Once part of a 25,000 acre tract of land granted to Governor Isaac Shelby by President George Washington after the Revolutionary War, Shelby Manor is now the centerpiece of a 700 acre historic farm called Historic Arcadia Farm. Shelby Manor is a National Registry protected, 4 story, 7,000 sq ft Greek Revival mansion that was meticulously renovated in the early 1980’s. This 5 bedroom, 5 bath home still maintains many of the features from it’s 1836 heritage. Some of the more notable features include working fireplaces in every room, 14 ft ceilings with massive original interior doors, intricately carved woodwork and floors milled from trees found at Arcadia, and thick exterior walls created from brick that were handmade in 1836 from limestone and clay found on the farm. You can relax on one of the 3 massive porches or peer out one of the massive windows that give you the best views of the Central Kentucky Bluegrass region.
What farm stay would be complete if there were not a bunkhouse in one of the barns for the farm hands? Since our farmhands no longer live on the farm, we now have a 3-bedroom apartment with a full kitchen, living room, and bathroom open for our guests to enjoy.
Located over the foaling barn, 6 twin beds make this space perfect for girlfriend weekends, a weekend with guys, small retreats, equine weekends, and group visits to the local bourbon trail. A fun detail of this space is that over each of the stall below there is a viewing window from the bunkhouse to see the horses below in their stalls.Add a link labeled Stay at The Bunkhouse that links to the Airbnb listing for the bunkhouse
View the vast landscaped of beautiful Kentucky farmland, follow along the more than 40 miles of black plank fencing, take a stroll through the 2 streams that flank the farm, and enjoy the peacefulness that only a property like this can offer. Hiking trails are being added and upgraded to further allow you to enjoy the beauty of the nature that surrounds Historic Arcadia Farm.
If you are coming for some peaceful relaxation, a morning on the porch swing, a short walk in the afternoon, or a blanket in the meadow to watch the sunset will fit your need.We are located within a day’s drive from over half the US, 2 hours from Cincinnati and Nashville, 6 hours from Chicago and Atlanta, and 1 hour from Lexington and Louisville.
Camping more your style? We have space to allow you to bring a tent and set up camp for a few nights. The farm is covered with hiking trails and places to wander throughout the day. At night curl up under the stars while you enjoy the peacefulness of the undeveloped Historic Arcadia Farm.
Don’t worry though, there is an open restroom just steps away from the manor to make sure you can still enjoy some of the comforts of the modern world.Contact Us