Rent our house for Kentucky Derby

Coming to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby in 2015? We have a house for you.  

Rent this house for the Kentucky Derby

Make this your Derby home

You can drop your couple grand at a dubious motel — or — rent  a cozy comfy house less than  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 $2100  plus airbnb fees.



Let’s get the small print out of the way first: No smoking whatsoever. 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 a futon (that my brother tells me isn’t so comfortable) but only one bathroom so we 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 to the track — many previous renters have. We’re 1.8 miles from the track – that’s a nice stroll on a spring day.

Open-uri20130412-24938-1h4b3m4_article Bonus: I’m a food and travel writer and will consult with you on where to eat and what to do while you’re in this amazing food town and make your restaurant reservations for you.

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)


Living Room

Living Room



New fireplace


Kitchen/dining room

Provencal outdoor tablecloth from ... Provence


If you’re interested in renting this home for Derby, contact us at or check the airbnb listing.

4 responses to “Rent our house for Kentucky Derby

  1. Hi Dana! I can’t believe it’s been six months since my husband and I rented your lovely house for our once in a lifetime Derby adventure. We loved your hospitality, and had such a wonderful time. I’ll never forget walking through the neighborhood, as the storm approached, with folks coming out onto their porches asking if I was far from home. Derby Day dawned sunny and lovely, and if you recall, you were the big winner of the day with I’ll Have Another!

    If anyone is thinking about a place to stay for the Derby, you can’t find a better place, or a hostess with more grace than Dana!

    I hope to return someday! Many regards to you, and good luck at the races this year!

    Paula Jameson-Whitney
    Encinitas, California

  2. Hi Dana!! Well we are now over a week past from when I was at the Derby and I am still telling everyone all the wonderful stories about the Kentucky Derby and the people of Louisville. Even though Derby day was filled with rain we made the most of it and enjoyed every moment.

    The walk form your house to the track was VERY manageable and it was great recommendation that we swing by and pick up box lunches at Farm to Fork. Everyone was asking about “where we got our yummy lunches”. I cannot thank you again for all the wonderful information you supplied, had it not been for you I am not sure we would have had such a wonderful experience.
    The restaurants, the tips and the general information of the area was true to the details you supplied.

    So I part with these final words to anyone reading this on your blog, if you were looking for a cute bungalow while going to the Derby, this is the place you should pick. You will not regret it!! One day I will be back……!!!

    Houston, Texas

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