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Fensalden Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 Albion B&B and Inns
Rockwall, Texas
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7 reviews
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“Wonderful place to get away to and be surrounded with God's creations.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2012

Enjoyed everything about Fensalden. The view of the ocean is awesome. I love to see the fog rolling in and the cool breezes blowing. Molli and Chris are great host and hostess. Will return this year in May.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Vacaville, California
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 26, 2012

We had looked for a B&B close to Fort Bragg, most were filled or you had a thre day mininum.
We called Chris and Molly at Fensalden and he had a couple of rooms left, so we booked it for the weekend.
The inn is off Hwy 1, making the property feel more isolated and quiet. Chris welcomed us at the door and gave us a tour of the place.
The room was up stairs and very quite, you would have never known that the inn was full on Saturday. Breakfast was great, we enjoyed the company of the other guests.
On Sunday we were the only ones there so we got to eat breakfast at the VIP table (By the window, looking at the ocean). My wife and I recommend Fensalden any one thats needs a place to stay while visting the northern coast.

Thanks again Chris and Molly,

Doug and Jeannette
Vacaville, Ca

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank John W
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Menlo Park, California
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4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2012

Our room had a Great view of the ocean and was clean, bright, and charming. The inn is not directly on Hwy 1, making the property feel more isolated and quiet. Beautiful property.

The innkeepers were very friendly and full of information on local spots and restaurants. Although we did not have them make local dinner reservations on our behalf (we just didn't know how the day was going to pan out), we got lucky and got seated at the Albion Inn Restaurant before they closed. Upon returning, we enjoyed the dark and quiet on the porch and drank the complimentary wine. We slept soundly and awoke to delicious coffee and breakfast in the morning.

This location was perfect for our trip (started in the bay area, went north on 101, stayed in Ukiah on first night, took Hwy 20 to Fort Bragg, made several stops on Hwy 1 as we headed down through Mendocino, stayed in Albion for second night, drove back south taking Hwy 128). The room was perfect for our purpose (getting far away from everything). We had a great time and left completely refreshed.

Room Tip: Some rooms have porches, some do not. Would recommend the upstairs room facing the ocean for specta...
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chico, California
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2012

My husband and I really enjoy staying at this bed & breakfast inn when we go to the Northern California coast. The owners, Chris and Molly, are very warm, friendly people. Definitely a good family business. The rooms are fun and extremely quiet at night....so are the cottages which they will allow some pets. It is close to Mendocino and not far from Fort Bragg so there is alot you can do during the day. There is a really nice dinner house, The Ledford House, just down the road from them if you don't want to drive far for dinner. Chris makes a nice hot breakfast every morning......try it.

Room Tip: Some rooms have antique double beds, so ask if you need a larger one. You can see the ocean from the...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank VCKSNTS
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San Francisco, CA
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12 reviews
8 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2011

The setting of this place is absolutely breathtaking. Fog was all around. Moss growing on the all the really old fencing. Huge coastal cypress trees. Gray (sky and buildings) and gold (fields) everywhere. Stunning really. The first thing we did was take a walk around the property and snap about a 100 photos.

The Inn Keepers are fantastic and friendly. Very welcoming. We stayed here one night on our honeymoon and they left us a bottle of wine AND champagne and a really sweet hand-written card wishing us all the best. The breakfast was really good and served at a communal table with the other guests, which was nice because we all got to chit chat over generous pours of breakfast champagne. The coffee was great too as well as the service. It was really peaceful.

I do have to mention the bad part, which I hate to do because everything else was wonderful. We stayed in the Tower Suite. It's a super cool building detached from the main house, BUT... SPIDERS!! Huge, scary, mean, spiders. I'm terrified of big spiders and I sensed that they were everywhere in this building. I saw one in the bathroom trash - must have been about 2 inches (scream for husband to come save me and kill it). Then another in shower - even bigger (again, scream for help). On the walls. One in the kitchen sink. Anyway, I couldn't relax at all in there. i sat on the edge of the couch on high alert and then when bed time came, I had to have my husband check throughout the whole bedroom - sheets and all - before i would even go in there. Couldn't sleep because of it.

