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“Romantic Escape back in time to Victorian Splendor!” 5 of 5 stars
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524 Stewart Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437   |  
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Ranked #3 of 13 Fort Bragg B&B and Inns
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San Jose, California
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106 reviews
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“Romantic Escape back in time to Victorian Splendor!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The historic Weller House was a fantastic find!

We settled into a cozy rear room, (The Lily Room) complete with fireplace and tastefully decorated in period antiques. We didn't need the fireplace as the weather was warm. Through the window we could see the garden and chicken coop (fresh eggs for breakfast!)

If you try the orange marmalade you'll be hooked. Buy a jar to take with you. I believe Vivien's son makes it in the Weller House kitchen.

The current Owner, Vivien, took us on a tour after breakfast, including the top floor's large open space. These days it's used for dances and live music (or rented for weddings or similar gatherings) but at one time it was used for Baptist church services!

This was a very good 'base camp' for trips into Fort Bragg and Mendocino. We didn't ride on the Skunk Train, but we did hear the train whistle, and ran to the outside stairs to watch.

We could have easily "camped out' in our room for a few days and unwound from our go-go live in silicon valley.

  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Camarillo, CA
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32 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The inn is next to the Skunk train and walking distance to town. The view from the third floor of the tower is amazing. The food at breakfast was adequate. The gardens had definitely seen better days. The chickens and black cat were cute. The attention to details is lacking. The soap dish was broken in the shower so the soap sliver rested precariously on the part that attaches to the tile. The exterior needs power washing and some maintenance. The third day we arrived back to a dirty room. Vivian came and brought fresh towels and made the bed, but the trash was overflowing and no sanitizing. She was helpful in suggesting local attractions. We did go to the Botanical Gardens and the cliff views were gorgeous. The State Parks offered great day hikes (tip: go hike to the Pygmy Forest)

I posted this review on Yelp and she posted a reply with the last line that read "If you want to see fancy gardens in the winter, just a couple miles south of here is the remarkable Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens (they use roundup and a vast staff of volunteers instead of chickens to keep things tidy). If you want more winter color, there are several interesting cemeteries in the region, with a scattering of bouquets and plastic flowers". Hmmmm

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We have stayed at the Weller House multiple times, most recently in February 2014, and have been impressed both the innkeepers ability to cater effortlessly for both romantic weekends and family getaways. We prefer the more laid back, blue collar atmosphere of Fort Bragg over Mendocino ostentation, but still want to feel pampered in Victorian charm, and the Weller House has always delivered.

For family visits, the Weller House is walking distance from the downtown shops and restaurants and literally across the street from the Skunk Train. Its also an easy 10 min walk to Glass Beach and to the newly connected haul road to MacKerricher State Park (We wish we had brought our bikes). The room costs are higher than some other B&Bs we've stayed at in Fort Bragg, but they have a number of very large rooms with King/Queen or King/Twin combos that are fine for a family of 3 or 4 and which we found cheaper than renting two B&B rooms elsewhere. There are several common areas with books and games that would be of interest to children and adults. We loved the range of breakfast foods, especially the tasty egg/cheese dishes and fresh fruit, but there were toast and cereal items for kids.

For the romantic couple experience, the large rooms are pleasant for lounging with comfortable sitting areas that allowed us to feel like we had the run of the house even though families were present. We chose a room with a clawfoot tub for the Victorian B&B experience. The innkeepers were available when we needed them for making dinner arrangements but knew when to leave us alone. They also have a range of optional amenities for couples that we didn't use, such as tango lessons in the beautiful third floor ballroom which has sitting areas with views.

The gardens are large with water features and sitting areas, but the plantings and small fish pond needed gardening care. During previous visits, we found the gardens a nice place to relax. It wasn't an issue for us on this stay and our recent drought may have affected the ability to maintain what can be a wonderful small and inviting garden.

Room Tip: We preferred the rooms in the house for their Victorian charm and because most are large and good fo...
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Green Features: The delicious egg dishes at breakfast come in part from the colorful and playful chickens in the coop on the property. Its worth taking a look and watching them follow you back and forth (presumably looking for snacks).
  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Oakland, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We arrived on a rainy afternoon, the owner and her staff welcomed us to a great, cozy, warm room, hot tea and beautiful house! Great breakfast both mornings, all amenities as promised. What a great location, a block away from the main street and near the historic downtown. An awesome ballroom on the top floor! The grounds are so pleasant that even a deer greeted me one late morning as she ate some grass... Amazing! The top of the water tower is a true grand view of the Pacific and over the whole town. Hope to come back soon and try one of the other rooms. Well worth it!!! Thanks, Vivian, Angelina and the rest of the staff!!!

  • Stayed April 2014, 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Cozy cute victorian style rooms, amazing breakfast in the morning, friendly owner, great rental room for weddings or parties- amazing acoustics, breathtaking view from the highest point in town of the ocean

Room Tip: Definitely stay in the Abalone room- windows on all sides!
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  • Stayed February 2014, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Berlin, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We spent this last weekend at the Weller House, and it was amazing. It was charming, spotlessly clean and cozy. The room we stayed in had a huge whirlpool tub and an incredibly comfortable bed that had us sleeping in until 10:30 - we came late to breakfast time and they didn't even blink, serving up fresh eggs, scones and orange juice. The lady who runs the place is fascinating (speaks a half-dozen European languages, has traveled the world for decades, and clearly is a great cook!) She was super friendly and helpful, orienting us to everything to do (and eat..) in the area and taking the time to share the history of the house and the town. She also hosts two dances a week in her top-floor ballroom - swing and salsa - and the occasional tango Milonga. We loved it and will absolutely be back. I'm a total fan.

Room Tip: The "Aqua" room is wonderful - huge tub, sunset view and not too much sun in the morning i...
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Turlock, California
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25 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

I found The Weller House on Groupon and I'm so glad I did. We stayed in the Iris room and it was delightful and charming. We paid $140 for the night. I would probably not stay here if I had to pay full price but for the deal we had, it was well worth it. They served fresh eggs from their chickens for breakfast.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 524 Stewart Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437
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Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Fort Bragg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Fort Bragg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Historic 1886 inn with ballroom, library, breakfast room, water tower observation deck, and gardens. Featured in the New York Times and Sunset Magazine. Nine fine guest rooms, each with private bathrooms, sitting areas, down pillows and comforters, Egyptian cotton sheets. King or queen beds, two rooms have private Jacuzzis, 4 rooms have fireplaces. The water tower observation deck is the high point in town, great for whale watching and sunsets. Gardens with heritage and edible ornamentals have been organic since 2008. Breakfast (now served in the original dining room on the ground floor of the main house) features the freshest local and organic ingredients, including eggs from our own hens. The virgin redwood ballroom on the third floor of the main house is a unique and beautiful space, ideal for all sorts of gatherings. Weekly dances and occasional live music concerts put the extraordinary studio-quality acoustics to good use -- no artificial amplification necessary! Regular social Argentine Tango Weekends feature world-class instructors, and since 2009 the annual Dancing Fools' TangoFest takes place on the weekend closest to April 1st. ... more   less 

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