Coming to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby in 2014?
You can drop your couple grand at a dubious motel — or — rent a cozy comfy house 2 miles from Churchill Downs.
Here’s the deal. For a three night Derby stay in our cottage two miles from the track, you’ll pay $2200. If you’ve checked hotel prices you know that’s a bargain.
Let’s get the small print out of the way first: Cash on the barrel. No checks (we learned the hard way). We can discuss PayPal. No smoking whatsoever, not even outside. And look, we know it’s Derby and all, but if you want to party, maybe look for a no-tell motel. The house will sleep two people comfortably — there’s a loft upstairs with an air mattress but only one bathroom so we highly recommend limiting your group to two unless you’re ok with waiting for your turn.
So what about the house? It’s a cute little almost 90-year-old cottage in a real-people Louisville neighborhood called St. Joseph’s. There’s one big bedroom plus the loft upstairs. There’s one bath, a kitchen outfitted for people who love to cook (like us! and you’re welcome to cook with our prized French copper on our almost-pro stainless gas stove) and a little dining nook. If May takes a cold turn you may want to warm up with the cast iron stove in the living room. We have wireless internet, HDtv + surround sound, a small patio in the fenced-in garden and the most comfortable double pillowtop king-sized mattress you may ever have the joy of sleeping on. We’ve decorated with things collected from our years of roaming the globe: think Turkish lanterns, Parisian fabrics, Moroccan leather and you get the idea.
You should know we have two dogs (who don’t come with the rental, sorry). The house will be professionally cleaned before you arrive, but if you’re allergic, this may not be the Derby house rental for you.
You probably know about the parking situation for Derby. If you’re energetic enough you could walk it. We’re 1.8 miles from the track - that’s a nice stroll on a spring day.
Have a read of some of my stuff while you’re dreaming of Derby: Bourbon secrets of Derby City | Lonely Planet ; Food Network Star Damaris Phillips’ Guide to Louisville | Fodors ; 5 Reasons to Visit Louisville Now | Fodors ; Dining in Louisville for the Derby | Chicago Tribune ; A Local’s Guide to the Kentucky Derby | Fodors ; Louisville city guide Delta Sky Magazine ; and more)
If you’re interested in renting this home for Derby, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.