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The Bidwell House B&B Inn
Ranked #1 of 1 Chester B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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“Home from Home”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

This years holiday was spent touring Northern California, leaving San Rafael Behind we headed up north in our hired Dodge Caravan, a roomy 7 seater with plenty of space for luggage. It was a beautiful drive once you cleared the US 101 North, it wasn't long before we were in the middle of panoramic views as we travelled towards our accommadation for two nights in the quiet town of Chester,
We had selected the Bidwell House B&B firstly because of its location, its availability, its comfort feastures and its history as a period property. We were a family of five and its not always easy to find suitable accommadation when your are on a driving holiday, The Bidwell had a small cottage on its ground and this was our home for two nights. the cottage was beautifully styled with lots of old world charm matched with modern convenience, One of my daughters loved the pull out bed which was framed in a wooden case sitting below another bed, the couch converted out to a double bed and the adults had the convenience of a small bedroom.
The breakfast which was included can only be described as being of gormet standards, too often american breakfasts are pilled high with food for two, this was well presented and sufficient to start the day.
The beauty of Chester is its proximity to Lassen Volcanic Park, a trip well worth taking, visiting the sulphur springs and the Mud pots, enjoying a two hour gentle hike, We departed Chester and the Bidweel B&B with good memories as we travelled along on our trip to Mt Shasta.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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Chappaqua, New York
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Reviewed July 26, 2012

We stayed 5 nights, to visit and hike Lassen Volcanic National Park, and enjoyed being able to return to the comfort of the Bidwell House each night. Very good breakfasts, very helpful guidance on dinner restaurants. Rooms very clean and well-appointed, and lobby sitting areas very comfortable.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Meadow Vista, California
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

This B&B sits on the edge of town on beautiful park like grounds. The main house is charming & nicely decorated. The breakfasts are very good- served by the lively young ladies visiting from Europe. I would have given this Inn 5 stars, but the back addition where our room was located is more like a motel. The room was clean, but had no air conditioning, & was plain & dated.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 5, 2012

We came to Bidwell House on the recommendation of the guide book and were really delighted with the choice. The owners were friendly and helpful, the rooms delightful, if a little warm, with no air conditioning. Breakfast was served in the dining room and was freshly cooked for each of us. Pleased that we upgraded to the larger rooms on the first floor.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
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Santa Cruz, California
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Reviewed May 1, 2012

This B&B located in Chester, CA is perfect for relaxing & sightseeing in the area. My husband and I stayed for 3 nights in late April and loved it. We reserved the cottage which was comfortable and roomy for the 2 of us - could use some updating but was very nice and the beds were comfortable. The staff at Bidwell House is very friendly and warm. We were treated like family. The breakfasts are delicious. The staff has lots of information about what to do, where to go, how to get there, hours of operation - everything. If you need to know and they don't have the answer they will find out for you. The sherry in the afternoon by the big fireplace in the main house was charming. We loved just hanging out in the sun room sifting through emails on the internet. The location is quiet, the property and rooms super clean, well cared for and the staff is the best.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed January 4, 2012

My hubby and I stayed over Christmas for a couple of nights at the Bidwell House, and the perfect blend of warmth and assistance, coupled with fine touches like house Sherry, internet access, champagne and chocolates in the room made our stay there simple perfect. You are left to feel at home and without anyone hovering, yet ever detail is seen to with care. These folks also are extraordinary cooks, so breakfasts were luxurious and gourmet, and they also own a wonderful fine dining restaurant down the street.

The town of Chester was quaint and friendly with the Feather River running thru it ... right next to lovely Lake Almanor .... our hosts were knowledgeable about trails, local history and and unique outdoor adventure possibilities. What a find ... we'll be going back again soon!

Room Tip: Some of the rooms had whirlpool tubs ... and gorgeous views
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed November 15, 2011

Everything was perfect! The Bidwell House is truely a Wonderful Old House with Innkeepers/Owners that were truely welcoming. Our room was so comfortable and romantic. Every detail was true to this area and its time. Breakfast was excellect for the big eater and the fussy little eater.
We arrived on our motorcycles and we're treated as welcome and honored guests. That does not always happen with our bikes. We are not "biker" by any means but still....
I hesitate to recommend The Bidwell because I wish to keep it untouched or unchanged, but I so much enjoyed it that I had too share it.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about The Bidwell House B&B Inn

Property: The Bidwell House B&B Inn
Address: #1 Main St., Chester, CA 96020
Location: United States > California > Plumas County > Chester
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Chester
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in the "Old Towne" Chester, The Bidwell House B&B Inn is the only three-diamond AAA rated Inn in the Chester/Lake Almanor basin. Fourteen distinctly different guest rooms, the swing on the porch, the unusual collection of antiques and attention to little details are all for the comfort of our guest. Chester/Lake Almanor basin and surrounding area spread across a natural wonderland created by millions of years of geologic forces, a crossroad where the granite of the Sierra Nevada meets the lava of the Cascades. Enjoy hours of pleasure on Lake Almanor with its 52 miles of shoreline, in Lassen Volcanic National Park which boasts the southernmost volcano in the Cascade range and in the 1.2 million acres that make up the Lassen National Forest and Caribou Wilderness area. This is a playground for all seasons, for all ages and any lifestyle. ... more   less 

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