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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill - The Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Harrodsburg
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 29, 2006

During the second trimester for our first child, the wife and I decided to take a “babymoon” and make our first trip to Pleasant Hill from our homebase of Louisville. After going to the Kentucky State Fair and finding a coupon for Shaker Village, we booked a room for Labor Day weekend. The site is a wonderfully unique experience that was incredibly peaceful. Our room was the entire attic of the Old Stone Shop, one of the smaller buildings on the property, and consisted of a two room suite divided by the narrow hall. We were unclear whether this was a shared bathroom, but seeing as how these were the only rooms on the floor, we assumed not. Be advised that Shaker Village is not a resort and they make no attempts to modernize the facilities, so the room is a bit drafty with skeleton key locks and you can hear folks walking up the stairs. Also, the TV only gets the three or four Lexington channels that the rabbit ears pick up, but you don’t go here for the TV. The room was wonderfully authentic with clean lines, comfortable shaker furnishings and a low, sloped ceiling. The atmosphere was so quiet that we had to pick up an electric fan in town just to make some white noise for us city folk. After checking in at the main house, we felt like we had the place all to ourselves that evening since our building was small and out of the way. The idea of shaker pegs was also so useful and neat that we stole it for our baby’s nursery. The bathroom was small and (obviously) a retrofit and we weren’t fond of the memory foam mattress, but there were no problems with anything. The next day we ate at the wonderful restaurant and toured the grounds to cap a great getaway. This is one of those places that, if possible, you must experience in your life. Just be advised that, if you take the back roads to this place, they are quite curvaceous and can make pregnant ladies a bit nauseous if driven at the speeds that I tend to drive.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 5, 2006

I had a beautiful stay at Shaker Village in September 2006. This is the only Shaker community where visitors can stay in actual Shaker buildings with reproduction Shaker furniture. As such, it was a totally unique, special experience that you really need to do if you're staying in the Harrodsburg area.

The village itself is totally peaceful and serene -- rolling central Kentucky scenery with a spiritual quality added. The surrounding farmland is breathtaking and has a collection of trails for hiking, running, biking, and horseback riding. I think you could spend a whole day on the trails alone. Costumed interpreters provide musical programs and demonstrate broommaking, carpentry, and other crafts. Yet the village wasn't at all crowded. Admission is cheap at $14.

The restaurant is very good country style cooking, and does not require village admission, so if you just have an hour or so, you can get a taste of Shaker Village that way. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served. When you're done, sneak outside and walk down the broad central street to see the buildings - theoretically a ticket is required but they only seem to check when you go inside to the exhibits and demonstrations.

But on to the hotel.... I paid $89/night. They pick the dwelling for you - several are equipped for guests. The room contained a double and a twin, with a small TV on a cart, two rocking chairs, a very plain black phone, and a totally plain white bathroom. This amused me because I thought it was exactly what the Shakers would have built if they had put phones and bathrooms in (they loved technology - I think they would have). There was only a small rug under the rocking chairs, so it was a little cold underfoot - bring slippers. Also, you have to carry up your own luggage: no elevators!

The hallways were a little loud and echo-y. But the Tempurpedic beds were WONDERFUL, and the sunlight streaming in through the linen curtains gently woke me, not the heavy footsteps on the stairs.

Again -- a wonderful experience -- it's not a Holiday Inn, and it's not to be missed.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed December 21, 2005

I just happened on this place when searching for hotels that have Temper-pedic beds. What a find! My husband and 6 yr. old daughter visited the Shaker Village in May of 2005 and stayed in one of the West Houses. The lodging is actually in the old houses. The temper-pedic beds were uncomfortable to us, but I'm sure some people would love them. The rooms were furnished in simple shaker style. With very basic furniture (including shaker style rocking chairs) and pegs along the walls to hang things on. Also there were shaker style dressers and tables in the rooms. The bathrooms were small, but clean and adequate. (A small TV (no cable) and telephone were provided.) There was a main sitting area in our building with movies for the kids and places to relax. The next nearest lodging was several miles away. I don't think it would be possible to experience the whole shaker experience without staying at the village. When staying at the village your original ticket purchased to tour the village is good for your whole stay.

A couple of things we really liked -- the breakfast at the main house was delicious and reasonably priced, but reservations are a must if you want to get in to eat. The atmosphere and service were excellent. You can buy packages that include your meals here while you stay -- next time we will be doing that. (Other restaurants nearby -- are not really that close and there's not a lot to choose from.)

Also, everything in the village closes up of an evening. You can walk around, but the houses are not open. At first it was a little unnerving to not really have anything to do, but then I realized that it's part of the experience to be "forced" to relax. The dirt paths are lit at night by lantern and the views are unimaginable. The sunrises of the morning are just breath-taking. You truly feel relaxed and refreshed when you leave. This was the most renewing vacation we've ever taken.

The houses are staffed with very knowledgeable people in period clothing which are more than happy to share the history of the village with you. The horse drawn wagon tour is also well worth the few dollars it costs. Just down the road is your opportunity to ride an authentic sternwheeler, the Dixie Belle, for a trip down the Kentucky River. A neat experience.

All in all, this is a very unique, history rich vacation opportunity. We spent only a couple of nights and thought we had seen everything, but my parents went after us and come home with bits of history and pictures of things that we had missed. So there's obviously lots to see and learn. Even our 6 yr. old daughter enjoyed it.

Lastly, our whole trip cost less than $500 for the 2 nights/3 days we were gone including lodging, meals and attractions. In my opinion that is about as cheap a vacation as there is!

  • Stayed: May 2005
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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 3501 Lexington Rd, Harrodsburg, KY 40330-9218
Location: United States > Kentucky > Harrodsburg
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Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Harrodsburg
Price Range: $75 - $100 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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