- Style Romantic ranch
- Setting Rolling Russian River Valley
Nestled away outside Healdsburg in the winery-packed Russian River Valley, the Farmhouse Inn hotel greets guests with laid-back Sonoma friendliness and natural beauty. Understatedly luxurious rooms are the perfect place for romantics to hide away, but you'd be missing out if you stayed inside, when on-site offerings include a wrap-around porch, pool and spa, fire pit and superb farm-to-table Michelin-starred restaurant. It’s the perfect base for busy days out exploring wine country.
Need to know
- Rooms 18, including six suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $445.00, excluding tax at 11 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $3.00 per room per night on check-out.
- More details Rates include a two-course breakfast of seasonal dishes and fresh pastries.
- Facilities Spa, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV with premium programming from Dish Network, Sumbody toiletries; minibar; free bottled water; fireplace; refrigerator; iPod dock.
- Poolside The heated outdoor infinity pool is surrounded by Adirondack chairs and gardens fragrant with herbs and vibrant with meadow flowers.
- Check–out 11am, but can be extended to 1pm for $50, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Though the hotel is best suited to adults, children over 10 are welcome in certain rooms for $50 a night, with advance notice and at the hotel's discretion.
- Eco‐friendly The hotel has solar panels to heat the swimming pool, and uses local and organic ingredients, including produce grown onsite.
- Also Room 14 is wheelchair-accessible.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Straight out of a Pottery Barn catalogue, Barn Luxury rooms are the roomiest. Set on the main or second floor, they overlook the woods and are decked out with a steam shower, heated floors and indoor-outdoor fireplace. Number 13, on the upper floor, is particularly quiet. On the other end of the scale, the tiny Heritage Queen rooms have redwood wet-dry saunas (but be prepared for a squeeze).
- Packing tips Bring your best campfire tales: Farmhouse offers house-made marshmallows, chunks of Valrhona chocolate and graham crackers for guests to assemble s’mores around the outdoor fire pit.
- Also The Spa at Farmhouse Inn uses produce from the hotel gardens. Try a massage with lavender body butter, or a ginger-honey rub with royal jelly. Continue the relaxation in your room’s whirlpool tub: the hotel’s renowned Sonoma Bath Bar lets guests customise their time in the whirlpool with seasonal scrubs, salts, milk bath and handmade olive oil soaps.
Food and drink at Farmhouse Inn
- Hotel restaurant Steve Litke’s Michelin-starred cooking alone makes Farmhouse worth a stay. The chef uses flavoursome finds from the kitchen garden to accompany local ingredients. Meyer lemons brighten a dish of Dungeness crab with Mendocino uni, and steak tartare is made from local buffalo meat. Opt for the four-course menu with wine pairings to get the best idea of what the kitchen can do. Be sure to book a reservation well in advance for this popular, acclaimed eatery.
- Dress code California casual is welcome here. Wrap dresses and khakis are the norm. Be sure to bring a sweater: the walk back across the grounds at night can be chilly.
- Top table Book a table near the fireplace for the cosiest vantage point. Breakfast is best ordered to the room to eat on the balcony.
- Last orders Dinner is served from 5:30pm until the last guest is finished. Note that the restaurant is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- Room service A limited selection from the ever-changing restaurant menu is available during breakfast and dinner.
- Hotel bar Limit your drinking to the room or restaurant: there’s no dedicated bar area.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details