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 room4.6
  • Service4.5
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.3

Antique Elligance

5 on October 14, 2016

The antiques in The Bennett House are just gorgeous and the decor is superb! This house just takes you back in time. Makes you wonder what life was like back in the late 1800's. Thank you Richard for making us feel like a special guest in your home. We will be back.

Very much enjoyed our stay

4.8 on August 27, 2016

My wife and I very much enjoyed our brief stay

Very much enjoyed our stay

5 on August 16, 2016

We very much enjoyed our evening at the Bennett House B&B. Our room was outstanding and breakfast was good

Wonderful Stay

4.6 on July 02, 2016

My visit to The Bennett House was on Sunday June 26, 2016. My Mom, niece, and I had the most wonderful time. I have stayed in several B & B's but this one is the best. The rooms are beautiful and spacious. Breakfast was great. I would highly recommend The Bennett House to anyone - including my husband who I am in high hopes will take me back for a weekend getaway.

beautiful b&b

5 on June 30, 2016

would go back

Lovely stay in Richmond

4.4 on June 23, 2016

The Bennett House is a remarkable journey back in time. Completely furnished with authentic period furnishings the Smart's have done an amazing job of maintaining this pristine property. Richard was a perfect host and his pecan French toast omelet creation with fresh fruit made for a wonderful and filling breakfast.

beautiful b&b

5 on June 20, 2016

Would recommend to anyone.

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.

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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