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“What a Great Find!!”
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Fensalden Inn
Ranked #2 of 3 Albion B&B and Inns
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Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“What a Great Find!!”
Reviewed June 18, 2014

My husband and I had just found our we were pregnant and switched our trip last minute for Napa to Medocino and what a treat it was!! We decided to stay at the Fensalden Inn after finding it on Groupon ( or living social, can't quite remember). The owners were very sweet and had a card in our room congratulating us as well as subbed out the bottle of wine for a non alcoholic bottle of champagne! The room was really cozy and had a great view, it was everything we needed and more! The breakfast in the morning was so super amazing good!! The deer running around and the bunnies and all the birds in the yard while having breakfast was just a added bonus! We spent the first night just relaxing on our patio and walking around the grounds taking photos, it was wonderful and very peaceful!! If you are looking for a nice relaxing place the is it!

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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Chris H, Owner at Fensalden Inn, responded to this review, June 19, 2014
Congratulations once again! We're just glad we could help make it a special celebration. It's exciting to hear that you enjoyed your peaceful stay with us up here in Mendocino. Hope to see you two again soon.

Warm regards,
Chris and Molli
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed June 11, 2014

This is not the first time we have stayed at Fensalden but it is the first time since the Inn changed ownership years ago. It's as good as ever. Our family of three stayed in the Water Tower Suite, with our dog, as the Inn is dog-friendly in many respects. The suite was comfortable with an upstairs, almost loft-like bedroom and a downstairs living room (with convertible couch), suitable kitchen and eating area and small, but adequate, bathroom. The suite has a coffee maker, refrigerator, small freezer, microwave and radio/CD player. Wi-Fi is free and it works well. Furniture is well-maintained. Immediately outside the door is a span of lawn and, close-by, a pen with ducks and a goat. Noise from the animals is not a problem whatsoever. The lawn provided a great area for exercising our energetic Labrador retriever.

Fensalden is a B&B that makes a point of catering to its guests. Every effort is made to accommodate dietary predilections and the food is of high quality and certainly satisfying in quantity. Port and chocolates are available in the main lodge, complimentary, every evening. Hosts are Molli and Chris who we found friendly, flexible, accommodating and distinctly service-oriented.

Fensalden is in Albion, about a 10-15 minute drive from Mendocino. It is situated off a country road with very little traffic. We relish quietude and we found it there. All three of us (and our Lab) can highly recommend a stay there. You'll probably want to return.

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with family
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Chris H, Owner at Fensalden Inn, responded to this review, June 13, 2014
What a wonderful review! You really paint a picture of what it's like to stay at the Inn. You're right -- we truly care about our guests and love helping out. We're so glad you felt such a warm welcome here. If your family ever needs a quiet escape, we'd love to see you again.

Take care,
Chris and Molli
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Sebastopol, California
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Reviewed April 16, 2014

Wow what a beautiful setting. The Inn has a lot of historical significance and puts you back in time. We stayed in the tower room and brought our dogs. Dog bowls, treats and baggies for them, plush robes and a bottle of husch wine in the fridge for us. Walked the grounds with the dogs and visited the goat and ducks, socialized with the owners and played a mean game of scrabble in front of our fireplace that was ready made for us. Breakfasts were amazing and over the top. Will definitely be back.

  • Stayed April 2014
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Chris H, Owner at Fensalden Inn, responded to this review, May 6, 2014
Glad our historic charm transported you back in time, Karen! I'm so happy you loved our little California escape. Next time you need a relaxing vacation, we hope you'll come join us again. How was the rest of your trip?

Safe travels,
Chris and Molli
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Lincoln, California
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

We recently stayed at Fensalden in the Bungalow. We were very pleased to see, that even though it was very rustic, was secluded and nice and quiet. The bungalow actually has all the comforts of home, minus the t.v. and phone. Additionally, it has beautiful views of the ocean, as well as some domesticated animals, and deer that come right up to the main house in the morning to feed. The breakfast prepared by the owner Chris, and his brother-in-law, were exceptional. Chris made us feel right at home, and Molly, his wife, made sure we had all the necessities that were needed. We'll definitely go back.

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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Chris H, Owner at Fensalden Inn, responded to this review, May 7, 2014
We can't wait to have you back, Mickie! We're so glad you had a relaxing stay with us in the Bungalow. Next time you want to escape the city for an oceanside getaway, you know where to find us!

All the best,
Chris and Molli
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Sunnyvale, California
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed December 12, 2013

This B&B is a bit off from all the noises, including from HWY1. It makes it a bit difficult to find, especially in the dark, but, on the other hand, it is very secluded and quiet.
We stayed in Mariner room on the second floor. It didn't have the real TV, but it had this expansive view to the ocean instead. Well, if you really miss your TV the Inn has free WiFi for that. The Inn has lots of actives to do at night - games for kids and sherry for adults, many books, some rather old. However, you are pretty much on your own after 4PM. So it isn't resort with an entertainer on staff.
The breakfast part of the B&B part was prepared by the hosts. It was great. You can see some on the photos I added. Nothing spectacular or over-filling, but very delicious.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chris H, Owner at Fensalden Inn, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
We're happy to hear you had a great stay with us! Thanks for taking the time to share this review. While we know we're a little out of the way, we're glad you appreciated our secluded, laid back atmosphere. Next time you're looking for an escape from the city, we'd love to have you back!

Until next time,
Chris and Molli
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Reviewed October 10, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I found the place on Groupon and decided to go here for a couple night for our honeymoon. It was amazing! We stayed in the tower room, which had a sliding glass door with a porch right off of it. We could go out there in the morning and watch the dear. At night we were able to sit by the fire place. All the staff were extremely friendly! It was a great place!

  • Stayed September 2013
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Chris H, Owner at Fensalden Inn, responded to this review, May 9, 2014
So glad you and your husband found us! We're happy we could make your honeymoon special. Hope you had a great rest of your trip.

Take care,
Chris and Molli
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San Francisco, California
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

Chris made us feel welcome, and most importantly was not too intrusive. Breakfasts were fabulous and we still talk about them months later. The property is pretty rustic, not too fancy but nice. Though we were not on the ocean, it was a nice base to explore the Mendocino area.

We got to meet and dine with Chris' family, who were wonderful people. All in all a great B&B experience.

Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Chris H, Owner at Fensalden Inn, responded to this review, May 12, 2014
Quaint and quiet sounds like a great trip to us! We're so glad you loved our rustic atmosphere and homemade breakfasts. Next time you need to escape from the city for a little while, we'd love to have you back.

Take care,
Chris and Molli
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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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