My sisters and I recently returned from a weeklong stay at A Storybook Inn in Versailles, Kentucky. The Inn is a haven of Southern civility and charm, a reflection of the owner Ms. C. Elise Buckley. Surrounded by a wide expanse of lawn with lovely trees, the Inn sits well off the road and there is no intrusion of traffic noise. The Inn itself is an historic building built in 1838 and beautifully restored. As you approach down the long drive it is evident that a great deal of attention is given to the exterior surrounds. This same level of consideration extends into the Inn and once inside, you will never want to leave. The common spaces are lovely and while thought has been given to every detail, there is an inviting sense that assures one does not feel out of place. Everything here is immaculate – the chandeliers sparkle without a speck of dust, the wood flows shine. That sense of detail and cleanliness extends throughout the guest rooms as well – a testament to the high standards of Ms. Buckley and her exceptional staff. Business here is conducted in an unobtrusive manner and combines with the privacy of the entire property to contribute to an overall exceptional experience.
A set breakfast is included in the room rate and is served in a beautiful conservatory on the main floor of the Inn during specified hours. They believe in whole foods here – pure maple syrup, fresh fruit – and everything is temptingly appealing and delicious. (They will accommodate food allergies if advised in advance.)
Ms. Buckley employed Susan and Jim Bickelhaupt of InnAssist to fill in for her during most of our stay and this husband and wife team did a remarkable job. The Bickelhaupts were outstanding and made it a seamless transition. Their business, an interim innleeping service which takes them across several states from their home base in South Carolina, is thriving due to their high level of professionalism expertise, and dedication.
A Storybook Inn provides an excellent location for exploring the Bluegrass Region and beyond. We drove the scenic byways past amazing horse farms, visited the museums of Lexington and Louisville, shopped for handmade crafts in Berea, spent a day exploring the Red River Gorge Geologic Area, and made a stop on the Bourbon Trail. Highlights include Ashland – the Henry Clay Estate, the Skylift in Natural Bridge State Park, Woodford Reserve Distillery, and the Speed Museum.
Close to A Storybook Inn is Heirloom Restaurant in Midway – a fantastic restaurant featuring farm to table ingredients. Chef/co-owner Mark Wombles trained at the San Francisco Culinary Academy and has an impressive resume. Also noteworthy is Jean Farris Winery and Bistro in Lexington. Both restaurants are not-to-be-missed destination dining with exceptional service.
Of all the places we have traveled in the nation, we found Kentuckians to be the most gracious and kind people we have ever encountered. One week of Southern hospitality was simply not enough and we hope to return to Kentucky in the near future. Of course, only if we could stay at A Storybook Inn!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegant, historic...A Storybook Inn is upscale in every way! A Select Registry Property. Excellence in style and service! Incredible culinary delights! More like a small European luxury hotel say our well-traveled guest! At A Storybook Inn, our emphasis is on you! This dear old place envelopes one with a delicious sense of calm! Minutes from the world famous Keeneland Race Course, world class Thoroughbred Horse Farms. We can arrange a tour for you! A Storybook Inn is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the world. We have hosted guests from around the world, including ambassadors and European royalty's entourage. But we also host the local events with the same distinction. Our 50 foot glass conservatory with the garden view is a splendid place to have your multi-course breakfast. Come see why A Storybook Inn is "close to everything but world's apart!" ... more less