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“Romantic Revel at the Madrona!”

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Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn and Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 15 Healdsburg B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
hecuba17
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“Romantic Revel at the Madrona!”
Reviewed January 26, 2009

I received dinner and a night's stay at this Manor from a business associate. I was not sure what to expect but was immediately impressed when I called to make the reservation. The customer care representatives were charming and extremely accommodating, even upgrading our room to a suite at no extra charge.

My husband and I are young (27, 29) and didn't know what kind of activities would be available to us. I am happy that we went wine tasting (try Ridge wineries off Lytton Springs) before we checked in because upon entering the lush, elegant Victorian manor, my husband and I were spellbound; we never wanted to leave the grounds. It was almost painful leaving our room (with a balcony and views of the Tuscany-esque Valley) for dinner ( a five star affair minus the dress code).

The dinner was exquisate. I had three courses, my husband had four: Monkfish, Veal, Scallops, a chowder with white wine-reduction soaked clams, Shitaki mushrooms, and a prosciutto froth were all completely indescribable. At the end we had the home-made ice-cream, mixed and frozen at the table with liquid nitrogen. This was, and I am not embellishing, a life altering experience.

We highly recommend a weekend here. If you have millions, see about renting the cottage for a couple months and give us a call.

  • Liked — Warm and unique
  • Disliked — Check out at 11:00 am
  • Stayed January 2009, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC
2 reviews
Reviewed January 3, 2009

My wife and I had an extraordinary stay at the Manor. The staff could not have been more helpful. They were warm and fun. The manor is beautiful which includes the grounds the hotel itself, and of course our room. It was a treat to get away from a TV screen and enjoy the nature and each other. The breakfasts were also just great without being overkill nonsense. We can't wait to go back.
Herb Weingartner
Laurie Kaplan

Stayed December 2008
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California
1 review
Reviewed December 20, 2008

Lovely everytime we've been. Service and food have been excellent every time, and the decor is always seasonally 'on' - adding ambience that doesn't quit. We stayed in the school house west unit - very private and comfortable.

  • Liked — Atmosphere
  • Disliked — No comment
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
1 review
Reviewed October 30, 2008

We stayed at Madrona Manor for three nights, and it was perfect. We had booked the Cottage, but were upgraded to the Schoolhouse due to some potential gardening work near the Cottage. The Schoolhouse room was large and very comfortable, with a lovely deck for stargazing at night. Even in late October the grounds and garden were lovely. The owner stopped by our table at breakfast on two mornings, and remembered our names and even our hobbies. Speaking of breakfast, everything is very fresh, simple, and good. The staff was very accommodating with our questions at booking, changes to our reservations, etc. Can't wait to go back!

  • Liked — The setting, grounds and ambiance
  • Disliked — No refrigerator in the room
  • Stayed October 2008, traveled as a couple
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San Francisco, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed September 14, 2008

From the moment we drove through the beautiful arched entry, Madrona Manor exceeded our expectations. The gardens and grounds appear to be meticulously maintained and lend to an absolutely gorgeous picturesque views from many locales of the properties. Our check-in was prompt. The staff was quite helpful and quickly offered assistance in the way of wine tours and dinner arrangements. ( of course MM supposedly has an amazing restaurant for dinner, however, the staff were quite complimentary of the reservations we had made at two different restaurants in town for both evenings of our stay...and even added that we should go early for their excellent cocktails, etc... loved that MM staff did not try to push us into having dinner there..even though their restaurant wasnt booked for the evening)

Our room in the carriage house was lovely. Room 504..upstairs with a day bed and balcony. The bed was so beautiful and comfortable that it made me feel like a princess! After peering into a few of the other rooms that people have checked out of, I do believe that I would choose to stay in a room in the Mansion itself, next time, as the one that I saw (101) was significantly more regal in decor than the 5 rooms that I saw in the carriage house.

The pool was heated and absolutely gorgeous. The concrete support wall behind had beautifully painted flowers in time period colors of aqua and lavender that added a very dreamy back to the 1800s feel.

I am a definite "foodie" and felt the breakfasts were delicious. Assortment of baked goods were obviously home-made and absolutely divine. They had a nice variety of popovers, croissants and various sliced breads. Buffet was beautifully presented and included high quality fresh fruit and soft cheeses, ham (certainly not the processed, formed with extra water!), interesting sausages (not sure what type...but probably a chicken or duck with herbs), pico de gallo made of flavorful and high quality tomatoes, and a hot dish each morning. (One morning was a crustless quiche with gruyere, potatoes and some spice to it, next morning was a tortilla scramble.

The only negative that we experienced was with the timing of the housekeeping services. After breakfast and a swim in the pool, we didn't leave the Manor for the wineries until around 12:30. Housekeeping knocked on the door, handed us cookies (delicous!) right at 12:00. Though we placed "maid" service request on the door, they never returned to make the bed or collect the wet robes from the pool. I would have much preferred a "turn-down" style service where they at least came in later in the afternoon or in the evening to tidy a bit. It would have been a much nicer "welcome back" from dinner...or even the afternoon, to have the bed made and cookies waiting.

I would highly recommend Madrona Manor. You will have a relaxing experience and feel you are taken back in time to a different period in beautiful surrounding. I look forward to returning!

Stayed September 2008
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Michigan
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31 reviews
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Reviewed July 20, 2008

The Inn was fine, nothing special. The breakfasts were good, but the rooms left a little to be desired for space and comfort. No views, unless you are sitting on the front porch of the main building. The grounds were well kept. Noisy airconditioner. And for the price- nothing special. I would check out other places if we ever return to the area.

  • Stayed May 2007, traveled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2008

We did not stay here, but had dinner here 1 night while in Healdsburg. This was supposed to be our 1 really romantic dinner of our trip. Overall, it was a terrible waste of money and major disappointment. The 1st bad sign was when I asked if they had wines by the glass, the waiter said 'yes' and walked away. He never returned with a wine list. He never asked if we wanted a cocktail. I ordered my lamb medium-well (I know fancy places like to serve it rare, but I don't care for it) and it came rare. I politely asked the server if this was medium (in case I was being too picky) and she said she didn't know as she didn't take the order! She didn't offer to do anything about it either. I politely and apologetically asked if they could cook it a little more. She took my plate and returned it later with a plop on the table and walked away. Our waiter never acknowledged this either. During this time other tables were getting served fresh rolls and refilled water glasses at every turn, not us. We asked for bread, and waited another 15 minutes for 1 roll. We only got 1 glass of water throughout all of dinner. The waiter never stopped by to ask if everything was OK, or if we needed anything else. And for dessert, the waiter recommended the ice cream as part of the prix fixe menu, but then there was a $7 surcharge on the bill he never mentioned. We also presented a 10% coupon from our Inn upon being seated, and he failed to subtract it from our bill, and had the nerve to ask if we had really given him a coupon when we pointed it out. We go to fine dining restaurants frequently, and for close to $200 I expect high quality service to match. Really tiny food portions. Overpriced, rude, poor service.

Stayed March 2008
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Additional Information about Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn and Restaurant

Property: Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn and Restaurant
Address: 1001 Westside Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448-9434
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Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Healdsburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Healdsburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4 star — Madrona Manor Wine Country Inn and Restaurant 4*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A world-class destination for guests seeking gracious service and luxurious accommodations in the heart of wine country. Nestled in the hills above the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County, Madrona Manor is an exceptionally lovely Victorian estate surrounded by eight acres of wooded and landscaped grounds. The Mansion, built in 1881, has been a destination for discerning guests seeking a holiday in the gracious wine country of northern California since 1981. ... more   less 
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