Last Updated April, 2021
From romantic homes to stay in Lexington or Bardstown, to treehouses and lakefront cabins in remote areas, each airbnb in Kentucky on this list combines the comforts of home with fresh air, fantastic views or a gorgeous area nearby, and direct access to some of Kentucky’s best nature spots.
If you feel the call of nature or adventure, or simply craving some solitude, these hand-picked accommodation options are here to inspire your wanderlust.
When we lived in Lexington, we traveled almost all over the state, going on different getaways and road trips in Kentucky. During that time, I was saving in my map unique and romantic places where to stay for our possible future trip. So this post consists of airbnbs that I saved for my own inspiration for travel around Kentucky. There are definitely many more amazing homes but here are some of my (personally) favorite ones.
Unique Airbnbs in Lexington, KY
Location: Downtown Lexington
Sleeps: 4 guests
Fancy spending a few nights in a farmhouse right in the heart of Lexington city? This private Distillery home is genuinely one of the most unique places to stay in Kentucky, combining the modern flare with historical feels.
The split-level space includes a living room, two bedrooms (on different levels with two queen beds), one bathroom, and a full-size kitchen. Apart from that, you get a hot tub, a fire pit, and a fully stocked bar with bourbon to enjoy your own craft cocktails. The stay also includes bicycles to ride the historic legacy trail, back yard patio, entertainment center, wi-fi, and much more!
Romantic ambiance, relaxed atmosphere, comfortable homestay, and stellar reviews are what this Lexington airbnb is all about.
Location: off Paris Pike in Lexington
Sleeps: 4 guests
This sweet farmhouse which was rebuilt from a train station goes back to the 19th century. It promises a truly atmospheric stay between Lexington and Paris surrounded by horse farms and historic sites. Upon arrival, you are greeted by the farm’s sweetest animals who only make a wonderful addition to the atmosphere.
The house features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room, modern bathroom, and large kitchen. Original hardwood floors and 12′ ceilings pay tribute to the building’s history. Naturally cool in summer and cozy in winter, this airbnb is perfect for any season.
Sleeps: 6 guests
While this airbnb is located not in Lexington but nearby, it doesn’t take much time to get to the city and only a few minutes from/to the airport, Keeneland, and the beginning of Bourbon Trail. O’Neal cabin is a dreamy retreat from the city.
Surrounded by nature and having beautiful views, it has all the modern-day amenities and comfort and promises to give all guests a quintessential Lexington experience. Relaxing and quiet are the right words to describe this two-bedroom, two baths two-story log cabin. With one queen and one king bed, up to six guests can enjoy their stay there having access to a back yard, a well-equipped kitchen, free parking, and the back yard’s fire pit. Friendly workspace and WIFI are also available.
This airbnb in Kentucky is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is the right place to choose for a romantic retreat, private gateway, or if you simply need a place to enjoy a comfortable stay during the horse sales. This romantic cabin is one of the best cabins in Kentucky located in the heart of horse country and the bourbon trail.
Sleeps: 4 guests
Are you into contemporary interior design but also fancy a little character of the 1900s? This romantic Lexington Airbnb log cabin at the Kentucky River in SE Lexington is a lovely place to enjoy a getaway for two. With one bedroom with a king-size bed and one bedroom with two single beds and one bath, the Romance of the Rustic home can house up to four guests.
The sophistication of the house’s contemporary profile was finished in cabin paint colors and decorated with a rock fireplace, rustic lamps, lots of wooden textures, and a warm color palette. It features unique furniture picks and modern appliances to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
The place has a digital smart lock, free parking area, free wi-fi, air-conditioning, and more. Being one of the top Kentucky weekend getaway cabins, it also offers a cozy seating area with a dedicated workspace, a dining area, and a fully-equipped kitchen.
Beautiful Airbnbs in Louisville, KY
Sleeps: 6 guests
A riverfront vacation home is all about a taste of luxury and enhanced comfort. It features an open floor plan spread over two levels. The unique space at the water edge of the Ohio River is ideal for up to six guests with four beds and one bath. You will enjoy easy access to fishing and kayaking with all the comforts of a house, including a complete kitchen, WIFI, attractive décor with a pop of greenery, TV, heat/AC, enormous outside patio, and concrete deck with private boat slips.
