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Nancy Hinchliff, Owner/Innkeeper

Besides running her bed and breakfast, Ms Hinchliff writes and blogs in Louisville, Kentucky as well as on line at, Eye on Life Magazine, Pink magazine, Hubpages, and the Louisville Bed and Breakfast Blog. She co-authored Room at the Table, a cookbook for The Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky for which she won their president's award in 2008. She also is webmaster for and posts on the Louisville Bed and Breakfast Association blog.
She is currently working on a memoir titled Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale, a humorous and poignant account of how an admittedly asocial retired school teacher reinvents herself as an Innkeeper.
In this intimate and engaging memoir, she candidly writes about her challenging eighteen year journey of self-discovery. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky where she still runs her bed and breakfast. You can also find her blogging at: the Business and Creative Women's Forum and A Memorable Time of My Life 

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About the Innkeepers

Nancy Hinchliff, the Innkeeper/owner of the Aleksander House, taught school in Chicago before moving to Louisville in 1995. After teaching in Chicago's inner-city highschools for twenty years, she returned to the university to work on her PH.D. in Education. where she taught Highschool Teaching Methods and Curriculum and Instruction. Upon retirement, she moved to Louisville and bought an 1882 Victorian home in historical "Old Louisville".
Chandra Cadwallader, asst. Innkeeper, attends the Culinary Arts School at Sullivan University, with a double major in chefing and hotel management. She has been with the Aleksander House since June, 2010 as assistant to the Innkeeper. 
John Richardson, Asst. to the Innkeeper, since April 2011, holds an Arts degree in Photography and is now attending Sullivan University, finishing up the basics for a degree in Pharmacy.
About The Aleksander House
"When I first saw the Aleksander House, it was not a bed and breakfast. It was a 4200 sq ft single family Victorian Italianate home in the 3rd largest preservation area in the United States, "Old Louisville". It was spacious and friendly and seemed well-suited to entertain over-night guests. So the idea of creating a bed and breakfast was feasible.
It took almost a year for me to convert it. I had to deal with The Department of Inspections, Licenses, and Permits, The Health Department, The Fire Marshall, The Historical Presevation Society and the City and State Revenue Cabinets, to name a few. New locks, emergency lighting, parking facilities, door closures, etc had to be installed. And workers of all kinds came and went. Some were dependable and some were honest.

Eventually The Aleksander House Bed and Breakfast was created, an intimate, romantic place of lodging. I named it Aleksander after my grandson. Inside, the rooms are named after other members of my family, as is the garden." (excerpt from my memoir).

To find out what's going on in and around the Aleksander House and Old Louisville, check out our blog: InnNotes. We frequently post recipes and information related to our Inn, our guests, events, travel and the innkeeping business. We would love it if you left a comment. And don't forget to "follow" me while you're there.

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Kentucky Derby 2012
Guests have bkfst Derby morning

Kentucky Derby, 2013
Lori and Mike Mroczek and friends

I have guests visiting my Inn from all over the world, the majority of course are from the United States, just about every state in the Union. I think some of the most fun we've had at my Inn is when families or groups of ladies come to visit. The house rings with laughter and the conversation at breakfast is pretty lively.
We had a great time here New Year's Eve (2011) this year. We booked a fun group of eight couples from different areas in Kentucky. Chandra and I made Lasagna, a wonderful Caesar salad, and crusty garlic bread, which was gobbled up before we served warm Blackberry Cobbler topped with Vanilla ice cream. Below is a picture of the group.

New Year's eve 2011

Five ladies from Indiana got together at our place to enjoy a week-end get-away. They booked one of our packages, a Girlfriends Get-away, with massages for all. They had a great time and we really enjoyed having them here.

Girlfriend's Get-away 2010
The "girls" from Indiana

Robyn (assistant Innkeeper) serving ladies

Lively conversation at breakfast

We have a great group for the Kentucky Derby each year. Matt and Debra have been regulars for the past four years. They love Katharine's Room on the third floor with its four poster bed and oriental rugs. Matt is a real hoot. When they go to the races he wears a giant fuzzy horse head for laughs. It gets a lot of attention and always lands him and Debra on the front of the sports page of the Courier Journal. I'll have to find a picture of him wearing it to share with everyone.

Kentucky Derby,2008
Debra and Matt

Kentucky Derby 2009
Debra and Matt


Robyn decorated the tree

Christmas, 2009
Christmas Gift Table

Fabulous Shortbread Cookie Mix