Storybook Inn B&B in Versailles Kentucky
Storybook Inn B&B Versailles Lexington Kentucky Historic Bed and Breakfast Cottage Lodgings Accommodations
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Host/Innkeeper: Elise Buckley

Guestrooms: 3 + 1 cottage

Address: 277 Rose Hill Avenue, Versailles, Kentucky 40383 USA

Telephone: 859.879.9993,
1.877.279.2563

Activities/Attractions: Woodford County was formed in 1789 and is located between Lexington and Frankfort, Kentucky.  The county is nestled in the heart of the Bluegrass thoroughbred country. Many of the thousands of acres of horse farms that make up Woodford county have been host to such notable figures as Queen Elizabeth II, President Bush and William Jennings Bryan.  These farms are home to many famous thoroughbreds including Kentucky Derby Winner Seattle Slew and two time Horse of the Year, Cigar.    Also, Woodford County offers numerous opportunities for the antique lover.

Versailles, the Woodford County seat, was founded in 1792 by General Marquis Calmes. The area was once known as Falling Spring, but the town was named to honor General Lafayette.  Versailles offers a wealth of historic southern homes and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. At our B&B you can enjoy:

  • Lovely grounds with paths and benches for walks, reading, daydreaming, birdwatching or playing lawn games
  • Beautifully restored 100+ year old stone pond with waterfalls and lovely water lilies and hyacinth
  • Sit on the curved teak bench beside the ivy covered wall along the Koi stocked pond and enjoy a book to the sound of the waterfalls and singing birds
  • Lovely Big Spring Run Park with 2-mile walking trail behind Inn

"For Elise Buckley, Innkeeping is a calling and not just a vocation. Elise is well traveled, well read, an RN, Realtor, and gifted Designer. Whatever she does, she makes excellence her goal. She could have chosen to do many other things in this juncture of her life, but she is an Innkeeper. From the rave reviews of her guests from all over the country and outside the country, she must be doing something right. Storybook Inn is that rare balance of exquisite elegance with attention to detail coupled with a wonderful sense of welcome, that one feels they are coming home. Storybook Inn has been referred to by well traveled guests as: "My little taste of Charleston [SC] in Kentucky." And "more like a small luxury European hotel than a Bed and Breakfast." Not only is the delicious full breakfast prepared fresh daily, it is prepared using no hydrogenated fats, fillers, or bleached flour products. The water is filtered, the orange juice fresh squeezed, the nut breads and muffins made from scratch, the coffee fresh ground, and the egg entrees prepared fresh that morning. Elise has made a study of nutrition for over 2 decades and is sensitive to her guest's dietary needs. An example of same is a lady from Michigan who could not eat wheat products. Elise made a "Pumpkin Spice Wheatless" loaf for this surprised but delighted guest. Elise makes sure the rooms are sanitized thoroughly after each guest. One recent guest remarked, "This is the cleanest place I have ever stayed, and I am hyper sensitive to that sort of thing." So what makes Storybook Inn so special? The conscientious and caring Innkeeper, the wonderful food, attention to nutrition, attention to guest's needs, extra attention to cleanliness, the gorgeous environment and ambiance. All of that and more make Storybook Inn a coveted getaway destination. Come experience for yourself the beauty, the relaxing gardens, the porch swing on the covered verandah, the elegantly appointed suites and guest areas, the high thread count sheets, incredible mattresses, and the super clean environment that is Storybook Inn. Close to everything. Worlds apart!


"What a fabulous B&B! Wonderful, gourmet food & hospitality. We had a lovely weekend in this southern Mansion!! It certainly is 1st class."

"Beautiful inn, superb breakfast, great innkeeper, 5 stars."


