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Sandpiper House Inn

5520 South Highway 1 , Mendocino-Elk, CA 95432 USA (Show map)
99 Reviews
$275 - $295
per night

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The Sandpiper House Inn is the most Intimate, Romantic Inn on the Mendocino Coast. It has a "serene location" at the edge of rugged bluffs above Greenwood Cove, with magnificent views of off-shore rock formations, wave-hewn tunnels, caves and the Pacific Ocean. A cottage garden surrounds the house and continues to the edge of the cliffs where a series of walkways and steps lead to a private deck just made for whale-watching. You can look down to a private beach in the cove below that is accessible from another location. Greenwood State Beach is just a short walk away. The local art gallery and museum will pique your interest as you learn about our local artists and the history of the past in this little town with two names, Elk and Greenwood!



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  • Guest room4.0
  • Service4.1
  • Value3.9
  • Cleanliness4.1
  • Dining4.3

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Where Not to Stay

1.0 on October 23, 2014

Our visit to this B&B was a disaster. When we arrived, the innkeeper was not there to greet us. We had to locate our room on our own. Appetizers were to be served at 5:30. We went into the main room and waited until 5:50 for appetizers. There were none and still no innkeeper. At that point, we left to find somewhere we could get something to eat. While the room had a great view, the accommodations left much to be desired. The duvet on the bed had creases and wrinkles. The bed was so poorly made, that I felt compelled to remake it. When I looked at the sheets, they were completely wrinkled. It made me wonder if the sheets were clean. There was no trash can in the room. I found dead bugs in the bathroom that looked like they had been there for a while. The towels were mismatched. The toiletries consisted of Soft Soap, in the same sized dispenser you buy at the store and the shampoo and conditioner consisted of VO5 in the large bottles. The most uncomfortable thing was that one of the window coverings was completely missing. We had to get a beach towel out of our car to cover the window. Neither my husband nor myself slept well that night. In the morning when served toast and jam, the jam was presented to us in the original jars they preserves came in, one half full and the other one quarter full. We felt so uncomfortable we wanted to leave without showering and breakfast. I will never revisit this "B&B".

Peaceful and Serene

4.4 on October 03, 2014

If you haven't been to this part of the coast plan to go and stay here. This is a gorgeous home built with beautiful redwood paneling overlooking a secluded cove with an incredible view of the ocean. The rooms are clean and simple, the innkeepers are friendly, helpful and responsive to any requests. I'm very fussy when it comes to the bed being comfortable and this was perfect.

Terrific Place

4.8 on September 24, 2014

The Sandpipe House is a beautiful B&B on the Pacific coast. The view from the room was spectacular. Our hosts, Michelle and Mario were very welcoming and Mario was a terrific cook. We enjoyed it most because it had a "homey" feel. It had a relaxed feeling. We plan on returning in the future.

It was a very pleasant stay.

3.8 on August 23, 2014

We enjoyed our stay.

Sandpiper Disciple

4.8 on July 04, 2014

This is the second time we've stayed at the Sandpiper House Inn and, again, we loved it! Tracy, the inn-keeper, was wonderful; she even went so far as to ask our favorite winery to open their tasting room for us (which they did). We will definitely return.

Charming weekend stay

4.2 on May 14, 2014

The Sandpiper Inn is a work in progress, and we can't wait to see what Tracy does with it. We felt relaxed and in good hands... like a real home away from home. Tracy is a born innkeeper... and a very nurturing woman - she keeps the energy in the house positive and light...and has wonderful recommendations in the area. ....ooh, and Lily the dog rocks! Loved our stay and would definitely return! Pati and Jon Fisher

The Best Place Ever!!!!

5 on May 10, 2014

This is the most darling inn with the greatest and I do mean the GREATEST!!!! innkeeper Tracy. My husband Frank and I spent the most wonderful 3 days for his birthday in April at the inn. The hospitality, food, view, room, and Tracy (most of all) was just exceptional. If you get the chance to stay in the Winston (fabulous!) the view is nothing short of spectacular. It was a vacation I could go on and on about, but I think you get the point. Unforgettable!! Thank you Tracy for helping to make it Frank's best birthday ever!!!!!! We will NEVER forget our time with you. We love you and we loved everything about our time on the Mendocino Coast.

Old world charm with great views

4.4 on May 05, 2014

We had a wonderful stay at the Sandpiper Inn. Great views, delicious breakfasts, excellent service with special touches for special occasions. We plan to go back.


