We had plans to spend a week at Walt Disney World to celebrate my birthday. Due to COVID, we decided to cancel several months ago. Leaving the week open in hopes we could find a road trip destination and rent a house.
The criteria for our destination was somewhere within 6 hours drive, a unique house/property with outdoor space (not a condo or townhouse), and an area with social distance activities.
Lexington, Kentucky had the perfect house located on a horse farm and was only a 5 1/2 hr drive. We have traveled to this area many times because our daughter graduated from the University of Kentucky and knew it had the type of things (social distanced) we wanted to experience.
On a historic estate built-in 1830, Fox Cottage was everything we hoped for and more. During our stay, there were six horses on the farm. We were able to feed them hay (they don't like apples or carrots), pet them and watch them run through the fields. Also, the owners have two adorable dogs who would come to visit us each time we were outside. I called them the "Greeting Crew."
Pumpkins and grouds decorated the cute front porch. Fresh flowers greeted us in the kitchen and sleeping area.
The fully equipped and updated kitchen had high-end appliances, granite countertops, and a small table with two chairs. As I walked into the kitchen and while doing dishes, I could see the horses. We cooked breakfast each morning at the house and enjoyed take out from local restaurants for lunch and dinner.
The bath, with updated and high-quality fixtures, had everything we needed (towels, soap, and hairdryer).
Four people can stay in the cottage with one queen bed and one couch pull-out bed. There was a TV nestled in the corner, but we didn't use it much. Our evenings were spent outside by the fire pit, enjoying the last few nights of warm weather with visits from the "Greeting Crew and " watching the sunset.
The pool was closed during our stay, but we did spend an afternoon working poolside. A large patio table, high top table, fire table with chairs, and lounge chairs made up the pool area. I look forward to returning in warmer weather and spending the day by the pool.
The cottage had a small deck off the kitchen with a table and chairs. We enjoyed sitting outside watching the horses in the pasture. One night we made a cheese board on my new birthday present...a Mickey Charcuterie Board.
I loved waking up each morning to the sounds of the naying horses and mooing cows. Visiting the horses each morning before we left for the day became part of our daily routine. I was able to relax and get a feel for living on a horse farm.
The owners and hosts of Fox Cottage could not have been more helpful and welcoming. We enjoyed learning about the history of the property. They made us feel right at home and part of the farm!
Although I missed celebrating my birthday at Disney I'm so happy we spent the week at Fox Cottage!
My birthday cake is from Martine's Pastries located in Lexington, KY. Martine's has been in Lexington for many years and makes food for Keeneland Racetrack. Besides desserts, she also has a variety of food items. We had the roast beef sandwich and it was excellent.
Part 2 - Things to Do in the Lexington, Kentucky area coming soon!
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