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Hollyhock Country House
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Hollyhock Country House
Ranked #9 of 11 Sonoma B&B and Inns
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“Sonoma's Surprising Find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2014

First, we were enthralled with Lucille, the Inn Keeper. Our room was ready earlier than the 2pm check-in. Lucille was welcoming and friendly, but we didn't have much time to talk because we had to get ready for an afternoon event.

We booked the Hollyhock since it was the only place that did not require a 2-night minimum AND didn't cost well-over $200/night. We read a few reviews, so we knew this wasn't an overpriced wine-country inn. We expected not to be dazzled by the property, so our expectations were low.

While the house is dated and a few things could be fixed, it works. The room was comfortable with a queen bed and clean. The bathroom doesn't have a shower, but during our travels to Europe and Asia, we've encountered many places that did not have showers. One of us is highly allergic to cats, but the first floor of the house is cat-free and we were not affected at all, nor did we smell the odors "tillylamp" complained about. If you're looking for a 5-star/5-diamond property, this is not for you. If you're looking for comfortable, charming, European-style accommodations with a lovely inn keeper, then consider Hollyhock and use the money you save on wine tours and great restaurants in the area. By the way, Gundlach Bundschu winery is right across the street.

We slept like babies. The night was so quiet. No sounds of compressors, barking dogs or traffic.

When Lucille asked if we wanted a continental breakfast prior to our early departure, we were a bit hesitant because of negative reviews, BUT those reviews are unsubstantiated. We enjoyed our freshly brewed coffee, oj and fresh pastries in the sun room. More importantly, we loved our conversation with Lucille about our lives in the Bay Area and travels through Asia and Europe. Lucille is a delight.

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  • Stayed August 2014, travelled as a couple
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

The problem I am facing when starting this review is WHERE do I begin?? The entrance to this ramshackle dump should have alerted me immediately, an old faded sign stuck on a chain link fence announces your unfortunate arrival, overgrown with weeds and extremely unkempt with a pothole filled "driveway" which isn't a driveway at all merely a dirt track. I was instructed to park the car anywhere I liked as we were the only guests. (Surprise surprise) There are NO parking facilities at all, you abandon your car in the side of a field, ok for 4wd vehicles but I was concerned for my rental. Broken steps lead up to a FILTHY tired looking bungalow with peeling paint, uneven porch boards and just a general feeling of neglect. Inside the house it's DARK, floor boards screech at ever footstep, no private bath, dirty kitchen with crap all over the place. Our room was tiny, filled with junk, poky and the whole house stinks of rancid cats piss. This all washes over the head of the owner who informed me at almost 3pm the "room" wasn't ready, gladly we took off and spent the next few hours searching for alternative accommodation but to no avail. We killed time before we went back to the dump at 9pm, took sleeping tablets and got up and left at 5am while it was still dark, no way would we be having ANY breakfast in this place. I was angry beyond belief that anyone would DARE to charge people for staying in this dirty, untidy hovel, quite honestly the kennels I put the dogs in are better. If there is no other accommodation available to you only this place then sleep in your car.

  • Stayed July 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

Lucielle was very welcoming and went well out of her way to help us. She is an artist and well travelled so lots to talk about internationally which is welcomed. The room was clean and bed comfortable with a continential breakfast in the morning. Short distance into Soloma (2 miles). We were there for one night and would recommend it as a European style B&B (so you are staying in their house), unlike being in a hotel.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Walnut Creek, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2012

Lucille and Tom were friendly and welcoming. Pleasant farm house setting. No a/c but the house was cool because of all the shade trees. The room was small, but clean and decorated wtih Lucille's artwork. The bed was comfortable. Bathroom was clean and right next to the bedroom. Breakfast was coffee, oj and fresh pastries. Overall comfortable, basic accommodations, not far from Sonoma Plaza and many wineries. We were happy to find a place that doesn't require a two night minimum stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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The Woodlands, Texas
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2011

Distinct odor of cat urine upon arrival. Tolerable during the day, but intensified at night when the heat comes on. Owner could not be reached on second night by telephone to remedy, and very unaccommodating when we decided to leave when could no longer tolerate. She could not be reached until following morning, and refused to refund remaining 3 nights which had been prepaid, As a result, our lodging costs were doubled for the trip. In addition to the pet odor, the room was very small (a small study off the stairs with a bed put in it), and no closet or dresser for clothes. Also, no shower, but tupperware bowl provided to rinse hair. Almost derailed our trip, but we decided to move on and enjoy it. We loved Sonoma, but cannot recommend the Hollyhock Country House.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled as a couple
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2008

Please Note: We DID NOT actually stay there.
We saw their listing under B&Bs and it sounded very lovely and reasonably priced. We were in Sonoma and went by to check it out in case we might want to stay there in the future. The house is rather dark inside. This is a room rental (two available) in a lady's house. You would have just the room. There is a shared bathroom. You would share her living room and kitchen, where she prominently lives, so this would be more like a hostel than a B&B. It smelled of fried food, even though the windows were open. We won't stay there because we would mind the lack of a private space in which to relax outside of just a bedroom.

Stayed September 2008, travelled with family
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Property: Hollyhock Country House
Address: 1541 Denmark St, Sonoma, CA 95476-9609
Region: United States > California > Sonoma County > Sonoma
Amenities:
Wheelchair access
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Ranked #9 of 11 B&Bs / Inns in Sonoma
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:2 star — Hollyhock Country House 2*
Number of rooms: 22
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