5 on February 26, 2014

The most amazing place with the most amazing host! Tracy is the sweetest end keeper ever. I took my girlfriend up with plans for a proposal and Tracy helped out with flowers and wine! Views are incredible and with new ownership the place is on its way to being really great. All previous reviews are not relevant anymore, trust me.

Wonderful B&B with a View

4.6 on August 06, 2012

Who needs a TV when you have a view like that? Wow incredible! Very confortable bed & enjoyable breakfast. Innkeeper was really pleasant. Nice and quiet except for the waves to fall asleep to. No conplaints here. Elk is a quaint little oceanside town. A wonderful experience.

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Rooms & Rates


One of the most romantic suites in the Inn with its canopied heavenly bed and cloud-soft down comforter. Enjoy the cozy and intimate fireplace and the incredible views from your own private deck. The French doors overlook the beautiful English gardens and the blue Pacific. A secluded pathway leads out to the bluff overlooking the magical Greenwood Cove, St. Anthony's Point and its special caves.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $265 - $295


This spacious ocean-front King-sized suite has its own double soaking tub, spacious bathroom and cozy fireplace and even a grandfather clock. French doors lead out to your own private patio,the pretty English garden and the beautiful views of the ocean, the Greenwood Cove, the magical caves and St. Anthony's Point. Even the Inn's little bunnies come out to visit the gardens and the guests.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $255 - $285


A breathtaking panoramic view of Greenwood Cove and Point Arena Lighthouse in the distance enhanced by the English gardens below brings guests back to this room again and again. The suite is not the largest in the Inn but the view is the most spectacular. The very comfortable King bed with its cloud-soft down comforter and the cozy fireplace make this an incredible room in which to watch the brilliant red sunsets over St. Anthony's Point. At nightfall the moonlight dances over the waves and in the morning you can watch the incredible ocean's waves wash over the magical rocks of Greenwood Cove

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $230 - $285


The charm of the large bay window overlooks the beautiful ocean views, the fantastic English Gardens and the two garden ponds. Enjoy the comfortable arm chairs in the Bay Window and cozy-up to the romantic fireplace or enjoy the view from your heavenly King-sized bed with its cloud-soft down comforter. You'll enjoy one of the most unforgettable ocean views on the Mendocino Coast from the Clifton.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $230 - $255

Woodland Rose

In 1916 the Woodland Rose was the original Master Suite. The room faces the tranquil, pastoral views of the meadows and coastal foothills of Greenwood Ridge. Step back in time in this charming spacious room offering the romance of a perfect fireplace, sitting area and beautiful antique furnishings. This spacious room has a private bathroom and an incredibly comfortable King-sized bed and cloud-soft down comforter.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $250 - $275

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Location Type

Beachside, Countryside, Oceanside, Small town, Village, Wine country


San Francisco, CA (SFO) 170 miles

Directions to property:

From Highway 101 take the Cloverdale Exit West on Highway 128 until you come to the junction of Highway 1 and 128 at the Navarro River Bridge. Take a left turn at Highway 1 and drive south approximately 5 miles to our Inn at 5520 South Highway 1, Elk.

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Golf Course is close by, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Vineyard, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast, Country Inn, Historic Inn

On-site amenities

BBQ grill, Computer, Copier, In-room internet, Desk, Fax Machine, Internet Service, Parking, Private entrance, Telephone, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Coffee/Tea facilities, Fireplace, Fridge, Hairdryer, Satellite/Cable TV, TV

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, canoeing, canoeing, canoeing, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3:00 pm
  • Check Out:: 11:00 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes pets allowed/Headlands $25 first night, $15 additional night
  • Disabled Access Limited

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: two nights on weekend from April through October
  • Accepted payments Other, AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: one night's lodging for 1 night or 50% deposit for 3 or more nights.
  • Cancellations: At least 7 days notice of cancellation for each room reserved. If you have reserved 2 or more rooms then a 10 day notice of cancellation in advance of your arrival date is required. With early departure or cancellation of any of the reserved dates with less than 7 or 10 days notice you will be charged for those nights that we cannot re-rent the rooms.



Craig and Debbie

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , yard Bunny Rabbits

About the innkeepers

Baking, pastry and cooking, kayaking, fishing, hiking and nature walks

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Gourmet Breakfast

  • Time Served: 8:30 am
  • Serving Location: Take a picnic basket to the Point, Breakfast Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Freshly baked items every day
Full gourmet breakfast, including fresh Muffins or Scones, prepared with only quality ingredients. Thanksgiving coffee and an assortment of fine teas available.


5520 South Highway 1 , Mendocino-Elk, CA 95432 USA (Show map)

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