There is a lot more to the state of Kentucky than just its fried chicken. It is also home to some seriously breathtaking landscapes and attractions, like Mammoth Caves National Park and Cumberland Falls State Park. For those more interested in visiting cities, you could also consider catching a horse race at the legendary Churchill Downs in Louisville or following the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to Town Branch Distillery in Lexington.
Kentucky has much more to offer tourists, including some truly amazing vacation rentals. If you are planning a trip to the Bluegrass State, take a look at our list of the best Airbnbs in Kentucky. From off-the-grid treehouses to stunning historic apartments in the city, we’ve got you covered for every type of vacation. All of our listings are hosted by superhosts to ensure you get the best hospitality, and some rentals even boast Airbnb Plus badges. For those unfamiliar with Airbnb, superhosts are rental owners with an outstanding track record of hospitality, while Airbnb Plus badges are awarded to exceptional homes that have been in-person verified.
Romantic Cabin in Louisville
If you and your partner are looking for a romantic Airbnb in Louisville, Kentucky, then consider renting this historic hillside cabin overlooking a private lake.
The home features beautiful exposed brick walls and high, wood-beamed ceilings that create a warm and welcoming feel. Guests can relax by the stone fireplace while enjoying a glass of wine. Although the cabin includes a full kitchen, there is no need to cook breakfast. Superhost Tammy serves a gourmet meal to the door every morning.
In the bedroom, there is a comfortable queen-size Sleep Number bed. Guests can soak their troubles away in the vintage claw-foot bathtub in the bathroom, complete with luxury artisan soaps.
There are eight acres of private forested land to discover along with plenty of outdoor amenities. On the back deck, there are two swing chairs where guests can relax and enjoy the views of nature. Guests will also have access to a canoe, firepit, horseshoe pit. A limestone creek nearby offers the perfect spot to cool down on a hot Kentucky day.
Tammy also teaches a Cooking With Bourbon Airbnb experience in her house next door that guests are welcome to sign up for.
Log Cabin With a Hot Tub
Are you looking to escape to nature with the whole family? Then check out this stunning rental cabin in Kentucky.
This four-bedroom home is ideal for groups of eight or fewer. Three bedrooms have queen-size beds, and the fourth bedroom is a loft with two single beds. Downstairs, a gorgeous wooden staircase acts as the focal point of the open-concept space. In the living room, guests can relax and watch TV or head over to the small library and choose a board game or book. The full kitchen has plenty of space to entertain and includes a breakfast island, dishwasher, and a coffee maker.
This Kentucky Airbnb is located in Slade and surrounded by beautiful tall trees. There are many hiking trailheads nearby, as well as lakes for swimming. For those more adventurous, Gorge Underground Tours, where you can partake in an underground mine tour with kayaks or stand-up paddleboards, is less than a 10-minute drive away.
After a day of adventuring at local attractions, return for a luxurious soak in the cabin’s outdoor private hot tub. The expansive deck is the perfect place to enjoy a late-night cocktail and view the night sky.
Charming Cabin Near Taylorsville Lake State Park
Nestled on 80 acres of Kentucky woodlands is this cozy one-bedroom cabin, perfect for couples or families.
The inside of this Kentucky Airbnb is decorated with beautiful country décor and features a spiral staircase. In the loft, there is a comfortable queen-size bed and an alarm clock with USB ports for easy charging. There is also a queen-size air mattress, two cots, and extra bedding in the closet.
Downstairs, guests can unwind on the pullout couch by the fireplace and watch TV or enjoy a glass of bourbon. The full kitchen is well stocked with all the essentials, including a picnic basket for day adventures.
One of the perks of staying in the country is how secluded you are from other people. This Airbnb in Kentucky offers plenty of space to roam outside. The firepit is the perfect space for roasting marshmallows or starting a campfire sing-along.
The home is located right in the center of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, an hour’s drive from both Louisville and Lexington. Taylorsville Lake State Park is only a 15-minute drive away and is an excellent spot for outdoor activities like swimming, horseback riding tours, and hiking.
