4.6 on May 07, 2016
Loved our room and the public areas are very comfortable with a fire (we had cold weather). A very nice base for exploring the Lassen area. No dining when we were there in April.
4.6 on March 16, 2016
My wife and I have been going to the Bidwell House for many years. Eva and Filip have always been the most hospitable, friendly, and accommodating hosts. The Bidwell House is cozy--with a great fireplace--comfortable, pleasantly furnished, and offers guests access to complementary beverages, books, movies, and online access. The Bidwell House is also located near amazing outdoor activities, such as hiking, snow sports, and terrific sightseeing.
4.4 on March 02, 2016
This is the 10th year we've stayed with Fillip and Eva at their Bidwell House B&B. We stay one weekend every winter and use it as a base for visiting friends in the region. The B&B offers access to (depending on the weather) cross country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, fishing, biking and other outdoor activities. If indoors is more your speed there is a beautiful sitting room in the main house with an huge fireplace and also a separate sun room. There is always a fire going when it is cold outside. Breakfast is always a treat as Fillip is a chef and he and Eva also own a nearby restaurant called the Red Onion (you won't believe their prime rib but that is another story). Bidwell House is a great place to spend a long weekend in the heart of the Sierra gold country.
4.4 on January 17, 2016
The Bidwell house is very nice, cozy and reasonably priced. You are welcomed by the lovely staff and the 3-course breakfast is amazing! Great place to stay while visiting the area.
5 on January 10, 2016
This B and B was the perfect place to gather and enjoy each other's company as a family. We were able to make ourselves at home, sit around the fire, play dominoes and laugh together while outdoors, soft snow floated down and turned the scenery into a magical winter wonderland. Filip, Eva and Crystal provided a breakfast that was both tasty and accommodated our gluten free dietary needs. A perfectly lovely stay!!
5 on January 06, 2016
Such a beautiful B&B with excellent Hosts and staff.
2.6 on January 03, 2016
My husband and I spent one night, as a getaway while visiting family. We traveled from Ohio to see family, then a but further to go to the Bidwell House. Our stay was midweek, between Christmas and New Years, and we ended up being the only room for the night. As such, we arrived with no staff available and made our way through the Inn to find our room. Coffee, Tea or Hot chocolate were available through the Keurig, which we found to be a nice option with the cold weather. We also appreciated the wine glasses and corkscrews available. Our room was spacious, fairly clean and generally as described on the website. The pillows need replacing and the "double soaker tub" was just barely large enough for the two of us (though my husband is 6'5...). We enjoyed a quiet evening together while our toddler visited her Nana and Papa. There were not many dining options, as several of the surrounding restaurants are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, so we are at the local pizzeria. It's not worth mentioning more than that. Our breakfast the next morning was warm and served to us, but not anything special. We enjoyed our getaway night and would have liked to take advantage of the snow shoes or a walk though the forest, but we were not prepared with proper footware or overcoats. The location was convenient for us and we did enjoy driving through Lassen National Park. The Inn fits the small town, in that it's quaint and sufficient, but not luxurious.
5 on November 25, 2015
4.8 on November 13, 2015
4.4 on November 11, 2015
My husband and I had a wonderful stay at the Bidwell House in Chester. The room was comfortable and clean, the breakfast was huge and quite tasty and the service was first-rate. I would definitely recommend this inn to anyone who is interested in staying in a small town and enjoying the surrounding area.
5 on October 13, 2015
We had been wanting to stay at the Bidwell House for some time on our travels through Chester but never seemed to make the arrangements in time. We visited a friend's art exhibit at the Blue Goose Gallery in town and were able to make a reservation so we didn't have to drive back to Susanville. What a wonderful experience! Met some great people and had a lovely, quiet evening to ourselves.
4.6 on October 12, 2015
We had a wonderful, relaxing 2 night stay. Friendly staff. Beautiful setting. Only thing I would change is their tissue products need upgrading...expected nicer quality at such an elegant place.
4.6 on October 11, 2015
Eva and Felipe(and Matthew) are always great hosts. Was nice to visit in s non-summer month. Breakfast wasn't as good as usual but Felupe wasn't cooking. I know Chia seeds are probably healthy but... Ick
5 on September 29, 2015
Amazing time at the Bidwell House! So quaint and quiet; the surrounding area is so beautiful!
3.6 on August 26, 2015
Friendly, homey feel in a small town. Went up for a wedding. Good size room and bathroom.
4.8 on June 11, 2015
Originally I planned on getting a cabin at Lassen Volcanic Park for my weekend trip, but they were all booked by the time I started looking. I'm fond of staying at unique B&B's when I travel as my wallet allows. Bidwell House was a little on the pricey side, but the charm of the location, the themed room, the friendliness of the hosts and the appropriately appointed night watch kitty who greeted us coming in after dark made it feel more like coming home. We only took part in the breakfast meal which was a delightful french omelette with goat cheese, sausage and spinach (I preferred my sans spinach, and they had no problem accommodating). There was also toast and jam, watermelon with mint, juice, coffee and yogurt. Upon arrival, the hostess did ask about any dietary restrictions, which I consider a thoughtful gesture so they could prepare for it in the morning. They have a DVD library, cabinet full of games and books highlighting various things to do in the area.
4.8 on June 10, 2015
We found the whole experience very positive. A beautiful garden, front porch with chairs, cozy living room, delicious breakfast and friendly hosts.
4.4 on June 02, 2015
Great place to get away & relax.
5 on May 28, 2015
We've stayed here many times. Each time is wonderful. Beautiful grounds, extremely clean inside and outside. Staff are wonderful. Food is excellent.
3.8 on May 23, 2015
We really enjoyed our stay at the Bidwell house. Innkeepers and staff were welcoming and friendly. Everything was inviting and we felt like we were staying in a friend's home. The floors need some attention, as they squeaked a LOT! (That could be embarrassing at times.) But overall we enjoyed our stay and will keep it in mind on our next visit to Chester!
4.8 on May 23, 2015
We stay here every year in May. Quiet, clean, nice place. Very relaxing
5 on May 20, 2015
We love coming up for a nice, quiet get-away. The rooms are so cozy, love the fresh cookie while checking in and the breakfast is always delicious!
5 on May 09, 2015
It was nice to stay during the week and enjoy the quiet and a nice easy swing in the front yard. The breakfast was wonderful as was the service.
4.6 on May 03, 2015
Eva and Pilip are wonderful hosts, very friendly offer a great place to stay. Can't enough good things about them and two young ladies that assist with breakfast.
5 on April 08, 2015
Absolutely the best! Everything was perfect!! The food was outstanding!!
4.6 on April 07, 2015
Booked 2 rooms at this charming B&B. Owners were very welcoming and communal areas a real plus. Home cooked 3 course breakfast a treat.
2.8 on March 29, 2015
The accommodations are wonderful. I arrived early and because no one was at the front desk, I called the number poste. A gentleman answered the phone and said "you are awfully early" I explained yes I was and if the room was not ready it was not a problem I could come back but I thought I would check as I had just driven into town.. He arrived a few short minutes later and said the room was ready and showed me to the room. The accommodation are clean and well kept. It was the breakfast I was so disappointed. The first morning I was served first course a yogurt dish with granola on top. The second course consisted of scrambled eggs with a dollop of store bought pesto sauce on top with grated cheese, two strips of bacon that I think were the "precooked" bacon, I'm not sure. a store bought muffin like McDonalds serves with store bought Jam and Jelly. Orange juice was not fresh squeezed as I've always had in B&B and not even orange juice, but came out of a plastic gallon container labeled "orange delight" i.e.; kool aid. Dessert consisted of chopped grapes, apple and strawberries. Very disappointing in fact something I would expect at a Best Western where the breakfast is included and even they serve orange juice, not fresh squeezed but at least orange juice. I never saw any staff members other than the waitress and the gentleman that showed me my room. Again in other B&B's the hosts have always appeared at Breakfast and welcomed the guests, chatted, "where are you from" "thank you" etc. Maybe they were embarrassed? I did not stay for breakfast the following morning, but instead chose to leave and go elsewhere. If you are looking for charming accommodations this is the place but if you are expecting normal B&B breakfast waking to the smell of fresh breads, muffins and/or biscuits with homemade jams, eggs, etc.and friendly hosts, or any hosts at all, this is not the place. .
4.0 on February 26, 2015
Bidwell House is run by a lovely couple with their 2 boys. We have been staying with them since they purchased the inn 9 years ago and have enjoyed our winter stays every year since then. Chester is a pretty sleepy town in the winter and for the last few years snow has been hard to come by yet there are plenty of adventures to keep you busy. Breakfasts are always a treat as Eva is a wonderful cook. Don't miss the Red Onion for dinner as Filip is a wonderful chef.
5 on February 22, 2015
Always a wonderful place to relax and be at home away from home. Eva, you are so kind and pleasant, always making our stay so special.
5 on January 19, 2015
My husband and I stayed for 4 days. We stayed one night in the Rose room and the other three in the robins roost. Both were very nice. Eva is a very gracious Inn keeper. We will be back.
5 on December 27, 2014
Filip and Eva and their staff are always friendly and helpful! They make us feel very welcome, and quickly attend to any need. We have never been disappointed with accommodations or the excellent food. And the setting is fantastic...beautiful with or without snow!
4.8 on December 03, 2014
We stayed in the off season and were the only couple there. The staff was very nice and treated us as if we were family. Loved it and will be returning again. The food at the Red Onion was great.
5 on November 23, 2014
Filip and Eva are the best hosts. The crisp, clean air and quiet of the Sierras is even more enjoyable while rocking on the porch or sipping sherry in front of the fire. Beats a spa day.
4.4 on November 13, 2014
My wife and I met her brother and his wife there. We had business during the day, but we were in early each evening. Along with a couple of other travelers, we spent the evenings in the comfortable sunroom watching the World Series. Almost like home! The whole experience was wonderful. Breakfasts were very nice, and overall service was superb. We'll recommend it highly to friends and family.
3.8 on November 12, 2014
We enjoyed our stay at the Bidwell House. We could hear our neighbors above us so next time we may ask to stay on the top level, otherwise we had an enjoyable weekend. We will be back.
4.8 on November 02, 2014
went to see fall colors on hwy70, fantastic, great B&B
4.2 on October 29, 2014
My wife and I really enjoyed the Bidwell House. Though at first the room's seemed dated, and to an extent they were, that was over ridden by the very nice rooms in the main house and the hospitality of the hosts, particularly at Breakfast time, where we got the best breakfast of our trip.
5 on October 29, 2014
Very nice room and very nice people. Great breakfast too. Only complaint is we could not stay longer.
