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Bidwell House

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

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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

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The best weekend getaway, ever!!!

5 on April 08, 2015

Absolutely the best! Everything was perfect!! The food was outstanding!!

Stay March 2015

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. .

Convenient and Cute

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.

Valentines Day 2015

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.

Winter Getaway

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!

Beautiful setting

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.

The sweetest place in Chester!

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.

Great time at Bidwell House

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.

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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

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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.


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

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