Modern Riverside Cabin Near Lost River Cave
If you are looking for a peaceful nature getaway, then this beautiful lake cabin in Kentucky tucked away on the Barren River is for you.
The interior of this cottage has a studio layout and many modern upgrades that make for a relaxing stay. Wrap-around picture windows allow plenty of light into every space and offer some pretty fantastic views of the river. Fairy lights have been hung around most of the area to add a nice ambience.
In the living room, there are two couches where guests can unwind and watch a movie or play games on the PlayStation 3. The bedroom has panoramic views of the woods and river, and features a plush king-size memory foam bed. Perhaps the best part of the home is the luxurious claw-foot bathtub that is surrounded by windows overlooking the river. The bathroom also has a walk-in shower. In the full kitchen, guests will find everything they need to prepare a meal, as well as a Keurig coffee maker.
Outside, a large stone patio with a built-in fireplace is ideal for warming up on a cool Kentucky night. The river has great fishing and kayaking access. You just have to bring your own gear.
Cabin With Hot Tub and Private Waterfall
If you want to rent a cabin in Kentucky that offers the ultimate recipe for a stress-free holiday in the country, then take a look at this stunning rental.
As if staying in a luxury three-bedroom log cabin isn’t impressive enough, this rental also has a private hot tub, a billiards room, and a massive private waterfall. The house can sleep up to eight guests and offers plenty of space to entertain. Outside, there is a large covered deck complete with a handcrafted wood bar with stools, a hot tub, and a grill. There is also a large firepit surrounded by Adirondack chairs where guests can relax under the starry night sky.
The home’s interior features sleek black cabinetry and modern upgrades that bring country living to the next level. Guests relax by the electric fireplace in the living room and watch a movie on the large flatscreen TV. In the full kitchen, there is a Keurig coffee maker, a blender, and everything else you could need to prepare a meal.
The master bedroom features a king-size bed and an en suite bathroom complete with a luxurious walk-in rain shower. The second bedroom has a queen-size bed, and the third has bunk beds.
Derby City Airstream
Ever wanted to stay in a vintage 1974 Airstream? Well, here is your chance with this vacation rental in Kentucky.
This 31-foot Airstream Sovereign Land Yacht has been completely remodeled with gorgeous reclaimed wood floors and concrete countertops. There are four beds, two queen-size and two single, making this rental suitable for up to six guests. Guests can cook a meal in the full kitchen or relax and stream their favorite shows on two Smart TVs. Custom artwork and lush green plants liven up the space and create a soft and stylish feel. There is a private toilet in the Airstream, but guests will have access to a shared bathhouse just outside their door.
This Kentucky Airbnb is situated at Progress Park in Louisville. The campground has many amenities for guests to access, including a beach, kayaks, paddleboards, and more. On the Airstream campsite, there is a private hammock, a firepit, and a picnic table. Guests can enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake just outside their door or head to the fully stocked pond to fish for catfish and bass.
Historic Distillery House on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail
This vacation home for rent in Kentucky is the ideal rental for bourbon enthusiasts and history lovers.
This unique Airbnb offers visitors the experience of staying in an old distillery gatehouse from the 1800s. The Buffalo Springs Distillery Company was founded in 1886 but shut its doors for good in the 1970s. Today, the gatehouse has been completely remodeled to pay homage to its past and welcome guests to a comfortable accommodation.
The interior of the home is decorated with vintage furnishings and buffalo-themed décor. Many of the historical features are still visible, such as exposed stone walls and wooden arched doorways. In the bedroom, there is a queen-size memory foam mattress and a mounted TV. The full kitchen has a modern feel and comes complete with a Keurig coffee maker, a toaster, a breakfast bar, and a flatscreen TV. In the bathroom, there is a spacious walk-in shower and a vintage double vanity.
This short-term rental in Kentucky is in the perfect location for those looking to experience Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail. Buffalo Trace Distillery, Wild Turkey Distillery, Woodford Reserve Distillery, and Town Branch Distillery are all under a 40-minute drive away.
