They discovered this historic farm setting, while searching for a farm suitable to start an Alpaca and Llama operation. The combination of the working farm, farm store, and Farm Stay B&B has become a leading Central Kentucky Agritourism site. They oversaw the complete restoration of the Manor in 2008 and have been instrumental in turning the business into a nationally recognized, award-winning B&B.
Their farm animals are champion stock, with some of the best, nationally-recognized bloodlines represented. They were one of the first 10 farms in Kentucky to raise Alpacas and the first and only farm with a Purely Suri Breeding Program, specializing in both Suri Alpacas and Suri Llamas. They show, sell, breed, host fiber workshops and seminars, and offer finished value-added garments and gift items made from the luxury fiber produced by their herd.
Todd was raised on his Grandparents’ Holstein Dairy Farm near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. He always had a love for the farm and the various farm chores. He raised and showed registered champion Holsteins as a 4-H Member, participating in many state, regional, and national shows.
He graduated with top honors from Georgetown College in 1988, majoring in Marketing and Finance, with Minors in Music, Economics, and Communications.
First employed by AT&T, he was a Communications Consultant and designed data networks for multi-national corporations such as McDonnell Douglas in San Jose, California and FedEx in Memphis, Tennessee. He was promoted to AT&T Headquarters in Basking Ridge, New Jersey where he was responsible for New Product Development, Marketing, and launch of AT&T’s first 8 Internet Services, including AT&T Worldnet Services. He has advanced business degrees from AT&T Technical University, Wharton School of Business, and St. Elizabeth University. He took early retirement from AT&T as Director of Marketing Communications and Advertising. He still uses many of the skills gained during his corporate years in telecommunications.
Returning to Kentucky in 2000, he worked at 2 Internet start-ups in Louisville in Sales & Marketing Management positions. After 9/11, he joined forces with Tyler Horton to buy Maple Hill Manor and started raising Alpacas & Llamas and operating the historic Kentucky Farmstay B&B. He is past President of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce. He is the current President of the Bed & Breakfast Association of Kentucky, President of the Central Kentucky Agritourism Association, and Advisory Board Member of the Professional Association of Innkeepers International.
Among his many duties at the B&B, he handles the business management and marketing responsibilities, house keeping, hosting of guests, serving breakfast, head dish washer and laundry manager, wedding & special events coordinator, and avid gardener just to name a few of his endless duties.
Tyler was born in Greenville, Texas, but has strong family ties in both Alabama and Kentucky.
He attended Auburn University and University of Kentucky and majored in Veterinary Medicine and and a master degree in Theriogenology. He has worked for leading Race Horse Farms in the Lexington area as well as an Animal Health Pharmaceutical Company in California.
He enthusiastically pursues his love for animals with his many activities as Head of Farm Operations. He also manages the various departments at Maple Hill Manor: Purchasing-Meal & Beverage Service-Decorating-Farm Store Manager-Lawn Service, but most critically important is his role as the Ultimate Handyman and Fixer-Upper. There is virtually nothing that he cannot fix or repair.
Tyler’s culinary talents have been recognized by several regional and national media sources including USA Today, Best Years Magazine, Kentucky Monthly, Kentucky Living, Lexington Hearald-Leader, Louisville Courier-Journal, Cincinnati Post. and Southern Living. His Lemon Souffle Pancake Recipe won the Best Breakfast Recipe in the World Tournament in 2013, sponsored by BedandBreakfast.com.
He often covers for Todd as he represents Maple Hill Manor for community service, Alpaca & Llama Shows, and state and national association involvement.
Together they have made a great team, and they look forward to sharing their award-winning B&B and Farm with you!
New Interim Innkeeper at Maple Hill Manor, Donna Nepute.
Donna is Maple Hill Manor’s MOST FREQUENT GUEST. For over 15 years, Donna has visited her home away from home, and considered a very dear friend. She has often cared for Maple Hill Manor during times when Todd & Tyler needed coverage. Now that Todd & Tyler have moved to Bardstown to operate thier 2nd property, Bourbon Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn, there was the need for an Interim Innkeeper. Donna enthusiastically offered to manage Maple Hill Manor full-time. So, she moved in and now shares her love for the place. We are delighted that she is so dedicated in her commitment to her job as Innkeeper. She will take excellent care of you during your stay!