My husband and I are staying with our daughter and son-in-law and, as a joint birthday present, they surprised us with a weekend away to Fort Bragg. As we have all enjoyed B&B's in various locations around the world, my daughter looked online and found Weller House, particularly as it was pet-friendly so that we could take the dog too.
First impressions were not good: the front porch was windswept and generally looked neglected. Although it was after 4 o'clock when we arrived, there was no-one to welcome us, just a note on the door with a telephone number to call the innkeeper. We eventually contacted her and we're admitted to the house where we were bizarrely shown every room! My daughter had reserved a specific room for my husband and I (based on online photographs) but she was not happy with it at all and asked if there was another one available. Luckily there was and we stayed in the Midsummer Room, which was fine.
My daughter and son-in-law were told that their room was not quite ready and had to wait until after 5 o'clock before it was available. They stayed in Abalone, which was in the tower. It was a small room, crammed full of furniture, with the bath and handbasin actually in the room! Also, although there was a shower above their bath, there was no shower curtain.
The view from the top of the tower was fantastic and we spent quite sometime up there; in particular enjoying a pre-dinner glass of wine on the Friday evening.
Breakfast was fine, although it could have been warmer. It was freshly cooked (porridge and an egg dish) but was just left out on the counter. Also it would have been nice to have been greeted by our hostess each day. We only actually saw Vivian on the one morning.
All in all, our stay at Weller House was okay but, for the money charged, it should have been fantastic.
- 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