Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast

Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast

111 W Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004-1415
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4.5
#4 of 11 B&Bs in Bardstown
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Iron bars on windows, 30 inch thick limestone walls, and a heavy steel door slamming behind you may not sound like the typical tourist accommodation. However, Jailer's Inn is anything but typical. The historic Jailer's Inn, circa 1819, in the center of Bardstown, Kentucky offers a unique and luxurious way to "do time." Jailer's Inn is a place of wonderful, thought provoking contrasts. Each of our seven guest rooms are beautifully decorated with antiques and heirlooms, and offer private bathrooms, some with a double Jacuzzi. All located in the renovated front jail, built in 1819. The back jail, built in 1874, is basically unchanged; you get a chilling, sobering look at former conditions in the old Nelson County jail used in full operation up until 1987. Catch a glimpse of life seldom seen in these two historic jails listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. On spring and summer mornings, as you sip hot coffee and chat with other guests over a full breakfast in the courtyard, it's difficult to imagine all of the previous uses of the courtyard, a place to visit forlorn relatives or even the centralized location of the Nelson County gallows. Come "do time" in jail and unlock an adventure in history. Whether you sleep in the elegant Victorian Room, rest and read in the Library Room or enjoy the peaceful setting of the Garden Room, it will be a "captivating experience."
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Free parking
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Free breakfast
Gift shop
Non-smoking hotel
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111 W Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004-1415
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travlingirl13 wrote a review Feb 2020
Kentucky
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Paul, the owner is super nice and Lisa gave a fantastic tour of the jail! It's a very neat place to stay, but understand that it is 200 years old. If you're looking for something that's without imperfections this isn't for you. I, personally, LOVE old homes and buildings so this was right up my ally! We stayed in the Colonial room...very charming with beautiful antique furniture. The bathroom was a little interesting though. Clearly, they have had to add it on when turning the jail into a B&B as we suspect from the door hardware/locks being on the bedroom side of the door and the old concrete/stone slab that transitions from the bedroom to the bath, and the space heater thing in the wall to heat the room. The tub was jetted, but was a shower combo...without a door or curtain, which was a little odd, but not a big deal for us. Not sure how they would be able to pull that off with such a large tub anyway. Breakfast both days of our stay was DELICIOUS! Paul goes out of his way to make sure you have enough to eat and really takes care of you...so bring an appetite. We really recommend taking the jail tour. It's very interesting. And just a side note, none of the ghosts bothered us during our stay ;) The staff is very informative on what to do, where to go, and where to eat in town & we appreciated their recommendations.
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Date of stay: January 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
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Response from CPaulMc, Owner at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Responded Feb 4, 2020
Thank you. I enjoy what I do here. Look forward to your next incarceration with us.
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Chris G wrote a review Jun 2020
Galion, Ohio
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I had high hopes for this place...And it certainly did not disappoint!
The room was great the service was great the atmosphere was great breakfast was wonderful...
We were in town to visit distilleries and jammers in was central to where we wanted to go.
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Date of stay: June 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: We stayed in the colonial room and would highly recommend it
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Response from CPaulMc, Owner at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jun 28, 2020
Thank you and we look forward to you being one of our "repeat offender's"
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Ron G wrote a review Jul 2022
Sarasota, Florida
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely great stay at the Jailer’s Inn. Paul the owner was very gracious, gave us a tour of the jail, served us breakfast each morning, and was frequently available for any suggestions for tours or places to eat. We had two couples and stayed in the adjoining rooms eight and nine close to the road it was very private yet we had ample space in the middle for all of us to congregate and relax. We would highly recommend this location as it is convenient to the tourist sites and other eating establishments. If we ever return to Bardstown from Florida we will Definitely stay at this location again
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from C Paul Mccoy, Owner at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jul 26, 2022
Thank you. We look forward to your next "incarceration" with us.
