A Storybook Inn

277 Rose Hill Avenue , Versailles, KY 40383 USA (Show map)

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Award winning A Storybook Inn.Great LOCATION in the heart of horse country! Spotlessly Clean. Uniquely and tastefully appointed. World Class Elegance & Service! 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

Lovely stay from comfort to beauty to food

5 on May 14, 2018

I really didn't know what to expect as this room was booked for me, but I felt really at home in this relaxing place. The breakfast was stunning with lots of homemade organic goodies like scones and quiche and other farm to table treats. I dearly love cats and was pleasantly surprised to see two resident cats who have their own cottage! The room was such an elaborately country-antique (My Fair Lady) yet comfortable place to unwind. The conservatory is a beautiful place to eat and enjoy the gardens - the gardens themselves are very relaxing with a nice fountain and table to sit at. The best part was the caring staff, I really felt welcome.

Elegance and comfort at it's best

4.8 on May 10, 2018

This is the second year our family has stayed at the beautiful Storybook Inn. The house is exquisite and Elise and her team ensure that every detail is covered. Delicious meals, cozy accommodations and cookies or cake when we've arrived late from driving all day. They have made our experience there special and memorable. I overheard our children talking to each other when we arrive, saying "I love it here." It doesn't get better than that. Thank you! The Koonmen family

Full Property Rental for Derby - AMAZING!

5 on May 08, 2018

Our group of friends rented out the full property, both main house and cottage, for our stay during the Derby. Elise was wonderful in helping prepare us for the weekend, including providing wonderful local recommendations on tours, dining and catering. Although she was gone during our stay, we were very well taken care of by substitute inn-keepers, Jim and Susan. The property was absolutely gorgeous, the rooms and bathrooms were very spacious, and ever need was anticipated and addressed. Breakfast was delicious each morning, with very specialized accommodations made for the children in our party. I can't recommend staying at A Storybook Inn enough!

Keeneland, distilleries and A Storybook Inn

5 on April 09, 2018

Once upon a time there were these 3 ladies who were planning a weekend getaway for their Knights in shining armour to experience some of Kentucky’s finest distilleries and Keeneland. While in search for a place to stay they found a beautiful bed and breakfast called A Storybook Inn, Versailles, KY. It was a truly magical place. The innkeeper Elise Buckley was so gracious and her delicious breakfast and special afternoon deserts were simply over the top. Everything was extremely clean and spotless. We stayed in the Huntsman Guesthouse and it was absolutely amazing. We would recommend this beautiful B & B to anyone who wants to have “A Storybook Magical Time and be treated like royalty.” We have stayed at B & B’s all over the US and would rate this one #1. We can’t wait to return!! .....and they lived happily ever after. THE END. Jim and Michelle Collins Tim and Cathy Lennon Mike Hooper and Lisa Rentebach

Restful, delight

5 on April 08, 2018

Has a peaceful setting, beautiful comfortable rooms within minutes of Keenland and the Lexington airport. Breakfast is wonderful made custom to order using the finest, organic ingredients. Everything you want in a luxury bed and breakfast.

Lovely, Peaceful Stay at Storybook Inn

5 on March 07, 2018

I scheduled my stay the week before I needed to be in Versailles and I am so glad I stayed at the Storybook Inn! It is absolutely beautiful. The decorating and amenities are perfect for the historic house. It was really like being in Kentucky years ago. The rooms were very comfortable and incredibly clean. The breakfast was custom cooked and better than any I have ever had. and made by our gracious hostess... French quiche and zucchini fritters with fruit and homemade scones. I wanted all the recipes. I would definitely come here again!

Best B&B ever.

5 on March 05, 2018

Breakfast is excellent and rooms are lovely.

A Fairy Tale Place

4.8 on January 23, 2018

We absolutely loved this place! Eloise, the owner, could not have been more hospitable. Loved our room! It was very spacious and comfortable. The breakfast was outstanding. We want to go back every year! We highly recommend this lovely place.

You Won’t Be Disappointed!

5 on January 23, 2018

The Story Book Inn is much more than a B&B it is a luxurious experience. The Inn is a spectacular Victorian home that is beautifully decorated and updated with all the modern amenities that you would expect in a luxury accommodation. It is immaculately clean, the breakfasts are amazing with everything fresh from “farm to table” entres to home baked scones and pastries! The Inn Keeper and her staff are friendly, caring and helpful! You won’t be disappointed!

Wow! Simply the Best!

5 on December 27, 2017

The Story Book Inn is simply the best B&B we have stayed with over our many years of worldwide travel. The Inn is beautiful inside and out. The Inn Keeper and staff are friendly and helpful. Our room was magnificent! It was spacious, comfortable and immaculately clean. Breakfast was delightful with fresh fruit, Eggs Benedict with ham and lots of homemade scones and sweetbreads. A stay at the Story Book Inn is one that you will rembember fondly for a lifetime.

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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

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Inn Details

Establishment type

Other, Cottage, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

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, 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, 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 14 days prior to reservation for regular reservation. Because we are a small inn, if a cancellation is not made prior to 14 days, the deposit will be forfeited. Thank you for your understanding. Whole house cancellations must be made 30 days in advance for a refund. For whole house rental for Derby or Breeders Cup, Cancellations must be made 60 days in advance so that there is an opportunity to rebook.
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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.

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