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The Barn at Deva's Farm: Haute Blue Grass - Modern Retreat in the countryside

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

25 minutes from Kentucky Horse Park! All things Horse, Bourbon & Cycling

In the gently rolling Bourbon county hills between Paris and Cynthiana, travelling down a gated crunchy gravel drive a red barn comes into view – a surprising hideaway.

Unexpected, modern serenity awaits you on the other side of the traditional barn doors. A bright, airy, open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area with a high ceiling all feels uncluttered, peaceful, and inviting. Relax. Sink into a chair with a book, or kick back on the sofa. Underfloor heating keeps things cozy on cold nights, while central air-conditioning and ceiling fans ensure comfort in the summer.

Multiple sun-drenched windows offer far reaching pastoral views and amazing sunrises and sunsets. Outside patio and sitting areas bring you even closer to the natural beauty of the land and are a perfect spot for a quiet morning coffee or tea, or to socialize with others over pre-dinner drinks.

The European-modern kitchen with island seating is a well-equipped place to gather, whether simply making plans for the day over breakfast, lining up wine glasses and snacks for an afternoon nibble, or preparing a savory dinner (feast) for friends and family.

At the end of the day, two spacious boutique bedrooms await you. Fall into bed, adjust the firmness to your liking, and drift off to good night’s sleep. Also, two modern, aesthetic bathrooms offer luxuriating rain style showers, lovely soaps and plentiful towels.

Whether you are avid cyclists, a romantic couple, a family, or group of friends looking to spend time together, this is a special get-away-from-it-all place. It is just the spot for lovers of the outdoors and those who enjoy something a little different than the norm.

Days out might include a visit to one of the famous horse farms, The Kentucky Horse Park, a wager at the race track, stops on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, local shopping, The Ark Encounter, The Creation Museum, or simply exploring the history and rural beauty of the bluegrass. Just lovely.

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Gwen Dever
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you! We enjoyed our stay...a lot. We walked in the fields every day and saw meadowlarks, thrushes, mockingbirds, bluebirds, and the ubiquitous red-winged blackbirds. We loved hearing all of their songs. I even enjoyed that powerful rain and wind on Wednesday night, it reminded me of the Southern Indiana thunderstorms of my youth. We made it to Buffalo Trace Distillery. Great suggestion. Loved eating at Biancki's in Cynthiana, Thyme in Paris and Fava in Georgetown; ate more pie than I've eaten collectively in the past 20 years. The baking in Wisconsin is in its infancy compared to these Kentucky folks. We definitely stimulated the Bourbon economy; could not get enough of driving on the narrow shoulders roads gawking at all of the horse farms. Totally unbelievable! We bought carrot cake jam (!), white grits, and 'polenta' from the Bourbon County Farmers' Market to take back home (along with the Bourbon). Thank you, thank you! We had a splendid 4 nights in your sumptuous, fabulous red barn on the hill.
Mar 2016
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Cynthiana in Bourbon County

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Noon
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Hair dryers provided
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , King size sleep number bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Trundle sofa is a bed for sleeping & snuggly video watching
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 2 Twin XL sleep number beds - frequently made into king bed
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • arboretum
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • rafting
  • swimming
The Barn at Deva's Farm is ready for cyclists and offers the following amenities: Secure bicycle storage, Basic bike tools including a track pump, an area to work on bikes (repair stand mount inside), an area to clean bikes, washing and drying facilities for cycling kit, riding information including maps, and GPX files, and Coffee!


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The Barn at Deva's Farm: Haute Blue Grass - Modern Retreat in the countryside
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  • 5 of 5

The place is magical! Its set up in a beautiful area surrounded by farms. We were greeted by Gwen and shown around the house and property. The house had everything you can possibly need to relax and enjoy the stay, from an espresso machine to home grown tomatoes. We had a little one with us who had the most fun we've ever seen him have. Mornings started with cool dew and cows mooing on the neighbouring farm, in the afternoons we enjoyed the sun and running around bare foot on the soft grass, along with visiting the town of Paris. Farm located 45 minutes from the Ark Encounter Museum that we visited. In the evening we spent time by the calming and warming fire place. The barn itself is not what you would really expect from the name or looks of It. It is very modern, has heated floors, glass showers, and very comfortable beds ( hard to decide to stay in bed a bit longer or get outside to enjoy the morning on the farm ). It has it all. We enjoyed everything about it and had hard time to leave this serenity.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh, I so loved meeting you and your family! your little one had started exploring even before I left you. I do hope you got a photo of him on Thor, the tractor. If not, come on back sometime! Thank you for trusting The Barn for your family holiday! (Psst...we are kinda into the Nespresso, too!) ❤️
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Sheboygan, WI

