, and the most kind and nice people there that you would ever want to meet.You truly feel right at home, would definitely stay there again.
5 on April 17, 2014
I wanted to plan a romantic weekend with a special friend and the Storybook Inn was exactly the right place to do so. The themed rooms were spacious, beautifully decorated and appointed, extremely comfortable and 100% clean. We tried two and were transported to Casablanca and London. The deep south in the Gone with the Wind suite will be next. Do try the extra deep Jacuzzi! In spite of how comfortable the rooms are, you must get up in time for breakfast. Elise prepares a delicious variety of treats. Do not plan on lunch after that. Need anything at all: massage, tour guides, advice, roses and wine and sweets in the room, just ask. It will be done with class. There is much to see and do in the area and you're just a half hour from Lexington. The entire staff could not have been more accommodating. It was very private, we heard no one else though all rooms were booked and felt like it was our private house. The common area rooms are lovely and comfortable as well. The absolute only downside was leaving. You owe it to yourself and someone special to visit the Storybook Inn. SM
5 on April 05, 2014
We stayed at the Inn from March 29-31. What a lovely property! The Innkeeper, Elise, is a wonderful, thoughtful, friendly and welcoming host. It is clear that she wants guests to relax, feel at home, and enjoy all that the inn has to offer. We stayed in the Guesthouse - it surpassed our expectations. Such privacy, space, conveniences, sleep quality, and quiet! It was the attention to detail that was A+ all around. From the helpful directions, the book, movie, and magazine selections, decorations, fabrics, bedding, furniture, and artwork - all of it just made us feel like we could relax and enjoy our time there. A Storybook Inn prides itself on cleanliness, and not just a regular clean like hotels or inns would do, but beyond. The bathroom with double sinks, air-jetted tub and separate shower was immaculate. Kitchen looked brand new. The homemade (and fresh!!) cupcakes with Italian cream and oatmeal cookies that were left each day for us on the kitchen counter in the Guesthouse were delicious. What a nice (and ridiculously yummy) touch. Elise is an innkeeper, but she is also a superb baker. Warm scones at breakfast - yes, please! The breakfast each morning was filling and delightful. Elise took us on a tour of the inn before we went to the Guesthouse. The common areas are so well done, welcoming, comfortable, and charming - and not in a way that is too much or over-the-top based on the name/theme of the Inn. This inn seems to exude approachable southern elegance. Due to the quality of A Storybook Inn and the overall experience, this place is a "must stay". We will stay here again when visiting Kentucky. It is convenient when driving around the area - a good home base! We say thank you again to Elise and A Storybook Inn for a perfect weekend getaway to explore the Bourbon Trail.
5 on March 28, 2014
We spent 3 nights and wished we could have stayed longer. Elise, Grace and Veronica made us feel like pampered friends. The breakfasts were 5 star and so filling we did not need lunch. Elise set us up with Martha for a great horse farm tour where we learned lots. She also recommended super places for dinner. We stayed in Somewhere In Time suite and it was quite plush and inviting. After dinner was so nice to relax in the comfortable sitting room. The bathroom was so large we never ran into each other!! Also loved dining in the conservatory watching nature outside. We would highly recommend this if you are in the area.
5 on March 03, 2014
Unbeatable in every way. Elise even went overboard to accommodate my dietary restrictions. A real treasure. Elise does it right.
5 on February 17, 2014
We spent the weekend of Valentines at A Storybook Inn. What a find! The food, service, and decor were fantastic. The Somewhere in Time suite is by far the most luxurious in which we have stayed. Every detail is obviously well thought out in advance. We hope to be back in warmer months to enjoy the exquisite gardens also. Thanks to Elise and her wonderful staff!
5 on January 21, 2014
We spent the weekend January 18-January 20, 2014. The Storybook Inn is a great retreat from city life. Their breakfast(s) were fixed with plenty of organic ingredients and served with class. I highly recommend you come and see for yourself. They also take into food allergies which is a plus! Get away and get to Versailles.
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
Cottage, Bed and Breakfast, Other, Historic Inn
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.