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Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast

1022 S 3rd St, Louisville, KY 40203-2914
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#4 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Louisville
The 1888 Historic Rocking Horse Manor Bed & Breakfast is the house built for one of the Bourbon Barons of Victorian Louisville, Max Selliger, of Max Selliger & Co. Distillery in 1888. Stay in a former Bourbon Baron's home and enjoy the craftsmanship that went into the great homes of Old Louisville. The Rocking Horse Manor is a totally restored 1888 Richardsonian Romanesque mansion. All guest rooms offer all the amenities the modern traveler requires, including in-suite baths, individual room temperature controls and high-speed wireless internet access all throughout, while the house maintains the Victorian architectural features including original stained glass, pocket doors, hand-carved fire place mantels, 12 1/2 foot ceilings, original parquet floors with intricate inlaid borders and original Italian Marble mosaic tiles in the expansive foyer. Enjoy a glass of Bourbon in the parlor or library with wet-bar or outside in the courtyard with its various seating areas in both, sun and shade, large fountain, and view of the impressive façade of the original carriage house.
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Free breakfast
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Christine R wrote a review Dec 2019
Zanesville, Ohio27 contributions3 helpful votes
My husband was in the Air Force, and a few of the people he served with wanted together , because of them has the early stages of Alsheimers. This is a very nice place to be alone. The owner is great.
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Date of stay: October 2019
881jomarie wrote a review Oct 2019
Cincinnati, Ohio24 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed at the beautiful Rocking Horse Manor B & B the weekend of Oct 18th. It was my husband and I's first stay at a B & B so we didn't know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised as to how beautiful this property was and so rich with history. It was well decorated back to it time period that you felt like you were transported to Victorian Louisville. The rich woods and beautiful stained glass were amazing. Our host Ricardo was very genteel and full of historical facts. However, the property does need a little face lift especially in some to the bedrooms. We stayed in the Louise room. Although nicely decorated, it could use a deep cleaning. Very dusty and carpets definitely need to be cleaned. A little less air freshner as well. In the third floor common area, the carpet is ripple and is a bit of a falling hazard. Breakfast was good enough but could maybe have given 2 choices. We were expecting more of a southern style breakfast that we had heard about from friends who have had the B & B experience. In our group, not everyone was able to eat what was being served. Even with these minor issues, we would definitely try a B & B again.
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Date of stay: October 2019
indychild wrote a review Oct 2019
Mooresville, Indiana18 contributions4 helpful votes
The owner Ricardo makes this place wonderful. The house is beautiful and he has all kinds of information and pictures of the history of the house. The food was ok but everything else make it worth it.
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Date of stay: October 2019
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Barb S wrote a review Nov 2018
O'Fallon, Missouri5 contributions7 helpful votes
We went to Lousivlle with another couple. We wanted to stay near the river downtown area and decided to try a bed and breakfast. We stayed at The Rocking Horse Manor for two nights and it was perfect. Ricardo was an excellent host and he is well versed on the Louisville area. Our time at the bed and breakfast began with a tour of this 133 year old remodeled Victorian home. It is beautiful inside and out! Since it was unseasonably cold for the time of year we visited, we did not use the outside garden area. However, it was beautiful and would be a great place to relax after a day of sightseeing. Our rooms were excellent and the breakfast each day was delicious. Our rooms had the claw foot tubs so if you have problems stepping up high, it would be difficult for you to get in and out of the tub/shower. The inside of our tub was flaking but the shower was excellent. However, he does have rooms with more modern bathrooms and walk-in showers. There was ample street parking available. The first floor has a formal living room with stained glass windows, library, dining room, kitchen and half bath. The second floor has rooms and suites and the third floor has room and suites. The third floor also has a gathering room where we played cards. In this room, he provides a refrigerator with drinks, a microwave, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Everything was perfect and we recommend you try a night or two at this beautiful bed and breakfast. We plan to return to The Rocking Horse Manor in the future.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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frankt4712016 wrote a review Sep 2018
Denver, Colorado42 contributions16 helpful votes
Because the host, Ricardo, was so very nice, I hate to write this review, but feel the need to alert my fellow Trip Advisor devotees. Our room (Louise's Country Cottage) was just not suitable. The carpet appeared to be gray in color, but when we looked under the furniture, it was actually originally beige. All the exposed areas were just that dirty. The tub appeared to have been painted? at one time, but was now wearing off - anyway, my wife refused to even take a shower in it. Although 3rd St further north is improving, there are abandoned buildings both next to the manor and across the street. Due to all of the above, we chose to only stay 1 night rather than the 4 we had booked. Positives: The common areas were clean & beautiful. Breakfast was delicious. Ricardo was as nice as could be.
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Date of stay: September 2018Trip type: Traveled as a couple
United StatesKentuckyLouisvilleOld Louisville
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Frequently Asked Questions about Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast
Which popular attractions are close to Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast?
Nearby attractions include Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) (0.7 miles), Louisville Palace (0.7 miles), and Art Eatables (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast?
Conveniently located restaurants include J. Graham's Cafe, Brown Hotel Lobby Bar & Grill, and English Grill.
Are there any historical sites close to Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Conrad-Caldwell House Museum (Conrad's Castle) (0.7 miles), Churchill Downs (2.3 miles), and Louisville Water Tower Park (Call for Appointment) (4.3 miles).