Ashford Acres Inn staff member, Chelsea Hill contributed this blog post. She has worked at the Inn since April and has been a wonderful addition to our team! Thank you Chelsea for taking a moment to write about what you love about Ashford Acres!
Ashford Acres Inn has quickly become a home away from home for me, despite being my place of work. Not just the grounds or the home itself, but the people, including the guests, make it such an outstanding place to work as well as retreat. Prior to working with Ashford Acres Inn, my mother-in-law hosted a bridal shower for me there. It was love at first site… with Ashford Acres I mean (I love my husband too though)! From a list of what seems like infinite favorites, I have selected my top 5 favorite aspects of Ashford Acres Inn, most being the small things that may not make the headlines, but make ALL the difference in a getaway or wedding day!
My first favorite and perhaps the most obvious, is the grandeur of the inn itself. Its classic, original crown moldings, chandeliers, and fireplaces make for the most amazing backdrops for photos with little to no effort on the part of the guest. While the inn feels rich and grand, the staff are always there to serve with relaxed, southern hospitality, bottom line. They cater to your needs and wants, and tailor your experience to make it exactly what YOU are looking for. It was this outstanding service that made me want to be a part of the team at Ashford Acres Inn.
Secondly, I love the small town experience. Cynthiana, Kentucky, where Ashford Acres Inn is located, is the definition of small town America. What once was a booming, river city has become a quiet and quaint town in all the best ways. You won’t find an Applebee’s around the corner or an Olive Garden up the street, but rather Biancke’s Restaurant, a hometown favorite full of mouth-watering, home cooked meals! Attached, The Station at Biancke’s, sparks nightlife in Cynthiana with a fantastic Old Fashioned made with Kentucky Bourbon and many more cocktails to choose from. These are just the beginning of the list of small town accommodations offered in Cynthiana!
Adorned with lovely antiques including classic children’s novels, silver pieces, even war medals from Jack Owen, the former owner of the house, the sitting room makes the house a home. It draws guests away from their rooms to enjoy a cocktail together, read a book by the fire, or play a game as a family. The attention to detail in this room with the warm quilts, comfy furniture, and large windows never ceases to entice you in. It is my personal favorite place to be on the grounds.
Privacy or fellowship, the choice is yours at Ashford Acres Inn. When dining at the inn you may choose to be in one of our in-house locations like the dining rooms or sitting room, where other guests may also be dining giving you the opportunity, if you wish, to share stories of travel, tips on destinations, or simply a cocktail. Whatever the conversation, I personally love the opportunity to engage with other travelers from other places! That being said, I have also celebrated my anniversary at Ashford Acres Inn in which case I wanted my experience to be a little more personal. We enjoyed a walk on the grounds together and cocktails on the veranda for more privacy! While we did not reserve dinner at the inn, if we had, I would have chosen to have dinner on the barn veranda overlooking the sunset.
Lastly, the sheets. I know, I know, this one seems random, but you wouldn’t think so if you slept on these sheets! After all, this is a BED and breakfast so the sleeping experience is quite important. The sheets at Ashford Acres Inn are, simply put, phenomenal. Unfortunately, they set the standard and make sleeping on any other sheets mediocre. For your convenience, and sanity, we do have these sheets on sale at the inn.
Similarly, after staying at Ashford Acres Inn, you realize what you have been missing. It sets the standard for a vacation experience of its kind. We are sad when our guests leave, but love to see them when they return! So many of our guests have become friends, and in my case, employees, because, as I said above, Ashford Acres Inn truly becomes your home away from home.