Snug Hollow Farm Bed & Breakfast

790 McSwain Branch , Irvine, KY 40336 USA (Show map)


"1 of the 5 Most Romantic Getaways of the South" Southern Living Magazine. Featured in National Geographic's "50 Best Girlfriends Getaways in North America." This secluded 300 acre farm Bed & Breakfast is nestled in Central Kentucky just 20 miles east of Berea, and 60 minutes from Lexington and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, also about 45 minutes from Natural Bridge State Park & Red River Gorge. Accommodations; Spacious two story log Farmhouse has 2 comfortable guest bedrooms/private baths. 3 Unique Private Cabins with fantastic views, handmade quilts and all the comforts of a genuine home in the mountains. The roomy porches are a favorite place to catch a cool breeze as you watch the wildlife by day or stars by night. Perhaps you may enjoy the cozy chestnut log cabin. All rooms and cabins are ideal for couples,singles,retreats and girlfriend groups. Call or email to book or for availability.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service5.0
  • Value4.8
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining4.9

With Beauty Around Me, I Walk.

4.8 on November 19, 2017

There is a Navajo prayer that exhalts the beauty all around us in our "walk" through life. The beauty of Snug Hollow transends the geography. As the prayer says the beauty of Snug Hollow is above, below, around and within this very special place. It is evident in the way Barbara and her staff talk about the hollow, the preparation of their food and the way they interact with quests. I have visited Inns and B&Bs in the Smokies for years. My experience at Snug Hollow was so positive my friend an I didn't get our suitcases completely unpacked before we decided to walk back to the main house and book dates for the Spring and Summer. This will be our go to place for many years.

Mountain Retraet

5 on July 17, 2017

My wife and I stayed for 2 nights and absolutely loved it !! Barbara and her staff could not have been nicer, the rooms were clean the food was outstanding and the service was top shelf.

The Ultimate Getaway

5 on June 12, 2017

Leave the city, the job, and the chaos behind. Drop your shoulders, eat extremely well, sleep soundly, and breathe. Don't think about booking this wonderful spot, just do it. - One of the Two Professors

So Snug in the Holler

5 on January 17, 2017

My boyfriend and I just got back from Barb's and started planning our next trip while we were still there. Our experience was the best we could have asked for and then some. Barb and the girls were phenomenal; always making sure we were comfortable and happy. The food. Absolutely amazing. Not only do they cook everything fresh for you, they bring it right to you at the table and then clean up while Barb sits down with everyone exchanging stories about life and the Farm. Their motto is "You're on vacation, you shouldn't have to...". We stayed in "The Cottage with a View" and boy was it a view. The description on the website explains it to a tee. The front porch is the perfect way to start your morning, over looking the property with a cup of coffee or tea (which they generously provide) watching the fog roll in through the trees. While the back porch makes you feel like you're in a whole different cabin in the middle of the woods. Many, many thanks and lots of love to Barbara and her staff. We will definitely be back after the next two or five times of visiting Snug. There's no place like it. Molly and Dylan

Things that make me go ahhhhhhhhhhh

4.8 on February 10, 2016

My wife and I have stayed twice and each time it was a memorable and relaxing experience, thanks to the care and warmth of innkeeper Barbara. I look forward to returning and adding to my memories of relaxation in this charming locale.

Soul and tummy satisfying!

5 on October 15, 2015

Everyone was welcoming and friendly, the accommodations were just wonderful, and the food was to die for! It was visiting the homeplace!

Best Kept Secret

5 on September 27, 2015

A wonderful, charming oasis, hidden deep on a beautiful farm. Girlfriends and I shared a small class reunion and the fabulous memories we made will forever be etched in our hearts. Barbara and her staff have raised the B&B bar! Will definitely go back and recommend to others!


5 on January 11, 2015

Snug Hollow immediately envelops you in its quiet beauty and hospitality. Surrounded by beautiful misty hills and varied wildlife it invites you to relax and enjoy. The owner and staff do such a great job of sharing their enthusiasm for this special place and the providing delicious meals and perfect accommodations. It is a magical getaway.

Snug Hollow - A place of respite.

5 on October 08, 2014

I happened upon Snug Hollow about 10 years ago and it has been one of my favorite finds. It is a place of beauty, no matter the season, and allows me to slow my pace and appreciate what is real. Barb Napier is the perfect host and has surrounded herself with like people. You feel at home the moment you arrive and find it hard to leave. The accommodations are outstanding and I have stayed in each room/cabin at one time or another. My friends and I go to Snug Hollow twice a year and each time we say it was the best. The food is excellent and is prepared with her guests in mind. If you want to experience the best of the best, Snug Hollow is the place to go. The only problem is that you will not want to leave. Janis Wakeman

You must visit Barbara at her Snug Hollow B&B,heaven beyond earth!

