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Take A Weekend Trip to a Castle in Versailles (Kentucky) — No Passport Needed

Take a dream getaway with gorgeous accommodations, goat yoga, poolside Bourbon cocktails and more!

You deserve to feel special on vacation — to step out of your daily rhythm, completely relax and create special memories that last a lifetime. And what better place to do that than in a stately, medieval-style castle with luxury accommodations, fine dining and romantic gardens? If you want to go somewhere you can feel like a queen without needing to have the coffers of one, look no further than Versailles, Kentucky. You read that right: The U.S. has its own Versailles — and it’s just a stone’s throw from Louisville. Here, learn more about The Kentucky Castle, and why it’s an ideal place for your inner princess and her knight in shining armor to spend a night or two. 

A real-life castle in Kentucky

Aerial of The Kentucky Castle at Sunset
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Situated on an 110-acre estate in the lush valleys of central Kentucky, right outside Lexington in an aptly named town called Versailles, The Kentucky Castle was built in 1969 by a couple  inspired by the beautiful architecture they saw on their European honeymoon.

Unfortunately, construction issues, a divorce, and even a fire halted the castle’s progress. In 2017, new owners brought fresh life to the property, and made it their goal to allow guests to experience “Southern hospitality within the walls of a castle.” It’s now a beloved and unique fixture of Central Kentucky. 

Feel like a queen in the ‘Bluegrass State’ 

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Many girls dream of living like a princess in a fairy tale — without the whole getting-locked-in-a-tower-and-needing-rescue part, of course. The Kentucky Castle makes those dreams come true, and its towers are so lovely that you may actually want to lock yourself away for a while. Read on for more about the pet-friendly luxury lodging, unique amenities, and fine dining that can make your getaway memorable.

Relax in elegant chambers

Guest Room at The Kentucky Castle
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The Kentucky Castle features 18 rooms: four of those are Tower Suites, and one is a separate cabin with a view of the farm. And while you feel like you’re staying in a Medieval estate, the rooms are anything but old-fashioned. Each room is outfitted with charming, antique furniture and all the modern amenities you need, including a minibar, kitchenette, private balcony, and more

Farmview Chalet first floor at The Kentucky Castle
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Enjoy farm-to-table dining

Food Shot at The Kentucky Castle
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What’s the point of living like nobility if you don’t get to feast? The Kentucky Castle features an on-site restaurant, Castle Farm, that serves upscale, seasonal cuisine made using only fresh ingredients from local suppliers and their own gardens. With its proximity to the Bourbon Trail, where some of the state’s best distilleries are, you can expect delicious local cocktails as well. 

Outside Patio at The Kentucky Castle
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Take a dip in the pool and tour the grounds on horseback

Outdoor Pool at The Kentucky Castle
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Just because you’re there for the relaxing Royal treatment doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun, too. The Kentucky Castle features one-of-a-kind experiences like tours of the castle and gardens and horseback riding, and quirkier activities like Murder Mystery dinners and goat yoga (literally, yoga with goats).

You can interact with the farm animals, have a picnic in the gardens, take an art class or simply relax by the swimming pool or in the spa. The only thing you won’t be able to do at The Kentucky Castle is get bored. 

Baby Goat_Rosemary at The Kentucky Castle
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Explore Kentucky outside the castle walls

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Though you probably won’t want to leave The Kentucky Castle, there’s only more adventure awaiting you outside its walls. Lexington, Kentucky is world-renowned for its bourbon distilleries, and is also the home to a wide variety of unique activities and culture. Though Louisville is the home of the Kentucky Derby, Lexington is “The Horse Capital of the World” with its rolling landscapes full of horse farms.

Take in the majestic Appalachian Mountains on a hike, go on a tour of its historical sites, and enjoy the live music, art galleries, and other creative cultural fixtures that have earned it the nickname “Athens of the West.”

If you’re looking to have a weekend you won’t forget, take a look at The Kentucky Castle. Visit their website to book, and enjoy your stay, your majesty!

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