Those travelers looking for an authentic experience that encourages them to live like the locals often turn to short-term vacation rentals. This gives them a home-like setting with added perks like on-site experiences. Vacation rentals can take you off the beaten path to areas you might not otherwise explore. We have listed four vacation rentals surrounded by fantastic scenery, giving you a true ShelbyKY experience and memories that will last a lifetime.

Evermore Retreat

Imagine waking up on an authentic working horse farm in the heart of Kentucky, averaging just $149 per night. The Evermore Retreat sleeps 8 - 10 guests in this four-bedroom, two bath loft located directly above a working horse farm. Guests will enjoy a spacious deck overlooking 50 rolling acres. The Loft includes a full kitchen and laundry, appointed with the finest of amenities.


You won’t have to look far for adventure, as onsite trail rides and riding lessons are available upon request. Learn from the equine experts in the American Saddlebred Capital of the World!


Saddlebred Suites


The Saddlebred Suites sleeps 17 and offers visitors 3,000 square feet of an upscale loft boutique hotel experience in historic Shelbyville that's perfect for a weekend trip, wedding celebration, romantic getaway or an ideal overnight stay for the curious traveler. There is a total of four separate suites offering guests the option of two-bedroom units or cozy studio spaces with incredible views of downtown Shelbyville and plenty of room to relax, celebrate and make memories. Guests can walk to locally owned coffee shops, one-of-a-kind restaurants, antique stores, boutiques and a community theatre.

Available for an average of $999 per night, the Saddlebred Suites offers the option to transform spaces into a "Groom's Suite" and "Bride's Suite," which each sleeps six and includes a large, full-scale kitchen and separate living and dining areas, ideal for getting ready on the "big day," or hosting a pre-wedding event with visiting friends and family.


Ask about booking a private yoga class at a location and time of your choosing with Mat and Ball Studio. Relax and breath in the fresh air while getting in your daily workout.  If you’re not a morning person, call downstairs to the Paddock Coffee, Eats and Gathering and have breakfast and a cup of your favorite brew delivered to your room.

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Bottled in Bond

This rental location has been featured on HGTV. It is a has a swanky and dramatic vibe, meant to replicate a scene from a James Bond movie. Offered at an average of $686 per night, the hosts will make your stay extra special by arranging chauffeured transportation, private chef accommodations, and dinner reservations.

Walk through the vintage revolving door into the Instagram worthy living area, you will also find commercial-grade kitchen appliances, a custom dining table made from Jim Beam Distillery wood, and a custom-built poker table that seats nine. You can’t leave without playing a game on the vintage Skee ball machine. Finally, soak up the luxury of the spa-like bathroom with double sinks, double rain showerhead and private water closet.


During your stay make sure you visit Bulleit Distillery, located in ShelbyKY, along the famous Bourbon Trail. They offer the custom labels for their bottles of bourbon, perfect to keep as a memento from your trip.


Lakeside Farmhouse


Located on a 45-acre farm in ShelbyKY, the Lakeside Farmhouse offers a tranquil setting with a private 5-acre lake. Surrounded with wildlife, trees, and open land, this unique property offers a "stone-wall fire-pit" for evening gatherings, covered gazebo w/ gas grill, and plenty of room to roam.

Offered at an average of $759 per night, the home comes completely furnished with everything you need for a short-term or long-term stay.


This rental provides the perfect backdrop and setting for a day exploring ShelbyKY with trail walks around the property, complete with fishing in the lake. Pack your fishing pole, that’s all your will need!



Plan your trip with help from the ShelbyKY Commission & Visitors Bureau at 502-633-6388 or


Written by Allie Hembree Martin


Allie Hembree Martin is a native ShelbyKYian, residing now in Louisville where she lives with her husband, Brandon. Allie is a podcast host, frequent contributor to national publications, and runs a digital marketing company, Fame and Fortune.