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 room4.5
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.2

Bennett House stay was outstanding

5 on May 09, 2016

We had a great stay. The owners were super nice. We plan on returning!!

Great little home away from home

4.4 on May 08, 2016

The Bennett House is a lovely convenient spot while staying in Richmond. Richard and Rita are fine hosts and I will be back.

Everything I expected

5 on April 13, 2016

Very nice, comfortable B&B. Nice rooms, great service and breakfast was awesome. Great location too.

Our weekend away

4.6 on April 06, 2016

Very nice place and great breakfast. Nice get away from the hustle bustle of our busy week. Very nice couple.


5 on February 02, 2016

We enjoy our fantastic Richmond getaways. Richard is always kind, friendly and helpful. The room is comfortable, quiet, and easily accessible. There is a great little restaurant that we enjoy, the hanger, and its right down the road from EKU. They have an amazing performing arts center and invite great artists to perform. Can't wait til we return.

A Gem in RIchmond

5 on January 13, 2016

We stayed at this gorgeous B&B on New Year's day. It was decorated beautifully for the holidays. Our room was outstanding. We had a lovely, spacious sitting area in front of a fireplace. The bathroom was large and well lit. The bed was comfortable with quality linens. The entire house was quiet and clean. Breakfast was elegant and delicious and served on beautiful holiday china. Our host was friendly and gracious. After staying in local hotels in the past, a friend recommended we stay at the Bennett House on this trip. I wish we would have done it sooner. We will stay here on all future trips to the area.

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 Stop!

4.8 on October 31, 2015

Large beautiful room(Hunter). Stayed here 5 days among Lots of old, beautiful antiques. Better price than local hotels! Loved the breakfasts

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!

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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