The SpaceImagine a gorgeous ride in the country... Just far enough so you're away from the traffic jams, the big box stores, and from the houses on top of one another. As you leave the highway, the temperature drops a few degrees as the trees shade the curvy roads. The radio station fades as you lose civilization. You might as well turn it off and listen to the birds and the trees.
Turn left at the ponies and sheep. The Gotland Ponies and Lincoln Longwool sheep, respectively, graze over 150 acres of Kentucky rolling hills and forest. Unspoiled. Organic. Natural. It's a family farm where we raise rare breeds of livestock: Nothing fancy, just “working stock.” The ponies ride and drive (and oh yes, they're available for driving lessons – singles or pairs!). The herd began here as just seven, and has now grown to become the largest herd in North America. They're gorgeous, just out grazing and meandering around with the sheep. The Lincoln Longwools are amazing. They grow an inch of wool a month. Handspinners love their wool. It's long, lustrous and sturdy. (And we can teach you to spin it, too!) In the barnyard, several breeds of heritage chickens and turkeys scurry about. They provide fresh eggs and timely wake-up calls. The coffee maker is in the kitchen.
Please join us for a great getaway. It's not your typical hotel. The sheets are dried on the line in the fresh air, and much of the food comes from the farm. The dishes might not match. But the beds are comfy, the kitchen is stocked, and there's a loaf of homemade bread and a bowl of fruit on the counter! Welcome to Kentucky.
Once you cross the bridge over the creek, you'll be greeted by the pups -- Reba, the huge white Great Pyrenees, who protects the sheep, and Truman, the happy Australian Shepherd, who might someday learn to herd them. Meanwhile, he loves to play ball with the kids.
The Carriage House is next to the house, and the suite is upstairs. On the right is the bedroom, with queen bed, full futon (couch or bed), dresser and a reading chair. The window overlooks the vegetable garden and the upper barn pasture, where you'll usually find horses frolicking. On the left is the kitchen/living room, with sofa, twin futon, table and chairs, refrigerator, sink and microwave. It'll be stocked with fresh fruit, coffee and tea, and staples you might need if you choose to cook while you're here (like flour, sugar, butter, oatmeal, cereal, and those fabulous eggs!). The bathroom is small -- just a shower, sink and toilet. No frills, but everything you need! And there's an air conditioner if you want it.
What to do? While you're here, you're welcome to hike around the 150 acres we call home. There's about 60 wooded acres you can wend your way through, or you can walk the rural roads. If weather permits, you can arrange a driving lesson with the local pony residents (single or pair), or learn to spin some of that gorgeous Lincoln wool into yarn.
That's about it... there is a DVD player if you'd like to watch a movie (and we have wireless internet!), but be prepared for no TV, and your cell phone probably won't work here either. You are welcome to use the house phone if you need to be in touch with civilization. We do stock a supply of books, magazines and movies.
Location: Kokovoko is halfway between Lexington and Cincinnati (about 35 miles from either), 20 miles from Georgetown, 15 miles from Cynthiana, and 5 miles from Corinth Lake. I suggest you follow my directions rather than the ones to be found on the internet. It seems they've never been here! And of course you're just a half hour from the Kentucky Horse Park or the Toyota plant in Georgetown.
Remember, if you choose to stay a few days, the kitchen is there to cook meals. The fridge is small, but has a freezer, so you can bring food with you and cook here if you like.
The spinning and driving lessons are an additional charge and will depend on weather and timing.... Details on request.
Smoking is allowed only outside, please. There is a fire circle if you'd like to have a campfire/cookout.
Note: getaway means isolated. Really! Georgetown and Cynthiana are each about a half hour away, and they are the nearest towns. Just so you're prepared.
Guest AccessYou can hike over 300 acres, some hilly, some wooded, some hayfields, some pastures. Depending on your wishes, you can help feed or brush ponies, collect eggs, etc. There's a Webber charcoal grill for you to cook on, and a fire circle to gather around in the evenings.
Horses are off limits if I'm not around, but you can hike or play on the whole farm. And the kids love to play in the creek! Interaction with GuestsSchedule permitting, I'm happy to give you a farm tour. For safety reasons, I need to accompany you if you're near the animals. I'm happy to help make the kids comfortable on the farm, or give an educational tour to anyone.
If you want to be on your own, that's fine too.
I hate to add this, but I have to because of liability and past experience. It is not ok for you to leave your children unattended without permission.
Please advise your children not to kill wildlife.
It's a really good idea for you to familiarize yourself with wildlife that might be here, like snapping turtles. It's not a good thing to ask your kids to pose for pics with a large snapper in hand. They can and will take children's fingers off!! The NeighborhoodThis isn't a neighborhood. It's a farm in a very rural area. Don't plan on going out for fast food while you're here.... The nearest meal is 20 minutes away! So is the nearest beer. So bring any necessities with you! Getting AroundThere is no public transport. If you're flying in, you'll need to rent a car.
Once here, I'm happy to give you a carriage ride if it's a driving day! Other Things to NoteI provide basics in the kitchen... Butter, oil, eggs, flour, oatmeal, sugar, some fruit, coffee and tea. I try to keep some crackers and cookies, but can't guarantee they will be to your taste.
You will need to bring food if you're staying a couple days. There is not a store in Sadieville or Corinth, the two nearest towns. Ask before your visit and I'll be happy to direct you to nearby resources!