The Ashley Inn Bed and Breakfast is in a quiet corner of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region, located on-site at the Meadow Lake Equestrian Center. While the site’s history dates back to 1840, the hotel was built in 2007 to combine modern amenities with classic Southern charm.

The small, welcoming bed and breakfast sits in Lancaster, KY amid 130 acres of surrounding grounds. The peaceful garden, small size and beautiful lake make this the perfect getaway for couples or families seeking a relaxing change of pace, while Lexington is also nearby enough for those seeking the buzz of a city.

Guests are treated to delicious homemade breakfasts as part of their stay. Food is served in the main house in the dining room, but may be able to be served in-room.

1.The Ashley Inn Guest Rooms

The Ashley Inn Guest Rooms  

The Ashley Inn has six rooms in total which include five unique guest rooms with private bathrooms and one other which welcomes pets. All the guest rooms are decorated in unique ways and feature washrooms with over the bath showerheads (except when stated) and plenty of space. The delicious breakfast is provided for guests in the main dining area of the inn.

The Savannah room caters to couples celebrating weddings, honeymoons or anniversaries. The king-sized bed sits in a room with two especially large closets and plenty of space to take a private breakfast in. The windows provide a northeasterly view, showing trees and acres of rolling countryside. The pale pink and green color scheme accentuates the rustic, heavy wood furniture and the décor is cute without being kitsch.

The Tara Room, in contrast, aims to be family-friendly as it has space to sleep four people. Thanks to its queen-sized bed, twin bed and trundle bed (which slides underneath the twin bed to create more room during the daytime), there are ample spaces to sleep. The Tara bathroom is located across the hall and there is a back staircase that leads to the room’s door. Views show the surrounding grounds and the western facing windows are designed to showcase the beautiful Kentucky sunsets. The Tara Room is decorated in delicate eggshell blues, with a medium wood floor and charmingly mismatched but complementing furniture.

The Dreamer Room reigns over the whole inn, holding court at the top of the grand entry’s curved staircase. The king-sized room is designed to be charming and handsome, with a dark four-poster bed, large fireplace and decorated in shades of peach and oak. Additional seating space is available outside at the top of the staircase, while the room itself contains an additional twin bed to sleep three people. For a fee, another stowaway bed can be added for family or friends’ vacations, sleeping up to four people.

This versatility is continued in the Secret Garden Room, which can sleep two people in either two twin-sized beds or one king-sized bed. The en suite bathroom and bedroom both come with large windows offering views over the reflecting pond and luscious acres of the Meadow Lake Equestrian Center. They also showcase the ‘secret’ English Garden of its name, highlighting the courtyard and fountain. The bedroom is located in the back corner of the house and is only accessible via the back staircase, to ensure privacy and seclusion. Bright yellows and light wood furniture foster a sense of both optimism and serenity for guests staying in this room.

In its own building, The Veranda Room is located away from the main house, with walls six inches thick to maximize privacy and quiet. Decorated in verdant apple and autumnal tangerine with crisp white wicker accents, Southern elegance oozes from this room. The private en suite bathroom has two sinks and the extra-large guest room boasts a king-sized bed as well as a separate seating and living room area complete with television. It serves as an ideal peaceful getaway from busy city life, with views of the English courtyard and fountain.

Finally, The Aviary is the hotel’s pet-friendly suite which allows dogs. It comes with a double bed, dresser, seating area and en suite bathroom with a shower, but no bathtub. As a ground-level room, The Aviary is very accessible and has a door opening onto the Meadow Hills Equestrian Center and a private patio, which faces west for fantastic views of the sunset. Furnished with a cast-iron bed, the décor contrasts pale blue-grey walls with dark furniture and drapes.

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2.Weddings at The Ashley Inn

Weddings at The Ashley Inn  

Ashley Inn Bed and Breakfast has been a popular site for weddings in Kentucky for several years, due to its stunning period architecture and sprawling green grounds. The hotel can cater to parties of all sizes, from an intimate elopement ceremony up to hundreds of guests celebrating the big day.

Wedding planning services include scheduling vendors, organizing catering, hiring photographers and finalizing details. Wedding rental includes a bridal dressing room and exclusive use of the Carriage House, which is complete with a limestone patio, cocktail tables and restrooms. There is also day use of the grounds included, which have many excellent spots for photo opportunities.

Outdoor weddings can take place in several locations which include by the weeping willows which grow lakeside, on the manicured front lawn of Antebellum Mansion or underneath a secluded canopy of tree branches.

There are also indoor wedding locations offered, which are either inside a traditional tobacco barn or within the newly-constructed carriage house pavilion that can accommodate up to 400 guests.

Overnight accommodations are also available to wedding parties, though they are limited due to the small size of the hotel.

Besides weddings, Ashley Inn also has provisions to host corporate meetings and other private events. Elegant spaces are available for business meetings, which can be catered by the inn. Ashley Inn is an ideal location for exploring the Bluegrass area while also talking business.

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3.Things to Do Nearby

Things to Do Nearby  

Most guests staying at Ashley Inn Bed and Breakfast stay due to its position on-site at Meadow Lake Equestrian Center. The full-service facility is dedicated to helping riders of all levels achieve their goals, and as such offers lessons, camps and training programs.

All activities have a focus on riding safely and so are taught by professional staff. Riding lessons offered include dressage, jumping, trail riding, vaulting and classes dedicated to overcoming past fears of riding. Guests at the Ashley Inn may be interested in taking small group or private riding lessons on the well-cared for horses, no matter their previous experience level.

There are also shows hosted at Meadows Lake periodically, for competitive equestrians. Riders with their horse stabled at Meadows Lake are able to go for trail rides around the area and soak up all the beautiful Bluegrass countryside.

Lancaster itself is the seat of Garrard County, Kentucky, with a population of less than 3,500 people. However, it’s very close to Lexington, which has far more to do for guests seeking to get a taste of the southern Kentucky charm. The second-largest city in Kentucky is home to many horse races such as the Kentucky Horse Park, The Red Mile and Keeneland. If horse racing isn’t for you, it also has the largest dedicated basketball arena in the US, Rupp Arena, where you can try and catch a game. June-time visitors to the city can catch the Festival of Bluegrass which celebrates the state’s local music scene, or watch the spectacle of Lexington Pride Festival in late June. There are many other arts and cultural events throughout the year, cementing Lexington’s status as a cosmopolitan city.

Lexington is also packed to the brim with museums and historic sites. The Aviation Museum of Kentucky and the University of Kentucky Art Museum host impressive collections, while the Lexington Public Library and First African Baptist Church boast interesting architectural and social histories. Front of house staff at Ashley Inn Bed and Breakfast can help guide visitors keen to see Lexington and offer advice on the most notable sights.

128 Ashley Inn Way, Lancaster, KY 40444, Phone: 800-548-4922

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Ashley Inn Bed and Breakfast, a Romantic Hideaway in Lancaster, Kentucky