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About Kentucky

The name conjures up the drama, wealth and high jinks of the Kentucky Derby and the bourbon which bears this state’s name, but there’s much more to Kentucky’s love of horses than just one race and some of Kentucky’s counties are dry, so all is definitely not what it seems. In a state this size it’s always going to be tough to refine recommendations for the best places to stay in Kentucky, but our Guru’s list includes both small B&Bs in sleepy, pine-laced hamlets, and grand Louisville dames.

What Not To Miss

  • Kentucky is breathtakingly beautiful. Especially if you’ve a thing for the wild west. The rolling limestone hills and lush pastures of Kentucky’s horse-breeding country are a sight right out of a frontier film.
  • As well as fields of bluegrass, Central Kentucky is also where you’ll find the 700,000 acres of dramatically rugged scenery of the Daniel Boone National Forest and the natural sandstone arches and sheer cliffs of the Red River Gorge and the Mammoth Cave National Park, which has the world’s largest underground cave system.
  • Central Kentucky also has Bardstown, the ‘Bourbon Capital of the World’, Hodgenville, where Abraham Lincoln grew up, Lexington and the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.
  • Louisville is thought of as the gateway to ‘the South’, so there’s an air of old fashioned hospitality. It has long been a transport hub - first the river and then rail - and it’s a bit overlooked as a visitor destination outside of Derby time. But the Victorian architecture is impressive and there are numerous wonderful museums, some of them pleasingly niche, classy old neighbourhoods, hipster bars and farm-to-table restaurants popping up everywhere.
  • Then there’s Lexington, home to the University of Kentucky and the million-dollar thoroughbred industry, Fort Knox which, funny enough, the home of Fort Knox and Frankfort, the peaceful state capital.
  • For a slice of Kentucky Bluegrass country, you'll need to head to Berea. It has a vibrant arts and craft scene and is surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Use our guide to the best places to stay in Kentucky to help to plan your trip, whatever your reason to visit.

The best places to stay in Kentucky

For a city break

  • The 21C Museum Hotel (Louisville) is also home to a popular contemporary art space and both the public spaces and the rooms benefit from an overspilling of art onto their walls as well. The 90 rooms are modern, lively and luxurious and you’re right in the centre of things. With a great restaurant, gym, spa and sauna.

For the Kentucky Derby

  • The Brown Hotel Louisville, is a grand old hotel with a Georgian Revival facade, wonderfully impressive public spaces and almost 300 comfortably modern bedrooms. Right in the heart of the action with doubles starting from around £120 per night.

For the views

  • 21c Museum Hotel, Lexington is an inspiring, contemporary art museum come boutique hotel in the historic Fayette National Bank Building. White on white rooms with contemporary furnishings, splashes of pop colours and original art on the walls. Restaurant championing local Bluegrass ingredients. Lively and super-artsy.

To Relax

  • The Boone Tavern Hotel in Berea is a charming, traditional hotel with a classical facade and nice features like handcrafted furniture and high ceilings. A perfect place to come for strolls around forests and pokes through artisan boutiques.

For an apartment or cabin

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday - don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a diverse range of properties to suit holidays of all types.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport located 20.5km (12.8 miles) from Cincinnati with a wide range of both domestic and International flights including to Europe and Canada. Otherwise lexington or Louisville.
  • Alternatively, catch a train to Kentucky with Amtrak rail routes linking Kentucky to other states.
  • If you want to rent a car to explore the stunning Kentucky scenery - for prices visit our online partner Rentalcars
  • Best time to visit - Springtime from March to May provides moderate temperatures which are ideal for enjoying the great outdoors and many sights.

