Glenelly buyers say they'll modernize
The buyers of the Glenelly Inn, previously identified only as Frederick and Patel LLC, have identified themselves as Ashish and Anastasia Patel, a husband-wife partnership who own and operate the Shoreline Cottages on Highway 1 in Fort Bragg.
Anastasia Patel, who goes by "Sia," told the Index-Tribune in an email on Wednesday that they plan to "modernize the existing property, while preserving its overall look and feel in order to maintain its part of Glen Ellen's history." She added that, after escrow closes in mid-June, they intend to start renovations on the 10-guest room facility, at 5131 Warm Springs Road, with the goal of re-opening in the fall.
Patel's email described the couple as "the sole managing members of Frederick and Patel, LLC," but did not offer further information on other ownership principals.
Their Fort Bragg property consists of seven individually-themed cottages, two four-person family rooms and some suites.
The property is "dog-friendly" and offers four cottages and rooms with dog accommodations that come with dog welcome baskets including treats and towels.
There is no indication yet whether their dog accommodations will extend to the Glen Ellen property, or what it will be named.
The star-crossed inn was seized by the county after Thanksgiving of last year, when then-owner Kristi Jeppesen could not meet the terms of a repayment agreement under which she was to cover more than $380,000 in unpaid Transient Occupancy Taxes (TOT) and some $60,000 in property taxes. Jeppesen also owes substantial sums to more than 30 individual property owners with vacation rentals she managed. Estimates of the amount she collected in rental and deposit income but did not pass on to property owners go well above $100,000.
Following an investigation by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, the district attorney declined to file criminal charges against Jeppesen.