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Step inside the world of Westeros in this Kentucky Airbnb inspired by Game of Thrones (Photo credit: Bo Stamper, courtesy Wayne Ebersohl)
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Step inside the world of Westeros in this Kentucky Airbnb inspired by Game of Thrones

In the heart of Lexington’s historic district, an entirely custom-designed Airbnb will take guests inside a page of George R.R. Martin's best-selling book series.

Wayne Ebersohl and his girlfriend, Rachel Johnson, bred the idea for a Game of Thrones short-term rental after purchasing the building on E. Third Street a few years back.

The home was built in the mid-1800s—and while the exterior hasn’t been disturbed, the interior of one unit has been completely transformed into the fictional world of Westeros.

“We could have done horses, bourbon, or UK basketball. But it’s Lexington and those have already been done,” Ebersohl said. “So, we thought, ‘What could we give travelers that’s unique enough to create an awesome experience?’”

An intricate mantle, high-end coffee bar, and California king size bed are just a few of the custom-built pieces in the room. Hand-crafted weaponry and a torch sconce were made by a blacksmith in the Ukraine. The delicate chandelier was shipped to the US from England. Johnson, the lead designer, also had a compass built into the tile of the bathroom. And of course, there’s an iron throne.

“We want people to feel like they’re living in medieval times,” Ebersohl said. “And if you want something that’s truly unique and beautiful, you’re gonna have to pay for it.”

The hosts have had celebrities stay in the room: actresses, pro-athletes, and even ghost hunters apparently want to get a taste of the Old-World style.

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