It's always great when you have really high expectations of a place and they manage to exceed those. That's how I feel about Honor Mansion.
The exceeding of expectations started well in advance with the comprehensive pack we were sent when we booked. This helped me select a range of winery tours, activities and restaurants - which the good folks at Honor Mansion then diligently went ahead and booked for us in advance.
It's difficult choosing a room in advance - which is what you have to do here - but I selected the Wisteria room and found that absolutely perfect. Situated on the ground floor and side/back of the 'mansion' it has it's own outdoor patio area which joins the front lawn but is secluded and private, as well as another outside seating area at the back (which we didn't use), a large main bedroom with 4-poster bed and sofa, and big well-equipped bathroom.
I knew all about the famed wine and cheese sessions each evening, and these were a real treat. We discovered a really well prepared spread of cheeses and snacks, a great selection of wines (which are topical and changed daily), and a lovely spot outside at the Koi pond to just relax - and drink of course...The other renowned aspect of this place is the 'one price for everything' setup, which means you never have to pay for wifi, water, sodas, or even a late night sherry!
I ended up cancelling most of my restaurant reservations because it was just too tempting to enjoy the happy hours and then relax on our patio with a picnic from Big John's market (my favourite deli in town). The very cool things we did do though were a picnic at Arista, the Chalk Hill culinary tour, the wine and cheese pairing at Lancaster, and the private Rockpile tour with Mauritson's - all of these are unique and special experiences.
it goes without saying that Steve is an engaging host - we saw quite a bit of him, and his team are all excellent. Do yourself a favour and experience this place for yourself.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the center of Sonoma County's Wine Country, the Honor Mansion sits on four acres of landscaped resort grounds, offering tennis, bocce, croquet, PGA putting and an invigorating lap pool with spa pavilions and sun deck. Another deck surrounding a koi pond provides serenity. This landmark's pristine elegance is reflected by the Fowler's and their professional staff, who provide personal attention to every detail. Full gourmet breakfast buffet with complimentary mimosas each morning, and wine and appetizers each evening. The Inn is surrounded by wineries, golf courses and is within walking distance of the town square's outstanding restaurants and shopping. AAA 4 diamond rated, Michelin Guide recommended. Complimentary bottle of wine upon arrival, as well as access to cookies, soda, water, coffee, tea, sherry and other treats available 24 hours a day. Full concierge service available. No resort fees, or any other hidden fees! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Honor Mansion, a Wine Country Hotel Healdsburg
- Honor Mansion Hotel
- Honor Mansion Resort