That is what I am taking away with me after another amazing stay at Madrona Manor. I have stayed at the Manor on a couple of occasions each time at the holidays when the decorations are up, there is frost on the ground and the carol singers serenade you at the famous Dicken's Dinner. But I have come to realize this is a place that isn't just for special occasions so I have pledged to come back throughout the year and take little breaks in Healdsburg when time permits. I highly recommend you do the same.
The lovingly restored Victorian is impeccably run and managed by the Konrad family. You are made to feel as if you are home the moment you arrive. The excellent professional staff will ensure your every minute at the Manor is a memory to treasure. You can marvel at the interiors, the furnishings, the manicured gardens and the architecture or you can simply stay in your cottage or manor suite curled up on the sofa with a good book and a glass of Sonoma County wine. Whatever you decide to do here you can be assured of understated elegant service, attentiveness and some of the finest accommodations in the area.
The restaurant and its acclaimed Michelin star is definitely worth experiencing. The chef is creative, innovative and the food quality is exceptional. The wine list has been expertly selected and recommendations for a perfect pairing is but a pleasure for the sommelier. Each morning a sumptuous breakfast is laid out with a different hot egg dish prepared each day. You start the day right - with freshly squeezed orange juice, delicious baked breads and the morning paper.
Whichever accommodation you end up choosing will be lovely. You will not be disappointed. We enjoy staying in one of the cottages for privacy but we have been shown other rooms and suites throughout the property. The beds, the linens, the towels and indeed the little extras you find along the way have all been chosen carefully and chosen well. This is a luxury stay in wine country where every detail has been thought of. The Garden Cottage is very cozy with comfortable furnishings, a working fireplace, a Bose radio sound system, private garden and an amazing bed that just grips you and refuses to let you rise in the morning. I sleep so well at Madrona Manor.
Bill and Trudi Konrad love their Manor, they love their staff and they clearly love and appreciate their guests. It is evident. They are the proprietors and they are hands on - as are other members of the Konrad family who make special appearances throughout the hotel where needed. They will take the time to come over and chat with all guests to find out about their stay, to make recommendations for country walks, for specialty foods in town and to guide them to some of the finest wineries in the area. They have a wonderful way about them and when they are talking with you - its as if you are the only guests at the Manor and it is their pleasure to talk with you. Bill and Trudi are excellent owners and as the saying goes, it starts at the top. Their approach to hospitality trickles down and each staff member is focused on making each guest feel very special indeed. This is a first rate place to stay and we will continue to come and stay at this wonderful authentic Victorian mansion.