The Bennett House Bed & Breakfast and Events

419 West Main Street , Richmond, KY 40475 USA (Show map)


This historic old house was home to James and Sarah Clay(daughter of notorious Cassius M. Clay, minister to Russia during the Lincoln administration) Bennett. It offers three elegant bedrooms each featuring:private, spacious bathroom, reading/seating area, personal office, cable television, telephone, wireless Internet, and full-course breakfast.The two-and-one-half-story asymmetrical brick structure is finished by a high-hipped roof of slate with flared eaves and a crenelated roof comb. A two-story turret has a domed roof with flared, overhanging eaves. The house is available for weddings, receptions, birthday galas, bridal luncheons, specialty teas, etc.



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  • Guest room4.4
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.3
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.0

Visiting Coach

4.4 on November 11, 2015

Several of my old college teammates thought it was time to go watch some football and meet up with Coach. Booking my room, I was put off by some of the chain hotel's on-line reviews. Accidentally saw this and for just a tad bit more expense, my wife and I had a glorious experience. Beautiful, grand, old house with magnificent appointments and impeccably cared for. Great owners too.

Great Vacation Stay

4.6 on October 20, 2015

Stayed here 5 days in October while on vacation, visiting family. The home is beautiful, our Hunter room was clean, spacious, and well-appointed. Dick was gracious, and while we talked only very briefly to Rita, she seemed nice. I'd recommend travelers choose the Bennett House over motels/hotels in the area! Thanks, Bob

Gift from a friend

5 on August 26, 2015

We had a wonderful visit last Friday and thoroughly enjoyed your lovely B&B. Thank you!

Comfortable, convenient and reasonably priced

4.0 on April 03, 2015

I stayed at the Bennett House for two days while I was visiting the local high school and attending a conference on the EKU campus. The Bennett House was walking distance from both venues, as it's located right down town, on Main Street. I stayed in the Hunter Room, which has a marvelously comfortable bed with great linens. The room was quiet and attractive, and I was able to work there with no distractions. There's a big bathroom attached to the room as well as upstairs and downstairs free areas for reading, tv watching, etc. Love the 12-foot ceilings in this house! Breakfasts were tasty, though they included meat both times, despite my self-identification as vegetarian. The host was friendly and helpful with directions and advice about Richmond. I would definitely stay here again.

beautiful home and and great owners

3.8 on March 02, 2015

my wife and i stayed for a couple nights. the home is incredible. clean and rich with history, breakfast was very good. would like to have had access to a fridge. fireplaces in every room but not functional. our room was quite spacious and huge bath. lots to do in richmond and berea.

Midweek Getaway

3.4 on December 20, 2014

We stayed 2 nights during the week. The Bennett House was very beautiful inside and out and was very conveniently located. Our room was comfortably decorated. The innkeeper was kind, but never introduced himself, nor offered a tour of the house. The breakfasts were not signature as described on their website--more basic continental-style with canned fruit and store bought muffins. Overall a mediocre experience.

Charming, Great Service

4.6 on November 05, 2014

Our host was most gracious. The breakfast was thoroughly enjoyable. The building had great charm. My only complaint was that the fireplace was inoperable and the firescreen was duct taped to the surround. Had that not been an issue, I would rate it 5s all around. AJB

Beautiful B&B with a lot of interesting history.

3.8 on October 30, 2014

Stayed only one night, but rooms were great. Very nice breakfast.

Wonderful Stay

5 on September 30, 2014

Beautiful room with lovely antique furnishings. Location in center of town: walk to university, nearby restaurants, downtown shops. Great backyard gazebo: very homey and comfortable. Great location to start the Bourbon trail just south of Lexington. Will look forward to coming back another time!

Get Away Weekend

3.6 on August 07, 2014

Great place and great service! Quiet and well managed. You will not regret staying at this wonderful house.

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Rooms & Rates

Ashley Suite

The second floor of the Taylor Cottage has a living/dining room, kitchenette with microwave and refrigerator, bedroom with two full-size beds, private bath with whirlpool and steam shower. It has a private outdoor deck.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Hunter Room

The 2nd floor Hunter Room captures a glimpse of the historic Bluegrass country. Any true hunter will appreciate the Kentucky cherry, king-sized sleigh bed and cherry armoire. Two wing-back chairs create great conversation.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Belle Room

Visualize the era of feminist Belle Bennett while enjoying modern conveniences in the second floor Belle Room. The queen size bed and hand-painted furnishings offer a hint of Southern hositality. Comfortable over-sized lounging chairs make for a restful stay.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Clay Room

Experience true Richmond hospitality in the Clay Room. The queen-si8zed, rice-carved bed complements the original mahogany mantel encased in polygonal bay windows.The first-floor room is sunny and bright; with comfortable love seat.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Angela Suite

The first-floor suite of the Taylor Cottage has living room with gas fireplace, dining room, full kitchen, spaceous bedroom with a king-size bed, and a private spa bathroom with whirlpool, steam shower, and washer/dryer. Private deck onback overlooking garden area.

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

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Location Type

Main Street, Historic Neighborhood, Great Neighborhood Restaurant, City, Downtown, Small town


Lexington, KY (LEX-Blue Grass Field) 29 miles

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, University of Kentucky and Eastern KY University, Renfro Valley (Country Music Theater), Berea KY Crafts, Keeneland Race Track, Kentucky Horse Park, Battle of Richmond(Civil War) Park, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

Air conditioning, BBQ grill, Ceiling fans, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Library, Piano, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Alarm clock, CD player, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Telephone, Videos, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Horseshoes, Hunting, Mountain Bike trails, Horse Farm Tours, Walking Tours, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts

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  • Check In:: 3 P.M.
  • Check Out:: 11 A.M.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided Outside only
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required $20 per pet per night
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit Card Number to Hold Reservation
  • Cancellations: At least 72 hours before arrival day.



Richard and Rita Smart

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  • Time Served: 7a.m to 10a.m.
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area