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In the heart of Garrard County, this stately home provides picturesque views of Kentucky's Rolling Hills

About The Denny House

The Denny House offers a unique opportunity for the traveler to get away from modern-day hustle and bustle and to step back and relax into the time of the Victorians. It is a great venue for bridal showers, baby showers, weddings, anniversaries, small bridge groups,  small family gatherings, and club or office retreats.

Breakfast Fit For a King

  • We buy and barter with local community growers. Fruits, vegetables, and breakfast meats are obtained from local organic farms.
  • Our on-site hen house provides fresh eggs for breakfast and baked goods. You can buy a dozen to take back home!
  • Our Shiitake mushroom log yard provides fresh mushrooms, exquisite ingredients for breakfast. 

Sustainability

  • We take an environmentally conscious approach to waste management through recycling, reusing, and composting. We purchase items with limited packaging.
  • We take a historical approach to architectural design, taking advantage of natural light during daylight hours. 
  • We limit water consumption by allowing guests to determine the frequency of linen changes.
  • We use biodegradable cleaning agents made with natural ingredients as much as possible.

About The Innkeeper

Vicky West Abrams has been the innkeeper at the Denny House since it opened in 2015.  As a lifelong resident of Paint Lick she loves to share it with travelers.   One of her favorite things to do is cook.  As a guest you will find out really quick that no one leaves hungry.  Her breakfast served on fine china are both delicious and beautiful.

She  recently was selected as the
2018 Favorite Innkeeper in Kentucky in the Annual 5-Star Hospitality Service Awards. 
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About The Owners

Mark, Amanda, and Porter Gumbert are the proud owners of the Denny House. They are pretty much the coolest people that you will ever meet. They enjoy sitting around the fire pit, watching the sun set, and bourbon.  One of Mark's hobbies is making beer.  You can often find Mark working in his brewery that sits right next to the Denny House. 
Their B&B is rated a perfect 5 stars on all of the rating sites we could find. 

Our Amenities

More than a place to sleep. We offer comforts and amenities to make your stay truly memorable.
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Breakfast

Wake up and enjoy our delicious breakfast, homemade daily. 
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Free WiFi

Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the house.
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Rest & Recharge

All of our rooms include comfortable beds featuring luxurious 600-thread count Pima Cotton linens with a wrinkle-free sateen finish.
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Have S'more!

Enjoy a night by the fire with our outside fire pit (firewood and s'mores supplies available).
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Peddle Around

Enjoy our two cruiser bicycles to explore the sights and sounds of Paint Lick.
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Free Parking

Rest easy knowing your vehicle is off the street!

Denny House History

Politics, Prestige, & Charm: A Location as Unique as Kentucky


The Denny House is an impressive, antebellum Greek Revival house located near the center of the historic village of Paint Lick, Kentucky, in Garrard County. According to folklore and official area historical markers, "First settlers found Indian signs painted on trees and rocks along the creek banks and around the nearby salt lick. They gave the settlement the name of Paint Lick." Paint Lick Creek marks the border between Madison and Garrard counties, and it was here that Colonel William Miller settled a land claim and built Miller Station, in 1775, later called Paint Lick Fort.
In 1840 George Denny built this house on 540 acres of land his father had purchased in 1827 from his father-in-law, Col. William Miller. The house became a political statement after the marriage of George Denny to Elizabeth M. Faulkner, daughter of the powerful and well-connected retired State Senator John Faulkner. With political guidance from his father-in-law, George Denny later also served as a Kentucky State Senator 1859-1863.
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Over the years, The Denny House has undergone multiple rounds of renovation, with indoor plumbing and electricity added around the turn of the 20th Century. Bathrooms, a kitchen, and a mud room were added, and the house has been retrofitted with a central heating and air conditioning system. The front porch floor was modified from original hand-cut limestone to inlaid brick, and we hope to restore it and the Doric Columns in the near future. The entry foyer highlights a well-preserved square of the original 1840s wallpaper, and, in fact, the walls are papered in the modern version of that same design, made by the same manufacturer as the original. The Denny House was placed on the National Historical Register in 1983.  

Today The Denny House sits on 46 acres and has numerous outbuildings and gardens. To the east are raised herb garden beds and a large tobacco barn. The smoke house, root cellar, outhouse, and farm sheds are behind the house and, over time, have been used for many purposes. More recently some of the buildings were part of the Fitzarran Kennel, an award winning breeding kennel for Irish Wolf Hounds and Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Today the kennel building and smoke house are part of the onsite home brewery, H. H. Gumbert Brewery. To accommodate the brewery we hope to have a trellis system to raise hops near the front entrance to the property. Another small building is the hen house where we collect fresh farm eggs.

Through all of this history, the house has kept its
distinguished design and charm. Our mission at The Denny House is to provide a relaxing environment with exceptional service. Regardless of your reason to stay, The Denny House will be an experience that you will never forget.
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