Family-Friendly Treehouse Near Germantown
If you are looking for an off-the-grid vacation for your family and pets, check out this treehouse Airbnb in Kentucky.
This secluded treehouse offers plenty of family-friendly activities. There are 200 acres of themed trails on the property, with each trail offering a different experience. Take a stroll down to the pond so that the kids can partake in a scavenger hunt or explore the ruins of a nearby 1800s settlers cottage.
The interior of the treehouse has a loft-style layout and features a beautiful barn door entrance that opens the house to the outdoors. There is no running water in the house; however, there is a three-gallon jug of water that can be used for cooking and washing. In the full kitchen, guests will find a stove, cooking essentials, and a pour-over coffee maker. Alternatively, guests can head out to the deck and grill on the barbecue.
In the living room, there are two swing chairs, a pullout couch, and a woodburning oven. Guests are encouraged to focus on spending time with each other and nature. Therefore, the house does not come with Wi-Fi but is instead stocked with board games, toys, and books. A ladder leads to the bedroom upstairs, where there is a king-size bed.
Barn Loft in Nicholasville
For a truly one-of-a-kind rental, consider staying on a working horse farm where your only next-door neighbors will be Winnie and Neigh.
This Airbnb in Kentucky is ideal for horse lovers or those looking to see what farm life is all about. The home is located on McCauley Farms, a local thoroughbred farm where guests can watch the horses graze in the pastures. Inside, the loft bedroom has four single beds, each with a suitcase rack at the foot of the bed. A small kitchenette downstairs has a full-size fridge, coffee maker, and microwave. In the living room, there is a comfortable sofa and lounge chair where guests can relax and watch TV.
This Airbnb in Kentucky is located near the Kentucky River in Nicholasville, just a 25-minute drive from downtown Lexington. For those interested in Civil War attractions, Camp Nelson National Monument is located a quick five-minute drive down the road. The camp is well known as a popular recruitment and training site for Black American soldiers who wished to fight in the war.
Contemporary House in Louisville
If you are looking for one of the best Kentucky Airbnbs in Louisville, this historic home brought to by superhost Melanie is it.
This Airbnb Plus was built in 1888 and features beautiful heart pine floors and exposed red brick walls. Melanie has thoughtfully decorated the interior with comfortable and stylish furnishings that tip their hat to the house’s history. In the living room, guests can relax by the vintage fireplace while accessing their favorite streaming services on the Smart TV. The full kitchen has plenty of counter space for cooking and includes an island, breakfast table, dishwasher, and much more.
In the first bedroom, guests can cuddle in the reading nook beside the window for some peace or crawl into the plush queen-size bed for an afternoon nap. The second bedroom features a queen-size bed and an en suite bathroom with a stunning glass walk-in shower. There is also a laundry room with a washer and dryer.
The home is located in the East Market District, just a short walk to Louisville Slugger Stadium and Angel’s Envy Distillery. The University of Louisville is only a 10-minute drive from this rental.
The Bourbon House in Downtown Lexington
Are you looking to stay somewhere that celebrates your love of bourbon? Then this Airbnb in Lexington, Kentucky, might just be the rental of your dreams.
The home’s interior is decorated with all handcrafted furnishings made from reclaimed wood and bourbon barrels. Now the idea of bourbon décor is fun, but do you know what is even better? A fully stocked bourbon bar! Guests can pour themselves a glass then head to the private hot tub outside. The hot tub is surrounded by a lush garden with an electric fireplace nearby, setting a romantic and relaxing mood.
Inside, the home has a studio layout with a queen-size bed as the focal point of the space. Guests can relax and listen to music on the Bluetooth Victrola record player or make a complimentary coffee with the Keurig coffee maker in the kitchenette. There is also an indoor fireplace and a wall-mounted TV.
The Bourbon House is located in the Northside District and is within walking distance of downtown and Rupp Arena. If you aren’t a fan of walking, superhost Mark also provides guests with bikes.