5 on July 28, 2014

this must be heaven!

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Rooms & Rates

The Pearl

THE PEARL is a spacious upstairs bedroom/ a king bed and two singles and a magnificent view of the mountains. There is a large private porch in the trees overlooking the farm, a private bath. The FARMHOUSE ,a roomy log structure, offers southern comfort, with beamed living room, dining room, sunroom, library, porches. We heat with wood so you can cozy up to the fireplace in the winter or snuggle up with a book by a sunny window. Spring, fall and summer offer magnificent views from the porches. The farmhouse is comfortable with cooling fans, air conditioning, breezy porches.

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

Nightly Rate: $169 - $189

The Sweetie

THE SWEETIE( a suite) upstairs in the farmhouse, offers a queen bed and an adjoining room with 3 singles. The “Sweetie” has a private bath and opens on to the upstairs library. It has a wonderful view of the sunrise and mountains. THE FARMHOUSE ,a roomy log structure, offers southern comfort, dining room, sunroom, library, porches. We heat with wood so you can cozy up to the fireplace in the winter or snuggle up with a book by a sunny window. Spring, fall and summer offer magnificent views from the porches. The farmhouse is comfortable with cooling fans, air condtioning,breezy porches

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $139 - $145

Restored Cozy Cabin

THE COZY CABIN, a restored 150 year old chestnut log cabin is very comfortable with a log living room. The upstairs bedroom has a queen and a full bed, 2 single beds with handmade quilts and feather beds, partial bath, and a great view. The tin roof makes even a rainy vacation special. Down stairs has a sitting room with a small kitchen (microwave) dining table and sitting area with gas fireplace and panoramic views. Another room with a couch and two single beds also bath/shower. Great porch/air conditioning. Will accommodate up to 8 or cozy for 2. Breakfast in the farmhouse

  • Maximum Capacity: 8
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 1 Double , 4 Twin

Nightly Rate: $215 - $225

Cabin by the Creek

A beautiful open cedar/pine cabin with vaulted ceilings, wrap around porches and windows. Tucked in the woods, this cabin has a queen bed, extra twins if needed, fireplace, kitchen bath with shower and fantastic views

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $200 - $235

Cottage with a View

the Cottage with a View has the charm of a country home. Sleeps 5, kitchen,bath/shower, fireplace, screened porch in the woods. The Cabin has a fantastic view of the farm, air conditioning, porches and more

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen , 3 Twin

Nightly Rate: $200 - $235

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Location Type

20 miles from Berea, Countryside, Mountains, Rural, Secluded


Lexington, KY (LEX-Blue Grass Field) 60 miles

Directions to property:

20 Miles from Interstate I75. Berea Exit 76, follow Rt 21 through Berea. Deadend into 421, turn left. Make a right on 594 and travel 12 and 1/2 miles. Turn left on McSwain Branch and stay on gravel road until you reach Snug Hollow Farm (about one mile)

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Red River Gorge, Lexington Horse Park, Renfro Valley Music Hall, Natural Bridge State Park, Berea, bourbon trail, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Cottage, Farm, Cabin

On-site amenities

Conference Rooms, Copier, Ironing Board, Parking, Piano, Private entrance, Telephone, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi , Breezy porches with rocking chairs, hiking trails. 3 comfy cabins, great variety birds, gourmet vegetarian meals, 350 acres unspoiled beauty in the heart of Kentucky,excellent service.

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Bath robes, Board games, CD player, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Radio, iPhone docking station

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  • Check In:: 3 PM
  • Check Out:: noon
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes cabin is for families
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 night weekend stay seasonal
  • Accepted payments Other, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Room held with Credit Card or Personal Check (received) - 50% deposit required.
  • Cancellations: • Provided a 30 day notice of cancellation is given, all monies less a $39 processing fee will be refunded. Unless given 30 day notice (30 days prior to arrival date) of room cancellation, deposit hold must be forfeited plus price of the room processing fee. (A ONE-MONTH advance notice is required for workshops OR any other event requiring a Full House Rental - otherwise the price of the rooms PLUS a $28 processing fee will be charged.
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Barbara and Olivia

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About the innkeepers

I have lived on this gorgeous property for 40 years. My dream was to share the beauty and serenity with others. I was born in Kentucky and so enjoy introducing our guests to a way of life that has been carried on for generation. Rest, quiet and restoration are a priority for our visitors

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  • Time Served: served at 9am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Restrictive , Vegetarian gluten, dairy free, vegan

Signature Dish

Oatmeal Pancakes
A Snug Hollow favorite, oatmeal pancakes are made of thick rolled oats, buttermilk, brown sugar and more. Served with gingered bananas.


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