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Farmhouse Inn
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Reviewed November 1, 2010

Rating is on the Inn (not the restaurant)

The Inn & Inn Staff: We were looking for a place in the Russian River Valley for a quite get away, and the Farmhouse Inn fit that bill. Before you even get to a room or start using the spa services you be engaged by the friendly staff. Regardless of in person, over the phone, or even the inter-webs, this has to be one of the best and most competent group of professionals we have encountered in a long while. Everyone on the Inn staff, and I do mean everyone from the reception to grounds staff was very polite and helpful and no request was turned down or question unanswered.

The Room: Our room was in the barn and was very well appointed, light airy, comfortable, and quite. Free wireless access, TV with surround sound and DVD (small free library at reception) The steam shower and spa tub (wide range of serve yourself Sumbody soap, salts, and scrubs can be obtained at reception) were the icing on the cake. We would go back to stay at the Inn in a heartbeat, and in fact are trying to find time to do just that.

If you are there to enjoy the wines of the region take advantage of allowing the Inn keepers setup tours and tastings for you their connections and recommendations were top notch. On request they will even set you up with a picnic to have along during the tastings to keep you well fueled.

On the Spa: My wife ranked her massage as the best she has ever received, and this no small compliment coming from her.

On the Restaurant: We really enjoyed the food. The calamari, marrow, and rabbit stand out as highlights on the current menu (fall 2010)… not so much the service and the appearance of the restaurant. During our stay we took two breakfasts at the inn, one in the main room (fabulous) a smoked salmon scramble, and one in-room with the continental option. Both breakfasts were good, the breakfast service in the restaurant was about the same as dinner (see below), and nowhere what was expected.

If you dine in the restaurant, the food is what has earned this Inn’s restaurant it’s Michelin star not the service (at least not for the two meals we had there) nor dining room atmosphere. For our dinner there, the front of house staff seemed overly interested in a single table and ignored the rest of the room, with only four tables (w/ 14 people) occupied at the time we were seated. Service was very clunky and we were served our first course before we spoke with the sommelier although we requested to see him when we were seated, and we would hate to be there when it is busy. Other pairing selections were equally bad, so we were on our own, wine often showing up after food. Given the reputation for the wine service we were stumped for why this was so bad on a visibly slow night. By the time we realized what we were in for the Host was nowhere to be found for us to comment to, ditto for the Wine Director... no reason for us to get sub-par service! The rest of the dinner service was just ‘ok.’ The gray walls and murals and odd lighting with the hodgepodge mix of CFLs and incandescent is harsh, uneven, and unpleasant which just amplified to the other shortcomings.

That being said, on our next stay we will likely go back and try the restaurant for the food alone for a second try, if the dinner service remained the same we’d stay in the Inn, post about it, and skip the restaurant in the future.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 27, 2010

We had a short 2-night stay at the Farmhouse Inn, but it was long enough for us to succumb to the many charms of the Farmhousee Inn. It is the special touches that set this Inn apart. We had one of the smaller and less expensive cottage rooms (Room 1). We were offered an upgrade for an extra fee but it was not in the budget for this trip. Still,our room had a very comfy queen bed, attractive cottage-style furishings, a sauna (which we did use once), a beautiful bathtub, and a fireplace. Very romantic spot. Wi-Fi was a little spotty, and unfortunately I did need to keep in touch with work---this could use some work.

The breakfasts were the best I've ever had---hands down. Coffee was delicious and I didn't know scones could be that wonderful. Huevos Rancheros were great. Dining Room itself is gorgeous. We enjoyed the handmade bath products --a unique extra. Also enjoyed the delicious healty snacks available in the office/lobby. Gorgeous flowers and plantings on the property, and vineyards are across the road. Pool area was pleasant, but honestly, not up to the level of the rest of the property, and not as scenic as some competitors (Kenwood Inn, Gaige House)---perhaps an area for future refinements. However, one of the best features of Farmhouse Inn was their Winery Friend program---we visited several small, boutique wineries in the Russian River Valley that had been recommended by Farmhouse Inn, and when we mentioned we were staying at the Farmhouse Inn, the welcome could not have been warmer.---complimentary tastings, pours from special bottles, etc. Really made us feel special while wine tasting. All in all, a wonderful experience in the RRV. I think this was our 8th trip to Wine Country, and this was our favorite place we have stayed. Would love to return.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank iowaguy
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Reviewed October 27, 2010

Farmhouse Inn was delightfully quaint. Anna was wonderful in orchestrating a driver and itinerary to spend a day visiting wineries. My husband and I both agreed that having a driver was well worth the money. It was nice to take in all of the beautiful surroundings and individual properties without being worried about directions and curvy roads .....perfect. The rooms were very comfortable however, if you are a light sleeper do bring earplugs or a sound machine as the location of the inn was right next to the road. I am kind of surprised for such an upscale Inn that they have not thought of having disposable earplugs or a sound maching on hand.......It was not a huge problem for us as we were very tired by the end of our day, but it was noticable. The breakfasts were to die for and the breakfast staff was very cheerful and accomodating in the morning. We did eat one dinner at the Farmhouse restaurant and it was probably the best meal we had on our entire trip. Loved the bath salts and soaps as well as the movies and games available......Overall....Lovely!!

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank curiousgeorge101
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Reviewed October 26, 2010

First, I wish I could give them 6 stars! At The Farmhouse Inn we were treated like family and VIPs! The caring and attentive staff put 100% effort into making sure our stay was amazing!

From the moment we stepped into our room I was in heaven. The Barn Room 15 was worth every penny, and the specials that are offered monthly make it an especially good deal. The luxuries inside the room included full size bottles of organic shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, a jetted bathtub, peekaboo fireplace, neutral warm color palette, extremely comfortable bed...I could go on and on. At the front desk there was a bar of bath salts, snacks, flavored sparkling water, smores makings for the firepit. It was so fun choosing between them all!

The restaurant at The Farmhouse was equally amazing. The Michelin star rated restaurant was comfortable and the staff again attentive and very knowledgeable. The breakfast included was top notch, and the best breakfast I've ever eaten...I mean really...the BEST EVER! Normally, I wouldn't rave about breakfast...but this was really something to rave about!

I have to give a shout out to Anne, Marilyn, Garrett, Brian...and resident cat Charlotte. Thank you for a wonderful 2-night stay, and we'll be back soon. I'm planning already...

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank heatdahl
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Reviewed October 26, 2010

What a great place. Love the restaurant and the staff is great. Be warned the corkage is really high and the "by the glass" wines are marked up 400% from their delivered cost. I can confirm as I work in the beverage industry. This is the only drawback to going there if you are a wine lover..

Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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