Sunday, November 16, 2014

Irish Acres Antiques in Nonsuch, Kentucky

In the last two Sweet Southern Days posts we have been visiting the beautiful scenic backroads of rural Kentucky and saw many beautiful sights.  

On this day our daughter invited us to lunch at the Glitz Restaurant located in the Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques.  Getting there was part of the fun!

Stone fences on the left constructed by early Irish and Scottish immigrants.

As you can see we were enjoying the picturesque drive through the beautiful Bluegrass countryside of Kentucky.  In the above photo you can see the stone fence on the left and the lush manicured horse farms on the right.

Our drive from Nicholasville took about twenty minutes to reach the village of Nonesuch, Kentucky, which is located west of Lexington.  Yes, what an unusual name for this little town ... The name refers to it's ability to maintain great crops for agriculture.  Specifically, there was "no such" place that grew so well

Nonesuch - An unincorporated community.

After driving through the beautiful picturesque countryside
we arrived at Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques. 

Irish Acres
4205 Fords Mill Road
Versailles, Kentucky

We were amazed at what we saw as we walked through the white double doors of this former 1930's elementary school which has been renovated and decorated to the finest detail.

Irish Acres contains 32,000 square feet of Antique European, and American furniture, crystal, silver, china, bronzes,  jewelry and much more.  There are 50 showrooms located on two floors in this renovated former schoolhouse.

Located on the lower level is the very popular Glitz Restaurant.   We arrived early and had time to browse before our scheduled lunch reservations.

As we walked through the entrance this is the view we saw of the hallway filled with beautiful items.

We moved from room to room admiring the amazing
old furniture, chandeliers, lamps and much more.
Each item could tell a story and I wondered where they had all lived before.

There was so much to see we could have spent the entire afternoon there 
and still probably have not seen everything.

Two sisters preside over Irish Acres Gallery which has been in the family for over thirty-five years.

What beautiful curtains!

More beautiful curtains and a matching chandelier.
How pretty!

The below table was filled with adorable baby gifts.

A lovely and unusual baby bed.

Some of my favorites in this room are the old clock, 
the old table with the flowers,  and what looks like a bookcase in the corner.

How about this beautiful old bed!

My favorite piece in the room below is the old bed in the right corner.

Loved this old mirror and dresser.

There were so many old beautiful things it was impossible to take photos of everything.
These life-like old dolls caught my eye.

If you are planning to shop here be sure to bring your Piggy Bank with you!

As seen in the below photo this is one of several old "themed" decorator 
Christmas trees.

There was an amazing selection of old glassware.

And lamps.

An unusual pink Fenton Hobnail vase.

Cobalt blue vases.

A lovely cranberry glass vase.

I especially liked this beautiful "hunt-scene" platter.

There were several "Kentucky Derby - Churchill Downs" collector glasses with different dates.

This very detailed Nativity Scene caught my eye.

As I said, we could have stayed the entire afternoon strolling and browsing through all of the beautiful old items, but the time came for our reservations at the restaurant located on the lower level of Irish Acres. 

The restaurant serves a three-course, gourmet luncheon which began with a flute of chilled Spiced Apple Refresher, followed by an appetizer, entree and then muffins and dessert. 

The Glitz Restaurant
at Irish Acres

It was a real special treat having a delicious luncheon in The Glitz Restaurant at the Irish Acres Antique Gallery located in the heart of horse country and visiting with our daughter.

I hope you enjoyed coming along and walking through the different rooms filled with treasures from the past.

Happy weekend to you and wishing you many blessings wherever you may be.

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