The Samuels ‘Maker’s Mark’ House – American Whiskey News

For the first time, the Maker’s Mark family is ‘opening up’ the home owned and operated by the founding Maker’s Mark family and sharing their personal history in an unforgettable way. The Samuels House is a premium vacation rental now available for booking, located in the heart of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

The 1820s manor was bought and renovated by 8th generation whisky maker Rob Samuels in 2021. Although equipped with modern conveniences and luxury amenities, the house’s original detail and character have been preserved to showcase the history of the Maker’s Mark dynasty. Never before seen personal family artifacts, including the deep fryer used to create the iconic red wax tendrils and a hand-made bar with whisky spanning 150 years of Samuels family distilling, ensures a really special experience for bourbon enthusiasts.

Beginning just last month, the Samuels House is available for overnight accommodation, sleeping up to 8 people total. One-of-a-kind add-on experiences are available including tours of the distillery, chef-prepared dinner pairings and one-on-one time with former Maker’s Mark Chairman and history buff Bill Samuels Jr.

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The Samuels House was built around 1820 by John Samuels, son of Robert Samuels who served in the Continental Army and was the first of eight generations in the family who have been whisky makers in America.

The house remained in the Samuels family until the late 1950’s. Rob Samuels purchased the house in January 2021.

For the first time, the family is ‘opening up’ the house, family legacy and sharing personal stories with the public.

The house is filled with family heirlooms and memorabilia including:

  • 50 bottles of whisky spanning 150 years of distilling
  • Part of Margie Samuels’ collection of English pewter that inspired her to name the current family brand, Maker’s Mark
  • The deep fryer Margie used to work out how to create the bottle’s iconic red wax tendrils
  • The pistol that is sometimes associated with the actual end of the Civil War – surrendered in the front yard of The Samuels House by Frank James who was part of the last armed group fighting at the end of the war.


Beginning in early September 2021, the house is available for overnight accommodations. There are three suites (sleeps up to eight people total), 3½ bathrooms and a variety of sitting areas, including a spacious back porch and patio. The home’s centerpiece is the parlor which features a hand-made bar showcasing 50 bottles of whisky spanning 150 years of Samuels family distilling. The Samuels House is set on 2-acres surrounded by horse pastures and mature oak trees.

One-of-a-kind experiences including:

  • Various whiskey activations
  • VIP Nighttime Experience at Star Hill Farm, the Maker’s Mark Distillery
  • Sipping & Storytelling with Bill Samuels Jr., Chairman Emeritus of Maker’s Mark
  • Private Dinner Pairing prepared by Chef Newman Miller

*The house is available the week of the Kentucky Derby, which is Saturday, May 7, 2022.

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