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Review of Santa Nella House Bed and Breakfast

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Santa Nella House Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #4 of 13 Guerneville B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
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Oakland, California
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65 reviews
63 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“warm and homey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2008

Bob and Betsy were gracious hosts who gave us just the right combo of friendliness and space. We were the only guests, and we hung out in the common spaces a lot. The Gold Room was quiet and nicer than it looks on the website. Comfy bed, clean room and bathroom. We were cold the first night; they gave us more heat and extra blankets after that and we were fine. The fireplace adds to the warmth and coziness, too.

The breakfasts were excellent. They also have wine and cheese in the evening, plus delicious homemade cookies and tea at night. This is how all B&Bs should be.

  • Liked — hosts, food, coziness
Stayed November 2008
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
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california
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3 hotel reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2008

The stairs into Santa Nella House are many, but worth every step. This Victorian house has been refitted with outstanding bathrooms and bedrooms. There are accomodatiions upstairs and down. Our small poodle was welcomed and ran everywhere invited. We enjoyed the company of the tree decorators one afternoon and delicious breakfasts each morning.

  • Liked — bedrooms & bath
  • Disliked — outside stairs
  • Stayed December 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank summer083
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2008

My boyfriend and I chose the Santa Nella House after stumbling upon their website and then reading so many positive reviews on Trip Advisor. Sometimes I am skeptical when I see so many 'excellent' reviews, but I am glad I trusted my instinct because our experience was fantastic. One of the major selling points for us was the creative, full breakfast service and we were not disapointed. There was always more than enough delicious food and every winery we visited asked about. Bob sure has quite a reputation! In addition, Bob and Betsy extend their hospitality through a lovely spread of cheese and wine in the evening followed by cookies and tea before bed. It really is easy to get spoiled here.
Best of all, as others have said, they treat you like part of the family. They went out of their way to help us plan fantastic itineraries and always had great advice about what to see. This was an outstanding bargain and I will DEFINITELY stay there again when I am back in California.
Additionally, the location was wonderful. We were pleasantly surprised with how close we were to a variety of wineries, hiking, and dining.

  • Liked — The food
  • Disliked — Nothing. Only downside was that we had to return home.
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank kalloua
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Dallas, TX
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2008

I have stayed in many bed and breakfasts and this is by far my favorite! Bob and Betsy are amazing people who work day and night to bring you top notch service. The moment we arrived I knew we were in for a treat. The Santa Nella House is this beautiful old house tucked in the winding roads of the Russian River wine country. It is beautifully decorated, completely updated, and absolutely immaculate.

We were awakened each morning by the smells of breakfast seeping from the kitchen. We sat down to an amazing breakfast each morning which included homemade granola, fresh bread made from plums Betsy picked the day before, French toast, omelets, and more. Bob swears he didn't go to culinary school, but you wouldn't know it.

Bob was anxious to share his insider tips on the wine country. His tips and his tasting coupons were very helpful. In fact, many people at the nearby vineyards are very fond of Bob. It seems that he drops off little frittatas from time to time. One lady at the Iron Horse vineyard even asked that we bring a bottle of wine back to him.

Around 6 or so Bob and Betsy had a little wine and cheese hour out on the patio. I really enjoyed this time to get to know them and the other guests at the B&B. They also used this time to share info and menus on the nearby restaurants. They made reservations for several couples.

I can’t say enough good things about the Santa Nella House and its owners. It made our trip to the wine country so much more special. My boyfriend and I really want to make it a yearly tradition!

  • Liked — The owners!
  • Disliked — It might be a little tricky to find.
  • Stayed July 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Thank carylynnwalker
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San Diego, CA
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2008

My wife and I spent our 35th wedding anniversary here. It's centrally located in the Sonoma wine country near the Russian River. Bob and Betsy are the inn keepers and they couldn't be nicer hosts. Bob prepared a delicious full breakfast each morning and was helpful in planning itineraries for wine tasting including complimentary passes. Wine and hors doeuvres are served each afternoon on the beautiful deck surrounding the inn, which is nestled in a redwood forest. Fresh baked treats, tea, and sherry are put out each evening if you're in the mood for a nightcap. The rooms are well appointed and clean. Ours (the Library Room) had a fireplace and full bath including separate shower and tub. The bed was very comfortable. Bob and Betsy treated us to a bottle of champagne from nearby Korbel winery on our anniversary. We also received a complimentary bottle of balsamic vinegar, handmade by Bob and Besty upon our departure. All in all, this was a terrific place to stay and I'd highly recommend it to anyone.

  • Liked — Location and hospitality
  • Disliked — Room was a bit small
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Summitview
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new york
Level Contributor
87 reviews
51 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2008

My husband and I stayed at the Santa Nella house for only one night but wished we could have stayed much much longer!

Everything about the stay was perfect. The location in Sonoma is perfect--very central to wineries throughout the region. The property itself has several rooms of varying sizes that would meet anyone's desires. Bathrooms are updated, extremely clean and fresh with top rate amenities. The rooms are well decorated, also spotless, and every room has a fireplace with logs available to provide a romantic atmosphere.

We were welcomed warmly and offered a glass of wine (which we didn't need after a day of winetasting). Later in the afternoon, we joined the other guests and the hosts, Bob and Betsy, for wine and hors'doerves on their patio. It was lovely. And a note, the wines they offered were are excellent---like everything else, only the best!
We used the hot tub later in the evening----it was hot and private.

Everyone has raved about the breakfasts. Everyone is right. Betsy was up baking a fabulous blueberry polenta until close to 10 pm and Bob was were up early preparing the rest of the meal.

We all chatted at breakfast. Bob made top notch suggestions of wineries to visit and places to stop along our drive back to SF. He also arranged for complimentary wine tastings. Take the suggestions--
they were right on.

They even mailed me back an item I left at the inn!

I would urge everyone to make a stay at the Santa Nella house---this b and b should be #1!

  • Liked — the hospitality of Bob and Betsy, the location, the room, hot tub and fireplace
  • Disliked — nothing
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank bcqajbk
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Texas
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63 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2008

The Santa Nella House is the perfect place to start your Russian River winery tour. We stayed two nights recently, and we were delighted with the entire experience. Bob and Betsy are wonderful, friendly innkeepers. We started off with an interesting tour of the house and it's history. Each afternoon there was wine and cheeses on the veranda. Our room was delightful and the breakfasts are gourmet!! We also enjoyed having the hot tub to use in the evenings, as well as the hammock up under the trees. My favorite part was sipping my coffee on the porch swing each morning. It was cool and quiet - exactly what I needed. I highly recommend this B&B. It's everything it professes to be, and more.

  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Business service (e.g., internet access)
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1 Thank TexasYorkielover
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Property: Santa Nella House Bed and Breakfast
Address: 12130 Hwy 116, Guerneville, CA 95446-9480
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Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Guerneville
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 13 B&Bs / Inns in Guerneville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Santa Nella House Bed and Breakfast 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Santa Nella House, a charming Victorian farmhouse boasts four rooms with romantic fireplaces and bathrooms. Serving a full gourmet breakfast, evening wine and cheese and homemade cookies when you return from dinner. A secluded spa is available in a redwood setting. Walk to the Russian River and Korbel Winery. ... more   less 
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