Escape the city and experience farm living, with amenities. Rejuvenate your mind and spirit as you engage with birds, farm animals, organic crops, fresh air, granite countertops, modern bathrooms, and solar panels.
Our historic cabin is an official Kentucky Landmark, located at Mt. Folly, which Laura’s family has owned and operated since the 1820’s. After 35 years of cherishing her unique country lifestyle, Laura wants to share a piece with you.
The log house sits on more than 1000 acres of Kentucky’s rolling pastures, 45 minutes east of Lexington, near Red River Gorge, Natural Bridge, and the small town of Winchester. Even with these nearby attractions, the cabin has a history and allure of its own, and there may be no reason to leave.
The Cabin on the Farm
The land on which the cabin was built was patented in 1784 to James Garrard Sr., Kentucky’s second governor. Exactly when the cabin was built is lost to history, but it was common for settlers to build a “pen”, or room, in this case 16 by 18 feet, to stake their claim. (We have plans to do date the building using dendrochronology, but haven’t done it yet.)
We can make a good case that at least one room of the cabin dates from the 1780’s or 1790’s. The back “ell” probably was built around 1850. We’ve gutted it and completely remodeled it, for a modern kitchen and pantry.
The property has two cabin bedrooms, one a master, and one a “bunk” room with a fine double bed and twin. The cabin family room has central heat and air, a wood burning stove, and a new, comfortable queen-sized pull- out couch. There is a dining room featuring a Tomlinson Table, the design invented and patented by Laura’s great grandfather. For dining, guests have a selection of china, from Hadley Pottery to Laura’s family heirlooms. The kitchen is well equipped, and a limited array of local and organic food is available for additional charge on the honor system.
Bedroom at the B&B
The property has two full baths, a laundry and mud room, and a three-season porch overlooking goat hollow.
Laura is a big reader, and has filled two large bookcases with an eclectic selection of books. There is a TV, with netflicks and local channels.
After signing a release, guests have free run of the property, and in dry weather can rent a golf cart to motor down the farm road, which is 3 miles long. The farm road makes for a splendid morning run or walk, and we have two mountain bikes available for guests at no charge.
Just behind the cabin is a farm store, open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and a granary, used to mill the heritage grains.
The farm’s mistress, Laura, in 1985 founded a beef company that raised cattle with no antibiotics or growth hormones. Since then, she has continued on the path of better food and sustainable agriculture, her farm raising organic and non-gmo crops and heritage grains. She most likely will be around if you want to talk to her, and insists that we are clear here that this is a working farm, supporting 5 families, not a hobby farm. A map and informational handout on the farm, and several issue papers about organic food are available in the shop.
The west section of the farm was part of Daniel Boone’s settlement and preemption, and in 1863 an African American community was started on a piece of land contiguous with the farm, the land purchased by Moses Robinson, a “free man of color.” The cemetery remains, and Laura and others are working on preserve the history.
The cabin consists of 2 bedrooms, 2 full baths, a family room with fold-out couch, kitchen, pantry, dining room, mud room and three-season porch. The cabin is furnished with antique pieces that match the history of the cabin. It has a new air conditioning and heating system, both electric. Solar panels installed on the roof feed into the grid and offset electricity used.
Bedroom 1: Located on the second floor, the main bedroom is furnished with a king bed.
Bedroom 2: Located across the hall from the main bedroom, this bedroom is furnished with a double bed and an adult-sized twin bed.
Master bath, second floor: tile floor and shower, screened toilet, granite vanity, fireplace with gas logs, seating area.
Living room: Fold out couch, comfortable leather chairs, many books, a working wood stove, and a flat screened TV that receives local channels and Netflix.
Dining room: a Tomlinson Take-down Table, invented and patented by Laura’s great grandfather, seats 6. Brick two-story fireplace separates the dining room from the kitchen.
Kitchen: new cabinetry and granite counter tops with new appliances. Pantry has many services of china, some food to select from, a microwave.
Downstairs bath: compact with a shower. Washer and dryer nearby.
Three-season porch: – dining table for 4 and rocking chair. Roll-out windows.
Birding at Mt. Folly is one of its attractions.
Here are the summer birds, with winter birds coming soon.
Our cabin is ideal for a weekend getaway or a week recharge. The cabin is family friendly and would be great for a small family reunion or small group. Our cabin is located conveniently for guests visiting Natural Bridge State Park, Red River Gorge, or Lexington events such as Keeneland or the Kentucky Horse Park.
We will be around as much or as little as you desire. We live a small hike across the property and we enjoy showing people around, sharing the history of our farm and our day-to-day operations. The store will be open for 4 hours on Saturdays, and we might be using the grain mill or taking care of the goats and bottle calves that live in fields near the cabin.
Directions: We are 10 miles south east of Winchester, Kentucky. Take exit 96 off I-64, turn left on 1958, Veteran’s Parkway, turn left on highway 15, travel to Pilot View, turn left in front of the country store on 3368, and the T intersection, turn right. Go 1.2 miles to the Moonshine Trail sign, and follow the road as it takes a 90-degree right turn. Cabin is the first residence on the right. It is well signed, but we recommend that you arrive in daylight.
The cabin is available for Thursday check in, through Sunday check-out, and is priced at $165 per night, with a cleaning fee of $40. Email Abi@laurasmercantile.com if you are interested. Because of the Anatolian Shepherds guarding the goats, no pets are allowed, and a credit card security deposit of $500 is required up front, to be refunded on check out, unless we know you. The property also is available on Air B&B
Gail Minter: "Mt Folly Farms and the historic House was a great location for our small high school reunion. Besides being perfect for our group of five to reunite, we also had a great party and entertained 25 local friends!
This is a great place to stay and Laura and Billy were wonderful hosts...thx so much!"
Janet: "This cabin is a piece of Kentucky heritage that has been beautifully restored. The front rooms upstairs are bedrooms of original logs but the temperature is comfortable and the rooms are tastefully decorated. The beds are comfortable. The upstairs bathroom is unique with its own fireplace.The downstairs living room is also of logs and has a fireplace. Its has a wonderful ambience especially for Thanksgiving which was the time of my visit. There is a recent addition which has dining area , kitchen, and enclosed (Website hidden by Airbnb) is an open area with fireplace in kitchen and dining area.
Nice kitchen. Easily cooked Thanksgiving dinner for friends. Although surrounded by a working farm, it is tranquil. We were able to work off the calories of Thanksgiving by taking long walks. Saw lots of birds. Everyone at Laura's place was friendly and accommodating."