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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill - The Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Harrodsburg
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Louisville
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“History Lesson”
Reviewed September 14, 2012

We recently stayed two nights at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. The setting is beautiful Kentucky countryside. The people who work at Shaker Village are so welcoming and well informed about the history of the village. You can walk down the lane and meet someone who is making baskets, someone else will be churning butter or pickling okra. What a delight.

Various activities are offered during the day and the evening depending on the time of year, such as Saturday night star gazing with an astronomer. We also took a paddlewheel ride down the Kentucky river. Very scenic and peaceful. Also, this is a great place for walking or hiking.

The rooms are very simple but have all the modern conveniences - bathroom, flatscreen TV and comfortable beds. You have to keep in mind that some of the buildings are over 200 years old. The floors squeak, the bed squeaks. Shaker Village keeps the rooms as close to the original Shaker rooms as possible. The building we stayed in had a nice lounge area on the first floor with a fireplace, game table, coffee area, frig and very comfortable chairs and sofa.

We ate dinner, lunch and breakfast in the dining hall. Lunch and dinner were outstanding and the service was great. Breakfast wasn't bad but not great. There was an OK variety but it was the same each day. I guess we are spoiled by some of the B&B's we have visited.

I would highly recommend a visit and stay at Shaker Village.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

Set in the rolling hills of central Kentucky, Shaker Village is a beautiful site to wander round. The onsite restaurant does a wonderful dinner (although the breakfast is basic and disappointing), and you can take a tour of the site led by very knowledgeable guides who really help you to get a sense of the history of the place. The accommodation is in the simple Shaker style and looks great. Unfortunately there are few concessions to comfort, and if you are a light sleeper, prepare to be kept awake all night as the creaking of beds in neighbouring rooms comes right through the floors and the thin curtains let the light come flooding into the room. Recommended as a fascinating place to stay, but low on the comfort levels.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Fairfield, Connecticut
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Reviewed September 4, 2012

My wife and her college room mate have frequently gone to Pleasant Hill for a long weekend get together. I wanted to see what this Shaker Village offered and our one night stay turned into four nights. Pleasant Hill combines history with peace and tranquility. The surrounding area is beautiful and the restaurant serves delicious food.I loved our stay and will return

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed September 1, 2012

Shakertown is a breath taking place. The history, the natural beauty are both worth the trip. The restaurant is very good. The fresh vegetables are amazing. Enjoy a wonderful dinner in an architectural gem.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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Cannon County , Tennessee
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Peaceful, restful, beautiful, and fun! I just can't say enough about how we enjoyed our stay. We are driving across the country from Washington DC and this was a great rest stop for us. The people at the front desk and everyone here are so nice! Swedish Tempur-pedic mattress' that made my back sing! This is a great place to stay and get out of a city for a bit! These are actual historic rooms you stay in and a little on the rustic side, modern plumbing and heat/air though! AWESOME is the best word to describe our stay!

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed August 16, 2012

What a wonderful, restful place!! The food was delicious (poached chicken breast with spinach cream sauce, salsify casserole, and desserts!!), Oh, my word!! After dinner and a little walk, we played cards and had a wonderful time as a family. The beds were Tempur-Pedic (thank goodness) instead of straw and saw dust. The information and presentations were wonderfully done and scheduled well. We all loved this stop on our vacation. Would recommend it to people who love history, "citified" country folks, and those who love good food and great service.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Asheville, NC
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

My husband and I (with two daughters age 10) visited for two nights on our way home to Asheville, N.C., from Michigan. What a gem this place is -- beautifully restored Shaker dwellings offer simple, modernized accommodations with a tile bath, nice linens, AC, TV and phone. We stayed in one of the family buildings, where we had two rooms en suite (one with double bed, one with two twins) plus access to a fridge, ice machine, and microwave in a central kitchen area. Large windows and natural light even in the hallways makes every room pleasant. The Shakers avoided ornament, and the simple lines of their designs are innately pleasing. Beyond a few modern updates (including wi-fi), it appears the owners have taken great care to keep it all historically correct.

They've also done a nice job of providing interpretation with the exhibits and costumed tour guides throughout the property. You can explore at your own pace and learn about the Shaker approach to everything, from their gardens to their spirituality, with the friendly and knowledgeable tour guides at a dozen different buildings in a lovely, bucolic setting. Pick up the daily schedule when you arrive, and plan your activities throughout the day, as there's something for everyone -- history and architecture buffs, woodworkers, musicians, teachers, children, gardeners, cooks and crafters, EVERYONE will find something of interest here. Everything's included in your "tour" purchase price, and it's worth every penny.

The elderly or handicapped may be challenged by the gravel/rock-paved paths that take you around the village, but most people will find this place a delightful change from the hectic pace of our daily lives. The high ceilings and live acoustics of the Inn's wood interiors are pretty echoing, and if you happened to be there when some noisy people were staying on your floor that could be an issue. If this were my place, I'd add more of the woven rugs, or quilts on the walls, or what have you to dampen the reverb. But we stayed on the top floor of one of the family residences, and all was quiet and peaceful day and night.

The food was good, with the exception of the powdered lemonade mix, and the eggs in the buffet breakfast, which also appeared to be of the powdered variety. Lunch and dinner were very good, though, with lots of fresh fruits and veggies and homemade menu items, and the standard kids' menu.

The gift shops were a repeat attraction for us, and we bought sweet treats and candles and one of the broad-brimmed, traditional Shaker hats woven of straw. They also sell Shaker reproduction furnishings to order. For better or worse, the two gift shops include many Chinese imports, in some kind of ironic commentary on what surely makes the Shaker society unsustainable in today's global marketplace. I guess the furniture, produce & seed, clothing, and building skills they were marketing back in the day can't compete nowadays against the cheap Asian imports...and so this lovely place sustains itself with tourist dollars, rather than the active, practicing Shaker.

My husband and I both admitted to feeling a little sad at the end of our visit here...the Shakers were trying to create a little heaven on Earth, but perhaps a truly communal society just can't be sustained among us humans. Nevertheless: "I want to go there again!" says one daughter, and I agree absolutely. We'll definitely be back.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill - The Inn
Address: 3501 Lexington Rd, Harrodsburg, KY 40330-9218
Location: United States > Kentucky > Harrodsburg
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Harrodsburg
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Hotel Class:3 star — Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill - The Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shaker Village has been a warm beacon of hospitality for more than 200 years. Named as a top hidden travel destination by BBC News, The Inn is much more than a traditional hotel. Guest rooms, suites and private cottages-each offering distinct character-are located in 13 restored Shaker buildings. Rooms are comfortably appointed with Shaker reproduction furniture, original hardwood floors and spectacular countryside views. This complete Kentucky destination allows you to be as active or as restful as your heart desires. Dine on seasonal seed-to-table menus at The Trustees' Table and take home treasures from The Shops, then explore Shaker Village's 3,000 acres of discovery. Shaker Village is within short driving distances from Kentucky's legendary bourbon distilleries, horse farms and historic sites. Whether you're planning a family vacation, weekend getaway, business meeting, destination wedding or other special occasion, The Inn provides the perfect stage for your most memorable occasions. ... more   less 
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