This house can be a great place for a weekend escape from the city while offering all the extras to make you feel at home. This Kentucky airbnb is perfect for families, a group of friends, and couples on a relaxing weekend in Louisville.
Location: On the Outskirts of Louisville
Sleeps: 2 guests
Another romantic Kentucky airbnb on my list. Perfect for two guests, it has one bedroom with a queen bed and a bath and is located on a wooded hillside overlooking a private lake. It resembles a historic old-style cabin with hardwood floors and walls, wooden beams, a stone fireplace, and tasteful antiques. Yet, modern appliances and period furniture give you the best of two worlds.
A huge indoor stone fireplace is perfect for an ideal quiet evening. The back porch swing is great for watching wildlife and the front porch is a gateway to the lake and wildlife. You will have access to the whole house, including a fully furnished kitchen with an induction cooktop and oven, refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, and stocked spices. Surrounded by wildlife and woods, this romantic cabin in Kentucky has a comfy bed, luxury sheets, high-speed WiFi, Bluetooth stereo, free parking space, and more.
Location: Old Louisville
Sleeps: 6 guests
This charming second-floor apartment in a Victorian house is a stone’s throw from the downtown and waterfront. The location is excellent as besides downtown it is also close to Fairgrounds district, University of Louisville, Highlands, and Germantown.
This basic but beautiful and comfortable Louisville airbnb suits well families and couples on a mid-range budget. Simple and comfortable furnishings define two bedrooms, a living area, kitchen, and bathroom. Beige walls, hardwood floors, and rustic furniture define the interior.
The apartment has a separate outside entrance, a balcony where you can enjoy a drink, ample street parking, a well-equipped kitchen, cable TV, and a spacious workspace. Lots of natural lighting is another plus point here.
Airbnb Places to Stay in Bardstown, KY
Location: Bardstown Old Town
Sleeps: 4 guests
Looking for some more unique places to stay in Kentucky? This state has quite a few of them. Bardstown is another city in KY full of romantic rentals and cabins. The Huston House is just one of them.
Located near restaurants and bars, some of the most famous distilleries in America, and several blocks of specialty shops, this airbnb offers two bedrooms and two baths. The luxurious house accommodates up to four guests and has everything you will need from 1 night to 1-week stay.
Clean and sophisticated, this home is thoughtfully furnished with a leather couch, contemporary light fittings, and beautiful décor. An outdoor courtyard with modern appliances guarantees a comfortable stay. A spacious kitchen with all supplies, WIFI, free parking space, comfortable working space, and laundry room make it a perfect gateway for one to two couples traveling together or for family escape.
Location: Historic Downtown of Bardstown
Sleeps: 6 guests
If you are on a romantic vacation or are looking for a spacious place to stay with friends or family after a day on the Bourbon Trail, take a look at this relaxing central cottage. It accommodates up to six guests with three bedrooms and two baths and has parking for three vehicles. Two bedrooms come with queen size beds, while one has a double bed.
It is located on a quiet side street, but all the restaurants, boutiques, coffee shops, and bars, along with My Old Kentucky Home Dinner Train are only within walking distance. This airbnb also offers local cable TV and Netflix, dedicated workspace, free parking, WIFI, and more. With a massive family-style kitchen and separate bedroom ensuite, it is a perfect choice for travelers on a mid-range budget who want to stay in the heart of the city’s loveliest neighborhood.
Other Unique Places to Stay in Kentucky
Sleeps: 3 guests
Situated in the heart of downtown Georgetown and minutes by car from Kentucky Horse Park, this super lovely loft-studio is a cozy retreat for two or three travelers or for professional people on a work trip. It is undeniably beautiful in its simplicity, yet enchants with a bit of luxury.
The pretty studio has one large bed with a comfortable mattress, beautiful living and dining area with a couch, and a compact kitchen where guests can cook their own meals. It also features a bright and airy space with windows and a modern bathroom.
So, if you are looking for a stay in a stylish house in one of the most romantic cities in Kentucky, this home has everything you need for a comfortable and memorable stay.
Location: Slade, Near Natural Bridge State Park
Sleeps: 5 guests
If you are looking for a cabin near Natural Bride or Red River Gorge, this airbnb offers the best location and proximity to endless outdoor activities. Staying here will make you feel at one with nature.