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Best Hotels in Kentucky

  • Boone Tavern Hotel Berea 63 rooms from £78

    Private Hot Tub  -  Executive Suite features a private hot tub tub
    Back to Nature
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Traditional
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    A traditional, charming hotel. Breathtaking traditional exterior features a classical facade. Smart, comfortable rooms contain handcrafted furniture, and high ceilings. A perfect base for admiring the surrounding forests and artisan boutiques. See More

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  • Southern Viking Bed and Breakfast Stanford, Kentucky 4 rooms from £79

    Country Escape  -  A tranquil spot to enjoy the nighbouring lake (fishing and kayaking available) and pretty surrounding countryside
    Groups  -  With just four rooms, this is a good option to rent out in its entirety
    Great walks  -  Hop on the nearby Sportsman Hill Trail or the Emperor's Nature Trail
    Kayaking  -  Available locally.
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    A charming owner-run B&B boasting an enviable location overlooking Cedar Creek Lake. Four homely rooms each have wonderful garden views from the large windows and are traditionally dressed. While away hours in the outdoor hot tub or beside the firepit. A place to unwind, and be at one with nature. See More

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  • The 1857 Paducah 10 rooms from £90

    Local exploring  -  Set in downtown Paducah, beside the riverfront, there are theatres, historic sites, and plenty of nightlife to enjoy locally
    Lively  -  The area has a lively nightlife (particularly on the weekends)
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    A boutique option right in the heart of downtown Paducah. Rooms have a converted industrial feel with expansive windows, high ceilings, and exposed brickwork. Multi-room condominiums with kitchens are available for groups. With a lively bar and downtown position, this is ideal for a fun city break. See More

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  • Southern Grace B&B Brandenburg, Kentucky 6 rooms from £93

    Families  -  The spacious gardens and outdoor pool are perfect for kids plus the family suite is very generously sized
    Romantic Break  -  The romantic Master Suite comes complete with a whirlpool tub and shower, both designed for two
    Groups  -  Book the whole inn with its 6 bedrooms and 6 baths, ideal for groups of friends or families
    Great walks  -  An extensive series of nature trails run straight from the property
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    An elegant rural B&B set in 15-acres of farm and woodlands. Comfortable rooms perfectly blend traditional and modern design. Luxe bedding, coffee makers, and Netflix come as standard; the best have four-posters and whirlpool tubs. Mature gardens house a large pool and fishing pond. A country idyll. See More

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  • Origin Hotel Lexington 120 rooms from £101

    Local exploring  -  Fantastic location for exploring the racehorsing scene and enjoying the best bourbons
    Sights nearby  -  Horse Country Farm Tours
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    A trendy hotel, well located in Lexington for exploring local sights. Comfortable and stylish rooms offer huge beds with luxury linens and spacious bathrooms. Enjoy delicious Southern comfort food, craft cocktails and curated bourbons lists at the restaurant. An exquisite stay! See More

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  • The Respite B&B Paducah 5 rooms from £104

    Local exploring  -  Well located within walking distance of downtown Paducah which is filled with restaurants, boutiques, and cultural attractions
    Business meetings  -  The Banquet Hall, which can cater up to 100 pax, is a great option for a business function
    Great walks  -  Walk or cycle along the Greenway Trail which connects the riverfront to Paducah's historic parks
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    A smart B&B located just a short stroll from downtown Paducah. Cleanly designed rooms are bright and airy with large windows, sink-into beds, and modern bathrooms. Downstairs, a homely lounge has hardwood floors, a grand piano, and a fireplace. An easy base for either couples or business travellers. See More

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  • The Sire Hotel Lexington (Kentucky) 40 rooms from £108

    Local exploring  -  The hotel is in the historic neighbourhood of Gratz Park, making it perfect for exploring by foot
    Sights nearby  -  Mary Todd Lincoln House is less than a 10 minute walk away
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    A chic historic hotel set in Gratz Park Historic District. Light and spacious rooms are designed in simple monochrome tone with luxurious linens and marble bathrooms. The restaurant offers a wide range of dining options and showcases that famous Southern hospitality. A smart Kentucky stay. See More

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  • Barren Breeze B&B Lucas, Kentucky 5 rooms from £108

    Groups  -  With just 5 rooms, this is a great choice to rent in its entirety for groups of friends, family gatherings, or weddings
    Romantic Break  -  Book the Pendelton Suite with working fireplace, whirlpool tub, and two person shower for a romantic break
    Active Holiday  -  A popular spot for golfing, fishing, and sailing enthusiasts
    Fishing  -  Plenty of options for fishing at nearby Barren River State Resort Park
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    An owner-managed B&B boasting an enviable location near Barren River Lake. Individually styled rooms vary in size but are each thoughtfully styled with antiques, wooden floors and warm hues. The best have fireplaces and jetted tubs. A homely and intimate base to fish, sail or simply unwind in. See More

