Permit allows Watts Ferry cabin to operate as B&B/inn
The Board of Adjustment (BOA) unanimously granted Monday a conditional-use permit to allow a historic cabin on Watts Ferry Road to provide overnight accommodations as a bed and breakfast/inn. The permit was granted to Lindy and Paul Huber, who own neighboring Seldom Scene Farm, where they live and raise hay, sheep, alpacas and llamas at 3605 Watts Ferry Road. Under terms of the conditional-use permit, The Cabin at Seldom Scene Farm will offer two bedrooms for up to six overnight guests. They cannot host events on the 106 acres bordering the Kentucky River. “We feel there is a great need in Woodford County to have more (overnight) accommodations available for tourism – especially people coming to the Bourbon Trail, horse farms,” Lindy Huber told BOA members. “There’s tremendous wildlife there and just a lot of beauty, and we’re really happy to be able to share it with other people,” she added. Directional signs are required to ensure guests can locate the cabin, which was built in 1812 and renovated after being vacant for several years. According to information provided to the BOA, numerous generations of the Watts family made additions to the cabin over the years. One of the last family members, pictured in a 1974 National Geographic story on the Bluegrass, was quoted as saying his grandfather fought Indians in the river bottoms. The request for a conditional-use permit was recommended by the Agricultural Advisory Review Committee – scoring 770 out of a possible 800 maximum points on its “Decision Tree.” Lindy Huber, an AARC member, recused herself from participating in that review. The Board of Adjustment approved the permit by a 4 to 0 vote, with board member Frank Stark not present. Oath of office Fred Powers, who will finish the unexpired term of Marjorie Evans as a City of Versailles appointee through December 2019, took the oath of office prior to Monday’s meeting.