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Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill - The Inn
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Harrodsburg
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Cedarburg, Wisconsin
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“Peaceful and relaxing”
Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

Beautiful grounds, peaceful atmosphere, great food, wonderful little gift shops. My boys were a bit bored but found Monopoly and played games instead of electronics which we loved. My 8 yr old gathered chicken eggs one morning which he thought was cool. Also had a tour of the buildings the Shakers used when they lived there along with history of it all. Oddly we had to pay separate for that tour although we were staying at the hotel there. Four Roses distillery is nearby and Harridsburg town is too.

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Burr Ridge, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

Our family stopped at the Shaker Village not really knowing what to expect. It was quite beautiful with many original buildings and several staff members exhibiting various Shaker handiwork. We saw rugs and brooms being made, very interesting. A video, which is nice to see at the beginning of your visit, helps to enrich your self guided tour. There are beautiful hotel rooms on site for a quiet, relaxing getaway.

Stayed April 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 2 April 2014

This village is lovely and idyllic.

My room was at the top of the stairs so I left my case in the car. It's bare bones but utterly charming. There were two single wooden beds.

The bathroom was fine, the towels lovely and the toiletries fabulous.

There was a TV but with very limited channels. But I suggest you switch off and embrace the peace of the village. Take a tour and see the craft and artwork that abounds here.

Remember to book the meals when you book the room. They have assigned times and seating and if you don't you'll be left hungry. It's a very popular dining room for non-guests as well. The food is fabulous and buffet style, so bring your appetite!

It's a lovely place and I recommend a stay here.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Reviewed 19 February 2014

We stayed here over Valentines weekend, lots of history, When reservation was made they told me I needed to make additional reservations for dinner and breakfast if needed so I did, upon arrival we had no food reservations but they called the kitchen and was finally able to add us on? there were empty tables all around when we arrived for dinner, We got to our room and found we had TV off an antenna but no Satellite, Maintenance man came and finally says we have only a few channels off the antenna so they moved us to another room only to find they only have basic package and no sports channels so no UK basketball 30 miles up the road. The room was clean, newly remodeled bathroom, Tub/ shower faucet was new but weird, you had to constantly work on the handle as the water would get cold then really really hot. Dinner and breakfast was great, had crab cakes and green beans, shaker lemon pie, Outside buildings need some upkeep as in paint and roof repairs. Overall was a fun visit, when we were back home and unpacking we found a mouse had been in my wife's snack bag and tasted a chocolate bar. We would go back but will take our own mouse trap. We did take the tour that was very good but there was snow on the ground and was a little too cold to venture out much to fully enjoy everything. Also our building had no wifi, we had to go to another building to check our mail with was a little inconvenient.

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  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Mid-South
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Reviewed 3 January 2014

I visited during the holidays and really enjoyed it. The village was decorated very tastefully and I liked getting to experience Christmas in a peaceful, non-commercial way. What a nice change of pace. The food was very good and the service from our waitress was excellent. The horse-driven carriage ride helped add to the feeling of an old-fashioned Christmas,

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Sarnia, Canada
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Reviewed 1 January 2014

This was a wonderful trip for us, and staying at the Inn was the highlight! The tranquility, serenity and simple way of life were an absolute pleasure. The food at dinner and breakfast was healthy, wholesome and delicious. Not too pricey either. The rooms were simple, yet very comfortable. We loved being able to calmly and quietly walk around and take photographs, and learn about a community where the simple pleasures in life were important.
We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Portland, Maine
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2013

I used to be a member at Shakertown when I lived in nearby Lexington in the 1980s and have been back many times since. This last week's visit was excellent so do not get me wrong, but that said, it seems, to quote one of my partners that Shakertown is becoming a bit more "corporate" and the staff seems to lack the old spontaneous joy they conveyed "back in the day". Things are, to be honest, a bit more "set" from an outsider's view. No matter what, the dinner was still three times too much food, delicious (do not miss the egg in aspic or the Shaker Lemon Pie) and a bargain for the cash; the rooms in the restored buildngs were still remarkable and fun (though they were enduring a plague of ladybugs trying to get in every nook and cranny with the first cool temperatures of Autumn when we visited last week) and those curved, lovely staircases seem to be a bit steeper and a bit narrower than I recall, though now that I am 63 and not 40 as I used to be when I first came here the change may be me and not the steps!

The truth is, there's NO more relaxing spot, especially in the Fall or Winter at mid-week. The inn was barely a quarter booked we were told so things ran at a leisurely and pleasant pace. Walking the village after dark brought ohhs and ahhs as we saw shooting stars and enough other cenestial bodies to make us wish we'd brought the binoculars or telescope. We also love the subdued lighting, the stone walkways and the whole atosphere...you'd have to work hard NOT to relax and enjoy it here!

The above said, we would like a few things added as while we toured, walked, hiked down to the small waterfall and took photos over and over, after a nice dinner in the Trustees' House, it would have been super to have had a full set of TV channels (they had just the off-air ones in the room we were assigned and obviously nobody had "scanned" the channels on that digital set in ages as we only got four until we figured it out, rescanned ourselves and got all 10 we were supposed to see.) There's also a sad lack of internet service. Again, that does (to some) ruin the ambiance but if you are staying a few days to work or a few days to relax but not leave the world entirely, the net would be nice. A few rooms get some service but going to the lobby or the West Family area is not the best compromise and we'd expected in the years since our last visit the WiFi to have been extended so we were disappointed it's not.

So will we be back? For sure. Will we consider rejoining the non-profit which runs the place? Also yes. Could things become a bit more informal again and less "corporate"? Affirmative to that, too, but this is still a "must see" and a great spot so if you have not been, do go...and if you have been go back...even if just for another piece of the lemon pie or country ham or that egg in aspic.... YUMMMY!

Room Tip: I liked the West Family rooms better than the Trustees House ones.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill - The Inn
Address: 3501 Lexington Rd, Harrodsburg, KY 40330-9218
Region: United States > Kentucky > Harrodsburg
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Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Suites
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Harrodsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill - The Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 72
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shaker Village has been a warm beacon of hospitality for more than 200 years. Named as a top hidden travel destination by BBC News, The Inn is much more than a traditional hotel. Guest rooms, suites and private cottages-each offering distinct character-are located in 13 restored Shaker buildings. Rooms are comfortably appointed with Shaker reproduction furniture, original hardwood floors and spectacular countryside views. This complete Kentucky destination allows you to be as active or as restful as your heart desires. Dine on seasonal seed-to-table menus at The Trustees' Table and take home treasures from The Shops, then explore Shaker Village's 3,000 acres of discovery. Shaker Village is within short driving distances from Kentucky's legendary bourbon distilleries, horse farms and historic sites. Whether you're planning a family vacation, weekend getaway, business meeting, destination wedding or other special occasion, The Inn provides the perfect stage for your most memorable occasions. ... more   less 
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