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Glendeven Inn Mendocino
Ranked #1 of 7 Little River B&B and Inns
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“Best Stay of the Trip”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2011

We took a nine day trip from San Francisco to Mendocino and on to Sonoma. We stayed at the Palomar in SF which was great and other fine places, but Glendeven was by far the best place we stayed (and also one of the less expensive with their 3 day discount offered at the time). Glendeven struck the perfect balance of service and privacy. The staff who were kind and engaging offered help to the extent needed. Most outstanding was the beauty of the grounds, the care given to the details (the breakfasts are perfect), the fireplace in the room - ready to go each night and more wood available at all times right in and outside the room, insanely soft sheets, the wine bar[n] with great wines and knowledgeable people, llamas and chickens (and feed if you are so inclined) the setting and on and on and on! This is not a typical B & B with a shared space - it is very private. If you can't relax here, then you really can't relax! Although some complained about the ocean view not being more like ocean front, the long views over the meadows are truly amazing - we loved the serenity. We were in the room called East Farmington, apparently smaller than others, but it was a large room with a large bathroom and fireplace plus it has a small porch overlooking the gardens to the sea! Breakfast there each morning was the perfect way to start the day. If I had to find a complaint about Glendeven it would be only that I would have liked coffee available earlier in the morning and that the breakfast which was delivered at 9 was a bit late. But that just made us slow down a bit - not a bad thing. Stay here, it's really lovely. We hope to be back!

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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La Grange, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2011

We spent 3 nights in the Eastlin Suite. Lovely large bedroom with several windows, large sitting room with a fireplace, and an outdoor porch that overlooked the grounds, the low key llamas, and beyond out to the sea. We turned on the fireplace each morning to take off the chill, just delightful. Bedding was so comfortable, pillows were fluffy and numerous. We slept like babies, not a sound at night. The bathroom is quite small, and everything in it worked just fine. Breakfast is brought in at 9 through the "secret bookcase" right from the kitchen, and what a breakfast it is! Something different and creative daily, hot cooked egg dish, along with breads and fruit and fresh squeezed juice. We did have dinner at the Inn, the Farmhouse table. It was superb and beautifully presented, the experience is highly recommended. Each course was paired with wine, and we had a nice group of guests to share the meal with. The grounds are lovely and it is nice to walk the many paths around the inn. Historic Mendocino is just a few minutes away, quaint and fun for shopping and walking. The vineyards are not far, you can visit a half dozen in a day. Only the upper end vineyards will charge for a tasting, nearly all are free and enjoyable. There are so many outdoor activities depending on the time of year, you can fill your days up, or do nothing at all. The staff was very friendly and helpful. There seemed to always be someone available in the office if you needed anything. We did not miss a TV or radio at all, too much nature to enjoy. The resident chickens are quite beautiful, too.

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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

My husband and I just completed a 8 day trip to Northern Ca. The Glendeven Inn was by far our most enjoyable stop. We spent 3 nights in Etta's Suite reading her diary going back to the 1880's, taking hikes through the Redwoods, horesback riding on the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and our accomodations were outstanding. Breakfast served in our suite was delicious and far better than breakfast at the Ritz in Half Moon Bay. Our farm-to-table experience was delightful. It was a great mix of three couples from England, the south and the northeast. Great fun. We will be back!

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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San Rafael
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2011

Glendeven is a beautiful inn: historic buildings, lovely gardens, view of the stunning North coast, and great amenities. You can watch llamas (instead of TV), go on great hikes and spend time in Mendocino. The food's good, the owner and staff very attentive, and this time we loved just holing up in our room with a fire. AND the bed was sooooo comfy!

Room Tip: We've stayed in all the rooms in the Farmhouse. Our favorite is Bay View, but they're all q...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2011

Hubby and I went for a romantic getaway. The grounds are beautiful, llamas and chickens. They give you chicken food in a cute little bag so you can indulge your farmer fantasies. Bed was perfect. My complaint is only the farm-to-table dinner. It was presented beautifully but the food was skimpy and not as excellent as would merit such treatment. And the next morning the staff did not clean up the room and refresh the coffee. So that put me out of sorts as well.
And...all three mornings the main egg dish was served in a ramekin. That was ok for souffle on day 1, but on day 2 it was almost the same (they added mushrooms this time) and on day 3 it was a poached egg in tomato and zucchini. My husband loved it but my egg was almost raw and too soupy for me to eat.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Eichenhof, Owner at Glendeven Inn Mendocino, responded to this review, 11 September 2011
Thanks for taking the time to review Glendeven. We appreciate every opportunity to improve. We're so glad this guest enjoyed the farm aspect of the inn and the room's bed.

