We are very fortunate that some very generous people from Kentucky had the foresight to preserve the heritage of the Shakers, who through celibacy, failed to preserve their own existance. Our family had the pleasure of staying overnight in one of the unique hotel rooms in the original shaker buildings. There are apparently all types of lodgings so quiz their staff carefully. They are not professional innkeepers but very nice and accommodating locals so question them carefully and try to get a handle on where you are staying. There are private houses, an inn over the restaurant, and scattered buildings around the pastoral site. We asked for a multi room accommodation to suit our family with teens. We were sent a few blocks away by car to stay in a shaker historic building which had been restored/remodeled into lodging. There was a huge central hall with steep stairs to the second floor (ask for a first floor room by all means) and once in our suite, there was a huge bedroom with twin beds and a separate bedroom with a double bed. The furnishings and decor was plain, attractive, and totally shaker inspired - until you checked the mattress to find the best Therapedic and you open a cabinet and find a new flatscreen. Don't expect gyms and spas and computer centers - plan to enjoy it for the heritage it preserves. The only minor setbacks we found were that the wood original floors make acoustics a little hard at times (we slightly heard a tv from below at night) and we wished they could have solved the winterizing problem without sealing the windows, but other than that, it was spotless, attractive, with a nice bath (and great showerhead) and fine mattresses.. The management is really good. Employees like their jobs and are enthusiastic. The views are really magnificent. Dinner was really outstanding - not cheap but a good value for terrific regional and carefully prepared food straight from their on-premesis farm. Breakfast was okay (not included in room) and less impressive than dinner. We had a great time at Shaker Village.
- 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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- Shaker Village Of Pleasant Hill Hotel Harrodsburg