If you are in need of accommodations in Sonoma, this is THE place to stay in THE town to stay in. My wife and I stayed at the Mansion the last four days of October 2005. It is a bit off-season in wine country, but we were celebrating my 40th birthday, which I know makes us younger than the B&B demographic; but, our experiences have been incredible, making us B&B fans for intimate retreats.
We stayed in the room at the top of the stairs, which in Honor Manison ratings, is a standard room. It was far from standard, with a beautiful antique bed and armoir, and a very large bathroom with footed tub; it only lacked a working fireplace that they remedied by painting a cute/funny fireplace on the wall. I must thank the honest staff/owner for assuring us when booking that we needn't have a larger room, at greater expense, to enjoy our stay.
The staff and owners were attentive and friendly, helping us with directions, wine tours, restaurant suggestions and reservations. They even had a birthday cake in my room upon arrival.
The Mansion was clean and well maintained; the grounds are nicer than most anyplace you will stay, comparable to a converted abbey we stayed-in in Burgundy. The Honor Mansion has an elegant pool area, incredible rose garden, aristocratic croquet lawn, and even basketball and tennis courts for those more ambitious. After a day of touring the patio and coy pond were inviting areas to enjoy an afternoon glass of wine, and relax. I did partake in a wonderful massage in an enclosed cabana by the pool that was arranged through the inn. (a bit cold this time of year; an in-room massage was an option that I declined)
Breakfast was wonderful and unique every morning; they avoid the usual morning fare of omelets and pancakes with fruit. Items such as ice cream and souffles were served instead, with lovely sweet, while smokey sausage. If you have ever experienced a breakfast like the ones served here, you are both unusual and blessed. (of course more traditional fare is available if that is to your liking) Lastly, the seating arrangements for breakfast are tables for two (unless your group is bigger)devided into the parlor and the dining room. There are seats in the windows that allow you to sit beside one another, instead of across, which is a bit more intimate and preferable to my wife and I. If you enjoy conversing with other guests at breakfast, that is easily accomplished as well, becasue you all face toward the center of the room.
I apologize for being so long winded, but, as incredible as they are, the photos and descriptions on the Honor Mansion website do not adequately express the charm, beauty, and comfort of this home. We were "honored" to be guests.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the center of Sonoma County's Wine Country, the Honor Mansion sits on four acres of landscaped resort grounds, offering tennis, bocce, croquet, PGA putting and an invigorating lap pool with spa pavilions and sun deck. Another deck surrounding a koi pond provides serenity. This landmark's pristine elegance is reflected by the Fowler's and their professional staff, who provide personal attention to every detail. Full gourmet breakfast buffet with complimentary mimosas each morning, and wine and appetizers each evening. The Inn is surrounded by wineries, golf courses and is within walking distance of the town square's outstanding restaurants and shopping. AAA 4 diamond rated, Michelin Guide recommended. Complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, as well as access to cookies, soda, water, coffee, tea, sherry and other treats available 24 hours a day. Full concierge service available. No resort fees, or any other hidden fees! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Honor Mansion, a Wine Country Hotel Healdsburg
- Honor Mansion Hotel
- Honor Mansion Resort