Beautiful setting and impressive "barn"

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay here. The setting is great in the middle of pastures with cows grazing just outside the yard. The inside of the house is impeccable with all kinds of extra amenities. We can't wait to come back some day. Just a beautiful area and house.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Valdosta, Ga/ USA

Best place we have stayed at in a long time

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place, very private. Gwen has all of the high end things in her place. Can't wait till we can return.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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beyond my expectations. fabulous

  • 5 of 5

A little piece of heaven. Everything you could want from a home let alone a vacation getaway.

  • Review Submitted: 20-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you and we are so pleased you enjoyed yourselves! I loved meeting you and will see you again soon, I hope, as you travel through the Bluegrass State.
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Apalachicola, Florida, USA

BEST VRBO EVER! Want to keep it a secret, but that’s not fair.

  • 5 of 5

This property is the most incredible VRBO we’ve ever stayed in/at. And we’ve stayed in many on our travels...we even have our own, which we thought was pretty special, and it is, but now this, ours pales in comparison to this!

The farm is gorgeous! The “house” is exquisite! Everything you could possibly want is there. It has been appointed beautifully. Absolutely nothing is missing, so thoughtful. Feels like you’re staying in a very high end penthouse in the city but you’re on the sweetest farm in the blue grass state. Our 2 Labs had a blast, they want to be farm dogs now! I could go on and on but there are only so many superlatives... the owners are beyond gracious and accommodating. We simply cannot say enough good...because it almost seems like a dream...come true. We certainly didn’t want to leave and I hoped the next lucky guest would cancel so we could stay...forever! We live in a really beautiful place in NW Florida, and if I could give up the need for big water, this would be it. If you get the chance, do yourself a favor and stay at this heaven on earth. Frankly, fear I’m ruined now...

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We love for fellow travelers to experience this area of Kentucky as we have - its downright gorgeous, peaceful and serene. Your sweet furries are welcome any time, as are you, always. Get on back here because we miss you already!
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Peaceful Place in Horse Country

  • 5 of 5

But don’t tell anyone! Wow. Such a nice home with everything you need and then more, a lot more! Enjoyed watching the cows, walking up the road watching the horses, sitting on the patio enjoying coffee. Thanks Gwen, your place is awesome!

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Awww shucks. Thank you very much and please do come back - we loved hosting you.
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Nearest Airport
31 Miles
Lexington (LEX)
Nearest Barpub
9 Miles
Prichard & Bail (Hartfield Distillery) Paris KY
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Houston Oaks, Paris
Nearest Motorway
20 Miles
Interstates 64 and 75
Nearest Restaurant
9 Miles
Paradise Cafe, Paris
Car: necessary

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)

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!


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 (

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 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.


Kentucky Horse Park (30 mins)

Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Home

Bourbon Distilleries (within an hour's drive)

Hartfield & Co (12 minutes in downtown Paris) on the Craft Bourbon Trail

Woodford Reserve

Wild Turkey

Four Roses

Buffalo Trace

Alltech Brewing and Town Branch Distillery 35 mins

Makers Mark (1hr 45 min)

Toyota Factory Tour (free, but must be reserved) 25 mins


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


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Cynthiana, USA

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Enjoy the Bluegrass
5 Mar 2018 - 4 Nov 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £8 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £44.92
Pet Fee £76.14

Pet fee is flat $100; Property Damage Protection is $59 for $1500 of protection.
Cancellation Policy: Rental fees refundable if cancelled 30 days prior to arrival date
Please make payments via MasterCard or Visa. Contact owner if any questions: Gwen Dever 859-707-9013. Thank you and happy travels!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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