3.0 on October 21, 2014
We really enjoyed our stay at the Bidwell House. The staff were welcoming and very helpful. The room was perfect and the breakfast next morning excellent. We were given a list of restaurants to eat at in the evening which was a great help. The B and B was in a great position to explore the Lassen Volcanic Park. I would certainly recommend it.
4.2 on October 20, 2014
We enjoyed our one night stay very much! We were in the original house in a spacious, quiet room. Beautiful furnishings, plenty of pillows and blankets. Bathroom in our suite was very clean. Nice amenities (soap, shampoo, etc.) Nice selection of coffee and tea available all the time. The breakfast was outstanding and nicely presented and served. There was plenty of food, with several courses, all very good.
5 on October 17, 2014
We were made very welcome from the start by Eva, one of the owners. Bidwell House is a charming property with 2 relaxing guest lounges as well as an outdoor patio area and veranda complete with the requisite rocking chairs. There were plenty of guide books and magazines available to check out the next day;'s activity. Our room was spacious and comfortable and the power shower was much appreciated after a hard day's walking. The complimentary sherry and cookies on our return each day were also very welcome. The three course breakfast was well presented and always very nicely cooked by Eva. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here
4.2 on October 15, 2014
This is a tremendous place for a family get together. Excellent facility for kids to be kids and play in the great outdoors. Great things to go do in the surrounding area. We love the hosts. They are amazing and have done a really nice job of making their b&b feel like your home. We have stayed here several times and will continue to go to their place. We are planning on taking several friends there. Fall is amazing here!!!
3.8 on October 13, 2014
I chose the bedroom with a shared bathroom, mid-week, in the hopes that I wouldn't have to share. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't notice any sharing. Everything was comfortable and inn-keepers very accommodating.
3.0 on October 11, 2014
It was a lovely room and spot. We were in the area to hike in Lassen. The house was very cosy. I was a little disappointed with the breakfast, not because it wasn't good but it was more or less adequate. Otherwise our stay was great.
4.0 on October 10, 2014
We really enjoyed our stay. A particularly well run B&B. Very comfortably furnished room with a great bed. Well situated for exploring nearby Lassen Volcanic National Park.
4.2 on October 07, 2014
This was our second stay and enjoyed it even more than the first. Breakfast was definitely above average each of the three mornings, with coffee available all day. Our hosts were friendly and made us feel at home.
5 on September 23, 2014
Stayed at the Bidwell House 2 nights. It's on the edge of town, pretty quiet, and right on the gateway to Lassen Volcanic Park. Tastefully decorated old victorian, yet has plenty of amenities such as wi-fi, etc. Our room was "Old Glory" - just beautiful, and very spacious & comfy. Innkeepers are very warm & friendly, and the breakfasts were absolutely yummy! We highly recommend it!
3.6 on September 22, 2014
There are not many nice places to stay around Lassen volcanic national park, but we were lucky to find the Bidwell House. It's on the edge of town in Chester with great access to Lake Almanor. Check in is between 3-6pm, we arrived around 5:30 and there was no one to greet us. Our key was in a envelope on a counter with some info. Since we made it to the inn by check in we expected someone to be there. Our Lassen room was cute and clean. The owners also own a restaurant Red Onion Bar and Grill, we enjoyed a nice meal there.
4.0 on September 22, 2014
The Bidwell House is a great place to stay near the Lassen Volcano NP. Nice rooms and a very good breakfast each morning, all delivered at a high service level.
4.6 on September 20, 2014
We stayed at the Bidwell housde for two nights in a suite as there were 4 of us. All I can say is this B&B is fabulous from start to finish, beautifully furnished and so cosy! Everything has been thought of to make any stay as comfortable as possible the hosts deserve every success that comes there way :) Chester is also a lovely little town with lots of dining opportunities for the evenings after a busy day in Lasson NP (another little known NP and a pure gem). If we are ever back in the area staying at Bidwell would be top of our list!
5 on September 12, 2014
From their beautiful spacious rooms to their wonderful service, we cannot recommend The Bidwell House more highly. The staff was great, breakfast was delicious, beds we're comfy, location was fantastic. If your destination is in or around Lassen, this is where you should be resting your head for a spell.
3.6 on August 25, 2014
very charming B&B,but breakfast good as quality but insufficient as quantity
5 on August 14, 2014
We loved our stay in the cosy house. The turn of the century design of the house was enchanting. You and your staff worked seamlessly to make our stay enjoyable. The fresh baked cookies in the evening was delightful. We recommend the Bidwell House to our friends and family.
5 on August 13, 2014
My partner and I stayed here at the last minute for a weekend trip to Lassen National Park. It was absolutely wonderful - the house is beautiful and charming with a huge yard and porch swing. The room was very cute and clean. We got a room with a shared bathroom for $110, which included an incredible made to order breakfast for two. They were accommodating about my allergy needs also. We definitely want to go back! We are a same-sex couple and got some stares around town and from others at the Inn, but the innkeeper was very friendly to us.
3.8 on August 13, 2014
This is a very nice inn on the outskirts of Chester, close to Lake Almanor and the southeast entrances to Lassen National Park. The people are very welcoming and the facilities are comfortable. Other than a balky rollaway bed, the room was excellent with nice furnishings. Excellent breakfast each morning.
4.6 on August 11, 2014
Great place to stay while visiting Lassen. Friendly, helpful staff.
4.8 on August 09, 2014
Very nice B&B. The owners are very friendly. I will stay there again the next time we are in the area. We stayed in the Lassen room. The bed was very comfortable and the shower was great.
3.4 on August 06, 2014
We returned to the Bidwell B&B after a stay a few years ago and were not dissapointed. We stayed in the cottage, which was quite cozy and comfortable. The yard was beautiful with the large aspen trees and view of the lake. Breakfast was very nicely prepared, albeit too sweet for my taste. The hostess was as gracious as I had remembered from our first visit. We will be back! I love the Bidwell B&B because it is not stuffy or like staying in a museum!
5 on August 01, 2014
My husband and I were very pleased with our welcome from Eva at The Bidwell House on the last night of our National Park Harley ride. Our friends were camping across in Lake Almanor and so wished they'd come to stay with us. From the lovingly manicured lawn and beautiful flowers around the property to the peaceful room with very comfy king bed, we loved it all. But especially the happy welcoming faces of the innkeepers who truly seemed to love visitors. This is a hidden gem and we will definitely be back!
4.8 on July 31, 2014
The house had many places inside n out for you to relax at. We enjoyed the swinging chair. They were able to serve gluten free breakfast. The host n staff were very helpful in our requests.
5 on July 28, 2014
Loved staying in the beautiful Bidwell House. Would definitely stay here again. Breakfast was amazing. Loved our room, bathroom, etc. Great job!
4.4 on July 28, 2014
This is a beautiful B&B in the small town of Chester, the rooms are large and nicely appointed, not cramped like some B&B's. The owners are friendly and helpful. This was our second visit in about 5 years and the relaxing experience was not diminished at all. Lake views are great and the breakfast's were tasty. Highly recommend a stay here if you want some down time.
3.4 on July 20, 2014
Bed was uncomfortable. Lack of air conditioning made it very difficult to sleep at night.
4.2 on July 19, 2014
Very good for a family of 4 spending time at Lassen National park. Good use of guest fridge and great breakfasts to get ready for hiking on long summer days. Ate a good meal at the Red Oinion near Lake Almanor, managed by the same in keepers.
4.6 on July 17, 2014
Much better than staying at a motel and munch more value for money.
3.8 on July 02, 2014
The Bidwell House is a cozy B&B with friendly staff, clean and comfy rooms with wonderful beds and decadent bathrooms. It's a great place to stay if you're enjoying recreation in the area - especially Lassen. Breakfast was served with a smile, and we loved the honor bar stocked with beer and a wine fridge. We hope to be back soon.
4.6 on June 29, 2014
We had a wonderful 44th anniversary stay here in Chester! What a fun and peaceful place to come "home" to after hiking and biking during our days. We had wine/cheese/crackers on the gazebo, walked to town for dinner one night and thoroughly enjoyed the outstanding breakfasts with outstanding service each morning. We usually camp in our RV at the North Shores Campground close by but decided to do something different for our anniversary. It was a fun time!!
4.6 on June 19, 2014
We had a lovely experience at the Bidwell House B & B. The room was comfortable and spacious; bath amenities were wonderful and the breakfast served in the morning was excellent! We will definitely recommend the Bidwell House to friends and would be happy to stay here again when visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park.
5 on June 18, 2014
I cannot say enough about how wonderful our stay was. Everyone of the staff made us feel cared for, relaxed and pampered. I plan to recommend staying here to all our friends and family.
4.4 on June 13, 2014
Our room had 2 large windows one with beautiful views of the meadow & lake and the other of the mountains. The grounds are also nice with lots of trees for shade. The owners were absolutely wonderful. You can eat breakfast in their dining room or they will even bring it up to your room. Food was great and we really enjoyed our stay. I would recommend this as the only place to stay in Chester.
5 on June 08, 2014
It was perfect in every way. I would highly recommend!
5 on June 01, 2014
Bidwell House bed and breakfast could not have been more perfect. After an extremely long month without a single day off, it was just what I needed to relax and unwind; the in-room Jacuzzi was a definite plus. My girlfriend and I had chose the "touch of romance" package since it was our two year anniversary, and having a wonderful breakfast delivered to the room was worth every penny, I'd suggest the "touch of romance" package even if you're not there for romance. The atmosphere and local surroundings and restaurants made this an unforgettable vacation.
3.8 on May 17, 2014
We got in a little later than expected and no one was at the check in desk. Called the number provided and waited about 10-15 minutes which was fine since we were able to relax on the front porch after a long drive. The porch flower baskets were not out yet since the weather still freezing at night on occasion, but the place looked good - a work in progress since there is lots of landscaping to take care of. Breakfast was awesome although served a little late for older people wanting to get on the road (served 8:30 to 9:30am) This probably changes when they get busier for the summer months. This was our 2nd time at this B&B and we would definitely come back if we visit the area again.
5 on May 15, 2014
Really the best option when in this area. Excellent place, service, very quiet and relaxing. Nice, hard-working couple running it. And, it is more economical than the chain hotels in the area. What is not to like? The friendliness and service really is noteworthy.
3.8 on May 13, 2014
We had a good stay
5 on May 12, 2014
We spend every summer at Lake Almanor in our motorhome, but this is the first time we finally visited the Bidwell House. It was truly delightful. The innkeepers are very welcoming, and the atmosphere is warm and cozy. Our room was wonderful and we enjoyed the jacuzzi spa before retiring. The morning breakfast was out of this world - a real treat - excellent food, prepared and served beautifully. We will definitely stay there again.