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  • The Denny House Paint Lick, Kentucky 4 rooms from £109

    Groups  -  With just four rooms, this is a great option to rent out in its entirety for family gatherings or groups of friends
    Country Escape  -  With warm hosts, beautiful gardens, and a laid back feel — this is perfect for a quiet rural break
    Great walks  -  Take scenic walks along the Berea Pinnacle hiking trails
    Full of character
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    A Greek Revival home set in a pretty spot near the historic village of Paint Lick. Rooms are individually styled but each has period-appropriate antiques, traditional fabrics, and high thread count linens. Fresh eggs and shitake mushrooms come from the garden for breakfast. A tranquil rural escape. See More

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  • 21c Museum Hotel, Lexington Lexington (KY) 88 rooms from £124

    Artworks  -  Original art work in rooms and interesting installations in the bar
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Full of character
    Boutique
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    An inspiring, contemporary art museum come boutique hotel in the historic Fayette National Bank Building. White on white rooms with contemporary furnishings, splashes of pop colours and original art on the walls. Restaurant championing local Bluegrass ingredients. Lively and super-artsy. See More

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  • The Kentucky Grand Hotel & Spa Bowling Green, Kentucky 5 rooms from £129

    Romantic Break  -  Intimate suites, jetted tubs, a romantic piano bar, and couples' massages all add up to make this a great option for two!
    Families  -  Suites sleep up to four (the second bed is a sofa bed), making this an easy choice for small families
    Sights nearby  -  Take a tour through the world's longest cave at Mammoth Cave National Park
    Spa  -  The spa is not enormous but offers a range of good massages
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    A small, yet stately, hotel located in the heart of Bowling Green. Well proportioned suites are decorated in a mid-century modern style. Each has a jetted tub, large sitting area, and some have kitchenettes. The spa and the piano & cocktail bar make this a popular choice for couples. See More

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  • The Brown Hotel Louisville 293 rooms from £132

    Sights nearby  -  Minutes from Brown Theatre, the Palace Theatre, Kentucky International Convention Center
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Opulent
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    A grand hotel with a striking Georgian Revival facade which embodies Old World elegance complemented by top notch modern conmforts. Classic decor in the rooms and OTT interiors in the public areas. Prime location in downtown Louisville. Enjoy southern hospitality in historic grandeur. See More

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  • Hotel Distil Louisville 205 rooms from £137

    Business meetings  -  Spaces include a grand ballroom, meeting rooms, and private dining, plus it's only 10 mins walk to Kentucky Convention Center
    City Style  -  Perfect base to dip into the infamous prohibition past with all the conveniences and comforts of the present
    Sights nearby  -  Watch the races at nearby Churchill Downs, home of the famous Kentucky Derby
    Great walks  -  Stretch your legs and admire river views from nearby Waterfront Park
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    Luxury hotel on famous Whiskey Row with a rich past and historic facade. Contemporary rooms feel warm and welcoming with sleek industrial touches and fab river views. Indulge in glam dining at the steak restaurant or enjoy a bourbon or two on the stylish rooftop bar and terrace. City-centre cool. See More

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  • Maple Hill Manor Springfield, Kentucky 7 rooms from £137

    Romantic Break  -  McElroy room - known as the honeymoon hideaway - is a romantic choice with a spa bath, sunset deck and atmospheric fireplace
    Local exploring  -  Ideally located amongst four major tourism trails; learn more about bourbon, wine, Abhraham Lincoln and Civil War history
    Riding  -  For horse enthusiasts the area offers riding stables, thoroughbred horse farms, racing and Kentucky Derby Museum nearby
    Country Escape  -  Enjoy farm tours, visit wineries or go hiking, cycling and kayaking in the surrounding countryside
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    Award-winning Greek Revival antebellum inn surrounded by acres of farmland. Traditional rooms with impressive period decor look out over mature gardens with hammocks, a swing and patio. The property boasts an alpaca and llama farm, a nature reserve, vineyard and farm shop. Authentic historic charm. See More

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  • Weller Haus Cincinnati 5 rooms from £140