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Linda S wrote a review Jul 2020
Wake Forest, North Carolina
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Our first trip to Bardstown and the location of the Inn can not be beat. Walking distance to almost anything downtown. Visited several restaurants, the one across the street being our favorite, shops, distillery tasting room and 5 of the 7 museums in town. We were only here three days and only scratched the surface of things to do in the area. Paul. our "Jailer" Inn Keeper really loves what he is doing. His family has owned it 26 years and Paul is friendly and personable. He is available to help in any way he can. Our delectable breakfasts were served outside in the "Hard Labor" Courtyard at separate tables and were so good. The tour of the jail with history was included. Rooms had what you needed then some and bed was very comfortable. If you want the stark, modern upscale metro rooms, don't stay here. If you want quirky fun and historic stay in a comfortable room with character, and you like the B&B experience, then this is a must stay option! We will be back.
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Date of stay: July 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: All rooms have a different theme. Next time will get a downstairs room if available but the...
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Response from C Paul Mccoy, Owner at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Responded May 24, 2021
Thank you. We hope you can come back soon to be a "Repeat Offender."
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Tara S wrote a review Apr 2022
Minerva, Ohio
3.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a very cool historic jail turned B&B. We stayed in the garden room. It was very clean and pretty comfortable. My biggest complaint was that because of the age of the building each room doesn't have its own thermostat. We were very cold. There was a thermometer on the wall in the hall and it was only reading like 63 degrees. We went down and rang the bell and the lady had it set on 65 degrees I think but only turned it up to 67 degrees. There was some kind of base heating in our room that we couldn't get to work either. Breakfast was very nice! Would have gave more stars if they would have heated the place better. Also they charged an additional $25 a night for our son to stay in a room that has 2 queen beds. If he was an adult I could see that but he is under 18. It was a bit over priced. We payed like $211.00 for one night!
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
Room Tip: Take extra layers they keep it cool. Parking is through the ally behind cemetary.
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Response from C Paul Mccoy, Owner at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Responded May 3, 2022
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Lisa R wrote a review May 2020
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jailers Inn has long been on my bucket list so we planned a girls weekend at this historic B&B. It did not disappoint. We stayed in the Garden Room which was brightly furnished and had a lovely sitting area where we could tell ghost stories and sip bourbon. Alas, the spirit that has been said to haunt the room did not make an appearance. But the tour of the jail cells will definitely raise the hair on the back of your neck. We can't wait to return in the summer when we can enjoy the beautiful courtyard.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from CPaulMc, Owner at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jun 28, 2020
Thank you and I hope you can return to us soon, as a "repeat offender."
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Claudkim wrote a review Nov 2020
New Port Richey, Florida
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed at the Jailer's Inn with 5 other couples the end of October. Really enjoyed our stay. Four couples got the side wing which was fantastic for our large group and offered a bit of privacy. The two other couples were upstairs in the main house. Rooms were very large, clean and comfy. Had everything we needed. The owner was onsite during the morning until early evening and was very attentive. Breakfast in the outside courtyard was great! Highly recommend this Inn. Would definitely stay here again.
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Date of stay: October 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Side bldging perfect if you have multi couples. Getting common sitting area.
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Response from C Paul Mccoy, Owner at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Responded May 24, 2021
Thank you. We hope you can come back soon to be a "Repeat Offender."
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KirkV412 wrote a review Aug 2021
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I had a really fun time staying at the Jailer's Inn. The rooms are lovely (we stayed in the Library Room), with unique decorations and a lot of cool history. We had a delicious breakfast of french toast in bourbon maple syrup and eggs with fresh fruit. We also took the tour of the jail (included!) and our tour guide was funny, energetic, and extremely knowledgeable, both about the history of the jail and everything related to the local area.
Also, after checking out, my wife forgot her glasses in the room. The jailer's inn found them, called us to ask if they were ours, and then did us the courtesy of packing them and mailing them to us free of charge so we wouldn't have to drive back. It was a lifesaver, and a truly kind service.
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Date of stay: August 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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Response from C Paul Mccoy, Owner at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Responded Oct 26, 2021
Thank you. We hope you can return to us as a "repeat offender."
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Tandyjo wrote a review Jun 2021
Louisville, Colorado
+1
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There's nothing about a real jail sentence when you stay here. The owner greets his guests with enthusiasm and humor so that you feel at home and ease. Each room is decorated differently with modern facilities and plushness of Southern hospitality. Free parking, wifi, and coffee or tea all day. Community fridge for guests. Huge, tasty breakfast and a tour of the jail before check out. For a novelty, stay in the"cell" room. You may or may not get a good night's sleep! Just one building off the main square for easy access to restaurants and downtown touring. A very quiet stay due to the 30" thick walls. You'll be the safest in town if a tornado happens to come through town.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from C Paul Mccoy, Owner at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jun 11, 2021
Thank you. We look forward to your next "incarceration" with us.