4.2 on May 02, 2014
quiet, beautiful, and romantic. I hope you love this place as much as we do.
5 on April 29, 2014
This is our third stay at the Bidwell House. We enjoy the environment, the rooms are clean and the owners are so friendly and accommodating. Their 3 course breakfast was very good! it is a place to relax and turn off the busy world around you. We will return again, for sure.
4.4 on March 12, 2014
We recently took advantage of their 3 nights for 2 winter offer and was delighted with the result. The room was a good size and nicely appointed and cleaned every day. We also ordered the romance package and received breakfast in bed for 2 of the mornings. The food exceeded our expectations too. Very creative and relatively healthy too. Overall a wonderful stay with excellent customer service. We will be back.
5 on December 24, 2013
Was a great experience. Our host were the best
3.6 on November 17, 2013
The 2 room suite was beautiful, the beds were comfy, the bathroom was beautiful although it would have been nice to take a shower not just a bath due to no shower head or hand held shower head. The hosts were very pleasant. The food was disappointing. The omelet was good. But when away on vacation, it is always nice to be spoiled with upscale dining. A little more creativity to the breakfast menu would make the stay perfect!
5 on October 28, 2013
My girlfriend and I spent a night here for our 1 year anniversary. It was a lovely room, perfect for a couple to stay in. We were accommodated nicely with excellent service, and a nice home-cooked gourmet breakfast!
5 on October 25, 2013
My family and I stayed in the Stover-MacKenzie Cottage for a weekend. We really enjoyed the cottage with all the extra beds, full kitchen, wood burning stove, and living room. It was a perfect fit for us as we hiked all day at Lassen Volcanic National Park and came back and relaxed in the cottage at night. The facilities at the Bidwell House are beautiful and the fall colors on the trees surround the property just added to the scenery. The Breakfasts both days were outstanding. The presentation of the menu and the presentation of the food exceeded my expectations. I hope we can return to the area some time soon and enjoy the Bidwell House again.
5 on October 20, 2013
We enjoyed our stay and were very pleased with the acommodations,
3.0 on October 15, 2013
Room was spacious and the breakfast was good and filling
4.0 on October 14, 2013
It was a lovely stay. The hospitality and comfort were wonderful and the big hearth in the gathering room was delightful. Had a bit of view of the lake from the couch too. Nice people who left us alone but were around to help if need be. So, a good visit all around!
4.4 on October 13, 2013
We stayed in the 'Robin's Roost' which had a lovely view and the room was clean, well appointed, quiet, and very comfortable! Breakfast was creative and tasty and the service was friendly and personable! We were offered help with our luggage and that's unusual for a B&B and thus service rates five stars from me as we had the same level of service I normally expect from a much pricier establishment. Honestly, this B&B would run $700 a night were it located in Monterey or Carmel and I have no doubt the place would be packed every night even at that rate! This is an excellent place and we'll be coming back for more!
4.4 on October 11, 2013
Very lovely setting with great views and close to town and restaurants. We stayed in the Lassen room. The bed was on a raised floor that my wife tripped on twice. Other than that, our stay was wonderful. We would go back to this establishment.
5 on September 30, 2013
I think this B&B in very endearing. The hosts are kind, welcoming and sensitive to guest needs such as food preferences. The food they provide is delightful and beautifully prepared and served. It feels like a little bit of Europe, and a lot of the beautiful area of Chester, Lake Almanor and Lassen. I thought this was a very sweet place to stay. I have already returned once and will be back again.
4.0 on September 30, 2013
Staying in the cabin next to the B&B was great. The room was larger and kitchen was nice to have.
4.0 on September 22, 2013
The B&B is great. The breakfast is wonderful. The rooms are really comfortable & the staff is super. The only draw back is since there is no A/C if it is hot you need to open the window and outside can be noisy.
4.2 on September 18, 2013
Bidwell House is located at the east end of Chester, less than seven miles from Lake Almanor. The main house welcomes you with an intimate living room (free sherry for sipping at the end of the day), an adjoining sun-room with a television and large DVD selection, and of course, the dinning area next to the kitchen. The staff is very friendly, energetic and attentive. Breakfast was the highpoint and exceeded our expectations. Though the selection is limited, it is well made and presented with flair. There are rooms up stairs in the main house, with the majority of the rooms located in a two-story adjoining building tucked behind. This is a modern addition to the original house but the construction and rooms reflect the time and style. Our room was comfortable, clean and decorated to match the time period. The overall atmosphere is quiet and very relaxing. We were not expecting quite this nice of an experience and were very pleased. I don't want to oversell, but I believe you will find Bidwell House a real value tor the money and believe you will enjoy your stay as much as my wife and I did.
4.0 on September 17, 2013
When I was planning our trip to California to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary, Chester seemed an ideal place to rest up ahead of our trip into the Lassen Volcanic National Park. This may be unfair to Chester but Bidwell House seems somewhat out of place; it is a beautifully maintained B&B, lovely spacious rooms and very welcoming and helpful staff in what seems a bit of a one-horse town. On arrival we were given the grand tour, shown all the amenities and told to help ourselves to coffee, tea and cookies, and to use the refrigerator to store juices etc for the next day. The receptionist tried several times to get us and another couple reservations at the local Italian restaurant, but without success as the restaurant was not answering its 'phone.. Bless her, she tried. Next morning this helpfulness was evident again when my wife splashed her white blouse with blueberry juice. Out came the damp cloths to remove the major stain followed by the bleach pen to remove what remained. Blouse restored to whiteness. As for breakfast it was great, and so filling.
4.6 on September 17, 2013
A delightful place to spend a couple of days, everyone was incredibly friendly and more than happy to accommodate our needs. We would be happy to return some day.
5 on September 14, 2013
We recently stayed at Bidwell House in Chester, CA. It was a wonderful oasis after a day hiking at Lassen Volcano National Park. Breakfasts were delicious and our room a beautifully inviting. Also private and quiet.
4.6 on September 08, 2013
Bidwell House is a great place to relax and to feel comfortable.
4.4 on September 07, 2013
Very nice room, although I always want a desk or table in a room to write/type on. Appreciated the honor bar, cookies and great breakfasts - I was so pleased that the portions were not excessively as many restaurants do nowadays. good variety of food well presented by very cheery, nice women!
2.6 on September 05, 2013
This place deserves a high recommendation. Unfortunately the room we were in is their least expensive and it showed it. Our first night the security light from outside shown on our pillows. Also the room had no dresser, just some hanging cloth bags in the closet. Our host was prompt in adding a dresser but we had to do some finagling to block the light while keeping the window open on a very warm night. If we had booked one of the more expensive rooms I believe we would have nothing but a very positive experience. Their breakfast is the best in Chester. There is a very comfortable and homey feeling throughout the Inn. The hosts were very amiable an quick to respond. I have high expectations so I had to do a three star because their scale for three stars was "met my expectations", and it did (except as noted). In a normal five star rating I would have given them four stars.
5 on September 03, 2013
We just spent 2 wonderful nights at the Bidwell House in Chester. It was just lovely. We had a beautiful room and breakfast was fantastic. The staff is most gracious and friendly. We would certainly recommend this site to all of our friends and family wishing to visit the gorgeous area of Lassen National Park. Thank you so much for a well rested time at the Bidwell House.
4.8 on September 01, 2013
We have got a lot of attention from the hosts but also the silence we were looking for. Quality services and in every single aspect of our stay. Very nice location at the end of the world.
4.0 on August 29, 2013
Great location if you want to visit Lassen NP and especially Warner Valley and Juniper Lake. Everybody is very friendly and always there to help. Breakfast is outstanding.
4.6 on August 27, 2013
We really enjoyed our time at the Bidwell House. The room was lovely and very comfortable and the breakfast was great! Staff and owners were very welcoming and helpful.
3.6 on August 25, 2013
This is a great small town Inn and from what we saw on our visit, the best place to stay if you are going to Lassen National Park and don't want to camp. We went on a July 2013 weekend and enjoyed an art festival, wine walk and live music on the porch of the B&B. Staff was helpful and guests are given the run on the house, not usual for a B&B. The grounds and gardens are a treasure. There were some bumps in our short stay but we would recommend this B&B
4.6 on August 24, 2013
This is a very cozy, welcoming and relaxing B&B. Close to Mt. Lassen National Park and other outdoor activities. I look forward to returning.
4.8 on August 23, 2013
Breakfast was the best! The cottage was roomy and a nice large kitchen. ONly complaint would be that we had to go over to the main house to get internet service but we were gone most of the time so it was no biggy. Staff was super friendly and helpful. Towels were very plush.
3.0 on August 22, 2013
We booked this B&B following a recommendation by the Travel Clinic in The Times newspaper as we needed somewhere to stay for a visit to Lassen. It met all of my expectations based on that report. It was a lovely building with the old world charm that isn't always seen in USA but what we often come to expect in the UK. The room that we had was spacious and comfortable but some aspects were a little tired - the fabric on an easy chair (not antique), the shower sealant was discoloured and there had obviously been a leak at some point by the condition of the flooring, the windows appeared to have been painted over and we were unable to open them (the weather was hot). The owners were friendly and welcoming, as were their staff. The breakfasts were tasty and varied and different to many typical offerings. The information on their website and advertising brochures talked of cookies and fruit being readily available but we only saw these on the first afternoon when we arrived. It was a relaxing place to stay and I would certainly consider staying again if I was in the area.
4.6 on August 21, 2013
we loved our stay
4.8 on August 21, 2013
My husband and I were celebrating our 25th anniversary with a hiking vacation. Our first hike was in Mt Lassen. The Bidwell House was recommended as a nice place to stay and it wasn't until we got there that we realized it was 30 miles in the wrong direction from the Park. But it was much nicer than any place we passed that was closer and we were glad that we went out of our way to stay there. They had the best breakfast of any place we stayed on our entire trip! Beautiful bed too!
4.8 on August 19, 2013
Sat on the cool, breezy porch and looked at the flowers; after dark sat in the comfy reading chair in front room; slept well on very good mattress and charming room; sharing a bathroom was easy; superior breakfast; hosts and staff are welcoming and helpful. It was my second visit and I will go back.
4.4 on August 19, 2013
We enjoyed the lawns and well kept gardens. The house itself offered us many amenities along with excellent breakfast service and food. The bed was very comfortable and the room pretty.
3.8 on August 07, 2013
The house, the grounds and the staff are charming and the location is great!
