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Bella Villa Messina
Ranked #2 of 15 Healdsburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Fripp Island, South Carolina
1 review
“The bar has been raised to the highest point”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

Do you want to be treated like a welcome family member? Look no further than Bella Villa Messina!
Here you are part of Jerry & Harold's family. Run of the property, gourmet breakfast, pool, fabulous deck, wine & cheese happy hour, not to mention your personal map-drawing tour guide & storyteller. Each bedroom is unique, complete & comfortable with great views. Whether you're there to relax, explore, shop, wine taste, or enjoy a romantic getaway, this is THE place. We spent 5 days in May 2013, and would never consider staying anywhere else. Fred & Dorothy S., South Carolina.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
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15 reviews
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Reviewed May 25, 2013

This was our first trip to the California wine country and I wanted to find great accommodations to make this a terrific trip to remember. I found Bella Villa Messina B&B on TripAdvisor and booked it based on the amazing reviews - we were not disappointed! Jerry and Harold have a gorgeous home just above the town center of Healdsburg, and they share their lovely accommodations as if you are one of their family. We stayed in the "Italian" room which was the perfect size for us, if one of the smaller rooms (the bigger rooms were gorgeous and had private patios). Each room is beautifully appointed with lush details, but the best part of Bella Villa Messina is main patio and dining room gathering places where wine and cheese are offered every evening and a TERRIFIC full breakfast is served every morning (I loved the Hawaiian french toast and the absolute best BACON!!). Not only is breakfast a satisfying feast to start your day of wine tasting and touring, but their coffee is the best I've tasted. An abundance of fresh fruit is lovingly and meticulously arranged for the guests by Jerry every single morning. During our 3-night visit we were treated as very special guests, as was everyone else - the level of attention and caring paid their guests is just remarkable. Both Jerry and Harold have a generosity of spirit unmatched anywhere. Jerry is the social director who is passionate about his craft and knows every winery and restaurant and point of interest in the Russian River Valley, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley areas (and beyond). He is the go-to guy for guidance on where to go, what to see, where to eat! Honestly, these guys are the best - we thoroughly enjoyed our stay with them and happily recommend their wonderful inn.

Room Tip: We enjoyed the Italian, but if possible treat yourself to one of the bigger rooms - truly worth it.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed May 21, 2013

My wife and I made our first trip to Sonoma and did not know what to expect. We soon found out that the typical day is a lazy morning, then wine sampling, then a nap, and then an after nap drink, and then dinner - a good portion of your time is spent where you stay. The Bella Villa Messina is the PERFECT place! Breakfast hands down will be the bext breakfast you find ANYWHERE - and it is complimentary with the room! I dare anyone to say differently!.

After the nap in a comfortable bed, we had wine with our hosts and that was quite a relaxing and entertaining start to our evening. The hosts are all about making you feel comfortable.

And on a practical note, we did not arrive to the B and B until after 1130 - and this was no problem (though I recommend coming earlier so as not to be too tired the next day). Also the winery recs were excellent and there were more than a few coupons for the tastings.

Overall, this was a complete package B and B - the most relaxing we have ever stayed at!

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lake in the Hills, Illinois, United States
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed May 20, 2013

We just completed our second stay at Bella Villa Messina and had a wonderful time! Let me share why we will only stay with Jerry and Harold:
- Beautiful home - You are welcomed in like family. The rooms are comfortable, very clean, and tastefully decorated.
- Breakfast! Too die for! Jerry always starts with beautiful mountains of fruit, and cooks up a special treat each morning. We had his fabulous french toast one morning and eggs benedict another. It is a great way to start your day.
- Advise on where to go - Jerry learns about what types of wines and food you like. After that, he will sit you down with a map and highlighter and plan your day with you. They have a wonderful reputation throughout the area, so when you go into a winery or restaurant and they know you are staying with them, you are treated like a rock star. Jerry has helped us find real treasures that we would not find on our own. I have learned to do what he suggests, he is always right!
- Social networking - during breakfast or the evening cocktail hour, Jerry engages all the guests to share about their day, what they liked or didn't like. You meet interesting, and lovely people, plus learn about their experiences along the way.

It was a pleasure to stay with you again, Jerry and Harold. And we appreciated meeting all of our new friends!

Laura and Jeff

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Pacifica
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 5, 2013

We recently stayed at Bella Villa Messina to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. The home is beautiful both inside and out. The interior is spotless and filled with interesting antiques. The view from the outside is amazing and has panoramic views of the valleys. The table was impeccably set for both the wine /cheese tasting in the evening and breakfast in the morning. From our room to the meals to the hosts, everything was perfect and we felt like we were being treated like royalty. Jerry is the consummate host and is very knowledgeable about the area. We took his recommendations for dining and wine tasting and were not disappointed. Next time we go to Healdsburg we will look no further than Bella Villa Messina.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Bella Villa Messina is an ideal base of operations for touring the wineries of Dry Creek and Alexander Valley. Its located centrally on a wonderful property with great panoramic views, and gives you quick access to some of the best wineries in the area. Its also a close jaunt to the center of Healdsberg, which is a beautiful town with lots of shops, restaurants and tasting rooms.

Jerry and Harold's were both great hosts, making our stay relaxing and fun. Jerry has extensive knowledge of the area and good connections with the winery community, and his personalized recommendations were spot on. He also puts on a fabulous breakfast and a fun evening cocktail hour where you can get to meet and know your fellow guests.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Sake room, which was very comfortable and had plenty of space. Its probably the sma...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Set atop the Dry Creek and Alexander Valley, the villa is filled with antiques. The owner, Jerry, is a hoot and VERY knowledgeable about the area. All recommendations were right-on. Rooms were very comfortable...(any road noise can be easily blocked by turning their small fan on) A very memorable visit!

  • Stayed April 2013
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Additional Information about Bella Villa Messina

Property: Bella Villa Messina
Address: 316 Burgundy Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448-9608
Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Healdsburg
Amenities:
Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Healdsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
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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