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“Great Place for a Family Reunion” 4 of 5 stars
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Mountain Home Ranch
3400 Mountain Home Ranch Rd., Calistoga, CA 94515   |  
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Ranked #12 of 15 hotels in Calistoga
Piedmont, CA
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great Place for a Family Reunion”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

We just had a reunion for 30+ family members ages 1 to 66 at the Mountain Home Ranch and had a great time. We were able to have the entire facility, which was really nice. The food was quite good, with home baked bread and pastries every day, and they really worked with us to accommodate a wide variety of dietary needs. The weather was cold so we couldn't make full use of the pool, but the kids loved feeding the animals and there was plenty to do nearby. The owners and staff were friendly and accommodating.
Nina Fendel

Room Tip: Some (but not all) of the cabins were cold.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Portland, OR
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

A wonderful place! I stayed at Mountain Home Ranch for a 5-day workshop and will happily return for a vacation. It's nestled among rolling hills and offers a lovely variety of landscapes to wander through and enjoy. The accommodations are simple, clean, and comfortable. The food is scrumptious with plenty of variety for different tastes and dietary needs. I was delighted to learn from the hosts, John and Suzanne, that the horses, mule and bull that I saw roaming contentedly had all been rescued from abusive circumstances and were now thriving and enjoying their retirement properly. My only regret was not having more time to explore the Redwood forest and take a dip in the mineral springs...next time! Thank you John and Suzanne for sharing your family's land in this way.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

We stayed at MHR over Thanksgiving. This was our second time there, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. The owners are so friendly and laid back, and there is so much to see and do. The ranch has plenty of farm animals for feeding, hiking areas, and common areas in the lodge with books and games.

On this trip our dog got sick, and Suzanne couldn't have been more helpful. She left her breakfast preparations to come to the office and give me vet contact information, and ask later how we were doing.

It is located off the main road, but still close enough to the town of Calistoga (and all the wineries) to make venturing away from the ranch an easy prospect.

it's obvious that the owners really care for the property; when we were checking out they were telling us about the renovations and improvements they have planned.

Also, breakfast is great!

Room Tip: Some cabins are in various stages of renovation. The "Love," "Grandpa" and Grand...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Francisco, California
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

My friend and I stay here every fall to catch up on our scrapbooks. The grounds are beautiful, the breakfast excellent and the room cosy. We stay in the main lodge - Neptune Room. It is a step back to a more relaxing time.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

This place is characterful in the fullest sense of the word. We had a truly blissful stay here. Our 3 children (16, 15, 11) rate our 2 night stay at Mountain Home Ranch as the best part of our 3.5 week trip to the USA which took in New York, Washington, Yellowstone, Monterey and San Francisco. That's quite a commendation!
We had a fantastic welcome from John and Suzanne who gave us great advice about what to do both on the ranch and in and around Calistoga as well as their famous and delicious breakfast spread. The kids spent most of their time on the tennis/basketball court or in and on the Ranch's private Lake Orth which we seemed to have pretty much to ourselves. The 2 pedalos and tin canoe which were left for the enjoyment of visitors were much appreciated, as was the laid back attitude. We parents felt completely happy to let the kids free-range as the place felt so safe and caring. While they dipped, paddled and bathed, we took John's recommended walk around the ranch's Memorial Grove (where moving plaques on trees commemorate John's grandparents who originally acquired the ranch in the early 1900s, and other relatives), the "hot" springs and tank (kind of luke warm actually but very refreshing on a hot summer's day) and the places where John used to play as a school boy.
We stayed in Grandpa's and enjoyed being able to cook for ourselves when eating out in Calistoga felt too expensive on the second night. Nice terrace overlooking the sunny small pool (but we preferred freshwater swimming in the lake).
Thank you John and Suzanne, we would highly recommend a stay at Mountain Home Ranch. It feels like a slightly ramshackle but very genuine and comfortable place, full of heart and thoughtfulness, compared to some of the more glitzy but impersonal places in Calistoga itself. And much better value for money in our opinion!

Room Tip: No fitness centre but a wonderful lake!
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

Three of us had an opportunity to spend three nights at the Mountain Home Ranch in early September. We were looking for a spot in the heart of wine country that offer an experience superior than a common motel but which wouldn't cost an arm and a leg. This place fit the bill.

Getting there was a bit on an adventure since we arrived rather late and had to negotiate the dark winding road that leads up to the ranch. Our GPS deposited us at the entrance without incident, and found our way to the office where we called for John, who arrived quickly got us settled in to the cabin they call Power.

The cabin consisted of a large room that contained a small table, a double bed and a twin, and a second room with three twin beds. A bath was situated between the two rooms. I was pleased to find that, while not fancy, the cabin was impeccably clean. I claimed the double be and found it reasonably comfortable. My companions voiced no complaints as to the twins.

As others have said, breakfast was a highlight. We were the only guests on the first morning, having slotted in between a group that just left and several couples and families who arrived the next day. John had asked us what time we wanted breakfast, and when we arrived we found fresh scones, omelets and fresh fruit waiting for us. I wait mediocre coffee and was thrilled to find that the coffee was truly excellent.

The ranch itself unquestionably could use a little sprucing up, but if you are OK with rustic I doubt you'd mind. We enjoyed the views and peace and quiet, and did some hiking (watch out for the "pygmy forest' trail unless you are prepared for some seriously steep and narrow trails and have proper footwear) but mainly used the cabin as a jumping off point for other Napa/Sonoma activities. It was perfect for that.

So in sum, it was a pleasant experience and I'd stay there again. it's clean but basic, and geared far more toward the down to earth, nature loving guest than those that wish to be pampered.

Room Tip: Don't go with one of the "Rustic Cabins" unless you are prepared to really rough it.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012 via mobile

A very rustic and rural retreat in the middle of nowhere but perfect for experiencing peaceful walks and a refreshing swim in the nearby lake. The hut we stayed in was the smallest. It had a bed, separate toilet room and a basin with only cold water but the communal shower nearby had hot water. The site has WiFi which is a bonus.
Sounds travel around the camp so it's noisy at times. Plenty of positive points if you don't mind the rustic living. Breakfast included and homemade. Oh and the doors don't lock from the outside so leaving valuables whilst you go out is based on trust.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Mountain Home Ranch

Address: 3400 Mountain Home Ranch Rd., Calistoga, CA 94515
Location: United States > California > Napa Valley > Calistoga
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Calistoga
#1 Business Hotel in Calistoga
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Calistoga
#9 Family Hotel in Calistoga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A rustic family-oriented, pet-friendly resort on 340 acres of beautiful mountainside nestled between the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Swimming, hiking, fishing, bird-watching, tennis, volleyball, croquet, horseshoes, ping-pong and pool. No phones or tvs, but lots of board games and books and animals to feed. Various accommodations and price ranges from rustic cabins [one step up from camping] to suites with kitchens and fireplaces. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Mountain Home Ranch Hotel Calistoga
Mountain Home Hotel
Mountain Home Resort

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