We stayed at Fairview Manor B&B based on the review in TripAdvisor, and the fact it was clearly the best place to stay on Highway 9 between Big Basin and Henry Cowell State Parks. Having grown up in San Mateo and San Francisco Counties, the Santa Cruz Mountains are what I think of as my Great Back Yard, and one of my favorite places on Earth. I'd never stayed in a B&B in this area, however. I'm really glad I found Fairview Manor, because now I need look no further! Not only is the place perfectly located, but it is beautiful in and of itself. A classic, old-fashioned Bed and Breakfast Inn, Fairview Manor is a lovely cottage-style manse, with several cozy bedrooms and a large "living room" salon joining them all. Breakfast is served inside or out, depending on the weather. Your innkeeper, and the cook for your breakfast, is the charming Irish-American Gael, who will welcome you and take care of you in just the same way I've experienced in similar Bed & Breakfasts in Ireland itself. Our room, while cozy, was absolutely charming and comfortable. We had a double bed, not a King or Queen, but it was incredibly comfortable and seemed larger than it actually was. The bathroom was charming, and fully equipped with period-style fixtures that worked in modern fashion. And the breakfast? Suffice it to say, you can't get this good a breakfast at most hotels or inns outside of Ireland! My heart belongs to Gael, especially because of the way she notified me that I'd inadvertently left something behind after we left and went on to Carmel. She emailed me immediately asking if a certain important article (containing all my toiletries and necessaries) was mine, and offering to send it on to me if possible. It was important enough that I returned and retrieved it from her the next day. I am very grateful for her kindness and promptness in this matter -- it made all the difference between a good vacation and a bad one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Please call us directly if the calendar shows full, there still may be a room for you! The House was built in 1923 as a summers home for cousins of the Wilder Family. The Carriage House (now used as a barn) was part of the old Ben Lomond Hotel that was burned down around 1915. Its owner was Fred Cody (cousin of Buffalo Bill Cody). The house was converted to a Bed and Breakfast in 1983. My mother bought the B&B in 1986 and it has been run by the Glasson family ever since. There are four bedrooms, all with private bathrooms. Some of the rooms can be used as two bedroom suites. The River Rock fireplace in the Great Room was made from the rocks found around the San Lorenzo River, which runs through the lower end of the three acre property. The back deck overlooks the river and the great mass of trees. Blackberries line the walkway and in September they are ripe for picking. The redwood grove boasts of a pond leftover from the Hotel and a waterfall has been added. Strolling through the property you will notice many areas available for conversation or merely relaxing. ... more less
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