Forest Retreat Bed & Breakfast

4179 Maysville Road , Carlisle, 40311 USA (Show map)


Forest Retreat was the home of Thomas Metcalf, the 10th governor of Kentucky, designed and built by him around 1814 and restored in 1935 by Dr. and Mrs. Eslie Asbury, 17 beautifully landscaped acres on Kentucky's most scenic highway from Lexington to Maysville, with a stone wall perimeter, the historic property is considered an entire district with its 1806 Tavern, The stone barn, Main House, Carriage House, Guest House and historic cemetery where the Metcalf's along with the Asbury's are laid to rest. Forest Retreat was also home to the 1954 Kentucky Derby Winner Determine whose grave marker is also located on the property. Forest Retreat is considered one of Kentucky's best preserved examples of country federal design with décor and furnishings in the federal style, circa 1790 to 1840, additional modern amenities added to make guests feel at home. Come sleep in "The Governor's Bedroom", dine in the gorgeous dining room where Andrew Jackson dined on his way to his inauguration as president of the United States. Henry Clay is quoted as describing it as "a veritable Forest Retreat". The main house consists of Master Bedroom on the first floor with one and a half baths, sitting area, TV room, full kitchen with adjoining sitting area, stone patio with iron furniture, screened in porch, wooded lawn with Tennis Court and Hammocks for relaxation. 2 additional homes with 8 rooms available for rent as well including a Traveler's home built in 1806 and a 2 story Garden House




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

Great stay

3.8 on July 01, 2018

Beautiful house. Lots of history and nostalgia. Comfortable bed and tasty breakfast

Hidden Gem

5 on June 30, 2018

My wife and I enjoy Kentucky history. We found this place on the internet and it seemed fascinating. It did not disappoint. The house is beautiful and has a remarkable history. We made ourselves completely at home and had the run of the place as we were the only couple who stayed there that evening. Allysha met us the next morning and fixed us a wonderful breakfast. She could not have been nicer. We had great conversation with her about other areas of local interest. She told us about Daniel Boone's last log cabin across the road. That was incredible, it is just sitting in a shady area in a lower part of a field. Truly enjoyed our stay.

Sharing stories

5 on January 17, 2018

We had a lovely stay at Forest Retreat particularly because of Allysha. She was a very attentive hostess and we enjoyed spending time with her and sharing stories. The bed and breakfast is lovely and very historical! A beautiful site! Thank you!

Simply Wonderful Across the Board

5 on November 10, 2017

The historical feel is awesome and the management staff is ultra friendly and very accommodating. Would recommend highly to everyone.

A step back in time

4.8 on October 04, 2017

We stayed for one night in this fabulous historic B&B, it was in a lovely quiet area, the drive here via Paris was incredibly beautiful. Our host Allysha was so lovely and went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed our stay and had lots of great recommendations for a future visit when we have more time to explore the area. The home was very clean and comfortable, with a great breakfast and evening treats. We will definitely be returning!

Great Getaway for Our Anniversary

5 on August 29, 2017

Beautiful place and away from the big cities.Very relaxing and private. We loved the visit and the breakfast was awesome too. Our host Allysha was wonderful and informative. We definitely want a return trip from Cincinnati. Thank you !

Battle of Blue Lick Weekend

5 on August 26, 2017

This B&B was excellent and the host was so friendly and knowledgeable of this facility. We will definitely return in the future and will inform our friends and family of this great retreat. Phillip & Kathy

Much More than Expected

5 on August 26, 2017

Terrific and personable communication starting prior to check-in - not common and I appreciated that! Very homey, welcoming staff, location and facilities. Added bonus for us was the history - American Government & Politicians and Horse Racing to name a few. Other historic locations and probably other great stories within a short drive. Already recommended to others and definetly plan to return!

Historical B&B

5 on August 20, 2017

We spent this past weekend at this Bed & Breakfast and it was wonderful. The house was decorated beautifully and the service was excellent. We will indeed return in the future. We rate this B&B 5 stars. Phillip and Kathy Williams

Loved it!!!!

4.8 on April 21, 2017

Excellent value and location. We would definitely stay there again. History, beauty, location. This has it all.

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Rooms & Rates

The Governors Room

Beautiful antique queen size rope bed, sitting area, adjacent TV room, connected half bath, full bath just around the corner, first floor in the heart of this gorgeous home.

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

The Girls Room

Queen size bed, sitting area, full bath

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

The Boys Room

Gorgeous Twin Canopy Beds, sitting area with fold out couch, room sleeps up to 4, private full bath

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Double , 2 Twin

Check Dates


Location Type

Historic Governor's Home, Airport, Countryside, Rural, Secluded, Small town


Lexington, KY (LEX-Blue Grass Field) 40 miles miles

Directions to property:

Depart Terminal Dr toward Man O' War Blvd 0.2 mi Turn left onto Man O' War Blvd 0.3 mi Turn right onto US-60 E / Versailles Rd 1.5 mi Take ramp right and follow signs for KY-4 North 0.3 mi Keep straight onto US-60 E Byp / KY-4 N / New Circle Rd 4.3 mi Keep straight onto US-25 E Byp / US-60 E Byp / US-421 E Byp / KY-4 E / W New Circle Rd 1.1 mi Keep straight onto US-25 S Byp / US-60 E Byp / US-421 S Byp / KY-4 E / W New Circle Rd 0.7 mi Turn left onto US-27 N / US-68 E / N Broadway Shell on the corner 14.1 mi Turn left onto US-27 N / US-68 E / KY-627 N / Martin Luther King Blvd 2.0 mi Keep straight onto US-68 E / Martin Luther King Blvd 2.4 mi Turn left onto US-68 / Millersburg Rd 13.4 mi Arrive at 4179 Maysville Rd, Carlisle, KY 40311 The last intersection is KY-32 / Old Paris Rd If you reach Walton Ln, you've gone too far 4179 Maysville Rd, Carlisle, KY 40311

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Sports venue, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Historic Inn, Farm

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fridge, Ironing Board, Library, Microwave, Outdoor grilling, Piano, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Sports equipment rental, TV, Telephone, VCR, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

Room amenities

Amenities Basket, Hairdryer

On-site activities

hammocks for sunset watching

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 4pm-6pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only In designated areas outside
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes accomodations can be made with advance notice
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions



Todd Wiese & Allysha Edmond

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

We are quite privileged to have the ability to share access to a very unique historic Kentucky home, Forest Retreat. Our pride for Bed and Breakfast hospitality arises from our heartfelt passion for the history of Kentucky and the opportunity to share it with others.

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  • Time Served: 8:30am to 9am
  • Serving Location: Dining Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

The Governor's Breakfast
A handcrafted breakfast casserole suitable for any Governor's appetite!