Kentucky is well known as the horse capital of the world, home to thoroughbreds belonging to princes and Hollywood royalty alike. With rolling hills of bluegrass, bourbon, and historical charm it is no wonder that this area attracts astute vacationers.

Maple Hill Manor is a charming bed and breakfast located in Springfield close to Bardstown and is a glimpse into the Antebellum past. This working Llama and Alpaca farm is a preserved home reminiscent of a quieter more simple time.

1.Rooms & Suites

Rooms & Suites  

Keeping with the historical preservation of the property, each room is a unique step back in time. Guests can enjoy the relaxing whirlppol or lounge by their fireplace in the premium rooms. Each room comes with a Full Country Breakfast, anytime beverages, and a homemade dessert. The property is smoke free to preserve the historical integrity of the location. Each room bears the name of a significant southern historical figure.

The McElroy Honeymoon Hideaway is designed and furnished with all the nuances of a romantic retreat. It contains a two-person whirlpool, a fireplace along with a lush queen bed. Crown molding, custom curtains, high thread-count cotton, are just some of the details which make this the ideal romantic getaway. This room contains an exterior entrance and patio.

Stephen Collins Foster wrote the well loved state song, "My Old Kentucky Home" and is the namesake for the room containing two horse themed oil paintings. These images evoke for the guest the regional connection to the horse industry with all the glamour it contains. This room contains a queen-sized four-poster bed and stunning views of the "Butterfly Moon Garden" out the large windows. The Foster contains a walk-in shower and private bath, with an electric fireplace and Jacuzzi., another excellent choice for a honeymoon.

Bird watchers and outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the John James Audubon room. The framed pictures of local birds and the outdoor views overlooking the neighboring horse farms creates a relaxing ambiance. The Audubon contains a Queen canopy bed with a cozy Alpaca blanket, a gas fireplace and lush decor. This room can be combined with the Stephen Foster room for larger family or group accommodations.

Guests can enjoy the elegance of the mahogany decor in the cozy Abraham Lincoln Library. This room is ideal for bibliophiles and history buffs. The bed is a Half-Tester Queen, with mahogany bed frame and the walls are lined with shelves of antique books and collectibles. The gas fire place is a great place to unwind with a good book or to relax and watch the scenic sunsets.

The Jefferson Davis is another second floor room with antique decor and a wrought-iron canopy bed. The oversized windows overlook the Butterfly Moon Garden and neighboring farms. There is also a gas fireplace. Extra bedding can be reserved for added sleep availability for a small fee.

The Clara Barton offers a spacious airy feel, with lighter decorations creating a summertime ambiance any time of year. The windows invite with views of the Gazebo and gardens. Guests can watch the Llama's frolic in the front pastures as they enjoy their stay in this room. This room connects with the Harriet Beecher Stowe room for larger groups and families.

With more views of the Wedding Gazebo, this getaway is great for a ladies retreat. This space contains a queen bed and two twin beds, and the antique decor creates a truly elegant escape. This room connects with the Clara Barton Room and the McElroy in any combination of the two. Extra sleep accommodations can be added.

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2.Weddings & Conferences

Weddings & Conferences  

Located in perfect distance from Lexington or Lousiville, the Maple Hill Manor is an enviable location for the special day. The property contains the famous Butterfly Moon Garden, one of many flower gardens on the property. This special garden is comprised only of white flowers causing it to appear to glow on a full moon night. This ivory backdrop is also the perfect backdrop to a wedding. The Wedding Gazebo offers another enchanting possibility, along with the available Horse and Carriage rides. Rolling hills, scenic views and Maple lined lawns ensure the perfect backdrop to these special events. Guests and wedding parties can contact the Director of Events, to ensure the day goes off without a hitch.

The central location also makes Maple Hill Manor a great place to host a corporate retreat. The property contains a variety of both indoor and outdoor venues, with a meeting room which can seat up to 30 guests. The dining room is available with seating up to 25 to 50 for a dinner or lunch meeting. Corporate amenities include the use of high speed internet, flip charts and markers, large screen television, business services and transportation.

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3.Plan This Vacation

Plan This Vacation  

Maple Hill Manor also has a playful side. The location is perfect for the old-style cozy mysteries which are hosted at the property. Guests can play the part while enjoying the gourmet dinner. Guests can either sign up for an open event, in which the property sets the date once enough people have joined, or they can reserve the locale themselves for a party of friends and families.

The Manor will provide everything needed including the invitations, character lists, costume ideas (guests provide their own costume) and catering. A variety of whimsical themes are available including the Luau Birthday, a '20's Chicago Gangster theme, the English Castle, or 1950's Happy Days for smaller groups from 6-8 participants.

Larger groups from 8 and up can visit Ancient Rome with the Terror in a Toga event. Other choices include a Knight of Murder, the medieval setting, or a variety of Wild West themes. Participants can travel through time with the variety of decades, from the hopping '50's to the tubular '80's, the possibilities are endless. There are even a variety of Ladies Only mysteries available. These include the Bachelorettes & Bullets for a unique pre-wedding event. Also, Killing for the Crown, Death by Chocolate and Stop the Presents. Teenagers can even take part in the fun with the Love Letter, a night of mystery designed specially for a younger age range.

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2941 Perryville Road, US 150 East Springfield, KY 40069, Phone: 800-886-7546

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