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“Hospitality, comfort, views--Bella Vista Messina has all three in abundance!”

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Bella Villa Messina Bed and Breakfast
Ranked #2 of 16 Healdsburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed May 28, 2012

When we travel we're usually on the go; so B&B's aren't normally our first choice. But, as "East Coasters" on our second trip to California's wine country we wanted a relaxing, welcoming place to stage our winery tours from. We found it with Harold and Jerry at Bella Vista Messina. We felt welcome from the moment we arrived. It was still early in the afternoon so Jerry recommended a couple of nearby wineries to get us started. We entrusted him with winery and restaurant recommendations. My advice: listen to Jerry! We enjoyed great food at the restaurants Jerry recommended for the two nights we spent in Healdsburg. We stayed in the Saki room--much larger room and bath sizes that we'd experienced in other B&B's. But, why spend too much time in your room when you can visit with Jerry and Harold and learn so much about the area and meet other guests and share experiences. Looking forward to our next opportunity to visit Bella Vista Messina.

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 23, 2012

My wife and I have stayed in several B&Bs across the country, but by far...Bella Villa Messina was the best we've ever stayed. From the close location to the Sonoma Valley wineries, to the 5-star hospitality, Harold and Jerry could do no wrong.

From the moment we arrived, we were blown away by the ambiance and hospitality. We hadn't even had our bags in our room and Harold already had designed a welcoming wine tour in northern Sonoma County.

Speaking of the rooms, each are perfectly decorated for the scenery of the wine country, and they're very spacious. Our initial plan was to stay in the smallest room on the property, but due to a computer system glitch, the room was double booked. Not even 5 minutes after this mistake happened, Jerry Messina had called me to explain. He went well beyond my expectations by not only upgrading us, but charging us the initial rate. We wish all B&Bs and Hotels could provide this kind of customer service.

The aroma of breakfast spread throughout the house at 8am every day. Even if you came in at 1am the night before, you were enticed to come downstairs. Jerry did an incredible job preparing breakfast as each guest came downstairs. Make sure to ask him for his special French Toast recipe. Next to our Mom's French Toast, it's the best we've ever had.

Each day after breakfast, Jerry and Harold would plan our wine tours. They know the Sonoma Valley better than anyone and they perfectly knew which areas of the valley to explore each day. Based on the wines they knew we tried, they perfectly planned our dinner reservations each night. Their theme...you can never have enough fun in Sonoma Valley. Each night upon our return from wine tasting, they would have a Cocktail Hour, providing some of the hidden gems of Sonoma to enjoy on their patio, overlooking breath taking views. We've never had a Hotel Concierge even give 50% the effort Jerry and Harold did each day for us.

Excluding our Honeymoon, this was the best vacation my wife and I have ever had. It's all due to the caring effort to Harold and Jerry. Trust us when we say we'll do our best to let most of Chicago area know of Bella Villa Messina. We'll do our best to give Harold and Jerry what they deserve...success and happiness.

Gentlemen, thank you for the incredible stay!

Room Tip: You can't go wrong with any of the rooms.
  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 4, 2012

Great experience! Easy reservation process, great hosts--Jerry and Harold, clean, nicely furnished rooms, decor/antiques, excellent breakfasts and wine/cheese happy hour. Nice view of countryside from atop the hill where it's located from indoors and out on the breezy patio. Jerry and Harold seem to know everyone and everywhere to go! Very knowledgeable & entertaining. Set us up with restaurants, free or 2 for 1 tastings at wineries, redwood park, etc. Enjoyed 3 nights & will definitely return next time in the Healdsburg area.

Room Tip: Tell Harold what you're looking for and he'll get you in the right room.
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2012

What a wonderful treat to stay at this beautiful and charming home! Jerry and Harold are great hosts. They offered lovely rooms that were very clean and comfortable. The food was superb, from the happy hour selection of cheeses to the generous and tasty breakfasts. Harold's bread was divine, and Jerry is a master of cooking and presentatiion. We were travelling with friends and we arrived without a planned agenda for our time in the area. Jerry and Harold provided a lot of information and made excellent suggestions for wineries to visits and places for lunch and dinner. We couldn't have had a better experience, and we plan to return soon.

  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 25, 2012

Our experience with Jerry and Harold was fabulous, beginning with the reservation process and ending with our departure. Clean, comfortable rooms (we were traveling with another couple), great location, attention to our every need, and wonderful advice on visiting the wine country. Jerry knows the right places for quality wines, special lunch spots, and got us reservations at some super dinner locales. And we echo the other rave reviews about Jerry's breakfasts (not to mention Harold's bread). We will be back...and we know we will be treated like family when we return. What a special place and special people.

Room Tip: Burgundy room was spacious and quiet
  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed April 15, 2012

Bella Vista is a fantastic place to stay. Our hosts Jerry and Harold were exceptional. From the moment we checked in Jerry and Harold could not do enough for us. The room was beautiful, spotless,beds were so comfortable. Best nights sleep ever! Jerry's breakfast each morning was delicious, the french toast was so good, Happy hour each evening was fantastic, great wine, cheese and laughs! We felt like we were staying with family. There local knowledge was wonderful, they planned our days with us each morning over breakfast. We visited fantastic wineries and restaurants from Jerry and Harolds recommendations. My boyfriend and I didn't want to leave, we would highly reccommened Bella Vista, you will not be disappointed.

Thanks Jerry and Harold.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 14, 2012

First of all, Bella Villa Messini is absolutely gorgeous and the most immaculate of any B&B we have stayed, inside and out. Our hosts were extremely generous and Jerry is a complete hoot adding a real sense of staying with friends. From the wonderful breakfasts, the 3 friendly pups, 2 llamas, beautifully sophisticated rooms, great trip advice and a sincere feeling of being welcome, we could not be more pleased with our choice of Bella Villa Messini. We will send our friends and plan to visit again.

Stayed: April 2012
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Additional Information about Bella Villa Messina Bed and Breakfast

Address: 316 Burgundy Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448-9608
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Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Healdsburg
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Free Parking
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Ranked #2 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Healdsburg
Price Range: $220 - $390 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bella Villa Messina Sits atop the Historical Simi Winery Reservoir tank. Minutes from the town of Healdsburg overlooking 400 thousand acres. We offer Southern hospitality with Italian charm. Cheese wines cocktail hour served around sunset. ... more   less 

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