I just got back from my second stay at St. Orres (the first stay was in March 2005) and still find myself charmed by this slightly funky but enchanting place.
We stayed in "Sorrel Glen" and "Wake Robin" on the Creekside Cottages" side of the property (not next to the main inn). Along with "Fern Canyon" and "Sea Pines", these cottages may be one of the best deals on the north coast. Having seen the inside of some of the larger and far more expensive cabins, I'm afraid I can't say the same thing for them. I'd even classify them as overpriced! The smaller cottages are $120-$135/night, while the larger ones are $220 a night. For that price, you'd expect a lot more attention to detail and nicer furnishings. However, the slightly worn look and somewhat outdated decor isn't really an issue when you're enjoying your own stand-alone cottage for $135, cheaper than most hotel rooms in the area.
I'd say Wake Robin is slightly nicer than Sorrel Glen, and they're both the same price. The big selling point in Sea Pines is that it has an ocean view from inside the cottage, but it doesn't have a deck like the other three I mentioned.
The main appeal to the cottages I mentioned is their access to the lovely hot tub gazebo deck (includes a sauna and changing rooms). The hot tub is available to all guests of those cottages, but when we've used it we've always been blissfully alone (we've also only visited on weekdays).
The cottages come equipped with mini-fridges, coffee maker, coffee, tea, wine glasses, corkscrew, and cutting board which is a must. We enjoyed several great bottles of wine here.
Eating at the restuarant is a must. Staying here at not eating here would quite possibly be a crime against humanity. The wine list is actually reasonably priced for a "fancy" restuarant, or you could get away with a gourmet dinner for two for $80 if you skip on wine and an appetizer. We always spend considerably more, though. The wild game is fantastic.
The really nice thing about St. Orres is that management just leaves you alone. We stayed here for 3 days and never saw anyone except at dinner. If you don't need super-luxury it's a great place to get away to.
- Also Known As:
- St. Orres Hotel Gualala