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“Lovely comfort at the Blackberry Inn”
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Blackberry Inn
Ranked #9 of 25 Mendocino B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Lakeport, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lovely comfort at the Blackberry Inn”
Reviewed November 14, 2007

We feel so pampered each time we stay at The Blackberry Inn. The first thing noticed is the attention to detail. Fresh cut flowers, fluffy bright white towels, spa quality soaps and lotions, art adorning the walls. The beds are extremely comfortable and cozy. Watching the fire while we drift off to sleep with the calming sound of the ocean is priceless. In the morning the yummy basket of goodies sitting on our table is quite welcomed, as is the coffee brewing in our pot . It is nice that there isn't a breakfast hall, it would be difficult to leave such a lovely room so early in the day. The large oval bathtub is very inviting after a day on the beach and walking through the redwood forests. We have our favorite room, however the wonderful managers, Derek and Debbie, are always thrilled and proud to show all the other rooms when they are unoccupied. We travel to the beautiful town of Mendocino often, so we look forward to staying in their other rooms as well. Which ever room you choose, you will also enjoy the charming grounds. The gardens and architecture of The Blackberry Inn are truely unique. Thankfully, there is an outdoor sitting area in the midst of it all for quiet reflection, a cup of coffee, a glass of wine, or some peaceful reading. We look forward to our next visit.

  • Liked — The room itself.
  • Disliked — Sometimes it is foggy so close to the coastline.
  • Stayed June 2007, traveled as a couple
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nj
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305 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2007

an extremely nice place to stay for a reasonable price in mendocino -- very cute motif -- quiet heater (from someone who hates noisy a/c's) --- only thing was you couldn't walk to town -- but no biggie, parking never seemed to be a problem -- no breakfast, but freshed baked goodies in your room the nite before -- we just took them to the beach and had our own little b&b (beach & breakfast) -- very friendly folks, quiet location with nice views especially at sunset

  • Stayed October 2007, traveled as a couple
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arizona
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72 reviews
29 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2007

Our Blackberry Inn stay was the beginning of an Oregon Coast, Hwy 1 excursion and it was a good start. The motel is quaint and we had the Millinary room with a great view and a private patio. The private spa tub also has the same view. We agree with other positive reviews, and the only complaint was that we didn't have air conditioning and it happened to be warmer than usual. That wouldn't have been too bad but the room didn't have a fan. We bought a cheap fan and all was well.

  • Liked — Location
  • Disliked — too warm
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
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1 Thank azhottraveler
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north yorkshire england
1 review
Reviewed July 10, 2007

My mother married on 7/7/07 and they booked a cabin for ME, my husband, 2 kids and auntie... A beautiful cabin deep in the woods built to resemble snow whites cabin. The master bedroom had a jacuzzi and was huge with plenty of storage for holiday makers.. A cozy fireplace radiated light while my lil girl slept in a bed that was handcrafted to fit into the window with views of awesome and breathtaking trees.

Definately a perfect relaxation spot for those who work alot and just need to sit down and read a book. Upstair is another bedroom where my aunt slept with my son and his cot. I live in the UK and this house definately had all the old time charm one would expect in snow whites cottage. Wood beams, a 2 story living room, Windows large enough to see all your surrounding without stepping outside..

Mendocino can be a bit chilly even during the hottest day of the year and we found that being inland was much cozier than staying in a beach cabin.

There are a few negatives though. The heating didn't work during our stay. The electric stove took forever to get hot enough to cook eggs on.. However, if you light a fire with the free logs blackberry inn supplies then the house becomes lovely and toasty. And once you get to know the stove it does eventually cook your food.

All in all a wonderful stay that I hope to enjoy again in the near future...

  • Liked — The cottage looked straight out of amsterdam
  • Disliked — lack of heating and daily room service
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
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Thank ummhayaat
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MerrilyRolling, one of the owners at Blackberry Inn, responded to this review, February 9, 2009
Since our Storybook cottage has radiant floor heating (which has heated water flowing through coils under the floor, and considered the best of all heating methods in a home), it is subject to dysfunction if the water heater goes out. Fortunately, this is not a common problem, however, we do keep portable electric heaters if this does occur. The cooking problem has been resolved.
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San Francisco
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2007

Since it was a Very Special aniversary getaway, and I had never been to Mendocino before, I agonized over where to stay and must have read
every review on this site to help me decide. I was about to reserve the Honeymoon Suite at MacCallum House but decided against it, partly
because I wasn't sure due to mixed Trip Adivsor reviews, and partly because when I called to get some information the staff seemed slightly diffident.

