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 Harrodsburg
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.
Smoking allowed outside
Allowed with $100 non-refundable deposit.
Suitable for children 3+ years
Max guests:6 (sleeps up to 6 adults)
If approved to bring a pet, please keep out of neighbors yards who may also have pets.
100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
Wonderful Cottage in Peaceful Setting
My wife and I had the most pleasant stay at the cleanest, most well stocked VRBO ever. We are extremely happy with the property and enjoyed every aspect the cottage and property offered. The only stickler was the sliding glass door (needs a little grease on the track) and a few rough spots on the gravel road into the property but the beautiful riverside experience more than made up for these slight points. Such a wonderful cottage and get away. We’d recommend a stay there for a couple looking to relax and enjoy some peace. Thanks!
The cottage itself was very nice. Clean and stocked with everything you could think of and then some. The view of the KY River from back porch was beautiful. Perfect for our girls get away. Only thing that needs improvement is better visible signage from the main road to the entrance. Missed the entrance every time! And like others have stated in their views, the "road" back to the cottage was filled with pot holes. Very hard to navigate at night. Other than that would highly recommend.
Early autumn getaway
Judy’s property was immaculate when we checked in. Bed was comfy; shower hot; decor very nice; kitchen well stocked. We hadn’t downloaded anything to our computer to watch but thoroughly enjoyed her vast dvd collection! Great choices Judy😉Everything you could need was supplied except I would suggest a dish drainer for one side kitchen sink! AND the glass patio door needs WD40 as it was difficult to slide. It was great sitting on the porch and listening to the quiet and being visited by a woodpecker by day and owl by night. Couldn’t use the fire pit as a burn ban was in effect. We did use the gas grill several nights though. We enjoyed our stay only wishing the weather hadn’t been 96 for 5 of the days! The a/c worked fine tho. We did things in the morning & returned to the cottage by 1:00 to beat the heat. Last few days were cooler so we visited the pet friendly Kentucky Horse Park. Would recommend it. Also took a relaxing ride on the Dixie Belle one afternoon. Went to the craft fest in Wilmore then onto First Vineyard in Nicholasville. Great wines& awesome history as it was surveyed by Daniel Boone& visited by Thomas Jefferson! The proprietor was very friendly & informative. We got shakes at the Dairy Barn in Burgin. Went to both Fort Harrodsburg and Fort Boonesborough. If anyone with a pet visits, there’s a fenced dog park in Wilmore at Centennial Park plus walking path. Also a great park in Danville called Millennium Park. Thanks to Judy for being a great host.
Thank you for all the helpful information for future guests and feedback for us to improve experiences. There is a dish mat under the kitchen sink but like the idea of an in-sink dry rack. Its smaller than the ones for counters & may work while still optimizing the space.
There is some spray for the sliding door tracks in the washer/dryer closet, which helps for a little while. Probably should see if rollers need replacement.
Loved hearing about your recommendations for places to see and pet friendly suggestions. That should be very helpful to future visitors. Thank you again and enjoy your future adventures! Judy
Peace and quiet
Away from it all but close enough. So peaceful. Adorable home, everything you could need from books to games to K-cups! I love when a home has spices, condiments, etc. Fabulous people to work with! Super fast refund of deposit. We would highly recommend!
Back to the River
I haven't been canoeing or kayaking for some years and decided to give it a try again and this was the perfect place . We were put in touch with a local rental and found a friend who supplied us with everything for a new rare experience. We will be back to the 'Palisades'. The cabin was everything we needed, not too much but so much more...location was perfect with all the comforts of home. The host was always available and of supreme help...
Perfect retreat for our Sisters' Weekend
Judy's "charming tiny house" was just what we needed for our annual sisters' trip. We were greeted by fairies in their adorable garden which isn't usually my thing but it set the tone for our magical get-away.
Everything on the property and in the house looked fresh and clean. We were impressed with how well stocked the house was including coffee pods for the Keurig in the kitchen and toiletries in the bathroom. Having a microwave, stove and full size refrigerator allowed us to cook all of our meals at "home."
We did venture out both days and were pleased with the location and how close it was to where we wanted to go. Saturday we packed our cooler with snacks, went to Lake Herrington and rented a pontoon boat from Herrington Lake Marina for the day (highly recommend!). Sunday morning we enjoyed Adult Coloring therapy at the kitchen table and then had hoped to go shopping in Versailles but the town was closed and we were too early for the Wildside Winery. So, we went to lunch at Wallace Station and then Goodwill shopping in Lexington instead. The weather was perfect for a Sunday drive through the horse farms of Kentucky. Beautiful scenery!
Sunday night we grilled steaks and corn on the pristine grill and then enjoyed watching Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (one of our Goodwill purchases) on the DVD player. It wasn't until the end of the movie that we discovered the Roku Smart TV's volume control buttons were on the right SIDE of the remote!
All three mornings we loved having coffee on the porch watching the Kentucky River through the trees. It would be nice to have steps going down to the waterfront; it's very steep but there is a rope to pull yourself back up. Luckily there were virtually no bugs but Judy had bug spray just in case. We also appreciated being able to do a load of laundry on Sunday night so we didn't have to bring home dirty clothes.
We did not use the loft at all but it sure looked cute.
If we had had more time, we would've loved to have enjoyed a fire in the fire pit. There was plenty of wood and kindling available.
One negative is actually getting there. Friday night we took the pot-hole-filled gravel road that goes past the boat launch and several homes that don't seem to belong in a vacation rental area. On our way out we discovered the actual entrance which, when entering from 68, looks like you're going off a cliff!
Overall it was a most enjoyable adventure. We'd highly recommend it & hope to come back!
Thank you for the review. Your comments make me giggle. Agree, coming in the long way can be trucky, unless it's snow-covered. The steep entrance is much closer to the driveway. The neighborhood has been discussing road improvements after the past couple of wet winters. We are moving toward putting in steps to the river, now that the water levels are finally getting low enough to install pilings. Glad the sisters had a great adventure. Did you notice the fairy garden pond is glow in the dark and the house is solar to light up after dark? Those were touches from my nieces. And the pillows on the back porch have lights in them ; )
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!