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Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast

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111 W Stephen Foster Ave, Bardstown, KY 40004-1415
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#4 of 12 B&Bs / Inns 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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Ron G wrote a review Jul 2022
Sarasota, Florida131 contributions91 helpful votes
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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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Responded Jul 26, 2022
Thank you. We look forward to your next "incarceration" with us.
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Renee J wrote a review Jun 2022
Canal Winchester, Ohio243 contributions62 helpful votes
We’ve stayed at the Jailer’s Inn multiple times (and according to the owner, Paul) that makes us “repeat offenders” since we keep landing in “jail”. The Jailer’s Inn is a wonderful experience all around! Paul, Sylvia, and Debbie are terrific and attentive to your needs. Breakfast is always amazing and with those think jail walls - you don’t hear a sound at night..even though you are in the HEART of downtown Bardstown. Everything is an easy walk - restaurants, shops, pubs, and even the Museum of Whiskey History. Several bourbon distilleries are close by too! The Jailer’s Inn has it all and we’ll be back soon!
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Date of stay: June 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
Room Tip: Book early! The Jailer’s Inn is very popular. The Victorian room is our favorite! First floor...
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Responded Jun 28, 2022
Thank you. We love seeing our 'repeat offenders' come back to stay with us.
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Angie Morini wrote a review May 2022
74 contributions10 helpful votes
Old, old former jail with accommodations. Each room full of history and antiques. Breakfast in the courtyard was excellent and a tour of the jail followed. As we traveled with another couple, we opted for the adjoining suites which included a conference type room great for group gathering. Updated bathrooms. Hosts were fabulous and took such great pride in their facility.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Room Tip: Each room seemed to be unique
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Response from C Paul Mccoy, Owner at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Responded May 9, 2022
Thank you. We look forward to your next "incarceration" with us.
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carock2 wrote a review Apr 2022
West Chester, Pennsylvania16 contributions1 helpful vote
This is a tired place. It needs LOTS of maintenance. In town, across from Mammy's Kitchen so there's that. We will never go back. We were leaving early and requested something to go, but breakfast was set at 9am.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Responded May 3, 2022
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Tara S wrote a review Apr 2022
Minerva, Ohio39 contributions6 helpful votes
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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Responded May 3, 2022
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Aileen D wrote a review Feb 2022
Sunset, Florida10 contributions3 helpful votes
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If you are looking for something different with a great location and breakfast, Jailers Inn Bed and Breakfast is the place! We stayed for a long weekend while touring the Bourbon trail for my husbands 50th Birthday Celebration! First time in Kentucky and we loved it! The location of the Inn in Bardstown is perfect with restaurants and bars close by. The rooms were very comfortable…we were 3 couples with the 2nd floor all to ourselves. Breakfast was served right outside our room and it was delicious! Paul and the staff were very nice and accommodating and even served us a little earlier on the last day so that we could make it to the airport on time. Paul made our visit extra special by talking to us every morning with great suggestions and taking fun photos of our group. The Jailers Inn is a very nice family owned Inn and we hope to be repeat offenders some day!
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from C Paul Mccoy, Owner at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Responded Feb 24, 2022
Thank you. We look forward to your next "incarceration" with us.
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babriatis wrote a review Jan 2022
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania123 contributions70 helpful votes
I’m sure plenty of people like quaint and history and if that is what you’re looking for, this had that appeal. Disappointments were the noise in our bedroom from room above us, the lack of shower curtain around the tub which just made things weird getting a shower in the morning and breakfast was served at one time, 9am which did not fit with our full day of touring, so we did not have breakfast. Updated from the 1800’s (but so is our B&B near Louisville) and Jailers Inn could still use some updating.
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Date of stay: January 2022
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Responded May 3, 2022
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Robert P wrote a review Dec 2021
Kentucky153 contributions66 helpful votes
We stayed 3 nights and did not want to leave. Big clean room. delicious breakfast provided and you must take a tour. it is fun and informative. Paul and the staff went out of their way to make sure we had everything we needed. We will be back and I can't wait. The location is perfect.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Response from C Paul Mccoy, Owner at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Responded Dec 22, 2021
Thank you. We hope you can return soon as a "repeat offender" with us.
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PhantomRider B wrote a review Oct 2021
Alger, Ohio42 contributions19 helpful votes
What a nice B and B. Paul in his staff did an excellent job of making us comfortable and at home. Great southern hospitality. Delicious breakfast both mornings and good conversations. We stayed in the jail room and had fun and unique experience. Made a new friend in Max the bunny, the resident pet. He was entertaining to pet and feed. Look forward to visiting again. Thank you Paul and staff for a fun Halloween weekend.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from C Paul Mccoy, Owner at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast
Responded Nov 2, 2021
Thank you. We look forward to you being a "repeat offender" with us.
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Diane D wrote a review Oct 2021
Saint Peters, Missouri45 contributions6 helpful votes
We stayed here for 4 nights and thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff was friendly and helpful. Great breakfasts and even a bunny named Max that came out to visit every morning. The beds were comfortable and the tour of the jail was fun. I highly recommend this B&B.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Responded Oct 26, 2021
Thank you. We look forward to your next "incarceration" with us.
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NUMBER OF ROOMS
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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 (0.3 miles), and Historic Cobblestone Path (0.2 miles).