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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Farmhouse Inn And Restaurant
- Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant Hotel Forestville
- Farmhouse Inn Sonoma County/Forestville, CA