Well, I was very excited when I learned that the castle was open to the public, as I was bringing my wife to Lexington for our anniversary. I noticed very late at night that it was a functional facility, so I made plans to call first thing in the morning to make reservations. I called at 9 am, as the website stated was their hours of operation, and left a message when no one answered. From then until approximately 12 noon, I called 14 times and kept getting voicemail. I finally decided to make one last attempt, and someone finally answered.
Courtney answered and was extremely apologetic for the lack of service, and promtly made my reservations for me, and told me I would be getting a confirmation email soon. After an hour had passed, I called back, and Courtney again apologized, immediately sent the email, and then offered me a free room upgrade to a Majestic Suite.
Now is when things get good. I surprised my wife with the trip to the CastlePost, and from the moment we walked into the castle, we were surrounded with the aura of a more romantic, more sophisticated era, but with a comfort that can only come with modern amenities. It appeared as though someone had transplanted a European Castle from the sixteenth century, modernized the interior, and then replaced all the decorations with the original furniture, artwork, and fixtures from four hundred years ago.
Our room? Well, let's just say WHAMMY! As soon as we opened the big, dark-stained door, we were met with a beautiful canopy bed, antique furniture, and huge stone walls. Our tower parlor was furnished with nesting tables, an antique loveseat, and two bottles of Perrier. The bathroom was enormous, with a tall shower, complete with jet tub.
We then began to roam about the castle (which all guest are free to do at all times) and take in the different rooms. At this time, we had the entire castle to ourselves. The great hall had three beautiful chandeliers, and Sistine Chapel-esque paintings on the ceiling. The billiards room had a gorgeous pool table, theatre seating, and a flat screen tv, as well as a poker table and the coolest carved wall in the tower room. The grand piano in the music room was very nice, as was the grand ballroom. The library made me want to put on a velvet robe, start smoking a pipe, and read Tolstoy in the big leather chair.
The general manager arrived at some point in our self-guided tour, and struck up a conversation with us. He was a very nice man, and told us to treat the castle as though it was ours. We then retired to our room and had as enchanted of an evening as we could have ever hoped for. The entire room was very clean, and the temperature was comfortable.
The next morning, we awoke very early, so we decided to check out the outside amenities. The castle comes with a full-size basketball court and tennis court. The biggest problem with the tennis court would be that every ball you missed could end up in the dragon fountain. There was also a Bocce court and beautiful walkways and manicured lawn, but the shrubs needed trimming. We then went up onto the roof and played a round of shuffleboard. You've never really played shuffleboard until you've played it on top of a castle. The roof was really neat, but the hot tub was ice cold and not working.
Finally, we went downstairs to the free continental breakfast, and honestly, it wasn't that good.There was a fruit bowl, some donuts, bagels, toast, some granola bars, and some kind of quiche that wasn't that great. I was really hoping for a hot breakfast, but that wasn't what was advertised, so it's not a complaint, but more of a suggestion. There were some pastries that I really liked, but my wife wasn't impressed with.
Overall, there was one other couple that was there the same time we were, and other than that, we only laid eyes on the manager and one housekeeper. It was really quiet and romantic, and it's something that should be on everyone's bucket list. In my opinion, with a functioning front desk, better advertising, and a little better breakfast, this could be the premier b&b in America.
Finally, this is really only a "couples" type place. I'd have been a nervous wreck if my kids had been around all that breakable stuff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- CastlePost is a luxury tourist home located near Keeneland Race Track, the Kentucky Horse Park and the Lexington Airport. CastlePost features 16 stately guest rooms, an elegant ballroom, billiard room, gardens, and so much more. CastlePost is more than another Lexington bed & breakfast, the CastlePost includes a grand dining experience nightly from our own executive chef. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castlepost Hotel Versailles