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Windrose Romantic Cottages
Baltimore, Maryland
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Love this place ----twice!”
Reviewed October 9, 2011

My husband and I have stayed at this beautiful place twice in five years. Once in the Italian and recently the French cottage...key here is "Romantic" cottage. SO much better than the motel/hotel experience! Clean, Quiet, and in a perfect location. It is different if you want the cook for you /make your bed 'stuff'...but you can get that anywhere - please fitness center do that when you get back relax and get out and walk/hike the surroundings of windsor and beautiful Sonoma! Heck we even hiked San Francisco:-) Comfort, views, peace, and kind "inn keepers" are all at Windrose. Take advantage of the knowledge about the area that Byron and Karen have - awesome recommendations. In fact take advantage of something a little different for your next getaway and experience a stay at the "cottages".

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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oakhurst, ca
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

My husband and I needed a few days to relax and get away, and we hit the jackpot when a friend recommended the Windrose cottages. The property is tucked away amidst the farm land just a mile or two outside of Windsor, and what a perfect spot to rest and unwind. The brahman cattle, emus, ducks and canada geese in the surrounding pasture added just the right touch to make us feel like we were way out in the country, but it was just a quick hop into Windsor, or up to Healdsburg.

Karen and Byron are outstanding hosts, who go to great lengths to make sure their guests have everything they need for the perfect stay. The kitchen is fully stocked with all the dishes and utensils you'll need, right down to the salt and pepper, and saran wrap and foil. There was cereal, fruit and cheese, bread sticks, a loaf of delicious berry and nut bread, fruit juices and milk, and all the fixin's for waffles in the morning.

The entire place was immaculate, the bed was comfortable, and the towels and robes smelled fantastic. We stayed in the French Garden Cottage, and the patio with a nice big jacuzzi was the highlight of the 3 day/2 night stay. Though there are winetasting and dining experiences galore in the area, we headed out for Big John's Market in Healdsburg, and brought back enough fresh food to allow us to stay put in our comfy cottage for the duration, except for a beautiful drive up the Russian River, and a stop in Bodega Bay for some clam chowder.

As for one review complaining about having people coming to visit, we very much appreciated the fact that this place is made for a quiet, romantic get-away. We liked being able to leave the doors and windows open, wander around in our bathrobes, and feel like we had the place to ourselves. They let you know when you reserve a cottage that that's the way it is, and it's one of the reasons this place is so special. If you need anything, Karen and Byron are right there to see to your needs, but most everything you could possibly need is provided right there in your room. If you don't, you are left to your peace and quiet, without the noise of housekeeping and ice machines, and kids running in hallways.

We will definitely be back, and maybe this time we'll do some winetasting, and we will certainly stay longer. Two nights was not long enough.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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Reviewed September 16, 2011

We stayed at the English cottage for 1 week and loved every minute. The location was perfect to visit wineries, which we did of course :-) We would highly recommend these cottages. Both Karen and Byron were very friendly and helpful, we will be back!!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Vashon Washington, USA
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Reviewed August 15, 2011

Incredibly close to Santa Rosa airport but away from the Windsor town core, we loved the bucolic, pastoral setting and attention to detail our little English Cottage offered. Plums runneth over on the tree just outside and the innkeepers welcomed us to as many as we could eat. Super clean bathroom (shower only), little grapes and cheese platter upon checkin in the room fridge, milk, coffee, ironing board/iron, nice TV, really everything you need plus the sanctity of complete quiet and privacy. We were in town for a wedding so didn't use the studio to its full potential but it's easily a place to stay for several nights and cook your own food (it's gas, too, even better!). There is free wifi and dedicated parking--total value and the rates compete or best any local hotel. The bed was incredibly comfy - just the right firmness. I will stay here again. The proximity to vineyards is...well...you're pretty much surrounded by them, and farms. Enjoy.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Santa Barbara, California
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Reviewed August 2, 2011

We stayed at Windrose for our honeymoon a few years ago and decided to come back for our anniversary. We left the kids at home, turned off our phones, and enjoyed the quiet relaxation of a weekend away from reality! The owners were so helpful and you can tell that they love what they do. I was so glad to have all the things we needed for breakfast right in our cottage and we didn't have to go out to eat breakfast. The owners recommended some great restaurants in Healdsburg and we were able to wine taste right on the square for a few hours before dinner. It was nice to have our own private hottub too. Thanks again to the owners for their incredible hospitality.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Oakland, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed July 31, 2011

If your idea of romance is hostile proprietors, squawking geese, and a filthy hot tub, then Windrose Romantic Cottages is the place for you. Otherwise, stay away.