So I kept looking, with only four things really in mind - a king sized bed, an unobstructed view of the ocean, a spa tub, and some serious quiet and privacy. The Blackberry was one of the few places that had it all. Surprisingly, at most of the B&Bs in Mendo you seem to be only able to get three out of four at once. I would find a king
bed, but only a garden view, or an ocean view, but only a shower, etc.

The clincher was how friendly and helpful they were when I called. And at half the cost of the Honeymoon Suite, we could eat very well the whole time we were up there. So we did. (Dinner at MacCallum House was fabulous, Cafe Beaujolais less so.)

We had a comfortable bed (with a much cuter bedspread than you will see on their website), a wonderful view, wine to greet us and cookies and muffins. It was (obviously) more down-home than luxurious, and it's not right in the village like the others (have to drive to dinner), but it was very clean and we were both happy.

Only a couple of minor quibbles - the pilot light in our room's heater was surprisingly loud - it actually woke me up a couple of times. The website is slightly misleading in that the pictures look like you're in an entirely detached cabin, but there was a room next to ours. However due to the layout of the rooms, we could not hear our neighbors even a little bit - just their shower running in the morning, so it wasn't an issue.

One weird thing, I am not sure if this is common practice nowadays, but we were given "gratuity" envelopes to tip the housekeeping staff individually - it felt odd on the last day, because we weren't sure if the person who was going to clean up after us was the same person we were tipping.

However, for the value, the view, and the pleasant, friendly management, I would certainly stay again and recommend the Blackberry
without hesitation.

  • Liked — location, friendly staff
  • Disliked — minor glitches, not quite my style of decor
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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2 Thank js_sf
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San Jose
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2007

I found the Blackberry Inn online and decided to go for a three day weekend getaway at the last minute. I also picked the place because they allow pets (I brought my little pomeranian with us and he was in seventh heaven.) Cost: $10 a night for 1 pet, which was very reasonable (another place wanted $30 per night for one pet)! It definitely met and exceeded our expectations.

The western "town" theme makes it very welcoming. Our room was really quaint: the bed had a quilt, there was a TV, there were a couple of duraflames for the fireplace, and the fresh-baked goodies/little fruit basket was a very nice touch. They even gave us milkbones for the dog. The office folks were super friendly. There's no cell phone service, and they let me use their phone to call a local restaurant for reservations.

Now a lot of towns are not dog friendly (Santa Cruz, for one, you can't take your dog on the beach or boardwalk). But Mendocino is different. We went to the Mendocino Cafe with him, which had outdoor seating and also saw other couples with their dogs. We took walks on the lovely cliff trails (filled with wild flowers), saw beautiful sunsets, and felt that this was a magical town. The Inn is not directly in town, but it was about 2 minutes away by car, so it isn't that bad.

In terms of things to do, I'd recommend a private beach horseback ride at Riccochet Ranch north of Fort Bragg (group trail ride is $45). We also went canoing, which was literally 3 minutes away from the Inn. ($20 per hour/2 hour minimum). We were glad we visited this beautiful part of California and will definitely come back to the Blackberry Inn.

  • Liked — home-like feel
  • Disliked — not in town, but it's pretty close to it.
  • Stayed May 2007
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Osaka, Japan
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
43 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed May 23, 2007

-- Friendly, low key staff.
-- Very welcoming room: comfortable furniture, bed, good layout, spacious, and a good bread/breakfast basket (with coffee).
-- Easy access, just a bit off the highway (and you can't hear any cars from the hotel).
-- Refreshingly original design (no corporate feel at all), but not too quirky or too B&B-ish.

  • Liked — Feeling that the proprietors care.
  • Stayed May 2007, traveled as a couple
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Thank kevboy
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Property: Blackberry Inn
Address: 44951 Larkin Rd, Mendocino, CA 95460-9751
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Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Mendocino
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Mendocino
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Blackberry Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Blackberry Inn, nestled a half mile above the historic town of Mendocino, offers guests the best of both worlds. Surrounded by sylvan trees, sunny meadows and breathtaking ocean views, the Inn is perfect for those looking for tranquility and luxury. Whether you enjoy strolling through town, hiking the many surrounding beaches, biking the idyllic Hwy. One, or relaxing on your redwood deck with a glass of wine, the Blackberry Inn offers serenity and proximity. ... more   less 
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