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Charming Tiny House on the Kentucky River

Harrodsburg, KY, USA
  • Cottage670 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Nestled in the 400 ft cliffs of the Palisades-one of the top places to see in Kentucky! Enjoy nearby historic sites, distilleries, horses, nature, river activities & more! Comfortable one bedroom surrounded by the river and inspiring natural beauty.

There is a queen bed in the separate bedroom, queen futon in the great room, and 2 twin beds in the loft. Ample room for 6 people.

Kitchen has microwave, full-size refrigerator, apartment sized stove/oven, basic utensils, dishes, pots & pans, coffee maker, blender, toaster. Very functional. Propane grill and stone fire pit available for cooking and relaxing outdoors. Full sized washer and dryer, bathroom with tub & shower combo. Read and unwind surrounded by nature, with the peaceful sounds of the river and waterfall.

Electric wall unit air conditioner, propane gas fireplace and electric baseboard heat.

Smart TV, BluRay with video library, bluetooth speaker. There is no dish or wifi, but 4G available for most cell carriers & hotspot. Books and board games available. Suggest downloading movies and games to laptop prior to arrival & connecting via HDMI cable, otherwise could experience buffering issues.

Guests have access to entire house and grounds. Access code for entrance key to gate and house provided after booking. Kayak/canoe rentals and launch located within a mile. Two kayaks are available on site for use with a signed waiver. State and County taxes collected at booking.

You will have the entire area to yourself. Owners will not be present during your stay unless called.

You will be submersed in the high cliffs of the Palisades near the Brooklyn Bridge. The area is quiet with a neighbor on one side and woods on the other. Great views of the river from the house and back porch.

Perfect for adventurers! There are many unique sites nearby including Fort Harrod & Fort Boone, Shaker Village, Bourbon Trail, Camp Nelson, Asbury University, Keeneland race track, Kentucky Horse Park, Rupp Arena, wineries, horse farm tours & more!

Hike along cliff walls and watersheds, catch some fish or go boating. Take a day trip to Lincoln's birthplace & boyhood home along the Lincoln Heritage Trail. Visit nearby Lexington, Frankfort, Berea and Danville. Venture a little further to Kentucky's largest city of Louisville. See the Slugger Museum, Churchill Downs, Falls of Ohio fossil beds or nearby Historic Bardstown with My Old Kentucky Home, civil war museum and oldest western stagecoach stop Old Talbot's Tavern.

Photo lovers bring your camera! S.R. 68 and surrounding area roads are popular scenic, curvy, hilly routes. A new experience awaits around every corner!

Sales taxes collected at booking. There is a $5 per person, per night extra charge over 2 people. It is a sharp turn into the Palisades entrance. Best to enter from the west on 68 and exit to the east on 68. There is a turn around at the bottom of the hill.

20 miles to Lexington Blue Grass Airport

There are basic grocery & hardware stores in nearby Wilmore, Nicholasville and Lawrenceburg. Liquor and beer sales in Lawrenceburg, Nicholasville and Lexington. Otherwise, dry or moist counties (by the drink in some restaurants, historic sites & golf courses). No food delivery service, so suggest stocking up on needed items when in town.

- Smoking allowed outside

- Pets allowed with $100 non-refundablepet fee


Judy Whitnable

Member Since 2016
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Judy Whitnable

Born and raised in Florida near Kennedy Space Center and beaches. Currently working in Louisville, KY where there is so much history and beautiful scenic drives. Have been a guest through VRBO, so thought it would be nice to share the river house with others. Owned a real estate company for many years in Florida, where I renovated and built homes. I am new to VRBO and excited to host visitors. I currently work at Humana and my husband is at the Army Corps of Engineers. Love to travel, hike, be near the water and see new things. Happy to answer questions and help make your visit a great experience!

Judy Whitnable purchased this Cottage in 2016

Why Judy Whitnable chose Mercer County

Unique area of Kentucky with the steep Palisades and boating, plus so many places to visit. Love the rich history and traveling the scenic byway, as you never know what you'll see next. So relaxing, beautiful views, submersed in nature with the wonderful sounds of the waterfall right behind the house.

What makes this Cottage unique

Direct riverfront, spacious, affordable, peaceful and you have the entire house to yourself.


