My most recent tourism trip was to Cynthiana, Kentucky; you can read more about that experience here.
The highlight of the trip, hands down, was my stay at Ashford Acres Inn.
Ashford Acres Inn is a magical countryside destination; located in Harrison County, it is both a bed & breakfast + a wedding/event venue. After staying there and seeing photos of events held on the property, I’m ready to start planning a wedding for someone!
In true Antebellum Greek Revival style, the property is stunningly grandiose. Large pillars, plentiful windows, and an expansive + shaded porch welcome you to the property.
Upon arrival, you will feel as if you are on set for Gone With the Wind – which, in my book, is a southern dream.
To quote, “(Ashford Acres Inn) was built in 1858 by local resident John Williams. Williams built the house for his son as a wedding present; when the wedding was abruptly called off, the house went to his daughter, Caroline, who was married to Cynthiana sheriff, R.T. Lindsay.
A story has been passed down that the house, during the Civil War, was used as a hospital for wounded soldiers. It is said that during that time, while Caroline was standing in the east bedroom on the second floor, a cannonball shot in through the front wall and out the side wall.
Between 1865 and 1941, a number of different families resided in the house as originally built. In 1941, the Owen Family purchased the property and fully renovated the house. They added the columns, a dining room, the veranda, and painted the house white. Much of the beauty of the house that you see today is due to their renovation work.”
The history of the property only increased the appeal of our trip. It was quite the destination!
We stayed in the Oak Suite – other options include the Magnolia, Maple, Ash, and Garden Suites. The room was huge! Features included the most comfortable bed, a full table, a wonderful desk for me to work at, a reading room, a fireplace, and a stunning bathroom.
I always want to be welcomed into a room with a cupcake, y’all. Is that being too over the top?
Guests have 24/7 access to snacks and refreshments; however, the highlight was definitely the breakfast!
Upon waking up on the first morning, Jude and I were welcomed by glorious aromas drifting upstairs. What we found in the dining room was everything that I wanted and more.
A small touch that I loved was that the tables were marked via your suite name — so charming!
We started with fresh-squeezed orange juice and scones; afterwards, we had their take on a southern classic: chicken and waffles. Prepared via a three-day process, the chicken was – as I said in my original post – smack your MeeMaw good. In accordance to this country boy’s scale, that’s about as good as it gets. Not to be outshined by the protein, the waffles were herb-infused and beautifully dense. It was a filling, refined breakfast – one that I’m dying to recreate for myself!
The second breakfast was, without question, one of the best of my life – and that’s something that I do not say lightly.
It started with an open-face omelette, topped with foie gras and truffles. Rich and high on the hog, as we say in the south – it was a dish to write home about!
Next came the King Crab Eggs Benedict. Why use bacon or ham when you can use king crab meat? It didn’t stop there though, y’all. Creamy, delicious hollandaise sauce, crisp spinach, and a brioche base. Need I say more?
There were many things that I loved about staying at Ashford Acres Inn, my first true bed and breakfast stay. The multiple fireplaces, the decor (immaculately executed for Christmas, might I add), the rocking chairs, the front porch, the beautiful surrounding farmland, and the historical character that is unrivaled in historic properties — to name a few.
It was also so nice to be able to relax with a cup of coffee and forget all that is going on in my crazy, hectic life.
On top of that, the service was superb and the individualized attention one can receive in an intimate setting of this nature is truly something special.
Many chances exist to visit my friends at Ashford Acres; they offer a couple of meals per month (this month: a dinner on January 24th and a breakfast buffet on January 26th), which I very much recommend checking out. Even more so, plan your next Kentucky getaway to Harrison County and stay on the property! You won’t regret it. The best part? If you are looking for a getaway this month (January 2019), rooms are 50% off!
Ashford Acres Inn is located at 1801 Hwy 36 East, Cynthiana, KY 41031; they can be reached at 859-298-2989.
Adventure awaits around the Commonwealth of Kentucky – what’s stopping you from experiencing it?
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!
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FTC: This is a commissioned post; however, all opinions are my own.