An oasis in Sonoma with welcoming luxury atmosphere, spa and incredible cuisine.
Submerged in the countryside, Farmhouse Inn does nothing to dispel its surroundings. Here the abundance of farm life is celebrated. From the historic farmhouse, painted a soothing shade of butter yellow, and surrounded by rose bushes to the 25 rooms accessed via a cobblestone walkway past the heated pool, enclosed chicken house, lemon trees and stone walls this is a dream of country living.
Our room, a large and airy king luxury barn room, one of 25 rooms on site, affords lovely views of the property and is decorated in chic white with a telescope, weather vane and books providing antique touches. Rooms are loaded with goodies – a wooden crate filled with apples, quinoa chips, chocolate and other local treats provide something to munch on while touring the nearby vineyards. At turndown service, we nibble on the best gluten-free chocolate chip cookies we’ve ever tried. The indoor-outdoor fireplace, marble bath and giant four poster bed with European linens speaks to the inn’s recent multi-million dollar renovation.
Michelin chef Steve Litke offers a varied menu including a delicious and well executed lobster sausage, and ‘Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit’ a roasted rack of rabbit, confit of leg, yukon potato, and whole grain mustard cream sauce. Pastry chef Phil Ogiela’s dessert creation, Comme l’Air, a cheesecake tart soufflé with lime gelée, huckleberry infused wild blueberries, chèvre cracker, and garden mint is a dessert we will not soon forget.
We were told that breakfast was ‘an event’, and it did not disappoint. Each morning, we were presented with a 3 course meal, with the presentation, precision, creativity and care normally reserved for dinnertime.
Take advantage of a relaxing massage in the rustic carriage house, and don’t forget to meet Charlotte and Henry (the on-site farm cats) who will be sure to steal your heart.
Farmhouse Inn, 7871 River Road, (707) 887-3300
Read more about the hotels from CSL’s roadtrip to California. The original article first appeared in the Spring 2016 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.