A Storybook Inn: Comfortable luxury in Central Kentucky

My husband and I rarely have the chance to travel anywhere together, just the two of us. So when an opportunity to spend a long weekend in Kentucky presented itself, we didn’t have to think twice about it.

The focus of our trip was A Storybook Inn, a Select Registry property, in Versailles, Kentucky. We were greeted upon arrival by Elise, proprietor and innkeeper. Elise showed us around the main floor of the house and I knew right away that it was going to be extremely difficult to ever leave the inn. The elegant but comfortable decor, the 50-foot glass conservatory, the ever-so-inviting reading nook… Storybook is a destination all on its own.

In talking extensively with Elise, we learned the fascinating history of the house, which was built before the Civil War. Elise took ownership of the home in 2004 and began massive renovations. A Storybook Inn officially opened in April of 2005. Today, the home still maintains and exudes the historic charm you’d expect from a pre-Civil War mansion in horse country, all while highlighting modern conveniences and elements of luxury.

As gorgeous as the home is, the real star of the show at A Storybook Inn is Elise. Simply, Elise does it all. She is the innkeeper, the chef, the designer, the decorator… She does it all with grace, elegance, and confidence. My husband and I spent a good amount of time talking to Elise throughout our stay. She was never intrusive, and we truly enjoyed hearing her stories of distinguished guests past (British Royalty, anyone?) and appreciated her recommendations on local dining and attractions.

So, a bit more about…

The Inn

The four suites at the inn are named after classic Hollywood movies: “My Fair Lady”; “Gone With The Wind”; “Casablanca”; and “Somewhere In Time”. The decor of the rooms fit the themes of the movies they’re named after. We stayed in Gone With The Wind, a two-room suite on the top floor of the home, overlooking the expansive front lawn and driveway. Movie memorabilia, photos of the stars of the classic American film, and copies of the Gone With The Wind book are all tastefully displayed throughout the suite. The bedroom features a king bed, armoire, television, full closet, mini-refrigerator, and lounging chair; the second room has a recliner, daybed, desk and chair, and the private bathroom with two-person shower. In the upstairs common area right outside our suite, Elise keeps a refrigerator stocked with bottled water and juices for her guests, and a coffee maker with a variety of coffees.

On the main floor of the home, the foyer leads to a formal parlor, complete with piano and Civil War-themed chess game. Through the parlor is probably my favorite space in the home: the most adorable library, or reading nook, I’ve ever seen. As soon as I saw it, I told Elise, “You’re going to have to kick me out of here!” Tall shelves are generously stocked with books and magazines and, in the middle of it all, two fluffy chairs to plop into and read for hours. I attempted to do just that, except I was so relaxed that I inevitably fell asleep in the chair while reading.

A Storybook Inn | Versailles, Kentucky

Library / reading nook

Two more main rooms round out the main floor of the home: the formal dining room and the glass conservatory, where breakfast is served every morning. The conservatory looks out onto gardens in the backyard; it’s such a peaceful setting. Guests are encouraged to relax in the conservatory beyond breakfast, as well.

In addition to the suites, the new Huntsman’s Chase Guesthouse is also on property. Essentially, it’s a private home with a fully-equipped kitchen, a deck, an adorable front porch, an office, 4 bedrooms, and 3.5 baths. We didn’t get to go inside, but I imagine it’s as gorgeous as the main inn.

Huntsman's Chase Guesthouse at A Storybook Inn | Versailles, Kentucky

Huntsman’s Chase Guesthouse

The Food

It’s quite amazing. Elise does all the shopping and meal preparation herself. She’s known to frequent local markets and to also go out of her way to procure organic, natural, and fresh ingredients. Elise will also accommodate any dietary needs and allergies.

On our first morning, we were treated to organic lemon crepes with homemade whipped cream and homemade, organic blackberry syrup. But that’s not all. Homemade lemon blueberry scones, oven roasted local bacon, and an organic fruit, yogurt, and granola parfait rounded out our breakfast. In addition to the divine breakfast, it’s the little things Elise does that truly warmed my heart. For example, the diffuser emitting essential oils to promote relaxation, and personalized breakfast menus for guests each morning.

The Area

Versailles is in Central Kentucky, in the middle of scenic horse country. Lexington is 15 minutes away by car, and it’s approximately one hour from Louisville. It is an optimal base for touring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. A number of distilleries are just a short drive from the inn (we made it to Woodford Reserve and Four Roses). There are fantastic dining options in Versailles (we loved Napa Prime Burgers + Seafood!), Lexington, and nearby in the town of Midway.

