Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn
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Welcome to Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn, the world's first Bourbon-themed B&B! The 2 early 1800s pre-Civil War Plantation Homes becon the Bourbon Lover. Featuring 9 luxurious antique-appointed guest rooms, each with a private bath, King Beds with 600 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets, fine art, fireplaces, flat-screen TVs with Cable and FREE Movies and FREE WiFi.
Experience a truly unique historic B&B located downtown Bardstown, the Bourbon Capital of the World, as well as voted America's Most Beautiful Small Town. This property features a park-like setting and an historic tobacco barn which has been turned into The Bunghole Bourbon Bar & Lounge - featuring over 100 Bourbons, Premium Wines, Crafted Beers, and a Tappas and Dessert Menu. Enjoy Bourbon Flights - choose from over 100 Bourbons or have our Bartender educate you on the various flight themes. Also onsite is our Day Spa, featuring a wide-range of Spa Treatments.
Where Bourbon is celebrated every day of the year!
Our Inn's History
Bourbon Manor has not always been an award-winning bed and breakfast inn. This historic property in Bardstown, KY has quite a colorful history dating back to the 18th century.
In the late 1770’s, early Kentucky pioneer settler Colonel Samuel Bealmer purchased 3,000 acres of what was then land surrounding the frontier of “Colonel James Roger’s (Fort) Station,” established in 1780. Colonel Bealmer’s oldest daughter, Ruth and her husband Joseph Brown were heirs to 950 acres. In 1810, Colonel Bealmer built Ruth and Joseph their first plantation home, presently known as Bourbon Manor’s Federal House. Thanks to their agricultural success with tobacco farming, and to their well-known swine operation, producing cured country hams, the couple was then able to build the stately Greek Revival Manor in 1830. The architect of the Manor was Joseph’s brother, James Marshall Brown, an apprentice under highly-regarded Baltimore Architect, John Rogers. John is credited for such fine structures as Federal Hill (My Old Kentucky Home), Wickland (Home of 3 Governors), and the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral – all architectural gems located in Bardstown.
Originally referred to as Oaklawn Plantation, the large solid-brick house features a full basement with foundations made of large, native limestone blocks. Each wall is four rows of brick thick; each brick having been made on the property by the plantation’s slave labor. The outside walls are topped with a wide, flat wooden cornice of detailed dentil moldings. On top of the handsome building rests a rectangular cupola with large, square windows and a beautiful modillion cornice. The cupola was originally meant for use for security lookout, overseeing farm workers, and to watch the weather.
Inside, the building’s interior is divided into four 20′ x 20′ square rooms on the second and third levels. The entrance is punctuated by a gorgeous cantilevered spiral staircase which opens onto the second story before continuing to the attic.
The property has been home to many prominent families of Nelson County for over 200 years. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated a Kentucky Landmark having historical and architectural significance.
During the American Civil War years, it was occupied by Confederate General Braxton Bragg’s brigade of 16,000 which settled around Bardstown for 2-3weeks. The Manor served as headquarters for General William J. Hardee, who served under General Bragg. Shortly after the Confederates left, the home was then occupied by Union Troops as they headed through Bardstown toward Perryville. Both sides clashed in Perryville, which became the site of Kentucky’s bloodiest battle with 7500 wounded or lost lives.
Throughout the years, the Manor has been a private residence, a boarding home during the Great Depression, divided into apartment units, and operated as a Bed & Breakfast for more than 25 years. It has been featured in countless media articles in leading publications and awarded many accolades including Top B&B in Kentucky, Country Inn of the Month, and The New York Times named it as “a stylish place to stay while touring the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.” Several renovations have preserved the Manor, including its most recent $100,000 restoration by new owners/innkeepers Todd Allen and Tyler Horton. We invite you to visit and experience firsthand this special place known as Bourbon Manor.
Just 30 minutes from the greater Louisville, Kentucky area is Bourbon Manor, our Bardstown inn, where your morning culinary satisfaction is of utmost importance. You will be treated to a delicious and filling country breakfast each morning of your stay.
Join us in our elegant, formal dining room where we offer small round tables for a more intimate dining experience. A wood-burning fireplace provides a warm glow and romantic ambiance during the late Fall and Winter months. Our crystal and china breakfast setting provides a memorable dining occasion.
Traveling with other couples or friends? We can certainly accommodate small-group seating.
An award-winning, full country “gourmet” breakfast is normally served between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., unless other special arrangements have been requested. Continental Breakfast is available before and after this timeframe with an advanced request prior to your arrival. We are happy to address special dietary needs, including Gluten-Free and Sugar-Free options, and any food allergies or unique likes/dislikes – please indicate any of these special needs when you make your reservation.
We feature locally grown and Kentucky Proud ingredients wherever possible for that extra-fresh flavor and true taste of Kentucky!
