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The Carriage House Retreat at Kokovoko... miles from conventional


A memorable setting for your getaway... Idyllic 150 acre working, organic family farm just 35 (gorgeous!) miles from the KY Horse Park, and halfway between Lexington and Cincinnati. Home of the largest herd of Swedish Gotland ponies on the continent, and a big flock of Lincoln Longwool sheep which provides luscious wool for handspinners' sweaters and delicious lamb for all of us!


Imagine a gorgeous ride in the country... not too far. Just enough so you're away from the houses on top of one another, traffic jams and the big box stores. And as you leave the highway, the temperature drops a few degrees as the trees shade the windy roads. The radio station fades as you lose civilization. You might as well turn it off and listen to the birds and the trees.


We are ten miles off I-75 and a half hour from the Kentucky Horse Park. From here you can visit Lexington or Cincinnati within an hour. Shakertown, the Bourbon Trail, Elk Creek Vineyards, the Toyota Plant, Corinth Lake and Georgetown, KY are all within reach. But mind you, we aren't near anywhere. This is a working farm. It's a glorious place to hike (350 acres), pet the ponies, and teach the kids where their food comes from.  You can also take a driving lesson (yes, that would be horse-drawn!) or a wool handspinning lesson.

The Place


Make your Kentucky visit special! Carriage house (Two rooms, kitchenette & shower) sleeps 4 comfortably, 5 in a pinch – Queen sized bed, full and single futons, and couch. Breakfast is cook-your-own (farm fresh eggs, butter and homemade bread). This is not the Hilton, and I'm not Martha Stewart, but you're guaranteed a relaxing, fun time. It's not your typical hotel. The sheets are dried on the line, and much of the food comes from the farm. The dishes might not match. But the beds are comfy and the kitchen is stocked! We like it that way, and think you will too.



There is no TV, and depending on your carrier, your cell phone may not work here either (but you can walk up the hill to make a call, and there is a dvd player!) We also now have wifi and A/C. Your suite has a lovely view overlooking the ponies and sheep in their pasture. You can lounge in bed in the morning and watch them graze and play. Be aware, though.... you may not want to leave. Enjoy the break. Enjoy the ponies! Farm tour included with stay.



RATES:  $150/night. 50% deposit to reserve, April 1 to November 30.

Pony Driving and wool handspinning lessons available by private arrangement.

We take credit cards, checks, cash or PayPal. Two night minimum.

Special event rate (Rolex, etc.) $250/night. RESERVE NOW!




WARNING: The farm is a place with dirt, flies, mud, noise and smells foreign to city dwellers. You will also be seasonally subject to occasional outdoor sex and rough play between the animals! Please be aware of that when booking your stay with us. Come join us for a weekend of isolation and relaxation. Don't expect a convenience store or room service, but your suite will be clean and well stocked! Most anything you may have forgotten, I probably have at the house.


We offer beginning driving lessons with our wonderfully gentle Swedish Gotland Ponies, singles or pairs, weather permitting. Our emphasis is on getting a safe start. $50/hour includes everything. Or if I'm heading out anyway, you can just jump on the back step.


If you would like wool spinning lessons on a hand spindle, that can be easily arranged, and isn't weather dependent. It's fun to learn how clothing is made... straight from the sheep! $50.

Children love to stay on the farm, and it's an excellent means of teaching them all about food and fiber. I'm happy to teach my way through feeding and care of the animals. The kids love helping, and if they don't really want to help, they can always throw a stick or ball and the dogs will (usually) retrieve it. Endlessly.



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