The History of The Bentley

The Bentley, formerly known as Vernon Hall, is part of the Grainger Hill National Historic District, which includes many fine historic homes from the early 20th-century. The Bentley is an outstanding neo-classical revival home that was built in 1913 for local businessman C. F. Harvey. The Bentley estate covers 13 acres and the Bed & Breakfast Inn rests at the top of an ancient dune which now provides an impressive graceful front lawn. A 700 ft long driveway beginning at Capitola Avenue and Herritage Street winds through lush white oaks and a range of ornamental plants, passing by the north side of the home and continuing through a private drive to North Queen Street.


This sixteen room residence is symmetrical inside and out with a center hall plan and a five bay exterior. The architectural offerings include fluted Ionic columns, a monumental portico, keystones, block modillions, dentils on the cornice, pilasters, and Doric columns along the side porches. The almost 6800 sq. ft. floor plan provides six bedrooms, five full bathrooms, two half baths, four fireplaces upstairs and five fireplaces ground floor, a grand center staircase with mezzanine and two parallel stairs to the second floor landing. The Bentley has a full basement and a complete attic accessible by staircase,--there you can find the grand ballroom (with pine floors the full length of the attic).



Remodeling The Bentley involved adding zone heating and air conditioning, fresh paint, and all sorts of repairs as you might imagine a hundred year old home might require. The Bentley is simply beautiful and it has been a labor of love to preserve this fine building for posterity --there is nothing to compare in the city or the county!

There is much more to learn! You'll just have to pay a visit to The Bentley and see for yourself! Linda and Ward are more than willing to share all sorts of stories, and help you plan your time in Kinston.




Reservations & Information Call 252 523-2337

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Bentley Bed & Breakfast
POBOX 5111
Kinston, North Carolina
28503-5111


physical address is:

117 West Capitola Avenue
Kinston, NC 28503
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