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Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   7871 River Road, Forestville, CA 95436   |  
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Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Forestville
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Las Vegas, NV
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
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“Relaxing, luxurious stay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

Stayed in June/July 2012 (#11 Barn Deluxe) and enjoyed it, thanks to setting my expectations and choosing a quiet room based on other reviewers' comments. This property straddles between being an inn and a hotel, with some amenities from each category but it doesn't fit squarely in either one. Our room was beautiful and contained many thoughtful details - a box of snacks/candles/etc, fixings for s'mores, heated bathroom floors, cookies and milk in the evenings... Yet the property lacks basic services one may expect at this price point (room service, etc). There were some small "misses" in service upon our arrival, such as the front desk attendant asked if we wanted turndown and we answered yes, but turndown service never appeared... but generally the staff was friendly and helpful.

My preference is always to stay in an inn/B&B over a hotel, so this property was a good fit. But it's certainly not for everyone. The restaurant was excellent and we really enjoyed the tasting menu with wine pairing, as the pairings were novel and the sommelier knowledgeable and willing to spend time discussing each selection with us.

Would we return? I'm not sure... it was a pleasant experience that I would recommend to first timers who enjoy inns/B&Bs. I enjoyed the small touches described above, but they weren't important to my partner so we both thought the experience was nice but had different conclusions regarding whether the value proposition was worth repeat trips.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Fairfield, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

WE snuck away for a one night stay the weekend before Thanksgiving. We stayed upstairs in the Barn Luxury Suite. It was amazing. Beautiful decor, lovely view of the woods. An indoor/outdoor fireplace. We loved the heated tile bathroom floor and jetted spa in the room. With fantastic wineries only a stone's throw away plus scrumptious dinner on site what more could you ask for.....well a perfect breakfast in the restaurant before leaving, too! Don't miss this one. Did I mention the delightful self-serve bath bar & homemade cookies by our bed at night?

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Cozumel, Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Arrived late, no one to help us with lugage, nice rooms, many nice little details, we enjoyed our stay here. Very nice breakfast, wonderfull diner.

We recommend this charming hotel!!!

Would stay here again

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Columbus, Ohio
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7 hotel reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

We originally reserved a Heritage room and were pleasantly surprised to receive a complimentary upgrade to a barn room when we arrived. After traveling for 15 hours to get to the inn, the first thing I did was jump into the giant jacuzzi tub in the room. The inn offers complimentary body scrubs, soaps and bath salts which we enjoyed immensely. My travel headache was gone and I was felt relaxed and at home instantly. Brandon brought the most delicious s'more chocolate chip cookies to the room, and tonight we are looking forward to dinner in their acclaimed restaurant and s'mores on our patio. I will be sad to leave tomorrow but I look forward to returning to this gorgeous, peaceful setting in the future.

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We went to Farmhouse Inn for the first two nights of our honeymoon. It was very nice, but not amazing. They did offer us an upgrade for extra $ on the day we arrived, and I enjoyed our room, but expected a bit more when paying ~$400 per night. Especially on our honeymoon. We did not feel "special" as we did at other places we stayed on our honeymoon.

The breakfast was very, very good. Although, there were only two options and it was not possible to make any substitutions, so it could be a problem if you did not like either option. Also, breakfast is not available until 8:30 am, which seemed a little late, but didn't affect us much.

I loved the complimentary bath salts and soaps that they made available to guests. Also, the chocolate chip cookies and milk at night were a really nice touch.

We went to one of the Farmhouse Inn "partner" wineries and it didn't seem like we received any VIP treatment after we mentioned that we were staying at the Farmhouse Inn. Not sure what we were supposed to get, but they still charged the full tasting rate.

Definitely above average, but did not blow my mind.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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csb0214, Owner at Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
Thanks so much for choosing to spend part of your honeymoon with us! I'm sorry to hear that the stay didn't completely "wow" you! Historically we have had just the two choices for breakfast, and we've verbally offered to prepare eggs any style, fruit and granola or oatmeal if those options were more appealing. But, to make it easier and more enjoyable for our guests, we have acutally changed our menu to now offer more variety. We also now offer fresh baked pastries from 7:30 am on, for those guests who would like a bite a little earlier. And, I'm sorry to hear about the wineries! We generally hear such great things about how they treat our guests. But, we have just printed cards for our guests to present at our partner wineries, and hope that will eliminate any chance of a Farmhouse guest going unrecognized!
Thanks so much for the feedback. And we look forward to seeing you again soon.
My best,
Catherine
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Houston, Texas
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17 reviews 17 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

From the moment we reserved thsi wine getaway, Farnhouse worked to make sure every detail of our trip was handled. We used the spa services and Gretchen and Zoe were phenomenal. The concierge arranged for a car and driver to take us on our Wine tour and Ian was incredible. Brandon provided a personal touch and the cookies he left each night were awesome, We stayed in the barn rooms and they were exceptionally nice. We were in room 15 and it had an incredible porch with inside/outside fireplace. The "lobby" had soaps and scrubs that were complimentary and we enjoyed all those especially the avocado blend. Breakfast was included at the Farmhouse restaurant and it was very unique and quite tasty. Especially enjoyed the strawberry soup.
Ceiling fan in our room made a terrible noise if you tried to increase the speed. The staff tried to no avail to fix it and they did offer alternative fans; however, this detail should have been taken care of at the price we paid for the room. The television includes a "Harmony" remote and we had difficulty with it every time we tried to use it. We never could get a DVD to play. There were instructions for use but they did not work.
Overall a wonderful experience that we hope to return to.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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csb0214, Owner at Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant, responded to this review, November 15, 2012
I'm so glad you had a great stay with us, and we're all looking forward to having you back. I have to say that one of the most frusterating things in hospitality, are things that break and can't immediately be fixed. It was so unfortunate that the fan chose that weekend to go on the fritz. The inn was full, so we couldn't move you to another room, and it was hot, so that fan was important! Unfortunately, they're hardwired in, and mounted to 12' ceilings, and our electrician ended up taking most of the day on Monday to repair it. I'm glad we had the other fan to offer! And, yes, sorry about those remotes. They are universal, but not entirely straight forward. Brandon, or any of our staff is happy to offer a little tutorial at check in or whenever you need. And, they have been reprogrammed and simplified. So, hopefully your next stay will be perfect!
My best,
Catherine
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Atlanta, Georgia
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2012 via mobile

My husband and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary at the Farmhouse Inn. We researched places to stay in the wine country and kept coming across great reviews for the Farmhouse. It did not disappoint! We have enjoyed many nice hotels and inns but this one tops the list. The customer service is outstanding! My husband worked with the concierge before our arrival to set up a guided wine tasting tour which was fabulous. The suite was beautiful. We stayed in the barn. We could not have asked for a more peaceful, romantic environment to celebrate our anniversary. The restaurant is exquisite - the food was delicious. Breakfast at the restaurant is included in your stay. It is fresh and well worth it! We would definitely make a return visit to the Farmhouse Inn and highly recommend it!

  • Stayed October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant

Address: 7871 River Road, Forestville, CA 95436
Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Forestville
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Forestville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Farmhouse Inn & Restaurant 4.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A total of eighteen cottages, rooms and suites dot our 6 acre property. Recently renovated and re-decorated, each individual space offers a mix of historical whimsy, classic elegance and luxurious sophistication. ... more   less 
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