Historic Charm ...Casual Living
A view (with old paint) from the street Lounge in the grass by the gardens

Bradford Place Inn and Gardens enjoys an enviable location smack dab in the quaint, historic village of Sonora, California. You know, the kind of town you dream about visiting with a vintage main street that has historic lamp posts and lots of cute stores. It's a town where you can window shop after dark without a care in the world, after the sidewalks roll up around 6 at night, when the evening hush settles in. The Inn is near the County Hall of Records, and the impressive Tuolumne County Court House. It is in a lovely restored neighborhood, one block west of Sonora's main street, which is lined with antique stores, art galleries, and wonderful dining. Sonora is a gold rush mining town known as the "Queen of the Southern Mines."

Bradford Place Inn and Gardens features just five rooms, each totally renovated with Karastan® wall to wall carpeting. Each room has a bath en-suite…...some with whirlpool. The Inn has a bed and breakfast warmth with no restaurant, bar, butlers or valet parking here, but privacy is evident from the moment you step inside.

Accommodations vary from cozy and intimate to gracious and luxurious. There are spacious ceilings throughout. Eleven-foot ceilings on the main floor, nine-foot ceilings throughout the second floor.

Front desk with weather station in lobby

The Inn was built in 1889 as a private residence for a Wells Fargo agent, and it remained a private home until 1988 when it first opened as a bed and breakfast inn. In March 2000 it was christened Bradford Place Inn and Gardens. Bradford was a prominent citizen in Sonora, he owned the lumber mill. When the Court House was about to be built, he had them change the entrance so that it faced his home. The street was named after him, though he never lived here.  Celebrating the 128th year of the historic Keil-Bergson house.

View of lobby from stairs

Quiet. Personal. Comfortable. It's a casual relaxed atmosphere. Absolutely nothing stuffy or pretentious. No attitude. Blue jeans and sweat shirts are fine. Yet the little jewel has the flair one would expect of a well-cared-for property ... umbrellas, a winding stone pathway with gardens, and white picket fences. The Inn itself has solid doors and virtually sound tight walls. It offers nearly every imaginable amenity: wireless Internet access, luxurious Frette® bath robes, and Frette® bath towels. Each room has the ultimate ductless climate system that is highly efficient and eco-friendly, yet virtually unobtrusive. And for those who don't care to mingle at breakfast or might be running on a tight schedule, the Inn has room service 7:00 until 10:00 each morning at no extra charge.

Working player piano in parlor Fireplace and love seat in parlor

The Cozy Parlor is a great place to visit, read a book, or just enjoy the relaxing atmosphere.


Bradford Place Inn and Gardens has received a three diamond rating from the American Automobile Association, a rating it has consistently held each year. The Inn has also received several awards and certificates of recognition.

Given the limited number of rooms at Bradford Place, the Inn's considerable appeal, and its ideal location in the village of old Sonora, advance reservations are suggested. So, give us a call or book a night or two on-line. We'd love to add your name to our guest list.

The experience offered, in essence, is comfortable and attentive without intrusion.

Gourmet dining on the veranda

Since opening in 2000 this lodging showpiece, located just 130 miles east of San Francisco has become known as the place to stay in California's central Sierra foothills for discerning business and leisure guests. In recent years fitness icon Jack LaLanne and his wife Elaine have stayed here. A couple of times the Inn has hosted the legendary Hollywood actress and Broadway diva Miss Carol Channing and her husband Harry Kullijian. And we have cooked breakfast for gospel artist TaTa Vega who worked with Quincy Jones on four featured vocals in The Color Purple. Business clientele who frequently stay at Bradford Place include health care consultants, professionals and staff, financial consultants, government personnel, and attorneys.

Current owners of the inn - Gail and Jeff Pedrick

On December 2, 2015, Gail and Jeff Pedrick purchased the inn and business from Eli Shahar, the previous owner and French Pastry Chef. Eli has passed on his amazing repertoire of winning recipes and we look forward to continuing those and trying out a few of our own.  As the new resident innkeepers, we are fulfilling a dream we have had for the last 20 years and hope you come and enjoy it with us.

Now that it has been a year that we have been innkeepers, we have met a lot of great guests and have worked hard to earn many return visits.  Check out our  reviews on Yelp, Tripadvisor, and Facebook, and come for a visit!

We welcome any feedback on how to make your stay as pleasant as possible.