25 minutes from Kentucky Horse Park! All things Horse, Bourbon & Cycling
About Gwen Dever
Gwen, native Kentuckian, organic vegetable farmer, bourbon tour guide, loves to cook, comes alive when meeting new people, and volunteers for several organizations in Paris, Ky. Mark, originally from Williamsburg, Virginia, loves Kentucky for it's pastoral views, excellent cycling roads, and Bourbon whiskey. Both enjoy travelling wherever it may take them, domestic or international with a penchant for Italy and the UK.
Gwen Dever purchased this Farmhouse in 2014
Why Gwen Dever chose Cynthiana
We fell in love with Bourbon County, Kentucky long before we lived in its look-alike cousin, Wiltshire, England, for five lovely years. Our plan several years ago was to buy this Kentucky pasture (37 acres of gorgeous views and fertile soil), build a homestead and live out our years tending to the earth, our animals and ourselves. The lovely town of Paris is 6 miles away and while we could use that as our base for most of our needs, with Lexington only 30 minutes away we knew we were set. We almost did exactly that, but with just a few changes. Whilst living in England, we bought a historic home in beautiful downtown Paris, Kentucky, rented it to others while we were away, and then moved into that house upon our return from England. Now, since it is not yet the time to retire, you will find Gwen tending to the earth at the farm while Mark is at the office (bringing home the bacon). We now have a barn at the farm! Well, this barn is just a bit different as it includes an apartment and a farm kitchen to suit our changing needs. The barn allows us to get on with it, and to rent the apartment to others who enjoy gorgeous country views, relaxing atmosphere, small town living, sweet country cycling roads, and all things Bourbon and Horse! We know our friends and family love to visit the area, and we know you will, too. We love to hear the stories of your stay and adventures at week’s end. Come see us!
What makes this Farmhouse unique
At The Barn you enjoy the serenity and beauty of the countryside all the while enjoying the European modern decor inside. The outdoor seating areas bring you directly in touch with Mother Nature. A perfect retreat if you usually live in a congested area- relax and take in the wonder of Bourbon County and its surrounds. Horse, bourbon, wine, beer, cycling, shopping, history, all these appealing pursuits are catered to here!
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
First Trip to the Bluegrass State
I can’t say enough good things about The Barn at Deva’s Farm. Gwen and Mark have done a wonderful job with their property. It is well done in every respect - from the modern decor to the air number mattresses. All our potential needs were anticipated and everything was perfect. So very glad we got to meet Gwen and Mark before we left. Absolutely delightful people. If you get the chance to visit this part of Kentucky - you should check out this property.
Love love love!!
Great house on a beautiful property. Totally updated and clean and had all the amenities. We absolutely enjoyed our weekend here and will definitely come back!
No mucking around at The Barn
Excellent accommodations, quiet and restful setting (but not far from Lexington if you need some hectic city time.) As advertised, The Barn was very well equipped and maintained. Host was attentive, available and fun to be around. We and our pets enjoyed our stay very much.
The BARN is Awesome!!!!
What a lovely place to stay. It's off the grid, you get to see the back country and all the horse glory on your way to Lexington.
The barn has everything you need and was spotless, it even has sleep number beds, what!!!
We had a fire in their awesome fire pit, Gwen was a delight to communicate with...we reccomend you to stay here and if we ever pass by the barn again we will be staying again.
We had a wonderful stay at the "Barn". It was very well appointed and homey. The beds are very comfortable.Every thing you could possibly need has been thought of. Thank you for letting us stay here .
Even better then the pictures show! The entire place is well stocked & very clean. Every detail has been thought of! And of course the coffee & espresso was amazing! Gwen is an incredible host & very helpful for any needs. We will visit again!
Equestrian activities (all within 30 minutes)
A Horse Experience at Deva's Farm (0 minutes)
We bring one of our horses to Deva's Farm at your request so that you can experience one of the most wonderful things that Bourbon County, Kentucky has to offer: HORSES! A personal encounter with one of these magnificent animals is the chance of a lifetime and will become a well cherished memory for all.
Meet & Treat: Give one of our horses lots of love and plenty of treats! Apples, carrots and other horse treats are all provided for you and your group to have a personal experience! $80/hr.
Hand Led Riding: Let us lead you through the beautiful fields at Deva's Farm. You and yours can take turns so everyone can participate. Plenty of treats will be provided for you to reward your horse after your ride! $150/1.5 hours
Contact Jon Ayers (859)321-7021. 12 hour advanced notice is appreciated; however, we will do all we can to accommodate your needs. Cash & Credit accepted.
Our Mims Retirement Haven (6 minutes) http://ourmims.org
Our Mims Retirement Haven is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue, revitalization and care of retired thoroughbred racehorses and broodmares. Our boarding facility gives them a home for the rest of their lives.
We also strive to educate the public on elder horse care and raise awareness for the need to provide for retired racehorses.
Your donations and volunteer efforts allow us to accomplish all these goals. Thank you!
SCHEDULE YOUR VISIT
The Ladies and Elmhurst love visitors, but an appointment must be made for the visit.
To make an appointment, please fill out and submit our online appointment request form (http://ourmims.org)
We will contact you to confirm whether the date and time are available. We look forward to hearing from you!
Please note: The Haven does not charge for tours. However, donations are greatly appreciated!
Claiborne Horse Farm - Home of Secretariat and other Kentucky Derby Winners!
Claiborne Farm (15 mins)We offer a guided walking tour 7 days** a week at 10:00 a.m. (must contact https://visithorsecountry.com/for this tour) and 11:00 a.m. (public tour, contact Clairborne yourself) Visitors will see our stallions, the breeding shed, and the cemetery. During the months of January and February, we offer tours 5 days a week (no tours on Tuesdays or Wednesdays). Since Claiborne Farm is a private working farm, tours are by appointment only.
To organize an 11 a.m. tour, please call (859) 987-2330 (please note office hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm EST) or e-mail us with possible dates and number of people. Since this is a working farm, your promptness is greatly appreciated. Please plan to check in at our Visitor Center AT LEAST 5 minutes before your tour time. Tours are free to the public; it is customary to tip the groom at tour's end.
NO PETS, NO PICNIC AREA, NO UNAUTHORIZED TOURS
Kentucky Horse Park (30 mins) http://kyhorsepark.com
Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Home http://www.oldfriendsequine.org
Bourbon Distilleries (within an hour's drive)
Hartfield & Co (12 minutes in downtown Paris) on the Craft Bourbon Trail
Alltech Brewing and Town Branch Distillery 35 mins
Makers Mark (1hr 45 min)
Toyota Factory Tour (free, but must be reserved) 25 mins http://www.visittoyotaky.com/
Paris 13 mins
Georgetown 30 mins
Nearby towns/attractions within an hour's drive
Lexington 25 mins
Georgetown 25 mins
Midway 40 mins
Frankfort (state capital) 50 mins
Berea (Kentucky Crafts) 1 hour
Shaker Village 1 hour 10 mins
Simpsonville Outlets 1 hour 15 mins
Red River Gorge (hiking) 1 hour 20 mins
Lousiville 1 hour 30 mins
Bardstown 1 hour 30 mins