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“Comfortable B & B, but you better love dogs!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Scarlett's Country Inn

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Scarlett's Country Inn
Ranked #24 of 27 Calistoga B&B and Inns
denver, co
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Comfortable B & B, but you better love dogs!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2007

The location is convenient and the owner is very nice. There room was very clean but don't expect luxury accomodations. We love dogs so we were not bothered by the dogs on the property and contrary to prior reviews, the Arrowhead room did not smell of "wet dogs."

Very comfortable bed and property was close to everything. Right for the price!

  • Liked — owner
  • Disliked — needs to be updated
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Lincoln, CA
Level Contributor
124 reviews
45 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2007

Very Friendly staff. Loved the manager. Stayed in the Gamay Suite. It was a bit rustic. Didn't really care for the dogs in the house while eating breakfast.

  • Liked — Staff
  • Disliked — Too rustic
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank bntzmimi
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San Jose, CA
Level Contributor
37 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2007

My husband and I took our 1 1/2 year old daughter to stay at Scarlett's Country Inn and we are regretting that we only spent one night here. We stayed on a Sunday, so only 2 out of the 3 rooms were booked. After reviewing the room information on the website, we decided to stay in the Camellia Suite. It was perfect and spacious, with a microwave, mini fridge and coffee maker.
Scarlett greeted us as soon as we pulled up and even though we were an hour early for check in, she showed let the maids know that we were there and they quickly finished cleaning the Suite and we were able to settle in right away.
The previous reviewer made a comment about how many dogs are on the property and I can confirm that there were 4 dogs. Our family (especially our daughter) LOVES dogs, so this was a definite plus for us. While we were there we didn't see the dogs unless we went to the main house and there were all very friendly. Our daughter loved the aviary, trampoline and swing on the property as well.
Since the inn is located off of a private drive, it was very quiet at night and we all got a good rest. Breakfast in the morning was wonderful with fresh fruit, huge sausages, fresh squeezed orange juice and thick french toast. Scarlett had a special place set for our daughter, with high chair and children's dishware.
My husband is one who does NOT care for B&Bs, he's the outdoorsman type, so I was so happy to hear that he loved this place and has been recommending it to all of his friends.
We will be staying here again for sure!

  • Liked — Quiet, good for families.
  • Stayed April 2007, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank jager28
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2006

We were very disappointed by this B&B, especially after reading the other reviews.
Our main complaints were
1) There are many (4-5?) dogs on the properties. We happen to not be very fond of dogs, and we believe that they should have warned us when we called. The dogs were not dangerous.
2) Because of the dogs, the room we had (arrowhead) had a terrible stink of "wet dog hair". You get used to it, but when you enter it really hits you, and you'd rather not spend time inside.
3) The 2nd B, breakfast was a scam, not very different from a motel6: when we arrived at 6pm, they showed us (all in the room) a basket with bakery (muffins...) and some fruit, pointed to an coffee machine like you see in motels and that was it. The bakery wasn't very fresh the next morning so we decided to just head to a local coffee place in Calistoga. Nothing like the nice breakfasts you get in most B&B.
4) The swimming pool didn't feel very inviting, not that we wanted to swim, but again, it was more motel6 then Auberge du Soleil.

In the end, we just slept there, and left early morning asap. For 150$ + tax, it felt like we could have much better (and we have typically in other B&Bs), and that never leaves a good taste.

To try and balance this review, the innkeeper (Scarlett's son we presume) was kind, the place might be good for families with children, since there is a lot of space. It's quiet, off Silverado trail so you sleep well. There is free wireless internet. We can't think of much more positive to say. It was a big disappointment and we won't return.

  • Stayed May 2006
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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scarlettscountryinn, Owner at Scarlett's Country Inn, responded to this review, March 7, 2011
A review like this is very disappointing as we do our best to meet our customer's needs and make them comfortable here at Scarlett's. There also appear to be some inaccuracies in this review.

First, we have never had more than 3 dogs on the property. We currently have one with an occasional second that visits from time to time.

Second, the dogs are not allowed in the rooms and are normally contained in the back yard. The rooms are very clean and don't have offensive odors. Sometimes after a carpet steam cleaning, a musty smell can persist for a day or two. This may have been the case.

Third, there was a brief time when we scaled back to a continental breakfast. This may have been during that time period. Nevertheless, we provided coffee, fresh fruit, yogurt, orange juice and fresh pastries in the rooms. We always served quality products and fresh ingredients. We have since returned to cooking a full breakfast and serving it in our main dining room.

Fourth, our swimming pool sits in a gorgeous woodland setting and was custom built for the site. It has a giant boulder on one side and is landscaped with star jasmine, bamboo and rock walls. Many guests spend all day by the pool enjoying the peace and quiet. To compare it to a Motel 6 pool is insulting and unfair. A picture of the pool is on our website for your perusal.

