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Farmhouse Inn
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Forestville
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 23 August 2007

My wife and I stayed at the Farmhouse Inn for two nights as part of a 6 day trip to Northern California. Our room (#8) was nicely furnished, but a bit dark since the smallish room was painted in dark colors and had only a few narrow windows (other rooms appeared to have larger windows). While the furniture was comfortable and in good condition, it seemed a little too large for the layout of the room, making it difficult for two average sized people to move around at the same time. One design quirk that is potentially dangerous is the raised sleeping area. The light that was supposed to illuminate the step on my side of the bed was either not working or burnt out (and not fixed during our stay I might add) and I tripped during the middle of our first night. I was able to catch myself, but I could easily see a guest stumbling out of bed and breaking an ankle. The sauna takes up a good deal of space and I wonder how many guests actually make use of it (maybe in the winter). As noted in earlier reviews the AC unit is located in the bathroom and it is quite noisy. If you want a quiet room you have to close the door to the bathroom, but this makes it difficult to maintain the temperature. We opted to open our small windows since the evening temps were cool (low 60's) and dealt with the road noise (not bad from 11 pm -6 am - but rooms closer to the road might have a problem).

The pool area was nice for a late afternoon swim, but I would not plan to spend a full day there. There was a nice outdoor firepit and smores kits were available for guests in the evenings. The Inn has a decent selection of movies that you can borrow to watch on your in-room DVD player.

Breakfasts were good, but only available from 9-10. Coffee and tea are available beginning at 8:15, but there are no muffins, scones etc. if you would like to get an early start on the day. One minor breakfast issue was that the Inn did not seem to have enough newspapers for the guests. This might work if breakfast is served in shifts (assume some guests will leave their paper when the leave), it does not work when everyone shows up between 9:00 and 9:10.

Service at the Inn was fine, but I did not feel as though there was a lot of personal touch or genuine warmth. My wife called about 10 days before we were to arrive to speak with someone about possible lunch and winery options and asked to have suggestions emailed to her (since we would be traveling later that week and so we would have a record). She never received the email, but when we arrived home we found a message on our home answering machine asking us to call back for suggestions. Not so helpful for planning purposes.

We dined at the restaurant one night and the food was very, very good, the service was professional, but once again I just felt that a certain human element was missing. I don't know if the recent accolades for the Inn and restaurant (Wine Spectator, SF Chronicle, etc.) have given the staff a big head or if everyone is just so serious that they forget to have fun. I would actually recommend Mosaic for dinner over the Farmhouse Inn. The food is nearly the equal, the outdoor patio is lovely, the prices are lower and I found the service to be a little less stiff.

Overall the Farmhouse Inn was a fine place to stay, but I would be unlikely to stay here again given the cost and the issues I identified above. For the money I think you can do better in Healdsburg.

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Reviewed 7 August 2007

Of 5 hotels/inns we stayed at on this trip, we were most disappointed with the Farmhouse. It was difficult to regulate the temperature with the window air conditioner positioned in the bathroom. The road noise was such that you wouldn't want to just open the windows. We found the head innkeeper to be very superior and condescending.

However, the restaurant is superb. We suggest eating but not staying at the Farmhouse.

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csb0214, owner at Farmhouse Inn, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2008

Just a follow up. We've since replaced all of the HVAC units in the cottages. We now have a much larger forced air system throughout. Heat and AC. We've also done some considerable work to mitigate road noise. Posted June 25th, 2008.

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Reviewed 30 July 2007

The Farmhouse excels on the simple things that, for too many hotels, remain hard to get right. Accomodating and welcoming staff. Personal touches. Fresh local ingredients whose flavors shine through. Cozy and elegant surroundings, but not "over the top" glitz decor. Excellent activity suggestions and extremely warm congratulations by the entire staff on the occasion of our engagement.

You will pay wine country prices for this level of thought and epicurean delight. You are also staying in a 1920's country inn--not in a full service hotel. But if you ask, the staff will work to get it right. Your room selection will tweak things like room size, proximity to the busy-ish road, amenities. Keep these all in mind when booking to manage expectations.

My partner and I will remember our engagement day fondly, the superlative food (both dinner and breakfast), a killer wine suggestion (Scherrer Pinot) and Meilani's advice for our trip and for a happy life together!

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Reviewed 26 July 2007

Spent our 20th Wedding anniversary there in Room #7. The room had a separate living room with a sofa, chair and fireplace. There is also a small refrigerator in a cabinet . Great king size bed with big plasma TV (never used it). CD player with music. Bathroom had a jacuzzi tub with shower and a REAL Sauna! We spent time lounging around a quiet pool area. They have spa services too, Breakfast in the morning started with a plate of fresh sliced fruit and a buttery scone. Then a feta cheese omelet with diced veges, potatoes, and chicken apple sausage. It was very good. The people running the show and working were all very nice. The only problem was that we went on a Wednesday and the dining room was closed for dinner. We have a good reason to go back!

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Reviewed 26 July 2007

My husband and I visited the Inn after a busy couple of days in San Francisco. We walked into our beautiful little cottage with soft music playing in the background. The room smelled wonderful and was spotless. The bed and bathrobes were so comfortable, and the fireplace was stocked with wood and kindling for those cool evenings. At Marilyn's suggestion, we had dinner at the Inn and it was amazing. Great food with a very attentive wait staff. We almost skipped breakfast on our way out to tour wine country, and thank goodness Marilyn rescued us again. She personally went and got our food and had us sit down for a quick bite. I couldn't believe how wonderful our "quick" breakfast was!!!!
We will certainly recommend this hotel to others, and hopefully we will be able to return also!

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Reviewed 20 July 2007

We've had ok service, good service and excellent service. When you go to the Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, you are provided with something even higher than excellence. Each member of the staff has a smile on their face. We had the most enjoyable stay, everything was way beyond what we expected and what a breakfast!
The most memorable? Never having to pour the bottle of wine at our table. During our 2 hour restaurant experience, our glass was always promptly filled. Not to mention, the food was magnificent.
If you have the chance, PLEASE consider the Farmhouse. It is well worth it.

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Reviewed 14 July 2007

A wonderful weekend or weekday getaway. The cottage rooms were cozy and well equipped and even included a sauna. The breakfast was so creative and delicious using the freshest of local ingredients. Dinner is a must as is the specialty of the house "rabbit, rabbit, rabbit". The staff was very nice and helpful with any of our needs.

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Additional Information about Farmhouse Inn

Address: 7871 River Rd, Forestville, CA 95436-9494
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Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Forestville
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Forestville
Price Range: £387 - £732 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Farmhouse Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma, the Farmhouse experience is an authentic wine country haven of stylish comfort, hand crafted amenities, and attention to every detail. We are surrounded by world class wineries and 100's of acres of vineyards. Our unique West County locations offers an incredible wine country experience with the added benefits of the majestic redwood forest and the breathtaking Sonoma Coast all within miles of the resort. With only 25 rooms we pride ourselves on the Inn’s intimacy and privacy, creating a feeling of visiting a private estate. Once at the resort you can enjoy our 11 year awarded Michelin-starred restaurant featuring the best of Sonoma dining and surrender to our Farm-to-Table Spa with customized, hand crafted rituals using ingredients from our fruit, flower and herb gardens. ... more   less 
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Farmhouse Inn And Restaurant
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Farmhouse Inn Sonoma County/Forestville, CA

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