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5 of 5 bubbles Review of Benchmark B & B

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Benchmark B & B
Ranked #1 of 16 Naramata B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Kelowna BC
1 review
“Fantastic!”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

My husband and I recently spent our 10th anniversary at Benchmark B & B. Steve and Gail were very professional and hospitable. We really enjoyed our stay and felt very welcome. We've already talked about going back and bringing friends with us! We've stayed at many B & B's but this one is definitely at the top of the list. I've hesitated staying at a B & B's in the past because sometimes you feel like you're in someone else's home. But Steve and Gail have done such a great job you don't even feel like you're at someone's home. It felt more like a lovely boutique hotel.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Ruby room.
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

I really enjoyed my stay. It is a beautiful property and region. We would stay again in a heartbeat. Thanks to Steve and Gail for everything. The pool and views are fantastic. Also, breakfast each day was very good. They helped drive me to an event in a pinch.

Brian B, Calgary

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

The weather was unseasonally unsummery when we visited, but our hosts made up for it in spades. And spades were often necessary to transport the generously proportioned multi-course breakfasts from delicately presented plates to indelicately salivating mouths. We are breakfast/brunch aficionados and there is no better breakfast in the Okanagan than that cooked by Gail and served by Steve.

But let's not neglect the other B - the bed. Indeed the bed was incredibly comfortable, in a tastefully decorated and preternaturally quiet room, that opens out onto the patio and pool, which in turn look out over the lake.

Naramata is by far our favourite town in the Okanagan and Benchmark is well-situated among its wineries and right by the Kettle Valley Railway.

We have been traveling almost constantly in the two months since we were in Naramata, but are still reminiscing about our time at Benchmark and hoping to manage another trip there before the end of summer.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chilliwack, B.C.
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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Just the best place to stay, ever. Steve and Gail are genuine, friendly, warm and very welcoming and the suites and property are beautiful. Breakfasts are first class, the lovely salt-water pool is right outside your door with a gorgeous lake-view beyond. If you can tear yourself away from the property, top flight wineries, bistros and opportunities for biking, hiking, kayaking, etc. abound. Run don't walk--go stay at Benchmark!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

We booked the Ruby suite for four nights in June to celebrate my husbands 40th birthday. I have always wanted to stay in a B&B but never have until this point. There was nothing missing with this little piece of heaven. Steve and Gail are the kind of people you would be honoured to call your family. You need to stay here just to experience Gail's four course breakfast. Completely different every day with fresh, local and quality ingredients that are so well thought out to create the most amazing flavor combinations. Steve's subtle humour and charm was something I looked forward to more and more each morning. Certainly started the day off perfectly. The location, property,view and room really couldn't be any better. We curled up each evening in our own little pod looking over the lake with a glass of wine. One of my favorite memories. Steve knew we loved it so much that he said we could sleep out there under the stars. So you don't need to look any further. Just book it! I can't imagine anyone not being happy there!!!!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Seattle
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Reviewed July 31, 2013

Steve and Gail made us welcome from the moment we arrived and by the end of our stay we were like family. The Benchmark is a unique experience and like no other B and Be we have ever stayed in. The rooms are beautifully appointed, the grounds are stunning, with views across the lake and a lovely salt water pool for afternoon or evening swims. The breakfasts served on the lawn are delicious, creative and filling. In the evening, relaxing with a glass of local wine in the day beds on the lawn, we watched meteors streak across the sky among the stars. We will return to this truly beautiful spot, hosted by two lovely people.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nanaimo, Canada
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Steve and Gail our hosts provide an idyllic setting to enjoy our wine tasting and biking trip to the Okanagen. Perched high above the Naramata Bench the views are spectacular. The rooms are large and comfortable, and open onto a deck with a pool. After a hot day of biking on the Kettle Valley Railway trail only 100 yards up the hill from the B& B, or wine tasting and touring the refreshing dip in the pool is perfect.
Breakfasts are 3 courses and gourmet.
A special thanks to Steve, who as a regular service to guests, ferried us and our bikes 20 miles up the mountain to Chute Lake Resort where we started our 20 mile downhill bike ride yesterday.
Areas of looser soil on the trail mean you still have to pedal. The views are amazing. At the end of our ride a short bike to the B&B for the pool.
The hot tub late at night overlooking the valley was therapeutic at the end of the day.
We will definitely make this an annual pilgrimage.
PS in the hot weather it is good to know most wineries will ship your orders.

Room Tip: All the rooms are great
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Benchmark B & B

Property: Benchmark B & B
Address: 1306 Smethurst Rd, Naramata, British Columbia V0H 1N0, Canada
Location: Canada > British Columbia > Okanagan Valley > Naramata
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Naramata
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Benchmark Estate offers luxury air conditioned pool side suites with panoramic lake views, private entrances and patios. All rooms have full bathrooms, Queen Pillow top mattresses, modern furnishings and include a Gourmet breakfast. Outdoor facilities include full size heated salt water pool, BBQ pavilion and hot tub dramatically situated on a bluff overlooking Naramata Creek and Lake. Very secluded situation yet only 1Km to KVR Trail and close to village center, beaches, vineyards and wineries. ... more   less 

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