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The Ruin Bed & Breakfast

Your host(s):
Elise and Ron Wallace
Web Site:
3629 McCracken Pike
Versailles, Kentucky 40383
Guest Rooms:
2Bathrooms: 2
$235 - $335
Check In/Out:
3:00pm - 11:00am

The Ruin Bed & Breakfast


1800s Bourbon Distillery

The Glenn Spring Distillery company was located on Glenns Creek. It was just downstream from the McCracken Mill, which was purchased by Edmund H. Taylor, Jr. and Lewis Castleman who converted it into a distillery around 1868. Both Sweet-mash and Sour-mash whiskey were produced and the brands were named Belle of Anderson and Arlington. With a mashing capacity of about 180 bushels per day, this distillery had one bonded warehouse with an 8,000 barrel capacity. A short time later, Mr. Castleman sold out to Mr. Taylor who in turn sold his interest.

It is thought that the distillery employed James Crow before he left for the Oscar Pepper Distillery (which became Labrot & Graham, now Woodford Reserve). In the late 1890s, the distillery was owned by C. Stege and had warehouse capacity for 6,000 barrels. At that time, its brand was Glenn Spring. At some point prior to 1903, the distillery was sold to the Trust at which point it was closed and dismantled. There are no mentions in the Kentucky tax records after 1900.

E.H. Taylor, Jr. is known as the father of the modern Bourbon industry and built his showplace Old Taylor Distillery in a castle like design of handcut white limestone, also located along Glenns Creek, in 1887.

Ron and Elise purchased the property in 2010, which is where the remains of an old distillery were located. With the help of several very skilled contractors and laborers over a hard work-filled three years, the current structure was completed. The Ruin Bed and Breakfast was opened in 2014.

Since the structure had been derelict for several years, the stone walls had to be repointed and the interior totally gutted. The interior was built re-purposing a lot of the old lumber in addition to wood and materials from other reclamation projects. Some of the material used includes old fence boards, old tobacco barn siding, beams from a railroad warehouse as well as the flooring from an old tobacco warehouse in Louisville. Hand-hewn logs and flooring from a 1780s cabin on Pisgah Pike make up one of the most stunning interior features.

Phil Gerrow of Midway Preservation was the main craftsman behind this project along with Wilmes Architects who designed the rooms and guest house.
Quiet and secluded, the property is located across the road from Ashford Stud, three miles from Woodford Reserve and four miles from downtown Versailles, Kentucky. The famed Glenns Creek runs along the front of the eight acre property, which features a creekside walking trail, a tree-covered, abandoned railroad bed walking trail, and a wildflower meadow.

Historical information on the distilleries was based on the book
Bourbon in Kentucky by Chester Zoeller.

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  • Antiquing
  • Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Historic Sites
  • Kayaking
  • Museums
  • Tennis
  • Theater
  • Unique Shopping
  • Wineries

Food Service:

  • Accommodates Special Diets
  • Continental Breakfast
  • Early Morning Coffee/Tea
  • Full Breakfast

Geographic Setting:

  • Rural

Inn Amenities:

  • Common TV Area
  • Comp. Beverages
  • Comp. Light Refreshments
  • Gardens
  • Internet Access
  • Limited Handicap Access
  • National Historic Register
  • Off Street Parking
  • Outdoor Guest Areas

Inn Policies:

  • Alcoholic Beverages Permitted
  • Cash Accepted
  • Checks Accepted
  • Children 16+ Permitted
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Innkeeper Pets in Residence
  • Smoking Outside Only
  • Traveler's Checks Accepted

Minimum Stay Required:

  • Holidays
  • Peak Season Weekends
  • Special Events
  • Weekends

Room Amenities:

  • AC/Central
  • Bathrobes
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron/Ironing Board Available
  • King Bed
  • Luxury Linens
  • Microwave
  • Private Bath
  • Shower
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi Access

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  • Business Travel
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  • Romantic Escape
  • Single Traveler
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