Bidwell House

#1 Main Street , Chester, CA 96020 USA (Show map)


Who could possibly resist the mellow summer afternoons or the crystal clear winter skies over Mt. Lassen? The area offers a diverse selection of recreational activities. Near the Inn are opportunities for hiking, golfing, boating, water-skiing and bike riding. You will also view multitudes of wildlife and engage in possibly the best fly-fishing in California. During the winter the Inn offers immediate access to cross-country skiing, with downhill skiing and snowmobiling nearby. December is a favorite time for Christmas tree cutting. In a "yet to be discovered" area, the Bidwell House is located on the southeastern slope of Mt. Lassen. Chester and its surrounding area are rich in the history of gold-mining, ranching and logging. The Inn provides a great resting spot between the great valley of California and points east. The Inn is perfect for hideaway seekers, honeymooners, business travelers, weddings, reunions and corporate retreats.



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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.6
  • Value4.2
  • Cleanliness4.5
  • Onsite Dining4.4

Great breakfast; Friendly hosts

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.

Bidwell House regular guest

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.

Quiet and Graceful

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.

Great Place to Stay!

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.

Put Bidwell House on your must-see list!!

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!!

Excellent B&B in a beautiful setting

5 on January 06, 2016

Such a beautiful B&B with excellent Hosts and staff.

Overnight getaway

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.

11/21/15 -- Lassen

5 on November 25, 2015

1night stay

Excellent Value Great Location

4.8 on November 13, 2015

William Newton

Lovely country inn

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.

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Location Type

Airport, Lakefront, Mountains, Small town


Reno, NV (RNO-Reno Cannon Intl.) 100 miles

Directions to property:

Just off highway 36 on the east end of Chester

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Lake, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Mt Lassen Volcanic Natl Park, Lake Almanor, Pacific Crest Trail, Feather River, Caribou Wilderness Area, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ski area

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Board games, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fax Machine, Library, Piano, Secretarial services, Telephone, VCR, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Internet Service, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Cross-country ski trails, Downhill Skiing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Ski rentals, Snow shoe rental, Snow shoe trails, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3-6pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Yes Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Yes well behaved children.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: 2 nights during summer and holiday weekends
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: Credit card number will hold reservation
  • Cancellations: 4 day notice for full refund.



Eva and Filip Laboda

Languages spoken


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  • Time Served: 8:30 to 10:00 AM
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian , Vegan

Signature Dish

Blueberry Walnut Pancakes
served with chicken Cherri Sausage.