Regarding our Farm-to-table dinners, the menu is new and different each week, and portion size is something we all take very seriously -- we want to balance the idea of guests feeling "just right" by the end of the four course meal with the true sense of value for the price. We all will continue to watch this, and do appreciate the feedback. For future dinner guests, know that Chef Patrick always sends out a few small taste plates beside what is listed on the menu, and by the time dessert is done, we want folks to walk away feeling satisfied for sure.

Regarding the note about cleaning the room and coffee, this guest refers to the dining room, not their lodging room. We offer daily housekeeping services and remake wood fireplaces each day. The comment was regarding the dining room. On this particular night, dinner guests were having such a nice time that they stayed in the dining room long after staff left for the night, and there were coffee cups left overnight on the dining table that were cleaned up in the morning and the fresh coffee grounds for our French Presses had been used up as well. All was refreshed and cleaned when the breakfast chef arrived.

And finally, regarding breakfasts, we find that ramekins are the best way to keep the farm-egg dishes that we deliver to guest rooms hot. It's a practice that's been in place for over 30 years and it works great.

We rotate the egg dish daily between soufflés, quiche-type dishes, baked egg dishes and even do an occasional scramble with veggies taking advantage of our amazing eggs from our chickens -- we like to highlight the eggs in different ways.

To give future guests a fair idea of our menus and egg dishes, I'll write the menu during this particular guest's stay, which always includes fresh squeezed organic orange juice and coffee and tea selections:

Day 1: Organic Granny Smith apple crisp, our popular Glendeven-garden spinach souffle (taken from Margaret Fox' s "Breakfast Food" cookbook), and homemade water bagels.

Day 2: Fresh fruit medley with berries, Mediterranean quiche with sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, and our own garden vegetables, and homemade orange-cranberry scones

Day 3: Baked local peaches with a topping of wild berries and anise-hyssop from our garden, our own zucchini-wrapped baked farm-egg in organic homemade tomato sauce, cheddar scones using rosemary also from our garden.

Thanks for taking the time to read this long post. We want to be sure you know we care, that we listen, and also know the level to which we aspire to make your experiences with Glendeven as good as they can possibly be.

We hope to see you soon, John
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2011

A wonderful, quaint place to stay. We were welcomed with wine at check-in and a friendly cat. Enjoyed a beautiful room with a view, walking the grounds and acquainting ourselves with the chickens, ducks and llamas, a delicious dinner with wine pairing with other guests and exploring the walking paths across the road with deer and great views of the ocean. Did not want to leave after our brief one night stay, especially after having a tasty homemade breakfast in our Briar Rose room. Stayed here on a trip down the coast from Seattle and wish we had more time to enjoy it! We will be back again!

Room Tip: Briar Rose room - has good view and a beautiful fireplace for cool Nov. evening. Very spacious room...
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  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Lucinda, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2011

This was a wonderful experience.

Lovely room, llamas and chickens are on the property. Walk to the ocean.

The owner , John is very "hands on and will help with any request'

The Happy Hour was a meal in itself .

Breakfast was delivered to our room and was a complete , delicious meal.

Definitely would stay there again.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Glendeven Inn Mendocino
Address: 8205 N Highway 1, Little River, CA 95456-9518
Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Little River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Little River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Glendeven Inn Mendocino 3.5*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
'One of the 10 best inns in America'. This stylish inn with its blend of fine antiques and contemporary art, offers wood burning fireplaces, ocean views, full in-room gourmet breakfasts, private baths, secluded patios & decks, featherbeds, plush robes, a wine and hors deouvres hour, and free-Wi-Fi. Glendeven is a Select Registry inn built on a serene eight-acre farmstead around an 1867 country estate situated on a headland meadow with grazing llamas, just minutes south of historic Mendocino. ... more   less 
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