Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2020-11-20 09:39:09 –
Cynthiana, Kentucky (LEX 18) — From five bespoke beds and breakfast rooms to original floors and beautiful views, Ashford Acres has almost everything a southern bride is looking for at the venue. Owned and operated by Anastasia Hicks from Cynthiana and her sister who lives in Los Angeles, they opened in December 2016.
“After our first tour, we … seemed to sell,” Hicks said of the property.
The 6,000-square-foot home and barn are on 64 acres. Prior to the Civil War, the house was both a Union soldier hospital and headquarters, but is now a bed and breakfast and event space. Hicks said his goal was to feel love as guests walk through the door, and he works hard 365 days a year to do that.
“Everyone is welcome here. That’s what we teach our employees. It’s what they look like, how they dress, how they believe, and how they feel. No matter what, their experience is everything, “Hicks explained.
According to Hicks, 2020 will be the busiest year to date, with 42 weddings in the book, but of course COVID-19 has collapsed.
“It certainly accompanied lessons and great things for our business and great people, but …” Hicks laughed.
They had to close the store for a while, but Hicks wasn’t trying to throw a towel. They pivoted, changed the protocol, rebooked the bride in 2021 and created a microwedding. Micro weddings are small packages that range from just the bride and groom to parties of up to 10 people. They have been very successful and Hicks said he wants COVID to continue, even if it’s a thing of the past.
“A ceremony of up to 10 guests and up to 10 guests can make it really nice, like a dream wedding,” Hicks explained.
But in the early days of the pandemic, Hicks said it was the community that pulled them out. With the bed and breakfast and dining room closed, they provided curbside and delivery service, and she said Cynthiana had appeared.
“Sure, residents’ support for some projects actually made it possible to do some projects better than last year. Indeed, from Ashford Acre’s point of view, that’s what we did that month. That’s why I survived. I don’t. I know they understand it. “
Now, thanks to its support, Ashford Acres can anticipate 2021 and immediately give them the love shown.