The good: the linens and bedding were very comfortable, good quality & clean - even the pull-out sofa used by our nephew & his wife was great. The breakfasts were wonderful. The grounds were huge and secluded and we saw deer in the lawn-very cool. The Inn also accepted our nephew's dog since we were not in the main house - for a very nominal extra fee. All very much appreciated.
The not so good: the pictures on the walks looked to be from a dime store & none were hanging straight (may be just a pet peeve of mine); the water from the faucets was brown when we first arrived! Owner explained he had just changed over the pumps on the well-so that was cleared up without much of a delay but that should have been checked before we arrived. The very small TV was ancient-we didn't even try it.
The really bad: the walls were paper thin! The people on the other side of the building we were in (we were in the Central Pacific Suite) started pounding on our door about a half hour after we arrived - then proceeded to tell us they were up there for the peace & quiet! That was not the Owner's fault we realized-but still most of the clientele was much older than us (& my husband & I are in our 50's)! Those sitting around the place even stopped talking & stared at us when we arrived & we're just your average couple! Very odd.
The really bad: dead mouse in the pool, broken pool chairs scattered around that did not look like the place was being kept up at all, windows that were hard to open - again - lack of maintenance or attention to detail.
From the photos on the website we expected something nicer & I was embarrassed when we walked into our suite since I had made the reservations. My family said "it was not THAT bad" - but that's not a strong endorsement either.
Could be very special with some attention to maintenance, some over due upgrades and definitely more insulation in the walls!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Once a hunting retreat owned by railroad magnate Charles Crocker in the 1880s, the Crocker Ranch has been a sheep ranch, dude ranch, restaurant and B&B. Tucked into the hillside above Sonoma County's Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys, two of California's great wine appellations, the Old Crocker Inn offers ten guest rooms and cottages, full breakfasts, massage service, a swimming pool and plenty of space to relax. This is rustic luxury at its best, just minutes from Healdsburg and dozens of world-class wineries and fine restaurants. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Old Crocker Hotel Cloverdale