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Historic Kentucky Luxury at its finest, centrally located for short day trips

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house


About the property

3 homes available, sleeps up to 24 guests, rent all 3 or individually, ask us

Forest Retreat was the home of Thomas Metcalf, the 10th governor of Kentucky, designed and built by him around 1814 and restored in 1935 by Dr. and Mrs. Eslie Asbury, 17 beautifully landscaped acres on Kentucky's most scenic highway from Lexington to Maysville, with a stone wall perimeter, the historic property is considered an entire district with its 1806 Tavern House, The stone barn, Main House, Carriage House, Guest House and historic cemetery where the Metcalf's along with the Asbury's are laid to rest. Forest Retreat was also home to the 1954 Kentucky Derby Winner Determine whose grave marker is also located on the property. Forest Retreat is considered one of Kentucky's best preserved examples of country federal design with décor and furnishings in the federal style, circa 1790 to 1840, additional modern amenities added to make guests feel at home. Come sleep in "The Governor's Bedroom", dine in the gorgeous dining room where Andrew Jackson dined on his way to his inauguration as president of the United States. Henry Clay is quoted as describing it as "a veritable Forest Retreat". The main house consists of Master Bedroom on the first floor with one and a half baths, sitting area, TV room, full kitchen with original stone hearth and mantel and adjoining sitting area, 2 bedrooms located on the 2nd floor with 2 full baths. Beautiful stone patio with iron furniture, screened in porch, wooded lawn with Tennis Court and Hammocks for relaxation.

The 1806 Tavern House is also now available for rent, 210 years old, once a travelers home with access to 2 upstairs bedrooms on the outside, now enclosed with a beautifully added foyer for modern convenience. Adorable cottage charm, 3 bedrooms, 1 and 1/2 baths, perfect for a weekend retreat, or small event. Located across the street from the Main House and the Stone Barn.

Just minutes from Keeneland, Kentucky Horse Park, Downtown Lexington, Paris, and Cincinnati. Centrally located to make just about any adventure a short day trip from the home.

Contact us for more details, additional discounts may be available!!

More Details

Owner/Property Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
July 20, 2017


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Carlisle

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis


Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Bluegrass Airport/Lexington KY
Nearest Barpub
2.2 Miles
Tracks Restaurant
Nearest Golf
2.4 Miles
Lake Carnico Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
2.2 Miles
Tracks Restaurant
Nearest Beach
2.4 Miles
Lake Carnico
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Carlisle

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$123.31
Damage Insurance C$72.75

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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