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Fensalden Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 Albion B&B and Inns
San Jose, California
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53 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Needs more than 5 stars!”
Reviewed 11 June 2013

We just got back from 2 days here in the Tower suite. It was so amazingly peaceful and relaxing. We have stayed in the Mendocino area before but never in Albion and I can't wait to go back. Chris is extremely helpful and personable but not intrusive. The breakfast is excellent, the goat Bettina charming, and yes, we did get to see fawns eating out of the bird feeders as well as many hummingbirds. I actually liked not having a television. The tower suite is unique but I'm sure all the rooms are great. There is port and chocolate always available; the acreage is vast and available to explore by way of mown paths. Ocean views galore. Easy drive to Mendocino.
What can I say - it was amazing!!

Room Tip: Loved the Tower Suite, amazing views.
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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bonita, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 June 2013

We would not have heard of this place except for Groupon, but I am so glad we did. It is a charming old place that used to be a stagecoach inn. It is a few minutes off the coast highway in a quiet rural area. We stayed in the lovely Hawthorne suite--2 rooms with a recently redone bathroom. It was very comfortable and private, and had a great fireplace. Breakfasts were excellent, and Chris was helpful with restaurant suggestions for dinner. The rural neighborhood is excellent for walking. A rugged beach is within close driving distance, and Mendocino is about 10 or 15 minutes away. We spent time working on a puzzle in the game room and watching the quail and ducks that live on the property. We will return.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 May 2013 via mobile

Immediately upon entering we were welcomed with a smile, shown around and made to feel like family. Domesticated animals and dogs and birds were great. A very peaceful place. So quiet! Birds are nice to watch while waiting for breakfast. Breakfasts were fresh and tasty. The plethora of breakfast beverages never left us wanting. A decanter of port was available for evenings. Do a puzzle but stay to finish! Great time - stop in some time soon!

  • Stayed May 2013
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2013

This is a very beautiful B&B in a beautiful location. Chris and Molly are super hosts. We enjoyed the lovely sitting room and the thoughtful breakfasts. We were charmed to stay in the same rooms with Nathaniel Hawthorne first editions and his actual writing desk - a family heirloom.

Room Tip: We had a choice of 3 rooms and asked for the best view. We weren't disappointed by the Hawthorn...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Oakland, CA
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2013

It's not every day that you are offered such perfect relaxation. The setting, the fireplace in room, the kind hosts, the nearby nature hikes, the fabulous breakfast, and the nearby attractions are all in high competition for why this was such a nice place to stay. We had rain, we had shine, we had fog...all in a span of 2 days, and every setting was perfect. Take your camera and your weary stressed-out body to this Inn and rejuvenate yourself with nature hikes, wine tasting, spa treatments, and delicious dining. It's all within 5 miles of this adorable B&B.

Room Tip: I stayed in the Tower Room. Not be confused with the larger "Tower Suite."
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  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2013

We recently toured a portion of the California coast north of SF along US 1 and stayed primarily in B&Bs. Our very favorite of the entire trip was the Fensalden, and it will stay at the top of our list when we return to that area. We arrived late in the evening, having underestimated how long it takes to drive the winding US 1 so we missed Molly, with whom we had been talking regarding our later-than-planned arrival. But Chris was there to welcome us, show us our room, give us a little bottle of wine (nice touch), and offer a little tour of the Inn.

We had reserved the Headlands Room and were very happy with it. It was a lovingly decorated blue and white gem with fireplace, on the first floor with a porch and steps to the backyard, with a lovely view of the ocean. The Inn was only half full so we really only saw one other person and heard no noise whatsoever. The bed and furnishings were warm, comfortable, and inviting and we had a wonderful night's rest. In the morning we saw a family of deer, as well as ducks and many birds in the backyard......just so beautiful and peaceful.

Breakfast was a full and wonderful gourmet meal - very tasty, excellent coffee and jams - and as we were early we had the dining room to ourselves. Chris provided additional fascinating history about the area and the previous life of the Inn as a stagecoach stop.

Our only regret was that we had only booked this lovely place for only one night. It was by far the most enjoyable of the B&Bs we stayed in on this 10 day trip, and we will definitely make it a stop on a future visit to California.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 23 February 2013

We stayed in the Navarro room.Loved the private balcony so we could step out and hear the birds and tree frogs.Wonderful having the woodland creatures all around us.Watched the deer feed while I was having a gourmet breakfast served on fine china,and a silver service Coffee set.Chris and Molly were wonderful and made us feel like family.The inn is an old stagecoach stop and Chris will tell you about the interesting history of this property.There is an ocean view from the property and far enough away from route 1 so there is no traffic noise.All of the rooms have fireplaces.The whole place is immaculate and lovingly maintained by Chris and his family.Brilliant!!! Cant wait to return.

Room Tip: All of the rooms are beautiful
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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Fensalden Inn
Address: 33810 Navarro Ridge Rd, PO Box 99, Albion, CA 95410-9732
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Albion
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Albion
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Fensalden Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sitting on the back edge of 20 acres of gently rolling meadows at 400 ft elevation, just 7 miles south of charming Mendocino Village, Fensalden Inn was originally a Wells Fargo Stagecoach stop in the mid-1800's. Completely renovated, the Inn continues to offer a quiet respite from the hectic pace of today's world. Revel in our complete three-course gourmet breakfast each morning (with champagne and mimosas on Sundays), and gaze upon the ever-changing Pacific in the evenings as you marvel at our bird sanctuary while relaxing with a sip of port wine, complimented by a chocolate jerk ball, in the original Tavern Room.All accommodations offer a queen bed (Ridge Room offers king), gas or wood burning fireplace, small refrigerator with complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, and private bath with shower. Tower Suite and Bungalow house a full kitchen will necessary utensils and amenities; both also have tub (Bungalow has tub with jacuzzi jets). Four rooms have private entrances, 6 with private deck, porch or balcony; majority offer ocean view. Fensalden Inn is the perfect place for a quiet getaway to our beautiful stretch of the amazing Northern California Coast. Call us today to plan your next romantic retreat, family reunion or special event. Come and experience the magic of Fensalden Inn...the Land of the Mist and the Sea! ... more   less 
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