The SpaceLocated just 50 minutes from Lexington, horse lovers will be in heaven at Historic Shelby Manor on the 625 acres of private bluegrass property at Arcadia Farm. The farm is a working cattle and Standardbred horse ranch and the historic residence is one of the oldest homes in the state, built in 1835 by the first governor of Kentucky.
Historic Shelby Manor offers an exceptional welcome to its guests with its imposing brick entrance, crafted iron gates, and winding tree-lined drive. The four-story mansion is graced with an expansive foyer and beautiful salons decorated with classical interiors, polished antiques, and Venetian glass chandeliers. The main floor also includes a dining room, kitchen, and bathroom. A large outdoor porch and wrap around decks are perfect for enjoying Kentucky sunsets. Outside, the residence is shaded by large magnolia trees and surrounded by lush green lawns.
The residence offers four colonial bedrooms, one with a jacuzzi tub. The top floor hosts a large private suite that can accommodate up to six people and/or serve as a fabulous space for children to gather.
Consider bringing your own horse! We have stalls and paddocks available to rent while you are with us. We can also provide gentle trail horses for your enjoyment during your visit. Historic Shelby Manor is available to rent for weddings and other special occasions! Please contact us for further information. Guest AccessGuests have access to the home and to the grounds surrounding the property. Interaction with GuestsI am available to greet guests when they arrive and staff is also available should you need their help. The NeighborhoodHistoric Shelby Manor is situated between the historic communities of Stanford and the city of Danville in the heart of central Kentucky. Stanford is the second oldest permanent settlement in Kentucky and the county seat of Lincoln County, one of the three original counties in Kentucky. Stanford’s Main Street is part of the “Wilderness Road” and is the oldest Main Street in Kentucky. Visitors to downtown Stanford can tour Fort Logan, enjoy ice cream delights at a historic soda fountain, a farm-to- table dinner at the popular Blue Bird Cafe, or wander in a variety of boutiques on Main. On the weekend, adults and children can enjoy the movies at Stanford's old-fashion Drive-In!
In neighboring Danville, visitors can enjoy live theater, music venues, local restaurants, and downtown shopping. Danville is just 35 miles southwest of Lexington which offer tourists a wide selection of activities including the fabulous Bourbon Trail, the famous Rolex and National Horse Shows, Keeneland Race Track, the Red Mile Harness Track, the famous Kentucky Horse Park, outdoor adventures, museums, art galleries, and a variety of festivals that occur throughout the year.
We are just 20 minutes from beautiful Lake Herrington available for swimming and boating and for kids, just 30 minutes from the Anderson-Dean Water Park in Harrodsburg. Getting AroundDanville offers an inexpensive shuttle service to and from Lexington, including the Bluegrass Airport. Other Things to NoteHistoric Shelby Manor is also available to rent for weddings and other special occasions! Please contact us for further information.
Consider leasing our property for upcoming Kentucky Horse Park events, including the Rolex competitions, the Breeder's Cup, and Keeneland Races. It is an ideal headquarters for exploring the fabulous Bourbon Trail.
Our acreage has access to a finger of the Dix River where one can float on a tube or throw in a fishing line! We also offer carriage rides! Explore our property in a romantic carriage to watch the sunset or to enjoy the festival of fireflies.