Whatever brings you to Kentucky – visiting family, enjoying the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, or even attending the Kentucky Derby – seriously consider a stay at A Storybook Inn. Indulge yourself and enjoy the luxury, the relaxation, and the hospitality. Elise will make you feel so at home that you will find it difficult to ever leave.

We stayed two nights at A Storybook Inn, one of which was complimentary, thanks to Elise and Select Registry. We paid the regular rate for the Gone With The Wind suite ($299/night + tax) for the second night. I’d gladly pay in full to stay again at A Storybook Inn. Needless to say, all words and opinions – as always – are my own.

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18 Responses to A Storybook Inn: Comfortable luxury in Central Kentucky

  1. IamVagabond May 7, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    Wow this looks like such a lovely place. I have only been to Kentucky while visiting Great Smoky Mountain National Park http://nationalparksimages.org/grsm/

    If I happen to go there again I will definitely check this out. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Nadine (Scenes From Nadine) May 7, 2016 at 11:32 am #

    Now that is a great place for a getaway for you and your husband! I’m in love with that library and reading nook. I could spend all day there! And the sitting room really does look like a movie setting. Lovely!
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  3. Marteen May 7, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    You had me at reading nook and then when you said the rooms were named after classic Hollywood films and decorated accordingly! Do you get to choose which room you want to stay in?

  4. Holly May 7, 2016 at 8:51 pm #

    That 2 head rain shower is amazing. Every shower should have that? Maybe even on the other side of the shower lol. May have to check this place out one day.
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  5. Scott May 8, 2016 at 10:31 am #

    Looks like a wonderful place!

  6. Traveling Ted May 8, 2016 at 3:14 pm #

    It definitely looks comfortable. I would love to sink into one of those chairs and relax with a good book. I hope there is nothing to interesting to do outside because I would not want to leave the Inn.
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  7. Elena May 9, 2016 at 10:05 am #

    What a great example of a bygone era. We should be thankful that people like Elise exist. I knew another B&B proprietor in Virginia’s Blue Mountains, and it was fascinating how much tenacity, patience and good humor he had during the process of restoration of the property and running the place.
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  8. Christina May 9, 2016 at 10:31 am #

    Looks like a great place for a getaway. Glad to hear that the place had also had good service. A nice place can be easily ruined if the service does not match.

  9. Lisa Goodmurphy May 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm #

    This inn looks and sounds lovely – every aspect of it!! I would have taken up residence in the reading nook as well!
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  10. Colleen Lanin May 9, 2016 at 4:37 pm #

    Oh my…those lemon crepes look scrumptious!

  11. Lara Dunning May 10, 2016 at 9:31 pm #

    This inn is so lovely, and the food they make–wow! It’s great that the innkeeper goes out of her way to find local and organic foods.

  12. Erin Klema | The Epicurean Traveler May 10, 2016 at 10:49 pm #

    I’ve been to both Four Roses and Wild Turkey, which are near to Versailles. This is such a charming area of Kentucky with horse farms and bourbon distilleries. I’ll have to keep the Storybrook Inn in mind for a future bourbon trip. The breakfast alone is a huge selling point for me!

  13. Sally from Passport & Plates May 11, 2016 at 12:41 am #

    This looks like such a nice and cozy spot for a getaway! How perfect. And the food looks heavenly as well which is always a win in my book!

  14. Alyssa | Adjust Your Focus® May 11, 2016 at 1:13 am #

    I love how every inn is unique and charming, and this is no exception. It looks so peaceful, and that’s great the food is local and organic. Wonderful all around!

  15. Paul May 11, 2016 at 8:13 am #

    Omg this place looks really cozy! It’s great to just have a bit of luxury every now and then, just to get escape from everything!
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  16. Tara May 11, 2016 at 8:56 am #

    I love old houses with history, how fascinating. I would love to stay there, they sure did a beautiful job in restoring it to all it’s glory!!

  17. Vicky and Buddy May 11, 2016 at 7:37 pm #

    It looks like such a quaint inn! And those crepes look awesome!
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  18. Mags May 12, 2016 at 11:38 pm #

    What an adorable place, and the food looks spectacular! I would definitely love to check it out

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