The children wanted to see snow for Christmas, so we booked a stay far in advance. The weather, unfortunately, did not cooperate as there was little snow on the ground; the upside was that we discovered this charming B&B. We booked two rooms for 3 adults and 3 grade-school kids: the Bidwell Suite (two adjoining rooms with a queen bed and a king bed plus sitting area, woodstove, and bath with soaking tub) and the Robin's Roost (king bed, TV/DVD, and Jacuzzi tub with separate shower). The Bidwell suite was above the public areas of the Inn so we did not have to worry about the kids' footsteps keeping anyone awake in the evening. It was a lovely room with comfortable beds, lovely antique furnishings, and lots of space for the kids who were all able to share the kid bed easily. The only downsides to this room were (1) no shower head, and (2) no closets (there were, however, dressers and small antique cupboards which were adequate for hanging everyone's coats.) The Robin's Roost also had a very comfortable bed, a modern closet, and cool little pass-through-cupboards big enough for trays in case you wanted your breakfast served in your room but didn't want to open the door in your PJ's (most of the rooms in the newer part of the house had this feature.) The water was hot immediately and there was excellent water pressure in the shower. The public areas of the house had good sitting areas, a fireplace, and a sun room with games/books/DVD's to borrow. The Innkeepers were extremely friendly and helpful, letting us borrow sleds and telling us where there was enough snow to go sledding for a morning. There were also snowshoes to borrow as well as 3-ring-binders with lots of suggestions for local dining and activities for summer and winter weather. The property boasts a gazebo and a garden as well as a large yard and an outdoor patio which would be a great place for lunch in the summer. They provide a guest refrigerator and also an honor bar with wine/beer/soda/bottled water. The coffee and tea in the kitchen were available for self-serve until late in the evening. The 3 course breakfasts were delicious: they started with plain greek yogurt topped with cereal or homemade granola (yum) and dried fruit, the second course was usually an egg course (omelet with goat cheese and spinach one day, scrambled eggs with cheddar and pesto over garlic toast another) and meat (sausage or bacon), and then lastly a breakfast dessert (fruit with honey one day, a cherry pastry the next). We noticed that another table of guests had dietary restrictions which had been readily provided for due to advance notice at booking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the "Old Towne" Chester, The Bidwell House B&B Inn is the only three-diamond AAA rated Inn in the Chester/Lake Almanor basin. Fourteen distinctly different guest rooms, the swing on the porch, the unusual collection of antiques and attention to little details are all for the comfort of our guest. Chester/Lake Almanor basin and surrounding area spread across a natural wonderland created by millions of years of geologic forces, a crossroad where the granite of the Sierra Nevada meets the lava of the Cascades. Enjoy hours of pleasure on Lake Almanor with its 52 miles of shoreline, in Lassen Volcanic National Park which boasts the southernmost volcano in the Cascade range and in the 1.2 million acres that make up the Lassen National Forest and Caribou Wilderness area. This is a playground for all seasons, for all ages and any lifestyle. ... more less