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The Gingerbread Mansion Inn
Ranked #1 of 6 Ferndale B&B and Inns
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Swansea, United Kingdom
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“You have to go!!”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

We spent 3 nights in the Fountain suite and had the most wonderful time. Linda the innkeeper is so friendly and helpful, organising tables for us in the local resturants and giveing us advice on some of the local sights. We arrived to be greeted with afternoon tea, wine, cheese and cakes which were out of this world. The rooms have to be seen to be belived, we were given a tour of the unoccupied rooms including the spectacular suites on the third floor. The decor might seem a bit over the top when looking at it on the website but when you are in the inn it is all in keeping with the whole ambiance of the place. The gardens are small but, as they say, perfectly formed. We spent each morning sitting having coffee on one of the patios with the scent of fresh flowers all around us.
The fountain suit is out of this world, with the most comfortable bed we have ever slept in and the twin baths were bliss at the end of a long day walking about. Breakfasts were very good as the inn specialises in backed egg dishes which Linda the innkeeper makes fresh each day.
I cannot say enough good things about the Gingerbread Inn and would recommend anyone going to this part of California 'Stay' it is an experience you will never forget, we certainly wont.
Thank you Linda for such a special treat

Room Tip: The whole inn is so well appointed you will be comfortable in any of the rooms
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Loved this B&B, one of our best overnights on our trip down the West Coast.
As previously stated by other guests, Linda the innkeeper very friendly and helpful.
Accommodations were excellent, this Victorian building has been lovingly cared for, with great linens and exceptionally clean.
Really enjoyed the wine and appetizers and meeting with other guests.
Breakfast in the morning really good too.
Ferndale a nice little spot!
Will stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed September 19, 2013

My husband and I arrived at the Gingerbread Mansion Inn just in time for late afternoon tea/wine -- your choice or both! We drank our wine out on the lovely garden deck and enjoyed chatting with two other couples who were staying at the hotel that night. The service at the hotel was excellent: the receptionist made a dinner reservation for us. The room was exactly as pictured online and was clean and comfortable. The inn itself is gorgeous and immaculately kept up. The town of Ferndale itself was enjoyable to walk around in. I highly recommend the local butcher's sandwiches for lunch.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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South Carrollton, Ky
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Reviewed September 16, 2013

This is another of our new favorite places to stay. The building itself is lovingly restored both inside & out. There are so many beautiful objects to look at in each room. Check out that built-in china cabinet. Our bedroom was the fountain suite, which was large & beautifully decorated. And check out those two bathtubs--so cool. Even seating in front of a lovely fireplace in the bathroom. The afternoon wine & appetizer & tea was heavenly. The buffet was beautiful & tasted delicious. The ladies working there as hostesses are tremendous. Everything flowed like clockwork. I hope the owners appreciate these special ladies for all their abilities. The outside yard area was so fun. We drank wine, visited with other guests & marveled at the beauty of the gardens. Breakfast was delicious. You will not be disappointed here.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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London
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Here’s an inn with a unique identity which, to me at least, seems like a fusion between something out of a fairy story and a Victorian melodrama. The décor is bold and imaginative, perhaps even over-indulgent, and provides a charm and warmth that runs throughout this refurbished property, from the 3 or 4 public rooms downstairs to the various individually designed bedrooms. Without doubt, an intriguing place to stay, superbly furnished and full of atmosphere.

I choose to stay here based entirely on the curiosity aroused by the inn’s website and, in retrospect, it more than lived up to my expectations. The small “Victorian” town of Ferndale had never previously registered on my radar but the town, together with the inn itself, combined to make the whole experience akin to stepping back 100 years in time – but, of course, with today’s comforts!.

We stayed in The Hideaway Room, where the luxuriously high queen bed (with foot stool) more or less dwarfed the entire room. However, there was a staircase within the room leading to a small loft room with a further single bed. The room certainly had character and contained a fireplace, walk-in shower and had a small balcony although without much of a view. Unfortunately, we found the room a bit too small but then, that comes with the territory, given this is a unique Victorian building which at one time served as a small hospital in its long history. With tax and a good cooked breakfast the room came to a very reasonable $215. Some of the larger more exotic rooms come at a higher price.

The inn has clearly undergone a bold expensive and extravagant refurbishment and I wish the owners success in their worthy endeavour. A delight to stay there and a great alternative to staying in Eureka.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Redding, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed September 1, 2013

Once again my wife and I went to the Humboldt county fair for the "Horse Racing" and had a blast!
This year we stayed at the newly "reopened" inn the "Gingerbread Mansion". The staff was very friendly and the guest even more so. The place is great, we have made our trek to the horse racing at the fair many times but really enjoyed our stay. During the second night of our stay we went to see Cate( employee at the inn ) and booked the Fountain room for next year. The room has two claw foot tubs, kinda like the TV commercial, but they were great after a 150 mile motorcycle ride!

Room Tip: There is a fountain on the garden side which the sounds put you to a nice sleep.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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SJ CA
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

For my wife's birthday, we spent a couple of days at the Gingerbread Mansion, again. It gets better in my opinion. We were warmly greeted by Linda, who remembered us from our last visit, The Rose room was great. The breakfasts were very tasty, and the afternoon, wine, and tea had hors d'oeuvres added to the cheese, and pastries plates. All were very tasty.
As other guests have stated, It is like taking a step back into time. It's very comfortable. We've been here before several times and will continue to return. I checked some of the motels in the Ferndale-Fortuna area and if you factor in what one would spend on breakfasts and the afternoon treats, the cost is about the same (maybe a little more) but it's so much more enjoyable.
As always, Ferndale is fun to walk around in and shop.

Room Tip: There are two rooms on the first floor if you have trouble with stairs. One is ADA configured.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Gingerbread Mansion Inn
Address: 400 Berding St., P.O. Box 1380, Ferndale, CA 95536
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Location: United States > California > Humboldt County > Ferndale
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Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Spa Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Ferndale
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Gingerbread Mansion Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 11
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