5 on August 05, 2013
The staff were welcoming and very helpful. Abundant gardens and flowering trees will be lovely in every season. Our room was comfortable and airy, furnished with antiques and quilts. Breakfast was abundant, yummy and imaginative. I especially appreciated access to the kitchen with many teas and coffee always available. Very near Lassen Volcanic. I'd love to go back.
4.0 on August 04, 2013
The welcome atmosphere, the rooms, public areas, the grounds....all were just excellent. Also impressed with knowledgeable, pleasant staff.
4.6 on August 03, 2013
We enjoyed our stay at this beautiful B&B in Chester. This was our launching point to explore Lassen and beyond. Highly recommended.
4.2 on August 02, 2013
Everything about the Bidwell House was great! I recommend it, and would gladly stay there again.
5 on July 30, 2013
A hidden gem in Chester, CA. Superior service and an inviting space. The rooms are unique, clean and comfortable. The staff goes out of their way for guests including gourmet breakfast in bed if requested. Professional and personable
5 on July 30, 2013
Two PCT thru-hikers and two parental units shared the two bedroom suite and found it perfect--lots of room to spread out (and store) stuff and share civilized time in the "parlor" area of the master bedroom. It was a bit warm one night, but better placement of fans and use of shades made it much more comfortable the second night. The breakfasts were superb and everyone on the staff was warm and helpful.
3.8 on July 28, 2013
Charming and Restful.
4.2 on July 16, 2013
The breakfasts were delicious and filling, the staff very friendly but not hovering.
5 on July 15, 2013
We had to make a last minute reservation and everyone involved were professional and efficient. Unfortunately we were unable to enjoy the breakfast, but it smelled good. We will come again and stay longer.
5 on July 14, 2013
This was a lovely bed and breakfast, very pleasant, close to Lassen National Park. The owner was very helpful, the room was very comfortable, and the food was excellent.
5 on July 12, 2013
Our first impression was how beautiful the house and the surrounding property was. Inside we were met by very nice, welcoming people who seemed to be long lost friends. Our room, the Mackenzie B room which was lovely. A bit smaller than expected but none the less, lovely. Coming down to breakfast was a complete joy and quite a surprise to my husband. Our three-course breakfast was excellent!! The real treat was our waiter, Joseph, who was not only polite but the very essence of graciousness. His manners were impeccable as was his willingness to serve us an unbelievable breakfast -time meal. Though our stay was for only 2 nights, we will certainly return to try one of the other rooms and we look forward to staying with the wonderful people of the Bidwell House. A million thanks to all!! Allison and Bob Riblett
4.2 on July 12, 2013
Quaint accommodations, beautiful grounds, peaceful location. NIce hospitality by innkeepers and a fantastic breakfast.
4.8 on July 11, 2013
My wife and I stayed 2 nights at the Bidwell House for a quick getaway from Reno. The rooms were clean, comfortable, and charming. The staff was enthusiastic and friendly and the gourmet-style breakfasts were just enough to satisfy us without overwhelming us. Additionally, the grounds provided us the perfect opportunity to read and enjoy a glass of wine.
4.6 on July 10, 2013
My husband and I had such a great time staying at the Bidwell House in Chester. I was fortunate enough to get the last room available on the 4th of July weekend. Our room was a bit warm the first night due to very warm weather but when the weather cooled down it was just fine. The owners and all who worked there were wonderful. As a guest you have access to the house anytime of the day to get whatever you need. For our first visit to Chester, we definitely stayed at the right place. If you like the outdoor life, but enjoy a nice place to rest your head then the Bidwell House is perfect.
4.6 on July 09, 2013
We have stayed here several times and have enjoyed the friendly service and very comfortable rooms. Great location!
4.2 on July 05, 2013
We stayed in the Rose room. It was spacious and well appointed with a comfy bed, an in room flat screen TV and an assortment of movies. There were also plenty of windows with fully working hardware. Overall the property is very well maintained, the staff very friendly and helpful. One minor issue for us is that we are "shower people" and there is only a hand held, in (jacuzzi) tub arrangement here. It's a little awkward to adapt to. Because it was unusually hot during our visit it felt a little "unprivate" with the bathroom window open. The window opens to the walkway where guests in other rooms pass by. The main thing that is lacking, however, is air conditioning. Our visit coincided with high temperatures over 100 degrees. Although overnight it did eventually cool enough that we no longer were sweltering, we literally had to sit beneath the ceiling fan in the middle of the floor with all doors and windows open - an awkward and not terribly private strategy. The lights outside the room were over bright and can not be turned off. We'd gladly go back, but only if the daytime temperatures stay well below 90 degrees... With all the blankets, comforters, and the in-room fire place, it's clearly best experienced in cold weather. Regrettably we only stayed one of the two nights we reserved and retreated to a less wonderful place that had air-conditioning. The Bidwell House is well located for those interested in exploring Lassen National Park. Oh, and the sole coffee spot in town is excellent.
5 on July 03, 2013
My wife and I stayed at the Bidwell House on June 28-30 for our 5 year anniversary. It was exactly the break we needed. The house and surrounding grounds are beautiful, the room was very spacious and comfortable (Garden Room), the staff very accommodating, and the atmosphere relaxing. The breakfast both mornings was very good and filling but not heavy. The town (Chester, CA) has plenty to do especially with Lake Almanore right there. This was the break from the daily rush we both needed and will definitely be staying there again. R&J Beck.
4.4 on July 02, 2013
This is undoubtedly the best place to stay in Chester, California. The food and breakfast room staff are wonderful. The rooms are beautiful. The place is family friendly. The only negative we found is the exterior room windows were spattered with bird droppings, which made it difficult to enjoy the scenery. Also, the room carpets were nicely vacuumed, but they did not appear to have been steam cleaned in a long time. There were visible stains, which appeared to have been spot cleaned. Unfortunately, the stains were so deeply embedded in the carpet they still showed. We have stayed at this B and B before -- and would stay again. We would recommend it to friends as well. We would, however, advise bringing slippers -- as you would not want to walk barefooted in the rooms.
4.8 on June 30, 2013
We had a very nice two night stay. Food and service was excellent, and the room was clean and beautifully decorated. Would deffinettly stay here on our time through Chester.
4.6 on June 27, 2013
We had a great stay at the Bidwell House (Hummingbird room). Very helpful staff, nice and clean room, wonderful breakfasts.
5 on June 26, 2013
We had a wonderful stay at the Bidwell House. The staff was so friendly and helpful. The breakfasts were amazing - tasty and filling. Can't say enough about how nice it was.
4.8 on June 19, 2013
The employees are all very very nice and breakfast was delicious.
2.8 on June 18, 2013
A very charming Bed and Breakfast in a wonderful location. The grounds are very well kept and the public rooms are very cozy and comfortable. Cookies and Sherry in the afternoon add a nice touch. We also appreciated the availability of a refrigerator for the guests. However, while the two breakfasts we had during our stay were tasty (I really enjoyed the apple turnovers) they were rather skimpy. And the bed in our room (Hummingbird) was downright uncomfortable.
5 on June 16, 2013
Staff was very helpful. House is great to hang out ...lots of room to spread out in living spaces. Inn Keepers were fabulous. Food was great.
5 on June 05, 2013
We truly loved our stay - the rooms were immaculate, well decorated and the views, birds, flowers and plants were so fun to see. It was most relaxing, and we really enjoy being able to go into the living room or sun room in the evening for some games, reading, movies or just plain relaxing, with a glass of sherry if we wish! All in all, a beautiful place and wonderful place to stay.
5 on June 05, 2013
5 on June 03, 2013
We had another great time. It is so quiet & relaxing there.
4.6 on June 03, 2013
Our stay here was just wonderful and restful! The food was just fabulous and the staff are so friendly and attentive. The B&B is also located in a most beautiful place. I recommend a stay here to everyone.
4.2 on June 02, 2013
Great time. Excellent service and yummy breakfast every day. DJ
5 on June 02, 2013
We stayed at the Bidwell House for two nights while visiting the Lassen Volcanic Park. It is a wonderful retreat and the hosts are very thoughtful in meeting their guests' needs. The breakfasts are out of this world!
5 on May 22, 2013
Philip and Eva run a beautiful bed and breakfast in the little town of Chester, CA. My husband and I make an annual trip up to Lake Almanor and discovered the Bidwell House last year. The house is gorgeous. The property and landscaping are beautiful. The breakfasts that Eva cooks herself are wonderful and will keep you full and powered up until at least lunch time (they are also very accommodating to any dietary preferences/needs you have). You are welcomed into this home and treated as if you live there, too. There are many spots to just sit and relax - a sun room, the living room (with fireplace and sherry in the evening), a porch, a back patio, and a gazebo. There's a guest refrigerator so you can store your own food, and you are also welcome to make coffee, tea, or hot chocolate in their kitchen. If you are planning a trip up to the Lake Almanor area, don't hesitate to stay at the Bidwell House!
4.6 on May 15, 2013
Comfortable, peaceful B&B with very helpful staff. Nice, spacious rooms. Enjoyed the homey touches of being invited to make my own tea in the kitchen and the use of a guest fridge. Would have been grateful for some sparkling water or other non-sugary, non-alcoholic drinks in the honor bar and a small bottle of conditioner in the shower. We had a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Thanks so much!
3.8 on April 24, 2013
There are more than a dozen rooms located behind the main house, each decorated in their own charming way. The main house is gorgeous and the grounds are breathtaking. Picture ready and perfect with porch swings and all. Worth the drive. The lake is everything you'd expect and more and there are views from every room.
4.8 on April 23, 2013
Only wish they had a handheld shower
5 on March 11, 2013
This is the perfect place to escape. My husband and I stayed here twice this winter. Our room was beautiful with a fireplace and jacuzzi tub. It is such a beatiful place and gives off such a sense of romance. The service is amazing. Definately our favorite getaway.
4.2 on February 21, 2013
The Bidwell House is a well run, friendly Bed and Breakfast. The gourmet breakfasts such as frittatas and pesto eggs over garlic toast were amazing, and The Red Onion, the restaurant owned and run by the same couple, was delicious and high class - the nicest place to eat in the whole area. Our winter stay was cozy and quiet. Great amenities such as DVD library, cocoa and tea available any time, afternoon cookies, and many others. Friendly and cheerful owners!
4.8 on February 21, 2013
On arrival, the overall appearance meet the expectation of what was shown on the web site. Room was clean and did not smell of smoke or any other odor. The common room was clean, with a fire going and a comfortable feel. My wife and I enjoyed our time and will most likely coming back for another stay.
3.6 on January 30, 2013
Room was a nice layout. Double jacuzzi? Well, good thing my girlfriend is small. It felt a little cramped but accommodating. Bed was so comfy we didn't even get up for breakfast. A nice stay for relaxing.
