The Elk Cove Inn & Spa was a small gorgeous property on what seemed the end of the earth. Why I say this is The Elk Cove Inn sits on the cliffs above the beach with a majestic view of giant boulders like sculptures jutting out of restless surf. It was breathtaking. The staff was incredible from helping me to get situated to making sure my room was spotless during my trip to breakfast. The attention to detail here was extemporary. My cabin room was beautiful, and rustic yet incredibly comfortable from the bedding to the small decanter of port I got to enjoy watching the endless surf at sunset from my room. Breakfast was vast and top notch, things like homemade hashes, poached eggs, polenta and more tasty sweet scones, bread pudding with sauces than was good for me. The variety each morning of the offerings were amazing as was the quality. The afternoon full bar cocktail hour was also well done and made it easy to relax at the end of a day of hiking around the cliff, beach and general area. I was lucky enough to book a massage on grounds with a brilliant masseuse who totally unkinked my back and soothed the stress of the road. Having that option was really nice on grounds so I only had to stumble back to my room. I knew there was no cell connection, which was no problem for me, and the wifi was great so I was all set. I stayed on a Tuesday and Wednesday night where dinner service was offered which was not only convenient but excellent. Marie the chef offered a great selection of entrée’s an appetizer, salad or soup and wine for a great price. The food itself was delicious, well made and artful in presentation. This with stunning views from the dining room was a perfect way to end the day. I would stay here again it was the a great place to stay to get away from a hectic life. I am looking forward to a longer stay next time to really unwind!
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".
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.
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.
We stayed here this summer and had an amazing experience. Very relaxing. The customer service is what stands out so much. From the moment you check in until your exit, the service is incredible and they put a great amount of effort into ensuring you have everything you need and are comfortable. Really an amazing experience and the rooms and spa were awesome. Highly recommend this place and we will be going back for sure!
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.
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
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.
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.
My boyfriend and I stayed at the Inn in May for part of his 30th birthday trip and had a great time. Everyone was so nice! We really enjoyed the breakfast, it was a great spread that had different items everyday. We also enjoyed getting to know the staff. We were able to use the spa and enjoyed a couples package while we stayed. The ladies at the spa were very friendly and made it a great expereince. Elk is a nice town and a little up the road you can go see redwoods or in the other direction go paddling up the river. There are a lot of art galleries and wineries to keep you busy. We also spent some time wandering the beach right below the inn and took the time to watch the sunset from the rooftop patio. I highly reccomend anyone who loves a personal experience with great people to stay here!
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.
We immediately felt welcomed by Bill who was fabulous during our short stay. Wonderful cooking, wonderful service, beautiful setting. Can't wait to see what the new owners do to the garden and structure.
The website for this B&B is extremely outdated and deceptive. The gardens are not maintained and overgrown. The B&B is in need of overall maintenance, cleaning and tidiness. The entryway/porch has potted, dead plants with old, badly stained patio furniture. The website (on the photo gallery page) states there are wine & hors-d'oevres in the evening. There was no wine. Except for the carpet stains in our room, the bed and bathroom were clean and our views were awesome. Had we paid more than we did via Groupon, we would have been quite unhappy. There is so much potential for this B&B if it were to look like it does in its website.
Breakfast was especially disappointing. It was not a 2-course gourmet breakfast. Also, there were day-old cookies left out on the dining table & that's it other than the 1 slice of french toast & 1 thin slice of melon & cool coffee for breakfast. Orange juice wasn't offered & the coffee was cool. Of course, the weather(drippy fog) didn't help. The Inn needs repair & the garden needs attention!
We stayed in the Weston room very nice, with an excellent view.The Inn Keeper Curtis was an awesome cook !!!!! We did hear some disturbing news that the Inn may close down I hope not it was a wonderful place.
My husband and I LOVED the Sandpiper House Inn. We had a breathtaking view of the cove from our room, the room was clean and relaxing, and the innkeeper was helpful and easygoing. The innkeeper, Curtis, provides breakfast (which was delicious) and is willing to help with any question you have regarding the surrounding area. One thing to keep in mind: there is practically no cellular phone service...so if your intent is to stay "plugged in", think again.
