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“Wonderful 2 days in Ponderosa”
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Briar Patch Inn
Ranked #6 of 29 Sedona B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 2, 2007

Our son, daughter-in-law and four grandchildren spent a wonderful two days with my husband and I in the Ponderosa at the Briar Patch. Plenty of space for all of us. Wonderful views from the porch, kids playing Monoply and all eating at the big table in front of the fireplace are memories we'll cherish. We did our own cooking and found the kitchen to be well equipped. The creek was a definite lure for the grandkids. We hated to leave.

  • Stayed: February 2007, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 6, 2006

This was a special treat booked for us on our journey back from the Grand Canyon by our friends who were accompanying us. I found it a delightful spot, extremely pleasant in its position, layout and collection of catering ideas. That decking overlooking the stream, with its table and chimenea, the combustion of which contents providing us with heat as we settled down for the later evening - after eating out at the Javelina in Sedona- with a couple of bottles of wine. was something special.
Despite the very beautiful venue, however, don't think that you can have a pleasant pre breakfast walk outside the campus. Anyone who is used to ambling on what looks like a country lane is in for a shock, as the road outside turns to be the main highway down Oak Tree Canyon with drivers who are completely unused to pedestrians. So the slightly limited walking space within the compound is obviously the preferred option, especially when you walk into the garden and find ready laid coffee, tea and other cold drinks on the tables dotted around. Breakfast is provided indoors, and one takes the trays to those tables for open air consumption if you so wish.
A novel place, with great little ideas, but I would suggest checking the plugs and points in your "little hut" as quite a few weren't working. But then, why complain, when you're enjoying yourself1

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled with friends
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7  Thank Iwan-Machen
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Reviewed October 25, 2006

This is one of the very best places we have stayed at. It is just a couple of miles from Sedona in a small forest overlooked by wonderful rock formations. The cabins are cool and rustic with beautiful furnishings and a fully equiped kitchen. The staff are absolutely delightful and will really put themselves out to help you. The breakfast area is just delightful and the food is delicious and healthy. You can have a massage if you wish in an outdoor (but heated) sanctuary overlooking a river. The gardens are lovely too and you can sit outside enjoying the trees and lawns which are perfectky maintained. A small plumbing problem in our cottage was attended to within 30 minutes. Do note that there is no TV (presumably becaues reception is too poor in the canyon floor). Once we got used to it, it was really soothing just to read in front of the crackling fire that is made up for you every morning.

  • Stayed: October 2006, traveled as a couple
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6  Thank LG23
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Reviewed September 8, 2006

Loved it. The cabins and property are charming. They offer an amazing spread for breakfast every morning, which you can eat indoors or outdoors. The cabins are clean. You don't have television or phone though, so you should plan to have activities if you're staying in. I wouldn't get excited by the "watering hole" they have. It's a dirty, mossy pool of water that you wouldn't want to stick your toe in... but other than that it's a great deal and place to stay.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank My_Visit
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Reviewed June 13, 2006

My girlfriend and I stayed at the Briar Patch as a girl’s getaway and loved every minute of it. The breakfast was fabulous, healthy and plentiful, enough to satisfy one till dinner. The cabin was rustic in a since that they were cabins but couldn't not have been anymore perfect for the setting along the creek. The kitchens were a delight for easy meals and cold water (and wine). What was most impressive was after a long day in the sun it was a blessing to return to the cool, lush, green environment at the Briar Patch.

We did enjoy a massage in the gazebo which was priceless!!! By far the best massage I have ever had. The Briar Patch arranged for a husband and wife (Mark and Cindy?) on an afternoon, I had Mark and could not say enough about him, great job!

With regards to the staff, there was not a time when we returned from breakfast that our entire cabin was not cleaned (including the dishes in the sink). They took care of you hand and foot if requested. Their suggestions of restaurants were right on the money and they were more than happy to make reservations for you. In my mind there is no other place worth staying and in the near future I will plan a return trip to the Briar Patch with my husband for it’s one worth sharing.

Although, if you are planning a visit with small children this may not be the most fun for them. No pool or entertainment, however if your not planning on spending the day around the cabins they will be fine. However, it is more of an adult atmosphere.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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6  Thank Pursuit3480
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Reviewed June 10, 2006

My husband and I were there with our 10-year old daughter for 2 nights in early June. The Briar Patch Inn is secluded, quiet and feels like a million miles away from everywhere. But, you are a very short drive away from Sedona - maybe 10 minutes. We are really not "bed and breakfast" types, but wanted to try something different while we were on this vacation. And, this place was lovely.

If you are looking for extreme luxury, this may not be your place. We stayed in a 2-bedroom cabin (Heron) which we loved. Our daughter had her own room with two twin beds and she loved having her own space with windows on three sides. It was too warm for the fireplace, but I am sure it would be a treat in the cooler weather. We did enjoy the hammock and porch swing outside. Plus, the creek is a short walk away. The only thing that was a bit tough was the small bathroom. The shower is itty bitty....and my husband is extremely tall. But, we consider vacations an adventure and just worked with it.

Our cabin had a kitchen, complete with fridge. And, we loved having a coffee maker so we could take a mug of coffee out to the swing before facing the day.

Breakfasts were wonderful. But, as others have mentioned, they are very healthy and organic. We stopped in Sedona for Krispy Kreme donuts for our daughter and no one blinked an eye when she opened her bag at breakfast. One day, we ate out on the deck with the sound of the creek right below us. The other day, it rained, and we enjoyed the beautiful office/reception area. The staff really makes you feel at home.

I would certainly recommend this beautiful place if you are seeking a retreat for a few days. And, we loved the Heron cabin, if you need two bedrooms.

  • Stayed: June 2006
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3  Thank Zamigaos
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Reviewed April 25, 2006

We really enjoyed the Briar Patch and highly recommend it. Sedona is beautiful and magical (in a dry, sandy, red dirt kind of way). By contrast the Briar Patch is lush and green and treed. After a hot day hiking in the sun it was a welcome change. It feels like you are in the middle of the forest even though you are right next to a highway.

Our cabin (Kingfisher) was cute and clean. It has it's own creekside patio and we really enjoyed the in room fireplace (although it's location blocks the view of the creek) There is also a small kitchen. They have incredibly snuggly polar fleece blankets on the bed that were really comfy. My only negative about the cabin was that there is no bath tub and the shower was very tiny. I really enjoy a luxurious bath or shower after a day of physical exercise. This one is so small and claustrophobic I couldn't wait to get out. We really enjoyed the cabin experience complete with dutch door, wood paneling and eclectic furnishings. But keep in mind IT IS A CABIN! If you feel like an expensive accomodation requires designer luxury and marble, this is not the place for you.

The staff was friendly and attentive and treats you like an old friend. The complimentary breakfast was enjoyable, but be forewarned that it is very healthy and organic. If your morning requirements include processed meat products, fatty pastries or syrup of any kind you'll need to stop in town.

I definitely recommend one of the creekside accomodations if they are available.

  • Stayed: April 2006
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2  Thank hebsy
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Additional Information about Briar Patch Inn

Address: 3190 N State Route 89a, Sedona, AZ 86336-9630
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Location: United States > Arizona > Sedona
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Sedona
Price Range: $205 - $395 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Beautiful 9 acres along the lush banks of Oak Creek. Nineteen individual cabins, kitchens, fireplaces, private patios, and free breakfast included. Creekside massage is available in our open air gazebo. ... more   less 
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