    • Pets Welcome
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • Queen bed in separate bedroom, queen futon in living room, 2 twin beds in loft


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower

        Location Type

          • Waterfront
            Located on the Kentucky River between locks 6 and 7


              • Adventure
              • Away From It All
              • Budget
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                        Electric wall unit with remote control
                      • Fireplace
                        Propane gas fireplace
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                        Electric baseboard heat and gas fireplace. Fireplace alone almost heats the entire place
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        Full sized electric dryer
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Living Room
                        Open floor plan with connection to dining and kitchen, vaulted ceilings
                      • Parking
                        Open spaces in front next to the house and at the street next to the gate
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        Full sized electric washer


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Mr. Coffee 4-5 cup coffee maker, filters
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Kitchen
                            Functional kitchen with utensils, dishes, pots & pans provided
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                            Apartment sized electric oven. Cookie sheet, baking/broiler pan provided.
                          • Pantry Items
                            Basic items such as ziploc and garbage bags, paper plates & cups
                          • Refrigerator
                            Full sized refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            Apartment sized electric 4 burner stove
                          • Toaster
                            2 slot toaster


                              • Dining
                                Table with 4 chairs, additional 2 chairs at kitchen bar.
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                    Small library
                                  • DVD Player
                                    BluRay player
                                  • Games
                                    Checkers, chess, backgammon, Scrabble, Yatzee
                                  • Stereo
                                    Wireless Bluetooth speaker to play music from your phone , boom box radio/cd player with cord to connect to phone
                                  • Television
                                    Smart TV 35"
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Deck / Patio
                                        Back deck with great views of the river.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        2 kayaks on site for your use with signed waiver. Canoe/kayak rentals & boat launch within 1 mile.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                        Many trees, 1/2 acre, path to the river
                                      • Outdoor Grill
                                        Propane grill and Firepit with grate for cooking.


                                          • wheelchair inaccessible


                                              • arboretum
                                              • churches
                                              • festivals
                                              • library
                                              • live theater
                                              • marina
                                              • museums
                                              • restaurants
                                              • winery tours
                                              • zoo

                                                Leisure Activities

                                                  • photography
                                                  • antiquing
                                                  • boating
                                                  • eco tourism
                                                  • gambling casinos
                                                  • horseback riding
                                                  • paddle boating
                                                  • bird watching
                                                  • scenic drives
                                                  • shelling
                                                  • shopping
                                                  • sight seeing
                                                  • walking
                                                  • wildlife viewing

                                                    Local Services & Businesses

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

                                                        Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                          • kayaking
                                                          • cycling
                                                          • fishing
                                                          • freshwater fishing
                                                          • golf
                                                          • hiking
                                                          • jet skiing
                                                          • equestrian events
                                                          • mountain biking
                                                          • pier fishing
                                                          • rafting
                                                          • rock climbing
                                                          • spelunking
                                                          • swimming
                                                          • whitewater rafting

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                            Check-out: 12:00 PM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            24 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Well thought out accommodations

                                                            Sarah H.

                                                            The first thing that jumped out at me when we arrived here was how well the owner had considered the needs of haggard, tired people who might forget things. For instance, sandwich bags and foil for leftovers, shaving cream, and qtips and most importantly, coffee and filters. Have a headache? She's got it covered with brand new bottles of Tylenol and asprin. Tummy ache? Pepto, Gas-X, and Tums. A motion sensing light next to the trash can when you take it out in the dark. It was clean and organized, which is a bonus for a Type A personality like me. For the location, its far enough out of town to get away from people and traffic, and if you don't mind winding roads, it's close enough to Keeneland and the stud farms. When we got there it had just snowed and was cold, and we found plenty of additional blankets to keep us warm, along with the heater. When we left it was in the low 80s during the day and I was so thankful to find the windows opened and used the ceiling fans to blow around fresh air. The house could use a little more artificial light in the living room and bathroom, but this in no way affected my perception of the stay. I would absolutely recommend it to someone looking for a quiet retreat for two away from the bustle of town, but close enough to enjoy it.

                                                            Kentucky hospitality at its best

                                                            The cabin was very quaint and cozy. Judy was very easy to communicate with. River was mesmerizing.

                                                            Just as Described

                                                            Juanita Jo Y.

                                                            Our family spent a late Thanksgiving at this tiny house on the Kentucky River and it was a wonderful time. Judy has thought of everything. The back porch has an amazing view of the river and is perfect for sipping coffee while the mist rises from the river in the morning. There are kayaks and fishing poles and a fire pit. The house is beautifully decorated and clean. Judy was available when a question came up concerning late arrival and very warm. She has a host of suggestions of things to do in the area and has really put effort into this vacation rental. It was such a relaxing time and I recommend this get away!

