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Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #5 of 15 Louisville B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 27, 2007

It's not enough to have a charming, old historic bed and breakfast for a relaxing B&B experience, you need to add the class of the two owners who provide a rare feel of customer service. From when you walk through the door, no matter how late in the night, John and Ricardo have begun to introduce you to the house that they consider your temporary home. They will even honor your request to eat breakfast at a slighty later time without the company of anyone else! The extras that are absent in any other five star hotel or lodging include gourmet teas, cookies and fresh fruit, Enya in the background, gourmet breakfast, a spa-like bathroom, and a genuine care for your enjoyment. My husband and I relaxed in the den-like room on the third floor reading a book, enjoying snacks and sipping chamomile tea. The attention and friendliness has my husband and I already planning our next trip not to Louisville, but to Rocking Horse Manor B&B.
This is the best prescription for any vacation type!

Stayed: January 2007
7  Thank mahlisa
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Reviewed September 25, 2006

The owners John and Riccardo were very gracious and welcoming. The food was excellent. The accomodations were very comfortable. This was a wonderful Bed and Breakfast experience.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Bob_and_Gunn
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Reviewed March 5, 2006

This was our 2nd experience with the 1888 Historic Rocking Horse Manor. Our first experience with the Inn was less than acceptable as we were treated very disrespectfully by the previous owner, Richard Lowrimore. When the new owners of the Inn, John J. Lysaght, Jr. & Ricardo Bermudez heard about our previous experience, they apologized on behalf of the former owners and without hesitation offered us a complementary night in their most expensive suite, the Grand Victorian. My wife and I are grateful for John & Ricardo’s graciousness in offering us a free night at their Inn because otherwise we would have missed out on a much needed and very relaxing stay in one of the most beautiful houses we have every seen. If you want to be pampered and feel like royalty then John & Ricardo are your men and the Rocking Horse is the place.

This experience was much different from the first and exceeded all of our expectations. John & Ricardo are very charming and encompass everything that you would expect from Bed & Breakfast owners. They are very personable and engaging gentlemen and through their kindness and warmth made us feel at home from the moment we first stepped through the door until we checked out. They possess excellent customer service skills and have a passion for what they do and it carries through to their guests. They took a very awkward and negative situation for us and very skillfully turned it into a positive and their ability to do that seemed to come very naturally. John & Ricardo are quality people who are eager to please their guests and go out of their way to provide the extra touches. They are very flexible and easygoing and because they possess these qualities, we felt very comfortable at the Inn. They are easy to talk to and give you the sense that you are part of their extended family. They are very welcoming, inviting, and knowledgeable about the house and were very helpful in recommending places to eat as well as things to do. The beauty of the house speaks for itself and you can visit their website to get a sense of its’ beauty but the interaction with the owners will either enhance or detract from your experience. Our experience was greatly enhanced by John & Ricardo.

We wish them all of the success in the world and strongly recommend the 1888 Historic Rocking Horse Bed & Breakfast under the ownership of John & Ricardo. They have a strong sense of how to treat people and because of that they are going to be very successful in the Bed & Breakfast business. It has only been a couple of days since we stayed at their Inn and we have already begun to sing their praises and refer all of our family and friends to them.

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude and thanks to John & Ricardo for their exceptional hospitality and for restoring our faith in the 1888 Historic Rocking Horse Manor Bed & Breakfast. It is refreshing to know that this gem of a B&B is in good hands now and we won’t have to worry about anyone else being treated in the disrespectful manner in which we were treated during our first experience. It is our sincere hope to make a return visit to the Rocking Horse Bed & Breakfast very soon.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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5  Thank jtpohlman
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Reviewed December 22, 2005

My sister and I stayed at the Rocking Horse Manor for Derby in 2005 and had a wonderful time in Louisville, and a particularly wonderful time at the Manor. Rick and Ed were super hosts, very personable and friendly. In fact, part of the fun was the friendships that developed during that long weekend between guests and hosts alike. The food was spectacular, the rooms magnificent. Oh, and Friday evening before the Derby, Rick and Ed hosted a delicious evening of dining and drinks out on the patio. Rick and Ed both have a charming sense of humor. Our visit was one we won't soon forget. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed: May 2005, traveled on business
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1  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Reviewed August 6, 2005

We have never stayed at a B&B before and decided based on the reviews of Trip Advisor to try Rocking Horse Manor.... that was the best thing we have done since we married 9 years ago. We checked out this morning and I am still raving about the beauty and elegance!! Richard and Ed were wonderful and made us feel like royality and right at home. We even grabbed a delicious cookie @ 11pm from the dining room like when we were kids. We stayed in the Sellinger Anniversary suite for our 9th anniversary and were blown away. We were taken back with the beauty and cleanliness of this "home"... you can tell that this is a "home" filled with love and Richard and Ed make you part of the family, except I didn't have to cook or do the dishes!! The breakfast was so wonderful and the dining room was from another time gone by. I will be emailing all of my family and friends about this wonderful place. Even though we feel the price was a great value, you cannot put a price tag on perfection!! Thanks for making our Anniversary getaway so special..... we will be back, but not soon enough!!!!

  • Stayed: August 2005
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3  Thank Bryan B
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Reviewed July 3, 2005

This place is truly amazing! The house and courtyard are simply beautiful. We stayed 4 nights in Louise's Country Cottage Room and everything was perfect. The king bed was very comfortable, and we loved having a private bathroom, air, cable tv, etc -- everything you could need! Richard and Ed were perfect hosts, very warm and inviting. We were given a tour upon arrival, and each morning (after a wonderful gourmet breakfast) they took the time to give us directions and offer suggestions of places we might visit or try for lunch/dinner.

Thank you for an awesome weekend getaway! We will definitely recommend your B&B to others, and will stay here again on our next trip to Louisville!

Ron & Nancy

  • Stayed: July 2005
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4  Thank iluvvegas
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South Bend IN
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Reviewed April 7, 2005

We were so impressed with the personal touches - the friendly tour of the house and grounds on our arrival, the impeccable service and attention to detail, the wonderful helpfulness in finding local spots for dining and touring - complete with maps and menus printed out for our itenerary.
This is an exquisite old home that has been wonderfully restored and decorated. While the pictures online are accurate, they do not show the depth of loveliness in this historic home. It was a wonderfully relaxing stay in beautiful surroundings.
THANKS!

  • Stayed: April 2005
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3  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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Additional Information about Rocking Horse Manor Bed and Breakfast

Address: 1022 South Third Street, Louisville, KY 40203-2914
Location: United States > Kentucky > Louisville > Old Louisville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Louisville
Price Range: $75 - $135 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 6
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 

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