Bidwell House

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

About

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.

Reviews

Overall
4.4

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

40th Anniversary Getaway

3.6 on August 31, 2018

Charming little B&B in the town of Chester, CA. We took a break in the middle of our camping trip to spend a night at the Bidwell House to celebrate our 40th Anniversary. Lovely upstairs room (Robin's Roost - whirlpool tub and separate full shower) with a view of Lake Almanor. No A/C, but with windows open and fans provided we were just fine. Staff was flexible with their breakfast choices. We were very happy with our stay here!


Best Hidden Gem in the Sierras

5 on August 31, 2018

Located at the edge of gorgeous Lake Almanor with views of Mt. Lassen and walking distance from conveniences in Chester, The Bidwell House is the perfect get-away spot for vacation! An easy drive to Lassen National Park and various recreation area around the lake, you have a homebase with beautiful rooms, a delicious breakfast and idyllic grounds to roam around. We cannot wait to come back!


Bidwell three day stay

4.4 on August 30, 2018

Had the Stover Cabin this time. Nice, big, and comfortable. Great place to rest and recover after climbing around Lassen Park. Wonderful to have a full kitchen. Loved having a wood burning stove.


Excellent Choice

4.8 on August 05, 2018

Everything about The Bidwell House was lovely. The house is located at the end of Main Street in a large beautifully maintained piece of property. We originally reserved two nights but decided to stay a third night. We had th change rooms. Both rooms were spacious and very comfortable. Eva was friendly and so helpful suggesting places to visit in the area. The breakfast was outstanding and was more focused on protein rather than typical sweet B&B fare. I would definitely recommend the Bidwell House.


Step back in time

5 on August 03, 2018

Bidwell House is an ideal home base for exploring the Almanor/Lassen area: the lovely breakfasts are a great sendoff, and the comfortable rooms in a parklike setting are welcoming at the end of the day.


Lovely

5 on July 31, 2018

Comfy..quiet..beautiful grounds and garden..excellent breakfast..delightful antiques and decor..can't wait to come back.


Oh, the flowers!

4.0 on July 31, 2018

We loved sitting on the front porch viewing all the flowers in the front yard. Even though the highway is so near, it was still pleasant. The breakfast was quite good but don't expect a large portion - a 2-egg omelet, piece of thin toast, and fruit garnish with a glass of juice. Staff was friendly and helpful. The walk-in massage shower did not provide hot water no matter how we tried adjusting the knobs. It was lukewarm only although felt slightly warmer when all spray nozzles were in use. (Being California natives, we try hard to avoid using excess water.) Given the days were hot, we managed. Had it been cooler weather, this would have been a big problem. Be aware that there is a step up to the bed platform in the Lassen Room. If you get up in the middle of the night, one must remember it is there! Night lights are provided.


Staying again

4.4 on July 26, 2018

We stayed for a short three day getaway and loved our experience here. The room was clean and decorated nicely. The Inn keeper was friendly and attentive. The breakfasts were tasty, just could have used some fruit with it. All in all a wonderful experience.


Second stay

4.6 on July 12, 2018

Comfortable rooms and friendly people


Front Desk

4.0 on July 10, 2018

My 3 night stay was for the purpose of escaping from the oppressive summer heat of the valley and to enjoy the beauty of Lassen Volcanic National Park. It also afforded my dear wife some precious "alone time", free of my TV, bright lights, air conditioning and retelling of my family history and genealogy. Bidwell house met my needs perfectly. I was comfortable, well fed and had numerous pleasant interactions with the other guests.The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. I was especially pleased with the personal service and responsiveness of the front desk staff (Nina). I was greeted warmly, well oriented and engaged in a personal manner that is seldom encountered. Throughout my visit, she accommodated my questions and requests promptly, efficiently and courteously. One could not ask for a better reception. If you are planning a visit to Lassen Park or Lake Almanor, I recommend you consider a stay at Bidwell House. Ken (79 years of age) of Redding, CA


