noun. A standard by which something can be measured or judged.
Steve and Gail definitely set the highest standard with their Benchmark B&B, as evidenced by the numerous sterling reviews that attracted us here at the end of September. The pictures and descriptions on their website accurately portray a first-class operation.
Our stay highlights included bicycling the latter portion of the Kettle Valley Trail (Steve provided the bicycles and transport to the nearby trailhead), tastings at the numerous wineries in the vicinity (which continued as we enjoyed the view from our B&B's hot tub or comfortable day beds), and, most notably, starting each day with a sumptuous three course breakfast prepared by Gail (which was beyond compare!) and served by Steve in our suite.
Upon check-out, Steve mentioned that Naramata is one of only two communities in Canada belonging to "Cittaslow". I've since learned that "Municipalities which join the association are motivated by curious people of a recovered time, where man is still protagonist of the slow and healthy succession of seasons, respectful of citizens’ health, the authenticity of products and good food, rich of fascinating craft traditions, places of the spirit and unspoiled landscapes, and respectful of traditions through the joy of a slow and quiet living". I consider this an apt description of Steve and Gail's philosophy in creating the Benchmark B&B. Thank you - we will be back!
- 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