We really enjoyed the Mendocino Farmhouse grounds....to say the very least it was both peaceful and breathtaking. The estate is surrounded by a lush green forest with plenty of wildlife and since it is about 2 miles from downtown it was very quiet. We loved the "Pine Room" that we stayed in. It was very romantic with the stone fireplace, crackling fire and cottage in the woods feel. As the innkeeper mentions on her Website, the Pine and Cedar rooms were actually made from what used to be their old barn out back -
we both thought that was pretty clever. The cottage is surrounded by a beautiful English-style garden and there is an actual hen house about 10 yards from the barn. Heck - the hens were even cooperative - they didn't crow until 9AM! :) The innkeeper "Marge" actually uses the eggs for her breakfast dishes. Speaking of which - the pesto and cheese eggs we had on Saturday morning were phenomenal!
And when you are eating don't be surprised if the B&B mascot dog "Sage" doesn't try to be your forever friend. She followed us everywhere we went...and she even made herself at home in our cottage. She was definitely the constant welcome wagon for us during our stay.
We had arrived at the farmhouse a little earlier than expected (by about an hour) - but we decided to let Marge the innkeeper know that we were there. When she opened the door...we introduced ourselves and then instead of saying welcome - she asked us more than once if we had reservations and when we made them. I told her that I had a copy of the email she sent me and then she backed off on pressing the issue. She then went on to say that she was planning on putting flowers and a bottle of wine in the room - and we told her that we could go to town and come back if it was more convenient. She quickly said well you are here let me just take you to your room. After the cold greeting we received we decided to take off and go wine tasting. When we returned to our cottage we found our room still had no flowers and no bottle of wine. At that point, we just decided to let it go.
The following morning Marge was a bit warmer toward us and as I mentioned previously she made some awesome pesto eggs. Unfortunately the warmness did not last long. When we came back later in the day we discovered that our used towels had not been replaced. When I went up to the main house and nicely asked for some fresh ones - instead of apologizing she stated that she normally does not change the bath towels unless they have visible stains on them - all in the name of water conservation. In addition to this, Marge posted a sign in the bathroom. The gist of the message was save water, take short showers, use as little electricity as possible, and treat your stay as if you were at home. If this wasn't enough, she had a sign on the nightstand (with two envelopes) saying that we give wonderful thought to taking care of you and making sure that your room is clean so please give back accordingly. At this point I almost had to chuckle. We made our own bed and cleaned our own room. Additionally. there was a mini refrigerator in the bathroom that had been unplugged and had been defrosting - and there was water filling the ice tray on the inside. On our final day there my fiance had to go to the bathroom and nicely asked Marge if she could use the bathroom upstairs in the main house. Well Marge huffed and puffed and seemed completely put off by her request. Sensing this - she said she could go back to our cottage and come back. At that point Marge just waved her to go on upstairs. In addition to all of this...I went to pour myself a cup of coffee, took one sip and noticed it was ice cold. As it turns out it was coffee from the previous day! Not sure why everybody was raving about Marge's pancakes - maybe she is using a different recipe these days. Bottom line - the flapjacks were bland, way too grainy and very bitter. We didn't want to offend Marge so we ate most of it but it was all I could do just to keep it down. If you want a beautiful rustic cottage with breathtaking scenery with no frills then this is your place. But don't expect any warm hospitality from the innkeeper.
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May 28, 2010
This is in response to some negative reviews that were pointed directly to the innkeeper at the Mendocino Farmhouse. Since there are more than one I want everyone to know that I do care about what people think, both the good and the bad.
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I would like to say that I have only good intentions and that sometimes in business we may not respond the way someone wants us to but that I want nothing else but to make my guests feel welcome at the Farmhouse. Without constructive feedback during the stay it's very difficult to know that I may have offended someone and that is never my intention. We all know that one bad comment can taint the view of so many others but I want people to know that this is my business and my goal as an innkeeper is to make my guests feel at home as I have done for so many. For the ones that have had a bad experience I sincerely apologize. As we all know you cannot please everyone.
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