    Business meetings  -  A well equipped event centre (kitchenette, quality video & sound systems, and break-out lounge) makes this ideal for conventions
    Romantic Break  -  Rooms with whirlpool tubs spacious enough for two and working fireplaces, are a perfect setting for romance
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  All the suites feature whirlpool baths
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    A charming B&B located near the river in Greater Cincinnati. Five individually styled suites are spacious yet cosy with antiques, traditional fabrics, and most have fireplaces. Bathrooms are a serious affair and each is equipped with an enormous whirlpool tub. An indulgent base for local exploring. See More

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  • Willis Graves B&B Burlingyon, Kentucky 5 rooms from £148

    Romantic Break  -  Stand-alone Willis Graves Garden Cottage is ideal for couples. Set away from other rooms it features its own patio & whirlpool
    Local exploring  -  Perfectly located to explore the sites in northern Kentucky, Cincinnati and southeastern Indiana
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Over The Rhine for well-preserved 19th-century buildings, breweries, gastropubs and charming indepedent shops
    Cooking classes  -  The owner is a trained chef. As well as serving up delicious breakfast, cookery classes are available
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    Charming Burlington B&B made up of 1850s Federal home, log cabin & a garden cottage. Beautifully-appointed rooms with rustic style have been lovingly renovated to maintain a historic feel with modern comforts. The chef-trained owner serves up alfresco garden breakfasts. Perfect for couples. See More

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  • Hotel Covington KY, Kentucky 114 rooms from £148

    City Style  -  A glamorous addition to the south side of the Ohio River- chandeliers, velvet bedheads and contemporary art
    Sights nearby  -  Nearby is the Cathedral Basilica of The Assumption, styled on Notre Dame Cathedral and a real sight to behold
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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    A welcome addition to Covington, the less developed little sister of Cincinnati, on the Ohio-Kentucky river border. This historic skyscraper now houses a cool contemporary hotel worthy of any big city. The interiors are original and inspired and the restaurant and bar are worth checking out. See More

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  • Montgomery Inn B&B Lexington 11 rooms from £154

    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  Every rooms comes with a spa bath with the exception of The Sleeping Car; certain feature romantic heart-shaped tubs for two
    Local exploring  -  Welcoming base with a historic feel that's an ideal base for sightseeing and exploring the area
    Kayaking  -  One of the most scenic ways to enjoy the Kentucky River Palisade is by kayak
    Full of character
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    Historic B&B run by welcoming owners. In addition to a railway-themed breakfast room, guests can relax in the library, parlour & media room. A series of unique and colourful rooms, with an eclectic take on traditional decor boast spa baths and fireplaces. Delivers a stay filled with Southern charm. See More

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  • Bourbon Manor B&B Bardstown, Kentucky 10 rooms from £161

    Local exploring  -  Offering a perfect central location for Bourbon Country excursions
    Sights nearby  -  Wander through the pretty downtown area of Bardstown, home to over 200 historical buildings
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accommodated unless it involves a cottage or full property rental
    Spa  -  The property's day spa has a range of massages, accupressure, and reflexology
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    A historic inn set in beautiful mature gardens within pretty Bardstown. Bourbon inspired, each room is named after one of the drinks. Interiors are beautifully maintained with period antiques, fireplaces, and heavy-set antiques. Complete with a spa, this is an indulgent base for local exploring. See More

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  • Ashford Acres Inn Kentucky 5 rooms from £163

    Short fly break  -  Well placed between Paris, Georgetown, Lexington, and Cincinnati for a weekend getaway from any of these cities
    Weddings  -  The combination of seasoned wedding organisers and a postcard pretty backdrop, make this perfect for a wedding
    Great walks  -  Discover pretty walking trails starting straight from the property
    Whirlpool Bathtub  -  Book the Garden Suite for a jetted tub
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    A grand Greek Revival home, built in 1858, turned into a quaint rural B&B. Beautiful interiors have been sensitively renovated with original features remaining but with a clean contemporary feel. Spacious suites are filled with antiques and breakfasts are hearty Southern affairs. Utterly charming. See More

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  • Charred Oaks Inn Lexington 4 rooms from £179

    Local exploring  -  Great location for exploring the famed horse attractions of Lexington
    Views  -  Terrace and garden views
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
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    A small, charming Southern colonial-style B&B in Versailles, only minutes away from Keeneland racecourse. Large, spacious and floral rooms feature magnificent king four-poster beds and antique furnishings. Delicious and hearty breakfasts are served. A tranquil and homely base. See More

