Charred Oaks Inn

Charred Oaks Inn is perfect for exploring the Kentucky Bourbon trail, horse farms and race meets.


Charred Oaks Inn is perfect for exploring the Kentucky Bourbon trail, horse farms and race meets.

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Living Room on first floor at Charred Oaks Inn
The inn on a snowy day from the circle drive
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fruit salad
Commemorative Poster on display in common room
Charred Oaks Inn signature breakfast sweet potato hash topped with fried egg
Charred Oaks Inn afternoon tea open face cucumber sandwiches
Charred Oaks Inn signature chocolate orange bread pudding
Glimpse into the front entrance hall at Charred Oaks Inn

The Basics


Charred Oaks Inn… Experience true southern hospitality at this inviting upscale bed and breakfast, located on the bourbon trail in the heart of horse country near Lexington, Kentucky. Think five-star service, four-poster beds, very spacious rooms, private en suite bathrooms, award-winning breakfasts delivered to your room, gracious hosts, customized concierge assistance, and a long list of 21st-century amenities.

At a Glance

  • Free WiFi
  • Smoke-Free
  • Free Parking
  • Concierge Services
  • Fireplaces
  • Fireplace or Fire Pit
  • Culinary Experiences
  • Romantic Getaway

In the Know

  • Explore Town Branch; the only combination brewery and distillery on the Bourbon Trail (about 20 minutes from us)

  • Have lunch at our local "all Kentucky" Wallace Station Deli featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives
  • New and delightful Castle & Key with its restored gardens and walk-up bar is 15 minutes from the inn and 5 from Woodford. 

  • Check out Justin's House of Bourbon, Kentucky's premier liquor store, home to the world's most diverse collection

Stay for the Story

The innkeepers assist guests with planning made-to-order adventures in the Bluegrass state. The property is situated on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail in the heart of horse country, making it the perfect home base for all things Kentucky.

Sip & Savor

Here are a few things to sip & savor when you visit…

Visit Tonys of Lexington for delcious steak and seafood
Enjoy cozy, modern restaurant for French-inspired fine dining at Heirloom Restaurant Midway
Try traditional Southern dining at The Merrick Inn

See & Do

Here are a few things to see & do when you visit…

Experience the Horse Capital of the World & plans to go behind the scenes to watch the thoroughbreds being exercised each morning at Keeneland

Try the signature Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey at their distillery

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a landmark destination that shares 3,000 acres of discovery in the spirit of the Kentucky Shakers

Guest Reviews

We stayed 4 nights and were treated royally! Our hosts were extremely friendly and accommodating. Food was 5 star and had so much we only ate out a few times. quiet, comfortable, spotless,elegant. We highly recommend this Inn and we stay again should we be in the area.

- Carol Sayles

Pamela and Richard were amazing hosts! My husband and I were in town for the races at Keeneland and took time to visit distilleries and horse farms too. We stayed in bedroom 3 and it was lovely and spacious! The breakfasts were wonderful and the snacks in the afternoon were a wonderful treat. We highly recommend staying at Charred Oak Inn!

- Lora P

What a fabulous experience. We are 3 generations traveling together and the hosts of this amazing Inn were welcoming and attentive to all our needs. What a memorable stay we had! The home is immaculate, relaxing. and perfectly appointed. We also appreciated the modern bathrooms and incredibly comfy beds. Great TV selections for the teens as well. The hosts are also very covid conscientious and careful. We were traveling...See More

- Michele Forbes

A very warm, welcoming establishment. The hosts were so sweet and attentive. We celebrated my husband’s 50th birthday and they had a banner in our room and a card for him at breakfast!! The food was fantastic! Thank you Richard and Pamela for a wonderful stay.

- Sharon Robbins

My (now) fiancé and I stayed here for one night and were blown away by the service and kindness we received from Richard and Pamela. They put so much thought into “the little things” that make your stay extra special. I’m in Lexington a lot and I would venture to say this is one of the best places to stay in the area. Go visit!

- Matthew Brown

Rooms & Suites

# of Rooms: 4

Room Amenities: Air Conditioning, Bathrobes, Coffee Maker/Service, Hair Dryer, USB Charging Stations, Alarm Clocks, Antique Furnishings, Featherbeds

For information on ADA accessibility for the facility or its rooms, please contact the property directly.


Smoking Policy: Outside Only

Family Friendly: Yes , Welcomes children over the age of 11

Food & Wine

Meals Offered: Breakfast

Special Diets Accommodated: Yes

Dining Amenities: Complimentary Afternoon Tea/Refreshments, Complimentary Beverages, Complimentary Early Coffee Tea, Complimentary Evening Hors d'oeuvres, Complimentary Snacks, Special Diets Accommodated

Guest Services

Internet Service: Wireless

Front Desk/Security: 24 Hours, Onsite

Corporate Rates: Yes

Inn Amenities: Hot Breakfast, Concierge Services, Free Onsite Parking, Full House Rental Available, Gardens on Property, LGBTQI+ Friendly, Weddings & Events Available, Wine/Spirits Available

Weddings & Celebrations

Events Supported: Elopements

Business Travel & Meetings

Meeting Facilities: No

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Location Type: Small Town/Village