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Beautiful Renovated Home In The Vibrant Highlands Neighborhood--Great for Derby

Bonnycastle, Louisville, KY, USA
  • House2000 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Mininum Stay1 - 3 nights

3 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathroom, 6 Sleeps

Beautifully renovated and decorated home, equipped for entertaining, located in Louisville's most vibrant, walkable neighborhood. Ready for entertaining. A quiet refuge steps from fine and eclectic dining, boutiques, farmers' markets, and nightlife of Bardstown Road. Easy access to downtown and Churchill Downs.

The House:

Modern style blends with the historic character of this fully-renovated home. The house is equipped to entertain in comfort with a fully-equipped modern kitchen, large dining room and patio with gas grill. There are three bedrooms, one with a new pillow-top king mattress, one with a pillow-top queen, and the third is set up as a library with a very comfortable Ikea queen-size sleeper sofa. 1.5 bathrooms, with large soaking tub. DirecTV Now with HBO and broadband internet with WiFi, and blu-ray/DVD with smart tv streaming services on TVs in each bedroom. There is a stereo with Bluetooth connectivity if you'd like to play music. The house will be professionally cleaned prior to your arrival.

Guest Access:

The whole house is yours. Help yourself to any of the kitchen tools in the fully-equipped kitchen. Staples and spices are available if you'd like to cook.

Interaction with Guests:

It's up to you. I'll happily be there to welcome you, acquaint you with the house, and provide information on the neighborhood and events, or if you prefer, the door code can be set so you can let yourself in. You can expect complete privacy, but I can be easily reached by phone or text for assistance or advice. I love Louisville and will be happy to provide guidance to suit any taste to make your stay and experience of Louisville outstanding.

The Neighborhood:

The house is located in the Highlands, Louisville's most vibrant and walkable neighborhood. Many of the city's best restaurants, ethnic and eclectic local dining spots, boutiques, galleries, and nightlife are within a few blocks. The house is a quiet refuge in the thick of the best of Louisville and Derby celebrations. A short walk gets you to the idyllic scenes, hiking, bike riding of the city's grandest park, Cherokee Park. Two farmers' markets are held on Saturday within easy walking distance for breakfast, mingling with the locals, and picking up locally-produced groceries.

Getting around:

The house is centrally-located less than 4 miles from downtown, Churchill Downs, and the airport. There is easy access to the city's bus system for travel through the Highlands, and express routes to downtown and Churchill Downs. For more information, visit the TARC website. Taxis are inexpensive in Louisville, and can be hailed less than a block from the house. Uber and Lyft operate smartphone-based private driver services in Louisville. Garage parking is available for one car, and street parking is readily available. It is also possible to walk to dining, nightlife, shops, and supermarkets from the house.

Other Things to Note:

Please let me know if there are any special considerations or accommodations you require. We'll be happy to stock the fridge or provide supplies in advance of your arrival at cost. Let me know if you would like the third bedroom configured for sleeping. There is presently no TV on the first floor, but will move one to the living room if you would like.


Evan Westphal

Member Since 2014
Response rate:
Response time:
within two days
english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
Mar 31, 2018
About Evan Westphal

I've lived throughout Kentucky all my life except for a year spent in Strasbourg, France. I've traveled extensively in Europe, Central America, and have recently ventured to South Asia. I love to stay in rental homes and apartments when I travel because it allows me to have a more genuine experience of a place. I've had so many great hosts around the world whose welcome and guidance have made all the difference. I love Louisville and look forward to helping you experience all the things that make this city great.

Evan Westphal purchased this House in 2013

Why Evan Westphal chose Bonnycastle

I love the home and love doing everything I can to make it a beautiful, comfortable place to live and entertain. The house is in a truly fantastic location, central to all Louisville has to offer. It is a quiet retreat in a vibrant, livable, walkable neighborhood full of character and local flavor that is matched by few in the US.

What makes this House unique

I fell in love with the house for it's historic character and great location in the Highlands neighborhood where great restaurants, parks, and shopping are in walking distance. I've lovingly restored and decorated the home, infusing modern style with the historic character of the house.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 3
        1 sleep sofa /futon, Extremely comfortable convertible sofa.
      • Master Bedroom
        1 king
      • The third bedroom is set up as a library/living space. Please notify us if you would like it to be configured for sleeping prior to your arrival. The sofa bed is not a typical sleeper sofa and is very comfortable with a memory foam top. All bedroom windows are equipped with room-darkening shades and drapes. All bedrooms are equipped with flat screen TVs with DirecTV, smart TV streaming, and the master and library/3rd betoom have Blu-ray/DVD players.


      • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, A large bathroom with modern fixtures and large clawfoot tub
      • Bathroom 2
      • Ample hot water from an oversized hot water heater. The large full bath has modern fixtures and a classic clawfoot soaker tub.


        • Family
        • Historic
        • Romantic
        • Sports & Activities
        • Tourist Attractions


            • Guests provide their own meals


                • Internet
                  High-speed 100 megabit internet with Wifi.
                • Air Conditioning
                  Central air.
                • Fireplace
                  Gas fireplace in living room. Please do not use fireplace on second floor.
                • Fitness Room / Equipment
                  There is no on-site gym, but a well-equipped neighborhood gym offering short-term rates is less than one block from the house.
                • Garage
                  One spot is available in the private garage for your use.
                • Hair Dryer
                • Heating
                  Central gas heat.
                • Clothes Dryer
                  Feel free to use the washing machine and dryer located on the first floor. Supplies provided.
                • Iron & Board
                • Linens Provided
                  Beds will be made with fresh linens before your arrival.
                • Living Room
                  Designed for comfort and entertaining. There is presently no TV on the first floor, but one can be place in the living room upon request.
                • Parking
                  Garage parking for one car is available. Ample street parking with no permit required.
                • Towels Provided
                  Plenty of towels will be made available.
                • Washing Machine
                  Feel free to use the washing machine and dryer located on the first floor. Supplies provided.


                    • Coffee Maker
                      Automatic coffee maker and French press with electric kettle. Also, one of the best coffee shops in town is less than block away.
                    • Dishes & Utensils
                      Well equipped for cooking and entertaining.
                    • Dishwasher
                    • Kitchen
                      Modern kitchen with new stainless steel appliances. Any tool, pot, pan, or gadget you'd need is present. Feel free to use staples and the extensive spice rack as well as the patio herb garden.
                    • Microwave
                    • Oven
                      Gas with bottom-shelf broiler.
                    • Pantry Items
                      Staples and spices are at your disposal. Supermarkets are close by. If desired, I will stock the fridge/pantry to your requests at cost prior to arrival.
                    • Refrigerator
                      New, large stainless side-by-side with filtered water and ice.
                    • Stove
                    • Toaster


                        • Dining
                          Large table seats 8 (or more with folding chairs).
                        • Dining Area
                        • comfy seating for 8 people


                            • DVD Player
                              Blu-ray/DVD on master and library/3rd bedroom TVs. Streaming capabilities via Netflix, Amazon etc available in all three bedrooms.
                            • Games
                              Many board games are available to you in one of the built-in cabinets in the living room.
                            • Music Library
                              My personal collection of LP record albums is available for use with the turntable in the living room. Feel free to use them, but take care not to scratch or fingerprint the playing surfaces.
                            • Satellite / Cable
                              DirecTV provided to all TVs
                            • Stereo
                              A hi-fi stereo fills the house with music if you desire. It is configured to connect to ipod/smartphones via Bluetooth or cable.
                            • Television
                              There is presently no TV on the first floor, but one can be placed in the living room upon request.


                                • Bicycles
                                  None provided, but can be rented from local shops. Great biking in Cherokee park, and extensive bike lines throughout the city.
                                • Deck / Patio
                                  Great patio with table and seating for 6 (2 additional chairs under the deck, and folding chairs in the foyer closet).
                                • Golf
                                  Scenic 9-hole course at nearby Cherokee park.
                                • Lanai / Gazebo
                                  Covered porches look out over the front and back yard.
                                • Lawn / Garden
                                  Lushly landscaped yard with flowers and flowering trees. Feel free to use the herb garden on the patio and deck. Mint for juleps is located in one of the rectangular pots near the house and fence.
                                • Outdoor Grill
                                  A large gas grill is available and supplied with gas. If your tank is emptied, a refill can be located near the sliding glass door in the garage.
                                • Tennis
                                  Free tennis courts are available in nearby Tyler or Senecca Parks.


                                    • wheelchair inaccessible
                                      All bedrooms are on the second floor and no lift or elevator is present.


