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Kentucky – a road trip through the state:- part 10

During our walks around Bardstown and trips around the area we found three places that we would consider staying in should we ever return to the area. So if you are planning a trip after reading this then you should defiantly check out what they have to offer.

The first is more than just a single place; we came across the Kentucky Bourbon House Inn which is a beautifully restored Kentucky Mansion. According to the National Register of Historic Places it was built in 1787, it’s located in the heart of downtown historic area so is in easy walking distance of all the shops and restaurants. It only offers two private suites but each contains a four poster queen bed. The suites are the Bourbon Loft circa 1787 which is upstairs in the Kentucky Bourbon House, and the Henri Chapeze Suite circa 1787 which downstairs in the Kentucky Bourbon House. You can also use the front porch where they serve you coffee or cocktails. They, of course, have a Bourbon Bar with a private garden attached.

You are welcomed at the Inn by Colonel Michael and Margaret Sue Masters who are the owners. The Colonel and Margaret Sue are also the proprietors of the Colonel’s Cottage Inns. This is currently a collection of four Cottages; Millstone Cottage circa 1880, Pioneer Park Cottage circa 1880, Bourbon Cottage circa 1903 and John Fitch Cottage circa 1830. The John Fitch Cottage is an old slave cottage and it seems that a lot of work was put into restoring it while still making it suitable for guests.

I say currently because they are looking to add more cottages to collection. These are historic cottages that have been meticulously restored and look quite good from what we could see. Both the Cottages and Suites have been furnished with Kentucky antiques so that they convey a feel which is reminiscent of older times in the South and offer a graceful and genteel space. If you like your own space rather than just having a room in a hotel then you will find these cottages an ideal place to stay. You also have no need to worry about daily housekeeping or breakfast as this is provided in all the accommodations.

If you want to stay in the main town then there is a place which been providing shelter, food and drink to travellers since the late 1700s. This is The Old Talbott Tavern on Court Square. It is worth going here just because of the array of historic figures and events straight from the history books that have happened right here. People that have stopped here for food and shelter during their travels include a young Abraham Lincoln and his family, Gen. George Rogers Clark, Daniel Boone, and exiled French King Louis Phillipe. A member of the King’s entourage even painted murals on the upstairs walls. There are noticeable bullet holes in the now faded paintings where legend has it Jesse James shot them.

They claim to be the world’s oldest Bourbon Bar. T. R. Beam, Jim’s brother once owned the Talbott Tavern and later sold it to Tom Moore from the Tom Moore Distillery. The 5 rooms on offer also claim to be the oldest Western Stagecoach stop in America.

If you want to stay a little bit out of town then read on in part 11

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