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“Cittaslow Benchmark”
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Benchmark B & B
Ranked #1 of 16 Naramata B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
North Vancouver
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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“Cittaslow Benchmark”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

bench·mark (benCHˌmärk)
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!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Reviewed 4 October 2013

First class all the way. The best B&B in the Okanogan. Would recommend it to anyone. Steve and Gail work extremely hard to make their place professional and outstanding!!! The breakfasts were the best we have ever had at a bed and breakfast and we have stayed at numerous ones in British Columbia. It was also very quiet and peaceful at night so we got a good night sleep both nights.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 30 September 2013 via mobile

Combine two of the nicest people you could ever meet with the most tip top B and B and, hey presto! You get the Benchmark B and B!
As all the reviews outline, this place is brilliant. From Gail's cooking to Steve's bikes and lift to chute lake, from the fabulous hot tubs to the pods you could curl up in, the care and attention to detail at Benchmark is second to none. It really felt like staying with friends here.

We spent 3 weeks in Canada and travelled all over but definitely had withdrawal symptoms when we left the Okanagan! So watch out Steve and Gail, Marie and Simon your new south London friends are looking to come back next year...

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Banff, Canada
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Reviewed 24 September 2013

My husband and I stayed here for four nights with friends last week. There is truly nothing more I can add to all of the other reviews posted on this site....we had the most amazing week thanks to the kindness of Steve and Gail. Their generosity and hospitality surpassed anything we expected. They are the reason this place is outstanding. Well, it could be Gail's food...

Thank you Gail and Steve for a wonderful time!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 23 September 2013 via mobile

It seems to me that any Hotel or B&B that has 116 five, well deserved, star reviews kind of deserves a sixth star. I think Trip Advisor will have to give a special medal for such an accomplishment. The hospitality is superb. The food is superb. The view is superb.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

This was our first B&B experience as we have always been skeptical. We were shocked out how amazing the facility, location, hospitality and food were. Now we are worried to try another because it will be impossible to live up to these standards.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Surrey, Canada
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Reviewed 21 September 2013

Steve and Gail set the standard for what a great B & B can be. The location and accommodation and wonderful, the amenities outstanding, and the food interesting and delectable. But more than any physical attributes, it's the spirit and friendliness of the owners that set the experience apart.
You have your privacy, but when you want advice or help, it's there. We'll be back.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Benchmark B & B
Address: 1306 Smethurst Rd, Naramata, British Columbia V0H 1N0, Canada
Region: 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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