The Bench Mark B&B
The Bench Mark is a small bed and breakfast in the backwater town of Kington, in the Herefordshire area of the Welsh Marches.
Run on green, eco-friendly lines, it is more home-stay than guest house. The house (cottage really) offers accommodation for three people in a twin-bedded room and a single room - stretching to an extra room and a maximum of four if necessary. The bathroom is shared. Free parking is available nearby (but not right outside the house) and there are regular bus services to Hereford train station.
Rates for 2017: Twin - £68 or, as a single, £45. Single room - £45. Please note that prices may rise during the Hay Festival (late May) and the August BH weekend.
Your host, Adam Watson, is a one-time bookbinder and generally 'crafty' person with sallies into spinning and weaving and occasionally sculpture and book arts. This is reflected in the eclectic mix of 'stuff' about the place.
As well as the usual 'Full English' Adam makes an effort to cater for vegetarians, vegans and other special diets, but advance notice is appreciated.
Kington is an attractive little country town with idiosyncratic shops - such as England's last traditional clog-maker - and a sprinkling of pubs and eateries. During the summer months, there are various gardens well worth visiting (Hergest Croft, Brian's Ground plus the usual selection of gardens that open as part of the NGS.
Berrington Hall, Croft Castle and Stokesay Castle are all within an easy drive. And of course, Kington is bang on the Offa's Dyke long distance footpath as well as being the start (or end) of the Mortimer Trail.
Allergy sufferers should note that there is a resident cat. Guests should be 16 or over. The Bench Mark does not take pets and being an old house with different floor levels and a steep staircase, is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems.
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This page was last updated: 30 January 2017