4.8 on January 08, 2013
The house is an amazing piece of history.
4.6 on January 03, 2013
I went to Bidwell house for a short winter retreat in the mountains. It was an incredibly cozy & charming home. The service was wonderful and the breakfast delicious. I will definitely be back!
5 on November 29, 2012
Had a great stay at the Bidwell House as usual. The weather was cold enough to let you know winter was there. We had great breakfast with good conversation with other guest. Breakfast consisted of a granola yogurt,bacon,andpancakes one morning. Another morning we had a yummy omelet with toast and a dish of fruit with a pastry to followed along with coffee and choice of juice. Eva and Filip are gracious host to say the least. I myself slipped away to do some fly fishing within the boundries of Plumas county and was treated to some great trout fishing with 7 fish to show for the 2 hours of angling I fit in. My wife went along to read a book as I fished and enjoyed the beauty of the lake and the birds that were near to be watched in the peaceful setting. My son and I went to the basketball court to keep his game up a bit close by at the park near the feather river. The Town held its merchant night on Friday with lots of great deals and items available to all who shopped as well as cookies, icecream and others goodies offered to all that walked by. In the evening we ate at the Red Onion with Good seafood items,steaks and pasta dishes to please our palates. Also played a couple of games of pool with a nightcap or two in the the bar at the restaurant.The last day we cut our tree for Christmas to finalize our already great trip. Bud Chaddock
4.2 on November 18, 2012
I really enjoyed my stay here. I made a last minute reservation and arrived to find that my room had been upgraded. The room.was cute and clean. The next morning I arose to a 3 course breakfast. I enjoyed my stay so much that I stayed another night. Best place to stay in Chester!
4.4 on November 15, 2012
Staff was very friendly & helpful. Room was very welcoming & warm, the heater was on for us before arrival. Loved the Touch of Romance package my husband surprised me with!! Thank you for supplying the package with sparkling cider for us, since being pregnant & unable to have champagne! Our breakfast in bed was served right at the requested time & was very delicious!!! Wish the door stop on the bathroom door didn't keep falling down to where the door was always open. We would definitely come back again for a mini getaway.
5 on November 09, 2012
Had a great stay at Bidwell House you will too. Hope to be back next year for the fall colors.
5 on October 30, 2012
We stayed at the Old Glory room, which is spacious and on the second floor. This room has a jacuzzi and a separate shower.
5 on October 28, 2012
Our stay here was absolutely wonderful. The room was clean, welcoming and homey. The staff was very pleasant and easy to talk to. The owners were also very helpful and reallly easy to talk with. The food there was different and we really enjoyed it very tastey. Our over all stay here was more than we could have asked for and hope to do it again next year. Thank you so much for a wonderful time.
5 on October 26, 2012
I loved this B&B for several reasons- the decor was lovely & authentic- not overdone. Loved the antiques all around, especially the tall Victorian bed. And, there was a real wood fireplace in our room- how nice to be trusted to build a fire and then to enjoy it to stay warm! ( they do have electric heaters too!)...and the hosts were so nice- very discreet but very hospitable- you could tell that they really loved the place and had fun caring for the guests. I hope to go back there!!
5 on October 15, 2012
Chose this from the website whilst trying to find a base to visit Lassen Volcanic NP. What a find! Great location, large comfortable & clean accommodation. Friendly service with a great Breakfast. Plenty of off-street parking. Wanted to experience local american hospitality and found it here without reserve. Cannot recommend the Bidwell House highly enough.
5 on October 13, 2012
Stayed 3 nights at the Bidwell House and enjoyed it very much. Hospitality was great, the house and the individual rooms were very clean and the Breakfast each morning was great! Thanks for a great stay at your B&B Ron and Teresa Collins
5 on October 11, 2012
Bidwell House is a wonderful place to stay. My mom and I stayed for two nights in the two-room suite in early October. Our rooms were immaculate and full of the little extra touches that make a room special, like Lindt chocolates in our rooms every night. The hosts/co-owners made us feel welcome and at-home, and were ready with helpful advice about what to see and do and where to eat. Eva's breakfasts were delicious. The grounds are charming, with a little stream and water wheel, gardens, a gazebo, and rocking chairs and a swing on the porch. Our second evening was chilly, somthere was a fire in the fireplace. We met a number of repeat guests, and it is no wonder that people keep coming back - it is a wonderful house with a warm and friendly aura.
3.8 on October 11, 2012
A very pleasant and well-run B&B. Plenty of room to stretch out and just be yourself. Our room was large and very comforable.
4.6 on October 08, 2012
Delicious, creative breakfasts, extra touches of evening sherry and a well-stocked cookie jar, beautiful grounds with ample outdoor seating, and comfortable rooms make the Bidwell House a place worth returning to. I'd go out of my way to stay here again.
5 on October 07, 2012
Great b&b, in a beautiful area. Eva and Filip are wonderful hosts. The room was very comfortable and clean. They have a great patio area. It was a very relaxing 2 night stay. Would love to go back again.
4.4 on October 01, 2012
It was the last stop on a driving vacation and was a lovely respite with very nice common areas and garden.
5 on October 01, 2012
We were traveling with friends so the Mackenzie rooms were perfect for us. The bathroom we shared was very large, and we had the entire upstairs to ourselves. The entire home was spotless, and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. We enjoyed drinks on the porch and morning coffee in the living room. If you are a light sleeper, you may hear traffic from the front bedroom.
2.8 on September 20, 2012
Felt more like an inn rather than a B & B as B&B's are usually more intimate. The owners were not very accessible though friendly when they were around.
5 on September 12, 2012
Came west to visit my wife's birthplace. Her parents moved east when she was 3 so she wanted to visit Chester. Bidwell was a great place to stay - close to the park and other interesting sites.
4.8 on September 09, 2012
Is is a B/B with love to details. The rose room very romantic with fireplace. The bath was huge but the shower not so practical. Breakfast very fine, but should be more between sweet ans salt. the breakfast was to sweet.
3.4 on September 01, 2012
The Inn and the proprietors were very nice. The room was comfortable and nicely furnished. It is, unfortunatey, an older structure and so sound- proofing is sadly lacking. The noise from the nearby major highway was very noticeable (even with windows closed) and being on the bottom floor, we experienced considerable bumps, creaks, and thumps from the people staying in the room above. The breakfasts each morning were declicious and the common rooms in the main house were comfortable and inviting.
5 on August 30, 2012
Loved this B&B. What a pleasant experience. The breakfast was incredible! I would return if in that area again.
4.0 on August 28, 2012
We were travelling around Northern California by car and stayed in several hotels/motels. Bidwell house was outstanding in comparison because of the very good atmosphere regarding the building and park, the rooms where one can stay in the evening equipped with books, information material about the region, TV anf WiFi access. The very good breakfast and the very kind service made the stay very memorable.
4.6 on August 27, 2012
It was a outstanding hotel that gave us unforgettable memories, however, we will come back for sure next year.
4.8 on August 20, 2012
We spent three nights in the Hummingbird Room and were more than satisfied with every aspect. I was expecting the room to be tiny due to the price and the picture on the website, but it was very roomy and the bathroom is HUGE! Everything about the place was wonderful. Only two things could be improved - the parking was tight and the TV needs to be replaced. Since we weren't there to watch TV it was not a big deal but it could easily be changed out for a flat screen with a good picture. Otherwise, a fantastic place we will definitely visit in the future!
3.6 on August 20, 2012
This B&B was one of the highlights of our recent trip. It was cozy and welcoming, and judging from the appearance, it's probably your best option for lodging in the area around Lassen Volcanic Park. The staff was very helpful without being obtrusive, the breakfasts were wonderful, and the ability for us to go shop at the market and bring some picnic items back and use the dining room in the evening was a definite plus. The property is peaceful and well kept. Highly recommended!
5 on August 15, 2012
Had the pleasure of staying in this charming Guest House with its friendly staff and excellant location, got to visit Lassen Volcanic Park, Redwoods and Mount Shasta, The town of Chester is such a slow paced and stress free expierence it was wonderful to be a part of it.
4.4 on August 06, 2012
Nice location near the lake, close to Lassen park, close to town and shopping. Nice relaxing garden area. We really enjoyed ourselves. Great Staff-- they made our stay.
3.0 on August 02, 2012
We went here to celebrate our anniversary. The property met our expectations and was very convenient to Lassen Volcanic Nat'l Park. Our room was clean and comfortable; the breakfast was very nice; the back yard seating comfortable and relaxing; and we met some friendly people also staying here. Do consider this B&B if you are planning on coming up to Lassen Volcanic Nat'l Park or the Lake Almanor area.
5 on July 30, 2012
We found the Bidwell House to be warm and welcoming after a long day of traveling through Lassen National Park. Check in was friendly and quick then were escorted to our room with explanations about area dining and what time breakfast started in the morning. After a walk to dinner, we enjoyed the secluded patio in the company of the owners kitty. Breakfast was a wonderful, delightful experience. We would stay here again in a minute!
4.8 on July 24, 2012
Just delightful. Relaxed, friendly country Victorian with space and style. I think the prices were lower than the bland chain lodgings nearby. Lake Almanor is lovely, and nearby Lassen National Park is wild! Foodie Alert - if you're in the area, a breakfast or lunch stop at Carol's Cafe, in tiny Prattville a few miles around the lake, won't disappoint.
4.2 on July 23, 2012
We spent one night at the Bidwell House after dropping our son at Boy Scout camp. It is a great location from which to explore Lake Almanor and explore Lassen Volcanic National Park. The room was better than expected and the stram shower great after an afternoon bike riding. The weather was warm and the room didn't cool off as much as hoped. A box fan for the window would have helped (a stand-up fan was in the room but couldn't fit in the window.) The breakfast was very nice and filling. The ambiance was comfortable and pleasant. We would return to stay there again.
4.8 on July 22, 2012
Single room sharing bathroom with one other room; room was pretty and bed very comfortable; good ventilation; bathroom very large and convenient. Many lovely places in and around (big lawn, big concrete patio, big covered porch) the house to sit, relax, read, and visit with others. Breakfasts were extraordinarily good, with plenty of protein. Guest refrigerator, beverages available at all times. I will definitely return.
3.2 on July 11, 2012
We enjoyed our stay as the place is very cozy and staff are very friendly. Breakfast is nicely prepared and served with " appetizer" and desert. Having jacuzzi tub in the rooom definitely help soothe aching muscles from hiking. Close to Lake Almanor and about 40 miles away from Lassen.
