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“Nice room, but very dated bathroom”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of JD House

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JD House
Ranked #11 of 25 Mendocino B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Cameron Park, CA
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31 reviews
17 hotel reviews
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“Nice room, but very dated bathroom”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2012

This was our second time staying at jd house, the first time we stayed in the water tower room which was very small & no tv. Our most recent stay was in the captains room, nice space with a large deck & fireplace but The bathroom really needs a remodel, very dated with bad lighting and the shortest tub I've ever seen. The fan runs whenever the dim light is on which can be annoying. The outside deck walls could use a new coat of paint, some parts of this b&b are in need of some TLC. Becky was great, so friendly & helpful. The breakfast is always good, just enough food. We will be back, but I'd chose the raven or osprey room next time. The garden is a beautiful area and the location is nice being right in town so you can walk every where.

Room Tip: Pick a room with an updated bathroom, deck & fireplace.
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  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2012

We took another road trip going north of San Fran through Nappa Valley towards Mendocino. We stayed at JD House's Water Tower. Very cute, an actual water tower that has been transformed into a room. Very romantic

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Glen Ellen, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2012

We arrived in Mendocino shortly before 3 p.m., anticipating the chance of an early check-in, prior to an afternoon walk around the town. Surprisingly, the printed sign on the front door stated "will return at 3 p.m. " so we went for our walk first.. not a problem... On our return we rang the bell, checked in and were shown our room and told that someone else would be there at 8 a.m. the next morning to provide breakfast. Our room was bright and the bed comfortable but with peeling paintwork and a bathroom sadly in need of updating it all somehow felt "tired"...Also very disappointing was the lack of coffee or tea making facilities.. (Other B and B's we have visited that don't provide these in the room, generally have coffee and hot water available most of the time). At 8 a.m. we went to the dining area hoping for at least some tea or coffee and were coldly told by the lady in the kitchen that it would be ready "shortly". As it turns out breakfast was available sometime after 9.. The food was good when it was finally ready (quiche, scones, fruit, cereal and yogurt) and we enjoyed our breakfast table conversation with fellow visitors. The general feeling overall at the JD House was that the place is just okay, despite not being run too well and certain areas needing some fresh paint and updating...

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Nevada City, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

My husband and I just returned from our 4th stay at this lovely B&B. It is right in town so we can just park the car and walk into town to enjoy all the fun shops or dine in any of several high-quality restaurants. We especially like the staff at the JD House, Becky being our favorite. She is always so welcoming and really knows the area well so can give advice on the best places to visit. The views of the ocean are wonderful here as well and the bluffs are only a short drive or a brisk walk away. Try the food and atmosphere at the MacCallum House - another favorite. Or join the locals at Patterson's Pub - always fun and good food.

Room Tip: The Captain's room has the best room but the bathroom is small and not well-lit. Go for Osprey...
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2011

Every time my wife and I go to Mendocino, we stay in the Osprey Room at the JD House. You get an amazing view from an amazing and very comfortable room!! The staff there are very helpful. Breakfast is always great, and they use local produce. I think we have stayed there four times. We have never been disappointed. We look forward to our next stay. If you are looking for a great place to stay in the heart of Mendocino, the JD House is the place for you!!

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled as a couple
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Roseville, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2011

This was our second time staying in the Port room at the JD House. We enjoyed our first trip and felt that it was a good place to visit again. We were not disappointed. We love going to Mendocino and relaxing. That is exactly what we did. Next time we will plan further in advance and get one of the second floor rooms so that we have a private balcony and a little better view.

Don't miss the breakfast! The scones are always good and the risotto quishe is amazing!

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2011

My husband and I perused many a website of Mendocino accomodations in anticipation of our upcoming weekend getaway. Most seemed high priced, too frilly or too far from the center of town. We came upon the JD House, but being late in the game, the only room available was the Water Tower room, which also happens to be the cheapest. We booked it and are so glad we did ... what a deal! While it sits right off the street, and doesn't have a view, it is still a pretty cool little place to spend a night. The water tower itself is original, historic and very charming. The room was clean, nicely decorated and we thoroughly enjoyed cozying up with our books by the wood stove in the sitting area. You have access to the beautiful garden, back deck and main rooms of the house, including a fairly good breakfast. We also took full advantage of being able to walk out our door and take just a few steps to be in the heart of Mendocino's restaurants, shops and charm. The innkeeper was also very helpful, making photocopies of maps for us, as well as an evening dinner reservation. We felt this place was quite a value compared to some of all the other places that are touted so frequently.

Room Tip: The Water Tower room may be the best deal in Mendocino!
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: JD House
Address: 571 Ukiah St, Mendocino, CA 95460
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Region: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #11 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Mendocino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxurious country style with tremendous ocean views and gorgeous English gardens, this Mendocino bed and breakfast (one of the three Mendocino sister inns that make up Blue Door Group — Inns of Mendocino) is the epitome of seaside charm. Gaze at the rugged coastal cliffs as you linger over coffee on the spacious back veranda. Stroll through the stunning and fragrant vegetation. Pick the Queen Deluxe Water View room with a private 12′ x 14′ deck with 180 degree views. Or choose the quirky Watertower room or cozy Kit’s Cabin for a “very Mendocino” experience. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
John Dougherty House Hotel Mendocino

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