As published in the SF Chronicle
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Sunday, August 22, 2004
Cottages Tucked into Redwoods near Willits
On a recent hiking trip to the Mendocino Mountains, two hours north of San Francisco, we discovered a new bed and breakfast tucked in the mountains 8 miles west of Willits, known for the historic Skunk Train through the redwoods. Just 45 minutes from the ocean, the countryside is breathtaking, and a redwood-lined golf course is down the road.
Two years after innkeepers Earl and Christy Collins came west from Georgia, three new cottages on their Beside Still Waters Farm were ready for guests this spring. Our "Stepping Stones" cottage had a carved, pencil-post king-size bed with a handmade duvet cover, a "waterfall" whirlpool for two and an aromatherapy steam shower/foot spa. The spacious bedroom includes a cast-iron gas fireplace, satellite TV, CD player, refrigerator and microwave, small eating and sitting areas and complimentary snacks and drinks (including a half bottle of local Husch wine and fresh coffee beans with grinder).
A gourmet breakfast was served under the umbrella table on our deck overlooking a beautiful garden and the valley. It's a bit of a splurge at $245 a night, but we thought it was an exceptional value, particularly compared to what you get in Napa for the same price. Rose Arbor Cottage is $225, with periodic $179 specials. Meadowood Guesthouse (two bedrooms and full kitchen), for $265, can sleep six and is perfect for two couples or families.
MARCIE POWERS and
TOM VAN LOKEREN
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Three private cottages with luxury amenities are located on over 21 acres in mountains of Northern Mendocino County. Quiet, peaceful setting. Whirlpools, footspas, aromatherapy steam-showers, heated towel-bars, morning kitchens, fireplaces, full breakfast. Larger guesthouse is available for cabin rentals for families/groups. Convenient to redwoods, coast, wine country. Easily accessed from Highway 101. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Beside Still Waters Farm Bed And Breakfast Cottages & Vacation Rental
- Beside Still Waters Farm Bed & Breakfast Cottages & Vacation Rental Hotel