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Rooms & Rates

Garden Room

~ King size pillow-top bed ~ Private bathroom with Clawfoot tub with shower ~ 32' LCD TV with DVD player ~ Located upstairs

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

Robins Roost

~ King size pillow-top bed ~ Private bathroom with Two person air tub ~ Walk-in Shower ~ 40' LCD TV with DVD player ~ Located upstairs

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

Bidwell Suite

~ Master bedroom with King size pillow-top bed ~ Second bedroom with Queen size bed ~ Wood burner ~ Private bathroom with Large walk-in shower ~ Hardwood floors & Antiques ~ Located upstairs in the historic part

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen

McKenzie A

~ Queen size bed ~ Shared bath ~ Hardwood floors & Antiques ~ Shared bathroom with walk-in shower and clawfoot tub (only McKenzie A and B share this bathroom) ~ Located upstairs in the historic part

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Old Glory

~ King size pillow-top bed ~ Private bathroom with Jacuzzi tub ~ Walk-in Massage Shower ~ 32' LCD TV with DVD player ~ Located upstairs

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

Lassen Room

~ King size pillow-top bed ~ Private bathroom with Large Walk-in Massage Shower ~ 40' LCD TV with DVD player ~ Located upstairs

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

Meadow View

~ King size pillow-top bed ~ Private bathroom with Two person air tub ~ Walk-in Shower ~ 40' LCD TV with DVD player ~ Located downstairs

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

Rose Room

~ King size pillow-top bed ~ Private bathroom with Large two person walk-in shower ~ Wood burner ~ 40' LCD TV with DVD player ~ Located upstairs

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

Annies Room

~ King size pillow-top bed ~ Private bathroom with Jacuzzi tub with hand-held shower ~ 32' LCD TV with DVD player ~ Located downstairs

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

Aspen Room

~ Two double beds ~ Private bathroom with Clawfoot tub with shower ~ 32' LCD TV with DVD player ~ Located downstairs

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Double

Hummingbird Room

~ Queen size bed ~ Private bathroom with Large walk-in shower ~ Handicapped Accessible ~ 32' LCD TV with DVD player ~ Located downstairs

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

Hunters Glen

~ King size pillow-top bed ~ Private bathroom with Jacuzzi tub with hand-held shower ~ 32' LCD TV with DVD player ~ Located downstairs

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

Stover Cottage

~ Sleeps six - queen bed in separate bedroom, two twin beds and pull-out sofa in the living room ~ Wood burner ~ Fully equipped kitchen ~ Private bathroom with large walk-in shower ~ 40' LCD TV with DVD

  • Maximum Capacity: 6
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 2 Queen , 2 Twin

McKenzie B

~ Queen size bed ~ Shared bath ~ Hardwood floors & Antiques ~ Shared bathroom with walk-in shower and clawfoot tub (only McKenzie A and B share this bathroom) ~ Located upstairs in the historic part

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

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Location

Location Type

Countryside, Mountains, Rural, Small town, Waterview

Airport

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, Winery

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn, Boutique Hotel, Cabin

On-site amenities

Board games, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Conference Rooms, Copier, Fridge, Ironing Board, Library, Movie library, Parking, Piano, Sports equipment rental, Telephone, VCR, Wedding Facilities

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, DVD Player, Desk, Fireplace, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Wheelchair access, Wi-Fi, iPhone docking station

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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Policies

  • Check In:: 15:00 - 18:00
  • Check Out:: 11:00
  • Open All Year Round: No
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided Yes
  • Suitable For Children: Limited well behaved children.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required in Stover Cottage only
  • Disabled Access Yes

Terms and Conditions

Innkeepers

Name(s)

Eva and Filip

Languages spoken

Czech, English

Resident Pets

Cats

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Meals

Breakfast

Full

  • Time Served: 8:30 to 9:30 AM
  • Serving Location: Patio, Breakfast Room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian Vegan


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