Sample Country Breakfast Menu
- Coffee, Teas, Hot Cocoa, Sodas, and Juice Choices
- Fresh Fruit and Homemade Muffins
- Signature Egg Dish or Omelets
- Bacon, Ham, or Sausage
- Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole or Breakfast Potatoes
- Lemon Souffle Pancakes, Fruit Waffles, or Buttermilk Biscuits
- Assorted Jams, Jellies, Sauces, and Syrups (also available for purchase)
Beverages & Snacks
Our Beverage & Snack Station is available in the dining room. This is a great place to meet and get to know the other guests staying at the manor throughout the day!
Guests are welcome to bring their own beverage of choice. Wine glasses, champagne flutes, and rock glasses, along with bottle openers, ice and ice buckets are available for you to use any time of day.
It might seem like there would be a very slim chance of finding a quality day spa outside of the Louisville, Kentucky area. But have we got a surprise for you! Just 30 minutes from Louisville, you’ll find Bourbon Manor’s very own day spa, which opens Spring 2015!
You will be treated to friendly, personalized service from experienced staff for everything you’ve dreamed of in a day spa. Located just seven blocks from the Town Square/Circle in Bardstown, it is easy to plan a day spa visit during your shopping and dining trip in our quaint, historic town.
The spa will soon offer a full-range of wonderful spa services in our Historic Mansion, including Spa Packages, Customized Facials, Microdermabrasion Treatments, Body Treatments, Manicures, Pedicures, Cellulite Treatments, Deep-tissue and Relaxation Massages, Dry Sauna, Exercise Room, neck/back pain relief, and more! Be sure to ask about our “Pure Light Slim,” which helps you lose inches in all the right places!
Enjoy quick and simple convenience of online booking combined with the ease of shopping online for an incredible gift for that someone special right from the privacy of your home or office: Instant Gift Certificates!
Stay tuned for more details!
Call for additional information and to schedule your appointment: 502.512.0122
Todd Allen and Tyler Horton have enjoyed hosting and developing friendships with their guests for nearly 15 years. Having restored and operated award-winning Maple Hill Manor Bed & Breakfast in Springfield, Kentucky, they have expanded to include Bourbon Manor in their inn portfolio. Their passion for historic preservation, cooking, gardening, hospitality, spoiling and delighting their guests, and having great fun while multi-tasking has made them a success story among the B&B Industry.
Todd and Tyler’s love for Bourbon and promoting Bourbon Country created their desire to live and operate a second B&B in the Bourbon Capital of The World. Together, they share an exciting vision of transforming Bourbon Manor into a unique Bourbon destination…centrally located on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, its a Bourbon Lover’s Paradise, where Bourbon is celebrated and enjoyed every day of the year!
Todd’s great-great uncle, Colonel E. H. Taylor, started the Old Taylor brand of Bourbon in Frankfort, and his great grandfather worked at Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg for nearly 40 years. Todd has helped promote the Bourbon Distilleries and other related attractions since 2001. His favorite beverage of choice continues, and always will be Kentucky Bourbon.
Todd has been a 14-year Board Member of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Kentucky, serving as 2x president for 8 of these years. In addition to his current Board position as Corresponding Secretary, he leads their marketing, green-lodging certification, and education & conference planning committees. He is currently serving as Advisory Council Board Member of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International. He was most recently elected to the Bardstown Tourism Commission Board.
Tyler’s fondness of Bourbon stems from his award-winning recipes, many which include Bourbon as a major ingredient. He aspires to complete his cookbook project, which will include many of the Bourbon-related recipes from his experience as Chef at Maple Hill Manor over the last 15 years. He enjoys the locally-produced Bourbons and has learned which ones are suitable for those on a Gluten-Free Diet.
We invite you to be our guests. We would love to share our favorite Bourbon cocktails, Bourbon recipes, and interesting and educational Bourbon activities and events with you!
We hope to see you soon!
From Louisville, KY
Follow I-65 S toward Nashville. Take exit 112 for KY-245. Turn left onto KY-245 S, Clermont Rd. Continue to follow KY-245 S. Turn right onto N 3rd St. Bourbon Manor will be on the right.
From Elizabethtown, KY
Take I-65 S toward Nashville. Take exit 93 for Blue Grass Pkwy toward Bardstown, Lexington. Merge onto KY-9002 E. Take exit 21 for US-31E toward Bardstown, Hodgenville. Turn left onto US-31E N, New Haven Rd. Continue to follow US-31E N. Turn right onto W Stephen Foster Ave. At the traffic circle, take the 3rd exit onto N 3rd St. Bourbon Manor will be on the left.
From Lexington, KY
Travel on US-60 W, Versailles Rd. to the Blue Grass Pkwy ramp toward Lawrenceburg, Elizabethtown. Take exit 25 toward Bardstown. Turn right onto US-150 W, Springfield Rd. Continue to follow US-150 W. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto N 3rd St. Bourbon Manor will be on the left.