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Painter, Sculpter, Writer, Musician, Filmmaker, Photograper, Gardener - Paradise

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

4 Bedrooms, 2 Bath, Sleeps 8

Many World Stories Artist Retreat is one of the best-known artist retreats in western KY.The retreat is a haven where artists of all types can sweep away their distractions and just CREATE.

Many World Stories operations are subsidized by grants from foundations, corporations and individuals. Writers, composers, photographers, filmmakers, Master Gardeners and sculptors — both famous and unknown — vie for the 4 bedrooms and or studios and creative sheds at the retreat. Once accepted, an artist can stay for as little as a week, or as long as a couple of months. When an, artists arrives they will find a kind of isolation hard to find in the 'world'. This is a place for you in the woods.

Come to work on your novel, come to compose your song, come to write or direct your latest play or film, do it in the serenity and peace of the quieting woods. There are 17 acres to traverse on Many World Stories Retreat.

Many World Stories Retreat was founded four years ago by Jillianna Barrett on the property that has been in her family for over seventy five years. The Many World Stories Retreat, 'Artist House' is located in Western Kentucky, 16 miles from Murray KY, home of Murray State University. The 'Artist House' sits on the shores of beautiful Kentucky Lake. This home has a stunning view of Kentucky Lake, while providing absolute peace, quiet and fresh air. The Many World Stories Retreat, 'Artist House' offers a relaxed setting for a week, a weekend or a extended stay, a place in the woods that Artists are free to create, enjoy their own solitude or communicate with like minded people. Each Artist that registers in the 'Artist House' will be offered their choice of a private room or a shared room, their own private patio and their own 'Creative Shed' overlooking the lake. A communal indoor bathroom and sauna, an outdoor shower, a community kitchen, dining area and gathering area are included. Community Meals will also be served during breakfast and dinner, every other day. From April 15 - October 15, outdoor Tai Chi classes and outdoor meditation are offered to guests. From May 15 - October 15, artists workshops will also be offer to each Artists that is staying at Many World Stories Artist Retreat, 'Artist House.' These workshops will include a Directors Workshop, a Grant Writing Workshop, a Photographers Workshop and a Organic Farming and Gardening Workshop, there will be many others to choose from.

Seventy-five years ago, Carl and Elizabeth Timmel bought and owned the land where the retreat now sits. Carl and Elizabeth Timmel savored its isolation and ability to get the work they enjoyed the most done there, which included for Carl - woodworking and for Elizabeth the tilling of beautiful gardens. After their death, their daughter, Carleen and their son in law, Joe continued the traditions and made it their home, now their daughter, Jill has continued and encourages other artists to come for the peace and the beauty of the land.

Many World Stories Retreat, 'Artist House' is perched on the hillside overlooking the Bay with a stunning view of Kentucky Lake. Kentucky Lake is 600,300 acres of water and covers 2300 miles of shoreline. Located 16 miles from Murray KY, where you will find all the amenities that you will need for your stay. You will experience here absolute peace and quiet, with the 'Sound of Nature' during the day and the 'Sound of Silence' at night as you can see every star in the night sky, a stay at the Many World Stories Retreat is a deeply moving experience.

The Many World Stories Retreat was created by a now 'off the hook' from the real world person, Jill. Jill the developer of Many World Stories Retreat, a world traveler, and writer, is now back in the place that she calls 'HOME' and has renovated the 'Artist House' with her own designs in mind. This Retreat has all the comforts of living in the woods.

The 'Artist House" is a large two story home, where Jill lives in the upstairs and the Artists have the spacious 2,500 square feet of downstairs. decorated with the colors of ZEN, a very favorite place of Jill. She has used the richness of very subtle and quiet colors. Four bedrooms in the 'Artist House', one for each guest or two guests if shared. Each bedroom has their own outside entrance and patio, overlooking the lake. Each guest also has their own 'Creative Shed', one for each artist and a green house for the gardener. The hallway is covered with hard wood flooring, as well as the dining room and the community sitting room which has a wood burning fireplace and a large flat screen TV with internet and a printer for a computer. The Bathroom is equipped with a walk shower, dressing area and a large 2 person sauna.

The 'Artist House' has a community Kitchen for all guests, microwave, refrigerator, washer, dryer, appliances, dishes, pots, pans and flatware. The Dining Room has a great view of the lake; also equipped with dishes, glasses, silverware and table linens.

The Community Room at the 'Artist House' is well lighted with a built in large library of an assortment of books, fiction and non-fiction for the avid reader.

Breakfast and Dinner is served to the guests every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

The 'Artist House' sits on the point of the lake at 250 Driftwood Lane. In the spring time the front yard of the house and the garden (designed by Jill's Grandmother and Mother) is covered with blooming Daffodils, then turns to Daylilies, wandering Jasmine, Crepe Myrtle, and in the fall the trees are fresh Autumn. There are flower beds surrounding the house and a path from the house down to the lake. This decks outside of each bedroom door holds lounge furniture, and each have a BBQ Grill.

The property is in the deep woods of Kentucky, the nearest town is Murray KY 16 miles away. It is not a resort, it is the woods, with gravel roads and sometimes after a heavy rain the roads wash and Jill gets on her tractor to grade them. This home is wrapped by the presence of nature and sits at the top of a hill. You step from each Bedroom door into wide open space of woods where you can head down the hill to the lake, or into your own 'Creative Space' , one for the Sculptor, one for the Musician, one for the Filmmaker, one for the Writer, one for the Gardener, one for the Photographer, here everyone can just be who you want to be and create what you want to create. No pressure here, no "Ohh's or Aww's" of a fancy car or a 'Nitro" boat, no dressing up for dinner, unless its Sunday and you want to put on your Sunday's best and head on in to town to Church.

So take off your shoes walk barefoot through the grass and smell the good clean rotted wood earth, its your time to be who you want to be!, Be a Monet, paint a landscape of the lake, read the classic 'Pride and Prejudice, gather your thoughts and write your own, Recite Hamlet, and be him, with your hearts desire sculpt a Edgar Degas, or as the master Gardner design or plant your own plotted garden. Dig earthworms, bait your own hook, jump off the old dock, that my grandfather built in 1952, visit the old family Cemetery and listen to the night sounds, catch some 'Lightn Bugs'. just don't step on any toads. This country is a once in a lifetime experience, You might never pass this way again.

Boats can be launched from nearby Paradise Resort for a small fee.

The property also has a small fishing dock that will accommodate two fishing boat. Or you can borrow a Kayak or a Canoe.



Air Conditioning

Electric Heat

Ceiling Fans

Fireplace with heating insert

BBQ Grill




Direct TV


Boat Dock


2 Kayaks


Tai Chi

Actors Dreamers Workshop

Grant Writing Workshop

Photography Workshop

More Details

Jillianna Barrett
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, spanish, italian, Tagaloog
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 10, 2018

About Jillianna Barrett

I found my home!

Jillianna Barrett purchased this house in 1971

Why Jillianna Barrett chose Murray

Although in Kentucky, now who would live in Kentucky??? Why because there is serene solitude among beauty!

What makes this house unique

A place of Paradise, where you can be who you are.


Murray House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 1:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • skiing
  • water tubing


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Nearest Airport
110 Miles
Nearest Airports, Nashville TN & St Louis MO
Nearest Barpub
22 Miles
Murray KY
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Miller Golf Course, Murray KY
Nearest Train
50 Miles
Fulton KY, AMtrak
Nearest Motorway
35 Miles
Calvert City KY
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
Duncans Market
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $65

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.