While the Victorian house and its furnishings are well-maintained and we found the rooms to be clean and quiet, the best part of our stay were our hosts, John and Ricardo. After showing us around the house and telling us some of its history and the history of Louisville, we told the hosts our interests and they were able to give excellent tips on where to dine and what to see. We tried out several restaurants and sites at their suggestion and found all of their recommendations helpful. Breakfast was a special time when hosts and fellow guests shared plans for the coming day and what we had found and done up to that point around town.
A few things about Louisville - it is a small city and easily navigable by car. We had the grid figured out by our first afternoon. The blocks are longer than true city blocks, keep that in mind when planning to walk. Parking is extremely reasonable. We were in town for the Forecastle Music Festival and never paid more than $5 for event/all day/night parking. The festival took place over the weekend and we were surprised to find many of the shops and restaurants "downtown" were not open, or only open at odd hours. Be sure to call ahead if you have specific dining plans.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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. ... more less