The staff is amazing. Everyone there is so nice. The food is excellent. The Banana pudding is the best I have ever had.. The towns people are nice. We were there April 16 & 17. I can not wait to return. Benham Schoolhouse Inn and staff are the best. If your looking for a getaway this place is it. We will see you again soon. If you want more information about what to do in town while there, do not hesitate to ask the staff there and towns people. I can't express into words how much fun we all had there and I would like to thank the town for a incredible experience there. Thank You all so much!!
We were so excited to stay here. The cleanliness of the room was subpar. We found nasty hair everywhere. Floors in bathroom were gross. The bathtub and sink looked dirty. All you could smell throughout the Inn was a strong scent of natural gas. Thankfully the room didn’t have the same smell. I completely understand that they can’t do breakfast like they have in the past due to COVID-19, but they didn’t even have a coffee pot set up. They need to update the website that the restaurant is closed. It was one of the reasons we stayed there. It truly needs a good update. Not modernized, just a little restoration.
My husband and I stumbled across the Benham Schoolhouse Inn while reading about camping/lodging in Harlan County. Since it was cool, and we were short on time, we opted to stay at the Inn instead of camping. I was hesitant initially because of Covid, Then, I read online about the very thorough cleaning and safety measures the Inn takes to protect and welcome their guests. After a gorgeous day of hiking (thank you, Harlan County!) we checked in about six. Oh, my gosh. The Inn is absolutely beautiful. The hills were just turning colors, and the creek was bubbling. Walking inside the Inn gives you the feeling of stepping back into the first half of the Twentieth Century. The lady who checked us in was very friendly and knowledgeable about attractions, dining, etc. When we entered our room, I was amazed by how unique and fun it was. Just like the rest of the Inn, the room was decorated to transport you back into early Appalachia. There was a cozy, king-sized bed, heavy window panes, massive ceilings. It lead you to imagine the room's original use as a classroom for the children of coal miners. And I needed to not have worried about Covid. The staff do a very, very thorough of cleaning. They even sealed the TV remote! The room was spotlessly clean, and very comfortable. Later that evening, we had dinner on the front patio. We looked down near the tennis courts below us and saw something moving. Three black bears (mama and two cubs) were racing around. A dog chased them and the cubs scurried up a telephone pole. Then they literally ran right past the Inn. Apparently, bears are not uncommon. But they sure were fun to see. Overall, this is one of the most fun and unique places I've stayed at. It is clean, cozy, historical, and friendly. Harlan County has a lot of really great hiking, and my husband and I would love to come back and visit the Portal 31 Mine, and the Kentucky Coal Miner's museum. When we do, we'll definitely come back to the Inn. Thank you to all of the staff. We really enjoyed our stay!…
Travis Ward and his staff stand out with their courtesy almost as much as this jewel of an inn does. There is not another place like this. Beautiful old schoolhouse lit on the hill when you drive onto the property. Rooms are charming. The food is spectacular and the staff is amazing. A true must visit for you
Our church group stayed here when we were on a mission trip for the Kentucky Project. Travis and his staff was very accommodating to us. The on-site restaurant was a huge plus for us. Our kids loved the ghost stories one of the staff told them. Some people complained about the mattresses but ours slept fine. We plan on using them again this year.