The Best Vacation Homes to Rent in Louisville, Kentucky

You'll soon be getting around the city like a local when you stay at a Louisville vacation rental
You'll soon be getting around the city like a local when you stay at a Louisville vacation rental | © Nicolas Henderson
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13 December 2021

Looking for an authentic slice of one of the coolest cities in the Bluegrass State? Rent a vacation home in Louisville and you’ll be pronouncing it “Loo-uh-vul” in no time. Whether you’re in town for the world-famous Kentucky Derby, a Cardinals game at the University of Louisville, or to marvel at the world’s largest baseball bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum, this vibrant Southern city will sweep you up in its sporting spirit. Live like a local at our pick of the best vacation homes in Louisville, Kentucky, all bookable with Culture Trip.

Four-bedroom home in prime Highlands, for a sophisticated stay

Two sofas in front of a dining area at this four-bedroom home in prime Highlands
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To the east of downtown, this four-bedroom home is light, modern and airy, with tasteful touches including upholstered armchairs and gilt-framed artwork. When you want some fresh air, the sprawling Cherokee Park is within walking distance, while the bright lights and bars of Fourth Street Live are less than 4mi (6.4km) away. If you’re visiting in summer, you’ll be pleased to hear the house is air-conditioned.

One-bedroom cottage house in Old Louisville, for the hipster lifestyle

Two sofas in a living area with a fireplace at this one-bedroom cottage house in Old Louisville
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Set among the restored Victorian mansions of charming Old Louisville, this cute cottage features edgy pendant light fixtures, exposed brick and Derby-referencing equestrian artwork. With a fully equipped kitchen, you can whip up meals at home or simply explore the area’s hip breweries and barbecue joints. Less than 2mi (3.2km) away, you’ll find riverside attractions including the Muhammad Ali Center and Kentucky Science Center.

Three-bedroom home on Frankfort, for monochrome style

Clean whites and grays dominate the interior of this classy, three-bedroom Victorian house. A serving hatch connects the attractive living room to the kitchen – ideal for dinners in front of the TV after a full day exploring the local sites. Which sites, you ask? The property is a four-minute drive from the Waterfront Botanical Gardens and the Big Four Bridge, and a short drive from downtown. When you’re not dining at home, check out the many local restaurants.

Three-bedroom home in NuLu, for a convenient home away from home

This place has a real home-away-from-home feel, with its well-equipped kitchen, thoughtfully furnished interiors and relaxing outdoor space. A mere nine-minute drive from the airport, the property is located in the hip East Market District, right on the edge of downtown. That means Fourth Street Live and the Louisville Slugger Museum are a few minutes’ drive away in one direction, while the beautiful parkland and waterfall of Beargrass Creek Greenway are a few miles away in the other.

Three-bedroom home in Shelby Park, for a well-balanced location

Boasting three bedrooms, this sleek, modern home is the perfect base from which to launch yourself into the bars of the buzzing student area and the historical sights of Old Louisville. When you’re ready to venture further afield, downtown is just eight minutes’ drive north, with fun-filled days at Kentucky Kingdom amusement park the same distance south.

Three-bedroom home near Downtown Louisville, for modernism in a central location

This cool three-bedroom home has a modernist vibe, with whitewashed brick walls and minimalist furnishings. A 30-minute stroll or a very short drive will get you to the outskirts of downtown, where you can immerse yourself in the bright lights of Fourth Street Live or wander down Museum Row. If you’re in town for the races, Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum are less than 4mi (6.4km) away.

Four-bedroom home in Shelby Park, for Scandi living in reach of the sights

There’s a Scandinavian vibe to this four-bedder, licked in tasteful, muted colors with chic furnishings such as a navy velvet chair and a gold-stemmed lamp. Equidistant from downtown and the Churchill Downs, and just a four-minute drive from the university, this stay puts you within reach of the afternoon races, evening card games, and shots at Fourth Street Live through the night. The many restaurants, shops, cafes and taverns of Old Louisville are also just over 1mi (1.6km) away.

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