Built from local timber, the cabin sleeps up to 5 people and contains a full kitchen and dining area. A massive family-style kitchen by the way is connecting to a living room what makes space feel larger than it really is. One of the bedrooms comes with a double bed and another one with a bunk bed what makes it a great choice for families with kids.
With modern furniture, the cabin is very cozy. Here, you get complete privacy, your own patio with a hot tub, and plenty of grassy space around the house.
This airbnb is located within walking distance from hiking trails, kayaking, swimming, rock climbing, fishing, and various activities in nature. Red River Gorge and Natural Bridge are a short drive away.
Location: Nada, near Red River Gorge
Sleeps: 4 guests
And here is a unique treehouse in Kentucky right in the middle of Red River Gorge for a little adventure and a getaway from the hassle of the city. Staying here with your loved ones could be an exceptional vacation experience.
The treehouse resembles a canopy house with hardwood floors, walls, a glass bedroom, and kitchen with a wrap-around porch. You’ll have here the best views of the Gorge and the feeling of adventure.
This airbnb can accommodate four people as it has a full bedroom above the trees and a full-futon in the lower hammock lounge.
Surrounded by the Eastern White Pine, you can enjoy the unforgettable raw nature and see spectacular views from both the house and hammock lounge. This treehouse also offers all modern conveniences such as wi-fi, a full kitchen, and cute bathroom in the trees.
Location: Mammoth Cave National Park
Sleeps: 6 guests
This two-bedroom house is one of a few houses being so close to Mammoth Caves National Park.
The design is simple but comfortable and practical with six acres of a backyard with a fishpond and playground. There is a full kitchen, one bathroom, and two bedrooms where up to 6 people can stay. Apart from a large deck and a spacious porch, the house has an indoor fireplace, laundry room, and smart TV.
The best part about this rental is that it is only minutes away from all the cave city attractions and activities, including Green River Canoeing, Dinosaur World, Zipline, and Corvette plant & Museum in Bowling Green Kentucky. The location is perfect for nature escape or just relaxing with friends.
Sleeps: 2 guests
Looking for some cheap romantic getaways in Kentucky? This cozy Newport studio-apartment can offer just that. Being in a perfect location, it is close to a plethora of restaurants and shops on the main street and suits well budget-minded travelers. From this home, you can get to the Aquarium, AMC Theatre, and Riverfront in just five minutes. Downtown Cincinnati, Bengals, and Reds stadiums are only 15-20 minutes of walk.
The apartment is petite and would suit a couple or a solo traveler. The open-plan studio interior is comfortable though, has a full mini kitchen, double bed, and small living area. You will enjoy access to the entire apartment that also includes WIFI, workspace, heating, AC, and TV.
Guests also have access to the rear deck and a complimentary laundry area.
Location: Nolin Lake
Sleeps: 12 guests
If you are looking for a luxury escape by the lake in Kentucky, this lakehouse is a lavish retreat by the Nolin Lake near Mammoth Cave National Park.
This huge house boasts 3 separate bedrooms, a full kitchen, an entertaining area with a pool table, poker table, bar, and big screen TVs. There are 3.5 bathrooms, two levels of decks and balconies, and a big outside area on the waterfront. A group of friends or a big family can stay here and be in comfort.
Huge observation windows look out over the lake and mountain-style furniture give this airbnb a mountain lodge feel. It is a perfect home away from home for relaxing and spending time in nature. The location is ideal for hiking, fishing, and of course visiting Mammoth Cave which is a short drive away.
Sleeps: 8 guests
25 miles from Cumberland Falls, near the Cumberland River in Somerset city, this lakefront home is a huge adorable property with four bedrooms where visitors can really get off the beaten path.
The house is spacious and modern, with 2 1/2 bathrooms, lots of room, comfortable beds, a porch with the hammock and bbq area, and a basement with lots of toys for kids. Relaxation is the number one activity here. There is so much to do – boating, hiking in nearby Cumberland Falls, Yahoo Falls and Eagle Falls, jet skiing, boating, walking, grilling, or just soaking up in a hot tub while enjoying views of the lake.
If you feel like that’s not enough, you can go on a road trip around Lake Cumberland or head to Daniel Boone National Forest.
This Cumberland Falls cabin with a hot tub is a perfect airbnb for a long weekend by the water with friends.