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Sunday 13 May 2018

Murder, She Wrote; no mystery about this guest house with a history

TV producers are the masters of trickery. So if you want to stay in Jessica Fletcher's Maine house from the TV series Murder, She Wrote, you'll actually be on the other side of the US: in California.

Fans of the 1984-1996 detective show, which starred the ageless Angela Lansbury, will recognise Blair House as the beautiful Victorian home as the abode of the mystery writer J.B. Fletcher.

It is a long way from Cabot Cove, however, actually being located in Mendocino Village, a town in Northern California.

Despite the dastardly TV sleight of hand, Mendocino Village is an attractive small town with lots of art galleries, theatrical productions, and a population of about 1,000. It is at the heart of one of California's best-known wine regions, so might make a quirky place to stay for vinophiles.

Blair House was built in 1888, and features architecture made of Douglas Fir and Redwood, with a picket fence and lots of flowers in the garden such as lavender, daffodils, and daisies. Just as when Jessica "lived" here.

The house offers three different suites, including Angela’s Room (the biggest suite, of course, running between $180-$220 per night), Jennifer’s Room ($120-$140 per night), and Eric’s Room ($120-$140 per night). All rates include the room plus a complimentary bottle of local Californian wine, Travel & Leisure magazine reported.

You might even recognise a local resident. Over 150 played background parts in the series and a handful were cast for speaking roles.

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