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Inn at Schoolhouse Creek
Ranked #4 of 7 Little River B&B and Inns
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Benton, Louisiana
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4 reviews
“Exceptional stay”
Reviewed 8 October 2013

My friend from England had a house swap in Redwood City but wanted to see as much of California as she could during her 3 week visit. After heading south down the coast for a while we then ventured up north of San Francisco along the rugged coast and happened to get the name of the Inn at Schoolhouse Creek for a one night stay. What a find! I have never stayed at a place that was so accommodating and just plain fun! We didn't have animals with us, but as my friend dipped into the cookie jar on the reception desk and was about to consume the "doggie treat" she was assured it was home-made and good for humans too! A bottle of wine, a postcard addressed to me with a welcome message on it, were waiting in the room, as well as a speciality coffee with fixings. The room had a deck with a view of the ocean, a log burning stove and wonderful toiletries in the spacious bathroom. Wifi and cell phone connectivity were processed by June, the receptionist. We loved the wine so much I asked to purchase a bottle and was supplied with one for the asking, a parting gift. A voucher for breakfast was included and the food was amazing! Homegrown ingredients that melted on the tongue.
My only concern is that I live so far away in Louisiana and may not have the opportunity to visit this oasis again. It would certainly be on the top of my list!

Room Tip: Ask for an ocean view room, we stayed in the Van Damme.
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Green Features: I love the fact that so much recycling goes on all over California! We especially loved the nature friendly environment and were introduced to different birds we had not seen before, the Stells Jays, and saw lots of chipmunks.
  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with friends
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Mountain View, CA
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

We stayed at the inn for a short honeymoon with our rather large dogs. The staff was fantastic and super accommodating. We had a late checkin, but our key and info was waiting for us when we arrived, so we could get settled. The dogs had two bowls, beds, and other goodies waiting for them as well. The grounds are perfectly accommodating for traveling with our without pups. The breakfast at the restaurant was terrific. We had a terrific time! So relaxing.

Room Tip: We had one of the cottages with nice chairs out front where you could sit and see the ocean. Quite a...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Pleasanton, California
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We had the pleasure of staying at one of the satellite locations - The Albion House. Our two night stay was fantastic - solitude, beautiful scenery, and the food served for breakfast was exceptional! The property is about a 10 minute drive south of Mendocino, and also north of some wonderful boutique wineries! We had the pleasure of meeting Sandy VanderBes, the owner, and she was most gracious and very welcoming! We will be back!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with family
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Berkeley, California
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Reviewed 5 October 2013

We chose to stay here based on location and availability of a kitchen, and of course the excellent reviews. Over a 5-night stay, it exceeded all of our expectations. The service is very attentive, the location quiet and convenient to everything in the Mendo area, and the facilities charming and well appointed. An unexpected advantage is the in-house breakfast cafe, operated as Circa 1862, which has phenomenally good food. We stayed in Fuchsia cottage, which has a deck, ocean view (albeit a little distant), living/dining room with a well-equipped kitchenette, and spacious bedroom.

There's also private access - bit of a walk, but worth every step - to a secluded cove ("Buckskin Gulch") with a rare wooded sea stack in the center riddled with wave tunnels, and incredible surroundings including at least 4 sea arches (see photo) visited by sea kayakers. Be sure to get directions from the staff.

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Design - (based on Fuchsia) sympathetic, restrained and relatively fresh upgrade of 19th c. workers' cottage, tastefully furnished (mission-esque) with trundle bed and easy chair in living area. Kitchenette has small round table with 4 chairs, small 4-burner stove/oven and full refrig/freezer, very complete utensil set (if basic - as usual, cutting board very rough from serrated knives; if you bring anything, this is a good choice).

Storage: dresser in bedroom with vanity mirror; no closet but nice armoire with plenty of hangers (8). Quality cabinets in kitchenette.

Plumbing: Low water pressure, except (oddly) for hot water, and plenty of that. Big tub, if you like that sort of thing, but also great separate shower with best adjustable low-flow head I've seen and very good pressure-balanced control.

Heating: Gas-fired "fireplace" with sensitive digital thermostat; quite comfortable.

Room Tip: Cottages on middle tier ("second terrace" as they say around here) - Fuchsia, Heather, Ros...
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Fresno, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2013

I called to make the reservation and spoke to the owner. She was really friendly. I told her it was a surprise birthday gift for my husband. She had me look online to view the rooms. I chose the one I wanted, when we arrived the hotel was not ocean front like I thought based on photos online, nevertheless this is a cute bed and breakfast. The room looked like the photos. The grounds are beautiful with plants, flowers and lots of hummingbirds. There is a very large area to walk your dog. The first night the street traffic was to loud for us(again I chose the room). The owner was more than accommodating. They moved us to a room that was up the hill and it resolved the issue. The 2nd room was really nice. When we left the hotel my husband left some clothes at the hotel. They actually mailed them back to us without us asking them. I would recommend this place. Thanks again Inn at Schoolhouse Creek. The Everwines

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

My husband and I stayed in the Water Tower Cabin for our 10 year anniversary this past week. It was incredible. This cabin has a gate and fence around the entrance that includes a water tower, with a hot tub inside. The top of the Water Tower has a platform with an ocean view...we saw a beautiful sunset one of the nights. The room is small with a nice gas fireplace that really warmed up the room...It was seriously all you need. The staff was lovely and the breakfast each morning was delicious. I didn't want to leave and can't wait to return!

Room Tip: Can't go wrong with the Water Tower is you want a private Hot Tub and enclosed entrance.
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

We decided to stay here because of the excellent reviews on Trip Advisor, and we were not disappointed. The staff were very friendly and accommodating, and we really liked our room, the Pacific View, which had a large deck with views of the ocean, and the trees and grounds. We had great massages in the nice spa. All in all a very nice stay.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Inn at Schoolhouse Creek
Address: 7051 N Highway 1, Little River, CA 95456-9514
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Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Little River
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 7 B&Bs / Inns in Little River
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Inn at Schoolhouse Creek 3.5*
Number of rooms: 24
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn at Schoolhouse Creek on the Mendocino Coast provides a unique experience on the Northern California Coast with cottages and rooms spread out over 9 acres of lush gardens, meadows and forested land as well as our cliffside cottages with amazing white water ocean views.Come escape to the coast and discover our distinctive Inn’s cottages and rooms offering all the amenities you are looking for to relax, unwind and get away from it all--ocean views, fireplaces, cliffside cottages, hot tubs, Jacuzzi tubs, bountiful breakfasts, spa services and more. ... more   less 
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