Also, the Tower suite interior and its furniture are very run down. It would benefit greatly from an update - and some insulation or something to keep the monster spiders out. The main house some a couple of cool, cozy communal rooms to hang out in with games and such.

So, all-in-all beautiful surroundings, fantastic friendly service, Tower building could greatly benefit from an update and anti-spider measures. Maybe the main house is different. Anyway, it's a neat place for sure!

Room Tip: The do allow dogs in the tower building. Just not the main house.
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Dallas, Texas
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17 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2011

The Inn is situated on large property with a view over an open meadow between the woods to a bluff with the ocean in the distance. Not abutting the highway, the quiet alone makes it far more appealing than other B&Bs along Hwy 1 a couple miles north in Mendocino proper, many of which appear too large to really qualify (in my view) as B&Bs. We visited late July 2011 and saw a little fog in the morning, but nothing to focus on. I'm not nearly the B&B enthusiast my wife is, but I was quite pleased. I'd confirm everything others have said, and especially note the enjoyably large living room from which to watch the birds and enjoy the view.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AlWelch
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Placerville, California
Level Contributor
54 reviews
14 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2011

Our inn keeper, Chris and his assistant Isiah were gracious, entertaining and helpful with all our needs.

Breakfast was relaxing and fun with other inn guests. The food was wonderful. Tasty treats each day fresh from the oven. The dining experience is part of the special atmosphere in a B and B. We've been going to this Inn for many years and took our young Brazilians friends with us this time. They had a great time.

Due to the usual weather the view room didn't extend a view to the ocean on this trip, but the ambiance of the inn grounds was well worth a look. Birds and deer fed in the lovely garden and there's a goat to visit nearby.

Any number of novels could start with the heavy fog that greeted our arrival the first evening. The mossy fence pickets and soothing water feature added to the charm.

The rooms are aging and comfortable, ours by the garden was quite large. If plastic or modern is your thing this isn't the place for you. All have gas stoves for a quick touch of heat and ambiance. The complementary bottle of wine in from a local winery.

The game room has lots of information, games and a telescope. The other common areas boast a piano and guitar for your use snacks and port for refreshment. All common areas have great windows onto the garden, and on a clear day great views out to the sea beyond.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Linda B
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Property: Fensalden Inn
Address: 33810 Navarro Ridge Rd, PO Box 99, Albion, CA 95410-9732
Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Albion
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Albion
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Fensalden Inn 3.5*
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Sitting on the back edge of 20 acres of gently rolling meadows at 400 ft elevation, just 7 miles south of charming Mendocino Village, Fensalden Inn was originally a Wells Fargo Stagecoach stop in the mid-1800's. Completely renovated, the Inn continues to offer a quiet respite from the hectic pace of today's world. Revel in our complete three-course gourmet breakfast each morning (with champagne and mimosas on Sundays), and gaze upon the ever-changing Pacific in the evenings as you marvel at our bird sanctuary while relaxing with a sip of port wine, complimented by a chocolate jerk ball, in the original Tavern Room.All accommodations offer a queen bed (Ridge Room offers king), gas or wood burning fireplace, small refrigerator with complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, and private bath with shower. Tower Suite and Bungalow house a full kitchen will necessary utensils and amenities; both also have tub (Bungalow has tub with jacuzzi jets). Four rooms have private entrances, 6 with private deck, porch or balcony; majority offer ocean view. Fensalden Inn is the perfect place for a quiet getaway to our beautiful stretch of the amazing Northern California Coast. Call us today to plan your next romantic retreat, family reunion or special event. Come and experience the magic of Fensalden Inn...the Land of the Mist and the Sea! ... more   less 

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