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“Honest to goodness apple juice!”
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Philo Apple Farm
Reviewed March 29, 2012

Returning to the Bay Area from Mendocino, we decided to visit Hendy Woods Park. As we get off Hwy 128, I saw a sign that says Apple Farm. And since I love anything local, I told my boyfriend that we should drop by on the way back. I'm so glad we did. The best Apple Juice ever. We're so sorry we only bought 2 bottles. I should have bought a case. And it's amazing how the transaction is based on honesty. It's basically a stall with all their products & there's a drop box to drop your payment. Nice. I have to check how much it's going to cost to have those yummy apple juice shipped!

  • Stayed: March 2012, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Juju811
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Reviewed October 11, 2011

The pictures and descriptions do not do this place any justice! It is a gem that we luckily were able to take part in. The tin roofed cabins located in the middle of an apple orchard were rustic, cozy and had amazing art work on display within. The owners, Karen and Tim, were charming and accommodating. The farmhouse kitchen where they hold the classes is wonderful with an attached dining room with a roaring fire. The wine was free flowing and the whole weekend was just amazing.

I am an accomplished cook and I learned lots of tips and tricks from Karen. The recipes and menu were available for us to take home with us. It was just a lovely experience with family and friends. We arrived on Friday, prepared and ate a mind boggling delicious dinner and dessert. Saturday morning there were warm biscuits, coffee and yogurt. After a farm tour we prepared lunch and the evening meal's dessert. In the afternoon we had a three hour break and went wine tasting locally. Came back to prepare the evening meal and it was very leisurely and relaxing. In the morning, another light breakfast and then we prepared an amazing brunch! We would have liked one more day to enjoy the area but duty calls.

Another reviewer compares this place to French Laundry, enough already! Karen's parents were the original owners of French Laundry before it was sold to Thomas Keller. Apples and oranges.

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled with family
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1  Thank SimoneH2O
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Reviewed September 26, 2010

A two hour drive from the Bay Area lands you in the most beautiful, virtually unpopulated Andersen Valley in Mendocino County. The Philo Apple Farm is an organic Farm with four adorable cottages sprinkled in the orchard.Each one is unique, with pine floors, beds with nice duvets, charming farm style bathrooms. The sheets and towels are organic too!
You are on a private property, and soon you will feel as if it is YOUR private property. It always takes the city out of us and returns us to our country roots where we always feel most comfortable. Close to the Navarro River, and the Boonville Hotel for meals.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Alice S
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Reviewed November 19, 2008

I have been to cook ing schools in the past, unfortunately, this one is for people who have never cooked before. What brought us here was the fact that the people who ran this cooking school use to run the French Laundry, however, the food here bears no resembelence to what is served at the French Laundry. It was very basic, the food that was prepared was considered "rustic", but, was actually just OK. The simple cabins were cute, do not expect TV, radio, towel or linen service, being shown to your cottage, garbage emptied and a few other things many expect at most lodging facilities.

Stayed: November 2008
1  Thank Grandviewohio2008
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Reviewed June 4, 2008

We spent an amazing weekend at The Apple Farm and enjoyed every minute of our cooking class weekend. The cottages were so inviting and comfortable-- very clean and even had bedside flowers fresh from their garden to greet us. The beds, pillows and linens were perfect and the shower wonderful. (Our shower was inside but we heard there was a cottage with a great outdoor one too!) This is where you go to relax without phones, computers, televisions and noise-- except for the birds and chickens in the distance! We were there in the fall and enjoyed the potbelly stove heater. The Schmitt and Bates families own and operate the organic apple farm and cooking school. They are some of the nicest and friendliest people you could ever hope to meet. If you have time, the school was amazing! The Schmitts were the original founders of Napa's French Laundry Restaurant!! You're in for a real treat if you can attend. As soon as we pulled into their driveway we knew the place was special. They actually have an "honors system" farm stand with their homemade jams, chutneys and apple juice! We loved it here and would absolutely stay again!!

  • Stayed: October 2007, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank oh2la
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Reviewed July 25, 2007

Having read reviews re Apple Farm we made a 4 hour trip from San Fransico to stay there
We arrived to a cool reception were told where our rooms were but not shown to them
There were no kind of facilities in room other than a few magazines and a bottle of warm apple juice
we could not even get a cup of tea or an iced drink or even ice nor were we offered any
There was no sitting room or anywhere for us to have a drink or chat other than in our sweltering hot cabins
When I used the bathroom in our room I noticed the soap with a rather unusual covering which on a glance I mistook for some sort of wire I was horrified to find the soap was already used and covered in human hair really disgusting
The hard towels were of the brown coloured variety and having seen the soap I wondered if the towels were fresh The bedlinen was also of a dreary brown colour
Since we were at a Cookery School we looked forward to breakfast Now Breakfast was a total disgrace or should I say lack of Breakfast was a total disgrace
We were told to come for breakfast at 8.30AM which we did
We went to the kitchen where a table was not even laid for us
We found our own mugs ,boiled the kettle and made our own tea The 2 properitors were in the kitchen at the time but most certainly had no interest in preparing any sort of breakfast for us
There was a bowl of fruit on the counter which we helped ourselves to
To add insult to injury we asked for a slice of toast to be handed a frozen sliced pan loaf( Yes a frozen loaf of bread ) in this so called bastion of fresh local organic produce.
I eventually divided the frozen slices and made toast for my family We did not even have a bread plate or knife We ate standing up at the kitchen counter and were asked to wash our mugs afterwards
We would have left at that stage except that our credit card had been fully charged for 2 nights Bed and Breakfast 2 weeks beforehand I was not told about that either
We left for the day On return I was further shocked to find our rooms had not been serviced and we had no clean towels
The whole place seemed deserted so we had no option but to use those skanky brown towels a second night
The following morning there was no one there to check us out BUT there was a note for us telling us that the family had departed for different destinations and that my bill was fully paid but no invoice or receipt to go with it
Now the Properitor had plenty time the day before to let me know she would not be there when we were leaving There were 2 nice ladies working there who did not speak very much English but enough to tell me that it was those 2 who made all the jams and chutneys They kindly made us a cup of tea before we left
Now I have to say that I have travelled most of USA and stayed in Inns all over the place and all of them are excellent I will be writing reviews about the other establishments we stayed in on this trip from San Francisco right up to Oregon and they were all fabulous except Apple Farm and Boonville Hotel which I have already reveiwed They are doing no favour to Rural Tourism in California or to Mendacinno The total cost of each room was 200 dollars per room per night
Welcome to RipOff America
We wont be back

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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9  Thank celtickitten
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Reviewed March 21, 2006

We vacation in Mendocino every year and travel Hwy 128 which goes right by the Philo Apple Farm. They have the best apple juice I've ever tasted, and I buy a case every time we visit. Their jams are made 8 jars at a time....wonderful, too. And the orange marmalade is to-die-for. They even make apple Balsamic vinegar!

Stayed: November 2005
2  Thank SurfSounds
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Address: 18501 Greenwood Rd, Philo, CA 95466-9416
Location: United States > California > Mendocino County > Philo
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Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Philo
Price Range: $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
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