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“The Ink House” 2 of 5 stars
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Ink House Bed & Breakfast
1575 S. Saint Helena Highway, St. Helena, CA 94574   |  
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Ranked #7 of 13 St. Helena B&B and Inns
Switzerland
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“The Ink House”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2009

We stayed there during Labor day for 3 nights as everything else was booked. The house looks very charming, it's an renovated Voctorian House with antique furniture. Looks very cute. But unfortunately it's just at the Highway.

Our room, we stayed in the Blue room (smallest) was nicely decorated, but very small. Very small shower, but ok.
But: The aircondition was working "like a fool", it was really freezy during the night and we couldn't regulate it.
The bed was extremly uncomfortable and noisy.
The room was very noisy. We could hear each truck passing by on the Highway: We didnt sleep for 3 nights.

The best thing was, that Elvis Presley stayed in that house for 2 months. That made it quite special and nostalgique.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2009

This old B&B is beautiful and a perfect place to stay when visiting the prettiest area in Napa. Great location, service, food and rooms. If you're lucky, the Inn's owner, will regail you with stories about the history of the Inn and the surrounding wine country. My only reservation in recommending it is that I don't want too many people to know about it!

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
    • 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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Danville
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2009

We just hosted a company off site for our Sales Team at the Ink House this week. We rented out all the rooms in the main house and the carriage house so we had the entire property just for us. It turned out to be the perfect venue!

The Ink House and it's Carriage House are located just south of St. Helena in the heart of the Napa Valley. It was a perfect location for proximity to the wineries & restaurants as well being away form the big city. The carriage house living room was converted into a conference room for the three days. This was a perfect setting to discuss business issues with my colleagues. The game room in the basement of the main house was great for evening activity. Kevin, the owner was very helpful in getting dinner reservations, suggesting wineries and providing great wine tasting tips! All came in handy. Each evening Kevin had a winery come and do a tasting for happy hour. He also has some fascinating stories of the history of the Ink House as well as Napa valley.

The guest rooms are all beautiful, clean and comfortable. The grounds are immaculate and provide a great setting for breaks from the meetings.

I would highly recommend the Ink House for anyone having a small company off-site of 15 people or less. It was by far the most productive and fun sales meeting we have had in 6 years. Almost all of the participants of our meeting indicated they would like to come back with their spouses or significant others on their own.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled on business
    • 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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Pleasanton, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2009

I wanted to share an extraordinary experience my wife and two children had at a most elegant Bed in Breakfast in Napa Valley. Based on several recommendations from friends that frequent the wine country, we stayed at the Ink House in St. Helena.

My wife and I have stayed in more B & B's than I can remember; it's just the way we prefer to travel. Our stay at The Ink House was by far our best experience yet! In fact, we aren't people that write reviews very often; only when our experience is extraordinarily good or bad.

From the time we set foot on the 4 acre property with vineyard, walked into the gorgeous 1884 yellow Italian style ranch house, and stayed the night in the "French Room" where Elvis Presley stayed in the 1960's while filming "Wild in the Country, the Ink House delivered! The Ink House is indeed unique. Unlike many B & B's in Napa that are on smaller properties amid other homes, the Ink House stands apart, proudly standing between two prestigious wineries in "power alley" of highway 29; home to Cakebread Cellars, Grgich Hills, and Niebaum-Coppolla.

The Inn Keeper, Kevin Outcalt had the character and passion that matched the beautiful home. When we entered the Ink House, Kevin was in the middle of a story recalling some of the rich history of Napa for 6 enthralled guests. Even though it was an hour before the official "happy hour" began, the fun had already begun and we quickly found ourselves "fast friends" with a lovely couple from Denmark, a couple from Shanghai (who had heard about the Ink House from a friend in China!), and a mom and daughter who was just celebrating her 21st birthday. Kevin's engaging personality and ability to create a "magic environment" had everyone laughing and having the time of their lives.

When Kevin gave us a tour of the house and grounds, it was unlike anything we had seen. On top of the grand house is an observatory, an approximately 15 x 20 room with windows on all sides and a fantastic view of the vineyards in all directions. We later discovered that this was where Theron Ink who build the house in 1884, would keep an eye on his vineyard workers tending the grapevines on his 400 acres. It's a beautiful room, full of light, for visiting with other guests or just reading a book and enjoying the cool breeze.

One of the best parts of the trip was listening to Kevin's fascinating stories about the Napa Valley and its history. We also enjoyed learning many facts and tips about the valley that not only enriched our visit, but saved us money enough to pay for our stay!

I know this is running long - just a sign of the excitement that my wife and family still have after staying at the Ink House. I recommend the Ink House to anyone visiting the valley (locally or Internationally). We also learned that the Ink House organizes murder mystery parties which my wife and I have already started planning for October!

Happy Travels!
Hardy and Mary Lipscomb

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
    • 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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Bratenahl ,Ohio
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2009

My husband and I stayed at the Ink House and had a wonderful experience. I do not know if it was the beautiful Victorian House, the French Room (where Elvis Presley's stayed in while filming 'Wild in the Country" or being able to be so close to all the "great" wineries.. It made my "head spin" with happiness!! Staying there takes you back to the Victorian Days of St. Helena. We had dinner at Cindy's Backstreet .. Food was amazing. I loved the quaint town and shopping. The Dean and De Lucca and Sunshine Grocery were fun to pick up a picnic lunch. You can visit all the famous wineries just "down the same road". Breakfast was "gourmet" all the way.

I felt our Host has given his guests a real attention to detail in his B&B. If you like to take photos climb up to the Observatory on the top of the house. I have some great photos of the Valley and the Grape vines.

If you are an Elvis Fan.. you have to go there. I would recommend this place to my friends.. P Kaval

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 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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Calgary
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2009

We visited the Ink House in July with another couple and couldn't have had a better time. We stayed for three nights, both couples were upgraded to larger rooms at no extra charge when we arrived, and enjoyed our stay so much that we booked for next year before we left.

The Ink House is right in the heart of the Napa Valley as you are surrounded by vineyards, and the wineries on both sides - Whitehall Lane and Rutherford Grove - provide Ink House guest complimentary tastings plus there are lots more VIP Winery passes available at the Ink House as well. The house is a neat old Victorian on several acres with their own vineyard which the owner took us on a tour of. The breakfasts were superb feasts and the innkeepers - Rachel and Ann -- were like personal concierges setting up dinners, balloon rides, and even mud baths for us.

Don't miss the evening happy hours where wineries come in to pour and the Innkeepers tell fascinating stories about the history of the house. It was also great to have the historic ambience but still have flat screen TVs, plush king beds, and wireless internet access available.

Thanks Ink House and sorry for leaving the stone basement game room kind of a mess - we were having just too good of a time I guess!

Peter & Margrit
Calgary, Canada

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with friends
    • 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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Kansas City, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2009

We enjoyed our one night stay here that included a tasty breakfast the next morning. The owner was very nice and helpful with dinner recommendations. The room was nice and very clean but the bathroom was pretty small. However for the price this place was an absolute gem.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 1575 S. Saint Helena Highway, St. Helena, CA 94574
Location: United States > California > Napa Valley > St. Helena
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in St. Helena
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Inn is a gorgeous 1884 National Historic Registry Mansion on four acres and surrounded by world class wineries and vineyards in the heart of the Napa Valley. ... more   less 
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