I knew from the reviews that the inn was a little "shabby sheek" so I sort of expected this. And that is what it was. I stayed in the Headlands room which was large and comfy. It is one their rooms where you can have pets so I am thinking maybe that is why it may have seemed a little shabbier than the other rooms. The chair upholstery should definately be cleaned and the carpet. Curtis the regular innkeeper was out of town so Chris was filling in and he was wonderfully personable and helpful. He also prepared very tasty and filling breakfasts from the dining room which has an amazing view. The view sitting in the adarondack chair on the lawn and sipping tea was the best part. This experience and the charm of Chris who even helped me with a problem I had on my laptop made up for some of the inns obvious needs for repair and maintenance. The stairs down the cliff look a little unsafe so I didn't venture down them but if they were maintained better it would be fun to go down to the cove below. I hope they keep Chris around. He is a huge asset for the inn.
We recently (June 11-12) had a very enjoyable stay at the Sandpiper Inn. The view from our bedroom was to die for! We felt that many of the reviews we had read are unfair and unjustified, particularly those aimed at the caretaker, Curtis. This B&B is over 100 years old, starting to slope toward the ocean (maybe because of all the weight staring out at the beautiful ocean setting all at once!), and has generally fallen into disarray in many aspects. The carpets definitely are in need of professional cleaning! But you get the feeling that the owners have not put anything into it as they should have and perhaps Curtis, himself, was restricted in what he could do. In other words, Curtis has been placed into a difficult situation. And, in spite of a pending change forthcoming for this classic old house (new owners?) that will leave Curtis without employment, we found him to be very pleasant for the most part, doing what he was suppose to do. Although the “afternoon snacks” were not what we expected (one day – nothing but the crackers from the day prior), the breakfasts were great and delicious. The Inn was quiet and very accessible; we brought dinner in both nights and enjoyed wine and dining in front of one of the most incredible views we have ever witnessed. Paul & Diane, San Jose, CA
Had a wonderful time because of the customer service. He made our getaway unlike any other that we've had in years and we've gone to many "higher end" BnB's too! The views were fantastic and walking down to the water was breathtaking. I do wish better food was provided but it is what it is. Overall experience is a A-
I took my mom here for her birthday celebration. It was very relaxing and comfortable. The innkeeper Curtis was very kind and a wonderful cook! The location is perfect! Our room had the most amazing view of the ocean. I would recommend this place to friends and family.
This is a lovely timeless craftsman home situation on a bluff with spectacular ocean views and a lovely garden. We stayed two nights in the Weston room, which was very comfortable, quiet, and nicely decorated with spectacular ocean views from the large picture window. We thoroughly enjoyed waking up to this view from the comfy king bed. The room has a nice sized bathroom, which was clean and well stocked. Curtis the innkeeper was pleasant and helpful and fixed a tasty breakfast. We would stay here again.
The setting and view to the ocean are amazing. Unseen from the road, we would not have known this beauty was there, just passing through the quaint town of Elk. Curtis was a very gracious host and shared interesting information with us about the area. He even let us use the dining room for our picnic dinner when a bit of rain kept us from eating on the patio of our charming and very comfortable Headlands room. We walked along the beautiful beach and explored the caves below. The breakfasts were deliciously prepared and nicely served by Curtis. Very tranquil stay and we look forward to coming back.
Beautiful hidden gem - the old house has a lot of character, and the rooms are super comfortable with great decoration. Even had a refridgerator to keep some food. We stayed in the Weston room, which I think had the best view. WIth that view - we never wanted to leave our room! Great for a honeymoon, or just a weekend away for two. Worth the price. They even made breakfast - Waffles with fresh fruit. There is a great garden out back that you can sit in and enjoy the weather and the view. Very quiet. Unfortunately there is not an easy way to get to the beach and enjoy the view close up. Also, there are not many restraunts around. So make sure to plan ahead.