Wow, this was the second B&B we stayed on our trip and we enjoyed the Chateau de Vie immensely. In fact I’d go so far as to say it’s the best B&B I’ve ever stayed in. OK, it’s pretty expensive to stay here but it’s definitely worth it. Phillip and Peter manage with ease to be the perfect hosts, this place oozes quality and attention to detail.
The house is beautiful, very contemporary in style and just what I’d choose if I had this type of house, oh I wish. The living room is lovely with doors that open fully onto the patio outside. I loved the decking, the tables and chairs and the tree that shades you when you are eating or just sitting relaxing. It’s very peaceful here and we could have quite easily have stayed longer, finances permitting! Alas we only had one night, though we did try to get in for another night but it was full.
We stayed in Queen Guest Room 2. The room was a bit smaller than others that we stayed in, but perfectly adequate. I loved the colours in the room and the mirror, which I’ve since tried to find on the internet for one of my rooms at home but failed! The bathroom was contemporary, it was the smallest we stayed in but was spotlessly clean. In fact the whole house was immaculate. No scuffs on the walls, which I hate, everything looked in tip top condition.
When we arrived we took full advantage of relaxing by the pool, luckily for us we had only travelled 70 miles from our last destination and everyone had gone out for the day. After settling in, Philip & Peter came out from the Barn (which they live in, next door) every now and again to check on us and see if we had everything we needed. They have a fridge outside on the patio where you can get water and cans of coke, which are free. They also supply some very nice robes which you can use to for getting to and from the pool. They also have a Jacuzzi which my partner spent some time in and thoroughly enjoyed. The pool furniture is great as are the gardens and vineyards around the pool area are very relaxing which make for a very tranquil place to stay.
In the early evening we decided we would go out for Dinner, just as we were leaving Phillip asked if we’d had some cheese and wine. We hadn’t, when he came back, the plate was full with a lovely selection of savoury biscuits, homemade tapenade and cheese and or course wine, which I might add is available at any time of the day. Definitely the best selection and presentation of cheese and fruits we have had on our travels.
Breakfast: This was the best I’ve ever had and still dream of it today! Everything was presented beautifully. Phillip is an expert and wonderful cook. To start with I had homemade lemon scones, they were absolutely delicious as they were still piping hot out of the oven. Unfortunately my partner lucked out a bit as he had mentioned that he wasn’t really supposed to be eating anything with flour in, so he had the melon with mint (I did give him one of my scones though!). Next was the main course consisting of Asparagus with eggs, mixed in was parmesan cheese and garlic breadcrumbs and a piece of garlic bread on the side. Accompanying this was fresh fruit and juice and of course tea and coffee. It was lovely sitting out in the dappled sunlight enjoying the peace and quiet and being waited on by two lovely hosts. If you stay and love the scones Phillip will kindly give you the recipe to recreate the scones, which we eagerly tried at home, unfortunately they don’t seem to quite match his expert cooking. But I’ll keep trying!
Is there anything I would change or fault about The Chateau de Vie – Absolutely not it was as perfect as it gets.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just minutes from downtown Calistoga, surrounded by acres of vineyards, Chateau de Vie welcomes you into a world of understated elegance. As you enter our gates, lush formal gardens of lavender and quiet sophistication greet you. Built with old European charm, the Chateau has been enhanced with rich earth and jewel tones. Influenced by California unique heritage and the Napa Valley’s beauty, the Chateau has been furnished with your comfort in mind. Comfortable queen and king size beds, lush towels, oversized robes and the finest in linens.Quiet personal attention… magnificent views. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Vie Hotel Calistoga
- Chateau De Vie b&b