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  • The B&B at Queenslake Georgetown, Kentucky 3 rooms from £180

    Riding  -  The property offers stall boarding, pasture boarding, self care or full care options for those who want to bring their horse too
    Country Escape  -  An original Kentucky horse farm set in 140 acres with boundless outdoor pursuits on-site including riding, fishing, and hiking
    Fishing  -  Cast a line into Queenslake to catch bass, crappie and blue gils
    Great walks  -  Hike (or jog) through the trails that run through the forest
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    A grand white house and sports horse farm set beside a stunning lake. Three spacious suites are decorated with a modern take on traditional design. Stately living rooms include a billiards room and a homely lounge. With 140 acres to explore, horse riding and fishing on-site, this is a rural idyll. See More

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  • 21C Museum Hotel, Louisville Louisville (Kentucky) 90 rooms from £180

    Sights nearby  -  Louisville Slugger Museum Factory and the Science Centre are short walking distance.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Full of character
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    Home of a popular contemporary art space this hotel is modern, lively and luxurious in the heart of the city. Rooms have every comfort, and all spaces mirror the museum with works of art. Proof on Main brings sophisticated dining and is frequented by locals. Gym, Spa and Sauna-truly has it all! See More

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  • Bourbon Manor Bardstown, Kentucky 10 rooms from £187

    Local exploring  -  Ideal base for exploring a wide range of historical sites and interesting museums the area offers
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Wickland, Home of Three Governors, Old Bardstown Village, Basilica of Saint Joseph and Barton 1792 Distillery
    Great walks  -  Bardstown Community Park offers trails, play equipment and lovely areas for picnics in the summer months
    Spa  -  Small spa offers massages, facials, sauna and beauty treatments in a cosy treatment room with fireplace
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    Handsome 18th-century plantation transformed into an elegant owner-run inn. Old-world charm radiates from rooms decorated in traditional period style; think four-poster beds, decorative fireplaces and antiques. Indulge in spa treatments and spend lively evenings in the atmospheric lounge bar. See More

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  • Chateau Bourbon Louisville 4 rooms from £202

    Sights nearby  -  Visit Kentucky Kingdom a seasonal amusement & water park with both thrill & children's rides, plus waterslides & wave pools
    Great walks  -  Walk around Cherokee Park's with a 2.4-mile Scenic Loop
    Restrictions on children  -  Children over 6 are welcome
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    An upscale B&B in the heart of the vibrant area of Norton Commons, Louisville. Rooms are elegant, some with four-poster beds, fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Enjoy all things bourbon with on-site tastings while at breakfast sample homemade bourbon granola! Simple, impeccable, Southern-hospitality. See More

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  • The Kentucky Castle Versailles, Kentucky 14 rooms from £207

    Country Escape  -  Set in 55 acres and offering everything on-site from indulgent dining, walking trails, & a pool — perfect for a rural unwind
    Foodies  -  Much of the produce comes from the grounds which include a vineyard, truffle orchard, and gourmet mushroom garden!
    Weddings  -  The grounds, a music room, ball room, and roof terrace give endless choice for stunning wedding backdrops
    Spa  -  A spa located in a cottage offers a cryotherapy chamber, sauna, massage and body treatments, facials, waxing and aesthetics
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    An imposing castle set in 55 acres of farmland and estate. Interiors have been beautifully renovated to create a clean modern feel with a traditional aesthetic. Rooms & suites are enormous and filled with antiques. With true farm-to-table dining and a cottage-based spa, this is a luxe rural break. See More

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  • A Storybook Inn Lexington 7 rooms from £226

    Local exploring  -  The inn is the perfect base as it is closely located to all of Versailles and Lexington's attractions
    No restaurant  -  A farm-to-table breakfast is included
    Whirlpool Bathtub
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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    A luxurious boutique inn set in historic Versailles. Rooms are spacious and stylish with antique furnishings, whirlpool tubs and walk-in rain showers. Enjoy a farm-to-table breakfast with fresh ground organic coffee. Take a dip in the pool and relax in the garden. A homely base to explore from. See More

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