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travelingCAgal wrote a review Jan 2020
San Diego, California
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We stopped here after having lunch next door. We didn’t take a tour or stay at the inn—simply wanted to see the jail. A woman lead us to the jail, explained a few things & left us to visit on our own. A few other people cane in to visit the jail while we were there. I was expecting more but it IS a historic jail and they claim it’s haunted, for what it’s worth. There isn’t much to look at other than three jail cells, one which has a mannequin in prison garb, & several framed newspaper clippings on the walls about the James Brothers & the supposedly “haunted” cell. We also walked upstairs to check out the bed and breakfast and to look at the rooms and decor and we enjoyed that.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from CPaulMc, Owner at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Responded Jan 2, 2020
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Answer from CPaulMc
Bardstown, Kentucky
Yes, we have a cell to put them in. Really! We have many beautiful rooms but then we have our Jail Cell Room. Not plush but a fun room for kids or adults with the fun attitude. If that is not what you are looking for we do have our Garden Room with 2 queen beds or our Family Suite with two bedrooms.
e w asked a question Mar 2021
Knoxville, Tennessee144 contributions95 helpful votes
Does the Jail Room have a private bath (a door for the privy?)
Answer from CPaulMc
Bardstown, Kentucky
Yes, it has a shower and bathroom in the room.
Sabrina S asked a question Feb 2021
1 contribution
What time is breakfast served?
Answer from CPaulMc
Bardstown, Kentucky
Breakfast typically is about 9:00 AM.
Answer from TexasPandG
Plano, Texas146 contributions53 helpful votes
The owner is Paul McCoy, His telephone numbers are: (800)948-555 or 502-348-5551 Here are the prices. You have to add sales tax: Weekday Weekend Victorian Room (1 King bed) $135.00 $145 Library Room (1 King bed) $135.00 $145 Garden Room (2 double beds) $135.00 $145 1819 Room (1Queen bed; Jacuzzi) $145.00 $155 Colonial Room (1 Queen bed; Jacuzzi) $145.00 $155 Jail Cell Room (2 bunk beds & waterbed) $100.00 $110 Family Suite Two bedrooms (1 King bed, 1 Queen bed and Living Room with wet bar) $225 $235
Marjorie W asked a question May 2016
Madisonville, Kentucky2 contributions
Phone number?
Answer from schlegal1
Rural Virginian956 contributions233 helpful votes
It's on their website: 502-348-5551 or 1-800-948-5551
GoPlaces48951755504 wrote a tip Jul 14
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Great home base for driving to a few distilleries & for walking to dinner or drinks! Had dinner at the Rickhouse & Mammy’s! Drinks at 3rd St"
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Patricia5000 wrote a tip Jun 2024
Chilliwack, Canada75 contributions43 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Parking just outside is limited. You need to park about a block away ."
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Jason B wrote a tip Jul 2023
Maplewood, New Jersey4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Be open minded, good humored, and check out the rooms before you book it because it is a very unusual place."
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Renee J wrote a tip Jun 2023
Canal Winchester, Ohio272 contributions64 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The Victorian Room is super quiet and comfortable!"
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Renee J wrote a tip Jun 2022
Canal Winchester, Ohio272 contributions64 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Book early! The Jailer’s Inn is very popular. The Victorian room is our favorite! First floor and super quiet!"
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$176 - $237 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
7
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Frequently Asked Questions about Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Which popular attractions are close to Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History (0.3 miles), Basilica of St Joseph Proto-Cathedral (0.2 miles), and The Blind Pig Bourbon Market (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a seating area.
What food & drink options are available at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hadorn's Bakery, The Rickhouse Restaurant & Lounge, and Mammy's Kitchen & Bar.
Is Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.1 miles away from the center of Bardstown.
Are there any historical sites close to Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast?
Many travelers enjoy visiting My Old Kentucky Home (0.8 miles), Spalding Hall (0.2 miles), and Historic Cobblestone Path (0.3 miles).
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