Family-Friendly Cabin Near the Ark Experience
This cabin rental in Kentucky is the perfect getaway for families or couples looking to enjoy some peace and quiet in the country.
On a clear night, guests can sit outside and enjoy a blanket of stars above as the home is far from urban light pollution or spend their nights cuddled up beside the firepit roasting marshmallows while listening to the sounds of the creek nearby.
Two large double doors open up the home to the outdoors and allow fresh air and light into the house. Inside, the space is decorated in a mix of cabin and country-style furnishings. The bedroom is located upstairs and has two double beds, making this rental suitable for four people. Downstairs, there is a comfortable reclining chair and a sofa where guests can relax and enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee from the full kitchen.
Superhost Casey has made her rental as family-friendly as possible by stocking the home with movies, toys, a high chair, a crib, and much more. Pets are also allowed.
This cabin for rent in Kentucky is located just 20 minutes from the Ark Experience and 25 minutes from the Kentucky Horse Park.
Pet-Friendly Cottage With a Hot Tub
This relaxing cabin in Red River Gorge is the perfect getaway spot for those looking to bring their furry friends on vacation.
The home is located on the western edge of the Red River Gorge Geological Area, just a short drive from downtown Stanton. Natural Bridge State Park and Red River Gorge hiking trailheads are also just a short drive away.
The interior of the cottage has a homey feel to it and is styled with comfortable furnishings. In the full kitchen, guests will find all the cooking essentials. The home has an A-frame build with a loft bedroom upstairs complete with two single beds. In the second bedroom downstairs, there is a comfortable queen-size bed.
Guests can discover one of the many hiking trails on the property or take advantage of a nice day and barbecue some burgers on the charcoal grill. After a day of adventuring, relax in the hot tub or join around the campfire to roast marshmallows or tell scary stories. Superhosts Greg and Mala also allow for long-term stays.
The Fairytale Treehouse
This Airbnb in Kentucky offers guests a unique experience of staying in a treehouse surrounded by sparkling fairy lights and the tall trees of Red River Gorge.
The home is located just steps away from the trailheads in Red River Gorge, making it ideal for families and couples looking to explore nature. Outside, guests can enjoy their morning cup of coffee on the deck overlooking the forest or head down to the firepit to warm up after a long day of hiking. There is a second deck downstairs with a porch swing and rocking chairs.
Inside, the home has a loft-style layout and is decorated with comfortable furnishings. Upstairs, there is a cozy loft bedroom with a queen-size mattress and a small reading nook. This home can sleep four people using the pullout couch downstairs.
There is a well-equipped kitchenette where guests can prepare a simple meal; it includes a microwave, toaster, minifridge, and drip coffee maker. A charcoal barbecue outside can also be used to cook. After a day of hiking, guests can return for a refreshing rinse-off in the bathroom’s walk-in shower.
With so much to see and do, it’s not hard to see why this is one of the best Airbnbs in Kentucky.
Lake House With a Pool
This historic lake cabin in Kentucky is ideal for business groups or large groups looking for a weekend getaway.
This five-bedroom house has space to sleep up to 16 guests and features a stylish interior that is sure to bring your vacation to the next level. Guests will have access to 125 acres of private property, including a shared private lake where they can go kayaking and fishing. There are also two firepits on the property, a pool, and a hot tub.
The interior of the home is decorated in an eclectic style with high ceilings and tons of windows, creating a bright and welcoming feel. In the master bedroom, there is a plush king-size bed, a pullout couch, and an en suite bathroom. The second bedroom has a queen-size bed and a set of bunk beds, while the third bedroom has a queen-size bed and a foldout single bed. A shared bathroom connects the fourth and fifth bedrooms. One has two single beds, and the other features four single beds and a set of bunk beds.
Downstairs, a full kitchen offers plenty of cooking space for large groups, including an enormous dining table that can seat 10. There is also a conference room with a large table and a TV.
There you have them, the best Airbnb rentals in Kentucky. From secluded wilderness retreats to historic downtown houses, they are all here. All you have to do is decide which one is the best for you.