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"The Storybook Inn is so elegant, yet it's comfortable. The beds, pillows, etc. were the most comfortable we have ever experienced. We were there for five days and no sore backs! The innkeeper and her staff were welcoming and provided the most wonderful breakfast and treats. Everything was made from scratch and tailored to our health needs. Our meals were served out on the screened in porch where we could view the beautiful garden and listen to the waterfall. We would heartily recommend this inn to anyone who enjoys good food, good service and comfortable surroundings."

"Number one Place to stay in Lexington Kentucky in my Opinion. I don't know what is better. The incredible Southern breakfast's or the incredibly clean and beautiful decorated rooms at the Storybook Inn. Nicest Bed and Breakfast we have ever stayed at. The Innkeepers are very nice and honest people."

General Information: Welcome to Storybook Inn Bed and Breakfast ... built in 1860, the B&B is located in the historic Rose Hill section of quaint downtown Versailles, Kentucky - as seen in the movie Elizabethtown (filmed in downtown Versailles and on Rose Hill Avenue) with Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst. Nestled amid lush grounds, the main house ushers visitors into a stately entrance hall where they are warmly made welcome. Storybook Inn is minutes from the famed picturesque Keeneland Racecourse, where the Sport of Kings is still "horse racing as it was meant to be".

Though only minutes from downtown Lexington, historic Versailles features fine dining, vineyards, horse farms and area historic sites such as Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill. At over 7,000 sq. ft., Storybook Inn also features a working elevator! Travel Writers and other well traveled B&B critics have told us repeatedly that we are "the cleanest and the nicest decorated Bed and Breakfast" that they have seen in all their travels! Storybook Inn is a quiet respite from the rest of the world and features include:

  • High Speed Internet Access
  • Fully stocked Library w/books & movies
  • King & Queen beds w/luxury linens
  • Large remote-controlled Satellite TVs/VCRs
  • Desks & Armoires in every room
  • Daily Homemade Goodies
  • Refreshments available at all times
  • Minutes from Airport & Keeneland
  • Close to major attractions
  • Meeting facilities
  • Massage Therapist on call
  • Working, wood paneled elevator

Every morning enjoy freshly squeezed juice, freshly ground coffee, gourmet ingredients such as freshly whipped cream and real Maple Syrup, chilled fresh fruit - much of it from the local peach and apple orchard - and, freshly made custom entrees!

Payment Accepted: Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express & Traveler's checks.

Rates: (Prices quoted in US Dollars).

$149-229/night/double (B&B)
$229-250/night (Cottage)

Full European style breakfast included.


"We stayed at the recently opened Storybook Inn in Kentucky, and found it to be one of the best B&B's we've stayed at. The inn itself was beautifully decorated and very welcoming. There are many rooms to enjoy with a book or glass wine: a large sitting room, a library, a dining room and a large covered porch that lead out to the beautiful garden and pond. Our hostess, Elise, had wine and cheese waiting for us when we arrived. She had, thoughtfully, already made dinner reservations at three(!) different places for us, described them to us and helped us choose one that best suited our needs. We stayed in the "Gone with the Wind" suite. It was big and beautiful and very luxurious. There were fresh flowers, chocolates and fruit in the room. The bed was comfortable and we slept like babies. In the morning, Elise served us breakfast in the covered porch. It was wonderful and she accommodated my husband's dietary needs. Every need and whim we had, Elise took care of. I cannot say enough good things about this truly special place. I have stayed at many B&B's and this one ranks as one of my favorites!"

"The ambiance of this charming house, accentuated by Elise's personality, has truly made our visit to the Storybook Inn a truly memorable experience. Elise has gone to great extremes to make sure that every detail is considered; from the goodies in the rooms to the one-of-a-kind breakfast. We did not want for anything during our stay in the beautiful 'Gone With the Wind' suite at the exceptional Storybook Inn. Thank you Elise for the memories!!"

"Thank you, thank you for such a lovely experience. You know you've hit the mark when at the end of each day we referred to coming here as 'going home.' You should be very proud! Not to mention the yum-yum food. You should start a cooking school!"