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“Luxury getaway with fabulous host!”
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Black Rock Inn
Ranked #1 of 13 St. Helena B&B and Inns
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Perth, Australia
1 review
“Luxury getaway with fabulous host!”
Reviewed 4 May 2013

My husband and I recently spent 2 weeks travelling through California on our vacation from Australia. Our last stop was Napa and friends suggested staying in St Helena (which is beautiful). I searched the internet for luxury accommodation in the area and luckily came across Black Rock Inn, located 5 mins from St Helena. It's always with mild trepidation that you arrive at your destination and hope that the online pictures haven't over-promised. Black Rock Inn, does quite the contrary. The property is beautiful. We stayed in suite 1, on the ground floor. The suite was very well appointed. The bed was incredibly comfortable, the sheets soft, the towels fluffy - bliss.. However, what made Black Rock Inn so special was Jeff, the owner and our host for the weekend. From the moment we stepped out of the car, Jeff was there to cater for our every need. His dining and wine tasting recommendations were perfect. This is a man who is passionate about food and wine and wants others to savour in the delights of the Napa region. He organised wine tastings, booked restaurants, shared some of his fabulous wine collection and made us 2 delicious breakfasts. If only Black Rock Inn were closer, it'd be on our weekend getaway list.

Room Tip: Rooms on the first floor are quieter.
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Naperville, Illinois
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

We just celebrated a birthday in wine country and had the pleasure of staying at the Black Rock Inn! Everything was just perfect... from the moment we were greeted in the parking area by the owner Jeff, to the bag of scones he provided us for our early morning flight on the day of our departure! Great location for wine tastings and dinners! Beautifully appointed rooms! Soft fluffy towels! Delicious breakfasts prepared by the owner! Relaxing on the gazebo, catching up with family and drinking wine...priceless!

Jeff is a gracious and accommodating host who effortlessly catered to all our needs! He helped with setting up last minute tastings and offered recommendations for dinners. He was very
generous with sharing his excellent wines for late afternoon tastings! He is very knowledgeable and we enjoyed the time he spent with us discussing his wine.

We stayed in suite 3 and 4. Back of the house ...very quiet! Each suite has a private outdoor sitting area. For a larger grog traveling together the guest house is gorgeous! Comes complete with outdoor fireplace and heat lamps!

Looking forward to our next trip to wine country and the Black Rock Inn!

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with family
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San Francisco
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

My boyfriend and I recently stayed at the Black Rock Inn, in St. Helena. We usually stay in Yountville, but decided to try out a new place that was slightly more affordable. The Black Rock Inn is wonderful! Jeff took care of us like family, but was very in-tune and sensitive to our wishes for privacy as well. I booked the Inn with Jeff over the phone and he was extremely accommodating and flexible. Purely based on the pictures of the rooms online, I couldn't decide if I wanted to stay in Room 2 or 4, and since we were only a couple of days out, and neither room had been rented for that Sat. night, Jeff said that if it was still vacant, we could check them out upon arrival and pick which one we wanted to stay in.

The property is beautiful. It reminded me of home with gorgeous and updated amenities and furnishings (think West Elm, Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn). We decided on Room 4 because of the balcony which is perfect for enjoying a glass of summer wine after a long day of wine tasting.

For dinner, Jeff also recommended we head into town (St. Helena), which was about a 5 minute drive, and eat at Goose & Gander. Delicious!

We headed back to the Inn after dinner, opened up the screen doors and windows and fell asleep to a warm summer breeze. After waking from restful sleep to the sounds of chirping birds, Jeff cooked us breakfast in the huge kitchen downstairs where we enjoyed berry scones, fresh fruit and yogurt, scrambled eggs, his special spicy potatoes (so incredibly delicious), and freshly brewed coffee.

We can't say enough about Jeff and this lovely property in St. Helena. It's quiet, comfortable, inviting and beautiful. We'll definitely be back.

Room Tip: Room 2 is very sunny and gets the afternoon sun. Room 4 is cooler and has a balcony. All of the room...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 17 April 2013

We have been staying at this property since 2002. Had chosen other B&B's in the area the last couple of years as it had been sold and closed. The new owner has done a wonderful job of upgrading the rooms and bathrooms. The location is absolutely perfect for those trying to maximize their tasting experiences as you don't spend all day driving the valley. The breakfast was top notch. Jeff was also very knowledgeable about the local wineries and winemakers with many excellent contacts.

  • Stayed April 2013, travelled with friends
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 16 April 2013

Location overlooking vineyards on the Silverado Trail close to St. Helena could not have been better. Jeff has done a fabulous job renovating the house and landscaping the property. Views from anywhere on property were beautiful. Everything first rate. Jeff was a charming host who did a great job of setting us up with vineyard appointments. Hope to return soon.

Room Tip: View from Suite 1 was sublime. Spacious with fabulous woodworking. Bathroom a bit small but manage...
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  • Stayed April 2013, travelled on business
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
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Reviewed 27 March 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at this beautiful inn in Napa for my birthday. The inn itself is very warm, welcoming and beautiful. Jeff's culinary skills are exquisite (and make you wanting more and more to eat), he goes above and beyond to make you feel welcome, and his recommendations of local wineries and restaurants made our trip extraordinary. The room was very clean, relaxing, and quiet. I highly recommend this property to all visitors.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Mansfield, Texas
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

My wife and I recently stayed at the Black Rock Inn for our anniversary clebration. First, let me say that we were first time visitors to the Napa Valley area. Jeff's advise on travel routes and restaurants was invaluable. The room was very spacious, comfortable and clean. If you are looking for a quiet location that is "off the beaten path" but close to all the locales this is the place.

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Black Rock Inn
Address: 3100 Silverado Trl N, St. Helena, CA 94574-9719
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Region: United States > California > Napa Valley > St. Helena
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in St. Helena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Black Rock Inn 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Black Rock Inn is an upscale Inn in the heart of Napa Valley Wine Country. Surrounded by world-class vineyards, the two-acre estate offers multiple Suites in the Main House, a separate two-bedroom house (available for monthly rental) and gorgeous outdoor event space. Since we customize each party's stay, we prefer to take reservation by phone. ... more   less 
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