4.8 on July 10, 2012
My wife and I spend our anniversary somewhere in the California "Golden State", and this year we explored Chester and the North Lake Almanor region of Plumas County. Our stay was accentuated by the pleasant surroundings and hospitality of this lovely inn. The Bidwell is part inn, part B&B as the "inn" is good size, a total of 12 rooms and a cabin as well. It is in the very heart of Chester on the main road, with a beautiful view of the countryside and the lake in the distance. What's exceptional: The inn and its history and authenticity The beds and hospitality of the innkeepers The amenities such as books, DVD's, fine local literature. The 3 course breakfasts that are cooked to order. Give it a try, I don't think Chester has anything else paralleling the Bidwell House or is it "Inn"? :)
3.8 on July 10, 2012
I was very happy to spend a night at the Bidwell House. It is a quite charming venue, in a somewhat out-of-the-way town. We chose it because of its location approximately midway between Yosemite and Ashland, Oregon. There is not much going on in the town itself (the one bar we found was definitely on the divey side, though the folks there were friendly), but if you are looking for a nice, quiet spot near Lake Almanor, this is definitely a great choice. The staff is very friendly, and the included breakfast (we arrived too late for dinner) was delicious (homemade blueberry pancakes). I would stay here again without hesitation.
4.0 on July 06, 2012
Beautiful room with view of garden and aspen trees. Very quiet at night, but some road traffic noise in the morning. Will return... hopefully, soon.
4.0 on June 29, 2012
The hosts are friendly and have lots of information about walks in the area. Having a refrigerator available is a nice touch, as are the common areas, sherry, cookies and fruit
5 on June 29, 2012
Love at first sight! Gracious hospitality, very large, comfortable, well-appointed room. Delightful interaction and conversation with owners Eva and Filip. Breakfasts were amazing and so well presented! Fresh cookies, sherry in the afternoon and an open kitchen! -Patti G Oviedo, FL
4.6 on June 29, 2012
My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Bidwell House. We enjoyed the special treatment we received. The staff were attentive. The food was great. The champagne, chocolate, and rose created the those special moments.
4.4 on June 23, 2012
It is a little drive to the park, but it more than worth it! Very clean and relaxing place. We spent peasant afternoons there after taking tiresome hikes in the park in the mornings. Home baked cookies, fruits, ... in addition to excellent breakfasts. Thank you! I'd recommend this place to all my friends.
4.4 on June 20, 2012
We recently stayed at Bidwell House for one night. The bed was comfortable and room spacious. The breakfast was outstanding, best we have had on all our travels thus far.
5 on June 18, 2012
What a beautiful place! Friendly innkeepers and staff! Clean and comfortable rooms! Can't wait to visit again!!!!! :)
4.8 on June 17, 2012
Made a last minute reservation and this place was a gem. Clean, cute and so convenient. The house has a lot of charm and is located on Main Street. Suggest staying on the non-road side of the house, but even then there is little traffic noise during the sleeping hours. Loved it.
5 on June 03, 2012
It was the best BB in California we have ever been at. Perfect breakfast. Thanks a lot.
4.0 on May 26, 2012
We spent three nights at Bidwell House and watched the 2012 annular solar eclipse, as were nearly everyone staying there that weekend. The service was excellent and informal. The meals were quite satisfactory. The hosts and staff were very accommodating and friendly. The room was pleasant and the grounds were beautiful. This is a good area if you are a bird watcher. A very pleasant place to relax.
4.2 on May 25, 2012
We stayed 4 nights and were very pleasently surprised. Our hosts and the staff were very friendly and made us feel right at home. Our room, the Meadow View, was spacious and quiet. After exploring Mt. Lassen Ntl Park and Lake Alamanor in the morning we felt free to make ourselves a pot of coffee and relax in the garden, the porch or the gazebo. Overall a very relaxing stay. We even made some new friends. We will definitely be returning.
5 on May 25, 2012
Quiet, peaceful, relaxing. If you are looking for a place to catch up on your reading this is it.
3.6 on May 24, 2012
Our two-night stay at Bidwell House was vet quiet and pleasant. When our travel plans call for a stay in the Chester/Lake Almanor area, we'll definitely stay again.
5 on May 17, 2012
This inn is truly a gem, we had the most wonderful stay even for just one night! Best B&B we have ever been too!
2.8 on May 14, 2012
A nice place to stay. We stayed in 4 B+B on this trip We were more satisfied with the other 3
4.6 on May 14, 2012
Bidwell house is as charming as its picture. We felt right at home. the owners were busy reopening their restaurant, The Red Onion Grill, but still took the time to be sure we were comfortable. The Mt. Lassen room was fun and beautiful. The shower a luxary treat. Hope to stay again if we every pass thru Chester again. Susan Block
4.0 on April 30, 2012
Our family of four stayed in this lovely little bed an breakfast for only one night. I wish we could've extended our stay! From the lovely settings to the great ambiance and service everything was really, really great. It was home away from home!
5 on February 10, 2012
I can't say enough positive things about the Bidwell House. Eva and Filip are wonderful hosts. They are always willing to go out of their way to get us whatever we need. The rooms are comfortable and inviting. We will definitely be back.
4.6 on January 25, 2012
First time at a Bed and Breakfast and it was very nice. Large room, comfortable bed, good breakfast. Double Jacuzzi tub was very nice and relaxing. Grounds were nice, covered in a few inches of snow due to a recent snowfall which was gorgeous.
4.6 on January 11, 2012
Loved the sherry by the fireplace. Eva and Filip were extremely friendly and accommodating. Would definitely stay again in the future. Great breakfast in the morning too!
4.0 on December 26, 2011
The room was spacious and nicely appointed. The service was friendly and helpful. And the breakfast was great - dessert after breakfast even! Overall, a very enjoyable stay.
4.0 on December 26, 2011
Charming location and rooms. Great food and hospitality, in a beautiful area.
5 on December 19, 2011
So nice to wander the beautiful grounds, borrow the computer to check email, read in the common area and dine on such a delicious breakfast!
4.0 on November 29, 2011
We loved this bed & breakfast, except for the reception. There was no one when we arrived in the afternoon, around 3p.m. and the young lady who came after I phoned her (previously reading instructions left at the counter) was just OK, would be a good idea if she could be better trained for a "warmer" reception with a smile, for example. Next morning, we met Eva who was very attentive and nice as well as the lady serving the breakfast which was delicious and gourmet style. The plus detail in the room was the warm air coming from the fan just out the shower. The painting of the hummingbird and the flowers in the shower was beautiful as well. Overall, the house was beautifully decorated, very appropriatly with the Christmas tree by the fireplace.
3.6 on November 21, 2011
Our experience at the Bidwell House in Chester, CA was worthy of a return visit. Quiet, quaint, a friendly staff, a comfortable nicely decorated room, and delicious food made for a thoroughly enjoyable stay.
4.6 on November 07, 2011
We enoyed our stay at the Bidwell House. We had a corner room with nice views out the windows. We ate dinner at the owners restaurant in Chester and it was delicious. The breakfast served at the inn was high quality as well. All the staff were friendly. Wish we could have stayed longer to enjoy the amenities.
5 on October 30, 2011
First off we have been staying at the Bidwell house for over 12 years both in the spring and fall months of the year. The area has many things to do such as hiking, fishing,nature walks and a changing view of nature in different seasons and fall colors in the Indian Valley area. Spring brings on the greenery of snow melt and the warmth of longer days. The rooms are very tidy and have themes that are all different yet charming. The service is also top notch with Filip and Eva as well as the staff helping in many ways. One in fact the local knowledge they have for the area around them and what is offered at differnt times of the year. We always find something engaging to do when we stay there. The value is very good in our opinion when you consider what a regular room at a regular hotel runs. Rooms are tended to daily in our case with everthing picked up when we return from our excursions of the day. Dining is very nice also. Good healthy breakfast with an egg dish, fruit, yogurt, and pastry to get you up and going in the morning.
5 on October 28, 2011
Great to meet the owners of the inn. Enjoy my stay. Yes, will be back!
5 on October 26, 2011
Even though I messed up the reservation so they had to change my room mid stay, they made it seamless. The breakfast was the best I've ever gotten at a bed and breakfast. Their french toast is amazing. And every employee, to a one, was friendly, cheerful and helpful.
3.6 on October 18, 2011
Hade a lovely time at Bidwell House. We felt very well looked-after and enjoyed the quiet surroundings out in the garden. Breakfast was great, though my partner doesn't have a sweet tooth, so it would have been great to have something savoury on the menu... In general - highly recommended!
4.8 on October 16, 2011
We were in the garden room, but I'm sure all the rooms are as fastidiously clean as it was. Good lighting, wifi, plenty of outlets for our computers (we work while traveling), and a warm greeting by the Innkeeper Eva. Breakfast was lovely, with plenty of good coffee. Plus, the inn is a place that seemed wonderfully out of the way to us, a very small town. I hope we can return.
3.8 on October 14, 2011
A very friendly [family atmosphere] clean B&B very reminiscent of the true B&B's found in Europe/ UK. Made a convenient staging post to see the local area.
5 on October 13, 2011
Our room was spacious, and the king bed was very comfortable. Breakfasts were excellent. The common areas of the Inn are large and well furnished. This is a great base for seeing Lassen.
4.0 on October 10, 2011
We stayed 3 nights in Oct. at Bidwell House and enjoyed it very much. The premises were clean, homey and comfortable. We found the house to be quaint and well managed. Plenty of staff on hand to provide just the right amount of customer service. The breakfast each morning was delicious, hot and timely. Very friendly service. Appreciated having access to the kitchen for coffee and tea in the late afternoon. Enjoyed the Sherry in the sitting area in the early evening.
4.0 on October 04, 2011
We recently spent 2 nights at the Bidwell House B&B and we enjoyed our stay very much. The room was clean and comfortable and the breakfasts were delicious and nutritious as well. It was nice to have access to the kitchen for coffee and tea anytime. We made use of the guest fridge outside too and that was a huge plus since we planned to "picnic" for lunch and dinner for the two days we were there. The first night we stayed, we went to the Red Onion Grill, recommended by the B&B staff. It was a pretty nice little restaurant for a small town, and the food was way better than we expected. We both had salmon which was moist and cooked nicely and the dessert was surprisingly rich and not too sweet. VERY happy with our dinners there. The only criticism I'd give to the B&B is that there was no heater in the bathroom and it's COLD in the mornings! And also we were never greeted by the innkeepers. The young girl who worked there gave us our key and sort of showed us around. That was just fine, but in the morning the owner was cooking and her husband was sitting at the desk and not speaking to anyone. I expected just a little bit more of a personal greeting and introduction. Other than that, it was a very nice place, very relaxing stay, and we will be back in the future.
