You Can Stay At An Actual Castle In Kentucky

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You could book a king or queen suite at a regular hotel. But wouldn’t it be better to live like an actual king or queen by booking a stay at a real-life castle? Fortunately, there is one right here in the United States.

The Kentucky Castle is an opulent boutique hotel in Versailles, Kentucky, near the city of Lexington. Sitting on 55 acres of land, the castle is located among horse farms and bourbon distilleries.

Originally built in 1969, the castle was once known as the Martin Castle and then the Castle Post. However, the couple who were building it went through a divorce in 1975 and the castle sat empty for three decades, according to the travel blog Atlas Obscura.

Is it too early to be dreaming about gelato? We think not! We are so happy about serving @sorellagelateria at the castle. #Repost @sorellagelateria with @get_repost ・・・ Selma and I are both excited to let everyone know that our gelato will now be served at The Kentucky Castle!!! @thekentuckycastle 🏰 🍨🏰🍨If you have not been or heard about what the new owners are doing do yourself a favor and check it out They have created a heaven of fresh food, farm to table restaurant and one of a kind boutique hotel! We are so lucky to have an amazing piece of architecture here in the #Bluegrass and to have the people who will create unique experiences for all of us and visitors to enjoy! Thank you to the owners and their team for selecting us and we are so excited about this partnership. We look forward to working with their Sous Chef Kim Brown and meeting everyone else! #feellikeaprincess #feellikeaqueen #thekentuckycastle #sharethelex #farmtotable #eatfresh #eattheseasons #kyproud #smallbusiness #partnership #versailles #versailleskentucky

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It was purchased and renovated in 2003, but closed down after a fire on the construction site the very next year. After reopening again in 2007, the quirky castle has been renovated and is now operating as a hotel, restaurant and entertainment venue under new ownership.

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The hotel has 14 boutique rooms, plus a ballroom and a scenic rooftop for private events. (The rooftop is also where the Philadelphia Eagles’ Carson Wentz proposed to his fiancée!) While the rooms book up fast, you can snag one in the castle starting at $195, according to WDRB.

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Castle Farms, the hotel’s farm-to-table restaurant, serves seasonal and fresh foods. It tries to source its food as locally as possible and highlight the bounteous ingredients in the Bluegrass State.

The farm-to-table philosophy at Castle Farms Restaurant means locally sourced ingredients for all our dishes. We get super excited when we find like-minded folks that we can partner with to make our farm-to-table ideas a reality. That's why we source a lot of items provided by @wholesomelivingfarm. Owned and operated by Will and Ashley Meurer, Wholesome Living Farm utilizes multi-species, rotational grazing practices to fulfill their mission to steward Creation in a redemptive way that builds soil, builds forgiveness into our ecosystem, and builds a bridge between the patrons and the food that nourishes them. . . Make reservations through our #linkinbio ⬆️⬆️ or visit and come try out some amazing farm-to-table dishes. 🍽 #thekentuckycastle #food #dinnerdate

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Just coming for a visit? Even if you’re not staying at the castle, you can book a guided tour of the hotel and its grounds. The Kentucky Castle does lunchtime and dinnertime tours, as well as a 2 p.m. tour that doesn’t come with a meal.

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Of course, bourbon is important to the area. Kentucky Castle has a “bourbon steward-in-residence” as well as a yearlong Bourbon University that teaches the history and basics of bourbon. Students can attend all 12 classes for $395, or take one class for $35, which includes a bourbon flight and light food.

The hotel also hosts a concert series with Kentucky bluegrass bands, as well as other special events.

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And as you can see in the beautiful photo below, the castle makes an idyllic backdrop for a wedding.

While there is plenty to do at Kentucky Castle, a visit to nearby Lexington will show you why the area is called the “Horse Capital of the World.” Go on a horse farm tour or see nearly 50 breeds of horses at the 1,200-acre Kentucky Horse Park. Or visit local museums, tour historic homes and sample Kentucky bourbon from local distilleries.

Kentucky Horse Park

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