                                                            As advertised!

                                                            April S.

                                                            Everything was just like the pics and description. Had everything we needed and wanted (including kayaks)! Charming, well thought out rental. Good communication with owner. Private, scenic, charming, and affordable...just what we were looking for!

                                                            A nice place, good value.

                                                            Suzanne T.

                                                            This was a cute cabin, tucked in the woods along a pretty river and rock cliffs. It is a little "off the beaten path" in terms of visiting Lexington or Louisville, but that worked well for what we wanted. It's a simple cabin, but well furnished (including the kitchen) and had everything we needed for a nice stay. It was a little tricky getting from the main paved road to the cabin, but once we figured it out, it was a non-issue. The reservation process was easy. I would not hesitate renting this place again or recommend it to others. ct

                                                            Weekend getaway

                                                            Rusty C.Bradley Beach, New Jersey

                                                            GREAT PLACE for a relaxing weekend. Three adult males had plenty of room to spread out. We cooked two out of the three nights we stayed. The kitchen is small but well stocked. We used the fire pit to grill the two nights we stayed in.

                                                            For a group of childhood friends who get together every couple of years this place was perfect. We have been to Key West, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Louisville this cabin was a a little different from our normal adventures but it was exactly what we were looking for. Not having TV was nice for change. We streamed music the entire weekend while we talked, mostly by the fire pit.

                                                            During the day we visited several bourbon distilleries that were within driving distance from the cabin. Took advantage of some the local hiking trails.

                                                            We have rented several properties over the years and Judy was one of the easiest owners to work with. The cabin is exactly as it is described. Booking process smooth. No complaints at all.

                                                            We all said we would come back again.

                                                            Owner's Response:

                                                            So glad to hear everything worked out so well! Hope to have you back again! Always welcome. :)


                                                            Harrodsburg, KY, USA

                                                            Located in 400 ft cliffs of The Palisades! This beautiful natural area on the Kentucky River is great for fishing and boating. Many hiking and biking trails in all skill levels. Hunt for 400 million year old fossils, geodes and arrow heads in streambeds. Just across from the house is Asbury College with nice trails along the high cliffs, a waterfall directly across the river from the house and watersheds with a little rock climbing. Nearby historic sites: Ft. Harrod, Shaker Village (Dixie Belle riverboat), Camp Nelson, Perry Battlefield, Harrodsburg-Kentucky's first settlement. A little farther is Ft. Boone, Abraham Lincoln's birthplace and boyhood home. Too many to list, Kentucky is full of history. Horse Capital of the World! Tour private farms, Keeneland Race Track, Kentucky Horse Park and spend an afternoon horseback riding. Journey the bourbon trail with nearby Castle & Key (Old Taylor Distiller that looks like a castle!), Woodford Reserve, Four Roses, Wild Turkey, Buffalo Trace and more! Many area microbrewers, wineries, Ale 8 soda, and Ruth's candy factory offer tours. Afternoon scenic drives on curvy, hilly roads to Herrington Lake & Marina, High Bridge (once world's highest railroad bridge), caves and all kinds of unique sites. Bring your cameras as you are sure to want to capture these travels! Take the Valley View Ferry from Nicholasville to Richmond. The commonwealth's oldest continually operating business. Only holds 3 cars at a time! Day trips to Historic Bardstown, Lexington, Frankfort (Capitol of KY) and Louisville with Slugger Museum, Muhammad Ali Center, Churchill Downs, Waterfront Park on the Ohio River (cross on the Big 4 walking bridge), Falls of the Ohio fossil beds where Louis & Clark began their journey. Many museums and Art Centers in Lexington and Louisville. Gambling enthusiasts will like Belterra just west of Cincinnati and Horseshoe Casino across the Ohio River from Louisville. And, of course, Keeneland Grounds, Red Mile, Churchill Downs and others for horse race action. More things to see in Berea and Danville areas with Centre & Berea Colleges, Appalachian crafts, Boone Tavern, Burke's Bakery and other well known sites. Longer trips may take you to French Lick Resort & Casino, Paoli Peaks, may even catch some festivals and Scottish Highland Games held throughout the area. There is so much to see & do for the adventurer! Take off and see what you find; its all about the journey! http://www.harrodsburgunexpected.com/outdoor-adventure.html

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