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“Just wonderful” 5 of 5 stars
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The Spalding House Bed & Breakfast Inn
631 N. Encina St., Visalia, CA 93291   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Visalia B&B and Inns
Pleasant Hill, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Just wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

The Spaulding House is on a street with other beautiful houses - mansions really. The house is simply beautiful, almost all original. Peggy is a wonderful host - friendly, unhurried, welcoming. We enjoyed sitting with her and talking over her great breakfasts. We had full use of the living room and gardens. The Aviary Room is a smallish room with an alcove that has two wicker chairs. It was once a a true aviary, and it's beautiful - original tile work, stained glass backlighted ceiling... There are good restaurants within walking distance. Visalia turns out to be an interesting little town, except that it now has over 100,000 people, so it's not so little. We hit Sequoia National Park from the house, which was a reasonable drive (can't really get much closer). But overall, the experience was just so nice. It was like visiting a relative you like, who lives in a magnificent house. It's worth visiting Visalia again just to stay there.

Room Tip: At this time, Peggy is only renting the Spaulding and the Aviary rooms. The Spaulding Room is a bit...
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  • Stayed May 2013, 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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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Orange County, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

We stopped at the Spalding House during Thanksgiving week and we were very glad we did! Peggy, the hostess and owner, was gracious and welcoming. Or room was really beautiful and very clean. The bed was comfy. There was some next-door neighbor radio noise during the day. We had full run of the place and sat in the living room to watch TV for a while. Peggy had recommended Brubaker's Brewery for dinner and it was very good. We fell in love with the downtown area and went back the next morning for some shopping. Breakfast was good (I particularly liked the yogurt parfait). I felt it was an excellent value for the accomodations and atmosphere. But best of all, we really enjoyed Peggy as our hostess. She was helpful, kind and very pleasant to talk with. Thanks for opening up your inn to us!

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Hampshire, UK
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

You feel like you are on a film set in this beautiful period house. Walking distance from shops and restaurants and well placed for the national parks. Delicious breakfast and charming owner happy to share the history of her home.

  • Stayed September 2012, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Lebanon, New Jersey
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104 hotel reviews
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249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

Historic house built in 1901. Very charming throughout – and the host lets you have the run of the place. A very nice value. You can walk to the very nice downtown. A couple things on the negative side… There was a fair amount of car noise from street (on Saturday night). Also, breakfast was served without any question about what we wanted (beyond if we had any diet restrictions). In other words, no choice. Having said that, the French toast was yummy, the sausages crisp and the preview fruit bowl with yogurt was delicious. Oh, pillows were too big/bulky - would be nice to have a selection. But, I am getting too picky. :>)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 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 Pedro de Alcantara, Spain
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29 hotel reviews
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2012

Spalding House is the best recommended B & B in Visalia and quite rightly deserves this honour.

But why stop in Visalia ? well this is the perfect jump off
point to visit both the Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon in a short space of time. Visalia is a small American town with a fairly big population set in a very agricultural area so that at times, one wonders whether one is in Mexico or the
USA. All over there are signs exhorting the migrant labourers to work hard and
reap the benefits and they truly do.

Spalding House is on North Encino Street, at the end of a leafy street edged with wooden panelled Colonial houses and large verandahs and wind chimes hanging in the trees. The ice cream van trundles by on his rounds with a repetitive jingle advising all of his imminent arrival and across the road a little dog, the size of a cup cake and the stamina of a Brontosaurus barks away unheeded. On a sunny, sleepy afternoon it almost feels as if one has stepped into a 1950’s film set.

The house is immaculately kept and a genuine family home, beautifully decorated with luscious, heady blooms of roses in the garden and filling the rooms inside with their scent. The sitting room overlooks a small shaded garden and the library, where one has breakfast is filled with interesting books.

The Spalding Suite is a delight. A large double bed set into an antique four poster with a small narrow bathroom en suite. Leading off the bedroom is a very pleasant corner sitting area decorated with comfortable cane furniture and fly screened windows on both sides, shaded by a large fir tree. A fan whirls overhead giving a soporific effect and one could easily relax and while away the time flicking through the wonderful old books or magazines instead of doing what one came to Visalia to do.

The owner Peggy could not be more charming nor welcoming, in another life we must have been family. Not only were we advised where to eat and where to go and what to do but she almost made the GPS system superfluous. The local restaurants were an easy, pleasant walk away as was the shopping area, such as it was. Do stop by "Flirty's" in case you are missing a figure hugging, fish tailed, spangly, tulle number from your wardrobe!

The breakfast served on a crisp linen cloth set with good china and cutlery and a beautiful fresh rose bowl daily, as good as at any five star hotel. Some of the dishes served have been carefully noted and will be served on our home menu.
Spalding House cannot be more highly recommended and worth every cent.

Room Tip: The Spalding Suite is home away from home if you are lucky enough to have a wonderful home.
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  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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61 reviews 61 reviews
32 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2012

We had a comfortable nights stay in a really lovely house with a nice breakfast the next morning. Well placed for walking into Visalia centre. Very knowledgeable and pleasant owner.

  • Stayed November 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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Ventura
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2011

Peggy Davidson, the owner of Spalding House B & B, welcomed us with a smile that made me feel like I already knew her and was coming home. Her beautiful historic home reflects the warmth of her personality with comfy beds, sitting rooms with a large selection of books and magazines, and a quietness that comforts a weary traveler. This historically intact home is a marvel to see; original windows, floors, woodwork, and so much more. This is by far the best place I have ever stayed away from home. I'll be back.

  • Stayed October 2011, 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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Address: 631 N. Encina St., Visalia, CA 93291
Location: United States > California > Visalia
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Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Visalia
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