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“A positive experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cave Spring Farm Bed and Breakfast and Cave Spring Caverns

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P.O. Box 365, Smiths Grove, KY 42171   |  
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Ranked #3 of 3 Smiths Grove B&B and Inns
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“A positive experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2007

A very pleasant stay. The rooms were as pictured, and the host very gracious. The breakfast was great. definitely use the website map, as it is a little out of the way and Google and Mapquest are not accurate. The host is planning further upgrades while continuing with the restoration, so the experience should inprove.

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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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Newton, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2007

I did extensive research on hotels in the area. We were going to Mammoth Cave National Park, so we wanted to be close and didn't want to stay in Bowling Green (though the options there didn't seem too great anyway). The places in Cave City looked pretty substandard, and after driving past them we were very happy to have the serenity of Cave Spring Farm.

We stayed in the Schoolhouse, which was a good way for us to satisfy our hatred of B&Bs in general because we were off on our own and didn't have to interact much with anyone else. We had a little deck out the back and sat outside and watched the horses and read. It's very quiet and peaceful. The room was clean and comfortable. As others have noted, the TV has issues and a green tinge to it, but they have cable with lots of movie and other channels (there's NOTHING to do at night in the area, so it was nice to have this). The bathroom is small and had some little leaks, but it was clean enough and fine. The bed was comfortable. There was a small sofa and a table and a mini fridge (great in summer!).

Breakfast was huge and satisfying (heavy like all Southern food), but tasty. The owner is very friendly and enthusiastic and did his best to recommend things.

Smiths Grove is a small town with an overpriced but friendly and interesting antique mall and a fun and tasty ice cream shack.

Very convenient to Mammoth Caves. The onsite cave was closed due to heavy rains before we arrived, so we were disappointed to miss that.

If you want a clean and quiet place, and one that isn't crawling with loud families, this is probably one of your very best options.
It's more expensive th;an other places in the area, but there really isn't anything else and a little extra goes a long way.

  • Liked — Location, quiet, history
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2007

My husband and I stayed at Cave Spring farm for 2 nights in the school house. Having read previous reviews i was a little apprehensive but the school has just been refurbished and it was lovely, there was lots of features relating to the old school that was there such as pictures and a blackboard on the wall, there were old school tables and the bed quilts were covered with american images such as the statue of liberty which was very cute. Although the tv was not the greatest who needs to spend time watching it when the views off the back porch are so wonderful, we saw a chicken hawk and owls flying past and amazing fire flys all around the farm, as well as the horses which the owner Nick rescues currently he has 5. He was in the process of painting the outside of the school house so don't be put off by previous reviews as action has been taken since they were posted last year. Breakfast was ok not as good as other places but ok for us and if you want a truly authentic American diner experience take up Nicks recommendation of Porky Pig's Diner in Pig, Kentucky as it servies the best fried Catfish and fries you will ever taste in the south. Cave spring farm is an excellent location for seeing the mammouth caves as its a beautiful 7 mile drive and only 15 miles from Bowling green. My only tip is if you want to drink a beer take your own as there are only a few places you can buy in the area the nearest to the farm is Bowling Green.

  • Liked — the location and the attention to detail in the room
  • Disliked — the breakfast
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2007

We spent two nights here during a trip to Mammoth Cave. It was our first Bed & Breakfast experience, and it turned out to be a very pleasant introduction. The building itself was lovely (It's on the National Register of Historic Homes.), and we enjoyed a stroll around the grounds. There were several friendly horses to meet as well as wild rabbits and songbirds aplenty. Our host was very helpful and friendly. Smith's Grove is a small town, so you'll pretty much have to drive to Bowling Green (15 minutes away) for restaurants. But it is worth it for the quiet setting, only a few minutes from Mammoth Cave. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed March 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2007

We were going on our honeymoon 3-17-07. Booked the 2 bedroom log cabin 4 weeks in advance. We called on 3-12-07 to confirm had a problem they had rented the cabin to someone else, but had a 1 bedroom cabin they would give us. No problem.
On the day of our wedding we arrive to check in and BIG PROBLEM they had rented that cabin to someone as well. Now we have no place to stay on your honeymoon. they offered a room in the b and b. but that is not what i reserved. Hats off to the
DAYS INN in Cave City they went out of our way to make it the best they could. So has far as The Cave Spring B and B I have nothing good to say and I will tell anyone that will listen to stay away from that place.

  • Liked — nothing
  • Disliked — na
  • Stayed March 2007
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2006

The schoolhouse, while quaint and obviously old, was converted into a guestroom using some of the cheapest materials they could find. The doors didn't fit the frames, the shower stall looked like it was bought from Walmart, as did the blinds. The bed was levelled by placing magazines under two of the legs. The nightstands were fold-up TV tables. The couch (a futon) was supported with a cinderblock under the center of it. There was a TV with satellite service, but there was a patch on the screen where the colors went awry. People's faces went green and the sky went red when they passed into that area of the screen.

The host was very nice, and obviously loved the caverns on the property. But his breakfasts were cheap and couldn't compare to others we have had elsewhere. There was no fruit & the coffee was mediocre. Admittedly, we had some menu limitations. I can't eat dairy, and my wife won't eat sugar. But we were willing to provide our own foods to deal with these limitations. My wife asked for oatmeal without sugar for the following morning, because all he had available was flavored Quaker instant in paper pouches. He said he would get some for her, but the next morning, he had none. He served us sweetened yogurt (note: dairy and sugar) with grapenuts, followed by scrambled eggs, a muffin, and toast.

I hope the guestrooms inside the house are put together better than the schoolhouse. But the breakfasts were lacking for everybody.

  • Stayed June 2006
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Shepherdsville Ky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2005

This was our first experienc staying with Cave Spring B & B. We stayed in the log cabin. Nice place especially if you are traveling with kids or another couple, it has 2 bedrooms, lots of room and comfortable. We did get to visit the cave. Its a short tour but very interesting. The owners are friendly, polite (country folk) If your looking for a place to visit in a rural area and still have some convents. of home this is the place to go. Also its not too far from Mammoth Cave or Bowling Green so its convent if you are wanting to spend time in both areas

  • Stayed June 2005
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: P.O. Box 365, Smiths Grove, KY 42171
Location: United States > Kentucky > Smiths Grove
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Ranked #3 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Smiths Grove
Number of rooms: 30

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