Please read our other reviews, as I think they more accurately reflect our property.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2005

Last minute plans were made to visit the Wine Country late in November. The plan was to stay over Saturday nite. The search for a B&B was started two days prior.

Even this late in the season, finding a B&B with vacancy can be a challenge. Charlotte's Country Inn was found after 30 minutes or so of searching. Online vacancy/reservation site showed availability. They were called to ensure that this was correct.

This inn is set back a fair amount off of Silverado so that cars going by can be heard in the distance but not seen.

Upon arriving, Charlotte came across as a very gracious and friendly individual. She showed us around the grounds, how to use the hot tub, etc. Our accomodations (The Gamay Suite) was larger than expected. The entrance is on the ground level, with the bathroom in the foyer area. Then, a steep and creaky stairway leads upstairs to the second floor with two rooms. The first is a sitting room, appointed with a small television with DVD/VHS player. The second, the bedroom with a queen-sized bed, a couple of dressers and lamps.

This building was built somewhere in the early part of the 1900's. The bathroom was obviously an afterthought in its design. However, Charlotte had it very well appointed with several high-quality towels in addition to an assortment of soaps and lotions. The shower is an old-style claw-foot tub with a large, overhead shower head.

In the upstairs, an antique wardrobe contained a coffee maker, microwave, and small refrigerator. The refrigerator was stocked with water, juice, and yogurt. In addition there was coffee, quite a large selection of high-quality teas, in addition to instant apple cider. There were several packages of microwave pop-corn on top of the microwave. All in all, very well appointed.

The bedroom included two large, warm robes. Niiiice!

After showing us around, Charlotte asked if we'd like some wine or lemonade. We let her know that we'd already had a good amount of wine at our tastings, but that lemonade would be teriffic. She returned with a couple of oversized tumblers of homemade lemonade along with a large dish of pistachios. It was clear that Charlotte enjoys what she does. It's the little things like this that make a H U G E difference.

We were served breakfast the next morning: Individual fruit bowls in cantaloupes (rasberries and bludberries), perfectly browned cinammon french toast, and unbelievably t h i c k bacon. Coffee was very high-grade Costa Rican. Breakfast is served in the reception house, where myself and my girlfriend met another wonderful couple at the shared table. Charlotte and her husband (?) ate with us and were wonderful conversation.

This was an absolutely wonderful and romantic getaway -- all for only $155 for the nite. A REAL BARGAIN!!

I highly recommend staying at Charlotte's Country Inn.

Stayed November 2005
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Seattle, WA
Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2005

As you know, you may have hard time finding a B&B in Napa if you have small kids traveling with you.

Scarlett's Country Inn is the place you should stay!
Me, my husband and our 2 kids (age 8 and 3), came back here again this summer.

You and your kids will enjoy staying in cozy rooms, running around the front and backyards, playing with animals (they have 3 dogs and some cats, birds, etc..), swing under huge tree, pool, evening treats and delicious breakfast...

Scarlett and Derek are such a great host! Although we dont speak much English, they tried to listened to us and our kids and make us happy being with them. They can help you making all the arrangement for winery visits, finding restaurants and other activities, including finding babysitters and in-room massage in the evenings!
Also you should listen to their recommendation of small and nice winderies...

We love Scarlett's, and we are sure to come back again soon!! :)

  • Stayed August 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
2 Thank P-san
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Santa Monica, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2005

My boyfriend and I had the pleasure of happening on this gem of a bed and breakfast located off the Silverado Trail in Calistoga. Not only was our room (the arrowhead suite) clean, comfortable, and appealing to the eye, but the grounds are kept in very good condition with all the perks of your typical bed and breakfast in the wine country including pool and hot tub and, as a bonus, all of this located down a crackling gravel road past wildflowers and a mini-vineyard. The one thing that made this place shine to me was the great amount of pride the owners (only Scarlett's son Derek was on-hand during our stay) take in ensuring a good stay for their guests. Breakfast was delicious - perfectly browned french toast, chicken tomato sausage, just-right coffee and a well-presented fruit platter. I would highly recommend Scarlett's as a great value and very hospitable stay.
Don't be mislead by their website. This is a first-rate place.

  • Stayed April 2005
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
5 Thank visamix
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Additional Information about Scarlett's Country Inn

Property: Scarlett's Country Inn
Address: 3918 Silverado Trl, Calistoga, CA 94515-9611
Location: United States > California > Napa Valley > Calistoga
Amenities:
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 27 B&Bs / Inns in Calistoga
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cozy, private bed and breakfast nestled into the heart of the valley, halfway between St. Helena and Calistoga. Intimate, serene, and friendly - a perfect place for a night away. Currently closed for renovation. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
Country Inn Calistoga
Calistoga Country Inn

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