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“Relaxing--welcoming” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fern Grove Cottages

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Fern Grove Cottages
Ranked #2 of 13 Guerneville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Palo Alto, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
“Relaxing--welcoming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

We really enjoy the cottages at Fern Grove. We stayed in a one-bedroom this time--and really appreciated the comfortable over-stuffed chairs and the fireplace (for heat in the a.m.). It was an ideal romantic getaway-with walking access to town, the beach, and a variety of restaurants--as well as grocery and drug store. The hosts are welcoming and have tons of information about local adventures available. It made a great home-base for many of those adventures. We highly recommend Fern Grove Cottages.

Room Tip: The one- or more-bedroom cottages give you plenty of room to feel totally relaxed.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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ferngrovecottages, Manager at Fern Grove Cottages, responded to this review, 19 September 2014
We are pleased you had a relaxing and positive stay with us at Fern Grove Cottages. And we appreciate the review and feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back to Fern Grove Cottages again in the future!
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2014

This was my fourth time staying at Fern Grove and it never disappoints. Now, all the other resorts pale in comparison. The rooms are great and the staff are courteous and responsive. I usually go with a group of friends and my favorite part of the day is morning "breakfast" when we all get together to discuss our day. We even do group cookouts at the grill/picnic area. I've also made new friends and look forward to the trip every year. I won't stay anywhere else in Guerneville.

  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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ferngrovecottages, Manager at Fern Grove Cottages, responded to this review, 19 September 2014
Thank you for your kind words! We always look forward to welcoming you back to Fern Grove Cottages! And we very much appreciate the great review!
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Poway, California
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014

A nice older rustic, not a commercial feeling, smaller cottage's. Reminds you of a B&B.

Nicely landscaped. Not for the country club set.

Loved the salt water pool. Easy walk to the small town and river.

Room Tip: we had a studio. OK for 2 nights but next time will get the larger one bedroom.
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank greene-family-mike
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ferngrovecottages, Manager at Fern Grove Cottages, responded to this review, 19 September 2014
Thank you for joining us at Fern Grove Cottages! We really appreciate your feedback. Yes, a studio cottage is fine for a shorter visit, but for a longer stay, the one bedroom, one living room cottage will give you a bit more living space. It was lovely to meet you and we hope to be able to welcome you back to Fern Grove Cottages some day.
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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2014

My stay at the Fern Grove Cottage is always a treat away from San Francisco. The charming cottages are sweet and the continental breakfast with fresh scones add to the homey vibe. Love the pool in the early morning and afternoon. Although wish that the sun lasted all day on the pool, the gorgeous redwood trees block out the afternoon sun. And the rushing of cars on the nearby road reminds me that I'm not far from civilization. All and all I come back to Fern Grove year after year, it just feels like home.

Room Tip: All the cottages are lovely. I don't think you could pick a bad one.
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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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ferngrovecottages, Manager at Fern Grove Cottages, responded to this review, 19 September 2014
We always look forward to seeing your friendly face! It is so much fun to welcome regular visitors back to Fern Grove year after year. Thank you so much for this kind review. We really appreciate it, and appreciate your business. Keep in touch, and we will see you next year!
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Port Townsend, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

My husband and I were returning home to WA last April when we came upon Guerneville and Fern Grove Cottages accidentally. It was late in the evening, we were very tired and the owner had one cottage left. The 2 bedroom cottage with kitchen was delightful! Seeing the beautiful grounds the next morning was such a treat. Flowers and beautiful plants were everywhere and everything was immaculate. This cottage had a cowboy theme with items reminiscent of our childhood! The included breakfast in the morning was offered in the elegant and charming dining room of the home. Delicious homemade treats hot from the oven and fresh fruit. We definitely recommend Fern Grove Cottages. It would be a wonderful place for a family reunion!

Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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ferngrovecottages, Manager at Fern Grove Cottages, responded to this review, 19 September 2014
Wow! What a sweet review! Thank you so much for your kind words and positive review. We greatly appreciate it. We very much enjoyed meeting you, and hope you come back again one day. We sure do love flowers here, and our gardener, Mario, works his magic every year and creates our beautiful gardens. We are glad you enjoyed them. This property has been a perfect spot for family reunion groups on several occasions, with the BBQ and picnic garden, the heated pool, and variety of individual cottages. Thanks for the great feedback. Hope to see you again soon!
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Sacramento, California
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78 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2014

It's a quint little spot with beautiful flowers planted here and there, and redwood trees in the background. If you're lucky, you might get one of the nicer cottages. But if you're not lucky, you may get stuck with a shabby, dusty & worn-down cottage, and totally hate your stay.

No matter which cottage you get, take note: there is no air conditioning. In mid-July when I stayed for several nites with my co-workers, it was intolerably hot in all of our separate cottages.

If the weather is moderate AND you get one of the nicer cottages, this can be a wonderful place to stay. Unfortunately I was assigned a cottage that was cute, but reeked of cigarettes, so I had to switch rooms. After a couple more tries with cottages that smell okay, but looked crappier, I caught a break and got a decent little one-room cottage.

My cottage was clean, had a small kitchenette with a mini-refrigerator, sink, microwave, coffee-maker, and even some pans and cooking utensils. The bed was comfortable. The bathroom was tiny, but clean. I definitely recommend the Mexican restaurant next door, but not the nearby beach - which is quite grungy.

Anyway, IF I had to stay in Guerneville again AND I could get one of the better cottages, I would stay here again.

Room Tip: I'm not sure if you can ask for photos of which cottage you get assigned ahead of time, but if y...
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  • Stayed July 2014, travelled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Santa Clara, California
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11 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

We stayed in a cabin with 2 bedrooms, each of which was big enough for the bed plus maybe 12 inches around it -- difficult to even walk the perimeter of the room, and no place for even a small bag. the kitchenette was equally simple, just enough plates and bowls, and not enough counter to do much of anything. the tiny freezer in the small fridge didn't actually freeze anything. All this would be fine at half the price, but not at $250/night. the place was clean (the ragged western motif was interesting...) and the people friendly, and breakfast was pretty decent. The pool was very nice and the gardens were well kept with plenty of seating in the shade. Guerneville itself is nothing to speak of, with few decent restaurants and a 'beach' that doubles as a parking lot. But the nearby park is one attraction, there are a couple of very nice small cafes and a used bookstore.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Ed M
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Property: Fern Grove Cottages
Address: 16650 River Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446-9678
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Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Guerneville
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Guerneville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Fern Grove Cottages 2.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Fern Grove Cottages were built in the 1920's for vacationing guests visiting the Russian River area from nearby San Francisco. The tradition continues, as Fern Grove Cottages remains the Russian River's best getaway. The cottages have been lovingly restored and most still retain their original knotty pine ambiance and warm yesteryear memories. Everyone is welcome at Fern Grove including well-behaved pets and children, with prior notice.Fern Grove is located just three blocks from the village of Guerneville with its quaint shops and selection of wonderful restaurants. You may also enjoy an easy walk to the nearby swimming beach on the Russian River. And of course our guests are invited to enjoy Fern Grove's heated saline water swimming pool. ... more   less 
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