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

A home away from home!

5 on August 26, 2018

From the moment I placed a call to A Storybook Inn, I knew this was the spot for my family. Pat was extremely helpful in guiding in tours, attractions, and dining. Upon arrival, the home was tucked away from the entry. We found it to be peaceful, impeccably clean, and historic.Our room was adorned with beautiful flowers and chocolates. Daily, the room was cleaned, and an afternoon refreshment was left to be enjoyed. Elise, the owner, prepared an outstanding, daily breakfast to begin our day. The staff was eager to greet you with a warm welcome and smile as they served each morning. Returning to the inn each day was a haven after a long day of touring the Blue Grass State. If you're searching for a family get away or a peaceful weekend, the Storybook Inn will not disappoint your expectations. It is family friendly and perfect for couples. Thank you, Elise and staff for a memorable week. Hope to see you in the future. God bless you for your service. ~Gina, Ken & Leah


5 on August 07, 2018

Amazing!!! This gorgeous bed-and-breakfast is away from the road so it’s very secluded and has its own grounds. We were greeted by such southern hospitality which continued throughout our stay. The entire house is gorgeous. The grounds are lovely. You can sit outside by the relaxing fountain in the morning even in August. Breakfast was fabulous!! Beautifully done. Delicious. Right out of the oven warm. In the afternoons, we would return to our room to find a special dessert. We felt like royalty. We will definitely be back next year!

Wonderful B & B in Versailles, Kentucky

4.0 on July 23, 2018

Without exception the Storybook Inn was fabulous, my many thanks to Elise and her wonderful staff, we stayed in the Somewhere in Time suite and the rooms were comfortable and spacious, service was excellent and the hospitality and graciousness was above the top. Breakfast was a treat each morning and all and all the Storybook Inn is deserving of a 5 star rating. Faye

Truly Amazing Inn

4.8 on July 21, 2018

This was a wonderful place to stay. Me and my sisters just wanted to get away for a relaxing weekend. Everyone was so kind enjoyable to speak with. Very generous staff. I loved the food and recommendations for dinner. I want to thank everyone for our wonderful stay at Storybook Inn. I want to give a shout out to Elise for being the person she is. She is a delight to speak with. She is truly a kind hearted person. I love her to the moon and back. God has blessed this women with strength, integrity, kindness and love. Thank you! Elise I will recommend Storybrook Inn to everyone I know. Thanks Elise!!! Sharon

Absolutely THE BEST!

5 on July 13, 2018

My husband and I spent a couple of days at The Storybook Inn and left us wanting to go back. From the moment we arrived we were greeted by Pat, a beautiful and charming lady. This professionally decorated mansion has all the amenities we like to have when you travel. Breakfast every morning was a gourmet experience, with so much personal attention to the menu, exquisite food and presentation. The service was magnificent and enjoyed our morning talks with Elise and her girls. We highly recommend The Storybook Inn, the BEST we have ever experienced! The Reynolds, Atlanta

Return From Exile

5 on July 09, 2018

One of the cruise lines used to have a commercial in which a woman was in her state room, reflectively out over the ocean. In her voice over, she wistfully explained how happy she was to be returned from exile and back in the world of luxury. After all, she was a queen...even though her day job was working the perfume counter at Belks. THAT is how we feel every time we go to Storybook Inn. The place is luxurious and splendid...and yet Elise does this fabulous job of making you feel that here is where you belong. There is so much to do in the area but we found ourselves leisurely reading and enjoying the elegant, relaxing atmosphere of the inn. Collectively, Storybook B&B is worth a special trip and we can't wait to return! (We didn't even mind that several tourist were apparently staying at the inn at the same time. As royalty, it's always good to appear benevolent.)

Elegant and Charming!

5 on June 28, 2018

We loved our stay at A Storybook Inn! It was elegant and charming all at the same time. The staff was professional yet warm and inviting! Located in beautiful surroundings!

Two days in paridise

4.8 on June 11, 2018

My wife and I staid 2 nights celebrating her 70th birthday. It could not have been any better. The breakfasts were truly outstanding. The best two meals we had during our stay in the area. The preparation was adjusted to meet my dietary needs and they even put a candle in a scone for her birthday.

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

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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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