(Not So) Old Kentucky Home

(Not So) Old Kentucky Home - longweekends.comScottwood Bed & Breakfast

By Betsa Marsh
Long Weekends - Spring/Summer 2007

With dramatic pines sheltering its wings and the South Elkhorn Creek bubbling behind, it looks as if this venerable Midway Kentucky farmhouse has been tucked into its cove off Leestown Road since the commonwealth began.

Yet the house and setting have coalesced only since 1971, when the 18th-century structure was moved from Ironworks Pike in Scott County and resettled outside Midway in Woodford County. So it was natural that the home's new name would become an amalgam of the two: Scottwood.

Couples, too, like to spend time beneath this stately roof, first put on by abolitionist Simeon True in 1795. Some choose the elegant Williamsburg room — Kentucky was once, after all, Virginia's largest county — near the home's keeping room, full of presidential memorabilia.

Other couples book the entire upstairs Shaker Suite, with antique quilts, rockers and a personal sitting room. It's homage to the Shaker heritage of the region, highlighted at Harrodsburg's Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill.

For maximum privacy, check in to the Carriage House, a separate retreat with a four-poster bed, working fireplace, kitchenette and private deck. Innkeepers Annette and Tim Grahl will even deliver your breakfast — cherry-stuffed French toast, anyone? — to the vine-draped bungalow.

Since Scottwood is surrounded by multimillion-dollar thoroughbred farms, the Carriage House is given over to the Bluegrass obsession with horses. Magazine racks and bathroom towel racks are welded out of horseshoes, and a plaque on the mantel says it all: "It's a horses (sic) world, ADJUST."

Beyond the horse farms, travelers enjoy the antique shops, such as Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques in Nonesuch. Woodford Reserve distillery lures visitors with tours and tastings.

Adventurous B&Bers can canoe between Scottwood and Equus Run Winery, to picnic and enjoy one of the summertime Concerts in the Vineyard. Just be sure to have a designated paddler for the voyage home.

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