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“I would never stay anywhere else” 5 of 5 stars
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261 W Hersey St, Ashland, OR 97520   |  
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Ranked #18 of 36 Ashland B&B and Inns
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“I would never stay anywhere else”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2011

I hesitate to leave a glowing review because I always want to be able to find a room here and it's hard enough as it is. I l-o-v-e this place. The minute I arrive, I immediately feel relaxed and comfortable. I've been staying here twice a year for 12 years for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and I've stayed in all the room at one time or another. They are all lovely and comfortable. I sleep so soundly when I'm at Arden Forest. It's close enough to the theaters for a lovely walk, but far enough away so that you don't hear any of the noise from town. Highly recommend!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Cleanliness
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Brookings, Oregon
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73 reviews 73 reviews
19 hotel reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2010

If you are going to Ashland to see plays, this is the place to stay. The two guys who run this B & B are really into theater. A high percentage of their business is repeat. The gourmet breakfast ends up being two or more hours because the table reviews and critiques the plays. If you haven't seen some plays and are curious about them, the actors, or the theaters, Bill and/or Corbet will provide information. Occasionally actors drop by to say hi, and stay for a discussion.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Eugene, OR
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2010

Something is Rotten in the State of Denmark!

Well perhaps, but all is well at Arden Forest Inn.

We just finished our yearly Spring Break trip to Ashland, The Shakespeare Festival, and Arden Forest Inn.

It was a truly wonderful trip. Ashland was great, the plays were outstanding, and Bill and Corbet true to form were the perfect hosts.

A little bit of spring rain brought the gardens to life and the snow in the nearby mountains created a wonderful contrast as the sun started to appear.

Once again Bill’s breakfast creations were perfect and the conversation spirited, informative, and always entertaining.

We hope to not wait another year before we return again to the comfortable confines of Arden Forest and Inn Keepers Corbet and Bill.

Karl & Lisa

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2009

if you like the theatre, you'll LOVE Arden Forest Inn (AFI)... Breakfasts are the highlight of this B&B, where the hosts - Corbet and Bill - sit with the guests and lead interesting and rousing discussuions of the current OSF plays, other theatre and a wealth of varied topics and issues. There is much humor and laughter. Many of the guests have been attending the plays for years; and have continued to return to AFI. This aspect has always added a wonderful continuity to our stay in Ashland.

In addition to the great discussions, AFI has approximately 2/3 acre of beautifully landscaped grounds for guests to enjoy; as well as period appointed rooms and living areas open to guests for relaxing, reading, and group conversation.

AFI is a warm and friendly environment that feels like staying with extended family. We love it! -- it is one of the high points of our visit. In fact, we like it so much that we return in October.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2009

We stayed at AFI because it was the only B&B in Ashland that had a room for more than 2 people when we made reservations in April. What an amazing surprise when we arrived at what has to be one of the best B&B's ever. Gorgeous rooms; welcoming, helpful, interesting, intelligent hosts; beautiful, restful gardens; wonderful breakfasts of carefully selected fruit and breads, delicious, imaginative quiche and frittatas. Great conversation with the hosts and our fellow guests at breakfast, and helpful information about the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Our fantasy-obsessed 14-year-old daughter was in heaven, discovering magical nooks in the garden and magical pieces of art here and there, and gushing to her Facebook friends on the wi-fi network. A teenager more interested in hanging out with other teens might not have enjoyed it as much,

One note of caution: the wee folk keep a huge bowl of Peanut M&Ms, always magically full, on the library table 24/7. Beware! And what a library!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Portland, OR
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14 hotel reviews
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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2009

This is our third year staying at the Arden Forest Inn for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The Innkeepers, Bill and Corbet were true to form, absolutely delightful. The breakfasts were a daily highlight. The food was fresh and tasty; the company was stimulating, hilarious, and enjoyable. Bill and Corbet lead engaging discussions about the plays we attended the night before--and the conversation can go in any fun, and even educational direction. We brought another couple this year and met a couple from a previous year. We have already booked the inn for next year, the next after that, and FOREVER! We love this experience with Bill and Corbet --each year we leave with memories of great plays, and conversations that make us smile and laugh throughout the year. The rooms are excellent, the yard with hammock and gazebo is relaxing, the pool is refreshing and a great place to have a BBQ or Wine and cheese. We love this place!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2009

This was our second stay at the Arden Forest Inn and like last time it was a wonderful experience. Bill and Corbet are such delightful hosts and truly make you feel like family. My favorite part of the Arden Forest Inn is the breakfast with all the other guests. We aren't experienced theater goers and always learn so much during this time. Not to mention the food is delicious!

The Inn is also very close to downtown Ashland and the theaters so you can easily walk and don't have to worry about parking. We have stayed in two of the rooms and both were great!

I can't recommend the Arden Forest enough, we are already planning our trip back next year.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Arden Forest Inn

Address: 261 W Hersey St, Ashland, OR 97520
Location: United States > Oregon > Ashland
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #18 of 36 B&Bs / Inns in Ashland
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Escape the cares of everyday life and experience the majesty of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival at our Ashland, Oregon B&B. Our comfy rooms, amazing breakfasts and gracious service stand apart from all other Ashland bed and breakfasts. Take advantage of our staff’s extensive theatre knowledge while you enjoy a dip in the pool or stroll in our enchanting gardens. Discover an escape from the ordinary Ashland, Oregon hotel at the Arden Forest Inn. ~ A Special Thanks ~To all of the many loyal guests and friends of Arden Forest Inn, we wish to offer our most heartfelt thanks for the extraordinary love and support sent our way this past year during the most challenging time of our lives. Bill's transplant was very successful and he is expected to be back - 100% - creating his culinary magic in the coming year. Both Corbet and Bill are looking forward to seeing all of you in 2013. For all the guests that we did not get to meet last year due to our absence we are sorry you didn't get to have the full Arden Forest experience, but we look forward to the possibility of meeting you in the future. ... more   less 

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