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“happy honeymoon in healdsburg”
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Belle de Jour Inn
Ranked #1 of 15 Healdsburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
GreenLeadersPlatinum level
London, United Kingdom
1 review
“happy honeymoon in healdsburg”
Reviewed 9 October 2011

We stayed for two nights in September this year as part of our honeymoon Californian road trip! The accommodation was really lovely and relaxing, and the grounds were truly beautiful. Our cottage had a delightful terrace where you could sit with some local wine and watch the evening go by. Tom and Brenda were the perfect hosts...Brenda cooks a mean breakfast and both were happy to give information and advice about the local area, booking taxis into town.. (they even called ahead to our restaurant for the evening, Cyrus, to let them know it was our honeymoon!). We heartily recommend a stay at the Belle de Jour!

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Wisconsin, USA
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Reviewed 6 October 2011

Tom and Brenda have a very nice place on the edge of town. Makes getting around easy. A light breakfast and your on your way to see the wineries...

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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 September 2011

we stayed for two nights and got upgraded to a cottage (no. 1) with bigger room & bed instantly because of the height of my boyfriend and this without extra charge! the cottage was decorated with little things so you could feel the love that was put into the interior. cottage no. 5 has a wow-factor even this you could see on the pictures but in real it's better!!!

the area of the bed & breakfast is very peacefull and the surrounding very nice with roses and orange trees right in front of our window. the breakfast was super fantastic!!! Brenda has a dream of a kitchen (i wish i had this kitchen) and performed a magic breakfast with huge organic rasberrys, melon, strawberrys etc. and omletts and croissaints and coffee cake etc. served with coffee, cappuccino or tea and juices. perfect for a start into a day!!!
and we loved the fix time for breakfast so we were able to meet the other guests!
Thanx Brenda and Tom for this great stay. we hope to come back!

  • Stayed September 2011
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Edgewater, Maryland
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Reviewed 14 September 2011

We stayed for 3 mights at the Belle de Jour in the Caretaker's cottage and could not have had a better experience! The environment is peaceful with private entrances for every cottage. They take extra detail with high quality linens to homemade scones for breakfast. The owners know the area well and share their expertise on wineries and restaurants eagerly. I would highly recommend this Inn- you will not be disappointed.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with family
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Palo Alto, California
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Reviewed 12 September 2011

This is a beautiful bed and breakfast with private cottages on lovely grounds just outside of town. Our hosts, Tom and Brenda, were gracious, helpful, and very knowledgeable about wineries, restaurants, and hiking in the area. The breakfasts were outstanding. We would definitely stay here again.
We also enjoyed the town of Healdsburg. It seemed a bit more down-to-earth and had a greater range of restaurants than St Helena or Yountville. Favorite experiences included sitting in the town square enjoying a coffee and pastry from the the Downtown Bakery & Creamery, the tour and wine tasting at Michel-Schlumberger, the beer flight at Bear Republic, hiking in the Armstrong Redwoods. We had great meals at Zin, Willi's, and Spoonbar.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 September 2011

Great property. Great breakfasts. Great rooms. Great proximity to wineries.

  • Stayed September 2011
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

This was the second time that my husband and I visited the beautiful Belle de Jour Inn. My parents vacationed with us this year, and happily assuming the role of “Sonoma County Tour Guide,” I immediately booked us for a five night stay. Belle de Jour served as our central base, and allowed us to consider various Wine Country/Northern California points of interest during the day: Russian River Valley, Bodega Bay, Calistoga, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Santa Rosa, and our favorite--the wineries, estates, gardens, shopping, and restaurants around Healdsburg.

While my parents nestled into their scenic, window-seated Morning Hill Room, my husband and I explored the generously sized, airy quarters of the Caretaker’s Suite. A few years ago, we had stayed in the spaciously lovely (upstairs) Carriage House. Since we are both on the tall side, we prefer rooms with king beds. Both cottages worked out perfectly for our low-key (yet discerning) taste. My parents thoroughly enjoyed their room as well. They especially noted how it was “sunny”, “pretty”, and appreciated the view, the great shower/steam unit, and the overall look and feel of it.

The canopy bed in the Caretaker’s Suite was extremely comfortable, and offered soft feeling linens without harsh detergent/perfume scents. Although it was the end of August (and rather warm during the days), our room never felt too hot. It cooled off nicely in the evenings with either a quick run of the air conditioner, or by using the overhead ceiling fan. The shower/whirlpool tub in the attached bathroom was absolutely fantastic. And the room boasted ample natural light from the tree-lined windows. The windows, by the way, had “hidden” shades that could be easily lowered.

The inn is situated a good distance away from the main street, and therefore does not have highway/traffic noises. The cottages are also nicely clustered within walking distance from each other, but once inside, feel completely private. I have decided that I am not the best candidate for staying at a Bed and Breakfast, where everyone sleeps in the same main house. My number one guest preference would be how Belle de Jour is arranged. I like how each person/couple can enjoy their own room/cottage, yet have the opportunity to mingle and chat with the other guests--while walking the grounds, sitting outside--and/or particularly over Brenda’s deliciously baked, thoughtfully prepared, and elegantly presented (9:00 am) communal style breakfasts.

If you are seeking to acquaint yourself with the rurally sophisticated, diverse winemaking terrain of Sonoma County, and require a good night’s rest, a peaceful (non-smoking) environment, and extremely talented, intelligent, thoughtful, helpful, non-obtrusive, informative, accommodating, and welcoming innkeepers--look no further. Belle de Jour is that place and more. As longtime residents of Healdsburg, Tom and Brenda have dining/sightseeing suggestions that are truly valuable. They really helped me fill in some gaps that I had in my pre-planned itinerary. Special note: Brenda, thank you again for the award winning (literally) blueberry scones that day. My parents most likely finished the ones you packed up for them, before they even made it down your driveway! We fondly look forward to our next visit with you.

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Belle de Jour Inn
Address: 16276 Healdsburg Ave, Healdsburg, CA 95448-9074
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Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Healdsburg
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa
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Ranked #1 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Healdsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 5

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