The "romantic" designation seems to be an excuse to limit interaction with guests (i.e., breakfast is a DIY continental spread in your tiny, cramped cottage), while monitoring and micromanaging guests' behavior. There is the added threat of additional charges if you do not adequately tidy up the kitchen in your room. The personal hot tubs seemed like a nice idea until we used ours and discovered a film of grime collecting on the surface.

My mother made my reservation but was staying at a different hotel. On the phone with the owner (the wife of the couple), my mother asked if she could stop by to see the place while we were staying there, though the B&B's policy is "couples only." Reluctantly the owner agreed. However, when my mother arrived in a second car (gasp!), the second owner (the husband), intercepted her and my boyfriend before they could enter the premises. He aggressively told them that they couldn't be there, that they were violating policy with "multiple vehicles coming and going at all hours." When my boyfriend told him that (a) he was a guest and (b) my mother paid for the room and had gotten permission from his wife to visit, the husband backed down but tried to justify his "concern" by referencing a town "water ordinance"--essentially telling my mother that if she had to use the restroom, she'd better take it elsewhere.

Not my idea of a relaxing, romantic weekend.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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windrose, Owner at Windrose Romantic Cottages, responded to this review, August 6, 2011
We are sorry that you were unhappy with your stay. We strive to ensure that all of our guests have a pleasant experience at Windrose, and take you comments very seriously.




To be clear, our cottages are for 1 or 2 people only and this enables us to provide a quiet relaxing atmosphere for all guests. When guests start inviting additional people to their cottage, the noise level increases and that is not the atmosphere we want for the other guests. In your case, we told you our policy about no outside guests when you checked in, but you still brought people over.




Since we are on-site at all times to tend to our guests needs, we would have been happy to come over to your cottage to take a look at the hot tub if you had let us know. We maintain all of our hot tubs daily, but sometimes they need additional care after increased guest usage which is what I am assuming happened in your case.




Since we are not a Bed & Breakfast, we do not offer a group dining experience here at Windrose. We have found over the years that people enjoy waking up and dining privately in their cottage, or going out to eat at one of the many restaurants in the area. We offer a nice selection to get you started in the morning.




Regards,

Windrose Romantic Cottages
Byron & Karen
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Livermore, California
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Reviewed July 19, 2011

The Garden Suite was perfect for us. We loved sitting on our porch and watching the hummingbird's play near the fountain. The attention to detail is amazing, they've thought of everything. The location is perfect, you don't have to go far to experience fabulous wines. We will definitley be back.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Windrose Romantic Cottages
Address: 6880 Day Rd, near Healdsburg, Windsor, CA 95492-9776
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Location: United States > California > Sonoma County > Windsor
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Windsor
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Please see our web page at Windrose Romantic Cottages, more pictures. Four cottages and a very unique cozy water tower. Rates $155 to $245 Shake off the stress and get ready for a dream weekend or a day or 2 in Sonoma County's wine country. Windrose Romantic Cottages are located on a beautiful country property in Windsor - bordering Healdsburg. Complete with adjacent pastures. Windrose Cottages enjoys views of the mountains, the rose garden in season, perennials and, of course, a grape arbor.Come relax, rejuvenate, in your own personal cottage. Bring or buy a special bottle of wine to drink on your porch or sitting in front of you log stove. BBq stay in and enjoy, or go out an experience all the wonderful restaurants in the area.Come hike, bike, canoe, or just relax. ... more   less 
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Windrose Romantic Cottages Windsor, CA - Sonoma County

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