4.6 on October 02, 2011
Excellent B&B in a very small town. Close proximity to Lassen Park. The food was amazing. The grounds and common areas were great to hang out in. Our room was very comfortable. This is the place to stay if you are in the area.
5 on September 28, 2011
The people were very friendly and helpful, especially the mother and daughter. A very pleasant stay.
4.0 on September 28, 2011
We had a lovely time, we stayed in the Aspen room & the rest of us were in the cabin. The rooms were clean & inviting & the grounds were gorgeous! The staff was delightful and each of us would stay there again in the future.
3.8 on September 25, 2011
Charming find, comfortable and delightful. Staff was helpful in all respects. Stop your travels and spend a night at the Bidwell, you will be very pleased and delighted. I especially loved hearing a cow in the early morning, reminded me of my childhood, growing up on a farm.
5 on September 21, 2011
We have always loved the area -- but first time at this B&B. Outstanding experience!!
3.6 on September 21, 2011
Stayed at Bidwell House many times. Always a good experience. Eva, Filip and staff are most gracious and helpful. Great breakfasts. Comfy beds. The only "con" would be highway noise at night. We stayed in Robins Roost. Bothered my husband a bit. I slept thru it.
3.2 on September 17, 2011
The Bidwell House felt more like a motel than B&B. Great breakfast but weak coffee. No local feel. And don't eat at the Red Onion (recommended by staff)!
4.2 on September 08, 2011
Stayed for 3 nights to visit Lassen N.P.. Accommodation in the Lassen room is perfect with a fantastic shower, however the bed raised on a platform could be a trip hazard, we stumbled twice. Breakfast was 3 courses and different every day and excellent with very friendly service from the staff. You get the complete run of the house with kitchen access if required and an honour bar with wines and beers. The only complaint was a swarm of small flies on the balcony, some of which did get in the room.
5 on September 04, 2011
I was hesitating to reserve a bed and breakfast, so my surprise was even bigger. Not only the rooms are clean, confortable, but they are nicer decorated than in a standard hotel. My wife liked it so much that she has chosen to relax there the whole day, instead of going with me and the two eldest daughters to visit Lassen Volcanic Park.
5 on September 01, 2011
We just returned from our 4 night stay at Bidwell House B&B in the charming town of Chester, CA. What can I say - a truly enchanting experience in every way. The inn itself is on the edge of town and is beautiful. Our room was quiet, large and impeccably clean, nicely decorated with antiques, comfortable king bed, and a jacuzzi tub in the bath. A large community refrigerator served us well and our food was undisturbed. The rooms are in the rear so there is absolutely no road noise, just the sounds of birds in the aspens outside our window. The grounds are large with a quiet patio, lots of trees, and a vegetable garden frequented by deer. But the highlight was the friendly service. Eva, our innkeeper, was delightful, and personally led the staff in delivering to our room our (don't miss this!!) Touch of Romance breakfast. This included bubbly, delicious fancy food, and a huge long-stem red rose. More than worth the extra $30. Chester is a very friendly town on Lake Almanor. There are lots of water sports, and Lassen Volcanic NP (our focus) is just 45 min. away. On mornings we were out too early for the yummy breakfast at Bidwell, we hit the nearby Kopper Kettle for good food and to rub elbows with some of the local town characters. We travel the West a lot, and the Bidwell House B&B is the nicest stay in recent memory. Well worth the price, beautiful, friendly service, great food, and quiet (yes, even the few children were well-behaved!) - what's not to like? Yes we will definitely be back!
4.0 on August 28, 2011
This B&B looks exactly as lovely and looked after as on the website pictures. Rooms are spacious and nicely furnished, with a homey bathroom. Top notch, however, is the breakfast meal: a freshly cooked 3-course menu. Definitely a place I would revisit anytime.
4.6 on August 23, 2011
Stayed in the George Miller room - very spacious and comfortable - even had a recliner in the room. The breakfast was outstanding and the staff were very nice.
3.4 on August 21, 2011
Thanks to Eva for her hospitality and for going above and beyond to cater to our very specific vegetarian needs at breakfast. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the very well appointed rooms, relished the beautiful backyard and spent a wonderful evening in the lounge (which felt very home-like). We will definitely recommend Bidwell House to friends and family and certainly come back for a visit.
3.4 on August 20, 2011
As per my previous stays with you, all went well and I have no complaints. All staff was competent and friendly. Room was nice, clean, and comfortable. Hope to be back in the future.........Thanks, Rick
4.8 on August 15, 2011
My wife and I stayed 1 night while passing through town on our honeymoon. We stayed in the Old Glory room and it was very nice,well decorated and very,very clean. The staff was friendly and we really wish we could have stayed another night or 2 but we already had made reservations further up the road in central Oregon. The only problem with our stay was when we returned from dinner that evening there were lots of little flying bugs maybe mosquitoes that had congregated around all the outer light fixtures leading to our room.This is not a deal breaker because everything else was fabulous We were there August 1st so this may not be an issue during other months of the year. We have relatives in the area so we will definitely stay here again when we get a chance to get this way again.
4.8 on August 10, 2011
Great Breakfast both days. Add the touch of romance package--sipping champagne and eating chocolates on the front porch our first night there really set the tone for our whole weekend.
4.0 on August 09, 2011
The rooms are good, breakfast excellent and the ambience of the inn is restful and sunny A perfect base for mount lassen national park
5 on August 09, 2011
We arrived late to find a friendly letter with everything we needed to know, including how to make ourselves tea. The room was lovely (a great space to do yoga with the sun coming up) and breakfasts were delicious. The staff was friendly and very helpful. We loved that we could go into the kitchen and make tea whenever we wanted (and could have helped ourselves to complimentary sherry). It's very close to Lassen and many walks. We were sad to leave!
3.4 on August 08, 2011
large comfortable room, nicely decorated. needed a soapdish for the sink!
5 on August 08, 2011
The room and grounds are beautiful and inviting. After the tour and looking at our room, we immediately asked if a room was available for us to stay a second night (it was a weekend, so unfortunately, they were completely booked). We loved everything about our stay! The bed was really comfortable and the large jetted tub was very romantic.
4.8 on August 07, 2011
stayed there 3 nights in July 2011 in the Aspen room. Lovely decoration and outstandingly yummy breakfasts!
4.8 on August 05, 2011
The Bidwell House is a charming B&B in Chester Ca. My husband and I would highly recommend a stay there if you are in the area. The staff is very courteous and goes out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. The rooms are spacious and well appointed to help make your stay enjoyable. And the breakfasts are superb! They are 3 course meals that are delicious! We also liked the charming atmosphere of the front porch and just taking time to unwind and watch the world go by. We will definitely be back.
5 on July 30, 2011
We have stayed many places in Chester. Most are fairly primitive and set up for hunters and hikers. The Bidwell House adds a touch of class to the quaint town of Chester. We were pleasantly surprised at how beautiful and peaceful it was. The staff was great. Breakfast was excellent. Loved it!!!
4.0 on July 28, 2011
I will always love staying at the Bidwell House. The only thing that could use improvement would be the creaky stairs and maybe more available ice. Otherwise, the staff is superb and my stay is always comfortable and clean. -Brandon
4.8 on July 07, 2011
Bidwell House is a beautiful, idyllic property to have a getaway. We enjoyed delicious breakfasts each morning and romantic evenings on the front porch swing. From beginning to end, we had a relaxing, comfortable stay. Especially after long days of fun at Lake Almanor and Lassen Volcanic National Park, between which the BnB is perfectly located. We didn't want to leave.
4.2 on July 06, 2011
During the July 4th weekend we (Hubby and a teen daughter) stayed two nights at the Bidwell House while visiting the Lassen National Park. This is our first time ever to stay in a B&B. What a positive surprise! The Bidwell House is a unique, charming, meticulously maintained B&B. The entire staff are friendly. Filip is very helpful to orient me around the area (We had to change the plan due to the main road closure in LVNP). Our room (The Garden room) is in superb condition. The 3-course breakfast is delicious and filling. The sherry was handy for my hubby at the end of the day, and the freshly-baked cookies kept my daughter happy. The gray/black house cat kept my daughter entertained. Worth noting that the guests to the House are also very friendly and helpful. An active couple from the bay area chatted with me one night at the common room, and gave me some good suggestions on the hiking trails to explore. What a difference from the big chain hotels! Overall, Bidwell House is a wonderful homey place to relax and enjoy the Lassen area. We will definitely come back if visiting the area again.
4.8 on July 06, 2011
Bidwell House is a lovely, comfortable and very friendly B&B in Chester, next to Lake Almanor and an easy drive to two main trailheads in Lassen Volcanic National Park. My wife, son, and I just finished our 2nd stay there and had a great time.
4.0 on July 05, 2011
The hosts were so very welcoming and kind. We had the meadow room. Unfortunately there were ants, but this is a B&B in the middle of the countryside! The two-person tub was fun, though a little small for these two people :) House cleaning forgot to clean our room one day, but the hosts were very apologetic.
4.2 on June 29, 2011
This was a very nice accomadation if you want to get away for a while and slow down, the town was fun, and many shops and restaraunts were in walking distance. (a side note, the town closes at 5pm, the only thing open was the grocery store and restaurants, so be forwarned if you need to purchase anything.) A lake view through the windows of our upper story room topped it off well. Breakfast was excellent, and the room was quite large with a wonderful jacuzzi tub. Overall I would say Bidwell House was on par with anywhere I've stayed in the Napa Valley, and at half the price, a great value.
4.4 on June 20, 2011
We arrived late at the Bidwell House but everything was ready for us to settle in for the night. We were invited to help ourselves to tea or hot chocolate before bed. The breakfast was amazing and the service/helpfulness of the staff outstanding. I would heartily recommend the Bidwelll House to anyone.
4.0 on May 31, 2011
My husband and I stayed for two nights for our 17th wedding anniversary. We were so pleased with the place. It is so much nicer in person, and the room was just beautiful! They had a great special which included breakfast in bed and a $40 certificate to a near by restaurant, which was very good. We never met the owners, but the helpers were extremely. We had the corner room which looked out over the yard, and even some snow flurries to watch from our bed. I highly recommend this place and would definitely go back!
3.2 on May 31, 2011
Lovely house and very comfortable rooms. Excellent breakfast; I would say one of the best we had in the US but that benchmark is pretty low - this was good by international standards. Chester is a pleasant town - good birdwatching easily to hand by Almanor lake and good restaurants in town - try Burger Depot
4.0 on May 30, 2011
My husband and I recently stayed ay the Bidwell House. The room was very nice and the service was good. Breakfast the next morning was very good and overall I think it is value for money.
4.8 on May 25, 2011
Awesome place to stay. Excellent room, service, views, etc. Can't wait to come back and stay longer than one night!