                                        • churches
                                        • cinemas
                                        • library
                                        • live theater
                                        • museums
                                        • restaurants
                                        • synagogues
                                        • theme parks
                                        • winery tours
                                        • zoo

                                          Leisure Activities

                                            • antiquing
                                            • boating
                                            • gambling casinos
                                            • horseback riding
                                            • outlet shopping
                                            • photography
                                            • scenic drives
                                            • shopping
                                            • sight seeing
                                            • walking

                                              Local Services & Businesses

                                                • ATM/bank
                                                • fitness center
                                                • groceries
                                                • hospital
                                                • laundromat
                                                • massage therapist
                                                • medical services

                                                  Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                    • kayaking
                                                    • basketball court
                                                    • equestrian events
                                                    • fishing
                                                    • freshwater fishing
                                                    • golf
                                                    • hiking
                                                    • hot air ballooning
                                                    • ice skating
                                                    • cycling
                                                    • racquetball
                                                    • rafting
                                                    • rock climbing
                                                    • roller blading
                                                    • sailing
                                                    • spelunking
                                                    • swimming
                                                    • tennis
                                                    • water tubing

                                                      House Rules

                                                      Check-in: Flexible

                                                      Check-out: Flexible

                                                      Cancellation Policy

                                                      100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                      6 Reviews


                                                      Latest reviews

                                                      Simply wonderful!

                                                      Meg C.

                                                      Evan’s home is filled with charm! We had a fantastic weekend in this exquisitely decorated home. The location, proximity to restaurants and shops and attention to detail make this an easy 5 stars. The backyard is an oasis in and of itself! Don’t hesitate...book the Murray house for your next trip to Louisville.

                                                      Great House - Great Location

                                                      Todd M.MINNEAPOLIS

                                                      Wonderful stay. This house was in the perfect location to walk to restaurants, shops, etc. The house is very well equipped and extremely clean. We were very comfortable here and can't give it a higher recommendation.

                                                      Very clean house in great location

                                                      Jeff G.

                                                      The house was great, and Evan was a fantastic host. Great communication and follow up after we left. I have nothing bad to say about this place. The house was extremely clean and well-stocked. Having never been to Louisville before, I am so glad we stayed in this neighborhood - the house is a short walk to many bars, restaurants and shops, and a short drive to downtown. I will stay here again if I am ever back in Louisville. Thanks Evan!

                                                      Immaculate House in Great Location!!

                                                      Katie H.

                                                      Our group (3 couples) stayed in this house for Derby 2016 and had the best experience! The house could not be more charming, beautifully decorated and landscaped, and was very comfortable and exceptionally clean. The location is perfect, walkable to many restaurants and shops on Bardstowns Road, and easy to get all over town. The Owner went over and above with the hospitality he showed us! We had a great time, and if/when we come back to the Derby in coming years we will definitely try to stay here again!

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      Thanks for the review Katie! I'm glad you all had such a great time. It was so great to welcome you. Glad you enjoyed our city and the Derby! I'm always happy to share our city's brightest moment with others, and so happy we helped make your visit enjoyable.


                                                      Derby Delight

                                                      Ryan A.

                                                      I cannot say enough positive things about our stay. The location and house certainly did not disappoint. Close to restaurants and shops. The house and gardens were beautiful and the owner could not have been more hospitable and helpful. Would highly recommend and will certainly put it on our list of places to return!

                                                      Look no further

                                                      Gunter S.

                                                      This house has it all. Located in a gentile historic neighborhood within walking distance of Cherokee park, restaurants and clubs. However it is far enough away so it is not noisy.

                                                      The home is clean, spacious and tastefully decorated. It is beautiful. I hope you will fall in love with it just like I did and I can not say enough how accommodating the owner Evan is.

                                                      Maggie Schramm Hilton Head Island SC

                                                      Owner's Response:

                                                      Thanks! Hope to see you again soon!


                                                      Bonnycastle, Louisville, KY, USA

                                                      Less than 5 miles from Churchill Downs and Downtown.

                                                      Rates & Availability

                                                      Additional information about rental rates

                                                      Cleaning Fee
                                                      Damage Insurance
                                                      Damage Deposit

                                                      Please indicate whether you would preer a $500 refundable damage deposit or non-refundable $99 damage protection plan, or both. 3-night minimum at $1150 rate for Derby 2018 (listed for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday but dates are flexible if you'd rather stay different nights). Shoulder dates for Derby 2018 are available for $650/night. Additional discounts may be available for stays of 5+ days. Check-in/out time is flexible. Let us know what works for you.

                                                      6 Reviews
                                                      Exceptional 5/5
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                                                      For booking assistance, call 888-829-7076

                                                      Property # 579062