The Kentucky Castle has always been a thing of curiosity for me. Growing up in Lexington, I have been by “the Castle” (as it was called when I was a kid), more times than I can remember. I always wondered what its story was, who built it, what it might look like inside. For her birthday this year, Brilee asked to visit the Castle for the day.
Purchased by a group a few years ago, The Kentucky Castle is now open to the public as a hotel, farm-to-table restaurant, and an event space. So, we purchased tickets for Brilee & I to have lunch and tour the castle and grounds.
With Brilee dressed in one of her princess ball gowns, we arrived at The Kentucky Castle, backdropped by beautiful blue skies.
A corridor off the lobby led us into the ballroom to meet our tour guide.
Our guide began our tour with the lobby, which features a hand painted mural covering the ceiling.
Climbing up the wide staircase, we found cozy, luxurious rooms that are part of the hotel accommodations. Filing back down the stairs, we walked around the den that sits just off the hotel lobby.
The Castle boasts a farm-to-table restaurant, and part of the garden sits conveniently just off the kitchen. Herbs and edible flowers fill rows of raised garden beds. A path is nestled beside the greenhouse, which can be used for events, too! Set back from the castle is a larger garden, cared for by a local high school group. This garden area is where the chickens and goats happily reside, as well.
The tour concluded with a delicious lunch spread served buffet style in the ballroom. The staff discovered it was Brilee’s birthday, and then led everyone in singing “Happy Birthday”, while serving her a special dessert. After Brilee’s treat, we were free to wander the grounds.
The lunch tour is fantastic for exploring the Kentucky Castle and enjoying a meal in a unique setting, too!