5 on May 12, 2011
Eva and Filip were great hosts, warm and friendly. We will definitely plan to stay there again.
4.8 on April 18, 2011
This great getaway is a reasonable drive from the SF bay area into pristine snow country. The snow-shoeing into the country-side in April was a highlight! The hospitality was warm and friendly and the inn provides all of the conveniences of modern living. Our hosts were genuine and caring and provided a wonderful three course breakfast each of the three mornings we stayed. We will be back in the summer! Thanks for a wonderful experience.
5 on March 24, 2011
We came on a day when it had snowed to the rafters...a true haven in the storm. We wish we'd been there when the grounds were available to us as well. Eva's hospitality and cooking are outstanding and we found the experience most gracious and comfortable. Thank you!
4.4 on March 08, 2011
It's very cozy and nice hotel. Especially the breakfast is really good !!!!
4.6 on March 07, 2011
I've stayed at the Bidwell House many times over the years and have always had an enjoyable and comfortable stay. I've always taken the Humminbird Room but others I have seen look to be just as comfortable. The breakfast is always a delight and I'm already looking forward to my next trip. Linda
4.0 on March 01, 2011
Bidwell house was truly excellent. Our room was excellent, clean, spoacious and had a double jacuzzi! Breakfast was on time, servers were gracious and efficient, and the meal balanced yummy and nutritious. Staff were very polite and helpful as was the owner. Forget Tahoe unless you want casinos and gazillions of people. We snowshoed our hearts out over 3 days (Lassen and local backcountry) and saw the !most!!!! awesome scenery after 5 feet of new snow. Dinner at the Bidwell's owner's restaurant (Red Onion in Chester) was very good, reasonable, and featured a 2nd night's 50% off on ANY bottle of wine..... woohoo!.... just the ticket after a full day snowshoeing. My wife and I were very happy and we will definitely be back. We had a blast
4.4 on February 27, 2011
We love the Bidwell House and look forward to staying in February each year. The staff are very attentive and friendly. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, even with lots of snow on the ground. Watching the snowfall outside the windows with a fire going is heavenly.
3.0 on February 25, 2011
Very cold at nights. Every one made you feel like you where at home. Breakfast was great each morning. Glass of dry sherry was soothing in the early evening. Lassen National Park was a lot of fun and great snow shoe hiking. Most of the shops were closed. We will go back this summer and stay at the Bidwell House and do some hikes and mountain bike riding.
3.2 on February 24, 2011
The Bidwell House is a quaint B&B in Chester, CA. I lodged in Bidwell House itself, not the addition in the back. The room was very nicely appointed, albeit a bit cramped, but it is a room in a house with a slanted roof. Noise from neighboring rooms was audible, but not disturbing, as were street traffic sounds. The bed was very comfortable. The room was warm (stayed in winter). The shared bathroom was large and well appointed. The owners of the Bidwell House make their livingroom, kitchen, and dining area open to the guests at any time. The fireplace was wonderful and stocked with lots of firewood. There is an excellent game room/sitting room with lots of board games, books, and movies. The only part of the visit that was sub-par was the food. Breakfast was predetermined by the owners (although I think you can order off the predetermined menu). The food is of mediocre quality. Based on a hunt for hot chocolate late one night, I realized that the Bidwell House neither serves nor offers organic foods, fair trade foods, or even premium ingredients. For example, a nice touch is the availability of sherry in the evenings by the fireplace. The sherry comes from a box. Another example is that coffee is limited to two or three types, none of which is organic, fair-trade, or shade grown. Plus, the coffee served was bland. If comfort is your highest priority, the Bidwell House is great. If food is your greatest pleasure, make alternative food arrangements.
3.4 on January 10, 2011
Enjoyed the accommodations very much. Was a nice place to come home to.
4.2 on January 06, 2011
Had a great stay at the Bidwell House over the holidays! It was very cold and snowy in Chester. Perfect holiday weather and very cozy inside!
4.0 on December 29, 2010
This is the third year we have stayed in the Stover-McKenzie Cottage at the Bidwell House. We love the clean, cozy room, the full kitchen, and the warm woodstove. It is the ideal place for a family to get away and enjoy the snow! The breakfasts served in the main house are always amazing; lots of food, and a great variety! The staff is friendly and accommodating of all our needs. Eva and Filip have always been welcoming and personable.
4.8 on December 26, 2010
Loved the Bidwell House. Stayed there years ago, and wasn't disappointed going back a second time. Loved the Rose room, and the wood stove heats the room like an oven! Food and people were wonderful.
5 on December 07, 2010
Great value, the staff was excellent, our first B&B and we had a wonderful time, I highly recommend the bidwell house, breakfast was excellent and the town is extremely friendly!!
4.0 on November 15, 2010
We only stayed one night at The Bidwell House, but it was wonderful. Very relaxing. The "living room" downstairs had a great fire going and very homey and comfortable to just sit in a chair and read one of their many books or bring your own. They also have a very bright "sun" type room next to the living room where there is a tv and a small laptop computer you can use. We stayed in the MacKenzie B room and it was small but just what we wanted. There were no other people staying in the main house that night so we had the bathroom all to ourselves. The staff was very friendly and we enjoyed sitting on the porch swing for a bit in the quiet of the night. Would definately recommend to anyone who wants a homey environment with pretty property around it.
4.2 on November 11, 2010
Very quiet place to stay. Enjoyed the fireplace in our room as it was cold and rainy part of the time. The breakfasts were excellent. I would recommend a stay here if you just want to get away and relax.
3.4 on October 30, 2010
My husband and I recently spent three nights at the Bidwell House. We were entirely satisfied with all aspects of our stay. What particularly stood out to us was how happy the people who live and work there seem to be--always a sign of a healthy place, we think. Staff was attentive but not intrusive, and accommodated all our needs. Would definitely stay there again.
5 on October 26, 2010
Drove up thru Feather River Scenic Byway and the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway and saw the various fall colors. The Bidwell House only added to the beauty of our trips, beautiful grounds, wonderful staff, the breakfast was spectacular, and felt right at home. Will definitely return.
4.8 on October 21, 2010
Everything was nicely done, couldn't have asked for more. We had a wonderful jetted tub in our bathroom and great king sized bed. Hosts were friendly and the breakfast was excellent. Dinner at the Red Onion was outstanding. Couldn't believe this gem was in such a tiny community.
4.8 on October 21, 2010
We have been coming to the Bidwell House for the last few years. Our Honeymoon and Aniversarys. The town of Chester, with the looming Mt Lassen nat. park in the distance is a wonderful getaway from the hussle and bussel of the city life. The House, once owned by California Pioneer John Bidwell is quaint and the surrounding groomed property is beautiful. We will be coming back for many years to come.
4.0 on October 18, 2010
The grounds are beautiful and the room we stayed in was large and clean, with a very comfortable bed. I would absolutely stay there again!
3.4 on October 16, 2010
Didn't want a routine motel room, routine environment or routine service. Bidwell was perfect! Slept well, relaxed on site well, fed well at breakfast, and the place is clean! Thanks again for your hospitality!
4.2 on October 14, 2010
I enjoyed the Bidwell House B&B. The rooms were nice, quiet, clean, and the shower was wonderful. Very good breakfast service in the morning as well. I think it is a great place to stay when in the area.
4.2 on October 14, 2010
Exceptionally friendly and accomodating! Lovely home; room and bath were very clean. Breakfast was fantastic! Had a great stay.
3.8 on October 13, 2010
This was a great Bed and Breakfast. The rooms are decorated very nice and they are unique. The living area was very relaxing and enjoyable with the fireplace going in the evening. The grounds are very nice, very beautiful setting. I would like to return again.
4.0 on October 11, 2010
The three course breakfast was delicious and our room was cute. We had a great trip!
4.4 on October 07, 2010
We spent three nights at the Bidwell House and found the entire staff to be very friendly. The Innkeepers Eva and Filip were extremely friendly, helpful and accommodating. We had a wonderful stay and would definitely go back.
5 on October 06, 2010
Our Bidwell B&B weekend was very relaxing, with a great friendly staff. We enjoyed the swing on the porch, reading in the gazebo, the Rose room, and a fantastic breakfast. Though good evening dining in and around Chester seemed to be very limited if you want to celebrate a special occasion.
4.0 on October 04, 2010
Beautiful spot, friendly and helpful staff. Great breakfast!
3.2 on September 24, 2010
I really enjoyed the decor and the tasty treats at the front desk. The brandy by the fire was a nice touch, and the comfy sitting room with relaxing music playing was ideal to unwind after a long day of driving. I will say that the room and service met my expectations. The room, bathroom, and common areas were clean enough to walk around and not get dirty socks!! Surfaces were also clean. The kitchen was open to guests who wanted snacks or to heat up their own food or hot beverage. The one thing I was really let down by was the breakfast. Yogurt with honey bunches of oats cereal on top missed the mark. Perhaps homemade granola on yogurt would have been more appropriate, or fresh local fruit with raw honey or something. The omelet appeared to be made using exactly one medium sized egg. Very thin, and there was barely anything in it - a couple shredded spinach leaves with I think a tablespoon of sour cream on top. :( The toast was good, but no local jam, just Smuckers. The berry turnover thing was decent as far as a pastry goes, and so that really helped me get over the omelet let down. I did receive very prompt and courteous service when requesting a reservation (the same day I think) and so that exceeded my expectations. Wish the breakfast was a bit more authentic. I would stay here again, although I'd be realistic about the breakfast offerings. Many thanks for the nice stay!!
4.4 on September 23, 2010
We decided to explore northern California on our way from the Bay Area to Oregon. A write-up about the national park in Lassen, in VIA magazine, intrigued us. We chose the Bidwell House based on the article and were not disappointed. We didn't even realize until we booked that it was a B&B, so learning that we had breakfast waiting was a bonus--and an incredible bonus. That and the very friendly staff made the stay superior. We will visit again--even when not en route to somewhere else.
3.0 on September 22, 2010
This is a very nice historic place, with very good facilities to make the guests stay as pleasant as possible.Some rooms back on to Highway 36 which makes them a little noisy but not too bad.I had a shared bathroom which was OK. Lassen Volcanic Park is a wonderful place to visit and from here you can drive to the Western end of the park,or to Butte Lake and Cinder Cone,or to Juniper Lake or Drakesbed. The only complaint I have is that the breakfast is fairly small, especially if you want to hike,and sometimes not that nutricious.
3.0 on September 19, 2010
We had a very pleasant time at the Bidwell House and would certainly come back again.
3.4 on September 06, 2010
Very nice common areas and grounds. Very helpful staff