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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!!

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Owner/Property Manager
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
10 April, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday 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 enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • 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


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Historic Kentucky Luxury at its finest, centrally located for short day trips
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews
Acworth, GA

Jewel Rich in History

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at Forest Retreat for 3 nights while visiting family in Carlisle. The house is in great shape for being 202 years old! The manager, Allysha was very hospitable and full of knowledge of the history of the entire property. The whole compound can accommodate up to 24 people and hosts weddings and receptions. We stayed in the girl's room upstairs and were extremely comfortable. We actually would prefer it to the the Governor's room as the bathroom is adjacent to the room and it is much more private. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 11/09/2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlotte, NC

New Year's Celebration

  • 5 of 5

Incredible Weekend! Our family decided this might be one of the best places we have ever stayed. I can't wait until our next trip takes us this direction. The home is beautiful.

  • Review Submitted: 04/01/2016
  • Date of Stay: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Vanceburg, KY

An Incredible, Wonderful, HISTORICAL Vacation At An Awesome Estate!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have stayed at dozens of unusual and luxurious facilities at various places in many of the eastern states in the U.S. and in Scotland and Israel as well over the past thirty years but NEVER have we experienced such a wonderful facility such as Forest Retreat !!! Our ten days there will go down as some of the best we ever spent ANYWHERE! If you have even a small interest in U.S. and Kentucky history then Forest Retreat is an experience you will not want to miss. The "historical ambience" of this beautifully restored mansion that was built by an early governor of Kentucky is almost overwhelming! The owners deserve the highest praise for first restoring and now preserving this very early 1800's mansion and filling it full of antiques and significant historical artifacts of many kinds. Each day there my wife and I would discover new and amazing items in one or more of its many rooms to wonder over and admire. The many outstanding books collected for the library of Forest Retreat are also a "feast for the mind and eyes" for all who stay there to enjoy. The owners agents, Todd and Allysha, were absolutely great to deal with and we wish them the very best in their efforts to showcase this absolutely outstanding rental property. Rest assured that we will be looking for future opportunities to return to Forest Retreat and once again enjoy its beautiful hilltop views, its interior splendor and its historical presence. We give FR 5 Stars as a vacation or special event destination!

Dorian Cook, Author: Kentucky in The Early Years, Volume 1 - Heroes and Hostiles

  • Review Submitted: 10/11/2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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 holiday house in Carlisle

Rental Basis:
per property
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$129.42 + Tax
Property Damage Protection AU$76.36
Tax Rate 7.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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