It's always such a pleasant surprise when photos can't do justice to the beauty of a place. I could sit on the porch all day it was so pretty, although there is so much to do and enjoy in the magnificent Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. The house is over 130 years old and is so quaint and lovely. We chose the Blueberry room and were very happy with our choice (however I think probably everyone else was happy with their choice). I liked the large size of the Blueberry and I also liked being across from the dining room (so in the morning I brought our morning coffee back to the room without having to go outside to get to the dining room). By the way, the coffee was great. Rita loves good coffee and we really enjoyed what she selected. I think other people may have enjoyed their separate entrances and porches so choosing a room is really dependent on what you like. I would suggest talking to Dane or Rita to ask them about the rooms if you can't decide. For instance, if you have heavy luggage, it's easier to have some of the other rooms rather than the Blueberry room because of stairs. However, even though we had substantial luggage, we didn't care and loved our room. Dane and Rita provide a lovely afternoon wine and cheese hour on the porch. You see the golden light of the sun as the day ends and it is just stunning. Both the lovely breakfasts and the wine hour were very social and you get to know the other guests without anything feeling forced. We're definitely coming back here next time we're in the county.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This classic Victorian Plantation landmark manor house, built in 1880, once presided over a huge empire of hops. Converted to an intimate country bed and breakfast in 1980 it sits upon a knoll above an unspoiled Russian River vineyard valley ringed by redwood forested mountains. Lovingly preserved it is a place of quiet beauty in the hills of Healdsburg Wine Country. Return now to a time and place that has not quite yet gone by. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Raford Inn b&b
- The Raford Hotel Healdsburg